by Borderstan.com August 26, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

Borderstan Flickr Pool, anokarina

“Prelude to the Storm” is by anokarina from the Borderstan flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Prelude to the Storm,” was taken by anokarina on August 25.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com August 25, 2011 at 11:00 am 2,704 0

Irvine Contemporary, Logan Circle art galleries, 14th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

Irvine Contemporary closes this weekend after five years on 14th Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Matty Rhoades

Irvine Contemporary wraps up five years at its 14th Street NW location with a “Grand Finale Block Party” this Saturday night. On June 1 the gallery announced it was closing, citing rising rents and economic conditions. The party starts at 6 pm in the gallery space at 1412 14th NW and into the back alley area — DJ and music sessions with Yoko K and Will Eastman.

Over the summer, Irvine has recognized a number of its artists with two Tribute exhibitions. The current exhibtion,  “Artist Tribute 2” is on display through Saturday. Artists are Shepard Fairey, Gaia, Melissa Ichiuji, Hedieh Javanshir Ilchi, Akemi Maegawa, Sebastian Martorana, Alexa Meade, Susana Raab, Kerry Skarbakka and Oliver Vernon.

As TBD.com noted back in June, Irvine will be the third gallery since 2009 to leave the 14th Street corridor due to rising rents. The corridor is still home to gallery plan b (at 1530),  plus Adamson Gallery, Curator’s Office and Hemphill Fine Arts (all 1515). Along the U Street corridor are Hamiltonian Gallery, Project 4 (both at 1353) and the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery (at 1632). On 9th Street NW are Long View Gallery (at 1234) and the recently opened Lamont Bishop Gallery (at 1314).

Openings and Closings This Weekend

“Local Color” wraps up on Sunday at gallery plan b, 1530 14th Street NW: “Works in various media depicting scenes of local DC neighborhoods by Chad Andrews, Michael Crossett, Ron Donoughe, Charlie Gaynor, Isabella Spicer, David Ballinger, David Kalamar, Joey Manlapaz, Luis Gomez, Steven Stichter and more.” Note: The gallery says that the show will stay up through September 4 and that hours for August 29 through the 4th are “by chance or appointment.”

“ReFresh” closes Sunday at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th Street NW: “New work by some of the gallery’s favorites. You can expect to see pieces by Mike Weber, Scott Brooks, Tony Savoie ,Michelle Peterson-Albandoz, Marie Ringwald, Anne Marchand, Zach Sherif, Tom Burkett, Mary Chairamonte, Paula Crawford, Ryan McCoy, Cheryl Wassenaar and many more.”

The Demont “Peekaso” Pinder Exhibition opens this Friday with a 7:30 pm reception at the Lamont Bishop Gallery, 1314 9th Street NW: “The creator and resident on-stage artist for Raheem DeVaughn, ‘Peekaso’ creates unique paintings based on prominent figures in the Hip Hop and urban community.”

Get more details below on the 12 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area. (more…)

by Borderstan.com August 25, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,071 0

D.C. Police are seeking information regarding a man who assaulted women on the evening of July 14 on the 1900 block of 9th Street NW, which is between T and U Streets. The suspect was reportedly grabbing women by their breasts and buttocks between 8 and 9 pm that day. If you have any information about the incidents or the suspect, please contact MPD Detective Alex Mac Bean at [email protected].

The following are crimes of note from the past week — robberies, assaults, sex crimes, drug crimes, stolen autos and burglaries in the Dupont Circle, Logan Circle and U Street neighborhoods. Crimes are from police reports for Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 (Dupont-Kalorama), 305 (includes U Street area) and 307 (Logan Circle).

Robbery

  • Wednesday, August 17, 3:30 pm, 800 block of Florida Avenue NW (sidewalk).
  • Wednesday, August 17, 7:30 am, 1200 block of 14th Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Wednesday, August 17, 4:50 pm, 15th and Q Streets NW (sidewalk).
  • Friday, August 19, 12:01 am, 1400 block of W Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Friday, August 19, 5:34 pm, Logan Circle NW.
  • Saturday, August 20, 10:33 pm, 1400 block of 10th Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Saturday, August 20, 1:40 am, 1200 block of 7th Street NW (residence).
  • Sunday, August 21, 4:20 am , 1600 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW (sidewalk).
  • Sunday, August 21, 8:50 am, 1300 block of 15th Street NW (parking lot/garage).
  • Monday, August 22, 9:20 am, 1200 block of 10th Street NW (sidewalk).
  • Monday, August 22, 6:10 pm, 15thand S Streets NW (sidewalk).

Assault With A Deadly Weapon

  • Sunday, August 21, 12:50 am, 1300 block of U Street NW (nightclub).
  • Sunday, August 21, 4 pm, 900 block of O Street NW.

Sex Abuse

  • Saturday, August 20, 1500 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW (hotel).

Stolen Auto

  • Friday, August 19, 3 to 11:30 pm, 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW (street).
  • Saturday, August 20, 7 am to 3 pm, 14th and T Streets NW (street).

by Borderstan.com August 25, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Antenna” is by ewilfong from the Borderstan flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Antenna,” was taken by ewilfong on April 27. It was taken in the alley behind S Street NW, between 9th and 10th Streets.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com August 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm 1,026 0

Borderstan, outdoor dining, rooftop bars, Luis Gomez Photos

Some of our favorite outdoor establishments in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens and Laura Herman. Follow Alejandra on Twitter @frijolita and Laura @Lmhhabs.

With the cooling weather and September fast approaching, it’s a great time to eat, drink and party outdoors in the Borderstan area. While we will likely get another heat blast before fall arrives, the next few months are prime time for the neighborhood’s outdoor restaurants, cafes and rooftop establishments.

Here are two stories we ran before the Summer 2011 kicked off.

Enjoy!

by Borderstan.com August 24, 2011 at 9:50 am 1,206 1 Comment

Borderstan, 14th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

14th and S Streets NW: Borderstan-area workers head home early following the earthquake that hit the D.C. region at 1:51 pm on Tuesday. The sidewalks and streets were clogged around 3 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and  tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at [email protected].

Whole Lot-a-Shakin’ Going On

No one missed the earthquake yesterday, I’d imagine. In case, for some reason, you’ve been under a rock, the region experienced a mild earthquake at 1:51 pm. yesterday. It caused quite the stir from a population that has lived through 9/11 and one mess of an Obama Inauguration festivities — but then again, we’re more accustomed to political upheavals than seismic ones. Check out The Post‘s coverage of the quake’s impact on the workday and also what is being done in the ‘aftermath.’

More Frozen Stuff, More Stuff from NYC

Sigh. Do we really need another New York food transplant? In this case, Tasti-D-Lite is showing up in D.C. soon. Washington City Paper reports the chain will open first in Dupont Circle, with a location to follow in Columbia Heights. At least it’s low cal, I guess.

Drink Locally, Too

WTOP has an interesting story on the development of the ‘drink local’ movement beginning in D.C. as new breweries are emerging in the district. For those who still think of the Big Hunt as a dive bar with a great secret roof deck, well, you’re still right. But it’s also the home of Dave Coleman, bar manager and owner of 3 Stars, one of the local breweries. If you eat at the Farmer’s Market and try to eat locally, go find yourself a DC Brau or 3 Stars beer already!

Ticketgate Drags On

Councilmember Jack Evans continues to address charges that he misused a ‘constituent fund’ for sports tickets, rather than constituent services. The discussion has quickly gotten a bit heated, as some see tickets given to constituents as counter to the fund’s intent and some object to the existence of the fund in the first place. For a more measured article on the mess, check out this one in Georgetown Patch. (Note: Borderstan was given two tickets by Evans’ office to the Washington Nationals Fan Fest after providing assistance for the City Council At Large candidate debate on March 29. The tickets were not used.)

Speaking of Georgetown…

The influx of new students to D.C. universities always provides some interesting fodder. This Georgetown list of neighborhoods and what to do in the new town. Vox Populi, the student blog, instructs students to ignore the bad stories they were told about D.C. having no good live music venues. Funny, I thought 9:30 Club was rated in the Top 5 venues in the U.S. recently. I guess I’m too far outside the ‘bubble.’ Sidenote: Am I the only one surprised to see Georgetown kids heading to Black Cat?

by Borderstan.com August 24, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,189 3 Comments

Logan Circle, Church Street NW, 14th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

1400 Block of Church Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Borderstan welcomes Troy Urman who is writing about architecture and urban planning in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. His new column, Borderopolis, runs every two weeks.

From Troy Urman. Email him at [email protected].

I think there is a dirty word hiding behind arguments over plans for new construction in our neighborhood. It’s not necessarily building heights, parking counts and aesthetics that riled residents are concerned about. It’s the ‘D word’ — Density.

To clear the air, I think we all need to ask ourselves: Is density my enemy?

Like many in my generation, I was a child of the American suburbs and an era of cheap gasoline. I came of age believing I would one day find happiness in a single-family home on a half-acre in a quiet suburban development. I would surely have plenty of room to park my SUV and a lawn large enough to host an impromptu helicopter landing.

Like many, I erroneously interpreted the American Dream to mean lots of space between me and my neighbors — low density. I have changed my mind.

It was not overnight and I won’t claim it was pain free, but over time I’ve traded the sprawling suburbs for the city. Not only are there innumerable benefits to living in a city (culture, diversity and employment to name a few), there is ample evidence of the serious environmental, economic, health and social costs of the car dependent lifestyle that suburbs require.

Now I live in a condo building, I commute on foot and I only worry about my car on street-cleaning days. I can get to the gym, shop and meet my friends without even getting in my car or searching for a place to park. It’s liberating! How is this all possible?  Density.

Walkability is one important factor in how desirable a place can be to live, work and play. I’m happy to point out that D.C. was just ranked one of the most walkable U.S. cities by Walkscore. Their methodology, while not perfect, relies on calculating the number of groceries, shopping, banks, and other amenities within a walking area.

Simply put, the more stuff within walking distance (read: dense), the better.

In my opinion, two excellent local examples of well-executed high-density residential development within walking distance of lots of amenities are between 14th Street NW and 15th Street NW. The 1400 block of Church Street NW is a quiet one-way street lined with condo buildings in a modern industrial style.

The 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW is a string of more traditional looking buildings, well-screened by a leafy canopy of mature trees. Despite appearances, each of these blocks is very dense. These surprisingly tall buildings — up to nine stories — contain hundreds of neighbors, customers, and tax-payers within a stone’s throw of employment, shopping and entertainment. All adding to the vitality of the city in a tight footprint.

As the natural growth of our fantastic city continues, we simply cannot sustain outward sprawl into endless suburbs. We must become more dense. Major corridors like 14th Street will continue to develop due to their economic and social capital.

While context, character and aesthetics are essential considerations, we will unquestionably experience growing pains — allowing higher buildings and more new neighbors than initially seem comfortable. Especially the area of Dupont, Logan and U Street — ripe with open land and so close to the city center. See recent changes of heart regarding development at Wallach and 14th Streets NW on BeyondDC. It is better to look ahead and consider the long-term vision of a street than make begrudging progress, one block at a time.

Keep this in mind while we watch the empty lots and storefronts now being excavated in Borderopolis, many vacant for four decades or more. Because when the dust clears, our new neighbors move in, and the many new shops, restaurants and a YMCA all open for business, we will all benefit.

Yes, parking might be more scarce and some new residents may have to read up on Urban Etiquette for a pointer or two, but it’s a small price to pay to live in a vibrant city.  This is why density is not your enemy.

by Borderstan.com August 24, 2011 at 7:06 am 1 Comment

Two people were shot at 11th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW Tuesday evening. The message on the MPD Third District listserv says, “This evening, Third District police responded to 11 & RI Ave, NW, for a report of sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, they discovered 2 victims suffering from non life-threatening gunshot wounds. They were taken to area hospital for medical treatment. Anyone who may have witnessed or has information concerning the incident is asked to call MPD at (202) 727-9099.”

A witness told Borderstan that the shooting took place at the Shaw Skate Park. The skate park is at the northeast corner of 11th and Rhode Island, next to basketball courts and just south of a recreational field and the Shaw Dog Park. The skate park reopened in March after extensive renovations and upgrades by the city.

by Borderstan.com August 24, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Office” is by thisisbossi from the Borderstan flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Offices,” was taken by thisisbossi on August 17. Thisisbossi says, “Offices along Massachusetts Avenue between 9th and 10th St NW.”

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods

by Borderstan.com August 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm 1,641 8 Comments

Florida Avenue Grill, Luis Gomez Photos

Since 1944: Florida Avenue Grill  is at 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time. Email her at [email protected]

Paula Deen and her love of butter ain’t got nothin’ on Florida Avenue Grill. Tucked away on the corner of Florida Ave and 11th Street, far from the hubub and hipsters on U Street, this shot gun diner has been serving up simple, traditional Southern breakfasts since 1944.

Make no mistakes. This isn’t brunch. This isn’t bottomless mimosas. This isn’t “pan seared pork belly with a berry balsamic reduction.” This is eggs, bacon, biscuits, sausage gravy and grits.

Leave your diet at the door, not only is everything cooked in butter the cook pours on an extra tablespoon or two of melted butter on top of your dish as it makes its way to your table.

Or maybe your seat at the counter. Large parties and ladies who brunch beware. You’ll likely wait for a four top, but if it’s just you and a compadre you can belly up almost immediately at the long counter where you can watch all the butter-ific cooking go down.

For those of you who sleep late… really late… on the weekends, don’t fret. Florida Avenue Grill is one of the few places in town that serves breakfast until 4:30 p.m. Whether you’ve lived in D.C. for 10 years or 10 days, if you haven’t been to this greasy spoon, hustle down there this weekend and get in line for a breakfast that you won’t regret!

Florida Avenue Grill

  • Where Am I Going? 1100 Florida Avenue NW (corner of Florida Avenue and 11th Street NW)
  • When Am I Going? Breakfast served until 1:30 pm, Tuesday through Thursday; until 3:30 pm Friday; and until 4:30 pm on weekends. They also serve lunch and supper and Florida Avenue Grill is open until 9 pm Tuesday through Saturday (closing time is 4:30 pm on Sunday). Closed Mondays.
  • Paycheck Pain? Pain? There’s no pain. This place is cheaper than Washingtonian’s Cheap Eats edition.
  • Say What?  Everyone can talk to each other just fine… just expect someone from the kitchen to yell occasionally about fresh biscuits or to hustle on that diet coke.
  • What You’ll Be Eating:  Pancakes, biscuits, sausage gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage… breakfast fare… in butter.

by Borderstan.com August 23, 2011 at 11:00 am 0

violent crime, PSA 305, U Street NW, Borderstan

There were 16 violent crimes in July in PSA 305, down from 18 in July 2010. Of the total, 13 were robberies, 1 was an assault and 2 were sex crimes.

From Matty Rhoades

Both violent and property crime were down last month in the U Street NW area when compared to July 2010. The July MPD crime statistics for Police Service Area (PSA) 305 show a year-over-year (YOY) 65% decrease in violent crime and a 16% decrease for property crime. Total crime — both categories combined — is down 28% on a YOY basis for July.

There were 16 violent crimes in July in PSA 305 compared to 18 in July 2010. On the property crime side, there were 57 property crimes last month compared to 66 in July 2010. All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database. Full numbers are in the chart below.

Violent Crime. There were 13 robberies last month (one with a gun) compared to 146 the previous July (four with guns) in PSA 305. The number of assaults decreased from four in July 2010 (two with guns) to one last month.

Property Crime. Property crime decreased 14% on a YOY basis in PSA 305 due mostly to declines in thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) and stolen autos. The number of burglaries increased (from three to five), and the number of thefts was up slightly from 23 to 26.

3-Year Trend Shows 46% Decline

What does the three-year trend, 2008-1011, for the month of July show for PSA 305? Violent crime is 24% lower while property crime is down 50%. Combined, total crime — property and violent crime combined — is down 46% for the month of July for the three-year time frame.

Crime in Police Service Area 305: July 1-31
Crime Type 2008 2009 2010 2011 % Change 2010 to 2011 % Change 2008 to 2011
Homicide 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Sex Abuse 1 2 0 2 N/A Up 100%
Robbery without Gun 9 6 10 12 Up 20% Up 33%
Robbery with Gun 2 2 4 1 Down 75% Down 50%
Assault with Dangerous Weapon (no gun) 7 4 2 1 Down 50% Down 86%
Assault with Dangerous Weapon (with gun) 2 0 2 0 Down 100% Down 100%
Total Violent Crime 21 14 18 16 Down 11%
Down 24%
Burglary 6 2 3 5 Up 67% Down 16%
Theft 17 35 23 26 Up 13% Up 53%
Theft from Auto 74 44 29 19 Down 34% Down 74%
Stolen Auto 18 8 11 7 Down 36% Down 61%
Arson 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A
Total Property Crime 115 89 66 57 Down 14% Down 50%
TOTAL CRIME 136 103 84 73

Down 13%

Down 46%

by Borderstan.com August 23, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,320 1 Comment

George Washington National Forest, Scott Leibowitz

George Washington National Forest at Buzzard Rock in Virginia. (Scott Leibowitz)

From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome or email him at [email protected].

Ever get the feeling that a city is just not right? What I mean is that the entire world was once green, brown, blue or whatever it was before someone thought that this land needed places for brunch and individual lanes for people riding bikes.

A small part of me always wishes I would have been born a farmer and enjoyed the fruit of the land instead of waiting in line at Harris Teeter. With these thoughts in mind, last weekend my girlfriend and I decided we had enough urban, and needed to go somewhere with no cell reception.

On Saturday, we packed up our bags, picked up some tasty sandwiches at “So’s Your Moms” (the best down to earth sandwich shop north of Dupont) and drove about an hour south on Route 66 to Front Royal, Virginia, to George Washington National Forest. While I admit it was a major advantages to have a car to be able to make this ride, this was easily one of the best weekends I have had in some time. Sure the directions were a bit all over, but we found the parking lot and had a few different trails to choose from.

We hiked for about four hours total on what seemed to be a long trail upwards around a mountain that included beautiful trees, unique cricket noises and very friendly fellow hikers along the way. What was especially nice was that although I am not Paul Bunyan, I felt quite comfortable out there in the woods and didn’t require digital help thanks to great trail markers.

According to the website I listed earlier, in the middle of this 10-mile hike there is a major view at the top of a mountain, but after about an two hours of bedrock climbing, we called it a day and enjoyed letting gravity make the trek down easier.

To put an exclamation point on an already great day: gas cost $3.15 a gallon out there. I was even pulled over for speeding but the policeman was so friendly that he bought the out-of-towner story and told me to have a nice day (I know, mom, slow down). If you have a car, these types of days are amazing and if you don’t have a car, befriend someone who does (remember being in college?).  Sure D.C. can be pretty, but it never beats what was there before — pure untouched nature.

Thought of the Week

Thought of the Week: So I had an amazing night at Churchkey for DC Beer Week and wondered; why isn’t every week beer week? Shame….

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • New Pixar movies announced. YES!
  • Top 50 sports commercials, from another great sports writer. Thanks, Austin.
  • The NBA is in a lockout, but that doesn’t mean the stars don’t play. Enjoy some amazing highlights from last weekend’s game right here in D.C.

by Borderstan.com August 23, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Shaw’s Tavern” is by tedeytan from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

From Luis Gomez. You can follow Luis on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos and at One Photograph A Day.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Shaw’s Tavern,” is from tedeytan and was taken on August 3. Shaw’s Tavern recently opened at 520 Florida Avenue NW.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

by Borderstan.com August 22, 2011 at 10:13 am 0

Borderstan.comWe made a few changes to Borderstan over weekend, all of which should make it easier for you to find stories:

  • News Briefs. News Briefs now show up in the Latest feed in the right navigation bar.
  • Latest Feed. Each post in the Latest feed now contains the date it was posted at Borderstan.
  • Section Tabs. It is much easier to find stories under each of the seven topic/section tabs. On the top navigation bar, click on News, Crime, Lifestyle or one of the other four categories — you will now see 10 stories listed in each section. Sections are now much easier to navigate as each story contains only the headline, photo and text excerpt.

RSS Feeds

Remember that you can get RSS feeds for Borderstan. You can get a feed for all site stories or you can sign up for feeds from each of the seven content sections, such as Food & Drink and Politics & Government.

To get an RSS Feed for the entire site, click on the Subscribe button at the top of the right navigation bar and follow the instructions. For an RSS feed of a specific section, click on the section tab and then look for the RSS feed for this section button at the top of the section page.

by Borderstan.com August 22, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,309 0

Central Union Mission, 14th Street NW, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

14th and R Streets NW: The Central Union Mission will be moving to the former Gales School at 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW by October 2012. In July the DC Council finally approved lease terms for the Mission to take over the former public school building, a historic property.  Alturas LLC purchased the property at 14th and R and will turn it into office and retail space. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Email him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Get to Know the Folks at Greater Greater Washington

Since we’re all trying to find a happy hour to go to, here’s an idea. The folks at Greater Greater Washington are setting up a time for you to join them for drinks in the near future as part of their regular series of happy hours. Check it out tomorrow, August 23, from 6 to 8 pm downstairs at the Laughing Man Tavern at 1306 G Street NW. They’ve even got drink and $4 app specials!

Sneak Preview of MLK Memorial

Tomorrow will give you a chance to get a sneak preview of the newest memorial, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial before it officially opens to the public on August 28. No, not everyone can go check it out, but you’ll be able to get a special look because Mayor Gray announced it to be D.C. Resident Day. The Post has the full scoop on the full events for the memorial. Don’t worry, Gray officially scrapped his plan for requiring you to get a ticket for tomorrow’s festivities.

Give Wisely

In case you’re looking for a cause to support, DCist tells of two that are worthwhile. Certainly the more admirable of the options is the D.C. Central Kitchen‘s effort to open a second kitchen, their Nutrition Lab. But if transportation is more your cup of tea, then think about helping the Dulles Rail Expansion, which is somehow in need of more money.

DHS Making Strides

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is “implementing changes to enable the government to focus its resources on high-priority immigration cases involving crime and other public safety concerns.” In other words, they’re going to focus on cases that are actually causing problems for the community, rather than whatever comes around. Notably, immigration cases in which one member of a same-sex couple is facing deportation will be dropped, allowing same-sex couples to remain as a unit in the states (Immigration is part of DHS). Read the full story from MetroWeekly.

Weekend Awesomeness

What did you miss while you were out doing fun things? On Saturday, a plethora of volunteers went out as part of the DCPS Beautification Day to clean up D.C. public schools. I saw a bunch of folks at Ross Elementary, all of whom were doing a great job to make the school shine. And speaking of shining, yesterday was National GoTopless Day, which did have a happening in the District by the Reflecting Pool. How could you miss that?

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