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Forget last night's Kennedy Center Honors -- Tommy Wells to host 'Livable, Walkable Awards' tonight

December 6, 2010 - 03:28 PM
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(Photo: Office of Tommy Wells)

If you're tasked with manning a blog entitled OnFoot, then naturally you look forward to the fourth annual Livable, Walkable Awards as if it's Oscar night. But unfortunately your humble blogger has been battling a nasty case of the flu, so it looks like we won't be making it out to Arena Stage in Southwest for the ceremonies starting at 6:30 tonight. Our stunning dress lent out by Vera Wang will have to hang in the closet for another year.

But don't let our disappointment stand in the way of your good time. There will be food, a cash bar, and unspecified "live entertainment" in the house, not to mention lots and lots of Ward 6 love. It was once suggested these awards be called either the Tommies or the Wellsies, but the councilmember had more humility than that. They are thus known colloquially as the Brickies, after the little brick plaques that go to the winners. A list of this year's honorees is after the jump.

Oh, and if you happen to make it out to the festivities tonight, drop us a line and give us your frank assessment. We'd like to know whether emcee Wells kills it like Bob Hope or bombs like David Letterman.

From Wells chief of staff Charles Allen:

4th Annual Livable, Walkable Neighbor Award -- Barbara Ehrlich

A 33 year resident of Southwest DC, Barbara Ehrlich is a community leader and advocate for building and sustaining a great neighborhood. Active with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly, Ms. Ehrlich also serves on the National Cherry Blossom Festival Board of Directors. In addition, Ms. Ehrlich has partnered with many community members to transform nearly a dozen abandoned historic call boxes into a vibrant network of markers for a walking trail that celebrates the culture, history and people of Southwest DC.

4th Annual Livable, Walkable Community Organization Award – Anacostia Community Boathouse Association

Unlike any other, ACBA has helped to restore access to the waterfront for the residents of nearby neighborhoods. From humble beginnings in 1988 by a group of neighbors that wanted to create a rowing program on the Anacostia River for at-risk teenagers, it has grown into the River’s premiere rowing and paddling community. It’s become an asset to rowing clubs from schools around the region, and to Ward 6 residents who want to get on the water near their homes. ACBA is the type of community amenity that is hard to find and in most communities in our country, and it’s a vital part of returning the Anacostia River to once again being a contributing part of our Ward and city.

4th Annual Livable, Walkable Business Award – Argonaut Tavern

A symbol that celebrates the diversity on H Street NE, the Argonaut is a watering hole and restaurant that has become a symbol of the reviving corridor. It’s a neighborhood destination and has made a priority of catering to residents that walk or bike. Whether it’s providing stroller parking, bike parking or even dog walking with special partnerships with other H Street businesses, it all is a part of creating a dining experience you can walk to.

4th Annual Livable, Walkable Public Service Award -- Will Hill

Before there was a place called “Hill East”, there was Will Hill. Long serving ANC Commissioner Will Hill is well recognized across his neighborhood as a leader in community policing. Founding and sustaining Orange Hat patrols in the community, he helped bring neighbors out of their homes and walk the sidewalks to help ensure better public safety for the growing neighborhood. The result is a vibrant and diverse community that continues to grow and has a strong commitment in civic action to build a livable and walkable neighborhood.

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