SYMHM: Hump Day Edition

by June 8, 2011 at 9:00 am 1,178 0

Borderstan Map, Dupont, Logan, U Street

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

Azi’s Cafe Sold

Azi’s Cafe at 9th and O Streets NW has been sold. The new owner will continue to operate it as a cafe, according to 14th & You. The cafe was what you might call a groundbreaking business in that part of Shaw (and the coffee was great).

Good Lord, Another One?

The latest member of the D.C. Council to face ethical and legal problems is Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5). According to Dcist, Thomas “may have used money meant for a non-profit organization to cover a number of personal expenses.” Check out the story — and the list. Oh, and for good measure, The Washington Post has a story, Scandals are taking D.C. back to the bad old days, some say. BTW, The Examiner says that Thomas used $300,000 meant for youth baseball for his own use.

The Geography of Rent Control in D.C.

Lydia DePillis over at the Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex Blog takes a look at where rent controlled apartments are — or at least should be — located across the city. She cites a study that says 57% of the city’s 137,657 rental units are potentially subject to rent control. What’s the criteria? According to the story, rent controlled apartments must be “built before 1978, composed of five or more units, and not claiming any of a handful of exemptions available to them.” Check out the cool map with the story — there are huge clusters of apartments in the Dupont, Logan, U Street, Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan neighborhoods.

Woman Claiming Sress Disorder in Dupont Hit-and-Run Death

The Washington Post reports that “The woman whose SUV struck and killed a Columbia woman in Dupont Circle in October was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder when she hit the woman and then drove home, her attorney told a D.C. Superior Court jury Tuesday.” Prosecutors are claiming that Jorida Davidson, 31, was drunk during the incident that killed 24-year-old Kiela M. Ryan. Defense attorneys claim that Davidson suffers from stress disorder and trauma from growing up in warn-torn Albania.


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