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by Tim Regan — May 27, 2016 at 8:55 am 0

Trojan horse head at Nat Geo BRIEF

Workers Assemble Trojan Horse — A giant wooden horse on wheels called “Troy” has invaded the District… in pieces, anyway. Workers were spotted assembling the massive equine figure yesterday afternoon and earlier this morning. So much for the element of surprise.

Shaw Locals ‘Terrorized’ by Smash and Grabs — A bike-riding thief is apparently breaking into cars in Shaw. Residents near Q and Marion streets NW say they’ve seen one or more men riding a bike slowly down the street and peeking inside car windows. The man has reportedly broken into several cars and stolen thousands of dollars worth of property. [WUSA9]

Police Arrest Man Suspected of Columbia Heights Robbery — Authorities have announced the arrest of a man suspected of robbing a man at knifepoint in Columbia Heights last weekend. Police said 20-year-old Melvin Diaz stole $250 from a man on the 3000 block of 16th Street NW about 1:30 p.m. last Saturday. [MPD]

D.C. Vows to Fix Dangerous 14th and Columbia Intersection — City officials and leaders are visiting five of the city’s most dangerous intersections — including at 14th Street and Columbia Road NW — in search of a fix. [WTOP]

Bloomingdale Bar Among Nation’s Best — If Showtime Lounge (113 Rhode Island Ave NW) was your secret bar, welp, not anymore. Equire magazine has named it among the nation’s best. [Washingtonian; DCist]

Apartment Owners Use Dupont to Lure Renters — Dupont, Busboys and Poets and Metro are among the keywords landlords use in apartment listings to entice renters, according to Zillow. [UrbanTurf]

by Tim Regan — May 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Logan Circle Park in 2010Logan Circle park will come alive with flags, speeches and music from a brass band on Memorial Day.

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will hold a free celebration in the park that includes an appearance by newly appointed U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning, the singing of the national anthem from the Washington Capitals’ Bob McDonald and music from a brass quintet.

The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation of the colors from the junior officer training corps, followed by the singing of the national anthem, a religious invocation, and then a presentation from historian and author Gary Ecelbarger.

Later, Fanning will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of U.S. Civil War general John A. Logan. Fanning, who was only officially confirmed to the position last week, is the first openly gay head of a military branch in the U.S., as reported by the Washington Post.

Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lunches — and yes, even dogs — to the event.

More information from Logan Circle’s ANC 2F:

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

United House of Prayer for All People parade

(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) Trumpet players, cheerleaders and other people are set to march from Shaw to Logan Circle as part of an evangelical Christian church’s annual parade this weekend.

The United House of Prayer for All People‘s parade is slated to bring congregants from its church at 601 M St. NW to the Logan Circle traffic circle Saturday morning.

M Street NW from 6th to 7th streets NW is expected close from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Other road closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. are expected to include:

  • 6th Street NW from L to S streets NW.
  • S Street NW from 5th to 14th streets NW.
  • 13th Street NW from S to O streets NW.
  • Logan Circle NW.
  • P Street NW from 14th to 6th streets NW.
  • 7th Street NW from Q to L streets NW.

A United House of Prayer representative didn’t have an immediate comment on the parade or provide details on exactly when it will begin and end.

But Borderstan reported in 2013 that the marchers arrived about noon at the traffic circle’s park, where several locals gathered to watch. “Sweet Daddy” Grace, the church’s founder, lived at 11 Logan Circle NW before he died in 1960.

by Tim Regan — May 26, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

West downtown planning study map; photo courtesy of DDOT

Local officials are looking at several ways to improve transportation for cyclists, pedestrians and bus riders traveling near Foggy Bottom, Farragut and McPherson Square.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to host a public meeting next month to talk about its planning study to improve an area that includes:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 17th St. and Washington Circle
  • H and I streets NW between New York Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave.

The purpose of the study is to enhance the streetscape and to evaluate the possibility of a bicycle facility or cycle track along Pennsylvania Ave. and to “assess the operational feasibility of a contraflow bus lane on H Street NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue,” according to a DDOT notice.

The District’s multimodal transportation plan identified Pennsylvania Ave. NW as a “priority cycle track corridor and H Street NW as a priority high-capacity transit corridor,” officials said.

DDOT employees will share project goals and objectives and solicit public feedback during the June 17 discussion at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW) at 6 p.m.

Map courtesy of DDOT

by Tim Regan — May 26, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

U Street art BRIEF

Town Intends to Stay Put — Town Danceboutique, the popular gay club near the Atlantic Plumbing development, does not intend to close despite the sale of its building. “This sale was not a surprise to us and we have a great relationship with our new landlord who is excited to have us as their tenant,” the club said in a statement. “We also enjoy solid lease terms and we intend and fully expect to be throwing parties in our current location for years to come.” [DCist]

See Inside the Obamas’ Kalorama Home — This 8,200-square-foot mansion in Kalorama is where the Obamas will live. Here’s your chance to virtually step foot inside. [Washingtonian]

MPD Not Growing — 851 D.C. police officers have retired, resigned, were terminated, or died since 2014, and cops are continually walking away from the job, the City Paper reports. But why? Money, the increasing difficulty of the job and competition from other cities are to blame, say current and former members of the police force.  [Washington City Paper]

New Speed Camera on Irving St. NW — Heads up, Park View drivers. There’s a new speed camera in town. [Park View, D.C.]

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

Photo via Facebook :Columbia Heights initiativeA Columbia Heights nonprofit is inviting neighbors to clean up, then cook out in the neighborhood tonight.

Locals will meet at the office of the Columbia Heights Initiative (3400 11th St. NW) this evening at 5:30 p.m. to help beautify the surrounding streets. The cleanup will be followed by a cookout where neighbors can socialize and eat together.

“Join us for our monthly community clean ups,” reads a volunteer page. “Following each clean up will be a hangout where volunteers can spend time getting to know each other and building community.”

Click here to volunteer.

Photo via Facebook / Columbia Heights Initiative

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

House catches fire in Shaw May 28

(Updated at 2:06 p.m.) A house under construction caught fire in Shaw this afternoon.

Authorities received a call for smoke billowing out of a three-story rowhome on the 900 block of Westminster St. NW at approximately 1:16 p.m. today, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez said.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the the scene at 1:18 p.m. and are currently working to douse the fire, which started in the attic of the building.

Nobody was injured during the blaze, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

“It looks like [firefighters] have a handle on it,” Maggiolo added.

Authorities said the fire was accidental.

by Tim Regan — May 25, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

Dupont fountain birds BRIEF

Obama in Kalorama — It appears as though the Obamas are moving to the Kalorama neighborhood. Although it wasn’t immediately clear which house the first family might buy, there are plenty of lavish homes to choose from. [DCist; Washingtonian]

Developer Buys Land Near Atlantic Plumbing — An apartment developer apparently has plans for four parcels of land between V St. and Florida Ave. NW. An affiliate of Jefferson Apartment Group reportedly purchased the land — which includes the building that houses Town Danceboutique — for $25 million. [Washington Business Journal]

Noodle Pudding Pop-up Headed to Union Market — Toli Moli, which in March whipped up Burmese dessert drinks at Thip Khao, will pop up in Union Market starting June 1. [Washington City Paper]

Metro to Share News About Violent Crime — Metro will now notify the public about violent crimes on the day they happen. The decision comes after outcry over news of a rape on the Red Line was not shared with the public for more than a month. [Washington Post]

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm 1 Comment

John_Fanning_BorderstanA longstanding member of Logan Circle’s ANC has been chosen to help represent the District during the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

John Fanning, who serves as chair of ANC 2F, will likely head to the convention in July with a list of other delegates that includes D.C. Councilmembers Jack Evans and Brianne Nadeau, according to the preliminary election results from the May 21 D.C. Democratic Pre-Primary Qualifying Caucus.

“It’s an honor to have been selected by the voters in Wards 1, 2 ,6 and 8… and to represent them at the Democratic National Convention,” Fanning told us via email.

Fanning, along with Evans, Nadeau and other local figures, have pledged as delegates to cast a vote for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

But getting elected wasn’t easy. According to Metro Weekly, Fanning and 59 other delegate hopefuls faced an election where “the methods of selection are so oblique, the process so tangled, it’s no wonder the average voter is clueless.”

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

"S is for Shaw" advertising Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Shaw has earned some national recognition for the efforts of a neighborhood business group to help revitalize the community, while preserving the area’s historic character.

Shaw Main Streets yesterday picked up a 2016 “Great American Main Street Award” for its work to create what it calls a “sustainable, self-sufficient business district” along the 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors. In addition to Shaw Main Streets, similar organizations in Orlando, Fla., and Dahlonega, Ga., received the honor from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center at a conference in Milwaukee.

“Shaw’s transformation in the last 13 years has been truly remarkable,” National Main Street Center president and CEO Patrice Frey said in a statement. “To bring the neighborhood back from the devastating 1968 riots and the decades of disinvestment that followed while infusing the district’s historic character with new energy and resources, is a tremendous testament to Shaw Main Street’s effective leadership.”

Alexander M. Padro, the executive director of Shaw Main Streets, said Monday was a “great day” for the neighborhood, highlighting the benefits of the new City Market at O development, the restored Howard Theatre and the revamped Wonder Bread factory work space.

“The award recognizes the dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers and the support of the community and the city as a whole in revitalizing our commercial corridors and some of the nation’s most important African American landmarks,” he said in a statement. “Now we have yet another reason to be proud as we live, work, shop, play and pray in the neighborhood where D.C. comes together.”

Shaw is the third community in the District to get the Great American Main Street Award since the National Main Street Center started bestowing the honor in 1995. The other D.C. winners were H Street in 2013 and Barracks Row in 2005.

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 10:30 am 0

Dupont Chillers update sign

Two stations on Metro’s Red Line will likely be hotter than normal again this summer.

The Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations will begin the hot season without air conditioning thanks to broken pieces of equipment known as “chillers,” WMATA said earlier this month.

“Both Dupont Circle and Farragut North stations are cooled by a common chiller plant that is located in the median of Connecticut Avenue opposite the Farragut North L Street entrance,” read a press release. “Delivery of chilled air to the stations has been disrupted by a leak in the underground line that runs between the chiller plant and the stations.”

In order to fix the problem, Metro will dig up a portion of Connecticut Avenue and repair that leaky line. Though the transit agency has said the chillers could come back online as soon as July, we all know Metro has an issue with unexpected delays.

So, we want to know: do you think Metro will actually fix these chillers by July, or are we in for a red hot summer on the Red Line?

by Tim Regan — May 24, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

BRIEF Dupont Metro station

Red Line Has Metro Meltdown — If you took the Red Line to work today — and that’s a big if, considering wait times of up to 30 minutes forced many potential passengers to give up — you’d know it was a mess. Why? Two words: single tracking. Trains shared a track between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights and Van Ness and Dupont Circle due to reported “track problems” earlier today. [Washington Post]

Sushi Eatery Opening in Shaw — A new sushi eatery from the owners of Capitol Sushi and Sushi Ogawa will reportedly replace the former Seasonal Pantry space in Shaw. [Washington City Paper]

New Renderings for 965 Florida Ave. NW — The developers behind the forthcoming mixed-use building at 965 Florida Ave. NW have released new renderings for the project. Though the designs are roughly the same, the new renderings show a slightly tweaked penthouse and different angles. [Washington Business Journal]

Film Fight! — Though Landmark Theatres — which owns Atlantic Plumbing Cinema and West End Cinema — and film giant Regal Entertainment have since February sparred in court over film distribution rights, both chains will screen the new X-Men film. [Washingtonian]

by Tim Regan — May 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm 0

Memorial Day BRIEF

There’s lots to do this week. Want proof? Here’s a smattering of events happening across the area through next Monday:

Tuesday

“Selma” at Adams Morgan Movie Nights
Marie Reed Elementary School soccer field (18th and California streets NW)
About 8:45 (30 minutes after sunset)

“Selma,” a drama centered around Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, will start roughly 30 minutes after sunset.

Wednesday

Nellie’s Happy Hour and Trivia Night
Nellie’s (900 U St. NW)
7 p.m.

Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau will participate in the first round of Nellie’s trivia night. Locals will be able to mingle with Nadeau or compete in the bar’s weekly trivia night.

Author Event for Capital Dilemma
All Souls Church (2835 16th St. NW)
7 p.m.

The writers of a recent book on gentrification in D.C. will talk economic inequality, racism and class divides in the District.

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by Tim Regan — May 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm 0

Capital DilemmaThe writers of a recent book on gentrification in D.C. will meet at All Souls Unitarian Church (2835 16th St. NW) this week to talk economic inequality, racism and class divides in the District.

Co-editor Dr. Sabiyha Prince and three of the book’s contributors — Dr. Maurice Jackson (Georgetown University), Dr. Johanna Bockman (George Mason University), and Dr. Bell Julian Clement (George Washington University) — will discuss the book, which is titled Capital Dilemma, at the church this Wednesday at 7 p.m.

“Gentrification, inequality, racism and class divides are defining qualities of the everyday experience of communities in Washington D.C.,” reads a Facebook post for the event. “Capital Dilemma is an amazing work by academics and intellectuals of the DMV area that helps us understand these experiences and fight to change them.”

Read more about Capital Dilemma from the Facebook event page:

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 23, 2016 at 3:10 pm 0

Redevelopment plans for the SunTrust building and its plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan are set to change again, following criticism from neighborhood leaders.

Developer PN Hoffman is looking to revise “some of the exterior design elements” for its proposed six-story, mixed-use building at 1800 Columbia Road NW, Commissioner Billy Simpson of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C said in an email to locals yesterday.

Simpson in his email didn’t elaborate on what would change. But he said PN Hoffman intends to release its updated plans before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board holds a meeting on the developer’s proposal June 23.

Jon Amar, a PN Hoffman spokesman, confirmed that the developer is making revisions. But he declined to discuss the changes at this time.

ANC 1C backed three resolutions that opposed the project earlier this month. The non-binding resolutions detailed “significant issues” with height and scale and noted that the proposed building “significantly undermines the long-established set-back and the plaza,” among other problems.

The opposition came despite changes PN Hoffman announced in April to make a revamped plaza for the property bigger than the developer initially intended and to address other concerns from locals.

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