The Bates Area Civic Association services residents in the part of Washington DC officially called Old City II, also part of single member districts of ANC 5E05 and ANC 5E06, and also known to some as East Shaw, Truxton Circle or Dunbar Shaw in the area between P St NW and Florida Avenue, and between New Jersey Avenue and North Capitol Street.

This website offers information relevant to our community, including useful links to officials in DC government, information on vacant property, a listing of Home Services that residents in our and surrounding community have recommended, and news articles about our area.  In an attempt to connect with our neighbors and be as transparent and welcoming to all residents in this area, we have started this website and an accompanying blog. Please click on the BLOG link to hear our community news, opinions, meeting notices, minutes and general citywide news as it pertains to BACA area residents.  Currently 12 residents are contributors. You could be a regular contributor too.  Contact the administrator if you’d like to post or become a regular contributor.  Any views stated here are not officially endorsed by the Bates Area Civic Association unless explicitly stated.  Readers may comment on the posts here, but administrators reserve the right to monitor and remove tasteless, rude, vulgar or offensive comments.


At BACA we’d like all neighbors to be involved in making our community a more, well…communal place. We hold monthly meetings where officials are invited to inform of us of their relevant activities, developers and businesses in the area are invited to share their opportunities and plans and solicit our feedback and approval. We discuss problems and potential solutions. We plan beautification events, neighborhood get-togethers and generally represent our needs to the higher-ups in city government.

Monthly Meetings

BACA meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 pm, except on holidays, when it meets the following Monday. Meetings typically cover MPD crime & safety updates, committee reports, invited individuals representing the interests of the neighborhood, and open discussion of issues around the BACA area.  They last no more than two hours. We welcome concerns of the neighborhood and you may email suggested discussion topics to BACA President Kyle Thomas.

Meeting Location:  Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 3rd & Q Streets NW

CONTACT BACA: Have a question, problem, observation?  Want to be a regular contributor? Or just post a one time announcement?  Please contact BACA President Kyle Thomas at thomkyle@gmail.com

BACA Leadership

BACA held its last election in October, 2016. The following persons were elected for a two-year term.

BACA President – Kyle Thomas
Vice President –
Geovani Bonilla 
Treasurer – 
Katie McClelland
Secretary –
Kate Mavis

At-Large Officers:

  • Christa Fields
  • Harold Gist
  • Joey DeSanto Jones
  • Terry Rhea