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With word of PULP closing soon and Corehaus closing a few weeks ago – let’s give some love to our favorite retail spots left in town. I’m gonna give some love to Willow located near the former Corehaus on Upshur Street. I’ll also jump on the bandwagon and say I’m a big fan of Labyrinth Game Shop near the Eastern Market Metro. Anyone who enjoys the ridiculously awesome album cover of the week posts will join me in my love for Som Records downstairs at 14th and T St, NW. Other great album covers (and more) can be found at Mom n Pop antiques at Georgia and Otis Pl, NW. And finally I always enjoy browsing the stained glass at Brass Knob in Adams Morgan and at Good Wood on U Street. Which are some of your favorite spots?

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Corehaus formerly at 825 Upshur Street, NW

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Rendering via MGM National Harbor

Last Friday we learned that “MGM Resorts International (MGM), the largest owner of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, was picked by Maryland regulators to build a $925 million resort south of Washington” at the National Harbor.

From MGM National Harbor:

“At National Harbor, we envision far more than just a casino. We will call on our years of worldwide resort experience to design a fully-appointed Destination Resort Casino that specifically respects the atmosphere of Prince George’s County and meets the needs of the sophisticated Maryland marketplace.

MGM National Harbor would be designed and operated at the same level of quality as our other iconic hotels, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, The Mirage and others. The design and aesthetics would reflect the history and geography of the area, complementing the already successful development and increasing the allure for out-of-state visitors.

While the work of our designers is still underway, our vision for a National Harbor Destination Resort Casino would include:

a luxury hotel
fine dining from local and celebrity chefs
world-class entertainment
shops from among the finest retailers in the world
a luxurious spa

These and other attractive resort offerings would combine to create the complete MGM Resorts experience. Anyone who has ever visited one of our resorts understands the uniqueness of what we offer. MGM National Harbor would be no different.”

The National Harbor is located in Prince George’s county at 165 Waterfront St. Directions from DC say “Take I-295 South for approximately 5.5 miles Take National Harbor Exit 1B”. The casino is expected to open in 2016.

So for this week’s FQotD – do you think you guys will visit/gamble there when they open?

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Rendering via MGM National Harbor

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Wednesday’s talk about Milk Cult’s breakfast tacos got me thinking about breakfast options. With all the new spots around town, we last spoke about this in 2008, I figured it was about time to revisit. So once again, I’m not necessarily talking best proper brunch in town – rather when you have a hankering for breakfast food – where is your go to spot?

Yesterday The Inside Story Of The Plan To Send Hazardous Materials Straight Through The Heart Of D.C. was published:

“In the nation’s capital, commuter rails run underground and freight trains rarely stop so the risk of a serious hazmat incident due to a derailment is relatively low.

But that risk would significantly increase under a proposal by CSX which is currently being considered by the U.S. and D.C. Departments of Transportation. If approved, the company would dig a massive trench, and uncovered freight trains would carry crude oil and other hazardous materials in the open, less than 50 feet from the homes of families, children, and seniors and less than one mile from the U.S. Capitol building. A residential tree-lined block would be bowled over, dug out, fenced in, and would stay that way for at least five years.

The proposed open trench is part of a larger effort by CSX to reconstruct the Virginia Avenue Tunnel (VAT), an underground freight rail that extends from 2nd to 11th street in the historic Capitol Hill and Navy Yard neighborhoods of southeast D.C.”

You can read the full story here.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s office writes:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today wrote Representative Tom Petri (R-WI), Chairman or the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, requesting a subcommittee hearing on the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project. Norton said that while the tunnel affects her constituents, federal issues also are involved because the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead federal agency in the project. In her letter, Norton said, ”Although the project is an important component of the nation’s effort to add and update space for freight infrastructure, I do not believe there have been any oversight hearings.” Citing a meeting she held in the Capitol Quarter community in November, the Norton letter pointed to some of the outstanding issues involved in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) such as noise, air quality, and construction near homes and senior housing.

Norton’s community meeting heard presentations from CSX, FWHA, the D.C Department of Transportation, and questions and remarks from community residents. Norton said that at the meeting she and the community learned some information for the first time, but it became clear that many issues need federal oversight, including a proposed open trench during construction close to homes and senior housing, trains carrying hazardous material, rerouting during construction, and the experience of other districts where CSX has done similar work.”

Do you guys think CSX will be allowed to do this or do you think the neighborhood will be able to rally enough support to stop it?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

So I’m just curious – where did you go for Thanksgiving? What was your favorite food on the table this year? Funniest/craziest family fight?

I went to Rockville, Maryland and like every year I love the stuffing the best. Although a close runner up this year was a squash souffle that was insanely delicious. Hope everyone ate well!

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Kangaroo Boxing Club adding a second floor on 3410 11th Street, NW

Recenly we’ve learned of Maple’s expansion into Columbia Heights Coffee on 11th Street and just down the block KBC expanding into a second floor. Ed. Note: A liquor license amendment also says KBC will add a Summer Garden (Roof Deck) with 25 seats. Anyway, it got me thinking about other bars that would expand or even up open a second location. I’ve always wished Solly’s would open a second spot closer to where I live. Do you think it’s possible for bars to expand and keep the vibe that got you liking them in the first place? Same thing with opening a second location – do you think it’s possible for a bar to replicate it’s success?

What bar and/or restaurant would you like to see expand or open a second location?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user ep_jhu

I’m stealing this question from a friend of mine who posted it on his facebook page because I think it’s a brilliant question. I studied political science but if I were in college today I think I’d study geography or architecture. I’m not sure I have the drawing skills for architecture but I think I’d find it fascinating. I’m also not sure what the job market is for a geography major but I can stare at maps for hours. Hmm, I guess I’d like to study more history too. You see this is a great question. What would you study? Would you study for the sake of finding it interesting or for the sake of getting a future job? Would anybody decide not to go to college?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user bajidc

So with Sushiko and Cafe Japone closing plus Perry’s switching to sushi in Adams Morgan, well it got me thinking about sushi. While we’ve spoken a lot about Ramen lately with Taan, Daikaya, and Toki Underground well, I feel like we’ve been neglecting sushi. For this week’s Friday Question of the Day, I thought it was a good time to reassess the best sushi in the District? And if it’s really really good, best sushi inside the beltway?

Years ago when we spoke about sushi options in DC there were tons of fans of Sushi Taro at 1503 17th Street, NW. Still a lot of fans of Sushi Taro? I think I’m leaning towards Izakaya Seki at 1117 V Street, NW as my favorite. Where’s yours?

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A reader send me the photo above from Bloomingdale and it got me thinking about the most family friendly neighborhoods in the District. Then I remembered some discussions we’ve had where folks wish to avoid kids at all costs. So for this week’s question – which neighborhoods do you think are the most family friendly? Which neighborhoods are best/most fun for those without kids or those who simply want to avoid kids? Which neighborhoods truly cater to both sets?