Tuesday, May 29, 2007

the 17th street campaign

the 17th street campaign

almost two miles from bloomingdale .. but i thought this was an interesting resurgence of an old.. and in dc, failed... idea.

I'm personally a big fan of pedestrian only areas....I also think that we will see this idea crop up more and more in DC.

here is some text from the website:

17th Street, between Massachusetts and New Hampshire is the ideal location for a pedestrian promenade
in Washington due to several factors:

· The vast majority of people arriving at the businesses in the neighborhood already arrive on foot, not by car

· The area is dominated by independent restaurants and small shops, which would benefit by increased

pedestrian traffic and the ability to use parts of the promenade for additional seating and space.

· The area is bounded on one end by residential areas and the other by dense office buildings, insuring
use of the promenade for both lunchtime and evening/weekend activities.

· Minimal traffic and no metrobus routes currently exist on 17th Street, and traffic could easily be
diverted to New Hampshire, 16th and 18th Streets with minimal disruption.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

That bad, huh? wow.

The DC education blog has a post you should read if you have interest in DC schools.

to sum up if you dont wanna click, we're dead last in compassions of student acheivements, among other things.

Friday, May 18, 2007

borf in bloomingdale? updated!!

"the Consolation of Ruin: a spectacular display of banal art objects orchestrated by the delinquents of the Borf Brigade"

May 18th - 20th and 25th - 27th, Friday thru Sunday 5 - 10 pm
opening reception tonight from 6 - 9 featuring DJ SMK

1644 NCap, next to SaveMore!



I went to the borf brigade event and the place was buzzing. I added the few pictures i took to the bloomingdale photo group

it was funny, a guy i met at the big bear/ north capitol main streets open house had mentioned that he talked to a few of the guys fixing up the building. He told a group of us that they were turning it into a gallery. we all actually laughed out loud.

guess he was right, in a way.

Here is the post blurb about the event

one of the commenters... presumbaly one of the organizers... mentions that this place used to be a music hall. Anyone know what this place once was? my short life in the neighborhood can only remember the thrift store.......

people that make dc better.

heroes in washington

"You could easily write this case off; you don't have a witness," Ross said later. "But it becomes personal. Everybody has a grandmother. I watched that tape, and I tell you, I couldn't take the whooping she took."

The honored included D.C. police Detectives Cassandra Washington and Bryan Kasul; John Wehrli, National Park Service; Wallace Merriman and Patricia Sanders, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Timika Holiday; Jeffrey Bloxsom; Scott Herdon; Desene and Tamara Lee; Margaret Highsmith; Eva Whitfield; Tony and Terrance Allen; and Shanda Smith.

broken city

an article about broken fire hydrants

A stepped-up inspection of D.C. fire hydrants is finding that nearly 10 percent don't work, fire union officials said yesterday

10%? how is that remotely acceptable?

even Bloomingdale gets a mention

In the Bloomingdale neighborhood, at Flagler Place and V Street NW, a lime-green hydrant had a collar yesterday that read "Maintenance Required," to the dismay of Maxine Sumner-Clark, who lives a half-block away. She said several vacant homes in the area have caught fire in recent years, and there is a construction site across from the hydrant -- even more reason, she said, to have a fully functioning fire hydrant on the corner.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

the big secret park yard sale!

Crispus Attucks Development Corp. Presents its 4th Annual Community Yard Sale:
Bloomingdale's Biggest Yard Sale
WHEN: Saturday, June 9th, 8am - 2pm (Rain date: Saturday June 16th)

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.


· Dozens of sellers and loads of shoppers on an acre of park space
· WE do all the advertising and promotion. YOU just pay a small registration fee.
· 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:
$20 if paid on or before May 26th (Early bird discount). $30 if paid after May 26th.

Registration forms are available on the park website, www.crispusattuckspark.org. Or contact Barbara at (202) 483-2121 or barbarafogle@hotmail.com.

*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.


If you won’t be selling at the Yard Sale, then consider donating items to the “CADC Table.” 100% of the proceeds from these sales will go to park maintenance and improvement projects. Contact John at 202-550-2631.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

i'm dumbfounded by what i just saw

a street sweeper/ vacuum truck just went through my ALLEY.

and not to just hang out with company as the verizon truck often does, but actually to clean my alley.

i have never seen this before.

thanks dc government.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

eastern market rescue

look here

Fish Fry

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2007
TIME: 11:00 AM
WHERE: Mount Bethel Baptist Church
First Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

MENU: Fish: Trout Fillet or Bone, Green Beans, Cole Slaw, Cornbread, Baked Beans, Cakes and Sodas

Dinner: $7.00 including Drink and Dessert
Sandwich - $4.00
Side Orders - $2.00
Soda - $.75
Cakes - $1.00

Curves open house.

On Wednesday, May 16, neighbors are invited to learn more about Curves and how 4 million women who thought they couldn't get fit have discovered they can.

Please stop by 1334 North Capitol Street, N.W., between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the
evening hours of 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please call 202-332-2241 if there are any questions. No, you don't have to wear workout gear!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Intro to Green Roofs

At last month’s Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) meeting WASA representatives announced plans to fund green roofs grants for District residents. Green roofs have been used effectively in other places to control storm water run off and as a solution to other watershed-related environmental problems.

The grant application process will begin before the end of this fiscal year. If you’d like to learn more about green roofs and how they can help lower your heat and air conditioning bills, extend the life of your roof, slow the flow of water to Bloomingdale’s inadequate combined sewer system in heavy rains, among other wonderful benefits, sign up to attend one or both of the following events coming soon to the Green Building Institute, 7761 Waterloo Rd. (Rt. 175) in Jessup, MD 20794:

Intro to Green Roofs
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

What benefits does installing a green roof have on a building? Do green roofs help the environment? What types of plants survive on a green roof? How do you maintain green roofs? How much does a green roof cost? What soil is used on a green roof? Are there green roofs in the area? If so, where are they? What are intensive and extensive green roofs? Differences between them? Is there a market for green roofs in North America ?

Green Roof Bus Tour
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Roofs on the tour:
American Society of Landscape Architects Washington , D.C
Casey Trees Endowment Fund Headquarters - Washington , D.C.
Walter Reed Community Center - Arlington , VA
Howard Hughes Medical Institute - Ashburn , VA
Wetlands Studies and Solutions - Gainesville , VA
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: American Society of Landscape Architects (636 I St NW Washington , D.C )

$60 Student or Teacher (High School student/teacher or Undergrad student with current ID) - Bus Tour only

$93 Bus Tour only
$128 Bus Tour and 'Intro to Green Roofs' class
email: info@greenbuildinginstitute.org / web: http://www.greenbuildinginstitute.org

Thursday, May 03, 2007

TNT Laundromat

TNT Laundromat
104 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Grand Opening featuring large capacity Dexter laundry equipment

Special - dropp off your laundry. We wash & fold.

745 - 8065.

Business hours:

Monday through Friday: 8 am to 9 pm.
Saturday & Sunday: 7 am to 9 pm.