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WAMU Features Mt. Pleasant’s Woodner — and How It and the Neighborhood has Changed over the Years

June 28, 2017

A view of the Woodner through the center of a round patio and staircase in the back of the building.
Tyrone Turner / WAMU

This morning I awoke to hear this WAMU feature on Mt. Pleasant’s Woodner Apartment building and its history. I found it to be an interesting history on how life in the building, and the surrounding Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights neighborhoods, have changed over the years. The article touches upon segregation, gentrification, and the impacts that change has on a neighborhood.

While the focus of the feature is on the Woodner and Mt. Pleasant, I find that the story is relevant to all Ward 1 neighborhoods and well worth the listen.

Around Town: Nearby News of Note

December 22, 2016

Chavez Prep(Chavez Prep Middle School at 770 Kenyon Street, NW).

Crowdfunding Raises Money for School Library – Jennie Tomlinson-Herr, the librarian at Chavez Prep Middle School (770 Kenyon St. NW), last week launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the low-income school’s library, which received a 70 percent cut in funding. In 7 days, they’ve already reached their goal. (Borderstan)

Zippin’ Chickin’ Opens at 2910 Georgia Avenue – After a soft opening in October, Zippin’ Chickin’ and Fish is now officially at 2901 Georgia, at the corner of Georgia and Harvard. Check out their menu. (New Columbia Heights)

Petworth News’ Ongoing Spotlight on ANC Commissioners (Kent Boese edition) – For several years now, Petworth News has been interviewing Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners and other local movers and shakers in the greater Petworth area. Recently they asked to sit down and chat with me, with the results now on their site (Petworth News)

Around Town: Nearby News of Note

December 12, 2016

There has been a lot going on in and around the community in the past week and a half. Following is some of the news you may have missed.

McMillan Sand Filtration Site.

McMillan Sand Filtration Site.

Development of McMillan – On Wednesday December 7th, Mayor Bowser broke ground at the McMillan Sand Filtration Plant, and the following day DC’s highest court blocked the development. While the court did not rule out taller buildings, it did say that the Zoning Commission must explain its reasons for weighing some factors of the Comprehensive Plan over others more fully. (Greater Greater Washington).

Gentrification in Park View – Colony Club owner Max Zuckerman spoke with a producer of the Kojo Nnamdi show about gentrification, the history behind Colony Club’s name, and his commitment to being a positive member of the community (WAMU)

Housing vs. Park Space – In addition to my brief notes from the Zoning hearings for the redevelopment of Park Morton,  Greater Greater Washington asks if creating new housing — most of it for low- and moderate-income residents — is worth giving up over an acre of temporary park space at the Bruce Monroe site (Greater Greater Washington).

Cocktails Under $10? – The Washington Post proclaims that Yes!, you can actually find good cocktails in D.C. for less than $10. Among their picks are Park View’s Union Drinkery and Petworth’s Ten Tigers Parlour (Washington Post).

Kangeroo Boxing Club Closing in January – Columbia Heights eatery Kangeroo Boxing Club opened in 2012. Now, it will be closing in January. But this isn’t the end — they will be working quickly to redevelop the space and plan to launch a new community focused bar and restaurant this summer (Borderstan).

Grimke Development Deal Hits a Snag – The District and Roadside Development have failed to reach an agreement to redevelop the historic Grimke School site at 1923 Vermont Ave. NW into a cultural center, offices, townhouses, and mixed-use apartment buildings (Washington City Paper).


Around Town: Nearby News of Note

August 18, 2016


Heat Da Spot Applies to Serve Alcohol – Heat Da Spot Cafe at 3213 Georgia Ave. NW has applied to add alcohol to the menu. According to the ABRA filing (listings here), the business has applied for a Class C license which permits the sale, service, and consumption of spirits, beer, and wine on the premises. Heat Da Spot currently serves sandwiches, coffee and pastries with a seating capacity for 17. The application includes a Summer Garden endorsement request with outdoor seating for 20 patrons (Borderstan).

One-Bedroom Rentals Take Biggest Bite From Salaries in Zip 20010 – According to a recent RadPad study, renters in zip code 20010 (Park View, Columbia Heights, & Mount Pleasant) pay the most for one-bedroom rentals as a percentage of their salary — 62% of their monthly income (UrbanTurf).

Bon Appétit Takes Notice of 11th Street’s Bad Saint, Names it the No. 2 best new restaurant in America – Earlier this week, several sources reported that Bon Appétit has given the Filipino eatery in Columbia Heights the No. 2 spot on its Hot 10 list of the best new restaurants in America. The magazine had previously released its 50 nominees, which included Bad Saint as well as local eateries the Dabney and Tail Up Goat (Washington Post).

Park View Man Threatened with Knife in Robbery Attempt – On Tuesday evening around 10:45 p.m., a person was walking in an alley on the 700 block of Kenyon Street, NW, when a thief held a knife to his throat in a robbery attempt. After finding the victim had no money, the robber fled. (Borderstan).

Around Town: Nearby News of Note

August 12, 2016

Arrest Made in Fatal Stabbing Near Children’s National Medical Center — 44-year-old Otis Byrd of Greenbelt, Maryland, was pronounced  dead after he was found by members of MPD’s Fourth District on Wednesday at 3:27 p.m. when they responded to a call for a stabbing in the 100 block of Michigan Avenue, NW. On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, pursuant to a D. C. Superior Court arrest warrant, the decadent’s son, 20-year-old Brandon Byrd of Northeast, D.C., was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.  MPD announced this case is domestic in nature. (Washington Post, MPD-4D Listserv)

IMG_0516Are the Best Days of Columbia Heights Behind Us? — Columbia Heights is safer today than is was a decade ago and offers a slew of new restaurants and shopping options. Yet the persistence of violent crime, homicides, drug dealing and basic quality of life issues has some questioning if Columbia Heights’ bright future has dimmed (Washington City Paper).

Adams Morgan Residents Fighting to Prevent Development of Sun Trust Plaza — PN Hoffman’s plans to redevelop the Sun Trust bank and plaza at 18th and Columbia Road has Adams Morgan residents actively fighting to maintain and save public access to the privately owned plaza area (Washington City Paper).

ANC4C Opposes Rock Creek East II Livability Study — Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C voted to oppose DDOT’s Rock Creek East II Livability Study at their August 10th meeting based largely on concerns that the study would lead to reducing lanes and adding a protected cycle track on New Hampshire Avenue. Unfortunately, the study had not been released or distributed before the Commission considered their position (Petworth News).


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