Interesting Sheet Music from 1920 Features U.S. Soldiers’ Home

Posted July 29, 2015 by Kent
Categories: History, Random Observations

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I recently found a nice old piece of sheet music from 1920 for the song The Starry Banner. What was neat about the sheet music is that only two of the pages are needed for the song, with the other pages showing people, buildings and narratives related to the Soldiers’ Home. I’ve scanned a few of the pages below to convey the content.

Starry Banner


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Temporary Lane Closures on Georgia Avenue Between Barry Place and Florida Avenue Begin Today

Posted July 28, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Bus service, DDOT

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From a DDOT News release:

DDOT to Temporarily Close Lanes on Georgia Avenue Between Barry Place and Florida Avenue, NW, Beginning July 28

Lane closures in place while DDOT completes dedicated bus lane and streetscape project
(Washington, DC) — The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will close one lane of traffic in each direction on Georgia Avenue, NW, between Barry Place and Florida Avenue, NW in Ward 1 beginning on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7 am, weather permitting. These closures are expected to stay in place until May 2016.
The closures are needed for DDOT to construct dedicated bus lanes and a streetscape along Georgia Avenue, NW. The work includes the replacement of sidewalks, curb and gutters, sidewalk ramps, mill and overlay of the roadway, and new dedicated bus lanes in each direction on Georgia Avenue, NW.
Curbside parking will be restricted while work is underway and ultimately removed upon completion of the project. Emergency No Parking signs are and will be posted a minimum of 72 hours before the start of construction. Sidewalk detours will also be in place while sidewalk repair is in progress. Signage and protective barriers will be used to maintain public safety.
Motorists should expect moderate-to-heavy delays, and are advised to seek alternative routes. DDOT encourages all traveling in this area to stay alert and to obey all construction signs.

Jerk Station Coming Soon to 3701 New Hampshire Avenue

Posted July 28, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Restaurants

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Following up on the earlier post announcing short term uses of the former Sweet Mango Restaurant at 3701 New Hampshire, NW … signs are up confirming that a jerk restaurant will be moving into the space soon.

3701 Jerk Station

Colony Club Celebrates Opening of Patio on Friday, July 31st

Posted July 28, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Bars, Small Businesses, Coffee shops

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Colony Club, located at 3118 Georgia Avenue.

Colony Club‘s rear patio is finished and open. To celebrate the new patio, they will be having an opening event this Friday (July 31) beginning at 5 p.m. Colony Club is located at 3118 Georgia Avenue and well worth the visit.

As part of the celebration, the Timber Pizza food truck will be parked out back. There will also be a DJ, a balloon artist, and drink specials. It should be a fun way to wrap up the week.

Below are some photos showing how the patio turned out. I thought it was wall thought out, attractive, and like the inclusion of the planters.

Colony Club Patio


IMG_9184(There is also some bike parking out back.)

Working to Tree Up Park View

Posted July 27, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Streets and Trees, streetscape


A Chinese Proverb says: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. With this in mind, I have begun an outreach effort to residents on streets that contain no street trees in the neighborhood. The short video below provides a general introduction.

Neighbors have mentioned to me on many occasions a desire to have more shade trees in the neighborhood. This is especially true on Warder Street and the tree-deprived streets south of Newton Place. On streets with empty tree boxes, I’ve consistently requested new trees and nearly all of our tree boxes are full. I’m also dedicated to working with DDOT whenever opportunities arise to include trees during sidewalk improvement projects. Even with this, some of our community streets are unlikely to ever include public space for street trees.

Talking to neighbors about the value of trees.

Talking to a neighbor about the value of trees.

With this in mind, I’ve begun to reach out to residents on Manor Place, Park Road, and Luray Place to see who would like a tree. While these blocks don’t have room for tree boxes, they do have several yards large enough for a shade tree. If there is enough interest in trees on these blocks, we can get trees through the Casey Trees Community Tree Planting Program.

These blocks, along with parts of Newton and Warder, were part of the original Park View development and date from 1907 to 1910. I’m fairly certain that the original trees in this part of the neighborhood were located in the yards and not along the streets.

While I’ve already distributed flyers on the aforementioned blocks, I will continue to reach out to households where there is enough yard to support a tree. If this approach is successful, we should be able to grow a healthy tree canopy on all but a few treeless blocks.

Luray Place(Several yards on Luray Place large enough to support a shade tree for those who want them.)

Development Update on Former Sweet Mango Property — 3701-3711 New Hampshire Avenue

Posted July 24, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Construction, Development, Small Businesses

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In April I reported that 3701-3711 New Hampshire Avenue was sold to Rooney Properties. These buildings comprised the Sweet Mango restaurant as well as the two store fronts adjacent to it. The long-term plan is to redevelop the property and  plans are currently being developed.

The short-term plan is to lease the space, and leases have already been completed to bring a business serving food similar to Sweet Mango’s offerings back to 3701 New Hampshire. Additionally, Cookie Wear, the clothing store that has been in a basement space just north of the Georgia Avenue Metro for the last few years, will be opening in 3709 New Hampshire Avenue..

3701 Georgia Avenue(A new restaurant will be opening in 3701 New Hampshire in advance of the property’s redevelopment.)

Annie’s Hardware Expanding in Brookland — Joins Forces with Brookland Hardware

Posted July 24, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Retail, Small Businesses

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Congratulations to Annie’s Ace Hardware  and Brookland Hardware for growing and partnering to continue a long tradition of serving Brookland’s hardware needs. According to the press release (below), after 40 years in the retail hardware business in Brookland, Howard Politzer will hold a retirement and liquidation sale starting Thursday, July 23 at Brookland Hardware, 3501 12th Street NE. All inventory will be sold at deep discounts. After the transition, Howard will join the Ace team, bringing generations of knowledge and trust with him. I particularly like that Annie’s Ace will also be hiring Howard’s employees to honor the deep connections they have to the neighborhood.

Annie’s Ace Hardware – Brookland Info:
Expected Opening: Fall 2015
Anticipated Store Hours: MondaySaturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 3405 8th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017, just south of Monroe Street Market   
Access: Annie’s Hardware-Brookland will be a short walk from the Brookland Metro station on the Red Line and near several bus lines. The store will have seven dedicated parking spots.

Annies Ace expantion 1


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