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Friday, August 18, 2017

W.S. Jenks & Son Hardware Profiled in Hardware Retailing

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Cultivate the City has put down roots on the roof of W.S. Jenks & Son Hardware

The trade publication Hardware Retailing has a fun profile of Trinidad's own W.S. Jenks & Son (910 Bladensburg Road NE) point out that the shop offers a lot more than your typical tools. If you haven't been to the rooftop recently, try to visit soon. There's a lot to see with Cultivate the City's plants for sale and greenhouses that have helped transform the roof into an urban farm and a welcoming space.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Coming Soon to the Union Market Area: The Bruery Store

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The Bruery is an Orange County, California based craft brewery that specializes in barrel aged and experimental ales. The Bruery team is constantly trying new approaches to develop interesting and distinctive beers. Nearly half of their brews are aged in oak wine and spirit barrels, and now you'll be able to find many of them right in the neighborhood. The 5,000 sq. foot Bruery Store at Union Market District (513 Morse Street NE) will offer onsite bottle and can sales, gifts, merchandise, and potentially eight rotating taps for growler fills of beers from the Bruery, Bruery Terreux and Offshoot Beer Co.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Last Night's Meeting on Reopening the Arboretum's Southern Entrance

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Below is a Storify I put together with tweets from last night's public meeting on reopening the National Arboretum's southern entrance near M Street and Maryland Avenue NE. It sounds like a lot of residents at the meeting expressed support for the idea of reopening the entrance for pedestrians and bikes only. If you look at the meeting flyer at the bottom of the Storify you'll notice that is says "[t]he gate was closed for safety reasons following a homicide years ago." That's a claim I've seen tossed about a lot. The gate was closed in the spring of 1992 over budget concerns and worries over crime. The crime worries mostly seem to be about the possibility of Arboretum visitors falling victim to crime as they passed through Carver Langston, which was having a lot of violence problems at the time. As this April 15, 1992 Washington Post story "ARBORETUM CLOSES GATE WHERE WOMAN WAS FOUND" explains, an elderly woman was found "severely beaten" near the entrance. The crime was horrific, but the woman survived. So why did some people keep saying that the gate was closed because of a murder? I think I found the answer.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

You Can Help Name Two NoMa Parks

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Screenshot of the concept for "NoMa Green"

The NoMa Parks Foundation wants your help to name two neighborhood parks. You have until August 25th to submit your suggestions. They'll narrow it down to 4-5 options and take a public vote, with the results determining the recommendations to be submitted to the D.C. Council and Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Two Stabbings & Two Shootings Over the Weekend

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We had a pretty violent weekend. I don't know the status on all the victims, so don't assume the are homicides rather than assaults. But it's disturbing either way. It started with a shooting Friday evening (the alert went about just after 7 pm) in the 1900 block of Bennett Place in the Carver-Langston area. I am told the victim was a teenager. That was followed by a non-fatal stabbing just south of 7th and H Street NE Friday night about 10 pm. The male victim was transported to the hospital with a laceration to the abdomen. On Saturday morning just before 10:30 am there was another stabbing in the 1400 block of H Street NE. Then very early Sunday (just before 1 am) there was another shooting in the 1200 block of Queens Street NE in Trinidad.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

8/15 Meeting to Discuss Reopening the Arboretum's Southern Entrance

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A reader alerted me that Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kathy Henderson (5D05) has announced a public meeting to discuss reopening the National Arboretum's southern entrance at M Street and Maryland Avenue NE. Dr. Richard Olsen, Director of the U.S. National Arboretum, will be there to discuss the proposed reopening. The meeting, to be held at the Developing Families Center (801 17th Street NE), will take place at 6 pm Tuesday, August 15th. The topic of re-opening the gate has been on the agenda the past few ANC 5D meetings, but Commissioner Henderson and Commissioner James Butler (5D03) have indicated they need more input from their constituents before they can vote to reopen the gate. So here's your chance to learn more about what's happening with the gate, and to share your opinion. For what it's worth, MPD supports the reopening.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Catch DDOT's NY Ave Streetscape & Trail Project Team at Union Market 8/19

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The DDOT team for the New York Avenue Trail and Streetscape Project wants to meet you. They'll have blue tents set up outside Union Market (1309 Fifth Street NE) Saturday, August 19th from 10 am to 1 pm. Come out to discuss various aspects of the project and learn more about it generally.