07/29/14 2:45pm

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From a press release:

“Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014” into law, which advances several key sustainability initiatives including banning the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) in the District effective January 1, 2016. The law will require restaurants, carry-outs, food trucks and other entities that serve food to use compostable or recyclable food service products. Styrofoam is harmful to fish and other organisms in the District’s waterways. Other cities that have banned polystyrene to preserve the environment include Seattle and San Francisco.

Mayor Gray also kicked off a multi-million dollar, multi-year effort to clean up the Anacostia River. The effort, called For a Cleaner Anacostia River, will sample and analyze sediment in the river bed to determine the extent and source of contamination and provide recommendations for the best approach to clean up the river.

The “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014” will enhance the natural and built environments, invest in a diverse clean economy, and reduce disparities among residents to create an educated, equitable, and prosperous city. Specifically, the bill will (more…)

07/29/14 2:10pm

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Parking Space vs Yard – opinions wanted!

“I bought a townhouse in NW that has a very small backyard, which is concreted over for a parking space. Street parking is relatively easy here. In practice, given the tight alley way and awkward access, only the smallest of cars will fit back there. At the moment, there is no gate whatsoever, and for security reasons I would like to put up a fence or gate separating the space from the alley. I think I’d prefer to just put up a privacy fence and then landscape the parking space with planters, shrubbery and a bench etc (though the house already has a 2nd floor deck off the kitchen so doesn’t need more outdoor space necessarily). I thought I’d solicit your opinions on what this would do to the value of the house – is taking away what could easily be sold as a parking space to buyers going to drastically reduce the house value? Thanks in advance!”

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07/29/14 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I live on Church Street between 14th and 15th NW. I walk by these two apartments everyday and am so curious about what’s going on. It’s clear that no one lives there. The front doors are always open, there’s trash inside, and the buildings are falling apart. It’s as if the owners refused to sell out to the developers who completely redid the entire block back starting back in 2002. Anyone out there know what’s up with these dilapidated buildings on what is otherwise a pristine street? Again this is on Church Street between 14th and 15th (these buildings are closer to 15th).”

This is a new project from Brookrose development:

“Brook Rose Development is building one of DC’s first micro-unit projects on the 1400 block of Church Street, the ideal locale for the car-less urban dweller

This “Urban Nirvana” will house 37 micro-units ranging from 265 to 490 square feet. The glassy 8-story building will incorporate three historic town homes and feature expansive windows, multipurpose furnishings, and a communal roof deck.

Residents should have no trouble adapting to these luxurious, yet compact, suites. The best feature, however, is simply the location. Church Street is arguably one of the most desirable streets for the DC urbanite, just steps away from everything – Whole Foods, Starbucks, Vida Fitness, Flow Yoga and some of our city’s best restaurants & bars.”

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07/29/14 12:55pm

2615 Sherman Avenue Northwest

This house is located at 2615 Sherman Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Professionally remodeled Row House in the Heart of Columbia Heights with convenient access Columbia Heights and U Street Metro stops. Open concept, modern updates and finishes, incredible kitchen, hardwood floors, balcony off master suite, one off street parking space, fully finished basement w/kitchenette and front & back entrances – income potential. Go and Show anytime”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/3.5 bath is going for $649,000.

07/29/14 11:45am

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Photo via Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

For those not this successful, thanks to a reader for passing on the opportunity from Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative:

“Now we’ve run into a situation where our farmers have LOTS and LOTS of Certified Organic Red Roma Tomatoes, and we need your help to find them all good homes! Starting now, we are offering bulk orders of these lovely reds in 25lb. case quantities for only $27, so put your order in today!

Orders can be placed now through the end of Thursday, July 31st.

Whether you are a current CSA shareholder, a former CSA shareholder, or a friend of the Coop, you will all have the opportunity to choose from many of our current Spring Summer CSA pickup locations for where you would like to have your order delivered. Please take special note to the address of your pickup location as you place your order, for it will not be included in your confirmation email.

Your tomatoes will arrive in brown tomato boxes with your confirmation receipt taped to the top and a label on the side of the box with your name. Please look carefully for your appropriate order, and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions while picking up your order.

All deliveries will be sent out the week of August 4th, which is Week 12 of the CSA. Similarly to our last bulk orders, these deliveries will following our normal CSA delivery schedule. You must pick up at the location you choose, and it must happen between the provided pickup window at each unique location. Sorry, Folks, no exceptions here.

Order Your Bulk Romas Here!