by August 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm 0

Borderstan Dupont Logan U Street

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street NW, and perhaps a bit beyond. (Borderstan)

Weekend Tea Party. It’s a good bet you’ve heard about Glen Beck’s Tea Party gathering is this weekend in DC. There is plenty of “tourist advice” going around: click here for some of them. Pretty sure I read somewhere that one upcoming visitor advised that 14th and 16th Streets are “safe.” Note to newcomers in the hood: Due to Borderstan’s proximity to downtown and the National Mall, we always get spillover from national gatherings, marches and rallies.

Hearing dates set for Hank’s Oyster Bar. Okay, there actually two hearings coming up, as The In Towner reported last week: September 8 and October 13. Get the details here. Check out Borderstan’s previous posts for more information–list of all related posts at the bottom of this link.

$15 Theater Tickets for Something You Did. Theater J (aka the Goldman Theater at the DC Jewish Community Center) is offering special $15 tickets to selected performances of its new show, Something You Did. To get the deal, visit the Theater J website to purchase your tickets and put in the code DCBLOGGER. Get the discount for these performances: Aug. 28 at 8 pm (opening performance); Sept. 2 at 7:30 pm; Sept. 4 at 8 pm; Sept. 5 at 3 and 7:30 pm; , Sept. 6 at 7:30 pm.

Detailed look at 14th & S mixed-use project. Our friends over at 14th & You have a detailed post on the residential-retail project that will soon get underway on the 1800-block of 14th Street (west side from S up to Swann Street). Looks like demolition of the current structures will begin in the next few weeks.

On the Map: Pedestrian & Cyclist Accidents Mapped. Dcist mapped the location of July accidents in DC involving pedestrians and cyclists. The two spots that jump out in the area are Dupont Circle and Mount Vernon Square (Convention Center).

DC’s first sidewalk cafe. Streets of Washington has a nice post on DC’s first sidewalk cafe, a place called Bassin’s Restaurant at 14th and Pennsylvania NW. A nice read. You have to wonder if its license for outdoor seating would have been approved today. Hat tip to dicst.

EFN Lounge/Motley Bar closes–for good. MetroWeekly reported that the 9th Street NW gay club has closed its doors permanently. It’s a good read and there are apparently some issues over who owns what, like the name and brand. The club, which opened with fanfare in 2006 on the 9th Street strip just north of the Convention Center was reportedly surviving on bear traffic: “We were surviving on [Friday’s] Bear Happy Hour. All the other days were a bust.”

Circulator Bus Turns 5. Greater Greater Washington reports on the DC Circulator Bus service celebrating its fifth birthday Tuesday. The special red buses–they’re run by DDOT, not Metro–are on special routes between selected destinations that connect activity centers. In the Borderstan area, the Green Circulator route runs north up 14th Street to the Columbia Heights Metro… then down Columbia Road through Adams Morgan… over to the Woodley Park Metro stop–and back. That’s what it’s called the Circulator. BTW, DDOT wants you to take its Circulator Bus survey.

New DC rules for food trucks in effect. reports on the DC Government testing new rules for food trucks in selected downtown areas. Not surprisingly, restaurants and delis are worried: “The District has turned much of downtown into a test site for mobile food trucks. The mayor’s office wants the trucks to flourish and serve as a national model but food truck vendors worry national restaurant chains will use the new rules to drive them out of business.” I understand the risk to small business owners who could be hurt, but I will say it one more time: DC needs more good cheap food. We seem to be getting plenty of new options in the places-we-can-only-afford-to-patronize-once-a-month category.

by August 24, 2010 at 10:13 am 0

Lifting Voices

One of Lifting Voices’ main goals is to teach writing skills to local children. (Lifting Voices)

“Drink and Think” Happy Hour this Wednesday at Jo Jo Restaurant and Bar will benefit the local organization, Lifting Voices. Time is 5 to 8 pm at 1518 U Street NW. There’s no cover charge–a percentage of food and drink sales go to the group.

Lifting Voices was founded in DC in 2007 with the mission of “harnessing the power of words to improve communities.” The grassroots organization conducts writing workshops for young people, gathers oral history on social issues by working with Bridging Voices. Lifting Voices also works to provide these perspectives to local officials and policy makers, according to Reba Elliott, executive director.

For more information about the group’s projects, check out the Lifting Voices websiste and Facebook Page. Even better, go to the Lifting Voices Channel on YouTube.

by August 24, 2010 at 10:10 am 1,253 0

Clark Ray is running against Phil Mendelson in the September 14 Democratic primary for an At-Large Council seat. (Luis Gomez Photos)

A candidate forum this evening at 12th and U NW will feature candidates in two high-profile races in the September 14 Democratic primary.

Council Chairman. Invited candidates for the DC Council chairman spot are Kwame Brown and Vincent Orange as well as Dorrothy Douglas and Ann Wilcox. (See the results of Borderstan’s reader poll.)

At-Large Council seat. Candidates in the at-large race are incumbent Phil Mendelson and his main challenger, Clark Ray, as well as Michael D. Brown.

Location is the True Reformer Building (Marsh Conference Room) at 1200 U Street NW. The meet-and-greet starts at 6 pm with the program running from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Tonight’s forum is sponsored by DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, DC Jobs Council, DC Jobs with Justice, Defeat Poverty DC, District Alliance for Safe Housing, Empower DC, Fair Budget Coalition, Latino Economic Development Corporation, Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO, Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and Wider Opportunities for Women.

Full disclosure: Borderstan’s editors are supporting Ray in his Council bid. We knew him prior to launching


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