by February 2, 2012 at 8:00 am 4,467 0

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Florida Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW is poised for development. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Maggie Barron. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @maggiebarron.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1B holds its monthly meeting tonight, February 2, and the planned development on Florida Avenue NW between 7th and 9t Streets NW will be at the center of the agenda.  The plans for consideration come from JBG, the influential development group with “more control over the future of U Street than any other property holder,” according to The Washington Post.

JBG has already presented its residential/retail concept  to the various ANC design committees, and now the firm seeks ANC approval on issues before the Historic Preservation Board. These issues will most likely have to do with the fates of historic facades currently on the properties.

The design, covering two buildings on three parcels, comes from the Seattle firm Miller Hull Architects. JBG principal Kai Reynolds told Washington City Paper that their aesthetic will be aimed at “transforming the warehouse vernacular into housing.” In short this means lots of metal, lots of glass and perhaps an affinity for exposed staircases. (Slides from the ANC1B design committee presentation in December are available here.)

JBG bought the three parcels from Metro last summer after they had been on the market for nearly a decade. Though the lots appear vacant, they are home to a lively and at times controversial weekend flea market. (Some neighbors have complained of vendors selling stolen goods.) Michael Sussman, who runs the flea market, had a lease with Metro due to run to October 2012. When JBG purchased the property, the company made overtures to end the lease early, by the end of January.

At the last ANC 1B meeting on January 5 (which I attended), approximately 25 vendors showed up to protest the end of the lease. Sussman told the commissioners that 40 vendors and their families earn a living at the flea market, and requested that the ANC ask JBG to continue the lease.

In an email message to several neighborhood groups sent on January 13, ANC 1B Chair Myla Moss (ANC 1B-01) said that an agreement had been reached between JBG and Sussman. JBG will continue offering a month-to-month lease until October, as long as the flea market accepts a list of terms meant to eliminate traffic, trash and the sale of stolen goods.

It will be interesting to see if this issue arises again at Thursday’s meeting. I will be there and will post an update on any developments.

by June 28, 2010 at 9:01 pm 2,526 0

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News from other sources in Dupont-Logan U Street.

We ceased posting our weekly roundup of stuff you really should have read somewhere following the redesign of Borderstan. But, we ourselves missed it, so it’s back. Here are some newsworthy items in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

Utopia project at 14th and U receives extension. The real estate blog DC Mud reported Saturday that the developer behind the huge residential and commercial project at the southwest corner of 14th and U NW received a two-year extension for its plans from the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA). UrbanMud explains that the zoning variance extension was granted to the developer because funding has not been secured and thus work has not commenced. DC Mud reported in April that it appeared the project might get underway soon. DC Mud has more details about the delay as well as information on the mixed-use project and an artist’s drawing of the project.

Wone conspiracy trial verdict expected Tuesday. The presiding judge in the conspiracy case against the Swann Street Three is scheduled to deliver her verdict tomorrow (Tuesday). Remember that the defendants all waived their right to trial by jury; the judge will decide their guilt or innocence on all charges. There are on trial for charges related to conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Wone murder–no one has been charged with Wone’s murder. The guys over at Who Murdered Robert Wone have been posting furiously and will have updates tomorrow–you can bet on it. Robert Wone was murdered at 1509 Swann Street NW late on the night of August 2, 2006.

New editor takes over at dcist. The new dcist editor is Aaron Morrissey, who moves up from a writer position at dcist.  Sommer Mathis departed dcist earlier this month, and is now an editor at, which will launch later this summer.

Update on O Street Market Project. 14th & You has a great update on the status of the O Street Market project over in Shaw: “Over on O Street, it looks like the earth may finally start moving there this September, when developer Roadside Development undertakes efforts to stabilize the structure.”

Borderstan joins network. Speaking of, Borderstan joined the network last week–along with increasing numbers of other local blogs. Some of the other local blog names you may recognize who have joined the new, local online news operation are U Street Girl, ReadysetDC, Prince of Petworth, Unsuck DC Metro, Bitches Who Brunch (love the name), Metrocurean, We Love DC and a bunch more. Not yet familiar with Check out their blog.

MidCity Dog Days is August 7-8 on 14th and U. The annual Dog Days of August sidewalk sale (I call it a “near festival”) is Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8. It is sponsored by the MidCity Business Association and is a good time in the hood. MidCity businesses on the 14th and U Streets corridor participate, bringing their goods onto the sidewalk for a nice, hot summer sale. Check out what’s already planned.

DC Center for LGBT Community now on U Street NW. DC’s lesban, gay, bisexual and transgendered community center moved to 1318 U Street earlier this month from its 14th Street location. This location, like the previous one, is temporary, while The Center looks for a permanent home. The full name, BTW, is The DC Center for the LGBT community. The old location on the 1800 block of 14th Street NW, will demolished in September to make way for a new residential and commercial development that will stretch from S to Swann Street on the west side of 14th.

Lypsinka’s Legends at Studio Theatre through July 11. I don’t normally plug indiviudal shows, but I’m told that Legends with Lypsinka the Studio Theatre is quite amusing. The show was just extended through July 11.

Businesses coming to 14th and U corridor. Check out U Street Girl’s listing.

by October 9, 2009 at 7:51 am 1,878 0

Happy Friday morning, Borderstan. A few news items… some news bits… happenings this weekend. So, read this posting and then turn off your computer and go enjoy the fall weekend. See you Monday.

by September 26, 2009 at 7:13 am 1,555 0

These are the most popular postings from the last 30 days.

  1. Saturday-Night Vigilante Justice: Victims Catch U Street Mugger
  2. Mahnke Family Seeks Witnesses to Sept. 3 Metrobus Incident
  3. Me or the Dog? Both of Us?
  4. “Real World” at 2000 S St NW; a Halo Lounge Angle?
  5. RWDC: What Glamor and Excitement?
  6. The Rest of the Story: Report #09085657, “Robbery with Gun”
  7. Policy Restaurant & Bar Opens this Monday
  8. 12th & U NW: “Mama said there’ll be days like this”
  9. Garden District Closing 14th & Church Store
  10. 17th Street Dog Park is Open

by September 24, 2009 at 5:00 am 2,438 1 Comment

Here are my picks for things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city… restaurants, galleries and theater.

U-Topia, 1418 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

U-Topia, 1418 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th St. NW.(Photos: Luis Gomez)

La Carbonara, 1926 9th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U St. NW.(Photo:Luis Gomez)

Local 16, 1602 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

U-topia at 1418 U Street NW is a great spot on the U street corridor. Jazz and art come together to help you celebrate an excellent meal… Brazilian jazz on Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

La Carbonara at 1926 9th Street NW is in Shaw’s Little Ethiopia. This recently opened Italian restaurant has received mix reviews, from excellent to bland, perhaps depending on the day of the week. If you are feeling adventuresome, give it a try and let us know.

Local 16, at 1602 U Street NW is a nice place to go during the week. The weekend is totally different and it can get crowded and uncomfortable. The menu is American food with an Italian influence. Local 16 has a beautiful roof top deck.

Ink Storm at Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. (

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW. (Image:

"Mirage Series" by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW.(

“Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image:

"Color, Texture and Mood" by Michele Cormier at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th St. NW. (

“Color, Texture and Mood” by Michele Cormier, Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW. (Image:

“Ink Storm” at Transformer Gallery, 1404 P Street NW: “This exhibition highlights how artists CHEN Shaoxiong, DAI Guangyu, and Paula TSAI, three emerging Beijing based artists who re-interpret and re-invent traditional Chinese uses of ink through video, drawing, and mixed-media installation, incorporate ink into their work, ink, and how each individual exploration offers compelling contributions to contemporary art discourse.”

Mirage Series” by Steve Alderton at Touchstone Gallery, 406 7th Street NW: “The series includes portraits, cityscapes, still-lifes, and landscapes. One landscape includes what appears to be two farm structures viewed from across a field; the hot, shimmering light of a summer’s day has had its effects. Another painting shows a cityscape, with a mass of loosely rendered buildings. In both works, the atmosphere has seemingly blurred many of the specifics–but there is enough information in the watery images to transfix and invite one in. The artist’s technique successfully conveys the essence of his message, but also effectively leaves room for personal interpretation. The result is strong and engaging.” (more…)

by September 11, 2009 at 12:11 pm 1,733 0

The 14th & U Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Photo: Farmers Market on Facebook.)

The weekly 14th & U Farmers Market is Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is open into October. (Photo: Farmers Market on Facebook)

Clark Ray kicksoff his campaign for the DC Council at 10 a.m., Saturday, at 17th & Q NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Clark Ray kicks off his campaign for the DC Council at 10 a.m., Saturday, at 17th & Q NW by Java House cafe. (Photo: Luis Gomez)

Just a reminder about a couple of things happening in Borderstan tomorrow.

Farmers’ Market, 14th & U NW. Remember that the 14th and U Farmers’ Market continues into October. You can get info about the market on Facebook and since they have a public page on Facebook, you don’t have to be a registered member of Facebook to go to it. (Got that?) On the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

Clark Ray for Council Kickoff, 17th & Q NW. At 10 a.m. Clark Ray will officially announce his candidacy for the DC City Council at the corner of 17th and Q Streets NW next to Java House. Ray is kicking off his candidacy in Ward 2 where served as neighborhood service coordinator for former Mayor Anthony Williams. Ray is running for the At-Large seat held by Phil Mendelson; they will be on the ballot in the Democratic Primary in September 2010. (Full disclosure: I know Ray and am supporting him.)

by September 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm 3,563 1 Comment

This Cadillac SUV was put on blocks and then stripped last night in the parkign lot of the Thurgood Marshall building at 12th & U Streets NW. A friend who lives nearby got details from a neighbor and took the photo.

Tuesday night/Wednesday morning: This Cadillac SUV was blocked, stripped and plundered in the parking lot of the Thurgood Marshall Service Center near 12th & U Streets NW.


Somehow I don’t think the condo sales offices on U Street will be using this photo in their marketing materials. But, as The Shirelles 1961 song goes… “Mama said there’ll be days like this.” (My genuine condolences to the owner of the car.)


by August 24, 2009 at 6:27 am 1,624 0


A cheesesteak by sweater weather would be nice. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Hope you enjoyed the weekend… yesterday was spectacular… Labor Day is just two weeks away.

Perhaps JJ’s will be open for cheesesteaks by the time it’s sweater weather. Luis took this photo yesterday of the location-to-be at 1939 14th Street NW, (just off U Street). There appears to be a bit of work left on the shop.

Not surprisingly, Wikipedia has an entry for cheesesteaks.

by August 19, 2009 at 6:23 pm 2,558 0

Notoriety at Chi Cha Lounge located at 1624 U Street, NW. (Photo:Luis Gomez)

Wednesdays are “Notoriety” night at Chi Cha Lounge, 1624 U Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

Chi Cha Lounge is billing its Wednesday evenings with a movie as Notoriety. Says this urban hipster place on U between 16th and 17th: “Notoriety at Chi Cha Lounge is a weekly Wednesday event for friends to come together, listen to soulful music, and soak up some good vibes.” Located at 1624 U Street NW, the lounge has wide-open windows that allow you to see the street and get the urban feeling of the U Street corridor. Tonight the movie is Point Break.

by July 30, 2009 at 6:44 am 2,297 0

The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts its Community Festival this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 14th & U NW. It is in conjunction with the MidCity Dog Days events on 14th Street NW. (Image: U Street Neighborhood Association.)

The U Street Neighborhood Association hosts its Community Festival this Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 14th & U NW. It is in conjunction with the MidCity Dog Days events on 14th Street NW. (Image: U Street Neighborhood Association.)

The U Street Neighborhood Association will host a community festival this Saturday, August 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U Streets NW. The event is in conjunction with the 10th Annual MidCity Dog Days of August Sidewalk Sale weekend and the weekly Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays only).

by July 27, 2009 at 11:54 pm 2,544 8 Comments

What kind of stores and businesses do you want more of on the 14th Street NW corridor… between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue NW? You can pick as many as you want.

by July 26, 2009 at 4:00 am 2,596 0

MidCity Business' 10th annual Dog Days sidewalk sale is Aug. 1 & 2. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

MidCity Business’ 10th annual Dog Days sidewalk sale is Aug. 1 & 2. (Image: MidCity Business Association.)

Put ’em down on your calendar… always good fun in Borderstan. The 10th annual MidCity Dog Days Sidewalk sale is next weekend, August 1 & 2.

From the MidCity Business Association:

August 1st and 2nd mark the tenth annual Dog Days of August sidewalk sale along and adjacent to the 14th and U Street corridors. MidCity shops, galleries and restaurants will take their wares to the sidewalk, feature performers and special events and welcome shoppers to one of DC’s most unique and dynamic retail zones.


by March 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm 4,877 7 Comments

Oh-so-DC-trendy Policy restaurant and bar is scheduled to open this month at 1900 14th Street NW, just north of T. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Oh-so-DC-trendy Policy restaurant and bar is scheduled to open this month at 1900 14th Street NW, just north of T. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

So sayeth the sign in the window as well as the blurbage on Policy’s Web site… the new place will open in March at 1900 14th Street NW (just north of T). Luis took the accompanying photo through the front window this evening. From Policy’s Web site:


by February 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm 1,888 0

14th & You (one of my favorite blogs for in-depth postings) has a post about The Gibson, a lounge at 2009 14th Street NW… with a link to the Washington Post review. I really shouldn’t post this because it sounds as if The Gibson is not crowded and an easy place to walk in and enjoy yourself. Once it gets popular, you can count me out.


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