Tenleytown Water TowerIf you are one of Tenleytown, D.C.‘s avid followers, first let me say thank you, and second, you might have noticed that things have been a little quiet on the website the last few weeks. The lull has been due in part to the holidays, as I closed the laptop, put away the mouse, silenced social media, and spent time with my family in the real world as 2015 came to a close. However, more significantly it has been due to some exciting changes for 2016.

As of the beginning of January, I am thrilled to be the new Executive Director of Tenleytown Main Street, a community-based, non-profit organization that works in support of the economic revitalization of Wisconsin Avenue from Tenley Circle north to Fessenden Street.

Through the leadership of Councilmember Mary Cheh, members of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, and other community leaders, funding to establish a new Main Street program in Tenleytown was included in the District’s FY 2016 budget. Tenleytown joins nine other Main Street organizations in the city, and along with the new Van Ness Main Street program is the first in Ward 3.

As Executive Director, I look forward to working with the business community and residents to make what is great about our commercial district even better. Together, we can achieve a vision for Tenleytown that celebrates the neighborhood’s unique history, makes Wisconsin Avenue a more attractive place to walk, dine and shop, and broadens the businesses serving our community.

Tenleytown Streetscape 5There is a lot of opportunity, as well as a lot of work to be done. While I plan to continue the Tenleytown, D.C. website and to continue showcasing life, business, and politics in this charming neighborhood atop the city, I ask for your patience as I develop a new publishing schedule better suited to the demands of the exciting work ahead with Tenleytown Main Street. And please keep sending your questions, ideas, and tips to tenleytowndc@gmail.comTenleytown, D.C. is intended to be a community website, and I love hearing from you.

I also hope to see you on the Avenue and as volunteers, participants, and leaders of Main Street projects. Subscribe at for updates and information on how you can contribute to making our business district even better.

2016 is going to be a great year for Tenleytown!

Leigh Catherine Miles
Founder and Editor


  • Congratulations! I hope that this website continues to function in the months and years ahead, it is a great source of local news about the neighborhood. Best of luck with the new position.

  • Congratulations, Leigh Catherine! You do great work and we at Forest Hills Connection look forward to the next stage.


    Dear Leigh,

    Congratulations on your new status. I no longer live in DC, but I read your reports with great interest, enthusiasm, and nostalgia. It makes me homesick and a little lonesome. I make mental notes of things I want to do, eat and see when I next return “home” .

    I am a second generation Washingtonian. I grew up at Fesenden and Linnean and then as an adult, lived for almost 25 years at Wisconsin and Van Ness. I bragged that lived in the perfect spot, equi distant from the Van Ness and Tenley metro stops. It is thrilling to see the changes, mostly for the better and the new sense of community that you are helping to facilitate. thank you Carla F

  • Good news for the Tenley and Van Ness neighborhood!

  • Thank you for all your well wishes!