03/03/15 10:22pm

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Ed. Note: In April 2014 the owner of Rita’s Carryout passed away.

Esencias Panameñas website says:

“Esencias Panameñas, LLC, unlike a typical Latin cuisine restaurant, will provide a unique combination of authentic Panamanian food at value pricing with a fun and entertaining atmosphere. Chef Yadira is a native from Panama and she pays tribute to her place of birth through traditional dishes made with staple food products, such as corn, coconut, culantro (not cilantro) and rice.

Each quarter we will feature a historic event, a holiday observed, or a tradition upheld in Panama. In addition, we will also feature a fruit, dish, or bake good in season during that quarter.”

You can see their menu here.

Updates when they get closer to opening in May.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer Crawford

On twitter folks are reporting hearing loud noises at regular intervals from neighborhoods all over DC. @EmeryMatt has a good guess:

“I think with a low cloud ceiling, you can hear the DCA flights coming in”

@RarityInForm also guesses:

“whew that was a big one! Planes taking off low to stay under cloud/fog layer?”

03/03/15 4:30pm

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From an email:

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm – Washingtoniana Division, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G Street, NW

Sunday, March 8, 3 pm – Mount Pleasant Library, 16th and Lamont Streets, NW

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is a research project whose goal is to create a set of layered, online maps illustrating the historic segregation of DC’s housing, schools, recreational facilities, and other public venues. Our first year has been focused on racially restrictive housing covenants mostly east of Rock Creek Park, and the legal challenges to them.

Come learn why many of DC’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how more recent shifts in the city’s racial identity have been shaped by this history.

Come see for yourself the maps we’ve created to show restricted neighborhoods, the legal battle lines, and who lived where over the years. Maps tell stories that words cannot.

Mapping Segregation in Washington DC is a collaboration among historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC, historian/GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, and others. It is funded in part by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC.”

03/03/15 3:55pm

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner, signed her first Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for a roughly 2 acre parcel of the Hill East District Development, a 67-acre site located between the eastern edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the western shore of the Anacostia River.

“This is a great day for a community that began planning Hill East’s revitalization nearly 12 years ago,” said Mayor Bowser. “The signing of this agreement will advance this catalytic project and transform an historic neighborhood, bringing more affordable housing to residents in the District of Columbia.”

The LDA for the sale of the Hill East District Development was a joint venture between Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Construction. This is a significant milestone for a project that will include 354 housing units (106 will be affordable), up to 40,000 square feet of retail and create a combined 120 construction and permanent job opportunities for District residents. A public village square and green space adjacent to the Stadium-Armory Metro Station is also planned.

The LDA now paves the way for construction to begin next year, with a completion date scheduled for 2018. Once fully built, this new waterfront community will connect the surrounding Hill East neighborhood – home to nearly 14,000 residents – to the Anacostia waterfront via tree-lined public streets, recreational trails, and accessible waterfront parklands.”

From Councilmember Charles Allen’s Office:

“This afternoon Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen attended the signing of the city’s Land Disposition Agreement for the transfer of two parcels to Donatelli Development and Blue Skye to begin the redevelopment of Reservation 13.

Allen said, “Today is a big day for Reservation 13, the Hill East neighborhood, and the entire city. It’s an important step toward realizing the vision for and full potential of this corner of the city, as well as finally delivering on promises made to the Hill East community. Bringing over 100 new affordable residential units, over 100 new jobs, and much-needed retail amenities, this project will begin the process of redeveloping Reservation 13 and extending the Hill East community to the Anacostia River.”

The DC Council approved the surplus and disposition of Parcels F-1 and G-1 last year. Mayor Bowser’s signing today of the resulting Land Disposition Agreement allows Donatelli and Blue Skye to move forward and begin construction on the project.”

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