Street Art from Sherman Avenue

Posted May 27, 2015 by Kent
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Here is some street art I found on Sherman Avenue just north of Florida. We don’t see as much of this as we used.

street art

Checking Out Lock7’s New Whitney Row on Newton Place

Posted May 26, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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Lock7's The Whitney Row on Newton Place.

Lock7’s The Whitney Row at 703-707 Newton Place.

I’ve been following Lock7’s redevelopment of the property at 703-707 Newton Place, NW since I first posted about it in November 2013. Originally three modest rowhouses, Lock7 razed the structures to construct the 9 unit Condo that now stands on the site. The new building — named The Whitney Row — is finally completed with the units on the market with prices ranging from $434,900 to $774,900. Over the weekend the building was open to the public to explore, which I did. No two floorplans are identical.

In reviewing the property, overall I thought it was well done. It was also nice that each unit had the same number of bathrooms as bedrooms. Three of the units also had private rooftop terraces.

Below are some images I took during my tour of the property to provide some idea of what the units are like.

Whitney Row

Whitney Row

Whitney Row

Great Old Stereoview of the Old Soldiers’ Home

Posted May 22, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Armed Forces Retirement Home, Historic Landmarks

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To ease into the holiday weekend on a lighter tone, here is a great old stereoview of the old Soldiers’ Home. Interestingly, it shows the original Scott Building with the third floor addition but before the mansard roof was added to the tower. I haven’t dug into the building’s history yet to pinpoint the date, but the image is early.

Soldiers' Home

Public Comment Period on Pop-Up Regulations Open Through June 1st

Posted May 21, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Office of Planning, Zoning

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Regardless of where you stand on Zoning Case No. 14-11 — aka the Pop-Up Regulations — if this issue is something important to you you’re going to want to send in your comments to the Zoning Commission before June 1st (the comment period began on May 1st). While there are many items in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking of interest, to me the most important issue needing community input is implementation — should the Pop-Up Regulations be implemented immediately upon approval or should there be a delayed implementation date?

Below is the announcement from the Office of Zoning Web site:

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Zoning Commission Case No. 14-11 – Text Amendments to Chapters 1, 3, 4, 26, and 31, Maximum Height and Minimum Lot Dimension Requirements and Use Permissions in the R-4 District – or the “Pop-Up” Regulations will be published on Friday, May 1st , in the D.C. Register. The public comment period will open on May 1st and close on June 1st. If you wish to submit documents, please do so by email to zcsubmissions@dc.gov, by mail or hand delivery to the Office of Zoning, 441 4th Street, NW, Suite 200-S, Washington, DC 20001 or by fax to (202) 727-6072

The proposed rules are intended to address concerns heard by the Commission with respect to what have come to be called “pop ups.” A pop up generally is a row dwelling upon which an addition is constructed that results in the structure visibly rising above the roofs of adjacent dwellings. Pop ups have been on the increase in R-4 Zone Districts where a maximum height of forty (40) feet is permitted and where buildings existing prior to May 12, 1958 may be converted to apartment houses provided there is nine hundred square feet (900 sq. ft.) of land area for each existing and added unit.

For more information about this case, please review a copy of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Zoning at 202-727-6311 or dcoz@dc.gov.

 

Humanitini: DC’s New Americans? Thursday, May 21, at The Coupe

Posted May 20, 2015 by Kent
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DraftFlyer1Here’s a local opportunity to participate in the Humanities Council of Washington, DC’s Humanitini Program. On Thursday, May 21, the next program will be held at The Coupe in Columbia Heights. The program is free and runs from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, though registration is requested.

Thursday’s program will focus on New Americans, and leads in with the question How long will the enclave of immigrant communities such as DC’s Ethiopian, Chinese and Greek communities retain their unique identities in wake of so much historical assimilation and displacement?

Following are the details from the Humanities Council Web site:

At the turn of the 20th century, Washington, DC was a patchwork of European immigrant communities representing a wide array of nationalities and ethnicities. Like most east-coast metropolitan areas, there were Irish, Italian, German, Greek, and Jewish enclaves, each with relatively insular cultural traditions and self-sustaining economic systems. But at various points over the ensuing five decades these communities would become shadows of their former selves, leaving traces scarcely visible to the casual streetscape observer.

In more recent years, other previously vibrant immigrant communities have become increasingly diffuse. The Chinese community’s cultural predominance in the Chinatown neighborhood hinges on the programming and awareness conducted by the Chinatown Community Cultural Center and the dwindling population of the Wah Luck House. Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant, once bastions of the DC’s Central American culture, have experienced a dramatic exodus to the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. The Washington, DC metro area is currently home to more people of Ethiopian descent than any city outside Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The core of this community is a small portion of the Shaw neighborhood sometimes (controversially) known as “Little Ethiopia.”

How long will these communities retain their unique identities in wake of so much historical assimilation and displacement? Have ethnic enclaves in other cities experienced so much fluidity, either nationally or globally, or is the phenomenon unique to Washington? How are historians, anthropologists, and other scholars working to preserve the cultures of extant immigrant communities while reclaiming those that have been rendered invisible?

Speakers: 

Moderator  – Jill H. Wilson, Senior Research Analyst, Brookings Institute

Panelists: Christine Warnke, Ted Gong, Olivia Cadaval, Quique Aviles, Ana Rodriguez, Trymaine Lee

Zumba Class at Bruce Monroe Park This Wednesday

Posted May 19, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Parks and Green spaces, Sports leisure and entertainment

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From the Core Studios is planning outdoor classes at Bruce Monroe Park this summer (at the corner of Irving Street and Georgia Avenue), which will be held under the Pavilion rain or shine. The following details are from their class announcement for the Wednesday Zumba class:

Zumba Jam- Bump the Hump!  

From the Core Zumba(Zumba at From the Core Studios)

Come celebrate our Bump the Hump day on Wednesday with an invigorating, high-energy Zumba class with dance instructor extraordinaire Lola! Disco lights and great music under the night sky will have you gyrating around within moments of arrival. We will be holding our Bump the Hump Zumba Class at the Bruce Monroe Park- and when you sign up, bring a friend free. Just email From the Core a name ahead of time so they have the slot reserved for your buddy.

Disco lights, great music, friends and fun with Lola V. What more could you ask for in a class?

Class is $17 drop in, or for first timers, get our Just Try It 3 class pack for $24. Members may use their class passes for entry.

Go to the link for tickets, then choose the Group Exercise Basics option. Choose either the Drop in, or for first timers, go for the Group Exercise Basics Just Try it 3 class package.

When: Wednesday, May 20th from 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Where: Bruce Monroe Park, at the corner of Irving Street NW and Georgia Avenue NW
Cost: $17 drop in, or 3 class pack for $24
Link to register: From the Core Studios Online

Quarterly Police Service Area 302/409 Meeting This Wednesday

Posted May 18, 2015 by Kent
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mpdc-logoThe next regularly scheduled MPD PSA 302/409 meeting is Wednesday, May 20, beginning at 7:00 pm. PSA 302/409 includes both the Park View and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, and is a good opportunity to work directly with our local officers to improve public safety.

The meeting will be held at the 4D Substation located at 750 Park Road, NW.

The 3D Roster, Maps of PSA 302, and 409, and Criminal Description Sheet are attached.


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