by Borderstan.com December 9, 2011 at 9:30 am 0

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The Urban Neighborhood Alliance is collecting toiletries for Charlie’s Place. Charlies’ Place is a support group for the homeless that operates out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW.

You can drop off toiletry items at Ross School, 1730 R Street NW, on Saturday, December 10 during the final day of the Ross PTA Holiday Tree sale (on the Ross School Playground).

Charlie’s Place offers hot meals and counseling, and has placed dozens of homeless people in housing and jobs, getting them off of the streets. 

by Borderstan.com November 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm 0

Ross Elementary School, Ross School PTA, Luis Gomez Photos

The annual Ross School PTA holiday trees sale begins this weekend at 1730 R Street NW. Sales will continue for the following two weekends, unless trees run out. An open house and bake sale are on tap for Saturday, Dec. 3. (Luis Gomez Photos)

If you’re ready to buy your Christmas or holiday tree and wreath, you can get them at Ross School PTA’s annual Holiday Tree Sale. It starts this weekend, Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

Trees will also be for sale the following two weekends until Sunday, Dec. 18 — or until the trees are all gone.

Hours are 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and Ross PTA volunteers will deliver the tree to your home. Location is the Ross School playground at 1730 R Street NW. Prices start at $45 and 50% of the price is tax deductible.

Considering how quickly the trees sold out last year, you’ll be wise to buy your tree and wreath this weekend.

Other sponsors of this year’s tree sale are OLD CITY green, BaseCamp and Borderstan.

Ross Open House and Bake Sale

  • Ross School is also holding an open house this Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 am to noon. Stop by, meet the staff and teachers and take a tour.
  • In addition, Ross PTA is holding its holiday bake sale this Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm.

UNA Collecting Toiletries for Homeless

In addition, Ross PTA is partnering with the Urban Neighborhood Alliance to collect toiletries for Charlie’s Place. The organization is a support group for the homeless that operates out of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW. You can drop off toiletry items at Ross School during holiday tree sale hours.

by Borderstan.com September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm 2,161 0

"Borderstan" "17th Street NW", Urban Neighborhood Alliance, 2011 17th Street Festival, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for photos from the 2011 17th Streets Festival. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Click on the collage above for the slideshow of the 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival on September 24. Did we see you at the Festival?

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz (think Twitter for pics) or at One Photograph A Day. You can follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Kids, pets, artists, performers, a beer garden and several thousand neighbors could be found on 17th Street on Saturday — and none of them got wet. After several days of rainy day forecasts, the weather cooperated for the 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival on Saturday. Event organizers estimated that 10,000 people attended the Festival during the course of the afternoon (and quite a few dogs as well).

This year’s co-chairs were Stephen Rutgers and Lee Granados who organized a team of volunteers from the area: “The Urban Neighborhood Alliance along with Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets would like to thank all of our sponsors, city government officials and departments, community partners and residents for coming together to put on a successful event. The 17th Street Community showcased what makes it one of the top neighborhoods in the District and how working together can help bridge differences in the community. We look forward to growing the festival each year and making it a staple event in D.C. so thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the rainless day!”

The Festival was conceived as a way of celebrating the end of construction work on the 17th Streetscape project last summer. This year’s festival ran from P Street to Riggs Place and from R Street to Ross Elementary School (site of the very busy Kids’ Zone).

The Festival included 34 local artists, Dupont Circle area businesses, a Pet Zone, numerous kids’ activities in the Kids Zone, a beer garden at JR’s Bar and Grill and a live music stage with several performances throughout the afternoon. This year’s festival drew a total of 33 partners and sponsors from a variety of businesses and community organizations.

Among some of this year’s major sponsors, the Art Show was sponsored by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association while entertainment stage was sponsored by The Rutstein Group (acts were sponsored by Cobalt and Level One). Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center were the Kids’ Zone sponsors. The Festival is organized by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and this year the the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program came aboard as a partner to help plan the event.

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by Borderstan.com September 23, 2011 at 10:10 am 1,107 0

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The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is Saturday, September 24, from 2 to 6 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Laura Herman of LauraLikesThis. Laura is also a contributor over at Brightest Young Things and you can find her on Twitter @Lmhhabs. Email her at [email protected]

We interrupt our usual weekend picks to bring you the Ultimate Guide to the 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival, right here in the heart of Borderstan. Last year’s festival was a great success and this year’s festival takes place THIS SATURDAY, September 24, on the 17th Street NW corridor — along 17th Street between P and Riggs and on R Street between 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW — between 2 pm and 6 pm.

Festival Map: Print a copy of the map with a list of all the business specials and events. The Festival includes an Art Show, Kids Zone and Pet Zone. And be sure to check out the 2011 sponsors.

The street will be sectioned off into a pet zone, a three-block long market place with a main stage in the middle, two blocks of an art show, a kid zone, and a beer garden at JR’s. There will be a ton of different live performances, music, business specials and general merriment throughout the day. To help you plot your course through the festival, here are our top picks for things to check out. Oh, and don’t forget about the people watching.

Cobalt, Level One, Borderstan, 17th Street Festival, Luis Gomez Photos

17th Street businesses are offering specials during the Festival. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Entertainment

The entertainment stage is at 17th and Corcoran near Safeway.

Must-Hit Business Specials

The festival map includes the list of business specials.

  • Agora- $3 Miller Lights, $3 rail drinks all day
  • Cafe Green- 50 percent off all cocktails, with vegan food specials inside
  • Dito’s Bar- $5 sangria, $3 beer, $5 onion rings or calamari all day
  • Floriana- debuting a new brunch menu with half-price bottles of wine between 2 and 6 pm
  • Grubb’s NW Pharmacy- 20% off all overt the counter products for their grand opening
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar and Lounge- $15 gift certificate for $10, with all proceeds going to Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets
  • Level One- $10 sandwich and chip special
  • Pizza No. 17- $10 pizza, $4 Bud Lights all day
  • Tranquil Space- $50 unlimited one month pass for new students
  • True Value – 20% off purchase between 2 and 6 pm with coupon

Don’t Miss

  • Art show where local artists will display and sell their works, between P and Q Streets
  • JR’s Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing back last year’s popular beer garden at 17th and Church Streets. There is a $5 cover to enter the beer garden, with the proceeds benefiting the Festival.
  • Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center will sponsor the Kids’ Zone, which will be held in front of Ross School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
  • The Pet Zone will be located between R Street NW and Riggs Place NW. In addition to other activities, MPD will be doing a K9 demonstration.

AND DON’T FORGET: Stop by and visit us at the Borderstan tent! We’ll be next to Salon Rouge on 17th Street (north of Safeway, south of R Street). We’ll see you there!

Borderstan.com and Luis Gomez Photos are among this year’s sponsors.

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by Borderstan.com September 21, 2011 at 10:00 am 1,230 0

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The 17th Street Festival has lined up a wide variety of artists for this year’s show. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the event website. See last week’s story, 17th Street Festival Announces Lineup of Bands, Peformers, DJs.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival will again feature an Arts Show as part of the Festival and it will again be sponsored by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA). The Festival is this Saturday the 24th from 2 to 6 pm from P Street NW to Riggs Place and along R Street from 17th Street to New Hampshire Avenue.

“Last year’s Festival was amazingly successful,” said Festival Co-Chair and Urban Neighborhood Alliance President Lee Granados. “With more interest from the community and more excitement surrounding this year’s event, we expect a great crowd for the artists and vendors showcasing their offerings.”

Wide Variety of Participating Artists

The Festival’s Arts Show Chair, Celina Gerbic, is impressed with the “wide variety” of artists participating in the show this year, including a live body painter, Chris Taylor. “In an art-packed weekend, including the first ever (e)merge Art Fair, we’re excited to have everything from traditional oil painting to pottery to mixed media, jewelry and beyond.  It’s going to be a great opportunity for art collectors!”

Artists will begin their check in at the brand new Dupont Circle office of Century 21 Redwood Realty, which will also be holding an inaugural Art Opening featuring the art of K.C. Davis and selected artists from ArtWhino in conjunction with the 17th Street Festival. Ken Davis’s paintings on reclaimed barn doors have been sold in solo shows in New York, Vermont and New Jersey and he has been the recipient of several awards.

Danny Fein, one of the artists participating in the Festival’s Arts Show, creates lithographs with text from banned books and will be participating in the Banned Book Festival starting the same day as the 17th Street Festival. Another participating artist, Matthew Parker, will feature his Art Trike, inspired by DC’s street food trucks. Parker’s unique photographic collages embody movement of time, experience, memory and spatial relationships as variables captured in the scene.

About the Festival

The Festival is organized by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance. This year the the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping plan the Festival. You can find a list of this year’s sponsors on the Festival website; Borderstan is a sponsor again this year.

2011 17th Street Festival Art Show Participants

  • Adah Rose Gallery
  • Anne Rocha
  • Auger Artwork Studios
  • Chris Taylor
  • Cynthia Angeles
  • Ebner Fine Art Sales
  • Elba A. Molina
  • Elissa Leibowitz Poma
  • Evelyn Brooks Designs
  • Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
  • Jean-Baptiste Regnard
  • Jeff Watson Pottery
  • JSW MetalWorks
  • Julia Latein-Kimmig
  • Kreg David Kelley
  • LA Johnson Illustration and Fine Art
  • Litographs
  • Margrét Kröyer
  • Maria Equivel Creations
  • Meta Carr
  • Moses Cook Photography
  • Nataliya Andreyeva
  • NewGeorgiaClayWork.com
  • Photographic Collages Reinventing-Reality
  • RONYC Ryan Owens New York City
  • Ross Ruot
  • Ryan Epp
  • Saheed Fawehinni
  • Shaun Rabah
  • Stand For Art Foundation
  • The Wilson Group
  • Tiffany de Lisio
  • Wendy Plotkin-Mates
  • Yang Ku Designs

by Borderstan.com September 16, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,162 0

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Ba’Naka performed at the 2010 17th Street Festival last September. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the event website.

The entertainment lineup for the 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival on September 24 will feature well-known and local performers, including recording artist Inaya Day, cabaret singer and comic Sherry Vine, DJs Shea Van Horn and Bil Todd, and a drag show featuring performers from Drag City:DC. The Festival will run from 2 to 6 pm on the 17th Street NW corridor — along 17th Street between P and Riggs and on R Street between 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Our entertainment this year will be amazing,” said Stephen Rutgers, Festival co-chair. “We couldn’t have hoped for a better lineup. There’s something for everyone from children to retirees and everyone in between.”

The Lineup on Stage

The stage this year is centered at 17th and Corcoran Streets NW, near Safeway. Performance times are subject to change.

Festival Events

Additional events at this year’s Festival include:

  • Local artists will display their works, which will be for sale.
  • JR’s Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing back last year’s popular beer garden at 17th and Church Streets. There is a $5 cover to enter the beer garden, with the proceeds benefiting the Festival.
  • Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center will sponsor the Kids’ Zone, which will be held in front of Ross School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
  • The Pet Zone will be located between R Street NW and Riggs Place NW. In addition to other activities, MPD will be doing a K9 demonstration.

About the Festival

The Festival is organized by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance. This year the the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping plan the Festival. You can find a list of this year’s sponsors on the Festival website; Borderstan is a sponsor again this year.

by Borderstan.com September 8, 2011 at 10:00 am 2,081 10 Comments

Stephen Rutgers, Urban Neighorhood Alliance

Stephen Rutgers

The following column is from Stephen Rutgers, vice president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Co-Chair of the 17th Street Festival. Borderstan is a member of the UNA and among the sponsors of the Festival. We welcome similar columns — you can reach us at [email protected].

The Zoning Committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B held a forum Tuesday night on the residential building proposed for 17th and O Streets NW. Both Greater Greater Washington and the City Paper‘s Housing Complex blog have reports.

From Stephen Rugters. You can email him at [email protected]. Follow UNA on Twitter @unadc.

Since the recent debt crisis ended there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction with how the way Washington operates and how certain sides never want to find a middle ground and compromise. Since getting involved in the neighborhood a year ago, I have come to see a similar parallel in our own neighborhood.

The 17th Street Corridor is a unique and diverse neighborhood and, in my opinion, is one of the finest in the city. However, there seems to be a never ending divide of residents fighting any expansion or new project that will benefit the neighborhood. It’s not only splitting neighbors, but will eventually damage the success of our local businesses.

We need to come together and support the First Baptist Church’s plans for a residential building at 17th and O Streets NW.

17th Street NW, First Baptist Church of Washington,

The parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Washington at the southeast corner of 17th and O Streets NW. The buildings on Massachusetts are commercial. The church is to the east of the lot and fronts on 16th Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

I became co-chair of the 17th Street Festival last year to complete 500 hours of work experience needed for my Masters Degree from The George Washington University. During this process I saw first hand the division in the community and the fighting that was occurring in the neighborhood.

As my love for the neighborhood grew, it opened my eyes to the greatness the neighborhood could be and made me more passionate to make it better. After seeing the issues first hand I helped found the Urban Neighborhood Alliance with both business owners and residents.

Our hope is to bring change, bridge the gap and rid the community of the divide between the businesses and the resident. This is not unique to the 17th Street corridor. Talk to those on Capitol Hill or along H Street NE and you’ll find common factors. While we have seen this to be difficult for President Obama on the Hill, it has been equally as difficult on 17th Street and around our city. We are making progress, but it of course has not come without a fight.

First Baptist Church of Washington, 17th Street NW

The view toward the northwest from the parking lot at 17th and O Streets NW. The 17th Street buildings in the view are residential. (Luis Gomez Photos)

17th and O Project Illustrates Divide

The First Baptist Church of Washington on 16th Street NW is proposing to build a nine-story, 228-unit apartment building on the site of its parking lot on the corner of 17th and O Streets NW. Not only will it get rid of a hideous 36-spot parking lot, it will bring a new influx of residents into the neighborhood which will translate to customers for our local businesses.

Unfortunately, a small group or residents are objecting the project and, once again, the issues being raised were far from factual. Instead of working with the business proposing the plan (in this case one of our local churches) some of our residents will fight it until the bitter end. Doesn’t this sound like Washington? Instead of working together some are more worried about having a “W” instead of an “L”, but in reality should be worried about getting a “C” for compromising.

This new building will not only bring in a new influx of residents into the neighborhood, but these residents will start shopping, eating and become customers to the more than 50 businesses along 17th Street. From our fabulous restaurants, bars, and other small businesses these businesses would love the extra business. This project will also provide continued financial support to the First Baptist Church of Washington which houses multi-use community space for the neighborhood.

Concerns Based on Facts?

While I fully support businesses and residents raising concerns over proposed project, I do hope that these claims are truthful and factual. One of the concerns raised is that the building is going to turn into a “dorm” for students and young adults.

It is important to note that the John Hopkins and SAIS campuses next to the proposed building only have graduate students. Most of them work full time or part-time in addition to going to school. Moreover, most GW students would not live in this building as most live on campus in Foggy Bottom for all four years.

As a recent graduate of both my Bachelors and Masters degrees from The George Washington University, I question the assumption that all young 20-somethings have no interest in investing in their neighborhood and building. There seems to be this perception that if young adults move into the neighborhood we will turn into the next Adams Morgan or Georgetown.

Diversity and Age Stereotypes

The one thing about 17th Street is that we have young, old, straight, gay, single, married, and everything else in-between. This community needs to accept everyone because we all bring something unique to this neighborhood.

This notion that one generation is going to ruin things is unjustified and an awful stereotype. Whether or not the church is allowed to proceed, there will always be noise as this is city living from both young and old. After talking to Keener-Squire Management I learned that they do not want their residents being bothered either, and noise complaints are unacceptable in any of the buildings they manage around the city.

Rooftops and Noise

The other main complaint is that there is a proposed rooftop common area for residents. As a resident of a building with a rooftop deck for residents, I have never once heard noise — either in my apartment or on the street from people on the deck.

There is more ground noise from cars and pedestrians driving by then anything else. The proposed rooftop, like most in the city, would have closing times to help prevent any loud noise late at night. Keener-Squire has already redesigned the rooftop to help block any noise that may come from the roof, and will continue to work to fix that concern. While this is a fair item to bring up, this does not need to be an issue, as the management company will deal with any noise complaint and rarely has issue with this at any of their other building with rooftop common areas.

Make Building Work for Everyone

While people should and will raise issues with new projects along 17th Street and across the city, it is my hope that instead of starting an all out war against any proposal we come together as a community and work together in making the proposal work for everyone. Keener-Squire has already gone back to the drawing board to help ease concerns in the community. I commend them for willing to be open to changes and listening.

We all need to be more involved and let the neighborhood know we are ready for the change not only our country needs, but 17th Street.

by Borderstan.com August 31, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,399 0

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This year’s 17th Street Festival is Saturday afternoon, September 24.

Check out photos and wrap up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the Festival sponsors again this year. Check out the entire list of 2011 Festival sponsors at the bottom of this story.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is a little more than three weeks away and the organizers are planning for a bigger festival with more sponsors. The Festival takes place Saturday, September 24 on the 17th Street NW corridor — along 17th Street between P and Riggs and on R Street between 17th and New Hampshire Avenue NW.

“We are very excited that the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program has come aboard as a partner and is helping us plan the Festival,” said Lee Granados. “They have been tremendously helpful with business outreach.” Granados is festival co-chair, co-founder and president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance, which organizes the event.

To date the Festival has 23 sponsors in the Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. Two additional major sponsors have recently come on board: the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (Gold) is sponsoring the Art Show; and Dupont Circle ANC 2B has signed on as a Gold sponsor. Both organizations doubled their sponsorship levels from 2010.

Festival Events

Among the events at the 2011 Festival:

  • JR’s Bar & Grill will celebrate its 25th Anniversary by bringing back last year’s popular beer garden at 17th and Church Streets.
  • Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center will sponsor the Kids’ Zone, which will be held in front of Ross School on the 1700 block of R Street NW.
  • The entertainment stage will be located in front of Safeway and the Red Bull MXT will play host to a DJ in between sets. The Rutstein Group, a realtor with Caldwell Banker, is sponsoring the stage while Level One/30 Degrees is sponsoring the DJs and entertainment.
  • The Pet Zone will be located between R Street NW and Riggs Place NW. In addition to other activities, MPD will be doing a K9 demonstration.

Artists, Vendor Apps Due September 9

Artist Applications. Any local artist, particularly from the Dupont neighborhood, wishing to participate in this year’s Festival should fill out an artist application at by Friday, September 9.

A limited number of slots will be available to artists, and applying artists will be juried to ensure the broadest range of artwork from the broadest network of artists is on display. Priority will be given to artists residing in and in proximity to Dupont Circle. Artists will be able to sell their artwork during the show.

Vendor Applications. Businesses and organizations wishing to participate in this year’s Festival are also encouraged to fill out a vendor application by Friday, September 9.

To ensure that the 17th Street Festival remains a locally-focused event benefiting residents in proximity to 17th Street, the Festival reserves the right to deny applications for vendors that would compete with existing businesses in the 17th Street NW business corridor.

Vendors can apply to participate in the Kids’ Zone, Pet Zone or General Vendor Area.

The cost for a tent is $100, a table and 2 chairs is $50, and a half table (to be shared with another organization or business) is $25. Additional chairs can be reserved at $2 each.

Sponsors

Platinum: Urban Neighborhood Alliance, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program, DC Department of Small & Local Business Development, Washington Blade.

Gold: JR’s Bar & Grill, Dupont Circle ANC 2B, Cobalt, Level One, The Rutstein Group, Coldwell Banker Dupont, Dupont Circle Citizens Association.

Silver: TB Bank, PEPCO, Carlyle Suites/Twist Restaurant, Victory Fund, DC Jewish Community Center, Ross Elementary PTA, BaseCamp.

Bronze: Borderstan.com, Whitman-Walker Health, Jack Evans, Salon Rouge, VIDA Fitness.

by Borderstan.com August 17, 2011 at 11:00 am 1,080 2 Comments

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The 2011 festival is Saturday afternoon, September 24.

Check out photos and wrap-up from the 2010 17th Street Festival. Borderstan.com is proud to be one of the festival sponsors again this year.

The 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival is coming up soon – Saturday, September 24 – and the festival is seeking local artists and vendors for this year’s event, which will take place from 2 to 6 pm from P to S Streets NW.

Last year’s festival was amazingly successful,” said Lee Granados. She is festival co-chair, co-founder and president of the Urban Neighborhood Alliance, which organizes the event.

“With more interest from the community and more excitement surrounding this year’s event, we expect a great crowd for the artists and vendors showcasing their offerings,” said Granados.

Info for Artists, Vendors

Artist Applications. Any local artist, particularly from the Dupont neighborhood, wishing to participate in this year’s Festival should fill out an artist applicationat by September 9.

A limited number of slots will be available to artists, and applying artists will be juried to ensure the broadest range of artwork from the broadest network of artists is on display. Priority will be given to artists residing in and in proximity to Dupont Circle. Artists will be able to sell their artwork during the show.

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by Borderstan.com March 18, 2011 at 6:48 pm 1,026 0

2011 DC Council At-Large candidates

From left: Vincent Orange, Stanley Mayes, Joshua Lopez, Patrick Mara, Jacque Patterson, Sekou Biddle, Bryan Weaver and Alan Page. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Jana Petersen. She will be writing about a variety of news topics for Borderstan.

Mark your calendars, Borderstan readers, and fulfill a civic duty. On Tuesday, March 29 at 6 pm, Borderstan’s very own Tom Hay will be moderating the Dupont-Logan-Foggy Bottom City Council Candidate Forum. Tom writes about business and local government for Borderstan.

We will have the opportunity to hear from the contenders vying for Kwame Brown’s At-Large City Council position. Location is Church of the Holy City at 16th and Corcoran Streets NW. Confirmed participants include seven of the nine candidates on the April 26 ballot.

Two of the candidates are Ward 1 residents — Bryan Weaver and Patrick Mara — and they will be in attendance alongside Sekou Biddle (the interim appointee to the seat), Dorothy Douglas, Joshua Lopez, Vincent Orange and Alan Page.

Sponsoring organizations for the forum are Borderstan.com, Dupont Circle ANC 2B, Dupont Circle Citizens Association, Dupont Circle Merchants and Professionals, Foggy Bottom Association, Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, Logan Circle Community Association and Urban Neighborhood Alliance.

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by Borderstan.com January 25, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,709 6 Comments

Urban Neighborhood Alliance Dupont Circle 17th Street

17th Street NW: UNA’s mission is to build an organization with both residents and businesses in the Dupont-Logan area. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email.

This month the website, Twitter account and Facebook page for the Urban Neighborhood Alliance (UNA) went live, and the newly formed community association for Dupont and Logan Circles quickly connected with residents and businesses. Membership in UNA is open to anyone who lives and or works in the Dupont and Logan neighborhoods. While there is no membership fee, donations to support their efforts are encouraged.

Borderstan spoke with Lee Granados, president of UNA, about the goals and vision for the organization. Granados is passionate about the neighborhood she has known since her childhood and where she now lives with her family. In 1922, her grandfather, who emigrated from Spain, opened Casa Pena. It was one of the first international food stores in the District on 17th Street NW near R Street NW, where Salon Rouge is now located. Granados’s grandmother lived on Church Street NW until well into her 90’s before moving in with her eldest daughter; she lived to 103.

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