Thursday, March 05, 2015

DC Library: "Mapping Segregation in Washington DC" including Bloomingdale -- Sunday, 03-08-2015

See this event announcement from the DC Library website.

See the map below.  Note all of the legal challenges blue dots in Bloomingdale!

Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC

Focusing on historic housing segregation in Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Park View and Pleasant Plains

Please join us for Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC: Focusing on historic housing segregation in the Northwest DC neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant, Park View, and Pleasant Plains.

Mapping Segregation in Washington D.C. is a public history project whose goal is to create a set of layered, online maps illustrating the historic segregation of D.C.’s housing, schools, recreational facilities, and other public venues.

The first year has been focused on racially restrictive housing covenants mostly east of Rock Creek Park, and the legal challenges to them.

Come learn why many of D.C.’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how more recent shifts in the city’s racial identity have been shaped by this history.

Come see for yourself the maps we’ve created to show restricted neighborhoods, the legal battle lines, and who lived where over the years. Maps tell stories that words cannot.

Mapping Segregation in Washington D.C. is a collaboration among historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC, historian/GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, and others. It is funded in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.

Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.  (canceled due to the weather)
MLK Memorial Library, Great Hall
901 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library
3160 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20010

Questions to or

S Street Rising at Showtime Lounge -- Saturday, 03-14-2015

Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 23:31:26 -0500
Subject: S Street Rising at Showtime Lounge

Hi Scott,

Ruben Castaneda here, author of S Street Rising, my book about covering the crime beat for The Washington Post during the crack era. The book is part memoir, but it is also a chronicle of the city during its most violent era. 

I'll be appearing at Showtime Lounge on Saturday, March 14, at 4 p.m. to read from the book, talk about what Bloomingdale used to be like (lots of drugs and murders) and answer questions. You are of course welcome, and I was hoping you could spread the word through your listserve.

The Washington Post named S Street Rising one fo 50 notable works of nonfiction published in 2014, and Brightest Young Things named it one of the best books of 2014. 

Here is a link to the website, which includes several reviews:


Wednesday, March 04, 2015

DC Water Ward 5 Town Hall meeting -- Thursday, 04-09-2015

From: Emanuel D. Briggs 
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 2:45 PM
To: Emanuel D. Briggs
Cc: Emanuel D. Briggs
Subject: RE: DC Water Ward Town Halls 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Manager, Community Outreach: Emanuel D. Briggs
(202)787-2003 or 
Greetings ANC Commissioners:

As many of you are aware, for the past 5 consecutive years, DC Water General Manager/C.E.O. George Hawkins has been co-hosting a series of Town Hall Meetings with District Ward Councilmembers each year, with one meeting taking place in each Ward. The primary purpose for these meetings is to generate customer feedback regarding the proposed rate increase for water/sewer services for the upcoming fiscal year-this feedback is shared with our Board of Directors as part of the review process during our Annual Public Rates Hearing, which takes place in late spring. It is now time for the 6th Annual Town Halls to begin!!
In addition to a presentation given by Mr. Hawkins covering the proposed rate increase, there will be information and DC Water staff available to discuss the following topics with residents:
· Water quality
· Construction projects
· Clean Rivers Project
· Catch basins
· Water mains and fire hydrants
· Employment opportunities at DC Water
· Customer Service (Billing)
Please see below the list of scheduled meetings:
· Wednesday, April 1 – Ward 7 Town Hall
· Thursday, April 2 – Ward 2 Town Hall
· Tuesday, April 7 – Ward 1 Town Hall
· Wednesday, April 8 – Ward 8 Town Hall
· Thursday, April 9 – Ward 5 Town Hall
· Tuesday, April 14 – Ward 3 Town Hall
· Tuesday, April 21 – Ward 6 Town Hall
· Thursday, April 23 – Ward 4 Town Hall (TENTATIVE)
Each meeting will be from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
We ask that you please mark your respective calendars for the above meeting dates – please don’t miss the opportunity to speak with your water utility about the related concerns or issues you have in your community. We are working to confirm the various meeting locations, and once this has been done we will be providing follow up emails with this additional information, as well as coordinating with Council staff on the creation of meeting flyers that we can provide to you in both electronic and hard copy formats so that you may assist DC Water in spreading the word about the Town Hall Meetings by circulating the flyers throughout your neighborhood. We will also provide up-to-date information regarding the meetings on our website at, which will include electronic copies of each meeting flyer. Please continue to check that space as well.
In closing, we thank you for your interest in our 6th Annual Ward Town Hall Meetings, and please stay tuned for further information!!
Emanuel D. Briggs | Manager, Community Outreach, External Affairs | District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority | 
5000 Overlook Avenue, SW | Washington, DC 20032 | (202) 787-2003 | (202) 341-7952 (cell) | (202) 787-4122 (fax)

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no G2 or G8 bus service tomorrow

See this tweet:

During moderate snow accumulation or light ice conditions, Metro will restrict bus service to moderate snow routes. Service is suspended on some routes and buses are detoured around roads prone to hazardous conditions, including many neighborhood streets. Passengers may experience increased wait times due to road conditions. See light snow routes and severe snow routes.
See Metrobus alerts and advisories for snow service status. Know before you go! Sign up for free MetroAlerts for up-to-the-minute service news.
Service Plan
G2No Service
G8No Service

excited about the progress of Pub and the People at North Capitol & R St NW

See this tweet and image:

12:45 PM - 4 Mar 2015

interior demolition initiated at 2007 1st St NW

Some pics of the interior of 2007 1st St NW, location of the former Micro Mart, now being renovated to get two additional floors with a basement.

U Street NW expresses similar concern about high-speed drivers using the alley west of 1st St NW, north of U St NW

See these 03-04-2015 messages:

From a U Street NW resident:

I would like to second and support the comments of the neighbor concerned about high-speed drivers careening down the alleys parallel to 1st St. N.W.  My dogs and I were very nearly killed by a driver exiting the alley onto U St.  She must have been going 25 miles an hour, and she did not slow down at all as she exited the alley and crossed the sidewalk before turning onto U Street.  I leapt back and yanked the dogs back in the nick of time before we were hit.  The diver looked shocked at what had just nearly happened and waved a sort of apology wave before speeding off. 

I agree with the neighbor that speed bumps must be installed until the tunnel project is completed.   I think it's the only alternative to avoid someone being maimed or killed.  I would happily join in an effort to make this happen.
From a 1st Street NW resident:
Dear Tom Lindberg:

I've been on travel and out of the loop for three weeks.  I returned only to find that, once again, cars are speeding down the 1st Street NW alley that abuts the Park.  And the speeds are truly excessive.

Although police cars are nearby or at U Street there is no enforcement of the 10mph speed restriction.  

Action must be taken immediately. 

From a 2nd Street NW resident:
I heartily agree with the resident who wrote regarding the speeding traffic in the alley of 1st St NW - 

I have major problem with MD drivers - they are rude, aggressive, ride on your tail, sit on their horn & refuse to let you in on merging traffic lanes. MD  drivers should NOT be allowed into DC until they pass a specific driving test & have to post it in their front window.

From another 1st Street NW resident:
I think these developments really validate our original opposition to having 1st street opened to through-traffic during construction, as the commuters who pass through our neighborhood on a daily basis show little regard for the peace and well-being of our community.  The promised mitigating strategies always look so good on paper, but rarely stand up to human nature.   
For anyone who is concerned about the possible neighborhood impacts of the tunneling itself, I'd suggest you read (or don't, if you want to actually sleep at night) about the delays and sinkholes that have plagued Seattle's tunnelling project, which bears many similarities to the 1st Street Tunnel project.  (See link below.)  The time to get clear answers as to liability and the valuation of our property is now, before major damage is done. 

From another resident:
Even worse…take a look at this…tells of how Berth broke down and they spent a year digging access tunnel just to get to the giant drill. Two year behind schedule.

A 03/05/2015 response from a Bryant St NW resident:

The problem is not just isolated to the alleys. Once the cars reach Bryant street, they race down the block at ridiculous speeds for a residential neighborhood. Bryant street is the only cross block in Bloomingdale without speed bumps and we desperately need them installed. The cars, including DOT vehicles, routinely race down Bryant and it has gotten far worse since traffic has been routed through the alleys. As soon as they turn onto Bryant, they often accelerate to at least 40MPH, sometimes faster. Just the other day, a car accelerated towards our family as we were crossing the street and nearly hit us. We would love it if the city would evaluate the block for speed bumps to slow these idiots down before someone gets hurt. There are a lot of children on the area and the traffic routing has made it quite unsafe for them to play near the alleys.

WCP Housing Complex reporter Aaron Wiener does not like the pop-up on his block in Columbia Heights

I have been asked to post Washington City Paper Housing Complex reporter Aaron Wiener's tweet here at the blog.                         

That pop-up on my block in Columbia Heights? was right, I was wrong: It's ugly.

Thrillist "What your neighborhood says about you": see the entry for Bloomingdale/Eckington

Click on the link to read the entire Thrillist post.

I have only included the item for Bloomingdale/Eckington.


Regardless of your city quadrant or state locale, the DC region is known for its patchwork of neighborhoods. The neighborhood you have chosen says more about you as a person than you might think, unless you're too busy ripping shots to think, in which case... hey, are you in Adams Morgan? Find out what your DC 'hood says about you, and if you don't see yours, feel free to have a go at it in the comments.


You're either a homeowner living off the rapid rise of real estate values, or a renter riding out the value of a rapidly changing neighborhood gearing up to resent said homeowners when your rent climbs next year.

man kicks in basement front door, strikes occupant with a wooden object & kicks her -- yesterday, Tuesday, 03-03-2015

Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 08:24:17 -0500
Subject: RE: [MPD-5D]
request for more info on PSA 501 burglary on the 2100 block of 1st St NW
The Complainant reports as as she walking home, she observed an unknown male following her. As she entered her basement apartment she locked her doors behind her. Shortly thereafter she heard a crashing noise and went to investigate and found the unknown male standing in her apartment. Without provocation the unknown male grabbed at her and asked her for money. As the Complainant screamed to occupants upstairs, she was struck about the face with a wooden object and kicked about the body. Hearing the commotion, the occupants in the above apartment decended into the basement apartment, causing the unknown male to exit the apartment without obtaining anything. An area canvass by MPD was conducted without success. Look-out for a Black Male, dark complexioned, 5'8 in height, wearing a green coat, blue jeans, red hats and carrying a wooden stick.

Anyone with information in connection to this offense can anonymously call 202) 727-9099.
Vanessa L. Moore
PSA 505

From: []
Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 7:53 AM
Subject: [MPD-5D] request for more info on PSA 501 burglary on the 2100 block of 1st St NW
Could more info be shared on the PSA 501 1st Degree Burglary in Bloomingdale on the 2100 block of 1st Street NW?
Much appreciated.
== Scott Roberts, PSA 501 ==
PSA: 501
CCN: 15030000

RPT DATE: 03/03/2015 12:15

OFFENSE: Burglary

METHOD: First Degree Burglary (Armed Or Otherwise) 


LOCATION: Residence/Home

START DT: 03/03/2015 10:14

END DT: 03/03/2015 10:20


See this subsequent Email message from a resident:
Is it just me, or has there been an increase in assaults and break-ins in our neighborhood lately? It seems that each day this listserv reports on muggings, assaults and home invasions. 

Is there a Public Safety Officer with the Bloomingdale Civic Association? Is there a local point of contact with MPD? What is the best way to partner with MPD to increase patrol of our neighborhood?

Bloomingdale resident Natalie Hopkinson: Moderating "a talk about gender & policy in communities of color" -- Wednesday, 03-04-2015

See what Bloomingdale resident Natalie Hopkinson is up to this evening at Busboys and Poets at 14th & V St NW.

I hope we can have a productive convo that doesn't devolve into who has it worse this Wed.
7:36 AM - 2 Mar 2015 

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

DC Fire & EMS: Report of CO leak - 1800 blk of 1st St NW; Update -- CO levels dissipated

See these DC Fire & EMS tweets:

Report of CO Leak - 1800blk of 1st St. NW- Units on the scene investigating.
8:49 PM - 3 Mar 2015 
Update: CO levels dissipated. 1pt. evaluated/refused transport. Resident returned to building. Units back in service.
9:17 PM - 3 Mar 2015 

Adams St NW resident: "Please shovel snow and remove ice/ how do we get this developer to do it?‏"

See this 03-03-2015 message:

                     Could you ask everyone to please take care of their sidewalks? Several houses on my street haven't done so in weeks and now the ice is multiple inches thick. To top it off DC Water let water out of the hydrant on the corner, which poured down both the road and sidewalk Friday morning. It then froze, of course, and now we have this. It's extremely slick. 

I have spoken to the neighbors I know, but there's a further problem--how do we get the developer at this Adams St property who is popping the house up to take responsibility for his part of this? (it's the house with the stop work order and the roof that collapsed this summer) 

MPD: Arrest Made Assault With Intent to Kill 2200 blk 6th St NW -- Tuesday, 03-03-2015

Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:52:27 -0500
Subject: [MPD-5D] 3.3.15 Arrest Made AWIK 2200 blk 6th St., NW [1 Attachment]

Contact: Officer Paul Metcalf 202-727-4383
March 3, 2015
Arrest Made: Assault With Intent to Kill
2200 block of 6th Street, NW
(Washington, DC) - The Metropolitan Police Department announced an arrest has been made in an Assault With Intent to Kill incident which occurred on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, at approximately 2:25 pm, in the 2200 block of 6th Street, Northwest, where an adult female sustained a laceration to her neck.
Shortly after the incident officers from the Third District arrested 24 year-old Juan Grant of Northwest, Washington, DC, charging him with Assault with Intent to Kill and two counts of Felony Assault on a Police Officer.

Bloomingdale resident Danielle Conley -- also named one of the Washington Business Journal 2015 Minority Business Leader Award winners

I have only included a few paragraphs from the Washington Business Journal item, since it is paid firewall subscriber content.

Great to see two Bloomingdale residents receive the Washington Business Journal 2015 Minority Business Leader Awards.

Congrats to both Danielle Conley and Buwa Binitie!

Danielle Conley (Video)

Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.

 SUBSCRIBER CONTENT: Feb 20, 2015, 6:00am EST UPDATED: Feb 20, 2015, 9:07am EST

Special Projects Editor-Washington Business Journal
Danielle Conley didn't grow up dreaming of being a lawyer. It wasn't until her senior year of college that she discovered a general interest in constitutional and civil rights law.
That spark of interest brought her to D.C. to study at Howard University School of Law. Since graduation, Conley has made her mark on the local legal community as part of WilmerHale's litigation practice — making partner at just 34. Her client list includes major corporations, educational institutions and nonprofits she's represented in civil litigation and government investigations. Her current work includes representing universities in how they handle reports of sexual misconduct and assault on campus.

  • Title: Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Age: 36
  • Education: Bachelor's in English and African diaspora studies, Tulane University; J.D., Howard University School of Law
  • Residence: Bloomingdale, Northwest D.C..

Bloomingdale resident Buwa Binitie - named one of the Washington Business Journal 2015 Minority Business Leader Award winners

Sorry for the tardy post here at the blog.

The Washington Business Journal announced a week or two ago its list of winners in its 2015 Minority Business Leader Awards.  One of the awardees is Bloomingdale resident Buwa Binitie.

This is WBJ subscriber content, so I cannot post the entire entry.  And if you click on the link below, you won't be able to read it unless you are a paid WBJ subscriber.  Sorry.

2015 Minority Business Leader Awards

Buwa Binitie (Video)

Managing principal, Dantes Partners LLC

Minority Business Leader Awards 2015

 SUBSCRIBER CONTENT: Feb 20, 2015, 6:00am EST UPDATED: Feb 20, 2015, 6:28am EST
Jeremy Beale

From an early age, Buwa Binitie understood the significance a home brings to a family.
Moving from Nigeria to the United States, he was raised to believe a home is more than a place you rest your head.
So given his niche in real estate, he has made it his life's work to establish healthy communities throughout distressed and low-income residencies of the District. He has done so as the managing principal at Dantes Partners, a real estate firm with a focus on urban neighborhood revitalization.
He has led the company in securing more than $300 million in public and private financing to create or preserve more than 1,000 affordable and workforce housing units in the city. And he's primarily responsible for the New Communities Initiative to redevelop four public housing communities — Barry Farm, Park Morton, Northwest One and Lincoln Heights.