South Manor Neighborhood Association

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South Manor Neighborhood Association (SMNA)  conducts General Body meetings every first Wednesday that are open to anyone in the community and are always held at 6:30pm in the the Fellowship Hall of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (5301 N Capitol St NE).

The South Manor Neighborhood Association (SMNA) was organized in 1965 to promote a safe, viable, stable, clean, and livable community, where all people are accepted regardless of race, creed, color or national origin and where they can live in common cause with their neighbors.

The South Manor Neighborhood Association was established in 1965 by area residents and concerned citizens to prevent the building of the North Central Freeway – a planned 10 lane nine mile expressway that could have resulted in wholesale neighborhood demolition, with hundreds of homes completely removed and thousands of residents forced to relocate in order to make space for the freeway and the expansive interchanges planned for it.  After years of unyielding and unrelenting protests from D.C. residents including groups like South Manor Neighborhood Association, the National Capital Planning Commission withdrew plans to construct the freeway in 1977.                                                  

South Manor Neighborhood Association continues its proud tradition to this day, as an active advocate for a sound community supporting peaceful, stable, viable and sustainable neighborhoods, and a good quality of life for all its residents. It also fostered the establishment of neighborhood block clubs, including the Unit Block Club of Longfellow Street Northwest.

During the 2009 - 2010 calendar year, SMNA has:

  1. Collected food for South Manor families in need. 
  2. Partnered with the Washington DC Canoe Club to provide summer activities for our children.
  3. Collected children’s toys for delivery during Christmas.
  4. Arranged neighborhood walkthroughs with government officials to address varying concerns.
  5. Host an annual fun day for residents.
  6. Host an annual Holiday party.
  7. Worked to eliminate several nuisance properties.
  8. Contacted 4th district Metropolitan Police Department to address the increased crime on several blocks and requested increased officers and patrols.
  9. We have solicited volunteers and participated in the Kennedy Street redevelopment committees.
  10.  We have hosted meetings with Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, District Department of Transportation,     and Metropolitan Police Department to address, illegal construction, traffic congestion and crime. 

       Each agency has ongoing activities within our community that are reviewed at monthly meetings


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