DC’s Juvenile Justice System. Hat tip to Washington City Paper’s Loose Lips column for picking up Cary Silverman’s “Chief Judge Speaks” post at his blog, The Other 35 Percent: “Cary Silverman recaps the comments of Superior Court Chief Judge Lee Satterfield and Judge Ronna Beck at a Mount Vernon Square community meeting last week. Most interesting: ‘If there is one area in which the judges felt the District’s criminal justice system could improve, it is in juvenile justice. Some interesting facts. D.C. Superior Court judges have no role in sentencing JV offenders – it is up to the District government and JV’s know it. The District’s JV facility is too small and overcrowded, which may result in early releases when filled past capacity. While there is a JV facility for boys, there is no facility for girls. Judge Satterfield suggested the need for a larger JV facility with more educational programming.’ “
Clark Ray fundraiser for young professionals tonight. From Politico: “Washingtonians obsess not only on national politics but on local government matters, too. And so Clark Ray — candidate for D.C. Council at-Large and former campaign chief of staff to Tipper Gore — is hosting a networking event for young professionals…. at Peacock Cafe in Georgetown. 3251 Prospect St. N.W. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.” (Full disclosure: we know and support Ray in his bid for DC City Council.)
The New York Times just loves our neighborhood. I don’t know how you could have missed it, that New York Times story that everyone posted on their Facebook page or emailed to their friends in other cities (guilty!) and was cited by just about every blog and media outlet in Northwest DC… but in case you did: The NYT did a gushing story last week on the fabulous nightlife in “MidCity,” also known as 14th and U or Logan Circle. (And you wonder why we call it Borderstan?) See what you think: “Stimulus Programs That Roll at Night.”
Who Murdered Robert Wone? We don’t know and we may never know… but the editors at the Web site have more postings: “Miranda Warning(s)”… “Sever(al) Motions”… and “Separation Anxiety (The Trouple Now A Couple… And Maybe Not Even That).” What we do know is that it happened in Borderstan.
Update on Condo Project, 1700 block of 14th Street NW. No, this is NOT the condo project planned for the corner of 14th and R NW. This is the much bigger project planned north of S Street on the west side of 14th near the former Whitman-Walker building. Urban Turf notes a story in the Washington Business Journal (a great source for this type of news): “Ground could be broken by the end of the year on new condos (or apartments) along the rapidly-transforming stretch of 14th Street between Logan Circle and U Street. The Washington Business Journal is reporting that a planned 120-unit residential project from JBG Companies could break ground on 14th Street between Swann and S Street in the fourth quarter of 2010.”
New scrutiny of DC Emergency Medical Services. There have been issues, sometimes serious ones, around DC’s EMS as well as the city’s 911 system for years. Here is another story, this one from The Washington Post: “D.C. EMS scrutinized after death of girl, 2.”
New Mexican Restaurant for U Street? Maybe, according to U Street Girl: “LZ Restaurant space to become a Mexican restaurant?”
More Bike Lanes? Looks like the city is planning more of the special wide bike lanes around town so you might be able to connect from the 15th Street bike lane to another one. There are plans for similar bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, I Street NW, L Street NW and 9th Street NW. DDoT is holding a public meeting on the bike lane plans on Thursday, March 18, 6 to 8:00 p.m. at The Heritage Center of the United States Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.