The SaveOurPlaza campaign was delivered evidence that belongings stolen from unhoused Plaza residents (in March 2022) were still on site at the now vacant Suntrust bank. This February, Plaza supporters and friends of abused Plaza residents wrote a letter to bank attorneys asking for access to identify and reacquire their stolen belongings. See below. letter-to-troutman-to-get-access-suntrustDownload
Congratulations! The Appeal is Victorious
Just before the holiday break, the DC Court of Appeals sided with Plaza supporters and now our case goes back to DC Superior Court for a trial. See the written decision here. Finally, a jury of our peers may formalize the easement that has existed and been used openly by the public at the plaza … Continue reading Congratulations! The Appeal is Victorious
Restoring Miguel’s Vigil June 4th
On April 30, we celebrated the life of Miguel Gonzales and decried his untimely death resulting from a cascade of events born of economic violence against DC's lower income residents and vulnerable communities of color. Just a few days after our vigil, Truist Bank bank tore down Miguel's memorial without any account or care, perpetuating … Continue reading Restoring Miguel’s Vigil June 4th
Recent WaPo Op-Eds Tell the Real Story of the Plaza and Unhoused Adams Morgan Residents
Recently, two opinion pieces ran in both the print and online editions of the Washington Post. The first (by Vikram Chiruvolu and Kristin Adair) re-examines the history of the plaza, the economic violence connected to Miguel's death, and why the city ought to step up to end the controversy and buy the plaza to protect … Continue reading Recent WaPo Op-Eds Tell the Real Story of the Plaza and Unhoused Adams Morgan Residents
Community Outcry Over Destruction of Memorial to Miguel Gonzales at Adams Morgan Plaza
Between Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 5, 2022, a memorial to Miguel Gonzales at 1800 Columbia Rd NW, was removed by an unknown party. Photos stills by Kristin Adair On Saturday, April 30, 2022, community members constructed a memorial to Miguel Gonzales with photos, letters, a large framed photo, and narrative describing events leading … Continue reading Community Outcry Over Destruction of Memorial to Miguel Gonzales at Adams Morgan Plaza
Vigilers Honor Miguel Gonzales at the Adams Morgan Plaza and Demand “People Over Profit”; Ward One DC Council Candidates Salah Czapary and Sabel Harris In Attendance, Among Others
Adams Morgan, Ward One, Washington, DC -- On Saturday, April 30, nearly fifty people attended a two+ hour vigil dedicated to Miguel Gonzales who froze to death in late March in Adams Morgan at the corner 18th and Columbia Road NW. Mr. Gonzales' body was found curled up next to his defacto safe space, the … Continue reading Vigilers Honor Miguel Gonzales at the Adams Morgan Plaza and Demand “People Over Profit”; Ward One DC Council Candidates Salah Czapary and Sabel Harris In Attendance, Among Others
“Free Our Plaza” Mural Painted on Suntrust Bank In Memory of Miguel Gonzalez (former resident of Adams Morgan plaza displaced by fences)
Freedom of Information Act Requests Filed with Councilmember Nadaeu and Adams Morgan ANC Commissioner Peter Wood Ward One, Washington, DC -- Adams Morgan Residents woke on Tuesday morning, April 5, 2022, to see the former Suntrust Bank building at their central community corner (18th and Columbia Road, NW) painted with a mural that reads: "FREE … Continue reading “Free Our Plaza” Mural Painted on Suntrust Bank In Memory of Miguel Gonzalez (former resident of Adams Morgan plaza displaced by fences)
Ward One Councilmember’s “Brianne on Your Block” Event Filled by Plaza Supporters and Neighbors
Washington, DC, Ward One, Adams Morgan, March 29, 2022 -- There was a strong showing of more than a dozen Adams Morgan Plaza neighbors and supporters attending the "Brianne on the Block" event this past Tuesday night at the local cafe Tryst. Residents had two points to discuss with the Ward One Councilmember: to advocate … Continue reading Ward One Councilmember’s “Brianne on Your Block” Event Filled by Plaza Supporters and Neighbors
Truist Bank Blocks Public Easement Plaza Behind Fences & Still Won’t Return Belongings to Unhoused Neighbors
In the middle of Sunday night March 20 --into-- Monday morning March 21, 2022, #TruistRacist put up fences around our Adams Morgan Plaza. In DCist's blog piece, Truist representatives admit that while they understand the Court case is pending, it is alleged "criminal activity" at the Plaza that serves as basis for fencing the open … Continue reading Truist Bank Blocks Public Easement Plaza Behind Fences & Still Won’t Return Belongings to Unhoused Neighbors
Adams Morgan Plaza Appeal Heard by DC’s Highest Court on St. Patrick’s Day 2022
Despite Pending Legal Decisions, Truist Bank and Monty Hoffman Seek to Fence Off Plaza Press Alert: Adams Morgan for Reasonable Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 656-1675 Ward One, Washington, DC -- On Saint Patrick’s day, an attorney for Truist (formerly SunTrust) argued before the DC Court of Appeals that there is no easement by public dedication in … Continue reading Adams Morgan Plaza Appeal Heard by DC’s Highest Court on St. Patrick’s Day 2022
Ward 1 Councilmember Nadeau Says: “There are quite a number of dynamics at play in this space, which was adopted by the public many years ago and has been treated as if it were a public space since that time.”
Tue, Mar 8, 2022 at 6:51 PMFrom: Nadeau, Brianne K. (Council) BNadeau@dccouncil.us To: Adams Morgan for Reasonable Development email@example.com, "Mansoor, Aamir (Council)" firstname.lastname@example.org, "Meni, David (Council)" email@example.com Good evening, Thank you for your message regarding the privately-owned plaza at the corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW. To be sure, there are quite a … Continue reading Ward 1 Councilmember Nadeau Says: “There are quite a number of dynamics at play in this space, which was adopted by the public many years ago and has been treated as if it were a public space since that time.”
Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau Receives An Emergency Open Letter About the Adams Morgan Plaza
About Twenty Ward One Neighbors Ask Nadeau to Intervene Against Truist Bank "Stealing" the Plaza and Unhoused Residents Belongings Ward One, Washington, D.C. -- On Thursday, March 3, 2022, just two weeks before a DC Court of Appeals hearing regarding the future of the Adams Morgan Plaza, voting residents of Ward One sent an emergency … Continue reading Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau Receives An Emergency Open Letter About the Adams Morgan Plaza
Peanuts Holiday at the Plaza
Plaza peeps set up the Plaza Xmas tree and we offered new tents, bedding, and clothes to our Plaza family!
Halloween on the Plaza, Saturday, October 30th
While continuing to defend our Plaza from Truist Bank and the Hoffman development group, we also enjoy coming together in the Plaza. Saturday, October 30, 5pm to 10pm (4PM SETUP; MUSIC 5PM+; GHOST STORIES 6PM+, 6:30 FILM & FUN 8PM+ AdMo Plaza Halloween Spooks! Meet at 18th and Columbia Road from 4pm to help with … Continue reading Halloween on the Plaza, Saturday, October 30th
Plaza Activities Heading Into October
Now that Plaza supporters defended our community corner from the unlawful fencing attempts of Truist bank recently, we move to action as we head into October! Saturday, October 2, 2pm to 6pm (1PM SETUP; MUSIC 2PM+; ART & FUN 2PM+ The Peoples Porch Plaza Fest! Meet at 18th and Columbia Road for the Adams Morgan … Continue reading Plaza Activities Heading Into October
Plaza Peoples Defend Community Space From Truist Bank, Councilmember Nadeau Where Are You?
On Wednesday September 22, and Friday September 24, 2021, #TruistDontCare bank officials arrived at the Adams Morgan Plaza in the early morning hours, long before any work activities are supposed to begin in DC, let alone un-permitted work activities, and tried to fence in the community corner at 18th and Columbia Road NW. Plaza supporters … Continue reading Plaza Peoples Defend Community Space From Truist Bank, Councilmember Nadeau Where Are You?
Plaza Supporters File Complaints Against Truist Bank with DCRA and MPD
Banksters snatching plaza NOW! Fri. morning Sep 24! CALL DCRA ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION HOTLINE 202-442-4400
#TruistDontCare Help us get our story out. Truist bank is ignoring a live Court case, running over DC's permitting process, and crushing our community's wishes to keep our plaza as a public use easement. They were stopped on Wednesday from erecting fences illegally. They are here now trying again. COME TO YOUR ADAMS MORGAN PLAZA! … Continue reading Banksters snatching plaza NOW! Fri. morning Sep 24! CALL DCRA ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION HOTLINE 202-442-4400
Open Letter to Ward One Councilmember Brianne Nadeau: Pending a Response
plazaopenletter_to_briannenadeauDownload Ward One Councilmember Brianne Nadeau1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 102, NW Washington, DC firstname.lastname@example.org September 21, 2021 Dear Councilmember Nadeau, There is a public emergency and humanitarian crisis mounting in Ward One at the Adams Morgan Plaza. Upon consideration of the circumstances we know the city can do much more than has been done to … Continue reading Open Letter to Ward One Councilmember Brianne Nadeau: Pending a Response
No Fences: Peaceful Assembly: Wed Sep 22: Noon
#TruistRacist is trying to fence in our plaza and displace those living on our community corner this Wednesday at Noon. Be there with us to peacefully assemble, witness and shame the oppressors who don't care that a Court case about our plaza is pending and that they will seriously disrupt the lives of those living … Continue reading No Fences: Peaceful Assembly: Wed Sep 22: Noon
Plaza Court Case Still Pending but Truist Planning Forcible Removal and Closure
In January, 2021, Superior Court Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo refused to let a jury resolve the question of whether an easement should be recorded for the public use of the Plaza. In 2017, Superior Court Judge Todd Edelman issued a preliminary injunction against demolition at the Adams Morgan Plaza and fast-tracked a jury-trial, but Truist has … Continue reading Plaza Court Case Still Pending but Truist Planning Forcible Removal and Closure
VICTORY! Judge stops razing of Plaza!
Today's win is official! Here is the DC Superior Court Judge Todd Edelman's Judgment transcript (37 pages PDF) and one-page Preliminary Injunction Order received from our talented DC pro bono trial attorney Paul Zukerberg. Anyone can show this to anyone with a bullldozer on our Plaza in Adams Morgan! 🙂 This PI means it will not be razed while the court reviews … Continue reading VICTORY! Judge stops razing of Plaza!
Hoffman filed for raze permits. It’s go time!
Despite our many successes, the Plaza now hangs in the balance. We’re going to court soon to fight for it & we need AdMo4RD Save Our Plaza members' help: send us any feedback you’ve got on the case in writing this week give as generously as your budget reasonably allows to support the case contact … Continue reading Hoffman filed for raze permits. It’s go time!
Community Strongly Opposes PN Hoffman Condo Project
Concerns Raised About Public Easement on Plaza Adams Morgan, DC, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 – A throng of PN Hoffman's brightest talents brought their latest designs to Adams Morgan Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and residents at a packed public meeting at Mary's Center. Of the more than thirty people in attendance, the reaction was swift and … Continue reading Community Strongly Opposes PN Hoffman Condo Project
Victory! Community Plaza Saved (for now)
Our historic plaza at the corner of 18th and Columbia has been given a temporary reprieve from being paved over by McCondos. Between the many letters that were written into the record by YOU, and the great organizing that brought an array of Adams Morgan residents to the HPRB hearing, all taken together pushed the … Continue reading Victory! Community Plaza Saved (for now)