11/24/14 9:45am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  Jim Havard

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

11/23/14 10:22pm

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1781 Florida Ave, NW near Pleasant Pops

From an email:

“Hudson & Crane, a new urban industrial mercantile and home decor/lifestyle showroom, is opening in late November/early December 2014 in the U Street/Adams Morgan (1781 Florida Ave. NW).

Hudson & Crane will offer a variety of furnishings, decor, art (featuring local artists and others), lighting, soft goods and gift items. Curated with an eye for accessible design and style, the store inventory will be constantly updated with new offerings monthly. All of the store inventory will be offered as cash & carry, allowing our customers the instant gratification of being able to purchase a piece of furniture and take it home the same day, and we will of course offer affordable and fast delivery as well.”

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Photo of showroom courtesy Hudson & Crane

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Photo of showroom courtesy Hudson & Crane

11/23/14 7:19am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Carly & Art

Ed. Note: Whatever your feelings, please be respectful today.

Marion Barry (March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014)

From United Medical Center:

“The following statement is issued following the death of Councilmember Marion Barry, Former Mayor of the District of Columbia.

“This morning we are sad to announce the passing of the Honorable Marion S. Barry, Former Mayor and Councilmember of the District of Columbia. Mr. Barry was brought to United Medical Center by ambulance at 12:15am. He was pronounced dead at 1:46am.

United Medical Center’s Board and Staff extend its condolences to Mr. Barry’s family, his wife Cora Barry, his son Christopher Barry, and many other relatives. We also extend our sympathy to the residents of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Barry has had a long history of social and political engagement in the District and across the nation. His advocacy on behalf of the poor, the less fortunate and others will certainly be missed.

Over the years, Councilmember Barry has maintained a strong and heartfelt resolve to keep United Medical Center open for the people east of the Anacostia River. Without his involvement and continued work on our behalf we are certain that this hospital would not be where it is today.

Mr. Barry taught us all so much about fighting for justice; fighting for the people; fighting for the poor – it now becomes our responsibility to keep his legacy alive.

May he rest in peace.”

From Mayor Gray’s office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray expressed deep sadness after learning of the passing of Ward 8 Councilmember and former Mayor Marion Barry. Mayor Gray spoke with former First Lady Cora Masters Barry late Saturday and shared his condolences and sympathies with her, and as well said his thoughts and prayers were with the Councilmember’s son, Christopher.

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” said Mayor Gray. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Mayor Gray said that he would work with Councilmember Barry’s family and the Council to plan official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia.”

From @MurielBowser:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mayor Marion Barry”

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Statement by the President on the Passing of Marion Barry:

“Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Marion Barry. Marion was born a sharecropper’s son, came of age during the Civil Rights movement, and became a fixture in D.C. politics for decades. As a leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Marion helped advance the cause of civil rights for all. During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule. Through a storied, at times tumultuous life and career, he earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians, and Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Marion’s family, friends and constituents today.”

11/22/14 1:24pm

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Holy cow – thanks to a reader for sending word. Suffice it to say Columbia Heights’ Ruby Tuesday has been a slightly controversial topic. So was TGIFridays but that has apparently fallen through. Though as far as I know IHOP is still doing well. So, it’s hard to say, are we seeing the beginning of the end of big restaurant chains in Columbia Heights?

Ed. Note: Previous Ruby Tuesday locations have closed in Van Ness and Chinatown.

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14th and Monroe St, NW

11/21/14 4:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

From an email:

“The last Bike House clinics of the year are this weekend.

Saturday from noon-3 at Annie’s Ace Hardware, and Sunday from 11am-1pm at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market. But don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of fun in the winter months. Watch our website or like us on Facebook to find out about upcoming events, like winter cycling workshops and the infamous “Coldest Day of the Year Ride.”
Thank you to our gracious hosts at Annie’s Ace Hardware and the Bloomingdale Farmers Market, and to all our guests and volunteers who made 2014 our most successful season yet.”