Last night I got an email from the BACA prez regarding the redistricting process. BACA (Bates Area Civic Assoc covering northern TC) is in Ward 5, Harry Thomas Jr's ward. Early on I thought that maybe central Shaw (CCCA area) would join the TC to roughly bring more of the historical borders of Shaw together. The email says the following:
Dear Neighbors, during our meeting tonight, we discussed the proposal of the Redistricting Committee to have Shaw come into Ward 5. This action would have huge positive implications to our neighborhood. I encourage you to email the Council Members listed below to have your voices heard. Time is of the essence, as the Council is set to vote on this matter quickly as the final boundaries must be completed by July 14.
I missed the meeting as the Help and I had a social engagement, so I can only imagine how this came about. Seeing the fight the folks west of NJ Ave have had with their Ward 2 CM Jack Evans and the fight to go to Ward 6 and keep the chimney stack (notably the southern part of Truxton, but in the MVSQ Historic District) in Ward 6, um, I'd hate to undermine their efforts. There appears to be a great practical attachment to the idea of going to CM Tommy Wells, and no mention of any thought of going to Ward 5's Harry Thomas.
So I wonder how much dialogue has there been between the persons pushing for the change on either side of the border.