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Photo courtesy of Qualia Coffee

From an email:

“Girardot’s Crumbs Bakery is pleased to announce our Artisan Bread Pop-up at Qualia Coffee on Fridays through March from 5pm-7pm at 3917 Georgia Ave NW. Meet the baker himself as we offer our hearty, crusty breads such as Sourdough Boules, Harvest Grain, Olive Bread, Raisin Pecan, Pain de Campagne, etc. along with Washington’s best coffee.”

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809 Upshur Street, NW

And even more good news for the increasingly popular 800 block of Upshur Street, NW. The former church at 809 Upshur has been sold. This in and of itself is not necessarily great news but who the new owners are makes it so. The folks that bought it were the local development team who found the Domku space (nearby) and the El Chucho space (on 11th Street.) IE two incredibly transformations. This will be their third. They told me that they are already in talks with a few potential clients and they emphasized that they are looking for someone local and someone interested in daytime (as well as night) hours. I asked if their was a preference of restaurant over other retail or vice versa and they replied the important part was that the renters be local and invested in the community. Given this and their track record at transforming neglected spaces around this is very promising!

The partners pictured above left to right are:

-Lynn Yaudes
-Norm Veenstra, N12 Development
-Brie Husted

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Lots more updates when a lease is signed.

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“Dear PoPville,

This is what Sherman Circle has looked like for days. The pocket parks around are just as bad – no sidewalks or pathways cleared. In the Spring the NPS takes too long to cut the grass, in Winter they ignore the ice. Earlier this week folks were walking in the street in the circle – I guess it was safer than falling on the ice.”

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and while I sympathize with the early wake up I still gotta file the following under damned if you do and damned if you don’t:

“As you know, this Saturday we got a snow storm that gave us lots of snow and ice. I hope/expect that our neighbors will shovel the next day to make the sidewalks safe for walking around. However, this Saturday night/crack of dawn Sunday, we were woken up at 4am by people shoveling/chipping away at the ice on the sidewalk across the street. It was REALLY LOUD and this went on for two hours until they finally finished, so we were kept awake from 4-6am because of this. This seemed a little absurd. It is possible that it could have been a church doing it for their Sunday morning service, but still, 4am seems a little crazy for shoveling ice and waking everyone up. I know there is a law that people have to shovel/de-ice their sidewalks within a day or so of the precipitation, but is there a law banning people from loudly shoveling ice in the middle of the night within the city? Or just common courtesy?”

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“Dear PoPville,

The west (northbound) entrance to the Georgia Ave Metro station has been closed for over a week now. No sign, no explanation. I wrote to them last week asking what was up but of course never received so much as an acknowledgement (they at least used to send a confirmation that they got your message). This morning around 8 a few workers were standing around shooting the breeze with a couple of cops.

Looking at this in the context of your reader’s report on this morning’s Red line mess that WMATA didn’t bother to explain to customers and a similar situation last week, an unfortunate pattern seems to be emerging where Metro is showing even less accountability to and respect for its customers than it did before. Who’s in charge over there?”

In a rant/revel last week a reader found this update from WMATA:

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Prince of Wales visiting Common Good City Farm in Ledroit Park back in 2011. Photo by Tim Breen

Thanks to all who sent tweets and emails about the upcoming royal visit. From a press release:

“At the request of the British Government Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will make a four day visit to the United States of America from 17th – 20th March 2015.

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War and the death of President Abraham Lincoln. In Washington DC, The Prince and The Duchess will visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home, which is set in the same grounds as the Lincoln Cottage, where it is believed Abraham Lincoln wrote the last draft of the Emancipation Proclamation. Named ‘The Soldier’s Home’ when it was established in 1851, the Armed Forces Retirement Home is America’s oldest veterans’ retirement home. During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coastguard.”

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UPDATE: @gchowdhry tweets us just after 7pm:

“@PoPville FYI the Safeway is closing due to the burst water line. Announcement just came over the loud speaker.”

@ktstritz tweets us the photo above:

“It’s snowing. The Petworth Safeway is flooding. #stateofemergency”

JH emails us the photo below:

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AP emails us the video below:

“So on top of the crowds at the new Safeway in Petworth, a pipe just burst in the garage and in the store. This is the scene downstairs. If that freezes, at least a dozen cars are going to have a nightmarish time getting out.”