by Borderstan.com February 8, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

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Exciting Exhibits! is by ep_jhu taken from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

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

Today’s photo, Exciting Exhibits! was taken by ep_jhu. The photo was taken on February 2 at the 2013 Washington Auto Show.

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by Borderstan.com January 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm 1 Comment

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a gun robbery around 9 pm near the Washington Convention Center at 7th and L Streets NW, on Wednesday, January 16. The lookout is for one man armed with a handgun, according to the DC Police Twitter feed and Police Alert.

From DC Police Alerts: “CONFIRMED A Robbery Gun_2055 hours_7th and L st. NW_LOF B/M, 6’0″, black jacket, black hat, dark complexion, armed with a handgun Last seen towards M St. NW. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130024045, Sent on: 01/16 21:06”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Robbery Gun_2055 hours_7th and L St. NW_LOF B/M, 6’0″, black jacket, black hat, dark complexion, armed with a handgun. /8747”

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You can sign up for alerts through Alert DC and get alerts  by e-mail, cell phone, pager or wireless PDA. When signing up, you can select alerts on crime, transportation, utility outages/issues, government closings, breaking news, DC-sponsored events and Amber Alerts. You can follow the DC Police on Twitter @DCPoliceDept.

You can get more information about crime in the Borderstan area through the MPD listservs for the Second and Third Districts on Yahoo! Groups.

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by Borderstan.com July 20, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,173 0

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The 2012 International AIDS Conference will be held at the Convention Center downtown. Expect traffic delays and extra congestion. (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

With one of the busiest international conferences hitting DC this weekend, expect some additional public transportation congestion and traffic delays downtown.

The 19th International AIDS Conference will take place July 22 through 27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Activities are also scheduled at the Carnegie Library located across the street from the Convention Center. On most days, daily activity hours for the conference are scheduled between 6:30 am and 9 pm.

This year’s conference attendance is projected to hit more than 30,000 participants with a myriad of notable guest speakers, including Bill Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kathleen Sebelius, Laura Bush, Bill Gates, Elton John and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.

Shuttle buses will be used throughout the week to transport participants; expect road closures and parking restrictions on Sunday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 24.

A large mid-day protest is also expected outside the Convention Center on Tuesday, July 24. This activity could interfere with normal pedestrian and vehicular activity. For more information, visit Events DC.

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by Borderstan.com May 15, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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"Audience" 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, “Audience” was taken by ep_jhu on April 29 at the Washington Convention Center.

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by Borderstan.com February 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm 1,216 0

Shaw Art Walk, Shaw Main Streets

The Shaw Art Walk is Wednesday, February 8 from 6 to 9 pm. (Image courtesy Shaw Main Streets)

From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at [email protected].

One of the things I love most about Borderstan? The burgeoning art and entertainment district in my eastern slice of Borderstan: Logan-Shaw.

Read Eliza French’s review of the exhibition at Lamont Bishop Gallery:  A Vibrant Fusion of Cultures: Aniekan Udofia’s “The Village B-boy”.

If you haven’t checked out Shaw’s cultural offerings, here’s a great opportunity; this Wednesday’s Shaw Art Walk, sponsored by Shaw Main Streets. From 6 to 9 pm, take a break from your regular happy hour spot, and stroll through Shaw to visit some new shows at local art galleries, all of which will be open for the evening.

Six galleries are participating, including Civilian Art Projects, Contemporary Wing (taking up temporary digs over on 9th Street NW), Lamont Bishop Gallery, Long View Gallery, Maruka Gallery and Touchstone Gallery. All galleries will be showing off their latest shows, and welcoming visitors from 6 to 9 pm.

Also open, a rare treat and little-known DC treasure: the Convention Center’s extensive art collection is being opened up for a special viewing as a part of the Shaw Art Walk. If you want to check that out, make it your first stop on the tour – the tour starts promptly at 6:30 pm, at the Mount Vernon entrance to the Convention Center.

Still hankering for more art at the end? Finish your stroll with a sidle over to the Passenger, where you can mingle with your new culturally enlightened buddies over artsy drinks.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

by Borderstan.com February 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm 0

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The 2012 Washington Auto Show at the Convention Center ends at 6 pm on Sunday, February 5. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz and at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

This is your last weekend for the 2012 Washington Auto Show at the Washington Convention Center at 801 Mount Vernon Place NW, and the show has many activities scheduled for the weekend. I know it’s Super Bowl weekend and you are probably getting ready for The Game. But if you happen to find a couple of hours, it is always entertaining to check out the few concept models that do make it to DC… and  jump in and out of the model of your choice.

There are more than 700 cars in the show from 32 manufacturers, domestic and foreign, and there are some new hybrids and electric models.  You can check out Dodge’s new Dart, Ford’s  new Fusion among many other new models. My favorite: Fiat has a course were you can drive the 500 on site.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. The hours this weekend are Saturday, February 4 from 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday, February 5 from 10 am to 6 pm. The show is open tonight, Friday, February 3, until 10 pmm.

by Borderstan.com January 26, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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“7th Street Moonset” is by ep_jhu from the Borderstan flickr pool.

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

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

Today’s photo, “7th Street Moonset,” was taken by ep_jhu on January 12, 2012.

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by Borderstan.com August 3, 2011 at 7:00 am 0

“Convention Center” was taken by thisisbossi from the Borderstan reader pool in Flickr.

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

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

Today’s photo, “Convention Center,” was taken by thisisbossi on July 22. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center opened in 2003 and is located between 7th and 9th Streets NW and N Street and Mount Vernon Place NW. Events DC owns and manages the center along with Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and the DC Armory.

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by Borderstan.com September 28, 2010 at 10:31 pm 0

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From Tom Hay

More Wine and Shorter Lines on P Street

The Logan Circle Whole Foods in the 1400 block of P Street NW announced that the renovation and expansion of the 10 year old store which we reported on in June is nearly complete.   There will be an unveiling of the new mezzanine level cafe on October 1. Check out the store calendar for details on the kickoff which includes entertainment, refreshments and giveaways.

If you’ve been to the store in the last few weeks you may have noticed the expansion of the wine department and addition of a bunch of express checkout lanes along the P Street window wall. While I welcome shorter lines at the grocery store, the new checkout system feels a bit like a DMV queue. Plus it eliminates the window side seating which was great for people watching.

Overall the system is working and I think the changes will be a big hit, especially with football season underway and the holidays quickly approaching.

Tunnel… But No Love

The Washington City Paper Housing Complex Blog reported that construction is set to begin in late October on a gigantic 1,165-room Marriott Marquis at the Northwest corner of 9th and Massachusetts NW.

The saga of building of a large hotel in close proximity to the DC Convention Center has dragged on for years, and while the legal battles have ended, not everyone is happy. The estimated 42-month-long construction is sure to disrupt residents and business owners.

Plans call for the hotel to have several restaurants, cafes and a tunnel under 9th Street.  Not good news for cafes and galleries north of the site who had hoped for increased foot traffic. The hotel will also be within the boundaries of the Arts District which is currently undertaking a branding and marketing effort.

Jogger Gets a Lesson in Safe Sex

Interesting Washington Post opinion piece by a female jogger whose run through the portion of Rock Creek Park known as P Street Beach became her introduction to the notorious hookup spot. After finding the area littered with condoms and condom wrappers, the writer contacted various law enforcement agencies for comment. Seems that patrolling of the area is somewhat lax because of jurisdictional issues between US Park Police and DC Police.

Proposed Metrobus Changes Would Create U Street-Dupont Bus Link

From Greater Greater Washington are some details on proposed changes to the 90-92-93 Metrobus lines that run from the Anancostia Station, along U Street NW, through Adams Morgan ending at the Ellington Bridge on Calvert Street. The recommendations by DDOT and WMATA call for the line to instead continue straight on westbound U Street to Florida Avenue NW, then left on Connecticut, continuing south toward Dupont Circle. The proposed change would create a direct bus link from the U Street Corridor to Dupont Circle.

by Borderstan.com January 21, 2009 at 10:45 pm 1,303 0

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Jan. 20, 2009–The Obamas at the Neighborhood Ball at the D.C. Convention Center. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Happy post-Inauguration, Borderstanians. The hordes have left town and today I felt an eerie calm descend on the city. After gonig to the National Mall for the Inaugural ceremony, we had the good fortune to attend the Neighborhood Ball at the D.C. Convention Center last night. It was televised live by ABC and was an “official” ball… the first of 10 balls that President and Mrs. Obama attended.

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