Hello neighbors! My name is Edward Daniels and I am an actor-entrepreneur who has proudly called Washington, DC home for the past 15 years.
I began to follow the development of the Capitol Riverfront BID back in 2008 when much of the area consisted of empty fields and warehouses. I became a bit obsessed with the progression of this part of town and, after living in Columbia Heights and Shaw, moved to the Capitol Riverfront in 2016. I have absolutely loved living in the neighborhood and following its growth.
This huge metropolitan area that we call home and our nation’s capital now boasts nearly 700,000 residents. Though the District is a massive region, the southerner in me continues to enjoy getting to know my neighbors and (to be quite cliché) keeping the unity in community.
As your next Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, I look forward to meeting each of the great people who have help make this part of town one of the 12 coolest neighborhoods around the world and advocating to keep our voice and concerns at the forefront of DC government.
My platform is rather simple. Our neighborhood continues to grow and become a world-class entertainment and tourist destination. Resident parking, affordable housing, safety, zoning, and development are at the top of my list of concerns as representative of our community. In addition to affordable housing, one of my main goals is to help finally figure out affordable resident parking options that do NOT cost an additional $3k per year, especially for those of us who are already paying upwards of $3k per month to live here.
I would also like to see more community engagement on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Department after I experienced a terrifying incident of law enforcement harassment which stemmed from a parking situation created just out front of my building by an officer of the First District Station.
That’s my story in a nutshell. Now, tell me yours! I would love to have your support and hear your neighborhood concerns as the November 6, 2018 general election approaches. Please join my campaign e-list below, contribute, and let me know when we can have a neighborly coffee chat!
Pop-Up Meet & Greet w/Edward
Share your neighborhood concerns & share a beverage with Edward at our upcoming pop-ups!
Join us Tuesday, 10/9/18 at Dock 79, 79 Potomac Avenue SE | Residents Only
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What is an ANC?
An ANC is a non-partisan, neighborhood body made up of locally elected representatives called Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners.
The Commissioners, who serve two-year terms without pay, are elected at DC Elections in November in even-numbered years (e.g. 2016). The ANCs were established to bring government closer to the people, and to bring the people closer to government.
The ANCs' main job is to be their neighborhood's official voice in advising the District government (and Federal agencies) on things that affect their neighborhoods. This includes zoning, streets, recreation, education, social services, sanitation, planning, safety, budget, and health services.
The ANCs may also initiate recommendations for improving city services, conduct neighborhood improvement programs, and monitor resident complaints.
Edward's platform basics...
Issue: Affordable, truly affordable, housing
I support development and revitalization of DC neighborhoods which were unkempt for years and like many of my neighbors, I work very hard to make a decent living in DC.
However, no resident, especially native Washingtonians, should be bought out of their neighborhood overnight due to redevelopment that has caused a cost of living surge that cannot be met.
It is crucial that every single developer who is delivering rental housing to our community understand that it is unreasonable and illogical to believe that a low or even middle-income family will be able to afford a one or two-bedroom luxury unit, renting at upwards of $4,000 per month. Therefore, an adequate number of affordable units need to be part of any rental development plan.
Furthermore, rentals generate tons of profit for developers, that is no secret. However, many renters are short-terms tenants in the District, who usually move away in less than five years, leaving those of us who wish to call DC home, long-term, the recipients of sky-rocketing rents. Development of town-home and condo property is also crucial to our neighborhood and many other neighborhoods across the district, if we hope to achieve any sense of community that we deserve as residents here.
Issue: Parking for residents
I have lived in congested neighborhoods here in the District, including Columbia Heights and Shaw. Though congested, I had the option of residential permit parking while living in those neighborhoods, which cost me about $75 a year. It was great. However, a great number of residents in the Navy Yard - Capitol Riverfront corridor, living south of M Street, do not have this option because we live with the confines of the 'Baseball District'. In addition to rent, which averages $2k-4k per unit, we are paying an additional $3,000 to park in our own neighborhood. This area is constantly marketed as a new destination for DC residents, however baseball fans and visitors are prioritized in parking, as they are the revenue generator for the city.
I propose a trial parking program, during the upcoming Washington Nationals off-season, where 25% of DDOT signage that is currently zoned for metered parking be updated to allow for metered/Zone 6 exempt parking, which would allow more neighbors who do drive, the chance to avoid the high cost of garaged parking and gain the option of RPP street parking.
Issue: Police enforcement & parking
Just over a year ago, I had the unfortunate experience of encountering an abnormally livid MPD officer while I was waiting for a sandwich off to the side of Tingey Street SE, the street just out front of my building. The officer approached in his vehicle and immediately began to yell and berate me, stating that I was blocking traffic, which I wasn't. I was asked to pull closer to the sidewalk, which I did and he drove away. Less than five seconds of him pulling off, while I sat off to the side of the road, he suddenly turned his lights on, turned his car around, and walked quickly to my window. I immediately called 9-1-1 from inside my vehicle.
I began to explain to him that I lived in the building and was trying to get out of the cluster of police vehicles that were blocking my driveway, thus preventing me from parking in my own driveway. He continually interrupted and yelled, not allowing me to get a word in, while pointing to his body camera, stating over and over again that he was recording the stop and that he didn't need to hear any of what I was trying to explain. A few of my neighbors watched with concern as traffic began to back up in both directions.
The officer eventually left and a female supervisor from the First District Station later arrived to hear my story and address the situation. She stated that no call was radioed in, she had no clue who the MPD officer was, and that there would be no way to access the body camera footage if the incident was actually being recorded.
I respect officers who work tirelessly, day in and day out, to protect each and every one of us. However, I have very little respect for any person wearing that uniform for purposes other than that of service and protection. Police officers are not above the laws that they are paid to enforce.
MPD needs to consistently review each department's policy when it comes to the most basic of police activity, primarily where they choose to leave their vehicles when grabbing a bagel, a coffee, or sitting on a break (many of which I have documented to last for hours). An officer should not be on the verge of a tirade when approaching a resident who is parked off-street, while his or her colleagues are consistently causing hazards and traffic back-ups with their own vehicles.
Issue: Dog park surfaces & drainage
I am a proud dog parent as are a number of residents (many who signed my ballot petition) of the Navy Yard - Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Though we reside in one of the most beautiful communities in town, our furry friends are subject to dog park surfaces that are composed of crushed rock which turns into a wet cement-like mess after the lightest of rains. Not only are these surfaces harsh on their paws and fur, we’ve lately witnessed an uptick in mosquitos due to standing water which remains for days after rainfall.
Every dog park in town needs to be modelled after the beautiful and clean S Street Dog Park in Dupont Circle. The surface is turf. The park drains adequately. If DPR is unable to provide funding for park renovation and upkeep, I suggest offering sponsorship of our local parks to small businesses who would be responsible for underwriting a portion of the cost, in return for small signage at the park site, for a one-year term. Advertising and sponsorship of our local dog parks would be a win-win situation for local small businesses and the sustainability of the parks that many of us use.
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