We’d first like to mention that DCist has been doing an excellent job covering today’s redistricting news (update 1 and update 2). Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Redistricting had a hearing to discuss the draft redistricting plan that was released earlier in the morning.
Of course, we downloaded the map of the proposal and immediately zoomed in on Penn Quarter. It appears as though, barring any significant modifications to the plan, that Penn Quarter will finally [mostly] be united in the same Ward! For those of us who have even been peripherally involved in local politics, the fact that Penn Quarter had been split between two Wards was frustrating on many levels. Advocating for the neighborhood means that two council members need to be involved, with each owning just a part of the neighborhood. While this has been possible, it has been unnecessarily complicated.
For completeness, we will note that 400 Mass Ave, The Meridian At Gallery Place, Mass Court and The Ashton buildings would remain in Ward 6 while the rest of Penn Quarter would join Ward 2.
The next public hearing will be on June 1st, 2011. After that, the Council will vote on the final redistricting proposal.