Friday, June 16, 2006

a funny thing happened on the way to St. Martins affordable housing.

Seems the building that's sitting on the land that St. Martins wants to turn into a large low-income development is now pending historical designation.

Odd huh?

Strikes me as a bit shady that this has just come up. Not that we dont have wonderfully historic and worthy of saving buildings here, but you gotta wonder how this slid in.

or maybe you know.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

tile in an old home

Firehouse @ New York and M

you know that cool firehouse on new york? About a year ago i saw a for lease sign and called about it. it was 12,000 a month or something crazy. I thought it'd make a good shop for my business, but thats too expensive.

Seems its been rented to a capoeira studio. heres the website.
I wonder if the rent dropped.

site tour of mcmillan?????? Bloomingdale Civic Association Meeting.

I cant make this meeting but if anyone goes PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know if there is a mcmillan tour. i would love to go on that!

Post Office Box 1438
Washington DC 20013

19 June 2006 St. George’s Church
2nd and U Sts, NW
Monthly Meeting Agenda

Called to Order 7:00PM


Public Safety Report: PSA501 Officer 7:10PM

Community Concerns 7:15PM

Determination of a Quorum

Review and Approval of Minutes 7:45PM

Correspondence Report

Financial Report

Unfinished Business
Report from Bylaws Committee
Report from the Campaign Committee
BIO and Letter of Interest for Vacancy Positions
Bloomingdale Welcome Signs Fundraisers (July)

New Business
Guest from NCRC (Vision, Community Meetings & Site Tour Info on McMillan)
Bloomingdale’s DCRA Issues

Announcements 8:55PM
Tuesday, 20 June, 5C ANC Meeting (Catholic University Campus/7PM-9PM)
Wednesday, 21 June, The COVE—Adrian Fenty TBD/6:30PM-8PM)
Wednesday, 21 June, PSA 501 Meeting (All Nations Baptist Church/7PM-8PM)
Thursday, 22 June, 5D Citizens’ Advisory Council Meeting (5th District HQ/7PM-9PM)
PSA 501 Officers: Lt. Dean Welch and Lt. Ronald Wright – 202-698-0268
Fiscal Year 2006 dues are $10 Per Person

Adjournment 9:00PM

Dianne Barnes

Vice President &
Deloris McCarter

2nd Vice President

Recording Secretary
Robert Brannum

Correspondence Secretary
Karen Cotton

Bertha Holliday

Sergeant of Arms

Delegate to DC Federation

Immediate Past President
Cleopatra Jones

Standing Committee
Community Relations
Historic Preservation
Neighborhood Clean-up
Public Safety
Youth Programs

Next Meeting Date
17 July 2006

Monday, June 12, 2006

PSA: Our Stories, Our Voices, Our City

The Humanities Council of Washington, DC invites you, your neighbors, associates and every DC enthusiast you know to join us Tuesday, June 20 for the Humanities Council of Washington, DC's community dialogue "Our Stories, Our Voices, Our City" at the Charles Sumner School. Presenters are listed in the announcement below. A separate announcement has been attached for you to post. Register today - Admission is FREE and includes dinner. Call 202-387-8391, ext. 30 or email

For immediate release

June 12, 2006

Contact: Michon Boston


202-387-8391 – Humanities Council of Washington , DC

WHAT: Our Stories, Our Voices, Our City

The D.C. Community Heritage Project

A community dialogue on collecting and preserving D.C. community heritage and history presented by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC

WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2006

5:30 – 9 p.m.

WHERE: Charles Sumner School

1201 Seventeenth Street, NW

Washington , DC

Light meal provided.

Admission Free. Reservations required.

Call 202-387-8391, ext. 30, or email .

How can we help local residents to collect, inform, and preserve the heritage, history and culture of DC's communities? Evening includes panel sessions with local community cultural and historical preservationists.


Clarence Davis and William Branch, Office of Public Records/DC Archvies
Eileen Torres , DC Salsa Network
Parisa Norouzi and Ingrid Drake, Empower DC ( Ivy City )
Elizabeth Davis , John Philip Sousa Middle School (Making the Case to Save Sousa)

Co-sponsors: NEH "We the People" program, District of Columbia Office of Planning Historic Preservation Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation through the Dorothea de Schweinitz Preservation Fund for Washington, DC , and the Project on Civic Reflection.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

a post about St. Martins affordable housing thing.

I was linked to from here

Check it out.

heres the intro

neighborhood sensitivity (one might say anxiety) around affordable housing is just as common in urban neighborhoods, as in this good Washington DC example

kinda odd article, really.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

two things tonight in bloomingdale

1.Come hear from the developers,
ask your questions and find out more!


On the redevelopment of
Old Engine Company 12

Thursday, June 8th
7:00-8:00 pm
Harry Thomas Recreation Center
1743 Lincoln Road, NE

Hosted by the ANC 5C
with presentations from the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and NC Firehouse, LLC

For more information contact Susan Cheng in the DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development at (202) 727-6880.


2. Open House "Block Party" Throughout LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale and Eckington

5-8 pm

Agents from several different companies are working together to all hold Open over 30 houses that are currently listed for sale in the neighborhood. All of the properties that will be Open appear on the last two pages of the current Washington City Paper.

Monday, June 05, 2006

30 open houses.

This thursday there will be over 30 open houses in the hood.
So, from 5-8 pm you can go see many of the houses listed for sale in LeDroit Park/ Bloomingdale/ Eckington.

You can see the listings of them on the back two pages of the city paper. If anyone has a city paper and cares to type them out, i'll post em.

Every open house i've gone to in the neighborhood i have met a bunch of neighbors. Seems we all want inspiration for our renovation jobs, and to see the subtle diffences in our old houses.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

liquor stores in the hood

Seems that there are petitions going around to block the alcohol licence renewals for at least three area liquor stores, Big Ben included.

here's a thread over at InShaw

There is also some discussion on the Truxton Circle Website.

I don't know if its the right thing to do or not, but i do know that there would still be plenty of choices for alcohol purchasing in the hood if these stopped selling.

Apologies to Big Bear


heres more info

Application No. 60771: Moon, Inc., t/a Moon Liquors, 322 Florida Avenue, N.W.; Petition Date: 6/5/2006; Hearing Date: 6/21/2006; at 941 North Capitol Street, N.E., 7th floor Hearing Room 7200, 10:00 a.m.; 5C01.

Application No. 60657: Carnival, Inc., t/a Sunset Liquors, 1627 First Street, N.W.; Petition Date: 6/5/2006; Hearing Date: 6/21/2006; at 941 North Capitol Street, N.E., 7th floor Hearing Room 7200, 10:00 a.m.; 5C01.

Application No. 70552: C&B Incorporated, t/a Walter Johnson’s Liquor Store, 1542 North Capitol Street, N.W.; Petition Date: 6/5/2006; Hearing Date: 6/21/2006; at 941 North Capitol Street, N.E., 7th floor Hearing Room 7200, 10:00 a.m.; 5C01.

not bloomingdale, but brooklyn

here is a blog that i like. Its all about buildings in Brooklyn.