Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SweetGirlChocolateCity: "Bloomingdale is not a neighborhood and DC is not 'The District' "

I have only included the first two paragraphs from this SeetGirlChocolateCity blog post.

Click on the link to read the * entire * post.

Which you should do.

You are invited to comment:

Bloomingdale is Not a Neighborhood And D.C. is Not “The District”

At a recent party with an intergenerational mix of DC natives and long-time DC residents, the all important issue of gentrification was up for discussion. It’s a topic that seems to permeate every aspect of our city’s current cultural and political climate and that takes up much of my own thoughts as I cannot cease to be in awe of how rapidly my hometown has changed.
One element of gentrification that I am certainly not the first to point out is the process of naming. Or should I say renaming? This phenomena has been categorized as Columbusing in which real estate developers followed by gentrifiers name and claim areas of the city as if the natives no longer exist there. 
A Columbusing that is particularly curious is the name “Bloomingdale”, a new label given to the area surrounding First Street and Rhode Island Avenue. I thought I was the only one who believed new residents bragging about living in “Bloomingdale” was quite strange but apparently the older generation at this party found it to be equally bizarre. “What is this ‘Bloomingdale’, hipsters keep talking about? Do they mean the liquor store on the corner?” “Bloomingdale” is certainly the name of a liquor store which sits on a corner that during the 1980’s and 1990’s, most respectable folk would not have wanted to be caught standing on.                

The idea that a name associated with street peddlers soliciting small change in order to purchase the beverages found in that corner store is now being used to tout an elite community of Washington DC may be an ironic twist but is hardly an historical name to describe this extension of LeDroit Park.

Jazzy Wright: El Camino to open; Bloomingdale helps to swing DC primary election; section of 1st St NW closed; Fojol Bros. buses on hold

See this latest MidCity DC news column from Jazzy Wright!

Mexican Restaurant to Open
A full-service Mexican restaurant is coming to Bloomingdale this summer. Washington restauranteurs Anthony Dundas-Lucca and Phil Rodriguez, owners of 1905 Restaurant in Shaw, are planning to open El Camino at 108 Rhode Island Ave. NW, next to Boundary Stone and Grassroots Bakery. Listed at 1,800 square feet, the new eatery will seat nearly 50 patrons both inside the restaurant and on the outdoor patio area. According to Dundas-Lucca, the restaurant will focus on classic Mexican dishes, as opposed to Tex-Mex-style meals.
"We will serve more authentic style Mexican food―much more lighter and fresher," he said. As for drinks, patrons can expect Latin-inspired cocktails and local drafts. "We're hoping to collaborate with local breweries."
Given that co-owner Rodriquez live in Bloomingdale, the owners said that they have been drawn to the budding area for quite some time.
"We're excited to bring high-quality, affordable Mexican food to the the area," said Dundas-Lucca.
As of this writing, El Camino owners are securing a liquor license for the restaurant.
Bloomingdale Helps Swing Primary Election
In early April, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) defeated Mayor Vincent C. Gray in the DC Democratic primary election, beating Gray by eight percentage points. Critical to Bowser's win was gaining support from the cluster of swing voting precincts scattered throughout the city.
Bloomingdale voters helped to swing the vote in favor of Bowser by razor thin margins: She took Ward 5's Precinct 19 with by 40 votes. At Precinct 135, she won with just 15 votes. In all, less than 23 percent of all eligible voters in the Bloomingdale area turned out on election day.
Believing that the Bloomingdale voters might help swing the election, Democratic candidates frequently courted them.. Bowser hosted a meet-and-greet at Rustik Tavern in May of last year. In October, she kicked off her Ward 5 campaign in Bloomingdale. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) hosted a meet-and-greet at the home of a Bloomingdale resident in November of last year. Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells hosted several candidacy events in Bloomingdale, including the celebration of his 57th birthday at Boundary Stone. Wells also met with the Friends of McMillan group in September 2013.
Now that Bowser is the Democratic nominee, all eyes will be on her development plans for the city. Currently the chair of the Council Committee on Economic Development, Bowser mentioned that she has reservations about the cost of housing included in the McMillan project.
"There’s still a lot of unrest in the community around the McMillan project and I think it’s going to be important that the mayor’s views on that project are laid out so that the community can understand it," Bowser said in an interview with the Post. "I’ve been concerned about McMillan because of the amount of affordable housing that would be included—I think there needs to be more. I think it has some way to go to meet the community’s approval, but it’s definitely got some ways to go to move forward."
DC Water Closes Section of First Street
DC Water will close First Street between Channing St. NW and Michigan Ave. NW during the month of April as part of its flood-relief McMillan Stormwater Storage Project. According to a release from the city agency, DC Water will construct two underground structures to divert stormwater into a holding tank within the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant and existing trunk sewer. The two diversion structures at North Capitol Street and First Street, along with retention basins on Irving Street, will delay approximately 4.5 million gallons of stormwater from reaching the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods during heavy rainfall.
DCWater encourages residents to use North Capitol St. as an alternative route for travel on First St.
Elastic Highways Buses on Hold
In a tweet published in March, Fojol Bros owners announced that they are shutting down their traveling carnival food trucks this spring. Over the past few months, the business owners were planning to expand their mobile food company with a new mobile dining venture called Elastic Highways.  At the moment, four Elastic Highways retrofitted buses are parked on the parcel of land at the corner of Rhode Island and Florida Avenues NW. Fojol Bros. owners told the Washington City Paper that the Elastic Highways project has been put on hold.
According to Fojol Bros. co-owner Justin Vitarello, the Elastic Highways buses were going to be used to serve diners in the day, while entrepreneurs could rent workspace on the bus during evening hours.
- See more at: http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/mexican-restaurant-opening-rhode-island#sthash.vL09hmUw.dpuf

Urban Turf: "home price watch -- prices rise 20% in Bloomingdale"

Click on the link to read the * full * Urban Turf article and to see the included images.

Home Price Watch: Prices Rise 20% in Bloomingdale

April 21, 2014
by Lark Turner 

Last week UrbanTurf began using new data from RealEstate Business Intelligence (RBI) to look at the real estate market in specific DC area neighborhoods. First up was Capitol Hill, where low inventory made for lower sales volume and rising prices.
This week we take a look at data specific to the Bloomingdale neighborhood. It should be noted that Bloomingdale covers a much smaller area than Capitol Hill, which means that a 50 percent increase in sales year-over-year translates to 15 homes selling so far in 2014, compared to ten at this time last year.
 Data from the 2014 RBI report for Bloomingdale reveals that the neighborhood housing market is quite hot compared to last year. Here are some highlights:


World Missions Community Day -- Saturday, 04-26-2014; day-care center + consignment shop coming to 1720 1st Street NW

 See this message supplied by Jason Mogavera:

Hello, fellow member of the community! We have an invitation for you.  
My name is Dr. Joann Perkins, and I run the World Missions EXTENSION Center. We’re a community-based nonprofit organization, and for the past 30 years, our mission has been to provide educational training services that positively impact the lives of children and families living in inner-city neighborhoods.
On Saturday, April 26, we are hosting an event called Community Day and we would like to invite you to join! It will be held at the Harry Thomas Rec Center and will start at 10:00 am. Our goal is to encourage family, friends, and neighbors to come together for a day of fun for everyone, one that includes good music, dancing, games, and other fun activities that make us community.
We will be providing Scholarship applications for senior high school students who are graduating this year. Last year, with help from multiple community groups and Assistant Chief Diane Groomes and the Metropolitan Police Department, we awarded scholarships to 12 students who are presently matriculating in colleges throughout the United States - the largest number of scholarships we’ve given so far.
We would also like to announce a new development. World Missions’ headquarters at 1720 1st St. NW is in the process of converting to a day-care center and consignment 
shop, one that takes its inspiration from other community-minded nonprofit locations like Martha’s Table and Books for America. Stay tuned.
In closing, don’t forget to make plans to be with us at the April 26 Community Day Rally, and thanks in advance for helping us get the word out to all of the people that you know.
I hope to see you there!
Dr. Joann Perkins
President and CEO
World Missions Inner City EXTENSION Center

at Samara House 2023: From Democracy to Holacracy® - A Better Way Forward -- Tuesday, 04-22-2014

From: wakeup@samsarahouse.org
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 23:42:58 -0400
Subject: TUE 22 APR: From Democracy to Holacracy® A Better Way Forward
To: wakeup@samsarahouse.org

From Democracy to Holacracy®
A Better Way Forward
Tuesday, April 22nd, 7:00 - 9:30pm

Come experience a r(e)volutionary way for humanity to work together without hiearchy, managers, or titles which has the potential to create a more responsive, conscious and coherent world, every-body-all-at-once. This event is offered bi-monthly and on demand as a way to help spread a better way for humanity to get along, get things done, and work together for once and for all.

Read more here:
About Holacracy on Medium: https://medium.com/about-holacracy
Zappos adopts Holacracy: http://bit.ly/1cCbyMC 
Medium.com adopts Holacracy: http://bit.ly/1dCvFjZ 

The Holacratic Experience Top 12:
  • Harnesses the consciousness of every single person
  • Changes relationship to power ~ now, everyone has power to voice a tension
  • Is a tension driven system, letting reality pull issues through & change system
  • Gives everyone a voice, in a rapid, purpose-driven process
  • Makes a group of people smarter through collective intelligence
  • Senses & responds to the present moment vs trying to plan & predict the future
  • Shifts from a hierarchy of people to a holarchy of people
  • Is applied authentic communications and mindfulness practice
  • Distributes leadership ~ there is no longer someone at the top or above you
  • Tensions are seen as productive and useful for driving things forward
  • No one decides the structure; a structure emerges by processing tensions
  • It’s not just another way of structure, it’s a leap to a whole new way of being

CostAt least ten bucks, $10 (RSVP Required)
What to bring: Warm socks, we'll be sitting on the floor on cushions.  Tea will be served.

Shift Happens at Samsara House 2023

Monday, April 21, 2014

found! -- missing cat from the 100 block of Adams Street NW

See this 04-21-2014 message:

I wonder if you'd be willing to include a post about a missing cat. He was lost last night (Sunday, April 20) around midnight. He wandered outside and didn't return. He's a large male black and white (tuxedo) cat. His name is Simon. He's not wearing a collar. He's about 20 pounds. I'd greatly appreciate it.

Update at 09:00 pm:

Thanks for the help today. I just found him on a walk.

agenda for tonight's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

See the agenda for tonight's Bloomingdale Civic Association:

Teri Janine Quinn thanks local businesses and neighbors for supporting this past Saturday's Bloomingdale Beautification, Clean-Up and Planting Day!

See these tweets from Bloomingdale Civic Association President Teri Janine Quinn:

THANK YOU & Sunset Liquors for supporting the clean up day!

The would like to thank all the neighbors and businesses and for supporting the Clean Up Day!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WJLA-TV ABC7 report: high number of cancer cases in the Stronghold has many concerned; plus fliers distributed in the Stronghold

Thanks to Bloomingdame for passing along a copy of the pancreatic-cancer-in-Stronghold flier:

Here is another flier -- see this tweet and pic from resident Rebecca Mills:

Rebecca Mills


Ex-@ThBrightwoodian, onetime ANC 4B04 commissioner, current @Stronghold_DC. Rider of bikes, advocate for bike infrastructure. Rock. And so much more.

4/5/14, 1:35 PMLeft at my front door. Stronghold residents concerned we're a cancer cluster, pushing for a @dcwater study. twitpic.com/e0egxk

Now see this WJLA-TV report

Click on the link below to read the entire story.

Note that this question was raised at last week's Ward 5 DC Water Town Hall meeting.

High number of cancer cases in D.C neighborhood has many concerned

April 18, 2014 - 06:07 pm

(WJLA) - A seemingly  high number of pancreatic cancer instances in one neighborhood in the District has many wondering if a common environmental factor has anything to do with the sicknesses.
Neighbors said in the past year and six months,  there have been six cases of pancreatic cancer-all within a few blocks of each other.
Four people have died, one is in hospice care and the sixth is recovering from treatment, neighbors told WJLA.


WaPo's Courtland Milloy: "It’s bad enough D.C.’s trees were gouged. But why did it take so long for people to notice?"

Click on the link below to read the entire Washington Post commentary from Courtland Milloy:

It’s bad enough D.C.’s trees were gouged. But why did it take so long for people to notice?

By Sunday, April 20, 5:40 PM

I hope the law catches up with the District’s rampaging tree gouger. A suspect was arrested last month and charged with carving up more than 100 trees. But he was subsequently released pending a court date and now seems to have vanished.
Why were holes and circles cut into so many trees? And why, in this tree-loving city, did it take so long for anyone to notice?

“Everywhere we went, there was more and more damage,” Earl Eutsler, a supervisor with the D.C. Urban Forestry Administration, said Friday. He and a team of foresters recently completed a tree-damage assessment in three neighborhoods that bore the brunt of the defacement: Shaw, Bloomingdale and Logan Circle.
Eutsler said the carvings were found on more than 750 trees, far more than originally thought when the defacements were first reported in March.

shout-out for Bloomingdale from Boundary Stone

See this tweet:

What a perfect time to show your friends & family your favorite neighborhood pub! We're ready for you !
6:15 PM - 19 Apr 2014 

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

agenda for this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting

See the agenda below for this Monday's Bloomingdale Civic Association meeting:


Vision McMillan Partners: McMillan Transportation Impact Study (TIS) supplemental material

From: jsh@envisionmcmillan.com
To:  Scott Roberts, Michael Henderson
Subject: McMillan TIS - Supplemental Material
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:21:02 -0400

Michael and Scott,

Anne asked that I relay to you both we have uploaded supplemental material to the TIS, which is available for download here .

The material consists of Gorove/Slade’s response to DDOT requests for additional information. 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Shaw Henry
Project Manager
EYA | JAIR LYNCH Development Partners | Trammell Crow Company
 jsh@envisionmcmillan.com | @VisionMcMillan


stop by and pitch in and today's annual Bloomingdale Spring 2014 beautification, clean-up and planting day!

The Bloomingdale Civic Association Presents The Annual Bloomingdale Spring 2014 Beautification. Clean Up & Planting Day

Saturday April 19th
10am - 1pm

Come One And All!
Join Us To Beautify Bloomingdale And Celebrate Earth Day 2014!  


Pitch In To Clean Up Our Streets And Alleys, Adopt A Tree Box Or Two, Or Help Plant One Of Our Neighborhood Gardens!
Volunteer Meeting Point Is At The Park Across From Big Bear Cafe 

Can't Make It But Would Like To Help?  Then Consider Making A Tax Deductible Donation To The BCA And Help Us Buy More Flowers And Plants!  For further information on donating please email the BCA treasurer Sherry Howard at 

Free plants will be available to use in your tree boxes courtesy of ANC 5E on a first come/first serve basis.

To A Blooming Bloomingdale This Spring/Summer 2014!  Come Meet Your Neighbors, Socialize, Have Fun, Bring Your Tools If You Have Any And Lend A Hand To A Great Neighborhood Cause!!!

For Further Information To Volunteer As A Block Captain Or Individual Please Email Zach at beautifybloomingdale@gmail.com Or Call 9173341488
All Ages Welcome - Let's Rally Bloomingdale!  
Hope To See You All!!

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil today at St. George's Episcopal Church

See this message from Bloomingdale's St. George's Episcopal Church, 2nd and U Streets NW: 

Easter Vigil mass today at St. Martin's Catholic Church

See this message from St. Martin's Catholic Church, 1908 North Capitol Street NW:

St. Martin’s Catholic Church
Bloomingdale’s Catholic Church since 1901
Invites you to join us in Celebrating the Easter Season.

Easter Vigil, Saturday April 19, 2014
Easter Vigil Mass
(Beautiful Candle Light Ceremony and welcoming of new members)

Easter Sunday, Sunday April 20, 2014
9:00AM Mass 
(Pipe Organ and Traditional Choir Mass)

12:00 Noon Mass
(Gospel Choir Mass)

Please check us out on the web at: www.stmartinsdc.org and www.facebook.com/stmartinsdc.

Fr. Mike Kelley

Bloomingdale resident Tom Noll at work at again at the 1st & T Street NW park!

See this tweet and pic:

just love the bikes and bunnies on RI Ave in for
8:42 PM - 18 Apr 2014