by Tim Regan — October 3, 2015 at 11:55 pm 199 0

A shooting occurred on the 1200 block of Connecticut Avenue NW around 10:28 p.m. this evening, said D.C. Police.

Authorities were not available for comment when contacted late tonight.

This story will be updated with more information as it is available.

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm 115 0

Apples, photo courtesy of 14th and U Farmers Market

Hurricane? What hurricane? With wet — but probably not dangerous — weather on the way, this weekend might not be a total wash after all. Wait. I mean. It might be a wash, but you uh, you get it.

Anyway. Here’s a roundup of what to expect this weekend in and around the Borderstan coverage area:


  • Adams Morgan PorchFest has been rescheduled.
  • 14th and U Farmers Market will be open and selling 20 varieties of apples, eight kinds of eggplants, seasonal squash and apple cider.
  • Meridian Pint Oktoberfest is still on, but it’s been moved indoors. Sorry, moon bounce aficionados.
  • Bentzen Ball continues with events across the city tonight, tomorrow and Sunday.
  • Like the Walking Dead? Well guess what: Actress Emily Kinney performs at U Street Music Hall on Sunday.
  • Funny people will read funny stuff at DC9 tonight.
  • Black Squirrel moved its pumpkin beer festival to next week.

Stuff you should know:

  • If you live in LeDroit Park or Bloomingdale, here’s where to get sandbags.
  • We are under a flood watch.
  • Howard University’s homecoming parade will shut down several roads near the university.
  • Metro’s Red Line will run every 20 minutes. Yellow will run every 24 minutes.

Photo via 14th and U Farmers Market Facebook page

by Sean Meehan — October 2, 2015 at 3:50 pm 341 0

A documentary by professors at American University and George Washington University examines gentrification in the U Street area, Columbia Heights and Petworth.

The documentary, called Dog Parks and Coffee Shops, aims to make locals aware of how income inequality and buying decisions can hurt integration.

“Back in the day, Washington D.C. was America’s first city with a Black majority population, and many neighborhoods were predominantly Black,” says a narrator in the film’s trailer. “Today, many of those same neighborhoods have experienced significant demographic shifts.”

Sonya Grier, a marketing professor at AU and a co-producer of the documentary, said that consumption habits are one of the largest source of headaches in rapidly changing neighborhoods.

As the notion goes, gentrifiers move in to traditionally low-rent neighborhoods, open middle class destinations such as dog parks and coffee shops, and in the process cause tension among longtime residents by way of rising rent and a higher cost of goods.

“If you have people living in separate consumption worlds, that doesn’t support harmony, integration and unity within communities,” Grier said. “It supports what we observed, what we call faux diversity.”

Grier, who lives north of Petworth in Brightwood, said the idea for the documentary came from a trip she and co-producer Vanessa Perry, a marketing professor at GWU, took to U Street. The two professors noticed that, despite the racial diversity of the neighborhood, people of different ethnicities weren’t actually mixing.

Instead, groups of similar people tended to go to the same destinations. On the outside, Grier said, neighborhoods like U Street and Columbia Heights might look diverse. But walk inside businesses and restaurants and the crowds tend to be more homogenous. And that, she said, can lead to problems.

“One of the issues we identify in the film is that there’s not a lot of interracial discussions in these areas and that can lead to mistrust,” Grier said. “In the Shaw neighborhood, they have a campaign to get people to say hi to their neighbors. The fact that they need that campaign actually says a lot.”

The documentary will be part of the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza at the Angelika Pop-up Theater at Union Market next weekend. The filmmakers will also hold a free screening and discussion of the film at the Northeast Neighborhood Library at 330 7th St. NE at 2 p.m. Oct. 11.

Grier said she and the other filmmakers behind the documentary hope to use it as a tool to spur discussions between old and new residents and across racial lines.

“Something is going on where people aren’t interacting,” she said, “and we hope the film can act as a stimulus to get people talking about these issues.”

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 2:15 pm 0

Amanda Bonam

ANC 1B has a another new commissioner.

The commission applauded Amanda Bonam, 1B-10, as she took her new seat during a general meeting at the Reeves Center last night.

Bonam, a 19-year-old student at Howard University, said she’s glad to take over for previous 1B-10 commissioner and Howard alum Allyson Carpenter.

“[Allyson and I] came to ANC meetings, we checked it out and it was something I was really interested in,” Bonam said. “Once I realized Allyson was on her way out, I thought that would be a natural step up, to run for the seat.”

Bonam added that she hopes to use her seat to connect the university and surrounding residents.

“As the newest commissioner, something that I think is absolutely important is connecting Howard University back with he community,” Bonam said. “I represent most of the Howard dormitories, so making sure that Howard and the community are connected is really important to me.”


by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm 129 0

ANC 1B Community Heroes Award presentation

Community leaders from ANC 1B honored two Ben’s Chili Bowl cooks last night for saving a man during a violent mugging that occurred in an alley near the restaurant in June.

Ben’s employees Juan Roman Carrosco and Pedro Contreras confronted two attackers as they beat and robbed a man behind the restaurant, reported FOX 5. Armed only with their belts, Carrosco and Contreras charged at the attackers and chased them away. The victim — who has previously gone by the name “Lance,” — later said that, had it not been for Carrosco and Contreras, he could have been seriously injured or even lost an eye.

With Ben’s owner Virginia Ali in the audience, Commissioner John Green, 1B-12, presented the commission’s community heroes award to Carrosco and Contreras during the ANC’s monthly meeting at the Reeves Center.

“There was a man … who was being mugged, violently beaten, by two individuals behind Ben’s Chili Bowl, and these gentlemen stepped in and prevented the crime from becoming much worse,” Green said from the podium.

Green then read a letter addressed from the victim to his saviors.

“Words cannot possibly express my gratitude to the two of you, despite being complete strangers to me,” Lance wrote in the letter.

“I remember grabbing my eye and then seeing blood, and then not being able to open my eye,” Lance continued. “As I looked up in the alley, hunched over, your silhouettes looked like the calvary coming to the rescue. My mother called you angels. At that moment, seeing the two of you running with your belts in the air, chasing the two cowardly thugs. I just remember thinking, thank God it’s over, and I’m okay.”

“These guys have my back,” Lance’s letter concluded. “It was one of the best moments of my life.”

Green read the letter in Spanish and presented copies to Carrosco and Contreras to a thundering round of applause.

Ali, who has previously called her employees “stars,” then spoke up. “Thank you very much,” she said. “I hope you don’t mind if we take them back to their duties,” she joked.

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 10:25 am 0

sandbags, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/telekon/DC Water is currently distributing sandbags to residents who live in LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale ahead of possible flooding, the city agency announced today in a press release.

DC Water personnel are currently distributing the sandbags at First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW.

Only customers who live in the flood-prone neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park and on the 900 block of P Street NW can receive a sandbag. Further, people who live in those neighborhoods may be asked to show proof of residency when picking up sandbags. Though proof of residency includes a driver’s license, anything with an address on it would suffice, said John Lisle, DC Water’s chief of external affairs.

The press release continues:

“As with any weather emergency, our crews will brave the elements to ensure that we continue to deliver our essential service,” said DC Water CEO and General Manager George S. Hawkins. “While we cannot control Mother Nature, we will do our best to keep our customers informed and respond to emergencies.”

The District’s drinking water treatment facilities — operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Washington Aqueduct — and the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant are built to withstand the impact of a severe storm. Loss of electricity at an individual home or multi-unit building does not have an impact on the delivery of drinking water. If any service disruptions should occur, customers will be notified immediately through DC Water’s Alert System, local news media and social media platforms, including Twitter (@dcwater), Facebook (facebook.com/mydcwater) and Instagram (@myDCWater).

DC Water Emergency Preparedness Tips:
–       Sign up for text or email alerts at dcwater.com/workzones
–       Report clogged storm drains by calling the 24/7 Command Center at (202) 612-3400.
–       Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they are clear of debris.
–       Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes a 3-day supply of food and water.
–       For more information on preparing for a hurricane, please visit dcwater.com/education/preparedness.cfm.

Cropped photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/telekon/

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 10:00 am 189 0

Police_CruiserTwo thieves armed with a knife assaulted and robbed a man in Columbia Heights late last night, said D.C. Police.

According to police, the robbery occurred on the 1100 block of Harvard Street NW around 10:30 p.m. last night. Police say the man was assaulted and robbed, but not stabbed as was originally reported

“The victim (male) was assaulted and his property was stolen, but he was not stabbed,” wrote Third District Police Commander Jeffrey Carrol in an e-mail. “He was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his injures.”

by Tim Regan — October 2, 2015 at 8:55 am 269 0

rainy weather in Borderstan, photo via https://www.flickr.com/photos/vlsergey/

Gunshots at 14th and V — Several people reported hearing gunshots at 14th and V NW last night. [Twitter]

16th Street Bus Lane Possible — The 16th Street buses are bad. We know that, DDOT knows that. But relief may be on the way: A new study that will be completed in the spring includes installing a dedicated bus lane as an option. [Washington Post]

Farragut Connection — Though it’s been saying this for years, Metro still wants to install a tunnel that connects the Farragut West and North stations. [Greater Greater Washington]

Keep on the Punny Side — D.C.’s top 24 businesses with punny names, ranked. All your favorites are here: Beau Thai, The Grill from Ipanema, Dew Drop Inn. Puns are love. Puns are life. [Stuck in DC]

Bye, Y — Real estate developer Akridge purchased the Dupont Circle YMCA. The facility will close on Dec. 31. [Borderstan]

Photo via Flickr.com/photos/vlsergey/

by Tim Regan — October 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm 0

Watha_Library-w597-h556District residents can give their opinions on local libraries in a new survey.

D.C. Public Library is urging residents to complete a survey intended to help it plan for the future.

The questionnaire asks respondents to say what they “wish the library offered more of” and how they use the library, among other queries.

“Input from all D.C. residents, students, employers and employees is needed to map out the vision for the library in the next five years and help us move from good to great.” the survey reads. “By taking our 5-minute survey, you’re helping us define our future.”

by Tim Regan — October 1, 2015 at 8:00 am 0

Hark, a Hurricane  — The prospect of Hurricane Joaquin hitting D.C. has locals wringing their hands. Will it or won’t it? [Washington City Paper, DCist, Washington Post] Small Fry, Soft Opening —…


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