Thanks to a reader for passing on from Change.org:
“It is an exciting time to live in Washington, D.C., with positive developments happening city-wide. Please tell the Mayor and City Council to use this opportunity to make decisions that will have a lasting positive impact on all District residents. Focus funds and efforts on schools, crime, transportation, good jobs, housing…not the misplaced priority of new football stadium. As residents of D.C., we oppose any proposed plan to build a new football stadium for Dan Snyder and the Washington Football Team. The reason for the opposition is simply a matter of priorities. Football stadiums are very expensive and, unlike baseball and other sports stadiums, used only a handful of times each year. There are much more important and impactful ways to spend a billion or more dollars.
Residents in all quadrants of the District are concerned about increases in crime, problems with public transportation, improving schools and addressing the challenge of affordable housing. Many school-aged children in the District attend schools in desperate need of repair. Law enforcement and emergency responders talk about the negative impact of slashed budgets on their jobs. Affordable housing is needed in neighborhoods that are close and accessible to jobs. Public transportation clearly needs some work. If the city has hundreds of millions (or billions) to spend on a football stadium, let’s spend it on these things instead. Fix what’s broken. Seize the opportunity to make the District a better place for all to live. (more…)
“650 square foot studio in SW Waterfront
Kitchen is nice with ceramic flooring but the appliances aren’t fancy
Carpet in the living space, with ceramic tile in the kitchen, foyer, and bathroom
2 closets with one being a walk in
10 minute walk or less to three different metro stations (you could walk to Waterfront in about 2-4 minutes)
Safeway, CVS, Dry Cleaners, Z-Burger, Station 4, Indian restaurant all w/in a 3-4 minute walk
Mile walk to Nats Park, Arena Stage is nearby, 2 blocks away from the Wharf
No parking space
Realtor seems to think that based on comps, I could only get up to $1750. Initially wanted to sell, then I looked into renting and when I saw the estimates, rethinking that I should sell for around 300K (this is just a guess of mine).
How much would you rent it for and would you buy it at the above price?”
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I really wanted to let the community, and especially other female cyclists, know about an incident that occurred on Monday, Sept. 26 at 4:45 pm.
I was biking north on 6th Street NE and followed by a gray Nissan with MD plates for many blocks. The driver kept his car at pace with me, even though that meant he was holding up rush-hour traffic.
He and his passengers, two other males who I believe were in their 40s or 50s, all were calling out to me. Eventually, the two on the passenger side of the car (the side closer to the bike lane) rolled their windows all the way down, hung out of the car from their waists up, and tried to grab me, touching me many times. Because there were parked cars to my right, I could not always swerve out of reach. Because I was scared, and just wanted to get to my destination where friends were waiting for me and I could get off the street, I kept going.
Eventually, I told the passengers closest to me that this was sexual harassment, and if they didn’t stop, I would call the police. At this, they laughed. They weren’t harassing me, they said, they were just having a little fun. I said ok, I would call the cops. I locked my bike on H Street and dialed. They parked the car and waited until I was clearly talking to someone on the other end before driving away. The cops came, I filed a report, they said they had people looking for the car, and I’m sure that will be all from that end.
But something else that I wanted to write, that I hope won’t sound preachy, that I hope you’ll share with our community:
In the past handful of days alone I’ve been yelled to by bus drivers operating metro buses, drivers and passengers in cars, pedestrians, and in one weird incident, another cyclist. In the fresh autumn dark, I have been chased by a group of high school students. I have been touched, threatened, followed, intimidated, and just in general pretty freaking scared–and I am not alone.
This isn’t new, and it isn’t happening because I am particularly young or good looking (even the bus driver told me I needed to comb my hair). This is happening because I am a female alone in public space in a city. Because under those circumstances, it is expected that I will invite and endure commentary and criticism on my body. It is presumed that I’ll remain silent or complacent as I am buffeted by insults, innuendo, and anger.
I refuse to believe that I am especially unlucky. I do not have a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I do not happen to encounter only assholes and misogynistic loud-mouths in my path.
I’m afraid that, instead, from behind the safety of a steering wheel, behind a windshield, behind the security of anonymity, and in some cases the knowledge that no one they know is watching and there’s no accountability, some (I’ll sound sexist, but yes, predominantly men) are ready and willing to treat a female stranger the way they would never dream of treating their own mother/aunt/sister/wife/daughter.
I am someone’s daughter, aunt, wife, and I do not want to be perpetually afraid. If you’re one of the good people who spills out some ugly when you’re protected by obscurity, please consider the way your actions or words may resonate with their targets.“
This house is located at 756 Gresham, Northwest. The listing says:
“A brilliantly renovated (5) bedroom, (3.5) bath home with crown molding, Quartz, SS, bamboo hardwood floors and custom oak stairs. This well-appointed contemporary home offers a basement kitchenette, recessed lighting, custom vanities and much more. Minutes from the metro and shops!”
“The thieves in our neighborhood are getting more brazen. Yesterday, just before 12:30 PM, thieves kicked in our front door (Decatur Street near Sherman Circle). Luckily our alarm went off quickly, scaring them off before they took too much and alerting us and MPD quickly. Our family and pets are ok, but they made off with some laptops and one of our cars (keys were on the kitchen counter…).
If you see a silver 2 door Mini Cooper, DC plate DX9945, I’d appreciate if you call 911 and let them know – I love that little car.
This is the 2nd break in for us in three years. I know we keep getting told that crime is dropping, things are safer….but really? Kicking down the FRONT DOOR in the middle of the day?
On my walk this morning with my dog, another dog showed up and followed me home. He has a neon green collar on but no tags so he must have gotten out.
I found him (or he found us) at Illinois and Emerson, he followed us to Sherman Circle and then home. He’s very sweet and he wouldn’t leave my front porch so I put a leash on him and now he’s in my backyard. He was running across busy streets and I didn’t want him to get hit by a car.
I figured it was worth a shot to see if anyone claims him before I call animal rescue.
“Landmark Theatres is proud to announce the opening of Washington DC’s newest movie theatre and lounge, Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. The premiere film will be STEVE JOBS, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen. It premieres Thursday, October 15 at 8 PM and will be featured on all 6 screens.
Located in Washington’s historic U Street Corridor, the Atlantic Plumbing Cinema will be dedicated to offering its guests engaging and exciting film programming – all in a comfortable, luxurious, state-of-the-art theatrical environment. Atlantic Plumbing Cinema will be an exciting addition to a revitalized neighborhood.
Each of the auditoriums at Atlantic Plumbing Cinema will feature plush leather oversized seats in stadium settings, with large screens, digital projection and Dolby 7.1 surround sound. This will provide guests maximum comfort and also offer the latest in film presentation. The theatre will offer reserved seating so guests have the option to pre-purchase individual seats online or using an automated ticketing kiosk in the lobby.
Atlantic Plumbing Cinema features a contemporary bar and lounge area, making it a destination for food, drink, and entertainment. A full bar menu and craft beers will be available. The theatre will also feature classic concessions, along with edgier fare unique to Landmark Theatres.”
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard anything about the former Pines of Florence space turning into a new Japanese restaurant called Ogawa. While they (owners of the incredibly awesome Sushi Capitol on Capitol Hill) had hoped to open many months ago – we actually have real progress. They’ve applied for a liquor license that says:
“Traditional Japanese Sushi and Washoku Sushi in addition to fish and vegetable. Seating capacity of 56 and Total Occupancy Load of 75.”
I’ve emailed the owners to get a new opening date – standby. A peek inside is very promising (to my mural loving heart):