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MPBA & MPMS Participate in Office of Planning Vibrant Streets

On June 26, representatives from Mount Pleasant Main Street and the Mount Pleasant Business Association participated in a Vibrant Streets Workshop at the Washington DC Economic Partnership. The workshop was sponsored by the Office of Planning and directed by Heather Arnold of Street Sense.

The goal of this project is to focus on how the retail industry on Mt. Pleasant Street can be focused to be successful. By making sure that our organizations are working to sustain and support retail services that are appropriate for the demographics of the neighborhood, we can be successful in making Mt. Pleasant Street a vibrant and dynamic district.

"There are a lot of fundamental steps that need to be taken in order for everything to work right. This workshop really opened my eyes to how important it is for our organizations to be working more closely with some of the property owners and landlords in Mt. Pleasant," said Phil Lepanto, co-owner of Old School Hardware.

The Vibrant Streets program describes several important characteristics of successful commercial districts. In addition to having a strong organization amongst the business owners and property owners, there must also be a focus on safety, security, and more.

"We're excited to participate in this workshop. While we definitely heard some things we already knew, we also got a good sense of how we can start to achieve our goals. The Office of Planning has really put together a good program," said Adam Hoey, President of Mt. Pleasant Main Street and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.