by Borderstan.com October 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,225 0

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

"Stephanie Maltz ANC"

Stephanie Maltz is a candidate for ANC 2B-03. (Courtesy Stephanie Maltz)

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 Stephanie Maltz (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). Maltz will face Bevan Mace 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 2B and why?

Maltz: My first priority when I am elected will be to continue to make myself available to all of those who live in ANC2B-03. I want everyone to know that I am accessible and that I am interested in knowing about any issues faced by our residents. Accessibility is important because the more information I have regarding the concerns of the community, the better I will be able to represent what our neighborhood really wants.

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

Maltz: I believe that the sharing of information is key and I will do everything I can to make my neighbors aware of any upcoming projects, events or activities that will have an impact on our community. I will work hard to give everyone equal opportunities to provide feedback to ensure that the responses I receive represent the diversity within our community. I will engage constituents through personal meetings, open discussions, opportunities to see the ANC in action, as well as via email and phone calls.

Borderstan: How do you plan to work to help bring process and transparency to decisions that impact the Dupont neighborhood, such as the renovations for Stead Park, so that the diversity of the community as a whole is reflected?

Maltz: By proactively reaching out to all members of the community — not just those who attend ANC and other community meetings — I will ensure everyone is not only aware of upcoming developments in our neighborhood, but also has an opportunity to express their views on the important issues we face together. I will offer a number of ways for residents to provide their opinions including online surveys, flyers, and open forum discussions. I am looking forward to sitting down one-on-one with my neighbors to truly understand their concerns.

"ANC"

Click for a larger map of ANC 2B for the 2012 elections. (DC Board of Elections).

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

Maltz: I believe neighborhood associations provide an opportunity for community members to become involved with specific local issues. I support working together with these groups to support activities that benefit our neighborhood and already have experience doing so — I helped the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) with the 17th Street Festival and I am a Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) member. I will continue to attend the neighborhood association meetings and provide opportunities for an open dialogue.

Borderstan: The East Dupont Liquor License Moratorium, which affects 17th Street NW, comes up for renewal in 2013, and ANC 2B will have an opportunity to weigh in by offering an advisory opinion to the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board on its renewal. Do you support renewing the moratorium? If so, why? If not, why?

Maltz: I do not support renewing the East Dupont Liquor Moratorium in its current form. There has only been one new liquor license application since the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium was relaxed one year ago. I believe that non-renewal would have a similar result on 17th Street.

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

Maltz: From my experience as the liquor liaison for ANC 2B-06, I see there would be value in standardizing the voluntary agreement process. The Dupont ANC has taken steps towards this with its public space standards. I think we should more broadly standardize other parts of the language to be fair to both businesses and residents.

Borderstan: Do you believe that the police presence, particularly on the 17th Street, 18th Street and Connecticut Avenue corridors, is adequate, especially on weekends?

Maltz: I applaud the work of our current police force. Unfortunately, I feel their effectiveness has been hampered by the new boundaries which split Dupont into multiple Police Services Areas (PSA).

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?

Maltz: I support, whenever possible, using the same space for multiple businesses and it is great that this is happening in our neighborhood. For example, on 17th Street, Mr. Yogato’s has a new pop-up coffee shop (Vigilante’s) that is open in the morning. The Dupont Business Incubator on R Street provides a collaborative working space for a number of businesses. Stead Park, while not a business, also has multiple purposes for a number of people. I would like to see more multiuse space in our neighborhood and support expanding our local business community this way.

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by Borderstan.com October 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm 1,049 0

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The 21st Reel Affirmations Film Festival begins this Thursday, November 1 at two neighborhood locations. (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 21st Reel Affirmations Film Festival begins this week, November 1, and will take place at two locations in the neighborhood.

The annual festival showcases the best work, by, about and of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. One In Ten, a DC-based nonprofit, organization committed to developing and executing cultural events, is the sponsor of the Reel Affirmation Film Festival.

The festival includes 16 films that will be shown through Sunday, November 4 at The Carnegie Institution of Science (1530 P Street NW) and the DC Jewish Community Center (1529 16th Street NW); both venues are at the corner of 16th Street NW. The Reel Affirmation’s schedule is available online.

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by Borderstan.com October 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,041 1 Comment

"toys"

Your dog will enjoy shredding your junkmail for you. (Rachel Jones)

From Rachel Jones. Email her at rjones[AT]borderstan.com.

I just did a little shopping spree on Zappos.com, and after I unpacked the shoes, I realized I had a whole pile of free puppy toys. Shoe boxes, tissue paper, and pieces of flannel all make great playthings, and it didn’t cost me a dime.

Yes, the puppies are going to shred everything and yes, I will be sweeping up little pieces of cardboard. But isn’t that better than cleaning up pieces of your furniture or shoes? If you give your puppy plenty of things to shred, their urge will be satisfied and they won’t feel compelled to destroy your possessions.

Lots of household junk can become a dog toy. Take an empty plastic water bottle or milk jug, leave the cap off (cap is a choking hazard) and put some treats in the bottle. Your dog has to roll around the bottle to get the treats out. Pretty much any household item can hide treats: old socks, sheets and T-shirts can all be tied in knots with treats inside. Puppies can also have a lot of fun with junk mail!

Use common sense when choosing your re-purposed toys. Small objects like buttons can be choking hazards. Also, if you have a dog that is likely to swallow inedible objects like a Lab or a Pit Bull you may need to restrict them to very large toys or supervise them very closely when they are chewing.

Remember that your trash is your dog’s treasure! Before throwing things away, try to turn it into a fun toy for your dog.

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by Borderstan.com October 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"Midnight"

Eight late-night places with a bit more class. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Aparna Krishnamoorthy. Email her at aparna[AT]borderstan.com. Follow her on Twitter @aparnakris.

DC isn’t exactly a night owl of a city, but just because it’s way past Happy hour, it does not mean there isn’t a great meal to be had. Last week, we listed the area’s cheap eats to sop up those nights of debauchery. Here we run down the best of Borderstan’s (somewhat) classier late night nibbling.

  1. El Centro D.F. – After chilling on the roof deck, come on down to the main floor for their late night menu, available from 11 pm to 2 am on weekends. They offer tacos, quesadillas and tortas. I especially like their Pork Carnitas torta. Head on down to the tequileria afterward for some dancing. Don’t let the lines outside fool you. Let the bouncer know you are going in to eat, and you can get right in.
  2. Bistro du Coin – Steak frites and mussels craving at midnight? Bistro du Coin has you covered.  This Dupont Circle restaurant serves up French bistro fare and is open till 1 am Thursdays through Saturday, midnight on other days.
  3. Mandu – Mandu’s late night bar menu, offered between 11 pm and 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays, includes kimchi quesadillas, pan fried dumplings and bulgogi tacos. This lively restaurant is sure to satisfy your late night cravings.
  4. Bistro La Bonne – If you are staying out late on U Street, Bistro La Bonne is open till 2 am with a special late night menu offered after midnight Thursday through Saturday. Good French food in a casual atmosphere at reasonable prices is what you will get here.
  5. Satellite Room – This new Hilton brothers spot by the 9:30 Club opens every evening at 5pm, but the kitchen stays open until last call every night. So if you are craving a patty melt or Huevos Rancheros after a show, the Satellite Room is waiting. Oh, and you can have a boozy milkshake to go alongside.
  6. The Passenger – When one of the area’s finest drinking establishments serves up a kimchi hot dog and Truffle Mac n Cheese till 2am on weekends, there is no reason not to join the late night cult following that this place has.
  7. Oohs and Aahs – Fried chicken, collard greens and other Soul food staples are dished out at this U street spot way past midnight. On Fridays and Saturdays between midnight and 4am, you can even get a waffle to go with that fried chicken. A perfect ending to an evening out on U Street.
  8. Black and Orange – At this 14th Street stop, you don’t have to settle when it comes to a late night burger. This place is open till 5 am on weekends, which is awesome. The “No Jerk, No Cry” burger with Jamaican seasonings and spice is a crowd favorite.

Where do you go for a post-drink meal that is not a diner or a Jumbo slice? Tell us in the comments.

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by Borderstan.com October 29, 2012 at 11:00 am 0

"Local"

Listen Local First hopes to launch the DC version of Cannon.fm this fall. (Rachel Nania)

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

Listen Local First, a local music initiative devoted to building awareness and creating opportunities for local musicians and venues, is partnering with Cannon.fm to help launch DC’s first local music streaming app.

Cannon.fm is a free music/radio streaming app and website with content comprised entirely of local musicians, based out of Columbus, Ohio. The goal of the Listen Local First partnership and application is to help embrace this idea and “to create a centralized platform and community for artists and listeners to engage with their local music scene.”

The new application will also allow for local businesses to stream playlists and highlighted tracks of local artists in their businesses, which helps to better promote the talent of DC’s music scene.

Currently the app is in its beta phase. According to a statement from Listen Local First users will be able to search for specific bands, create favorite lists, filter by upcoming shows and create and share playlists with each other in the next few weeks of the roll-out.

For more information, visit Listen Local First’s website.

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by Borderstan.com October 29, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

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DC is no longer one of the Top 10 most dangerous cities in America. (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. 

According to a list released last week by Forbes, DC is no longer one of the top 10 most dangerous cities in America. The yearly list ranks U.S. cities with a population over 200,000 according to their violent crime rate as reported by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports database; this year, DC came in 16th.

So how did DC, a city that has been one of the top 10 most dangerous cities for several years, manage to escape the list this year?

According to a separate Forbes articlegentrification, tax breaks, and urban reforms are responsible for the drop in crime and homicides. (In the early 1990’s, the city was racking up 500 homicides a year; this year, DC is on track to have 100.)

John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and a contributor to the article also explains that the expansion of the federal government and lobbying and consulting firms help to drive-up incomes in the area. Additionally, the article points to the demise of Prince George County’s high-rise public housing towers, which were replaced with garden-style apartments.

According to the article, “gentrification can be a brutal process for the residents who are priced out of their neighborhoods… but in DC, three to four square miles went from brownfields to upscale condos.” Many examples of this change can be seen in the Borderstan area with the revitalization of the 14th Street, U Street and Shaw areas.

Detroit, St. Louis and Oakland were the top three most dangerous cities on the list.

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by Borderstan.com October 29, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Smoke"

Smoke is by Anne Thompson from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, “Smoke” was taken by Anne Thompson. The photo was taken on October 20 at the corner of 17th and U Streets 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 DC’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com October 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm 1,430 0

"Sandy"

The first rainfall from Hurricane Sandy began reaching DC late Sunday evening. (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 closing in on DC, and the city is preparing itself for the worst. As of this evening, the Federal Government, the DC Government and all Metro service has been suspended for Monday, October 29, in anticipation of the storm. According to a statement from Mayor Gray’s office, Metro service will only be restored when it is safe to do so. Following the storm, Metro personnel will need to perform a comprehensive damage assessment, including inspections of track, bridges, aerial structures, stations and facilities.

DC Public Schools are also closed on Monday, and President Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency for DC as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

The weather and transportation closures will make it especially hard for commuters to get to work Monday morning, with bad road conditions expected. Additionally, Capital Bikeshare announced that it will be closing temporarily starting at 1 am Monday morning. According to an email alert, the system will reopen when weather conditions allow.

Streetsweeping  has been suspended through Wednesday. There is no parking enforcement tomorrow. In addition, the DC Department of Transportation has generators in place at major intersections. If power is disrupted, traffic signals will continue to work, and DDOT traffic control officers will be deployed to direct traffic where necessary.

All throughout the weekend, DC residents and employees were busy preparing for Hurricane Sandy. The city’s grocery stores were wiped clear of bottled water and other essentials, and the city placed sandbags in areas where flooding could be problematic. In this year’s past storms, flooding has been a problem in the Borderstan area.

According to The Washington Post, DC is expected to experience 4-7″ of rain and a long period of sustained winds above 35 mph, with peak gusts of more than 60 mph from Hurricane Sandy.

According to WTOP, several locations in DC have opened as shelters ahead of Hurricane Sandy, including:

  • Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue NE
  • Bald Eagle Recreation Center, 100 Joliet Street SW
  • Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Avenue NW
  • Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW
  • Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW
  • Deenwood Community Center, 1350 49th Street NE

For information on closings, delays and weather, check WTOP’s website for the latest listings.

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by Borderstan.com October 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm 1,326 0

The following information is from the DC Department of Public Works (DPW).

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has declared a state of emergency in the District in anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Sandy and a simultaneous Nor’easter, which are expected to rake the region beginning late this weekend and continuing through the early part of next week. He and other District officials have been meeting to coordinate preparations for the storm, and multiple agencies are working to mitigate its potential effects on the District.

Go to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website to get tips to help prepare your homes and families for the storm. To receive important text messages about the latest information on weather, traffic, closings and more, sign up for ALERT DC. DC government agencies will maintain a constant presence throughout the storm on Twitter and other social-media outlets and provide crucial information as conditions develop. Please follow the Mayor (@MayorVinceGray), DPW (@dcdpw), DDOT (@ddotdc) and DC Water (@dcwater) on Twitter for information on Hurricane Sandy response, using #SandyDC as a hashtag.

Near the Shaw Library: Preparations are underway in DC for Hurricane Sandy. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Officials will work through the weekend to ensure the District’s residents, businesses and infrastructure are as ready as possible for the effects of the storm, which could include heavy rain and street flooding, strong winds and power outages, and storm-surge flooding along the Potomac River and its tributaries.

Forecasters are predicting 4″ to 8″ of rain to fall between Sunday night and Wednesday, with bursts of rain falling at a rate of 2″ per hour. Sustained tropical-storm-force winds of 40 to 60 miles per hour with gusts up to hurricane strength (75 miles per hour or more) are possible, and duration of the storm’s peak impact may be several hours.

“Meteorologists are sounding increasingly dire warnings about the magnitude and historic nature of this combined storm, and the District is preparing in earnest,” Gray said. “We are working hard to ensure that we minimize any of this storm’s negative effects in the District.”

DC Government Preparations

The D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) is coordinating the District government’s advance preparations. “Crucial District government agencies are already implementing their storm-response plans,” said City Administrator Allen Y. Lew. “We will be ready for this storm.” Lew highlighted responses already underway:

  • DC Water is clearing storm drains citywide.
  • DPW is distributing sandbags on Saturday, October 27) between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at RFK Stadium, Lot 7. DPW will be giving out sandbags again on Sunday for DC residents at Takoma Park Recreation Center, Van Burenand 3rd Streets NW; hours are 10 am to 6 pm with a maximum of five bags per vehicle.
  • The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is assigning staff and contractors to be ready to collect storm debris starting Monday, October 29, and DPW crews will assist.
  • DPW tow trucks will be deployed as necessary to remove vehicles blocking roadways.
  • The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has generators in place at major intersections. If power is disrupted, traffic signals will continue to work, and DDOT traffic control officers will be deployed to direct traffic where necessary.

For Residents

  • DPW is postponing Monday’s bulk garbage collections and notifying residents of the new day. Also, residents are asked to bag their leaves so they don’t collect in the storm drains and cause flooding.
  • Residents are asked to bag their leaves so they don’t collect in the storm drains and cause flooding.
  • Residents may go to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website to get tips to prepare their homes and families for the storm. To receive important text messages about the latest information on weather, traffic, closings and more, sign up for ALERT DC.
  • DC government agencies will maintain a constant presence throughout the storm on Twitter and other social-media outlets and provide crucial information as conditions develop. Please follow the Mayor (@MayorVinceGray), DPW (@dcdpw), DDOT (@ddotdc) and DC Water (@dcwater) on Twitter for information on Hurricane Sandy response, using #SandyDC as a hashtag.

Downed Trees and Power Lines

  • Residents are reminded to stay clear of broken and hanging tree branches, which can fall at any time.
  • Please report any downed tree branches by calling 311.
  • Residents are also reminded to stay away from downed wires, as they could be energized and electrical contact could be fatal. Report downed wires to Pepco by calling 1-877-737-2662.

Power and Water Outages

Roadways

  • Motorists are reminded to treat dark intersections as four-way stops and to avoid driving through standing water.

by Borderstan.com October 27, 2012 at 9:18 am 1,029 0

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Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com and contact us for more information on becoming joining the list of Borderstan advertisers.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

doris-mae fine art: “doris-mae is a curatorial project by Thomas Drymon that includes six exhibitions from September 2012 to May 2013 with painting, photography, installation, and video by artists in the Washington, DC, metro area.” At 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Fiddleheads Salon: “Trust your hair to expert care at Fiddleheads. Experience the latest cuts, styles, colors, and products at Dupont Circle’s best salon! We’ve been mentioned numerous times in Washingtonian Magazine as “The” salon for curly hair. But we know our way around a head of straight hair, too!” At 1515 17th Street NW, 2nd floor.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW, corner of 17th and Q NW.

Jack Jacobson for State Board of Education: “I look forward to serving Ward 2 on the State Board of Education in January 2013! A main goal of mine will be to work with parents and the community at large to improve our neighborhood schools in Ward 2 and to ensure that parents have confidence in the ability of our public schools to provide their children a high-quality education.”

Java House: “A neighborhood cafe where the coffee is roasted in the store. Happy Hour all day Monday through Friday with $4 beers.” Located at 1645 Q Street NW with indoor and outdoor seating.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW, just west of 16th Street.

MOVA Lounge: Enjoy MOVA’s new rooftop terrace and bar and be sure to check MOVA’s list of daily specials as well as their live entertainment. At the northwest corner of 14th and W Streets NW on the 14th Street corridor.

Pizza No. 17Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW, south of Q Street NW.

Rice/DC Noodles: “The Rice menu that both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood. In addition, you can now order the DC Noodles menu at Rice during most of the week.” At 1608 14th Street NW, north of Q Street.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979. This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

Lindsay Reishman Real Estate: “In the service industry, who you work with makes all the difference. We hire top notch talent, provide tools for success and room to grow, then deliver results. Our business structure is unique in that every member of our team specializes in a different part of the real estate process.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

Tropicalia: “A global dance hall in the cosmopolitan village of DC located at the legendary cultural crossroads of 14th & U Streets NW”. At northeast corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

Dan Wittels for ANC 1B-12: “The ANC is a vital link between residents, business interests, the DC Metropolitan Police Department, city services like sanitation, as well as the many visitors we have here each day. My goal is to represent all the interests in our area, and balance the many competing interests in order to protect and grow this unique neighborhood.”

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 4:00 pm 1,472 0

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

"ANC"

John Green is running for ANC 1B-12 this fall. (Photo courtesy of John Green)

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 John Carlos Green (see Know the Candidates in Contested ANC Races). He faces Zahra JilaniDan 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 1B12 and why?

Green: My first priority as ANC Commissioner will be to promote accountability and transparency in how the Advisory Neighborhood Commission is run by offering the residents I represent the basic tools of good governing. I will use my website as a portal to post ANC minutes, newsletters, community events and tallies from ANC votes. I will video-record my committee meetings and post them on YouTube. A representative, transparent and accountable governing body has the power to unite our voices.

One of my opponents is on-the-record saying she is content with the state of our current ANC governing body. I am not. As I go door-to-door listening to the people in our neighborhood, I hear too many stories of our concerns being ignored by the decision-makers. Sometimes residents aren’t even informed of decisions made that are going to affect their lives. We need to be able to efficiently access up-to-date information. We need to be informed. We need to be part of the decision making process.

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

Green: From the work I’ve done in national politics, I have learned how representatives can best engage with constituents. One way is by making sure I am accessible for in-person meetings or by email. My ANC campaign is also actively engaging people on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Both of these approaches will continue and expand if I am elected. Also importantly, my website will incorporate surveys to add another layer of community involvement for crucial decisions that will affect residents in our district. Transparency and feedback will be key to my tenure as ANC 1B12 Commissioner. If I win your vote this November 6th, I will seek to make the Advisory Neighborhood Commission work harder for the people – as it was designed to do.

"ANC 1B"

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

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

Green: Neighborhood associations are assets to communities because they help keep our residents informed and involved. I will reach out, I will listen and I will work to incorporate the best ideas they have that can help improve our community in total.

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?

Green: I do not support a liquor license moratorium on the 14th and U corridor because doing so has the potential to severely dampen economic development in the future and the vibrancy we cherish in our neighborhood. In other neighborhoods where a liquor license moratorium has been imposed, some business and restaurants have been pushed out unfairly and are now unable to return to that area, which also had the negative effect of lowering the tax base and preventing positive developments that would benefit all residents. Yes, there may be some specific businesses that we decide as a community we don’t want – a strip club, for example – but to arbitrarily issue a blanket ban is just not good public policy. Overall, I support a pro-moderate growth strategy in our neighborhood that emphasizes bringing more green space and arts to U Street. While I respect the city’s need to grow and develop, and businesses’ desire to expand and prosper, my foremost concerns will always be the integrity of our community and the residents who call U Street home.

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

Green: The regulating of liquor licenses is an important duty for an ANC. It requires balancing the needs of the residents and businesses. I will always seek community input before registering my vote. That being said, I do not support the Alcohol Omnibus Bill 19-824, which would strip the rights of community groups or individuals seeking to protest a pending license and curtail provisions meant to limit noise. This agreement is a valuable tool at residents’ disposal when an establishment is not playing by the rules and something needs to be done to correct the situation.

Borderstan: Logan Circle and the 14th and U corridor area are now destination spots 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?

Green: I do not believe there is an adequate police presence on weekends, especially during late-night hours. I am the only candidate who specifically speaks to this issue directly on my website, because our safety is among my chief concerns. If elected, I will work with the MPDC and the business community to make our streets safer and reduce car break-ins and property damage, especially during late-night hours.

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?

Green: We are a rapidly growing community and there needs to be a balance of commercial businesses and residential buildings along 14th Street NW to support smart economic growth. Commercial buildings provide our residents with jobs and bring in visitors who patronize our businesses. Residential buildings that go through a Planned Unit Development (PUD) process, specifically at the Community Benefits Package stage, would be a great vehicle for our community to come together and advocate for things such as more green space or arts in our district. I worked at the National Low Income Housing Coalition and gained a wide understanding there of ways to improve housing policy and community development. If elected ANC, I will draw on this knowledge.

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?

Green: The half-smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl can’t be beat, but I also treasure Ben’s as an iconic landmark from the Civil Rights Era. Besides offering great food, it symbolizes the optimism that equality, mutual respect and an appreciation of common interests can bring people together. I also will be looking forward to the Trader Joe’s that’s opening soon. Businesses like this give our residents important amenities within walking distance. A full-service grocery store has been needed in our neighborhood for quite some time. I support Boundless Yoga because of the free community events it holds and because of its innovative work-share program that allows people with a range of financial means to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. I will encourage other businesses with a similarly forward-looking mindset to join our neighborhood. I also support other newly established businesses that give back to the community – such as Cause and the YMCA – and will make sure they want to be here for a long time to come. Lastly, I want to thank Borderstan for serving our community by addressing important issues that don’t always get enough attention from other publications, for helping keep our residents informed and for providing a forum for the candidates of ANC 1B-12.

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

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Plant some flowers this weekend with City Blossoms. (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. 

On Saturday, October 27, City Blossoms — a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating green spaces — will plant more than 1,000 tulip, daffodil, crocus, allium, and garlic bulbs in the Marion Street Intergenerational Garden and around the Shaw neighborhood. And all are welcome to join in on the flower-filled activity.

D.J. MESS will be on-hand to provide entertainment and pot-luck treats will be available for bulb planters. Have extra bulbs? BULB BASH is accepting donations.

The BULB BASH will take place from 11 am until 1 pm. The Marion Street Intergenerational Garden is at 1519 Marion Street NW. For more information contact lola[AT]cityblossoms.org or 202-870-8158.

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

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Borderstan Weekend. (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. 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan October 26, 27 and 28.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • Jazz Jam’s Halloween Costume Jam: On Sunday, October 28, Jazz Jam will have its Third Annual Halloween Costume Jam at Dahlak (1771 U Street NW) from 6:30 until 9:30 pm.
  • The Little Goblins Halloween Parade: Dress your little one up in his or her Halloween finest for the annual Little Goblins Parade on Saturday, October 27. The parade starts at 3 pm at Stead Park and ends in Logan Circle.
  • The Third Annual City Blossoms BULB BASH: On Saturday, October 27, City Bulbs will lead community members in planting over 1,000 tulip, daffodil, crocus, allium, and garlic bulbs in the garden and around the Shaw neighborhood with kids, families, and friends, while enjoying music from DJ MESS, filling up on tasty potluck treats and competing in a scarecrow competition. The group will meet from 11 am until 1 pm at Marion Street Intergenerational Garden (1519 Marion Street NW).
  • Christopher Jenkins at Church of the Holy City: On Sunday, October 28, Christopher Jenkins will play in the Music with the Angels concert series at Church of the Holy City (1611 16th Street NW). Sunday’s performance will start at 3:30 pm and will be followed by a reception. Admission is free.
  • DC Bike Party’s Halloween Ride: On Saturday, October 27, grab a costume and your bike, and head to Dupont Circle at 8:30 pm for a Halloween bike ride with DC Bike Party. The ride will be making a pit-stop at the Oak Hill Cemetery before heading to Duffy’s Irish Pub. For more information, check out the event details on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Story League Contest: On Sunday, October 28, Story League will hold a story contest with the theme of “My 15 Minutes – Stories about brushes with fame and the famous.” The contest will be held at Busboys and Poets (4251 South Campbell Avenue, Arlington) from 7 until 9 pm. More information is available on the event’s Facebook page.
  • Washington Walks, The Most Haunted Houses: Washington Walks will host a Halloween-themed tour of DC’s most haunted houses through October 27. The walks begin at 7:30 pm and run for two hours. Details are available on the Washington Walks website.
  • Community Film Night at Busboys and Poets: On October 28, Busyboys and Poets will screen the film, As Goes Janesville, a story that reports from ground zero of the recession-ridden heartland — the town of Janesville, Wisconsin. Special guest, Dean Baker, economist and co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, will be on-hand for a discussion after the film. The event runs from 5 until 8 pm and is free. Busboys and Poets is at 2121 14th Street NW.

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Saturday, October 27: He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, 9 pm
  • Sunday, October 28: The Young Evils, The Blakes, The Mean Ideas, 8 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, October 26: Harmonic Blue, The Takes, Pluto and the Moon, Tim Boate and Sean Lynott (no time listed)
  • Saturday, October 27: Nunchucks, The Mean Season, Dance for Dying, Golden Looks, 7:30 pm – Costumes encouraged

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, October 26: Old 97’s, 8 pm
  • Saturday, October 27: Super Diamond, White Ford Bronco, 8 pm
  • Sunday, October 28: Nouvelle Vague, Yasmine Hamdan, 8 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, October 26: AC Newman, The Mynabirds, 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 27: Yellow Ostrich, Fort Lean, 9 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Friday, October 26: Dru Hill, 11 pm
  • Saturday, October 27: Bettye LaVette, 8 pm
  • Sunday, October 28: Sunday Gospel Brunch, Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW)
  • Sunday, October 28: Raya Brass Band with D.J. Thomas Gobena, 8:30 pm

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,140 0

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Phillips Collection. (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. 

Update:

Dear editors,

Unfortunately the upcoming premier of Auksalaq (the climate change opera)
has been affected by the ‘Frankenstorm’. The premier performance was
intended to be distributed between networked venues in Norway, Montreal,
Alaska, New York, Indianapolis, Washington DC and Charlottesville. Our DC
venue, The Phillips Collection, has been forced to cancel. But the show
must go on. EcoSono Ensemble will relocate to Charlottesville, VA, and a
live webcast will be available to our audiences. View the webcast at 5pm
EST on Monday October 29th.

To watch the real-time broadcast join us at http://www.auskalaq.org on Monday 10/29/12 at
4:45pm Eastern Standard Time and select a streaming option.

Regards,

Sarah O’Halloran
EcoSono Ensemble

EcoSono Ensemble, a group that combines its passion for the arts and the environment through musical creation and ecological awareness, is launching its premier performance on Monday, October 29 at The Philips Collection.

The evening will feature a performance of Matthew Burtner and Scott Deal’s award winning telematic opera on climate change, Auksalaq. This cutting-edge experience integrates music, sonic and visual art, science and social commentary to provide a statement like no other on the impact of global climate change.

Throughout the performance, the audience is encouraged to contribute to the opera’s sights and sounds using NOMADS, a specially developed mobile phone app.

“The remote sites share sounds and images through a high bandwidth Internet connection to create a musical and visual ecosystem of interacting layers, which form one rich, intricate macro‐timbre.”

Auksalaq will also feature in-person instrumental and vocal performances by the EcoSono Ensemble, augmented by telematic performances by artists including Bit20, Nief Norf Ensemble and McGill Percussion Ensemble.

The performance starts at 5 pm. Tickets are $20 for non-members, $8 members and free to students with ID. For more information, visit the website.

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by Borderstan.com October 26, 2012 at 9:00 am 0

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Borderstan.com: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Want to write about your neighborhood? Borderstan.com is looking for contributors (this is not a paid position). We are especially looking for general news writers. Are you in and about Borderstan — the Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods?

Interested in Food? Fashion? Shops? Neighborhood Politics? Development? Music? Sports? ANC’s? Learn more about our site in this July article in the Washington Post Local Living section, “D.C. bloggers work to stand out in a crowded pool of news sources.”

In 2009 Washingtonian magazine named Borderstan as one of the best neighborhood blogs in the metro area. In 2011 readers of the Washington Blade voted Borderstan “Best Local Blog.” In 2012, Borderstan made the ballot of Top 5 Local Blogs in the Blade‘s reader poll. In the Washington Post’s Express Night Out’s Best of DC 2012, Borderstan made the ballot of Top 5 Neighborhood blogs, and finished third.

Borderstan.com was nominated two years in a row (2010 and 2011) in The Washington Post‘s D.C. Tweeps contest in the Favorite DC-area blogger category (@borderstan). Borderstan Food Editor Alejandra Owens (@frijolita) was also nominated the last two years as favorite DC-area food blogger.

Interested in being one of our contributors? Shoot me an email at luis[AT]borderstan.com.

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