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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Local News Brief: NoMa Building Sale, Bruner-Yang Responds to a Yelp! Review, & Photographing Ivy City

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Tickets are on sale now for a November photo walk through Ivy City with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

I'd like to draw your attention to a couple of local news stories I found of interest. The first is from the Washington Business Journal, which reports that "[a]n affiliate of Tokyo-based Unizo Real Estate" recently purchased the building at 820 First Street NE. According to the article they paid $472 per square foot ($140.5 million total).

Monday, August 29, 2016

Art All Night & Art in the Alley are Both September 24th

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With September being the District's unofficial festival month, the weekends do tend to get a bit crowded. Last year you could hit Crafty Bastards and Art All Night in the same day (and I did), and this year you can make stops at both Art All Night events and Trinidad's Art in the Alley in an attempt to hit peak art September 24th.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Local News Brief: First Folio at Gallaudet, Sushi Burritos, & Local Crime

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The exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare is traveling the country, and it's making a stop at Gallaudet University (800 Florida Avenue) October 7th through the 30th. The university will hold a number of events that are free and open to the public to celebrate (the opening ceremony is not among those, and some other events require registration).

Thursday, August 25, 2016

WAMU: Streetcar to Launch Sunday Service

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WAMU reports that the streetcar will begin Sunday service (8 a.m to 10 p.m.) September 18th. I would guess this to fall pretty high on the list of most requested service changes. In another bit of great news, the article also says we can likely look forward to shorter wait times for streetcars generally.

Pop Up Caribbean Food, Trinidad Crafting Salon, & Photography at Capital Fringe

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The Capital Fringe Festival may be over, but that doesn't mean things are anywhere close to quiet down at Capital Fringe (1358 Florida Avenue). Check their website to see the full line-up of events, but here are a few you might want to check out.

On August 28th (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.) Fringe hosts Chop Bar: a Global Food Experience. Chop Bar is "a local West African phrase for makeshift small restaurants where people gather over food, music and positive vibes." In this case the tasting menu features Caribbean inspired fare from Chef Jonathan Harris.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Get Ready for this Year's H Street Festival

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I'm sure you all marked you calendar for the H Street Festival back when the date was first announced, but now we have more details on some of this year's attractions.

Once again the festival will stretch over ten blocks. Within that span you'll find 14 staging areas, and dozen of interactive attractions. Over 250 businesses, community organizations, and vendors will participate. As always, the festival will feature a variety of live entertainment, food, drink, contests, and fun for folks of all ages.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Separating Fact from Fiction on the Maryland Avenue Road Diet

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A map from the Toole Design project website

There's been some rather heated discussion both online and offline recently about the Maryland Avenue Road Diet. The Road Diet is an attempt to mitigate traffic concerns and make the street safer for all who use it, drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. Some opponents of the project have recently cried foul, claiming that this project has offered little in the way of outreach or opportunity for public input, and accusing others of trying to "ram through" the proposal. None of those things are true. This project has been in the works for many years and it's getting closer to implementation. I'm providing links to some information sources below so that anyone who wishes to learn more about the project can do so. I am also reposting (with his permission) an email from Bill Schulteiss, who is not only a long time resident of the area, but also a former two-term Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, and worked as a project manager for the planning study. Please read up and familiarize yourself with the facts.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Local News Brief: Cubano Groove at the Starburst, Coffee at Pow Pow, & a Kingman Park Historic District

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Cubano Groove will perform salsa and Latin jazz music at the Starburst Plaza tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 8 p.m. This is part of H Street Main Street's efforts to bring more programing to the plaza, which is located at the intersection of H Street, Florida Avenue, Bladensburg Road, Maryland Avenue, and Benning Road.