Posted tagged ‘Random Observations’

… And We’re Back

July 23, 2018

Those who regularly checked in on this blog surely noticed that I stopped posting on a daily basis in June. With this post I intend to restart a more frequent posting schedule. The break was due in large part to busy schedule leading up to the June Democratic Primary, in which I was a candidate for the Ward 1 seat for the Council of the District of Columbia. I thank everyone for your patience and understanding for the break on this blog. In all honesty, I could have taken a different approach and blogged about the election, campaign experiences, and issues from my perspective. However, that was not the purpose that I had set this blog up to do and it just didn’t feel right to me to go there.

The above stated, I also think this is a good time to seek feedback on what people would like to see as the focus of this blog and if there are neighbors who are interested in writing for it. I do think this is an opportunity to broaden the topics to issues that are city-wide and not just the northeast corner of Ward 1 and surrounding areas. There are a lot of things that are afoot from transportation, to the Comprehensive Plan update, to health care, and of course the November elections to name a few.

So have at it, share your thoughts and ideas below for how this site can continue being a good resource for the community.

Checking Out the Respect the District Installation at 14th & Irving

February 13, 2017

Over the weekend I saw the following installation at the southwest corner of 14th and Irving streets, NW, which I guess has been there since January 10th. In checking out @RespecttheDistrict‘s Twitter profile, it states the following — The Respect Flag at 14th & Irving in DC. Designed by emzki. Connect your stories & selfies taken through the stars. Respect!

This art installation  is connected to Vision Zero DC, and is their 2nd public art installation aimed at preventing Street Harassment.


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)

1921 Painting with Local Connection

September 16, 2016

A while ago I found a painting of the cherry trees at the tidal basin which caught my eye. It isn’t much, and originally I thought it was a colored photograph, but upon closer examination I realized that it was actually a painting that included the signature E.B. Chappell, 1921. Doing a quick search for the name, I came up empty and set it aside as a project for another day. You can see a photograph of the painting below.

chappell-painting(Painting by Edwin B. Chappell, 1921.)

Last weekend I took up the project again and this time I found a reference that identified the artist.

According to an obituary in the Washington Post, the artist was Edwin B. Chappell. Chappell was born in England ca.  1851 and in his youth immigrated to America, settling in Bedford, Pennsylvania. He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1918 and lived in the Petworth neighborhood at 4020 Third Street, NW, from 1919 until his death in 1925. He was known for painting pictures of the Japanese cherry blossoms in Potomac Park.

Sadly his latter years were not without pain and suffering, as sixteen years prior to his death he injured his back in an accident when he fell from a scaffold. About a year prior to his death, Chappell fell from a ladder and broke his arm, and in the summer of 1924 he was struck by an automobile which left him crippled and despondent.

New Fencing Surrounds ‘The Heights’ Outdoor Patio

July 11, 2016

Over the past few weeks, I noticed that The Heights restaurant (located at 14th Street and Kenyon) has fenced in their outdoor seating area. I guess the low wall and shrubbery weren’t creating enough of a barrier between the diners and those who sit on the wall.





Reader Input Sought

January 2, 2014

With the beginning of the new year, I thought this would be a good time to check in with you, the reader, and see if you like the blog the way its been going … or if you’d like it to expand. I can see increasing coverage to more regularly include history and news from surrounding neighborhoods and/or all of Ward 1. Or, we can leave things just the way that are.

This is your opportunity to help shape the direction we take  as we begin 2014. All input is appreciated.

Some Street Art from Columbia Heights to End the Week

June 7, 2013

I noticed the street art below near the intersection of Monroe and 14th Street in Columbia Heights.

Street Art

The Dangers of Banking, 1949

October 12, 2012

Here’s a fun little neighborhood tidbit from July  26, 1949. Apparently the burglar alarm gas system was accidentally set off at the old City Bank located at 3608 Georgia Avenue (click image for story) causing discomfort for both staff and customers. The bank was located where E.L. Haynes is currently, and became part of York Haberdasher in 1965.


Lean and Hungry: More Recent Area Street Art

August 16, 2012

Below is another recent addition to the Columbia Heights guerrilla art scene. This one is from the 11th Street area.


More Street Art Popping Up in Area

August 14, 2012

I noticed over the weekend that more guerrilla art can be found around the Columbia Heights area. Below is an example I found at 14th Street and Kenyon.


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