Another article on DC’s rising hipster status. Out magazine has an article about DC’s place in the gay-hipsterness rankings: “When did it stop being embarrassing to say you live in D.C.?” My favorite graph: “It’s not embarrassing anymore to say you live in D.C.,” says Richard Florida, the author who rethought city coolness with his book The Rise of the Creative Class. “When we measure the gay index, D.C. is off the charts. Of course, you still have preppy dinosaurs living in the formaldehyde netherworld of Georgetown. But that’s ending.” Well, at least we live in the middle of it.
Washington Post reaches out to local bloggers. Fishbowl DC reported Washington Post’s announcement of its new local blog network, “All Opinions Are Local.” It will include original content from independent bloggers, as well as posts from the bloggers’ home sites. Sommer Mathis of DCist, Dan Malouff of BeyondDC and David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington are among the bloggers working with The Post.
Dodge City now open on U Street. BrightestYoungThings and UrbanDaddy profile the new tavern in town. The Go Go Posse 1980s release “D.C. Don’t Stand for Dodge City” inspired the name of the bar, which is owned by Velvet Lounge owner Haile Berhane. Abdul Kayoumy from Velvet and Angie Hopson from Black Cat are also partners in the venture, according to BYT.
Harry Jaffe covers Robert Wone murder case. Local columnist Harry Jaffe (Washingtonian and Examiner) has an in-depth article in the May issue of Washingtonian magazine; you can read an excerpt online. Wone was murdered on August 2, 2006, on the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. No one has been arrested for Wone’s murder, but the three residents of the house where he was killed have been charged with obstruction of justice in the case; their trail begins early next month. The editors at Who Murdered Robert Wone? will be covering the trial and have a Monday post, “The Divine Miss M.”
14th and U NW project. Is the big redevelopment project planned for the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW about to get underway? DCmud has the story.
Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio tries Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Young and Hungry blog at the Washington City Paper reposted the picture of Tom Colicchio’s half-eaten half smoke from Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Top Chef judge uploaded the picture to Twitter with the caption, “Guess where I am.” Bravo has been taping the popular series throughout the District. See the Washingtonian’s Best Bites Blog for a map of their whereabouts.
More on the 14th and U corridor Arts Overlay. Two pieces of reading on the arts overlay district that encompasses swaths of both 14th and U Streets, limiting the frontage to 25%… but it will probably soon be upped to 50%. Read a follow-up piece at 14th and You as well as the great piece over at the Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex blog (comments are also a must read).
More details on the armed robbery of Nellie’s. MetroWeekly has more details on the April 19 robbery of Nellie’s Sports Bar at 9th and U NW.
Fenty proposes vacant property fee increase. Washington Business Journal reports on DC Mayor Adrian Fenty’s proposal to dramatically increase the annual registration fee paid by vacant property owners in DC. According to Michael Neibauer of the WBJ, property owners could pay up to 250 times what they currently pay for owning an empty residential or commercial building.