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Tommy Joins News Talk To Talk Resignation of Kwame Brown and the District's Path Forward

Councilmember Tommy Wells joined News Talk's Bruce DePuyt this morning to talk about the resignation of former Chairman Kwame Brown, the culture of ethics and leadership in the city, and Council's path forward. The interview is posted online in two segments; both are included below.

Smart Growth America Highlights Tommy's "5 Minute Living" Vision

Smart Growth America highlighted Tommy and his work in Washington, DC's neighborhoods for their latest speakers series. SGA notes DC has experienced "a huge resurgence in recent years, and nowhere in the city is this more visible than DC's Ward 6." Tommy talks about creating a livable, walkable city and realizing the vision of what he calls "5-minute living." This video is part of Smart Growth America's Smart Growth Stories series, which highlights some of the most interesting and exciting smart growth work being done across the country.

Tommy Talks Safety With Gibson Plaza Neighbors

Councilmember Wells met with residents of Gibson Plaza in the Shaw neighborhood and the "new" Ward 6. In this video, Tommy talks about how he's working with resident leaders, building managers, MPD leaders and others to improve safety and work on neighborhood concerns around Gibson Plaza and Shaw. Thanks to GPA for creating this short video!

Tommy Speaks with Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood About Ethics and Pay-To-Play

Tommy joined Kojo Nnamdi and Tom Sherwood for the Politics Hour on Friday, April 27th. In discussion with Kojo and Tom, Tommy said that in the wake of the Harry Thomas Jr. corruption scandal, and despite some efforts by the council to pass new ethics guidelines, there is still a "pay-to-play" perception of the council. He noted though, that although it's a difficult time for the city government, the city itself is thriving. Watch the video below:

Tommy Talks Streetcars for DC

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells sits down to talk about streetcars for DC -- the next generation of public transit that will better connect and serve our neighborhoods across the city.

Tommy Talks About the Future of DC Public Libraries

With the city reviewing its budget priorities for the upcoming year, Tommy talks about what he's learned about DC Public Libraries over the last few months and what is needed in next year's budget to continue the success of our library system.

Tommy Talks Speed Limits for Neighborhood Roads

Yesterday, Tommy talked with Fox 5's Matt Ackland about the proposal to make the speed limits on small residential streets 15 miles per hour. It's already the speed limit around most schools, but commuter traffic cutting through small residential streets creates hazards for children, seniors and all pedestrians. The slower speed limit could help to make our local streets as safe as possible. The news report accurately noted that this wouldn't change the speed limit on commuter roads and rather, is focused on neighborhood streets. Watch the full story below:

DC Council Members Seek Lowering Speed Limits To 15 MPH in Most Residential Areas:

Wells Calls on Several Taxicab Reforms

Recently, Tommy talked with Fox 5's Matt Ackland about what's needed to improve taxicab service in the District. Citing that the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission has been a failure, Tommy recommends taking a different approach to managing the industry. He also lays out several ideas to improve the rider experience -- such as installing credit card machines in cabs and requiring a uniform color or design. Watch the full story below:

DC Council Member Tommy Wells Seeks Changes in Taxicab Operations:

Tommy Leads Bike Tour Over South Capitol Street Bridge

On Thursday, July 28, 2011, Tommy led a group of cyclists across the South Capitol Street / Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge to talk about the challenges cyclists face, and how the city can help make sure there are safe connections on both sides of the Anacostia River. Fox 5 covered the ride, watch their story below:

DC Council Member Tommy Wells Bringing Attention To Bike Safety in DC:

Tommy Joins Bruce DePuyt on News Talk

On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Tommy joined Bruce DePuyt on News Talk for a conversation about the city's direction and leadership. Tommy talked about several timely issues and responds to the current issues of city leadership, but said he remains focused on the push to make the District a more "livable, walkable" city.

Tommy Spends Time with Kojo Nnamdi on The Politics Hour

On Friday, July 15, 2011, Tommy joined Kojo Nnamdi, Tom Sherwood and Jim Vance for a discussion on the The Politics Hour to talk about the city's leadership and issues facing residents of the District.Tommy added during the show, "We need a strong chair that can operate our government in a way that restores and feels good confidence to the people we govern." Watch both clips, provided by WAMU 88.5, below.

Tommy on our Ward Transportation Summits & Listening Tour

The Ward 7 Rediscover the Bus Summit and Listening Tour was a big success. And we're coming to other wards over the next couple of weeks. Here's what's scheduled so far:

  • Ward 8 Transportation Summit & Listening Tour
    Saturday, April 9, 2011, 12:00 pm, United Planning Organization, 1649 Good Hope Rd., SE
  • Ward 4 Transportation Summit & Listening Tour
    Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 6:30 pm, Northern Metrobus Garage, 4615 14th St., NW
  • Ward 5 Transportation Summit & Listening Tour
    Thursday, April 14, 2011, 6:30 pm, Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave., NE

Check out Tommy's comments and watch the video below:

Tommy Talks About DC Bus Service

Earlier this week, Tommy posted some thoughts about how DC can rediscover the bus. Click here to read his blog post. Today, we're sharing a video Tommy created to help explain what rediscovering the bus means to him, and asks you to chime in. Lastly, he rolls out his listening tour, starting Saturday, March 12th in Ward 7. Click here for those details.

Tommy Calls to Keep Solar Decathlon in DC

With news that the National Park Service might move the highly successful Solar Decathlon off the National Mall and outside of Washington, DC, Tommy asks residents to rally around a call to keep the Solar Decathlon in DC.

Watch the video below, or check it out on Facebook by clicking here.

Tommy Discusses the Winter Sidewalk Safety Bill

Each winter, uncleared snow and ice on sidewalks traps residents - particularly seniors and individuals with disabilities - on their blocks. At best, it forces pedestrians into the road to compete with cars and trucks, and at worst, it creates very dangerous conditions and leaves residents with little options to get around their own neighborhood.

Learn the details of the proposal by watching the video below, or check it out on Facebook by clicking here.


Tommy Talks About Public Safety, Chief Lanier & Sharing Juvenile Information

Tommy discusses his partnership with MPD Chief Cathy Lanier and how he works with the police to improve public safety; including his legislation that allows better sharing of important juvenile information to attack problems at the source and provide better resources for youth or families at risk.

Tommy Talks About the Importance of Great Middle Schools

Tommy talks about how a love for learning begins in middle school and our shared priority to make improvements that builds on the success in our elementary schools.

Tommy Talks About Neighborhood Schools Supporting Ward 6 Families

Tommy talks about why neighborhoods that support families need access to great schools, and how Ward 6 schools are starting to meet those needs.

Tommy Talks About Marriage Equality in DC

Tommy speaks about his vote in support of DC's marriage equality law and the importance of protecting the basic rights of every citizen.

Tommy Talks About Rights for LGBT Families

Tommy talks about the importance of protecting the legal rights of our LGBT families and promotes DC's stance on marriage equality as a model for building stronger communities.

Tommy Talks About Raising Families in Ward 6

In Ward 6, families are having more and more options to grow their family and have their children succeed - from neighborhood schools within walking distance of their homes, to programs that challenge and add to their child's experience such as Sports on The Hill and the DC Youth Orchestra.

Tommy Talks About Adding Safer Pedestrian Crosswalks

Across Ward 6 and DC, pedestrian safety is a struggle. Tommy highlights the type of road construction that builds a safer pedestrian raised crosswalk and helps ensure the road is shared with everyone.

Tommy Talks About Returning Retail in Southwest DC

In Southwest DC, the shell of Waterside Mall has come down and in its place first-floor retail, a re-opened 4th Street, wider sidewalks, better lighting, and new development has taken its place. Tommy is fighting for this type of development to bring retail back to the neighborhood and use the city as a catalyst to deliver on neighborhood needs.

Tommy Talks About Neighborhood Schools

At a recent meeting with neighbors, Tommy talks about neighborhood schools and the importance of bringing families back into our school system, and working together to meet our shared challenges for middle and high school choices.

Tommy Talks about Growing Hill East Redevelopment

Reservation 13 in the Hill East community has for too long been a dumping ground for city buildings and parking lots that have closed off the shores of the Anacostia River and prevented the type of smart development needed on the eastern edge of Ward 6. The city is poised to take the next steps and Tommy talks about the future, from a view on the Anacostia, for Reservation 13 and Hill East.

Tommy Talks about Eastern Market

Tommy talks about Eastern Market and its role not just in Ward 6, but for the entire city. It's the type of amenity needed throughout the District that brings fresh food, retail shopping, and a major neighborhood asset within minutes of your home.

Tommy Talks about Growth on the H Street Corridor

Tommy talks about the growth of the H Street Corridor and what's next to transform the street with both the streetcar and a better walking experience. In addition, Tommy makes clear the need to grow retail small businesses along with restaurants and entertainment.

Tommy Talks About Transit Options for DC

Part of building a livable and walkable city is having a strong and dependable public transit system. Tommy talks about growing our transportation connections to better connect our neighborhoods.

Tommy Talks About Developing the New Canal Park

Canal Park in Southeast DC is a new park under construction that will create an exciting green public space for neighbors in Southwest and near Southeast. Tommy talks about the potential and what it means in the new Southeast neighborhood.

Tommy and the Benefits of Community Gardens

Tommy talks about the Virginia Ave Community Garden and what a garden can do to build a neighborhood.

Tommy Talks About "5-Minute Living" in NoMa

As the NoMa neighborhood continues to be built out, it has the promise of bringing new residences to be developed alongside first floor shops, parks and green space, plenty of transportation choices, and full service grocery stores like Harris Teeter.

On July 21, 2010, Tommy joined the city for the groundbreaking of one of the most recent projects in the area, and talked about what 5-minute living can mean in this new neighborhood.

CNN Features Tommy as Leader for DC Streetcars

This morning, CNN featured Tommy Wells in a story about building the streetcar system that will better connect neighborhoods in DC. Check out the video below: