Park View Walking Tour Happening This Saturday

Posted October 26, 2016 by Kent
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The Park View School is one of the points of interest on Saturday's Park View walking tour.

The Park View School is one of the points of interest on Saturday’s Park View walking tour.

If you’ve wanted to go on a walking tour of Park View and just haven’t been able to in past years, there is another opportunity this Saturday, October 29th. I will lead the tour, which is part of the Washington Walks series and begins at 11 a.m. at the leaf sculpture by the Georgia Avenue Metro station. The tour will occur rain or shine and last for about 2 hours. No reservations are necessary, though Washington Walks tours have a $20 fee. Full details of the tour can be found here.

Park View Community Tree Planting Nets 11 New Neighborhood Trees

Posted October 25, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Streets and Trees, Volunteerism

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tree planting(Casey Trees and volunteers planting two new oak trees on Park Road at Warder Place.)

After nearly a year of planning between Commissioner Boese, neighbors, and Casey Trees the community had a successful community tree planting on October 22nd that increased the area tree canopy with 11 new trees. The focus area on Saturday was between Warder and Park Place, from Lamont at the south to Newton Place on the north. All but two of the trees were planted in residents’ front yards, which in the focus area is where the original trees were located over a century ago.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Map showing the types and locations of the trees that were planted on October 22nd.

Residents familiar with the community tree planting area will know that these streets have no street trees or room for tree boxes. Also, over the past few years some of the few remaining large trees have been cut down as a result of development. While not every property has a yard large enough for a tree, many do … and several residents have also planted new trees in the past few years which helps with restoring the tree canopy. Still, the central core of the neighborhood has a long way to go to tree it up to its original tree level.

Even with the 11 new trees just planted, there are still opportunities for new trees throughout the neighborhood, both east and west of Georgia Avenue. Moving forward, Casey Trees will continue to with Commissioner Boese and residents to identify additional opportunities for more trees.

Saturday’s Casey Trees Community Tree Planting was a great success even with the strong winds and low temperatures. It would not have been possible without the support of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s office, which supported the planting of two oak trees on the southwest corner of Park Road and Warder Street. The support of Colony Club (who supplied coffee) and Heat Da Spot Cafe (who provided a delicious lunch) were also greatly appreciated and helped with the event’s success.

Below are a few photos from the event.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(Getting organized in the morning while enjoying coffee from Colony Club.)

img_1694(After a day of tree planting, enjoying a great lunch from Heat Da Spot.)




2016 DCCX Provided at Great Time for All

Posted October 24, 2016 by Kent
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2016 DCCX

The 2016 DC Cyclocross races were held this past Saturday and Sunday at the old Soldiers’ Home. As with past years, the course was in the area of the two ponds just east of Park Road. While the weather was a little chilly and definitely windy on Saturday, the cyclists has great weather otherwise. I’ve provided two brief videos of one of my favorites sections of the course below.



Georgia Avenue Coupon Books Will Be Available at the Fall Festival

Posted October 21, 2016 by Kent
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I recently learned that visitors to the Georgia Avenue Fall Festival — which is tomorrow from noon to 5 pm at the Bruce Monroe site — will be available to pick up a coupon book for lower Georgia Avenue businesses.  Seems like a nice opportunity to check out some of the restaurants and other businesses that are right here in the community.



New Little Free Library on New Hampshire Avenue

Posted October 21, 2016 by Kent
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A new Little Free Library has recently popped up in front of 3509 New Hampshire Avenue. Its always interesting to me to see where this occur and the many different ways they are created.

Little Free Library

Street Art Sighting — Columbia Heights

Posted October 20, 2016 by Kent
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I noticed the following pasted on a power transformer at the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza — “Uptown Story: Summer 2016”.

street art

Georgia Avenue Fall Fest is This Saturday

Posted October 20, 2016 by Kent
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Georgia Ave Fall Fest will be this Saturday, October 22, 12-5pm, in Bruce Monroe Park. Organized by volunteers with Georgia Ave Thrive, this neighborhood-based event will feature local Georgia Ave performers, businesses and restaurants along with government and non-government organizations that provide services and volunteer opportunities for area residents. Kids activities will include face painting, crafts, storytelling, and interactive theater. Performers feature salsa (Salsa with Silvia) and hip hop dancers (Dance Institute of Washington, Building Rocs), steel drum youth band (PanLara), bilingual drama (Teatro de la Luna), and indie rock (French Admirals). Supported by Anne’s Ace Hardware, we will also be selling pumpkins. Food vendors will offer a variety of cuisine options, including Ana’s Mexican/Salvadoran, Petworth Cafe’s Indian/Pakistani, Heat da Spot’s and Kokeb’s Ethiopian, Morgan’s Southern fried fish, Alfie’s Asian food cart, Bjorn’s gluten-free baked goods and bravo bar’s hot dogs!

Volunteers interested in helping out are still welcome to join for set-up, activity support throughout the Fest, and clean-up. More information available by emailing GeorgiaAveThrive (at) gmail (dot) com.


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