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

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 admo4rd@gmail.com, "Mansoor, Aamir (Council)" amansoor@dccouncil.us, "Meni, David (Council)" dmeni@dccouncil.us 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

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?

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 20004bnadeau@dccouncil.us 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

Celebrate Black History Month in Adams Morgan Plaza

Join us as we put a spotlight on the fight against anti-Black racism in AdMo History Join us for a family-friendly day of music, snacks, speakers, historic photos, and neighbors as we discuss how to defend the Plaza and Adams Morgan’s legacy of anti-racist organizing. We want to renew and revive the heart of Adams … Continue reading Celebrate Black History Month in Adams Morgan Plaza

Invitation to file Amicus Briefs

We are requesting that local and national nonprofits file "friend of the court" papers in support of our appeal seeking party status in defense of the public easement at Adams Morgan Plaza. Please consider requesting that your nonprofit join by March 31, 2021. Read the official invitation here. We are seeking amicus curiae briefs from … Continue reading Invitation to file Amicus Briefs

Hearts on the Plaza Event an Ice Cold Success!

Despite a severe ice storm, we decided it was important to show our determination to renew and revive AdMo Plaza to defend the anti-racist legacy of this neighborhood. Neighbors did come out despite the weather and great conversations were had along with the S'mores. We had some local television coverage. One reporter did a live … Continue reading Hearts on the Plaza Event an Ice Cold Success!

We’ve hit an obstacle to saving our plaza, a Federal Court

Save Our Plaza supporters were surprised when an property issue contending with the corner lot at 18th Street and Columbia Road, NW, in the heart of Adams Morgan, was suddenly moved out of the local court system into the U.S. District Court at the Federal level. This legal move happened back in 2017 upon the … Continue reading We’ve hit an obstacle to saving our plaza, a Federal Court

See you in court SunTrust and Hoffman!

We've officially joined forces with the Kalorama Citizens Association and pro bono attorney Paul Zukerberg, with resources generously donated from you all, to file suit against SunTrust, PN Hoffman and Potomac Partners. Click here for our official press release. Here the official documents filed with the court: Preliminary Injunction motion & PI exhibits Complaint If … Continue reading See you in court SunTrust and Hoffman!

History Prior to the Plaza

The Knickerbocker & Ambassador Theaters The site was originally the home of the beautiful Knickerbocker Theater, designed by local architect Reginald Geare in 1915 and owned by DC theatre operator Henry Crandall , who also later built the Tivoli Theater which still stands in Columbia Heights.  On January 28, 1922, the night after the worst snowstorm … Continue reading History Prior to the Plaza

Update: July 9th SOPA Gathering

We wanted to update you about our SaveOurPlaza gathering on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Teach-in Sat big @PN_Hoffman project 18&Col'biaRd @AdamsMorganANC @BrianneKNadeau @paulschwartzman @ItsAdamsMorgan pic.twitter.com/ghMbDoqWVX — bill rice (@ricebilldc) July 10, 2016 Our gathering brought out more than 35 people from the community, including:  Tania Jackson, Chief of Staff for Brianne Nadeau, Ward One Councilmember … Continue reading Update: July 9th SOPA Gathering

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)

Trove of Historical Records

Bank's Response to Community Concerns Included Providing a Public Plaza Based on the verbal accounts of folks who've been selling at the Adams Morgan Saturday morning farmers market for decades, we've been saying that there was a major community struggle with the bank at 1800 Columbia Rd NW prior to the building even being built. … Continue reading Trove of Historical Records