by June 14, 2010 at 11:48 pm 1,772 0

We like reader polls here at Borderstan. While unscientifc, they are fun and provide at least some insight into what our readers are thinking and doing.

Check out this week’s reader poll in the right navigation bar: “Where do you work?”  This being DC, there are 11 choices and when you see all of them, you will understand why there are so many.

The results of three polls last week provide some interesting insights about (1) when readers who are homeowners purchased their house or condo, (2) where DC’s gay neighborhood(s) is located and (3) where readers say they live.

When Did You Buy?

On Tuesday we asked readers who own their homes to tell us when they purchased them. The results were overwhelmingly tilted toward the past four years–61% of respondents said they had bought some time in the past four years.

  • Before 1981: 0%
  • 1981 to 1990: 3%
  • 1991 to 2000: 22%
  • 2001 to 2005: 14%
  • 2006 to 2008: 36%
  • 2009 to 2010: 25%

Where is the Gay Neighborhood?

On Friday, in anticipation of Gay Pride weekend, we asked readers, “Where’s the DC gay neighborhood in 2010?” Probably the most telling information is that a total of 39% of respondents answered either “Everywhere and Nowhere” (21%) or “This is such a 1970s question” (18%). What does this say about DC? Is it now so easy to be gay and live in DC that the need for a defined gay neighborhood is not a priority for many in the GLBT community? One thing is clear: Borderstan readers do not think the city’s neighborhood in 2010 is Dupont. If DC has a gay neighborhood, the winner is Logan, according to readers. Here is how respondents answered:

  • Logan: 38%
  • Dupont: 14%
  • U Street: 6%
  • Shaw: 2%
  • Nowhere and Everywhere: 21%
  • Such a 1970s question: 18%

Where Do Readers Live?

Our Borderstan Poll of the Week on the landing page was, “Where do you live?” No real surprises in the results with Logan, U Street and Dupont nabbing the top three spots, respectively, and totaling 67% of all respondents. However, we are pleasantly surprised to see the 11% who say they live in Shaw and the 7% who are in Adams Morgan (welcome, readers).

  • Logan: 28%
  • U Street: 24%
  • Dupont: 15%
  • Shaw: 11%
  • Adams Morgan: 7%
  • Other: 15%

by June 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm 1,932 0

"My First Sale" HGTV Luis Gomez Photos Borderstan Logan Circle

Got home equity? Want to be a reality TV star? “My First Sale” is looking for DC applicants. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay

The producers of HGTV’s My First Sale are looking for first-time home sellers in the DC area for the series. The show’s rep said they are looking for “fun, motivated, high-energy people who are willing to share their first home sale experience on camera.” Taping is scheduled to begin “soon” and continue through winter of this year.

Interested reality-show stars will be required to share the process of selling their first home–from working with a realtor, prepping for the sale, negotiating and then sealing the deal. Applicants would need to fill out a questionnaire, disclosure and also be willing to share financial details of the sale with the HGTV audience.

This looks like a great opportunity for a Borderstan resident, particularly some of the owners who purchased houses east of 14th Street in the 1990s, to show a nationwide audience what a great long-term investment our neighborhood has been.  Commercial development along P and 14th Streets in the last 10 years has finally bridged the gap to Dupont Circle, driven up prices in Logan Circle, and created a mountain of home equity for many first time buyers from the 1990s–if you are a homeowner, take our reader poll below.

For more information or an application contact Sami Hartman HGTV’s My First Sale at [email protected] or 303-712-3137.

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by November 30, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,998 0

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Today is the last day to help rescue Koi from the pond at Meridian Hill Park. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

How on earth is it the end of November? It seems the weather is finally recognizing that December is nearly upon us, unfortunately. The rest of us have been jolted into submission by Black Friday, spending most of Monday waiting for a website to load to use a 50% coupon or the arrival of a (shudder) holiday Justin Bieber album. At any rate, here’s the news.

Last Day for Koi Rescue at Meridian Hill Park

The Washington Humane Society says today, November 30, is the final day for volunteers to come out and help rescue the Koi in the pond at Meridian Hill Park. According to a spokesperson for WHS, “This summer, a resident brought several koi fish to the “pond” at Meridian Hill Park in an attempt to beautify his neighborhood. However, the fish multiplied tremendously and now the pond is now scheduled to be drained for the winter season. There was no plan in place for these fish and the community was concerned. When our officers learned that these fish might not survive, they immediately contacted groups across the region to help ensure these fish could be safely removed from the pond and given a new home.

“Eventually, we connected with G and G Aquatics, a trusted organization that serves the mid-Atlantic region including the National Zoo and National Aquarium, who agreed to help to find homes for these fish. The rescue efforts began on November 17, and quickly proved to be a very large task with hundreds more fish than originally estimated, so we have been recruiting volunteers to assist with our efforts and placement as G and G is unable to take additional fish.”

Transience: A Good Thing for DC?

The Washington City Paper takes the positive spin on how transient DC is, citing an expert that finds changes in population may mean more diversity, less poverty and more happiness. While that may mean that few people are born and raised Caps fan (and therefore knew who Dale Hunter was prior to Monday) and Yankees games are promo-worthy at Nats Stadium, it’s a much more pleasant way to view the in and out nature of our population. It’s worth checking out the map and figuring out which states are ‘stuck’ and which are not. I bet there’s at least one that surprises you!

Non-Transient DC: Barry to Run Again

This time, who knows what “b*&^h” set Marion Barry up; for another run at DC Council, that is. The Washington Post got the tip off Tuesday after Barry filed papers to run again in Ward 8. Despite his checkered past, seven opponents and extremely long tenure in DC politics, observers think the seat is his for the taking. Barry has spoken of the importance of job training in his ward, and has recently announced his intent to provide ex-felons protection from employers who are ‘biased against’ employing them given their records. I have to confess, when I heard this news, I thought he was running for mayor again…

What Did the Obamas Buy at Kramerbooks?

If we were like ‘OK’, we’d file this under, “POTUS: Just Like Us!” Alas, we have slightly more self-respect and only cover the literary and fine dining adventures of the Obamas in the news section. At any rate, we told you the family visited Kramerbooks over the weekend. But what did they buy? Find out at Melville House. Am I geeking out that I own and love the first book on the list? A little. Please don’t judge me.

by April 2, 2011 at 9:51 am 1,504 2 Comments

From Khelan Bhatia. You can follow Khelan on Twitter @KhelanB. He lives in the U Street area and writes about style for Borderstan.

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Before: Zach prepares for his shopping trip with Khelan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

So a couple of months ago, right around when I started writing this column, Zach, a friend of mine, asked me to take him shopping. Specifically, he wanted casual wear, including going-out clothes.

Now, I generally hate the idea of going-out or “club” wear as it reminds me of college (not in a good way!) and the Jersey Shore. After you reach a certain age, fitted tees with sexually suggestive puns are so not appropriate. Well-tailored casual wear is all you really need to hit the bars/clubs.

But I love shopping and love giving advice even more, so I suggested (well, actually insisted) to Zach that we go that afternoon!

Of course, this being DC., everyone (including yours truly) is over-scheduled and booked for weeks. So we finally found a day that worked for both of us: last Saturday.

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One of the new shirts Zach purchased with Khelan’s help. The label is Original Penguin. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Zach’s already a pretty snazzy dresser; he has a conservative and understated style, which I dig.

We just needed to push the boundaries a bit with his fashion choices; not to completely reinvent the wheel, mind you, but to accentuate what’s already there.

Our first stop was my favorite boutique, Rue 14 (you remember from my column last week, right?). I guessed that Zach would like their selection and fits.



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