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“Dear PoPville,

I am aware that residents of busy neighborhoods such as Adams Morgan often “reserve” parking spaces using trash cans or lawn chairs. In those situations I tend to just play along and keep driving. However, today I encountered a situation that took this ploy too far: instead of using a chair, someone used a 10-year-old child.

I was searching for parking in Adams Morgan this afternoon, but spaces were scarce due to the street festival. Finally, I saw an empty space on a crowded side road and happily pulled up next to it. I then saw two (approximately) ten-year-old kids standing in the street near the curb. One moved immediately, but the other did not. When I asked him to move, he said he was saving the space and even laid down in the street. He implied I had run him over and said he had a broken leg! Amused but resolved, I informed him the several people walking nearby could see that I hadn’t hit him, and that he could not save spaces on a public street. After several minutes he eventually moved. There was no cursing and no yelling involved. When I returned to my car 45 minutes later, this note was on my car, presumably from the child’s parent.

I don’t pride myself on picking fights with children (I don’t consider this a fight), but there was no adult in sight and it seemed extreme for a 10-year-old to stand in the street to reserve a parking space (I’m assuming for the parent). Did I go too far in telling this boy to move? How do people usually handle this situation?”

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2477 18th Street, NW

A couple of weeks ago we noted that it looked like Federal had closed for more than repairs. Thanks to @Julie32BJ for tweeting us the photo above from Adams Morgan Day. A tipster told me some more details about the plans on Saturday and if it weren’t for the fact that I may or may not have drank my weight in the champagne of beers shortly after that conversation, I’d be able to remember what he said. At any rate a “music house and record cafe” sounds awesome. I look forward to remembering/learning more about it. Updates when they get closer to opening.

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1841 Columbia Road, NW

From an email:

“WHAT: Hierarchy Gallery launches its 2014 fall exhibition season with the opening of WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE, a collection of new works by DC-based artist James Kerns. Opening Friday, September 12th, WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE features mixed media sculpture, found objects and functional art works created from 2012 to the present. Grounded in the tradition of American craft, Kerns questions the traditions of form and function, creating works that explore the history of and change in the District’s urban landscape. Framed as a fictional flea market, and like the exhibition title implies, in WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE the objects shown are place holders evoking time, culture and place. Using wood, found materials, and welded metal, Kerns creates both complex and simple works that pay homage to the District from the street to the living room. Kerns is a self-taught mixed-media sculptor, wood worker and industrial designer living and working in Washington, DC. His use of former industrial and commercial products from a bygone era are the backbone of his work. Working in the District for over a decade, his work can be seen at renowned D.C. restaurants including Toki Underground, Boundary Stone, Teddy and the Bully Bar, Chaplin and RedLight.

In the fall exhibit, Kerns builds large complex works from commonly anonymous objects of years past, creating modern totems meant to evoke feelings of nostalgia throughout this fictional Flea Market, “the story of stuff is the story of us,” says Kerns. Whiskey Delta (WDC) represents Washington District of Columbia using the phonetic alphabet. WHISKEY / DELTA / CHARLIE opens at Hierarchy Galley on Friday, September 12th, the exhibition closes on Sunday, October 5th. Register for the opening event on Friday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. by visiting here.

Designed as an ever-evolving, chameleon exhibition space designed by the artist group No Kings Collective in partnership with Napoleon Bistro and the Popal family, Hierarchy opened in February 2014 and is located at 1841 Columbia Road. Hierarchy features monthly artist exhibitions and weekly cultural programming and serves as the latest incarnation of a long standing creative relationship between the artist collective and the Popal family which began in 2012 with the pop-up art project, The Water Street Project, now Malmaison, the restaurant located on the Georgetown waterfront.”

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From a press release:

“Adams Morgan Main Street Gears Up for 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival, the Longest Consecutively Running Neighborhood Festival in Washington D.C.

What: 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day Festival

When: Sunday, September 14 from 12 – 7PM

Where: Adams Morgan (18th Street NW between Columbia Rd NW and Florida Ave NW)

Who: Featuring three stages with more than 25 performances of reggae, soul, salsa, dance and much more, including legendary Chuck Brown Band, Feedel Band, dance company Batala, Marcus Johnson Trio and many others. Arts on Belmont will feature local paintings, graphics, photography, sculpture, crafts, and jewelry. The Kids Carnival will include a moon bounce, face painting, and a show with Radio Disney. Join the fun with hundreds of local nonprofits, vendors, and businesses to enjoy the oldest running neighborhood festival in Washington D.C.

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On Sunday, September 14th, from mid-morning to seven in the evening, the 36th Annual Adams Morgan Day festival will be in full swing. “One Community. One Love. One People…We Are One” is the ongoing theme of this year’s festival because this event celebrates all cultures together and the creative synergy that comes from that mix. (more…)

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This house is located at 2317 17th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Light-filled semi-detached charmer updated with modern features and open floor plan; spacious open kitchen w/granite counters and SS appliances; open dining and living rooms w/FP; refin HW Flrs; hi-ceilings; CAC; W/D; front & upper porches and side deck; PARKING enclosed in mod privacy fence w/storage shed; 92 walk-score; hip DC Living in Adams Morgan! First Open Sun 9/14 1-4pm”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $625,000.

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From a press release:

“A survey encouraging the 16,000 residents of Adams Morgan to voice their vision of the future of their neighborhood is being conducted by the Envision Adams Morgan Working Group beginning the first week of September 2014.

“We’re currently in phase two of our effort to bring reasonable economic development to Adams Morgan while also maintaining the aspects of our community that attracted residents who live here and do business in our neighborhood every day,” said Ernest Springs, Co-chairman of the Working Group.

“The Envision Adams Morgan Survey is intended to engage public and private stakeholders to identify areas of opportunity for the community to preserve its physical characteristics, enhance amenities, support sustainability, and improve quality of life for the community,” said Springs.

To encourage as many neighborhood residents as possible to complete the electronic survey at www.EnvisionAdamsMorgan.org, the URL will be promoted in local newspapers; on community listserves, and on posters displayed by local business owners. The Working Group will also be present to promote the survey at the ANC booth at Adams Morgan Day September 14, and printed copies of the survey will be available upon request by residents who do not use the Internet.

The Office of Planning will be assisting the Envision Adams Morgan Working Group and the ANC in developing a series of charettes, community meetings and other forums, to solicit the views and opinions of the community beginning this fall. They will include community leaders, residents, and property and business owners. The process centers on shaping a future vision for Adams Morgan for how the community can leverage its assets to preserve its physical characteristics, enhance amenities, support sustainability and improve quality of life for the community.

The survey and the charrettes will provide the community an opportunity to give input to the future of services in the community, including health, education, welfare and public services, including the environment. Local civic organizations have been part of the planning from the beginning and will continue to provide input.

“We hope our neighbors will do their part by completing the survey,” said Springs. “In doing so, they will help us establish a basic premise for how Adams Morgan can grow more inclusively to achieve its full potential as an eclectic retail and entertainment destination and residential neighborhood.”

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2429 18th Street, NW

From the Real Estate section 2429 18th St, NW is the home of La Fourchette:

“Bar/Restaurant Owners MUST see. Located in heart of Adams Morgan. 2,588 sqf turn key rest/bar with liq license, outdoor patio seating, 20 ft ceilings, exposed brk, dry bmnt for strge and off. Building includes additional 1,680 sqf two floor 3br, 2bath apartment in pristine condition. with sep entrance. Total bldg sqf = 4,268. New streetscape. Over $500M in develop udrway with new hotel and condos.”

You can see more photos here.

It’s listed at $2,900,000.

La Fourchette’s website says:

“Located in the trendy district of Adams Morgan, the longest standing Cafe Restaurant La Fourchette offers its guest an opportunity to experience fine French Cuisine. Since 1978 Chef Pierre Chauvet and hostess Jacqueline Chauvet have been serving guest the authentic taste of France in the heart of Adams Morgan.

La Fourchette opened its doors, after the midst of controversy of riots in Adams Morgan. The first restaurant come back during those hard times, and still we stand 34 years later. Owner and Chef Pierre Chauvet and his wife Jacqueline made the move from La Rochelle, France to build what is the best French Restaurant in Adams Morgan.”

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