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From a press release:

“Tomorrow, March 31st at 5:30 p.m. at The Lincoln Theatre, Mayor Muriel Bowser will deliver her first State of the District address.

This event will serve as an opportunity for Mayor Bowser to address the residents of the District and conclude the Mayor’s Pathways to the Middle Class Tour, a week-long effort to highlight ways the Administration is creating pathways to the middle class for D.C. residents.

Parking will be provided at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation. The nearest metro station is the U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial Metro Station.

No bags or outside food will be allowed inside the venue. No signage, posters or fliers will be allowed in the venue.

Members of the public can register for tickets here.

WHEN:
Tuesday, March 31st
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Address to begin at 6:30 p.m.”

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815 Florida Avenue, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I have lived in LeDroit for almost 8 years and have been by this building hundreds of times and have never seen a person go in or out. What is this place? Is it a real agency?”

District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency is for real:

“The HFA was established in 1979 to stimulate and expand homeownership and rental housing opportunities in Washington, D.C. We accomplish our mission by issuing mortgage revenue bonds that lower the homebuyers’ costs of purchasing homes and the developers’ costs of acquiring, constructing and rehabilitating rental housing. We embrace our responsibility with conviction and pledge our best efforts to serve as the city’s champion for homeowners and renters and to act as the city’s principal catalyst for neighborhood investment.”

Anyone ever interact with them through the DC Opens Doors or other programs?

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From an email:

“Marvin [2007 14th St, NW], the Washington D.C. bistro and bar inspired by the transformative time D.C. native Marvin Gaye spent in Belgium, announces it’s 2015 Marvin Gaye Day celebration, marking what would have been the 76th birthday of the legendary singer.

The 8th annual Marvin Gaye Day celebration begins at 2pm on Thursday, April 2nd headlined with a performance by Gaye’s original band, The Marquees, a Marvin tradition since 2008. Joining them is soul singer Maimouna Youssef, who will perform a rousing tribute to Gaye and Tammi Terrell — Gaye’s duet partner on seven Top 40 singles including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By”. DJ Jaz Dux will spin Marvin Gaye and Motown’s greatest hits from 3pm-6pm and DJ Keenan Orr will take over after The Marquees play until closing.

Documentaries about Marvin Gaye will play continually throughout the day while neighboring vinyl shop, Som Records hosts a “Hitsville Pop-up Shop” at Marvin selling the best vinyl from the 1960s to the early 1980s from 2pm-close.

Marvin’s main dining room will also open at 2pm to accommodate guests for lunch and dinner, offering their full dinner menu. On the rooftop deck, happy hour specials will be available from 2pm-6pm including $4 Stella drafts, $5 rail cocktails, $6 wine by the glass and Absolut flavor cocktails, $9 house smoked baby back ribs, $6 mushroom croquettes and chicken fried oysters, and $4 frites.

In keeping with tradition, all proceeds from the day’s events will benefit The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the beneficiary chosen by the Gaye family, and given in Marvin Gaye’s name.”

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1825 14th Street, NW

Follow up to Friday’s Dress Code Discussion at Masa 14.

From Masa 14:

“We apologize for the confusion around the dress code requirement at Masa 14. There has never been a required dress code for any meal service at our restaurant. This includes brunch and dinner. We welcome our guests to dress comfortably and any dress code requirements may only be applicable to our late night hours of operations.

Most importantly, the language used within the sign does not represent or reflect upon the restaurant’s principles. Please know that the sign has been removed, and we apologize about any unintended harm that this has caused. We are upset about this misrepresentation and would like to reiterate that we are committed to our values of inclusiveness. We have taken corrective action and we hold ourselves to a higher standard than what was represented in this sign.

At Masa 14 we value every guest, and will see to it that we continue to be a welcomed member in the community.”

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Update from Masa 14:

“We apologize for the confusion around the dress code requirement at Masa 14. There has never been a required dress code for any meal service at our restaurant. This includes brunch and dinner. We welcome our guests to dress comfortably and any dress code requirements may only be applicable to our late night hours of operations.

Most importantly, the language used within the sign does not represent or reflect upon the restaurant’s principles. Please know that the sign has been removed, and we apologize about any unintended harm that this has caused. We are upset about this misrepresentation and would like to reiterate that we are committed to our values of inclusiveness. We have taken corrective action and we hold ourselves to a higher standard than what was represented in this sign.

At Masa 14 we value every guest, and will see to it that we continue to be a welcomed member in the community.”

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1825 14th Street, NW

Guess I’ll have to find another brunch spot. Seen Sunday morning.

So that’s what these sneakers mean…

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If you have a photo of a neat find from your house or place of work please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail.com thanks. To those who have I sent – I promise I’m working through the queue!

“Unearthed as part of the renovations of my U St row house. Based some internet research, the soda was named after James E. Crass, an early Coca-Cola franchisee, so at least there’s a reason for the odd name.”

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14th and T Street, NW

From an email:

“On Saturday evening, March 21, 2015 around 5pm, a section of brick fell off of the upper facing of the building that houses Cafe Saint-Ex on 14th St NW. The cause of the incident is unknown, and thankfully no one was injured.

Representatives from DCRA were on site shortly after the event to inspect the area and removed any remaining loose bricks. They determined that the building is secure and cordoned off the corner of 14th & T Streets as a safety precaution. The restaurant reopened at 10pm that same night, using a side door along T Street as its entrance.

The building’s owner, Ron Renchard, is working with officials to erect scaffolding in front of the building for a full inspection.

The owners & staff of Cafe Saint-Ex take the safety of our guests very seriously and will continue to work closely with our landlord to ensure the building remains secure.”

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1931 14th St, NW

Last week a reader noted that Black and Orange burgers had closed at 14th and U St, NW. A number of commenters and twitter followers wrote that it still looked open. On Saturday Charles wrote:

“I just ate at the 14th and U location last night… There were also no signs that it was going to shut down in any way”

Last week I also noted that Black and Orange’s phone was disconnected and their website was down. Another subtle sign that Black and Orange is no more:

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So I stopped by on Sunday to see what was up. Though they were closed at the time – it appears we have a name change going on:

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Bo$$ Burger & Breakfast it is.  Or soon will be.

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14th Street looking south toward Elysium development:

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14th and T Street, NW

@dcprintchick tweeted us Saturday around 4:30pm:

“@PoPville Huge chunk of brick @ top of St Ex bldg just crashed down. Giant noise; no injuries but beware sidewalk!”

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@AbingdonSciGuy also tweeted us yesterday:

“@PoPville I saw (and heard) this earlier… The people below were very lucky.”

I stopped this morning and was told St. Ex has reopened but the front entrance obviously remains cordoned off so enter through the side.

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Sunday morning

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