The elephant in the room is the expansion of ANC 6C south of East Capitol Street into what is currently ANC 6B. One solution could be to move the ANC 6C line down to Independence Avenue with a sliding southeastern boundary of North Carolina Avenue versus what is proposed in the map (six SMDs). Or hold to the East Capitol line (5 SMDs). This would mean that ANC 6C would have less than seven SMDs. And given all the Ward 6 equities, that may be an acceptable outcome (under the rule, don't let math drive the redistricting).
However, my concern is creating an ANC that is roughly half the size of other ANCs -- that would mean creating an ANC that would have half the financial resources of other ANCs. Given all the input on the blog, I am very interested in hearing from ANC 6C on what they think their boarders should be. In fairness, we started our listening tour with ANC 6C and we have heard several potential boundary maps without following up with them. Depending on ANC 6C input, I could entertain this new alternative to build a Ward 6 redistricting map that bends, but not breaks, the existing ANC boundaries.
Also, I would welcome additional input from the 6D community on moving the Capitol Quarters from 6D to 6B. Honestly, I have heard arguments for and against this option both in ANC 6B and ANC 6B. And I would welcome additional comments regarding extending the 6B boundary to include the baseball stadium. It is clear to me that ANC 6D is facing tremendous development opportunities on the waterfront. Given the "plans" for the baseball stadium area have been largely decided, it seems that putting the baseball stadium under 6B would facilitate the developing efforts to build strong linkages with Barracks Row.
I realize that no one proposal will have all the answers. In my opinion, this proposal offers the best starting point for discussing a Ward 6 redistricting plan that attempts to preserve the existing community relationships (status quo - with minor changes) while adjusting for organic population growth and the changes in the NW part of Ward 6. Again, my opinion, if the existing ANC boundaries are sacrosanct, than that could push the W6TF into considering bolder plans that could lead to a fundamental alteration of existing boundaries (example, Pate and Ronnenberg). Options I am not opposed to, but would hope to avoid.
Finally, I decided to put my personal thoughts on this blog entry. My role on Wednesday evening will be to facilitate the will of the W6TF. In my experience, it is hard to chair a meeting while actively arguing for one particular solution. I have complete confidence in the members Council Member Wells selected to volunteer for this task force to "argue" for the best outcome for Ward 6. If not for anything else, tomorrow's meeting will be better than what is on TV. See you then.