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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

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Jack Jacobson and Mary Lord. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

After this November’s election, Ward 2 could have two members on the DC State Board of Education.

Jack Jacobson is running unopposed for the Ward 2 seat on the Board, and Mary Lord, the current Ward 2 member on the State Board of Education, is running for the Board’s At-Large seat. Lord is facing Marvin Tucker on the November 6 ballot.

In an article published on October 28, The Washington Post endorsed Lord, saying she “deserves [the] election in her at-large bid” since “she understands the role of the state board and has smart ideas on how to sustain school reform.”

According to Lord, Ward 2 has some of the city’s highest-performing schools in the city. “Indeed, we’re a beacon of excellence and and an example of the benefits of school choice and how community involvement can support and sustain strong neighborhood traditional public schools,” said Lord. “Ward 2’s State Board members are well prepared to lead the way forward and ensure all kids, no matter where they live, receive a top-notch public education.”

DC Public Schools in Ward 2 include:

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Matt Connolly is a candidate for ANC 2F.(Courtesy Matt Connolly)

There are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up for grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor. Recently we introduced you to the candidates, including Matt Connolly (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). Connolly will face Howard Marks on election day.

Now, it’s Question and Answer Time on the issues.

Borderstan: What will be your first priority/new initiative if you are elected to ANC 2F and why?

Connolly: Education. More children are living in Logan Circle than ever before. Our neighborhood schools, including Thomson and Garrison elementary, have only just begun to catch up to the challenges city schools face. The ANC should play an important role advocating for improvement to our local schools.

Borderstan: How will you engage your constituents on issues so that your decisions reflect that of the majority of your Single Member District?

Connolly: As a current commissioner, I regularly attend tenant and condo association meetings throughout the neighborhood and am always available by email (connolly.matthew[AT]gmail.com) and telephone (202-347-3590). I also have a website and a Facebook page to keep constituents up to date on recent ANC activities.

In addition, if I know an issue before the ANC will have a direct impact on a particular constituency, I reach out to that group directly.  Residents and businesses have provided valuable feedback on issues that concern them on a daily basis, especially regarding rat and traffic problems.

Borderstan: Becoming “the next Adams Morgan” is a consistent fear expressed in ANC 2F meetings. Would you support a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U corridor? If so, why? If not, why?

Connolly: I support the ARTS Overlay District, which is designed to encourage pedestrian activity, increase the presence of arts and culture, and recognize the historic character of the 14th Street Corridor. Significantly, the ARTS Overlay district prohibits eating and drinking establishments from occupying more than half of the ground level of a city block. In part due to the ARTS Overlay District, 14th Street has seen the development of diverse businesses, including great restaurants, art studios and coffee shops. As an ANC commissioner, I have worked to balance the rights of current residents while recognizing that new restaurants improve our community. I do not support a liquor license moratorium.

Borderstan: Do you believe the voluntary agreement process for liquor license applicants needs to be changed? If so, how?

Connolly: Yes. With a few notable exceptions, ANC 2F has had a good relationship with Logan Circle businesses and has worked hard to develop voluntary agreements that permit businesses to thrive while respecting residents’ rights to peacefully enjoy the neighborhood.

However, in those rare instances when businesses violate voluntary agreements–such as with Mood Lounge–the agencies charged with enforcing voluntary agreements are ineffective. It simply takes too long for these agencies to enforce the law, resulting in unnecessary and painful living situations for residents near these establishments.

Borderstan: Logan Circle and the 14th and U corridor area is now a destination spot for people throughout the DC Metro area, especially on weekends. Do you believe that the police presence, particularly on the 14th Street corridor, is adequate, especially on weekends?

Connolly: I applaud the efforts of MPD to keep our streets safe, especially Sgt. Terestre and Lt. Carroll, who regularly attend our ANC meetings and have been responsive to resident concerns. However, there is still more we can do to improve public safety across the whole ANC, not just on the 14th Street corridor. In addition to enhanced police presence, we need better lighting (including in Burke Park) and traffic cameras in dangerous intersections, such as 12th and Massachusetts NW.

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Click for a larger map: The new ANC 2F/Logan map for the 2012 election. (DC Board of Elections)

Borderstan: The pace of development is rapid in the area, especially along 14th Street NW. Do you think more commercial buildings would be good for the area, as opposed to more residential buildings?

Connolly: Part of what I and many residents love about the Logan Circle neighborhood is its mixed residential and commercial nature. I am in favor of continuing to balance both types of development, depending on the proposal. It’s a testament to our neighborhood that so many people want to move to Logan Circle, and I support the local businesses that support us.

Borderstan: Do you support the new restricted Residential Park Permit pilot program implemented through ANC 2F in late summer/early fall 2012? Tell us why or why not.

Connolly: Yes, and I was proud to vote for it as a current commissioner. Many residents are frustrated about finding parking within walking distance of their homes, and the new program has helped address this problem. DC residents directly pay for parking through an annual resident parking fee, and indirectly through property and income taxes that those from Virginia and Maryland do not. It seems only fair that those who pay for the parking should benefit from it.

I understand the concerns raised by local businesses and churches, which is why implementing the program on only one side of each street seems like a reasonable compromise to provide residents, visitors, and business-goers access to parking. 

Borderstan: Of the many possibilities being discussed to alleviate parking constraints in ANC 2F is the construction of parking garages along or near the 14th Street corridor. Do you support these efforts?

Connolly: Yes. At our October ANC meeting, a few constituents discussed a proposal to construct public parking at an old school bus parking lot on S Street. I support that proposal as one piece of our efforts to make Logan Circle more accessible. I also support enhanced public transportation, improved bike lanes, and Capital BikeShare as other means for people to come to our neighborhood without having to worry about parking.

Borderstan: Are there types of business in our neighborhood that stand out as something we need more of in the area? If so, can you name three?

Connolly: Personally, I would like to see a bakery. The restaurants in Logan Circle have been so successful that many can take an hour (or more) to be seated. I would like to see a place where neighbors can quickly pick-up lunch or a snack, either to eat at the restaurant or take home. 

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,310 0

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The 9th Street Corridor NW is getting more condos and retail. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

The Shaw neighborhood will take on another development project beginning early next year, this time along the 9th Street NW area. CAS Riegler, Douglas Development and CityInterests are partnering up to build a 64,500 square foot mixed-use building at 1250 9th Street NW.

The project will contain a total of 70 residential units and approximately 8,200 square feet of ground floor retail one block away from the Mount Vernon/7th Street Convention Center Metro station. Additionally, the ground level retail will be able to accommodate two full-service restaurants.

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Rendering of 1250 9th Street. (Courtesy CAS Riegler)

According to an article published on DC Mud, the development site includes a lot at the corner of 9th and N Streets (the current location for Old City Green) and a Blagden Alley building which used to be Fight Club DC. The corner lot is owned by Douglas Development, while CAS Riegler and CityInterests own the property around it.

The site is also partially occupied by a three-story building constructed in the 1920’s. According to CAS’s website, since the structure is considered to be a contributing historic building, it will be incorporated into the design of the new development.

Just one block north, is the site of the future CityMarket at 7th and O, which will include residential spaces and a flagship Giant grocery store.

Construction on 9th and N is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013, with a projected project delivery in the second quarter of 2014.

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]borderstan.com.

The Hurricane was created at Pat O’Brien’s bar in New Orleans.  In the 1940s, some liqueurs – whiskey, scotch, and bourbon – were in very short supply. Rum, however, was readily accessible and purchasing large quantities of rum allowed bartenders access to other liqueurs. To use up this surplus of rum, Pat O’Brien created the Hurricane and served it in a glass modeled after the hurricane lamp. The cocktail itself has no real connection to the hurricane weather phenomenon, other than originating in New Orleans, where hurricanes occur.

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Pat O’Brien in New Orleans. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz light rum
  • 1/2 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
  • 1 oz amaretto almond liqueur
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • grapefruit juice
  • pineapple juice

Directions

Fill a hurricane glass (or any tall glass) 3/4 full with ice.
Pour all the alcohols in first, then follow with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice.
Cheers!

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm 1,303 2 Comments

From Jonathan Riethmaier @DistrictBean or email him at jonathan[AT]borderstan.com.

Here’s a confession – I’m in an intimate, unadulterated love affair with coffee. It started with careful flirtation for a moment or two, and escalated quickly into an explosion of passion and pure bliss. The best part? It’s a non-exclusive relationship. Coffee doesn’t mind when my eye wanders to that fine new thing I just passed. In fact, coffee encourages experimentation, knowing that each encounter only brings us closer together.

Yes, coffee is for lovers. And this guide is your little black book, for there’s no shortage of coffee-fueled pleasures to be had in Borderstan. What you’ll find below is a carefully curated selection of the very best places to express l’amour du café.

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Kafe Bohem, 600 Florida Ave, NW

Kafe Bohem is a delightfully Czech-inspired café that would be as much at home along the streets of Prague as it is on Florida Avenue. The sister space of next-door Bistro Bohem, the cafe serves elegant Viennese-style classics in addition to the standard fare of coffee and espresso drinks. Here you’ll find such treasures as the Großer Brauner, Einspanner, and the Mélange, each adorned with fanciful steamed milk or house-made whipped cream. And the beans are also true-to-form, roasted by Austrian coffee company, Julius Meinl.

 

"Coffee"Blind Dog Cafe, 944 Florida Ave, NW

Blind Dog Cafe is the cozy transformation of Darnell’s Bar during the morning and mid-day hours. The owners envisioned the pop-up shop as a communal space where neighbors can experience genuine hospitality and strike up a friendly conversation. It was among the first to introduce Topeka-based PTs Coffee to the DC area. Stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee along with in-house made baked goods, and relax on a comfy sofa to steal a moment from a busy day.

 

"coffee"Peregrine Espresso, 1718 14th Street, NW

For some time, Peregrine Espresso has been lauded as one of the finest purveyors of coffee in DC. Its cast of excellently-trained baristas are as knowledgeable as you can hope to find anywhere, led by barista-cum-cafe owner Ryan Jensen, who encourages staff to engage in industry competition and professional development. Sneak over to the 14th Street shop to find some of the most prized coffees from Counter Culture Coffee, and see if there’s a specialty drink available if you want to get adventurous.

 

"coffee"Pitango Gelato, 1451 P Street, NW

Pitango Gelato has multiple locations around DC, but it’s the Logan Circle shop that powers the vibrant section of P Street across from Whole Foods. Some folks come for the authentic Italian gelato, but equally impressive is the compliment of espresso beverages. Indulge with an affogato, a heavenly dessert that highlights the intensity of espresso poured over rich, creamy hazelnut or chocolate gelato. Pitango also has an exceptional iced coffee, which is brewed using a Chemex to bring out subtle fruit and floral qualities in the cup.

 

coffeeVigilante Coffee @ Mr. Yogato, 1515 17th Street, NW

Vigilante Coffee has quickly gained a reputation throughout DC by showcasing its small-batch, locally roasted beans at restaurants, cafes and farmer’s markets. But it took a significant step forward in 2012 when it opened a pop-up shop at Mr. Yogato on 17th Street. Stop by any weekday morning to find freshly roasted beans that the Vigilante crew sources through direct relationships with farmers in Guatemala and Hawaii. You can grab beans for home use, but try them out first at the pop-up’s custom pour-over station or as an espresso.

 

Pleasant Pops, 1781 Florida Ave, NW

You may already be familiar with Pleasant Pops. The company’s wildly popular paletas – a Latin American popsicle, of sorts – has been sold around town via food truck and farmer’s markets for a while. But after a successful crowd-funding effort through Kickstarter, the company opened the Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market & Cafe this October on the upper edge of Borderstan. The coffee comes from Annapolis-based Ceremony Coffee, and you can treat yourself to a cappuccino while relaxing in this sunlit cafe overlooking Florida Avenue.

 

"Coffee"Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar, 1726 20th Street, NW

Situated along 20th Street, Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar is just far enough removed, yet so close, to the bustle of Dupont Circle. It’s a perfectly pleasant hideout to enjoy excellently crafted coffee. Filter is one of the few locations in DC where you can request a flat white with confidence, and its highly skilled baristas are among the best at coaxing out the intricate profiles of specialty coffee using the pour over method. Enjoy an array of coffees from Ceremony Coffee and watch for ultra rare offerings, like the Panama Geisha, which at $10 a cup is still worth the price.

 

"Coffee"Dolcezza Gelato, 1704 Connecticut Ave, NW

Dolcezza Gelato is praised for its Argentinian-style gelatos, which span flavors that were both previously unknown and now unforgettable to my palate. But the coffee selection at Dolcezza is just as wide-ranging and delectable as its gelato. At the Dupont Circle location, you can find a roster of some of the country’s top specialty roasters, including the likes of Ritual, MadCap, Verve, Handsome, Four Barrel and Counter Culture. Dolcezza is the perfect spot to grab a coffee and relax at its window seating while you spy on the pedestrians passing down Connecticut Avenue.

 

"coffee"Bean & Bite, 1152 15th Street, NW

This downtown coffee shop on Borderstan’s southern-most reaches has a service model that seeks to compete head-on with the likes of Starbucks and Caribou that dominate coffee in this part of town. Bean and Bite is a quick-serve concept shop that includes a brewed coffee station serving MadCap, Intelligentsia and PTs Coffee. If you’re so inclined, you can also take the reigns of one of two super-automatic espresso machines. Grab a freshly prepared salad or a cookie on a quick break from the office.

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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Always keep on moving as you do a bar crawl. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

One of the major advantages of living in a condensed city like good ol’ Washington, is the proximity from one activity to the next. Unlike many of our home towns where the restaurants and bars are located on two blocks next to each other and your selection is limited, in the Borderstan area we are spoiled to having a great selection of up-scale watering holes to first class dive bars. This type of set up leaves DC ripe for a time honored tradition of both college students and young professionals looking to lose an entire day; bar-crawls.

For those that have done one before, you know that a bar-crawl is no ordinary weekend plan. It takes preparation, execution, and a strong desire to make it to the next bar. I have participated in a few in my day, as well as attending last weekend’s Halloween Bar Craw around Dupont Circle. This one is a bit different as everyone is wearing costumes and tends to be a bit friendlier to people dressed as “50 Shades of Grey” or “Rockford Peaches.”

On November 10th, I will be attending the DC Beerathon and have much higher expectations as the locations are great and the beer deal is a good one. It is right in our hood and, to get you ready, here are some tried and true tips for getting the most out of any city bar-crawl

Prepare Wisely

Usually each crawl has a map and the deals available at each place. I recommend not making an exact travel plan but having a general idea in the direction you think you can do the most damage. The point of the crawl is to explore and walk around so go to areas with high concentrations of participating bars. Also if you want to pre-game, go on the lighter side, as you have a whole day to drink.

Mid-Way Fill Up

At some point you and your crew will get quite hungry and won’t be able to concentrate. For me last week, this hit my party right near Shake Shack and man did it hit the spot. Be warned though that if you fill up too much, it could dampen team morale and call for an early exit. I recommend something like Amsterdam Fries for the just right feeling.

One Hour, Tops

The point of the crawl is to go to as many places as you possibly can in one night. Don’t get stuck in a bar longer than hour. Keep the body moving and avoid learning any bartender’s name.

One last, small tip, always use the bathroom of the place you are in and don’t put it off for the next bar. You never know what could happen between locations. Again, the DC Beerathon is soon so gather your buddies, sign up, and prepare for what should be a very fun Saturday in Borderstan,

As I sit here watching the weather, hope everyone is doing well dealing with Sandy.

Links! Links! Ice Cold Links!

  • Some people are better at dealing with storms than others.
  • Worried about your valuables? Get this.
  • Washington Redskin’s DeAngelo Hall had issues controlling his anger Sunday. Enjoy.
  • Congrats to the San Fransico Giants for winning the 2012 World Series by destroying the Detroit Tigers.

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"Table"

Table at the corner of 9th & N Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Table, a 75-seat restaurant from Chef Frederik de Pue, is scheduled to open at 903 N Street NW in early November. The Shaw/Logan establishment will serve classic European dishes that reflect Chef de Pue’s childhood in Belgium and his experience in several kitchens throughout Europe.

The restaurant’s handwritten menus will change frequently to reflect fresh produce and quality meats available from local and regional purveyors. Originally an auto repair space, the restaurant building has been restored to a contemporary dining establishment with modern decor. Table will have a storefront patio and rooftop deck for seasonal outdoor seating.

The restaurant will serve dinner in the initial opening phase, and then will expand its offerings to breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch at the start of February, 2013.

Table is expected to open on or around Friday, November 3. Sample menus will be available on the website soon. For more information on Table’s opening date, follow the restaurant on Twitter or Facebook.

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by Borderstan.com October 31, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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Instrumentation is by ep_jhu from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Instrumentation” was taken by ep_jhu. The photo was taken on October 19.

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 DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com October 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm 0

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“Washington Blade’s” annual reader poll includes numerous favorites in the neighborhood. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

The Washington Blade‘s yearly “Best Of Gay DC” list is out, and one thing is for sure — Borderstan-area businesses are a favorite in the LGBT community. Here are some the neighborhood’s winners from the newspaper’s annual reader poll:

  • Best Dance Club: Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th Street NW
  • Best Happy Hour: Nellie’s Sports Bar, 900 U Street NW
  • Best Gay-Friendly Straight Bar: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW
  • Best Live Music: 9:30 Club, 815 V Street NW
  • Best Women’s Party: BARE by LURe at Cobalt, 1639 R Street NW
  • Best Neighborhood Bar: Larry’s Lounge, 1836 18th Street NW
  • Best Men’s Party: Mixtape (See our profile on D.J. Shea Van Horn)
  • Best Alternative Party: DC Bear Crue Happy Hour at Town 2009 8th Street NW
  • Best Ethnic: Rice, 1608 14th Street NW
  • Best Brunch: Level One, 1639 R Street NW
  • Best Wine Bar: Cork, 1720 14th Street NW
  • Best Late Night: Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, 1609 17th Street NW
  • Best New Restaurant: The Pig, 1320 14th Street NW
  • Best Chef: Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW
  • Best Date Restaurant: Logan Tavern, 1423 P Street NW
  • Best Local Dish: Half Smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U Street NW
  • Best House of Worship: Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street NW
  • Best Spa/Salon: Bang Salon/Aura Spa, 1517 15th Street NW
  • Best Men’s Clothing Store: Universal Gear, 1529 14th Street NW
  • Best Gym: Vida Fitness, 1517 15th Street NW
  • Best LGBT-owned Business: Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street NW
  • Best Art Gallery: Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW
  • Best Home Furnishings: Miss Pixie’s, 1626 14th Street NW
  • Best Second-Hand Shop: Buffalo Exchange, 1318 14th Street NW
  • Best Nonprofit: Whitman-Walker Health, 1701 14th Street NW
  • Best Hotel: Donovan House, 1155 14th Street NW
  • Best Yoga Studio: Yoga District, 1635 Connecticut Avenue NW (and other locations)

Congratulations to everyone!

Finally, a huge thanks to everyone who voted for Borderstan for Best Local Blog. We were honored to make the ballot along with Dcist, Prince of Petworth, Where The Girls Go and Rage. While we didn’t win the trophy this year as we did in 2011, congratulations to Dcist for winning again.

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by Borderstan.com October 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1 Comment

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Zahra Jilani running for the ANC 1B-12. (Photo Courtesy Zahra Jilani)

There are 21 Single Member District (SMD) seats up-for-grabs on the November 6 ballot in three different local ANCs: 2B/Dupont2F/Logan and 1B, which includes most of the U Street corridor. Recently we introduced you to the candidates, including Zahra Jilani (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). She faces John Carlos GreenDan Wittels and Erling Bailey.

Now, it’s Question and Answer Time on the issues.

Borderstan: What will be your first priority/new initiative if you are elected to ANC 1B and why?

Jilani: My first area of focus is smart development for 1B12. There is so much happening in our district over the next few years, and I hope to make our district a welcoming place for both residents and an eclectic mix of businesses. If there is truly constructive discourse with businesses, neighboring districts and within our constituency, I believe that we can foster growth intelligently while maintaining our community’s vibrancy and culture.

Borderstan: How will you engage your constituents on issues so that your decisions reflect that of the majority of your Single Member District?

Jilani: I will continually engage my constituents through my three-fold communication plan. I created the ANC 1B Newsletter, and will continue to improve it so residents know what events and meetings they can get involved in within our neighborhood. Second, I will create our own 1B-12 listserv so we have an ongoing discussion of issues in the neighborhood. Third, if there is a need in our community, I will hold monthly meetings so we can have our own forum for issues specific to our district and get to know our neighbors.

Borderstan: What value do you think neighborhood associations provide, and how do you plan to interact with them?

Jilani: Neighborhood associations provide integral support and extreme value to the ANC process. I plan to work very closely with our neighborhood associations, as I have begun to do so already, to create a cohesive and communicative 1B-12.

Borderstan: Becoming “the next Adams Morgan” is a consistent fear expressed in in the neighborhood. Would you support a liquor license moratorium for the 14th and U corridor? If so, why? If not, why?

Jilani: I think that we need an eclectic mix of businesses in our community, and need to work closely with ABRA to carefully scrutinize each liquor license application as it is presented. A liquor license doesn’t necessarily mean the business will be a bar or club, which I think we can all agree U street is already saturated with. Busboys and Poets right here in 1B-12 is a great example of an establishment that utilizes its liquor license to promote and encourage education through reading and the arts, and I welcome similarly creative uses of space in our district. I know that with effective community input and productive discourse between businesses and residents, we can foster a mix of businesses that will work to enhance and encourage the arts and culture of our neighborhood.

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ANC 1B includes most of the U Street corridor. (ANC 1B website, with boundaries in effect for the 2012 election.)

Borderstan: Do you believe the voluntary agreement process for liquor license applicants needs to be changed? If so, how?

Jilani: The VA process, when used correctly, is a great tool which can work to the benefit of both businesses and residents. I plan to foster the use of VAs through productive discourse and with a focus on the community as whole rather than simply businesses versus residents.

Borderstan: Logan Circle and the 14th and U corridor areas are now a destination spot for people throughout the DC Metro area, especially on weekends. Do you believe that the police presence, particularly on the 14th, U Street and 9th Street corridors, is adequate, especially on weekends?

Jilani: No, but more policemen isn’t the only answer. If elected, I will work closely with MPD to get the police out of their cars and onto the streets, knowing our district well enough that they can prevent crimes before they occur. I also encourage residents to attend our monthly public safety meetings so we can work together to create a solution to the crime in our district. Feel free to contact me at [email protected] for more information on any of the ANC subcommittee meeting dates and locations.

Borderstan: The pace of development is rapid in the area, especially along 14th Street NW. Do you think more commercial buildings would be good for the area, as opposed to more residential buildings?

Jilani: I hope to see more office buildings around 14th Street, so we have increased activity during the day.

Borderstan: Are there types of business in the neighborhood that stand out as something we need more of in the area? If so, can you name three?

Jilani: As I mentioned, Busboys and Poets does a great job fostering arts and education in our district. I support what they are trying to accomplish for the community and hope to see more bookstores in the area. U St Farmers Market is also a great example of a positive business influence in our district. I hope to support grants for more community gardens in our area as well, as a place to bring adults and children alike together in support of a more environmentally sustainable community.

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by Borderstan.com October 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,403 0

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Scott Brook at his studio. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Eliza French. Follow her on Twitter @elizaenbref; email her at eliza[AT]borderstan.com.

Scott G. Brooks has been living and working in the DC area since moving here from Flint, Michigan in 1990. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Michigan in 1983, and considers himself “lucky” to know he wanted to be an artist from an early age. Although he has primarily worked in the world of painting and fine art over the past ten years, he also works as a children’s book illustrator and works in animation, graphic design and drawing.

Although some themes do translate from his work as a children’s book illustrator into his fine art, he says the process for his commercial and artistic work is much different. He uses different materials when creating the two, which puts him in a “different mindset” for each. His illustrations used to be all watercolor or gouache, but now he creates them using digital programs.

For his paintings, he prefers the more “flexible” medium of oil paint, which gives the artist a long time to manipulate the paint and also harkens back to the Pre-Raphaelites and Flemish masters he admires. Brooks has recently begun experimenting with Spike Lavender, a non-toxic alternative to turpentine used by the Flemish in the 17th Century.

Brooks’ two divergent interests in high-brow, classical art and low-brow, light-hearted cartoons and animation both contributed to his unique artistic style. As a younger artist, Brooks mostly painted in a more photo-realistic, traditional style. “It always bugged me when people would say, ‘It looks just like a photograph,’ ” said Brooks. So, he started to incorporate some distortion and other techniques from animation. The large heads on his figures, for example, are “very common in comics,” he said, pointing to the well-known Charlie Brown strip as an example.

Brooks’ distinctive style has helped him cultivate an audience around the country – and the world. In 2012 alone, he has exhibited works in New York City, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne. He still frequently exhibits work in DC and is a member of the Mid-City artists. Although he said it would be difficult to make a living if he only sold pieces within the DC Metro area, he says the network of artists here is “very supportive” of one another. “DC isn’t necessarily know as an art town,” Brooks remarked, “but there’s some great people.”

Most of Brooks’ friends, however, aren’t visual artists. He doesn’t go to “all of the big art parties,” but he does love to entertain and stay connected to the larger arts community. Many of his friends are performers and musicians, and he recently collaborated with one friend on a music video. Tom Goss’s “Make Believe,” released Monday, October 29, features one-shot animation by Brooks.

Brooks said he has a “hard time settling in” to just one thing and bounces around from one type of art to the next.  This tendency to have a hand in multiple projects and incorporate a broad range of cultural references into his art has developed his distinctive style, but it also keeps propelling him forward in his artistic development.

Now, he says, “things are quiet.” He just opened a group show at Last Rites gallery in New York, finished his first music video collaboration, has plans to expand his illustration work and is just beginning work on a comic with a writer in Australia. His paintings, with their twisting distortion, dark satire and vivid backgrounds, capture the same tireless energy and broad range of interests that continue to inspire Brooks’ career.

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Some of Scott Brooks’ work. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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by Borderstan.com October 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Scramble – The perfect hurricane snack. (Rachel Nania)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com. 

First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying safe out there. I know a lot of us see these days off from work as “free days” to drink during a Monday afternoon and (in my case) clean the entire house like it’s never been cleaned before. But this storm is causing lots of damage, so please take it seriously!

But if you are safe and a little stir crazy, chances are, you are also hungry. (I died a little inside when I heard Pete’s Pizza was closed on Monday… and my stomach definitely didn’t like that news.)

There is something about snow days (or hurricane days) that make me want to do nothing but live under a fleece blanket, drink hot chocolate and eat junk food… lots and lots of salty junk food. If you have the same cravings, I have just the thing for you.

This recipe has a bit of an odd name — it’s called “scramble.” But I promise you, the snack is much better than the name. This take on a homemade Chex Mix takes several hours to bake (on low) and needs to be stirred frequently, but the labor is definitely worth the final product. And please, don’t balk at the amount of butter; the recipe makes a lot and you will be eating it (with your friends and neighbors) for days. And the best part… it will keep when the food in your fridge goes bad due to power outages.

So now tell me, Borderstan – what’s your favorite hurricane day snack or meal?

Making a Scramble

Ingredients

  • 1 box of rice chex
  • 1 box Cheerios
  • 1 bag of thin pretzel sticks or squares
  • 1 lb of pecans
  • 1 lb (4 sticks) of butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp worcestershire sauce
Directions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees.
  2. Empty the dry ingredients (rice chex, Cheerios, pretzels and pecans) into a large roasting pan.
  3. Melt the butter in a microwaveable safe bowl. Add the garlic salt, the onion powder and the worcestershire sauce. Whisk it all together.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry and mix it all together.
  5. Bake for 3-4 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.
  6. Share with friends and enjoy!

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by Borderstan.com October 30, 2012 at 9:00 am 1,221 0

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Not even Hurricane Sandy could stop the High Heel Race, only postpone it. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Check out photos from 2011 festivities and High Heel Race on 17th Street.

In case you haven’t heard, due to Hurricane Sandy the 17th Street High Heel Race has been postponed to Thursday November 1. Thursday night will be the night that the neighborhood waits for every year… it’s the 26th Annual High Heel Race. The festive and highly competitive event will take start on 17th Street NW between P and R Streets at 9 pm sharp. Pre-race festivities (the parade of costumes leading up to the race — check out last year’s photos) begin around 6 pm.

Last year’s event boasted of more than 60,000 people, and not even a hurricane will stop DC’s die-hard divas and fans from racing and cheering this year. Remember ladies and gentlemen: Your heels must be at least 2 inches high or you will be ineligible to win. Registration will be in front of Cobalt (1639 R Street NW) starting at 6 pm.

The one thing that remains in schedule is the Cool-off  party at Cobalt for the official High Heel Race After Party turned into Pre-High Heel Race Party on Tuesday night. DJs Jason Royce and Madscience will provide the entertainment upstairs and in 30 Degrees. So get ready for the race and partying on Thursday night.

We hope to see you all OUT on Thursday!

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by Borderstan.com October 30, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

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Hurricane Sandy, wind and rain. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

Hurricane Sandy is upon us and the worst is, hopefully, over, but that doesn’t mean the damage is done. DC hunkered down on Monday, with flights grounded, Metro halted, Amtrak derailed and the city and federal government closed. And it looks like Tuesday will be the same.

Even though the worst of Hurricane Sandy did not hit the DC area until Monday evening, by late afternoon, trees were down throughout the city, and thousands of District residents were without power. This damage is leaving Tuesday’s work-day similar to Monday’s.

What to Expect on Tuesday

  • The federal government is closed.
  • DC government is closed.
  • Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAcces service is suspended for Tuesday (or until announced). Update: According to WJLA-7, “Metro will restore its rail and bus service beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday and will function on a Sunday schedule. Normal service will be restored Wednesday.”
  • MARC and Virginia Railway Express have announced that all service has been canceled for Tuesday.
  • All flights in and out of DC airports are cancelled.
  • DC Public Schools are closed on Tuesday.
  • Capital Bikeshare will remain closed through Tuesday morning at a minimum.
Do you have photos of the storm’s damage? If so, email them to borderstan[AT]gmail.com

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by Borderstan.com October 30, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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“13 St.” is by Joe in DC from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “13th St. ” was taken by Joe in DC. The photo was taken on October 24.

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 DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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