Thursday, November 30, 2006

wf in ch

a resident of columbia heights told me that whole foods would be opening up there.

limited access.

i've had limited access to all available "internets" out there. i'm switching to mac, and getting new wifi junk.
soon.... soon... i'll be back.

Thursday, November 16, 2006


yes organic in brookland ought to be open now. Anyone been yet?
I drove past there on tuesday night and it looked like a bustle of activity. looks bright and welcoming.

3809 12th street. you can't miss it.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

one stop shopping?

i dunno, maybe someday. Here is a site that aspires to bring you all the info you want about neighborhoos around the city, country.. someday the world.

check it out:

here is a list of the dc neighborhoods its got going:
Eastland Gardens, Kenilworth, Marshall Heights, River Terrace, Kingman Park, Fort Davis Park, Twining, Lincoln Heights, Greenway, Grant Park, Mayfair, Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, Brightwood, Lamond Riggs, Manor Park, North Michigan Park, Queens Chapel, Pleasant Hills, Brightwood Park, Crestwood, Fort Totten, Park View, Petworth, Arboretum, Ivy City, Trinidad, Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle, Capitol Hill, Stanton Park, Navy Yard, Lincoln Park, Columbia Heights, Pleasant Plains, Mount Pleasant, Le Droit Park, Barnaby Woods, Hawthorne, Friendship Heights, Chevy Chase, Fairfax Village, Fairlawn, Naylor Gardens, Penn Branch, Randle Highlands, Barry Farm, Garfield Heights, Knox Hill, Woodland, Congress Heights, Douglass, Hillcrest, Shaw, Logan Circle, Howard University, Mount Vernon Square, Chinatown DC, barney circle, Sheridan Kalorama, Adams Morgan, ReedCooke, Dupont Circle, Woodley Park, Glover Park, Cleveland Park, North Cleveland Park, Forest Hills, The Palisades, Penn Quarter, West End, Foggy Bottom, American University Park, McLean Gardens, Spring Valley, Tenleytown, Cathedral Heights, Wesley Heights, Georgetown, Washington Highland

neighborhood blogs

i've update my list on the right side.
if you have a dc hood oriented blog,let me know.
or if you think there should be something linked to from here, comment and leave the url.

Monday, November 13, 2006

mention of the area near the new york ave metro

here is a litlle mention of the capitol city market and uline stadium.

crash on florida avenue- 2 people dead.

update- here is a new post article.

2nd victim has died and the driver, allegedly driving 80mph at time of impact has been charged with negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.

there was a bad crash on florida last night, road is still closed around the 500 block

read here

and here
even more here
and in the post here
and on InShaw here

here is a large picture taken this morning by In Shaw you can see that the house is being torn down.

one person has died as a result of this drunken driver caused crash.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

truxton circle

here is a small article about truxton circle written last year by bloomingdale resident and north capitol main street person Vicky Leonard-Chambers

Friday, November 10, 2006

remember talk of the Fairfield Project?

the big residential/ retail project next to FEDex?

yeah, well, apparently it's dead.

I read that it concerns CSX not actually selling the land. Anyone know anything?

bloomingdale on trulia.

happened upon this real estate site

apparently this neighborhood is HOT!

a few bloomingdale artists events this weekend

On Sunday i will be having an open studio party from 1-5. the details are here
There will also be a number of other artists in the warehouses surrounding mine that will be open as well. My studio will be open from 1-5.

Also on sunday, neighbors Andrea Haffner and Rob Bradfield are part of a number of artists having an event at the Joesephine Butler Center on 15th street, next to Malcolm X park. This event will run from 11-5.

And tonight, there will be an opening reception for an exhibit of Don Burns at the Touchstone Gallery on 7th steert NW. This will be from 6-8:30.

uline stadium

Practically hidden just on the other side of the new york avenue metro, the Uline Stadium sits rather obscured and runs the risk of being torn down.

I for one am very happy about much of the growth that has been happening in DC. I am glad to see so many shells being gutted and decent establishments opening in places that were still devastated by the riots over 30 years ago. DC still has a long way to go to catch up to where it ought to be, but i like some of the directions we've been heading.

I am glad to see 8th street SE blossom the way it has, 14th street is amazing and will continue to be the most happening strip in the city for quite some time. U street is flourishing. 7th street NW, despite being so chain heavy, is hopping. Richard Layman points out the number of exits and entrances here

But infill is one thing, condo conversion is one thing, large scale development is quite another. Personally i love the human scale of the dc i know. I dont know k street or the farAgut area, i dont know federal dc. I know LaLomitas on Penn SE that now has a gigantic structure being built across the street that i fear will be the downfall of my favorite margarita sipping spot in the city.

I see the new buildings on Mass avenue that are devoid of a pleasant personality. i see large scale suburban design in our urban landscape.

I see the new convention center that has isolated itself from surrounding business.

then theres the baseball stadium. not that that's a fiasco or anything.

And closest to home is the New Town development proposed for the farmers market.

What does all of this have to do with uline? Its about development. Its no secret that the area around the new york metro is HOT HOT HOT with the potential of gigantic economic growth. There is a lot of un and underdeveloped land there. Uline site in this area and the threat of its destruction for residential/ mixed use bothers me a bit. As does the very sad state of affairs for the Wholesale market area. The area that our rep Mr Orange calls "blighted". Blighted? has he been there? it may not be pretty, but its busy busy busy.

anyway, look here about the uline.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

around the neighborhood anc elections

ANC 5C01: Anita Bonds,

ANC 5C02: Kris Hammond defeated Cleopatra Jones.

ANC 5C03: Stuart Davenport defeated Andrew Pollard and write-in candidate Njeri Santana.

ANC 5C04: John Salatti defeated Robert Brannum.

ANC 5C05: No one ran for this seat.

ANC 5C06: Mary Lois Farmer-Allen defeated Michael Henderson and Stephanie White

ANC 5C07: Barrie Daneker,
ANC 5C08: Marshall Phillips Sr.

ANC 5C09: Silas H. Grant, who ran unopposed, won this seat.

ANC 5C10: No one ran for this seat.

ANC 5C11: No one ran for this seat.

ANC 5C12: Derrick Holloway won this seat. He ran unopposed.

ANC 1B01 Myla Moss defeated Lawrence Guyot in LeDroit Park

ANC 2C02 Kevin Chapple defeated Leroy Thorpe in


though some like Ann Coulter think that too many people vote and there should be a poll tax i feel the opposite.

Please go vote. whoever you are.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

87 Florida sign

87 Florida sign
Originally uploaded by Big Bear Cafe.
there is an opening tonight at 87 florida.


this phot is from the bloomingdale photo set on flickr

Whole Foods.

I saw this link on the truxton circle community website.
It lists the criteria whole foods needs to set up shop somewhere.

If you have a retail location you think would make a good site for Whole Foods Market, Inc., please review the following guidelines carefully for consideration:

* 200,000 people or more in a 20 minute drive time
* 40,000–75,000 Square Feet
* Large number of college-educated residents
* Abundant parking available for our exclusive use
* Stand alone preferred, would consider complementary
* Easy access from roadways, lighted intersection
* Excellent visibility, directly off of the street
* Must be located in a high traffic area (foot and/or vehicle)

Anyone else think that NoMa is perfect? jus sayin.

Curves on north capitol.

Curves: On North Capitol Street NW -- For ladies who would like to get a 30 minute circuit work-out in the neighborhood, be advised that a new Curves has opened at 1334 North Capitol Street, N.W. The facility is attempting to recruit new members; therefore, the first 100 persons to join will receive a discount rate.

At this point, their hours of operation are from 9:00 a.m. until Noon and from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. According to owner Karla Saunders, the hours of operation will eventually expand to Saturday hours as they gain a full complement of members.

To enroll into a fitness program at the facility and/or to learn more about their operations, you may call (202) 332-2241. You may also communicate with them by email at

Also Owner and neighborhood resident Karla Saunders will be at the Bates Area Civic Association meeting:

Monday, November 6, 2006
Mount Sinai Baptist Church
3rd and Q Streets, N.W.
Rooms 1 and 2
7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 03, 2006

along north capitol

Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.
this building used to be a very nice orange.
i read somewhere (Kris Hammonds blog maybe?) that the steel you see in the picture will be enclosed with glass.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Originally uploaded by Scenic Artisan.

Art by neighbors and art in the neighborhood.

2 things.

1. Last night was the kickoff celebration for the Wilson Building Collection. Two Bloomingdalians ( at least) are in the collection. Myself, and Artist/ jewlery maker Andrea Haffner.

My two pieces are on the wall opposite Vincent Orange's office!

The collection is permanent and can be seen whenever city hall is open. Please go check it out.

2. There will be an opening at 87Florida this saturday. November 4th from 7-9 pm.
'Shared Skin'- Paint & Sculpture by Ceci Cole McInturff, Antoinette Wysocki, and Melissa Glasser Bruzera
87Florida (Music starts when you enter the page.)