New Advisory Neighborhood Comissioner (ANC) Edward Daniels will kick off 2019 as representative of the 6D07 portion of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Edward has called DC home for 16 years, and is a proud actor and entrepreneur in the arts and film industry as the owner of two entertainment businesses. Other fun facts: he speaks Japanese and is slightly obsessed with the show Portlandia.
I began to follow the development of the riverfront many years ago and longed to live here someday. When choosing any place to live I always consider safety, cleanliness, and ease of access to the rest of the city and the surrounding region.
I remember this area when there wasn’t much here besides a few nightclubs, empty warehouses, and fields of gravel. I love the proximity to the water, the modern design of the neighborhood, and the general buzz that remains as the neighborhood grows. Coming from Columbia Heights and Shaw, I first thought that the Capitol Riverfront might be a bit too quiet for me. Having lived here for a few years, I’ve grown to love the area. I’m also a huge fan of spring in Washington, DC, and the energy along the riverfront in spring is quite spectacular!
I’ve often described this neighborhood as refreshing, beautiful, and simply unique when compared to other parts of the District. We have the water, the views, one of the most beautiful parks in town, and this is only the beginning of the revitalization of our city’s waterfront.
I’m a huge fan of Light Yards each winter. I’m a sucker for art installations and lighting, so the combination of the two is right up my alley. As Commissioner, I’m hoping to lure the creators of Art All Night to the Capitol Riverfront this coming Fall.
I am a huge fan of Declaration. They have an awesome daily happy hour and I’ve found the staff to be amazingly friendly! I’m often at Takorean on Tuesdays and, as I plan to eat healthier in the new year, I’m sure Sweetgreen will become a daily lunch spot.
The pace of retail and residential development here has probably been the biggest change, as there have been numerous restaurant, hotel, and apartment openings. It’s quite a sight to see so many families, runners, bikers, and sports fans flocking to the area, especially when there wasn’t such hustle and bustle just a few years ago.
I think I speak for most residents when I say that I look forward to a bit less construction in just a few years, when most of the major projects in the neighborhood are complete. I also personally can’t wait to see the new Frederick Douglass Bridge, Thompson Hotel, and welcome a new movie theatre to the neighborhood.
In addition to my scheduled coffee hours and resident pop-up events throughout the neighborhood, residents may reach me directly online at www.edwarddaniels.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, twitter: @edwarddaniels, or ANC mobile: 202-930-3720.