3601 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 3601 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“This One Bedroom Unit is Gleaming!! Beautiful hard wood floors, this unit is a great find! For the price of a studio you have a wonderful one BR unit with a DR! This apt is in perfect condition. The building is newly renovated with a modern flair. Awesome views from rooftop deck/have your own herb garden. FABULOUS LOCATION steps to metro, Cathedral Commons CTR New Giant, Restaurants+Cathedral”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,550/Mo.

10/31/14 2:30pm

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Washington Aqueduct where the water treatment process starts courtesy DC Water

From DC Water:

“We saw this post earlier this morning and wanted to contribute to the information sharing. The musty odor and taste that some residents are experiencing are caused by algae byproducts that occur seasonally in the Potomac River and drinking water reservoirs. The concentrations of these byproducts are extremely low and are not harmful to human health.

This year has been particularly noticeable, but the taste and odor should disappear very soon because of the colder weather. A carbon-based filter, such as a Brita pitcher, will help to reduce the taste and odor. The Potomac River and the drinking water in the District’s distribution system are constantly monitored to ensure the safety of the water. If you have any questions about the quality of your drinking water, please contact our Drinking Water Division at 202-612-3440 (M – F, 8am – 4:30pm).

-Andy”

10/31/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

Having a baby; should we buy a car?:

“My husband and I are expecting our first baby next year and are trying to think through expenses. One issue that we’ve been throwing around is whether having a car would make life with a baby much easier. Neither of have had a car for the last 10 years or so, and we’re generally pretty happy that we don’t have to deal with the expenses and hassle. There are times — perhaps once a week or so — when we like to get somewhere a little more quickly or to a place that’s slightly inconvenient via public transportation, and we usually use car2go then. Obviously, with a baby, car2go would be out.

All this to say, should we get a car? I assume that normal errands with a baby in tow would be harder without a car — we usually walk from the grocery store, but probably couldn’t do that with as many groceries with a baby, for example. And obviously it would take more time to get to doctor’s appointments and the like (we hear little kids have lots of those). Is quality of life with a kid way better with a car? Is it worth the expense? Or do people get by almost as well as they used to in their pre-baby days on metro/bus and on foot? We live in Columbia Heights and don’t have an off-street parking spot, though we think we could pretty easily find street parking around us.”

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10/31/14 1:25pm

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@melissaeweiss tweets us the photo above:

“@PoPville RIP the Dupont Cosi – what happened!?”

And another reader sends via email:

“The Cosi on North Dupont [1647 20th St. NW] has closed as of yesterday. They were taking out all of the furniture and equipment when I was walking by. Did you hear? What gives? That’s three closed businesses within the same half-block: Cosi, Five Guys and Sprint.

Rats or rent? Or horrible rats are jacking up the prices? Lol. If it is rats, why hasn’t the other businesses started shutting down? Even worse, will it infect the beloved Chipotle? Hahaha.

Just curious. Also wonder if maybe the owner is either selling or reconstructing the lot. No one has moved in, except for Custom Fuel (the old Potbelly, that started it all).”

10/31/14 1:15pm

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Photo via instagram

“Dear PoPville,

Best known for his colorful, animated characters – local mural and graffiti artist Kelly Towles, has original pieces painted around the city. But just suddenly he’s the recipient of some less-than-pleasing tagging. Shortly after finishing his first Georgetown piece, someone attempted to destroy it with black markings of a male body part. Being the dope artist that he is – he immediately set to reconstruct. He says he got a ton of love and support while out there, and even an extra panel to paint. And then someone told him that his legendary “Scout” piece on 12th and W was also tagged. He still had his paint on him from Georgetown – so of course he went to reconstruct that one as well. And then he took to social media to hilariously critique the stylings, or lack of – that these people used. Don’t mess with Kelly Towles.

Any tips to who might be attempting to ruin his art?”

10/31/14 12:55pm

521 Tennessee Avenue Northeast

This house is located at 521 Tennessee Avenue, Northeast. The listing says:

“Open Sunday 2-4 PM! Warm inviting porch-front home on a friendly block between Lincoln Park and hip H Street, NE corridor. 2 bedrooms + den or convert back to 3 bedrooms. Granite countertops, stainless appliances and separate sun filled breakfast room opening onto deck. Full basement offers more opportunity for additional space. Remember fall back one hour!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $619,500.

10/31/14 12:10pm

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5830 Georgia Ave, NW

Earlier this month things were not looking good for Chocolate Crust. Thanks to a reader for passing on the unfortunate update from the Brightwood listserv:

“It is with great sadness that I must close Chocolate Crust Bakery today, Friday October 31, 2014. It has been a long struggle. However…

I would never have been able to get this far without your incredible support! I have been incredibly humbled by the passion the local community has shown in supporting small business in this changing neighborhood. You have rallied for us and come out for us and provided innumerable suggestions and positive comments which all together kept us going this far! Thank you!

Even with an episode on the Cooking Channel, 5 times written up in the Washington post, “Best of…” in several categories by numerous publications, great ratings on Yelp, radio interviews, TV spots from here to NYC, direct support from our Ward 4 Council Member Muriel Bowser and her team and honored by being in her campaign commercial, and especially an incredible amount of support in so many ways form Emory Beacon of Light here in Brightwood, we were not able to make a solid go of it.

This neighborhood is in an interesting time of regeneration and I have been thrilled and grateful to have been a part of it getting to know so many of you and becoming your friends. I hope you will keep supporting the many neighboring businesses who are also struggling.

As for what I will be doing next… I will be finishing my chocolate cookbook quite quickly and also be teaching culinary at area institutions and do some business consulting as well. That should keep me busy until my next new idea takes form.

In love and service, THANK YOU for everything.

Chef Robert Cabeca”

10/31/14 11:45am

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2201 14th Street, NW

From an email:

“For its November guest chef sandwich, The Red Hen’s Mike Friedman has dreamed up The E Street Special, a mountain of chili braised brisket, crispy bacon, Fontina cheese, sauerkraut and 1000 Island aioli on griddled pumpernickel bread. The $14 sandwich is available throughout the month. G, 2201 14th st. NW. 202-234-5015. gbymikeisabella.com”