Last-Minute Redistricting Deal Keeps Hill East in Ward 6
UPDATE, 3:00 p.m. - Here's the new map. Also worth noting: The "Chimney" piece of Shaw that had been chunked off to Ward 5 will go to Ward 6 with the rest of Shaw. Also, Yvette Alexander scored the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, which has the mixed-use apartment building anchored by Yes! Organic Market, which won't make Marion Barry happy at all.
There's more than just Sulaimon and Team Thomas drama going down at the Wilson Building today: A final-ish redistricting map has been hashed out, and it looks like Councilmember Tommy Wells may have gotten a lot of what he wanted as far as changes from the initial map. According to a person close to the negotiations, Ward 6 will keep Rosedale and Hill East—including Congressional Cemetery—while sending Reservation 13 and the jail to Ward 7.
That's half-victory for Hill East residents, who argued strongly that they ought to keep the large campus slated for eventual redevelopment in their ward. It's also a big loss for Kingman Park, which not only stays in Ward 7, but also loses the companionship of two other entire neighborhoods, leaving it a minority voice in Ward 7 affairs.
There are a few other tweaks around the edges, and a few amendments are expected: Councilmember Mary Cheh may offer a proposal to move Woodley Park back to Ward 3, and Councilmember Marion Barry will almost try to take some of Ward 6 just for the hell of it. But other main points of contention won't change. As things stand, Shaw will stay in Ward 6 and the convention center will stay in Ward 2. Both Wells and Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander are said to be content with the plan.
More on specifics tomorrow.