In recent years Midcity has seen a great deal of new growth and energy.
The MidCity area of Washington, DC, is a vibrant, diverse cross-section of the Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods defined essentially by the intersection of 14th and U Streets NW, and radiating from that center. In recent years, the MidCity neighborhood has seen a great deal of new growth and energy — which have brought a variety of opportunities and challenges.
A broad cross-section of business owners and property owners have been exploring the opportunities offered by a business improvement district (BID), a nonprofit organization that would be funded by property owners. A BID will provide the unified voice we need to collaboratively resolve challenges and proactively address future opportunities. A BID will deliver a variety of programs and initiatives to ensure the MidCity neighborhood is vibrant, dynamic and inclusive, such as: spearheading neighborhood beautification and placemaking projects; promoting safety; coordinating marketing and events; advocating for smart business development; and providing a means for businesses to coordinate with each other, the community, and the city. By working together, we can access untapped resources and provide services and amenities targeted to our area’s specific needs.
The MidCity BID Exploratory Committee has secured support from a large percentage of property owners within the proposed BID boundaries (as of Oct. 30, 2017). A substantial and inclusive outreach effort is underway to obtain support (in the form of signed petitions) from additional property owners. All BIDs in Washington, D.C., must be legislated by the D.C. Council, so a legislative process will start in late fall 2017. The MidCity Business Improvement District will begin operations in 2018.