10/05/15 4:25pm

Capital Streetcars cover

John writes:

“Washington’s first streetcars trundled down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Civil War. By the end of the century, streetcar lines crisscrossed the city, expanding it into the suburbs and defining where Washingtonians lived, worked and played. From the quaint early days of small horse-drawn cars to the modern streamliners of the twentieth century, John DeFerrari’s new book, Capital Streetcars, tells the story of the dramatic rise and equally dramatic fall of streetcars in our city. John is the author of two previous books about DC history (Lost Washington, DC. and Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC) and is a frequent contributor to PoPville with articles about DC history from his Streets of Washington blog.”

Tuesday, Oct 6, 6:30pm – Busboys and Poets Brookland

Sunday, Oct 11, 6:00pm – Upshur Street Books

Saturday, Oct 17, Noon – National Capital Trolley Museum

10/05/15 3:53pm

1833 14th Street, NW

From the owners of Bar Pilar:

“On Friday, October 2nd, placards were posted at Bar Pilar. We are exploring the opportunity to expand the restaurant to include a roof deck bar area with additional outside seating. Plans for the expansion are still in the very early stages.

Bar Pilar has been a part of the 14th Street community for the past decade, and we take the responsibility of being good neighbors very seriously. We invite our neighbors in the 14th Street corridor to join us at 6pm the evening of November 15th upstairs at the restaurant for an informational open house, where we will happily share plans for the project as it stands now and address any questions or concerns at that time.

In the meantime, we look forward to continuing to provide a great neighborhood spot to eat, drink and gather with friends.”

Looking north towards St. Ex and T Street

100 Florida Ave, NE

Thanks to Matthew Orbin for sending. It’s been a long time since we heard anything about Union Social. I had about given them up for dead – but they look real close to opening – even posted their taps on their facebook page:

“Sneak peek of our 20 Tap Beer Selection!”


“Union Social is a DC Metro inspired casual, fine dining restaurant featuring a scratch kitchen and craft bar.”

Standby for an opening date.

10/05/15 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 2 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.


“Dash from Columbia Heights catching last bit of summer on Roosevelt Island.”


“Putting our built-in bookshelves to good use. Vinyl…books…cat. His name is Mochi and we live in Brookland.”


“Smee from 14th Street Corridor (Smee’s dad is a chef there so he’s quite the patio regular).”

10/05/15 3:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Dave Bloom

“Dear PoPville,

We can now bring bikes on board Amtrak’s Capitol Limited without having to disassemble or check them. That means that they can be brought from DC to Harper’s Ferry or Cumberland for people who ride a bike back to DC on the C & O Canal towpath (or vice versa). This has been a loooooooooooong time coming.” (more…)

10/05/15 2:50pm

3023 Q Street Northwest

I had to see what a $16,500 rental looked like – not too shabby, not too shabby.

This house is located at 3023 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“This Bracketed Italianate residence was built in 1868 by Henry Cooke, DC’s first mayor. Located on Cooke’s Row, 3023 was Cooke’s own residence and boasts numerous architectural details including the grand three-story curved staircase. This home is graced with 13 foot ceilings on the main level, seven bedrooms, five full bathrooms, five fireplaces and off-street parking with garage.”


You can see more photos here.

This 7 bed/4.5 bath is going for $16,500/Mo.

10/05/15 2:30pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

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…)

10/05/15 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Randall Myers

Price my rental/condo?

“650 square foot studio in SW Waterfront
Granite countertop
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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10/05/15 1:15pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

“Dear PoPville,

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.