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by Borderstan.com March 31, 2009 at 8:02 pm 1,153 0

Are chicken farms part of Washington's future? (Image: scienceblogs.com.)

Are chicken farms part of Washington’s future? (Image: scienceblogs.com.)

Maybe so… maybe not. Don’t rush out just yet to buy a chicken coop for your back patio. The question of whether we can raise domesticated chickens in DC as a hedge against total economic meltdown is not settled yet.

I ran across this headline today at in shaw (an historically gentrified blog): “Chickens in the City.”

Well. What did this mean? What chickens? Chickens in Washington? Has chicken farming become a problem that is bedeviling some Advisory Neighborhood Commission? Is this an issue pitting newly arrived country people against urban sophisticates?

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by Borderstan.com March 31, 2009 at 7:13 am 0

DC At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson is an important player when it comes to crime and public safety in D.C. The reason is simple: he is chair of the Council Committee on Public Safety & the Judiciary.

Mayor Fenty’s Omnibus Crime Bill has to make it out of his committee. Our own Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans is on this committee and supports the Omnibus Crime Bill (councilmember for Borderstan).

Mendelson’s office has announced that he will hold three community meetings to talk about crime-related concerns. The closest meeting, and the only one in Northwest, is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13 in Shaw at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street NW.

Note: See earlier Borderstan postings on the Omnibus Crime Bill: “Gang Stats from Crime Bill Hearing”; “March 18: Public Hearing on DC Omnibus Crime Bill”; “Omnibus Crime Bill Roundtable Recap”; and “Friday, Dec. 5: D.C. Council Hearing on Mayor’s Crime Bill”.

You can also read Mayor Fenty’s Oct. 3, 2008, news release with his reasons on why he believes the bill is needed.

For more details, see this news release from Mendelson’s office via the MPD 2D listserv on Yahoo! Groups:

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by Borderstan.com March 30, 2009 at 10:03 pm 1 Comment

Construction of the East Dupont Dog Park is underway at 17th-New Hampshire-S Streets NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Construction of the dog park in East Dupont is underway at the triangle of 17th-New Hampshire-S Streets NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

April 1 Update: DC Parks and Recreation says that a June ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the opening of this new dog park.

Luis snapped this photo today while walking Lupe. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is working on the new dog park in East Dupont at the triangle of 17th-New Hampshire and S Streets NW. (Online info and drawings here at DPR Web site.)

I have not heard anything new on the opening date other than “spring.” Anyone know anything more about a specific date?

BTW, what do we call it? Is it the “17th Street Dog Park?”

by Borderstan.com March 30, 2009 at 9:38 pm 2 Comments

Borderstan.com went live in August 2008. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Borderstan.com went live in August 2008. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Thank you, Borderstan readers. This blog was listed by Washingtonian magazine as one of 10-best local blogs in the metro area. The April issue has a feature story on Washington-area blogs, “Can’t-Miss Clicks.”

With it is a sidebar article,”All Over the Map-The Best Local Blogs,” which lists 10 blogs in the metro area that focus on a particular neighborhood or area. Borderstan is listed as one of those top-10 local blogs:

BORDERSTAN (borderstan.com). The name of this neighborhood blog plays off the fact that the area it’s focused on falls somewhere between Dupont and Logan circles. The site is about all things to do with its locale, from crime to restaurants.”

Oddly, this particular article is not part of Washingtonian magazine’s online content. Go figure.

Special thanks to Courtney (FabFeminist) and Luis for the site template and to Luis (One Photograph A Day) for all of his beautiful photographs.

by Borderstan.com March 30, 2009 at 5:46 am 1 Comment

There was another attempt at a burglary-via-rooftop… on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on the 1600-block of Swann Street NW. Yes, broad daylight. Details below, followed by safety tips from MPD.

From MPD 2D: “This afternoon [Saturday, March 28], there was an attempt First Degree Burglary in the 1600-block of Swann Street NW, at approximately 3:45 pm. A suspect was observed on the roof of an apartment building armed with a crow bar and attempting to access the sky light. The residents observed his activityand called the police. The lookout is for a black male, 40s to 50s,bearded and wearing light clothes.”

MPD Safety Tips

  1. Please call the police whenever you observe suspicious activity in your community.
  2. Also, establish a phone tree with your neighbors, who may call the police when they observe suspicious activity in close proximity
    to your home.

by Borderstan.com March 30, 2009 at 5:33 am 1,616 0

Please read the accompanying night-time street safety tips from MPD. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Please read the accompanying nighttime street safety tips from MPD. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

From the MPD 2D listserv on Yahoo! Groups… these two robberies occurred in East Dupont very early on the morning of Saturday, March 28. Please note the night-time street safety tips from MPD posted after the details of the two robberies below the fold.

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by Borderstan.com March 29, 2009 at 8:09 am 1 Comment

The Washington City Paper announced the results of its "Best of DC" awards on Thursday. (Image: Washington City Paper Web site.)

Image: Washington City Paper Web site.

Borderstan winners in the Washington City Paper's "Best of D.C." competition. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Borderstan winners in the Washington City Paper’s “Best of D.C.” competition. Top row, from left: Rice, Miss Pixies, Bang & Olufsen and 15th Street NW. Middle row, from left: DC JCC, Cork, HR-57 and Green Pets. Bottom row, from left: Halo, Flowers on Fourteenth, Vida Fitness and The Bike Rack. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

The Washington City Paper’s Best of D.C. awards were announced this past week and I decided to go through every category to see what Borderstan businesses and entities had won awards.

Before starting, I figured that since we are such a small mini-hood, an autonomous region of the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, that I would have to include neighboring and nearby winners. After all, our commercial strips are the north side of the 1400-block of P Street NW and the west side of 14th Street NW from P to S Streets.

I was wrong. Businesses in our little enclave between 14th and 16th and P and S Streets NW did incredibly well in the City Paper competition: 10 businesses, one community-based organization, one locale and one individual (a bartender) made the list of favorites from the Readers’ Poll and City Paper Staff Picks. Several businesses were winners in more than one category.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2009 at 9:38 pm 1 Comment

Last week’s Borderstan online opinion poll was, “Just Asking! What’s Your Religion (Or Not)?”

According to the poll results–which are completely unscientific and unreliable–readers of Borderstan.com are not very religious at all, especially when compared to the American public. A large number of respondents do not believe in God or a supreme being, or are not sure. Only 22% of respondents said they were Christian, an extremely low number in an overwhelmingly Christian U.S. population.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2009 at 7:22 pm 0

Artomatic 2009 is May 29 to July 5 at the Capitol Riverfront, 55 M Street SE. (Image: Artomatic Web site.)

Artomatic 2009 is May 29 to July 5 in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at 55 M Street SE. (Image: Artomatic Web site.)

This year’s Artomatic is May 29 to July 5 at 55 M Street SE in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood… on the Metro Green Line at Navy Yard. Registration is now open for artists who want to participate in Artomatic. Details below and at the Artomatic Web site.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm 1 Comment

I won’t attempt to explain… I will let dcist tell the story:

Earlier this month, Derek Willis twittered that the Metro Police Department had stripped crime incident narratives from its public data feed. Former District resident Ben Walsh noticed and decided to find out why. The reason? MPD manager of Internet communications Kaylin Castelli blames listserves.

Read posting at dcist.

by Borderstan.com March 28, 2009 at 6:58 pm 0

I saw this posting at dcist from March 19. There is link to video from WJLA-7 TV. Note that this attack happened several weeks ago and very close to home, at Rue 14 Boutique at 1803 14th Street NW (east side, just north of S Street). However, according to the video, a similar attack occurred recently at another 14th Street business. Anyone have any additional details about either attack?

WJLA covers an assault and robbery committed by a group of teenage girls at the Rue 14 Boutique (1803 14th Street NW) a few weeks ago, noting that a similar crime happened at another business nearby earlier this week. They’ve got surveillance video of five young suspects who participated in a grab and run at Rue 14, with one of them staying behind to rough up the store owner while the others got away. Upsetting stuff.

by Borderstan.com March 28, 2009 at 6:38 pm 1 Comment

Pitango, a gelato shop, will "open soon" at 1451 P Street NW in the Metropole building. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

A Pitango Gelato shop will “open soon” at 1451 P Street NW in the Metropole building. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Luis saw this sign today… a gelato shop, Pitango Gelato,  is coming “soon” to Borderstan in the Metropole building at 1451 P Street NW. The company is based in Baltimore and has multiple locations.

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by Borderstan.com March 28, 2009 at 6:17 pm 0

Lupe's studio portraits. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Lupe’s studio portraits. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

I will be more than delighted to post photos of your dog: Just send them to me, PLEASE! In the meantime, here are some more photos of Lupe, our Border CollieCardigan Welsh Corgi cross. Luis took these black-and-white portraits following a portrait shoot for a client. He posed her on a bar stool and began clicking away. Tell me that Lupe is not one of the cutest dogs in Borderstan… go ahead… I double-dog dare you.

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