by Borderstan.com December 20, 2010 at 5:00 am 0

14th and U NW Luis Gomez Photos Reeves Municipal Center

The holiday tree in the “DC Arts District” at the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Tree Lighting in Arts District

The coordinators of the Arts District branding project sent out email invitations last week to come to the “First Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony n the Arts District” at the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW. Around 30 people, including Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) turned out for the 5 pm tree lighting. Andrea Doughty, one of the Arts District branding project coordinators, said that the final branding logos will be unveiled the week of December 20, and that the lamppost banners “are coming very very soon.” The banners were originally scheduled to have been up the first weekend of this month. (See Stuff You Might Have Missed: Arts District Update from December 6 and Wrap-up of Last Arts District Branding Public Meeting from November 10.)

MidCity Arts District, Uptown Arts District, DC Arts District

The invitation sent last week to Friday’s Holiday Tree lighting ceremony “in the Arts District” at 14th and U Streets NW contained a logo — but it’s not the final one. (Arts District branding project)

“Make liquor licenses collaborative, not adversarial”

Natalie Avery, former executive director of the MidCity Business Association, has a piece at Greater Greater Washington on how to make the liquor-license process in DC more collaborative and less adversarial. (Disclosure: Borderstan is a member of MCBA.) Borderstan’s Tom Hay has written extensively about Hank’s Oyster Bar and its desire to vacate its Voluntary Agreement and expand into the adjacent empty storefront. As Avery notes about Hank’s:

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