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
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
"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.