Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Emery Elementary School needs your help.

Calling all Community Members Please Join XM Radio Employees, City Year Corps Members and The Staff,Students and Parents of Emery Elementary School a great day of service!

May 3rd 2008 from 8am till 12 noon at Emery 1720 First Street NE




Do you want to make a difference? Then it's time to step up and be counted.

This Years projects include:

-Installing a Green Watering system in all of our garden beds

-Building a garden box for our 3&4 years students outside of their classroom

-Restoring and planting a large Butterfly garden

-Painting a "math counts" mural

-Renewing all our garden beds so students can start planting

-Painting doors and walls inside of Emery

-Planting flowers in tree rings

-Mulching of all garden beds

-Cleaning up outside of the school

Register online www.servathon.org sign up for Emery and there will be info about the after party.

We have the tools but we need you!

There will be a great After Party from 1pm till 4pm with free food and drink

For more Details contact ted mcginn: mcginnfamily @ aol.com or call 202/269-0164.

con artists.

neighbors have been telling stories of a con artists claiming to be from Tulsa. call the police if you come across him.


a message from MPDC,


5D Community,

AS SPRING ARRIVES, MPDC WARNS RESIDENTSTO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR CON ARTISTS

While spring means the blooming of the cherry blossoms and other plants, it can also bring out con artists and other criminals seeking to profit from unsuspecting victims. Some of the most common cons and swindles this time of year are bogus home repair offers, fraudulent door-to-door charities, and individuals posing as police officers or bank investigators who claim to be investigating fraudulent tellers or counterfeit schemes. DC residents are urged to be wary of any "something-for- nothing" offers. Always ask for offers in writing, read over all contracts before you sign, and never agree to "cash-only" deals. Do not hesitate to check the credentials of anyone who comes to your door. Ask to see official identification and inspect it carefully. Legitimate organizations - especially real police officers - will not hesitate to comply. And if you have been victimized by a con artist, please call the police and report it. This is the only way that law enforcement can detect patterns and identify and apprehend offenders.

For more information about con games and swindles, click on:

http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1237,q,543147,mpdcNav_GID,1548.asp

Information, ideas, or comments?

KAYLIN CASTELLI, in MPDC's Office of Communications, at kaylin.castelli@ dc.gov

Lunch at Ibiza



who knew?

Friday, April 25, 2008

what do you think of this place?

what do you think of THIS place for bloomingdale?

a comment HERE sparked this post.

another thing tomorrow

NoMa BID, Cultural Tourism DC Host

Walking Tour of NoMa, Saturday, April 26

“From the Beatles to XM Radio: The Evolution of NoMa” is the subject of Cultural Tourism DC’s free neighborhood walking tour of the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 26 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Led by Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District, the tour will meet at the New York Avenue Metro station’s M Street exit.

NoMa -- the up-and-coming neighborhood just north of Union Station -- is home to such landmarks as the Washington Coliseum (now known as the Uline Arena), site of the Beatles’ first US concert in 1967. The New York Avenue Metro station opened in 2004, igniting the pace of development in NoMa. With lead anchors like XM Radio, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and NPR, a new mixed-use neighborhood is taking shape.

The tour will highlight Uline Arena, a former coal yard, the historic C&P Telephone Company Warehouse, St. Aloysius Church and Gonzaga High School, and the former Woodies Warehouse as well as remnants of the old Swampoodle neighborhood, Emily Beale estate, and Tiber Creek. In addition, tour attendees will receive an overview of the latest redevelopment plans for the area.

Four things to do tomorrow

1. Eckington - 100 Years of Capital Traction- a walking tour

Saturday, April 26, 2008

1 pm - 2:30 pm

Meet outside Florida Avenue exit of New York Avenue Metro Station (Red Line), in front of the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) HQ at the corner of N and 2nd Streets, NE. Tour Ends at the Rhode Island Metro Station (Red Line)

Once a tranquil country estate north of Boundary Road, this neighborhood tells the story of Washington's first electric streetcar and maps the expansion of the city along the famous and well worn tracks along the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad. Visit the former estate of Joseph Gales, Jr., mayor of Washington and publisher of the National Intelligencer and discover neighborhood architectural styles from late Victorian row houses to industrial warehouses.

Led by Brian Kraft and presented by the DC Preservation League (www.dcpreservation.org) and the Eckington Civic Association.

2. 52 O Street NW open Studios
April 26 and 27, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Admission

Events Description:

TWENTY-FOUR ARTISTS, in one building, working in a wide range of media and styles open their studios for a rare glimpse into the process behind their art. This free event provides the visitor the opportunity to purchase artwork and meet the artists in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Occupying 28,000 square feet, over four floors, 52 O Street Studios is one of the largest and oldest buildings dedicated to the practice of Fine Arts in Washington, DC.

52 O Street Studios is located a short walk from Metro's New York Avenue Red Line stop, amidst the burgeoning North Capitol Street corridor. The artists working here are proud of this historic building, its idiosyncrasies, and the myriad of artists who have created here in the past.



3. Health Information Fair & Fun Day -- Tomorrow



You are invited to a Ward 5 Community Event

Please join us for a health information fair and fund day!

Ebenezer Baptist Church
46 Q Street NW
Saturday, April 26, 2008
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Participating organizations include:

Metro Teen Aids
Unity Health Mobile
Howard University Dental School
Mayor Adrian Fenty's Office of Community Relations and Services
American Kidney Fund

Please join us as we promote good health awareness in our community. Free health screenings will be offered.

For additional information, contact Alice Thompson at 202 - 340 - 7038 or Clinton LeSueur at 202 - 340 - 314.

4. LeDroit Park Entrance Gate Planning Meeting for Mini-Greening Grant

The LeDroit Park Civic Association is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a "Mini-Greening Grant" from Washington Parks & People to install landscaping at the new LeDroit Park Iron Gate at the corners of Florida Avenue and 6th & T Streets NW!!

Please join us for our first planning session at the site on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM. We hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Andrea Feniak at Feniak-Buchanan @ att.net or 202.986.7680.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

whats going on?

these are projects that i've heard about but don't really know the current state of. anyone have any info on:

-joe mamos lot at north cap and florida

- the potential store in the building on the ne corner of first and r

- the car stereo place that was going to go in on the se corner of north cap and r

-hellers bakery that was to go in at first and t

-"the perfect glass" ( or anything?) at first and seaton

- ground floor at 3rd and florida?

- the former pizza place at north cap and florida

i hear luciana cafe is quite good

the comments on this blog and over HERE
have been very positive.

more info here

big important meeting tonight concerning old sand filtration plant.

This development will impact Bloomingdale more than any other.


The Neighborhoods of EYA
Jair Lynch Development Partners

WARD 5 COUNCILMEMBER HARRY "TOMMY" THOMAS, JR., THE DEPUTY MAYOR FOR PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & VISION MCMILLAN PARTNERS

Invite you to a

Community Visioning
Session on the
Development of the
McMillan Sand Filtration Site

Tuesday April 22, 2008
6:30 pm to 9 pm
O'Connor Auditorium, Trinity University
125 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017

toward Howard

THE GOAL OF THIS MEETING IS TO HEAR THE COMMUNITY'S THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE.

WE ENCOURAGE STRONG ATTENDANCE AND WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!


Discussion Topics will include:

* Existing Condition of the Site

* Potential Uses & Opportunities - Open Space, Historic Preservation, Mixed-Income & Multi-Generational Housing, Community Serving Retail, Job Creating Office Space, Hospitality, and Community, Education, and Cultural Space

* Key Community Issues - Traffic/Smart Growth, Infrastructure, Community Benefits, LSDBE Participation, Job Creation, Sustainable/Green Development, and Other Issues


Light Food and Parking Provided.

For More Information, Contact
Vicky Chambers, Office of CM Thomas, at 202-727-8204
John Basile, EYA, at 301-634-8600


Vision McMillan Partners, the development team for the site, includes:

* EYA
* Jair Lynch Development Partners
* StreetSense
* The Alexander Company
* MacFarlane Partners
* Smoot & Urban Service Systems Corporation


due to a family obligation i can't make the meeting. if anyone goes and can send me pictures or thoughts, please do so.

wheresymycoffee @ gmail.com

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Go visit 52 O street next weekend!

you'll have a great time.


2008 Open Studios - 52 O Street Studios

Where: 52 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

When: April 26 and 27, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Admission

Events Description:

TWENTY-FOUR ARTISTS, in one building, working in a wide range of media and styles open their studios for a rare glimpse into the process behind their art. This free event provides the visitor the opportunity to purchase artwork and meet the artists in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Occupying 28,000 square feet, over four floors, 52 O Street Studios is one of the largest and oldest buildings dedicated to the practice of Fine Arts in Washington, DC.

52 O Street Studios is located a short walk from Metro's New York Avenue Red Line stop, amidst the burgeoning North Capitol Street corridor. The artists working here are proud of this historic building, its idiosyncrasies, and the myriad of artists who have created here in the past.

Today, the building is occupied by painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, woodworkers, and video artists who seek to continue and advance the guiding principle behind its opening in 1979, "to create an affordable working space for artists in Washington DC."

This year's artists include:
Stevens Jay Carter Luke Idziak
Brooke Clagett B. Neal Jones
Betsy Damos Micheline Klagsbrun
Chris Edmunds Raye Leith
Adam Eig Greg McLellan
Thom Flynn Brandon Moses
Cianne Fragione Kendall Nordin
H2O n2 Wine Films H2O n2 Wine Films
Andrea Haffner Holly & Ashlee Temple
Peter Harper Lisa Marie Thalhammer
Mike Harris Gabriel Thy
Matt Hollis Ben Tolman

Saturday, April 19, 2008

washington post article about bloomingdale

the washington post has an article about bloomingdale.

old engine company 12 to become 2020 Martini

The city last month finalized the sale of Old Engine Co. 12 at 1626 N. Capitol St. to Brian Brown, managing partner of NC Firehouse LLC, which is led by his company, NextGen Development. Brown purchased the building for $600,000, the value at which the city assessed it, and plans to put another $2.4 million into renovations.

The three-story, 10,000-square-foot space will become home of 2020 Martini at Engine Co. 12, a restaurant concept by Twyla Garrett of Cleveland-based Garrett Entertainment Corp.



hope.

full article here

Washington Business Journal - by Gillian Gaynair Staff Reporter



other highlights include:

-XM radio is in on the deal and will be doing live broadcastings from the location
-Twyla Garrett of Cleveland-based Garrett Entertainment Corp will be the developer
-the will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner
-first floor will serve brick-oven pizzas.
-a small pasta bar and a sushi bar.
-2nd floor will have live music performances
-third floor will have an espresso bar
-a rooftop deck will offer tapas.
-Harry Thomas introduced a bill seeking 10 years of property tax relief for NC Firehouse LLC

here is the website for 2020 Martini in Columbus, Ohio, owned by Twyla Garrett
warning: music starts playing when the page loads.

apparently work has already started on the building.......

here was my first post about the firehouse

the obligatory negativity about the project can be found here.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Olsson's on 7th Street got the boot?


i'm told that Olsson's on 7th street in the landsburg building is closing. Apparenty they are getting kicked out because some business offered to pay twice as much rent.

How about moving to north capitol Olsson's?

Work Day on Saturday, at Crispus Attucks Park

Work Day on Saturday, 4/19/2008, at Crispus Attucks Park

See this 4/17/2008 message from John Corea, President, Crispus Attucks Park:
crispus attucks park

Dear Friends of Crispus Attucks Park,

PARK WORK DAY ON SATURDAY, 4/19/2008, STARTING AT 10AM

Creating the dog-free and dog-friendly zones will require a lot of work, on top of all the work that Mother Nature has already created for us (weeding, mowing, mulching...). Come out to the park on Saturday to pitch in -- it should be a beautiful warm day. For an hour, or all day, whatever you can manage. If you think you can make it, it would be helpful if you e-mailed me at jacorea @ gmail.com so I can get a sense of how many tools etc we need. Thanks!

-John

John Corea, President
Crispus Attucks Development Corporation
63 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001 | 202-550-2631
www.crispusattuckspark.org | info@crispusattuckspark.org

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Introducing, Bloomingdale

Bloomingdale is on my mind. I am especially wondering what can be done to help N. Capital Street. I think we would all love to see improvement: a yoga studio, a bistro, a hardware store.... the question is HOW?

I started asking a lot of questions. Can neighborhood investors gather together to invest (with dollars and/or sense) in helping to improve N. Capital Street? My questions led me to wander around our blocks and introduce myself to some of the business owners, particularly in the block of N. Capital between Quincy and R St:

  • The liquor store on R and N. Capital NE has a constant stream of business. The owner of the liquor store lives above it with his wife. He also owns the building next door which had been for sale a few years ago. He has taken that property off the market because he has decided to develop it into condos...maybe a restaurant. He was very uncertain...and it sort of made me think there may not really be a plan. Perhaps he would be interested in selling?
  • The laundry next-door was vacant and no one was able to give me an answer on its status...it would certainly make a great pizza place. Too bad we can’t talk the owners of Moroni Brothers (on Georgia in Petworth) into opening a second spot....or could we?
  • The Flea Market is owned by a couple and has been for four years. They have a fabulous spot.
  • and then there is the Firehouse. Sigh. What is happening to this lovely building?
  • SAVEMORE has been evicted....would make a fabulous deli/butcher shop.

In addition to wandering the blocks, I also met an investor who has restored/developed several homes and apartment buildings in the area: 20 R Street, NW; 314 V Street, NE to name two. We walked around the neighborhood together and I told him my ideas with the hope that he would say ‘wow...those are fabulous ideas, and I will underwrite them all’.

He did not say that. BUT, he is very interested in the neighborhood. He has a building which he is interested in, and wondered if the neighbors really would like to invest. My sense is that he has the capital to invest on his own...but I think if we, as neighbors, could have a hand in the investment, it might help in the creation of something really unique. What do you think? Are you interested? How are you interested?

What next? Do you know of anyone who might like to walk around the neighborhood with an idea to investing? Do you know anyone at FedEx or XM Radio who could introduce us to the community relations group?

Think about it. I will also keep thinking about it.

divided neighborhood


divided neighborhood
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
maybe we could cover up the trench and have a nice park with a great view of the capitol.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

another future development post- Old Sand Filtration Plant

old

The Neighborhoods of EYA
Jair Lynch Development Partners

WARD 5 COUNCILMEMBER HARRY "TOMMY" THOMAS, JR., THE DEPUTY MAYOR FOR PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & VISION MCMILLAN PARTNERS

Invite you to a

Community Visioning
Session on the
Development of the
McMillan Sand Filtration Site

Tuesday April 22, 2008
6:30 pm to 9 pm
O'Connor Auditorium, Trinity University
125 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20017


THE GOAL OF THIS MEETING IS TO HEAR THE COMMUNITY'S THOUGHTS AND IDEAS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SITE. WE ENCOURAGE STRONG ATTENDANCE AND WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!


Discussion Topics will include:

* Existing Condition of the Site

* Potential Uses & Opportunities - Open Space, Historic Preservation, Mixed-Income & Multi-Generational Housing, Community Serving Retail, Job Creating Office Space, Hospitality, and Community, Education, and Cultural Space

* Key Community Issues - Traffic/Smart Growth, Infrastructure, Community Benefits, LSDBE Participation, Job Creation, Sustainable/Green Development, and Other Issues


Light Food and Parking Provided.

For More Information, Contact
Vicky Chambers, Office of CM Thomas, at 202-727-8204
John Basile, EYA, at 301-634-8600
the skies over DC

Vision McMillan Partners, the development team for the site, includes:

* EYA
* Jair Lynch Development Partners
* StreetSense
* The Alexander Company
* MacFarlane Partners
* Smoot & Urban Service Systems Corporation

Survey about the Future of the Gage-Eckington Elementary School

See this 4/15/2008 message from ANC 5C04 Commissioner John Salatti:


Many people in the area know, but just as many do not know, that, as part of the District's school closure program, one of our neighborhood schools, Gage-Eckington Elementary School at 3rd and Elm Streets NW will be closing at the end of this school year. The LeDroit Park Civic Association has taken the lead on coming up with a plan for the short- and long-term future uses of the building and grounds. Along with my ANC colleagues, Myla Moss and Margot Hoerrner, I am a part of a LDPCA working group. We have been discussing a number of great and exciting ideas, but to really create the best plan that reflects the needs of this area and that best serves the entire community, we need to hear from you.

To facilitate getting that feedback, we have drafted a survey and are circulating it widely. For example, in LeDroit Park, Howard University students who live at Slowe Hall on 3rd Street NW are collaborating with residents and going door-to-door with the survey. In another example, I attended one of Commissioner Hoerrner's monthly meetings at Kelly Miller homes this week where as part of the meeting, she distributed copies of the survey and assisted residents there in filling it out. In addition, I have given a copy of the survey to the Bloomingdale Civic Association and the BCA may be distributing paper copies of it as well. But we are also using electronic means to give you easy access to the survey.

Here is a link to the survey on-line:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=E6RKz0TmHxz8uQmKiXJgRA_3d_3d

Please go to the link and fill out the survey. We need to hear from you and need to hear soon, preferably this week. Within the next 30 days, the city will likely be making decisions about the future of many of the closing schools. Having a clear plan ready to present to the Mayor and other District officials will increase the likelihood that we as residents can determine what will happen at Gage-Eckington.

Together, we can transform the unfortunate closing of this neighborhood institution into the opening of needed new services and opportunities for this area. So make your views known!

I look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions about this process, please drop me an e-mail, and I will get you an answer.

Have a great day,
John

John T. Salatti
Commissioner, ANC 5C04
Recording Secretary, ANC 5C
(202) 986-2592
jsalatti@earthlink.net
"Together, Building a Better Bloomingdale"

street scene in bloomingdale


the neighborhood
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Our own secret park.

Crispus Attucks Park

I havent been to Crispus Attucks in a while and most happily surprised by the state of the park. Some people have been really busy making this space beautiful! great job. the planting, the landscaping, the paths. wow. you guys deserve an award!


crispus attucks park

more photos HERE
crispus attucks park
dont forget about the gigantic yard sale coming up!

Big Bear Cafe APRIL 17 @ 8 PM

See this message from Joe Hall:

Hey Bloomingdale--

CHERYL'S GONE HOSTS WAVE BOOKS POETS & ACOUSTIC/PUNK SINGER-SONGWRITER SEAN McARDLE
APRIL 17 @ 8 PM
BIG BEAR CAFE / 1st & R NW
COST = FREE

WAVE Books (www.wavepoetry.com) is an innovative press that has done things like send their poets on a national tour on a bus, which, for poetry, is unusual. Which, also, I'm in favor of. The poets:

Dorothea Lasky-Author of AWE & The Hatmaker's Wife & the Editor of the Katalanche Press chapbook series. Bookslut on AWE: "[like] walking home from a bar in your static-inducing hat, and then getting in the soft and dirty sheets of your bed to warm up. The poems feel just like someone you know -- glamorous only by virtue of illustrating the spiritual struggle that exists within the quotidian." Also, check out www.birdinsnow.com for video of Dorothea giving her Tiny AWE booktour from her very packed house.

Dara Wier-Man, her book Reverse Rapture is sort of like putting all the apocalyptic dread and beauty of The Road in a language blender. It's tremendous and big. Oh, also she's a Guggenheim Grant, Pushcart Prize Recipient, and author of several other books.

Caroline Knox-Look, her new book is called Quaker Guns. Words describing it: madcap, fierce. The title alone should get you through the door.

As for Sean McArdle, he'll be giving an acoustic set. The Washington Post says it best: "Sean McArdle makes folky, gentle music so queer and quirky it can only be labeled 'indie.'"

This event is going to be so nasty good, I'm sad to say it's the last one I'll be hosting. Hope to see you there!

Cheers,

Joe
BigBearReadings@gmail.com

Monday, April 14, 2008

shooting on north capitol @ r street

anyone know what happened?

a commenter provided the link to the nbc news report
other stories here:

abc news
bloomingdale (for now) has two photos

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Timor Bodega

You've been to Timor Bodega, right?

timor bodega


MON-FRI 4PM-9PM
SAT: 9:30AM-8PM
SUN: 9:30AM-6PM


BLOOMINGDALE COMMUNITY YARD SALE!

BLOOMINGDALE COMMUNITY YARD SALE!
WHEN: Saturday, May 17th, 8am - 2pm (Rain date: Saturday May 31st)
WHERE: In Crispus Attucks Park, the private community park between the unit blocks of U & V and the 2000 blocks of North Capitol & 1st Sts NW. In the heart of DC's Bloomingdale neighborhood. Access through alley entrances.
WANT TO SELL? REGISTER NOW!
Dozens of sellers and loads of shoppers on an acre of park space
WE do all the advertising and promotion and bring the buyers to you!
Bring your wares*, bring a table**, set up and sell. All your proceeds go home with you, along with any items you don't sell
Registration Fee:
$25 if paid on or before May 3rd (Early bird discount). $35 if paid after May 3rd.
Registration forms available on the park website, www.crispusattuckspark.org. Or contact Tynesia at (703) 973-5733 or info@crispusattuckspark.org.

*Sorry, sale of food is prohibited. CADC relies heavily on revenues from its snack stand, and wishes to be the only provider of food & beverages at this event. Thank you for understanding.
**If not using a table, we recommend you bring a blanket, tarp, or other covering in case the grass is damp.
RATHER DONATE MERCHANDISE?

If you won't be selling at the Yard Sale, consider donating items to the "CADC Table." 100% of the proceeds from these sales will go to park maintenance and improvement projects. Contact Andrea at 202-986-7680 or CADCyardsale @ att.net .

a big day for open houses in the hood.

1738 North Capitol St. NW open 1-4
Listed at $465,000, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Victorian is recently renovated, has hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a fireplace, an in-law suite and much more. Come check it out!

2625 3rd St. NE, the Edgewood Condominiums are also open 1-4 p.m. Nine units remain. Priced at $148,000-$228,000, these beautiful one bedrooms are great for the first time home buyer. Special financing available too. Remember this is a great time to buy, interest rates are low, inventory is good and buyers have more opportunities especially with the new FHA funding changes. Please call me for more information.
Thanks for your interest.

and a bunch more here

bloomingdale on yelp

Yelp

Friday, April 11, 2008

denied

This is kinda funny. some enterprising bloomingalian drinker sent in a message to Joe Englert in this Washingtonian interview requesting suugesting he take a look our way.

sadly, he brushed us off. thanks for trying

i tried to invoke mr englert a ways back.

and almost three years ago now

we're still looking.

and wow, i just reread the comments HERE its really worth a look at Mr. Englerts take on things.

art spaces and developers in brooklyn

one can easily say that brooklyn, is a much hotter real estate market and a more dynamic area than DC. Sure Brooklyn is way bigger than DC and part of one of the larges economic city-states in the world, so that type of market is expected.

Whats not expected is that artists can find studios at $6.82 per square foot a year.
$6.82!!!! thats amazing. i had moved my studio out to Mount Rainier, Maryland for the allure of 10.00.

Last i checked that ground floor store front at 3rd and Rhode Island was going for 30-ish.
The difference is staggering.

So why did i bring up brooklyn and this rent? read here to see why these artists are getting that deal
.
Imagine a developer in DC savvy enough to pull that off. Imagine people with means that truly embrave the Arts as Catalyst model.

beautiful house


beautiful house
Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan
I love this house.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

a collection of posts about LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale and Shaw on a real estate site, On The Radar

transit ideas, development

BeyondDC has some great posts about transit and urban planning and all that fun rock n roll the kids listen to.

Target


am i the only one thats not that excited about Target in Columbia Heights?

i've hit the one in Potomac Yards, the one in College Park, the one in Hyattsville. i dont avoid target, but i'm also happy to go the few blocks to national wholesale liquidators. i'm just a bit non plussed by Target. i've got plenty of plastic stuff as it is.


thats not to say i'm not happy that DC is on the radar of stores, i just figure theres lots of stuff nearby, and i'd much prefer different things than more of the same, but slighty closer. hopefully it'll keep buckets of tax money in the district and that money will fix the schools, and add to transit infrastructure. and get more police coverage.

and maybe a city funded arts center.



anyway, i'm not meaning to be down on target, i'm sure i'll go there eventually, but i'm just a bit tired of reading about how people dont have to go to the "suburbs" to buy affordable t-shirts. there are places, they just don't have Michael Graves toasters.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Got furniture?

do have pieces of furniture you'd like to get rid of?

Artomatic 2008, which will be held nearby in NoMa is looking for items to furnish their various lounges.

email mmurphyva @ earthlink dot net
if you do.