Monday, October 31, 2005

Rhode Island Avenue area bike trail

Metropolitan Branch Trail

a rather outstanding blog about city placemaking

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space is written by a historic preservation and urban revitalization advocate and consultant in Washington, DC. Fascinating stuff.

i learned of this blog through Frozen Tropics, one of my favorite blogs. Frozen Tropics concerns itself with Trinidad, sometimes Near North East ( SoFlo), and the economic strengthening of H street NE, one of the hoppin-est spots in the city.

also, it has great photos.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Another Washington post article


I thought that this article was interesting in its comparison of "exurban" living, with our community in the city.

ESPECIALLY interesting in comparison to this article

a fascinating observation from the first article
In his book, "Democracy in Suburbia," University of Chicago political science professor Eric Oliver asserts that, in general, the absence of conflict in suburban areas tends to go hand in hand with diminished participation -- not necessarily in elections, but in other parts of civic life, such as volunteering. "It turns citizens into consumers, basically," he said in an interview. ". . . They disconnect and disassociate themselves from the greater community in which they reside."

This is a profound observation on many levels.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

good spots for a nice restaurant.

these are a few of the buildings that are for lease on north capitol in eckington.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

adopt cats from our streets

there will be a cat/kitten adoption fair this saturday.
Some of these cats came from our very own alleys.

1807 Belmont St NW (adams morgan)
Saturday October 22
12-3 pm

Monday, October 17, 2005

Open Studios

Go check out this awesome building with a great group of artists.

Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 22-23 12-5pm
52 O Street NW Washington, DC
52 O website

Sunday, October 16, 2005


some organization planted trees in the many empty treeboxes on my block! Anyone know who it was?

Friday, October 14, 2005

The Hotel Eckington

The Hotel Eckington will sit between the new york avenue metro and the ATF building.

I'd love to hear more information on this if anyone has some.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Traffic in eckington, bloomingdale.....

Here is a Washington post article that deals with accident heavy intersections in the city. Mentioned are New York Avenue and Florida Avenue. I for one can attest to the fact that those speeding cameras at 6th and Florida are slowing down traffic. I think they are great, but wonder why Porter street up in Cleveland park is the only place to have a traffic light controlled by speed. If you go too fast you will have to come to a complete stop. Otherwise it stays green. I say more of those!

here's the link

some NOMA projects

These are all projects that are steps away from the New York Avenue Metro. cross your fingers.

NoMa corridor info

Saturday, October 08, 2005

House on North Cap and S NE

Seems that the turret has been taken off of the corner house on the northeast corner of north cap and S street. They may be adding an additional floor.

I really hate to see the beautiful houses in our neighborhood getting ripped up, but at least it wont stay boarded up.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

interesting article about the explosions the other night

DC examiner article
where do we turn to find out information?

Stores, near bloomingdale

Acording to the "Orange Report", Vincent Orange's self promotion newsletter ( ward 5 newsletter), there is more talk of stores coming to the empty land next to Giant in Brentwood.

Marshalls, Staples, Dress Barn, Rainbow Kids and Dowtown Locker Room.

Not much else except for nine pictures of Orange in 8 pages.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

EVENT: Bloomingdale To Be Featured In 10/25/2005 Wardman Rowhouse Lecture

"Celebrating a Century of Wardman Rowhouse Neighborhoods"

Co-sponsored by the DC Preservation League

Historians Sally Lichtenstein Berk and Caroline Mesrobian Hickman will talk about this exhibit (opening at the John A. Wilson Building, 1250 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Thursday, September 22, 2005), which will feature three rowhouse neighborhoods that were built along major streetcar lines in the early years of the 20th century; Bloomingdale, Brightwood and Columbia Heights. These neighborhoods have undergone several demographic changes in the approximate 100 years since their construction and are now experiencing -- or are about to experience -- revitalization as the move to the city continues apace and urban housing is at a premium. The talk will include a map of Wardman's oerve complet.

Cost: $5 DCPL/HSW members; $10 nonmembers


Saturday, October 01, 2005

The future

Metro is looking into reintroducing streetcars in DC.
The current draft is that one line would run down florida avenue.

Corridor 3: American University to Skyland SE. Beginning at Ward Circle, this transit route would go southeast down Massachusetts Avenue NW, turn east on Garfield Street NW, south on 29th Street NW, and east on Calvert Street NW across Rock Creek Park. At Adams Morgan, the alignment would turn south down 18th Street NW, east on U Street NW, southeast onto Florida Avenue NW/NE, and south onto 8th Street NE/SE. Finally, the route would turn east on M Street SE, cross the 11th Street Bridge, and turn east on Good Hope Road, terminating at Skyland Place SE.

more info

Cluster 21

Bloomingdale SNAP

Strategic neighborhood action plan for bloomingdale. for what its worth.

Great Public Spaces

Florida Avenue Market

More photos here

we're not h street

i wish we had a joe englert opening up stuff along out commercial corridors
link to Frozen Tropics post