2411 1st Street Northwest

This house is located at 2411 1st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Stunning Home located in Historic Ledroit Park Neighborhood!! 3 Story TH features HRDWD floors, granite contrtps, SS Apps, Built in bookshelves, parking space,and 11 FT ceilings. MB Suite is on the third floor with fireplace and a stunning view o fMcMillion Resevoir. Near Washington Hospital Complx, Howard/Trinity/Catholic University, Shaw Howard metro, and dining. Home is a must see!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $4,195/Mo.


“Dear PoPville,

Approximately a week ago Verizon installed this FIOS related travesty in an alley in Bloomingdale. The bundle of wires is sitting on the ground and the wires are zip tied to a neighbor’s fence. Note that the wires don’t even travel down the pole; rather they hang straight down from the cross wires and attach to a fence. Has anyone else seen anything like this I’m hoping it is temporary and they will come back to clean up as it is sloppy and also could be easily vandalized / damaged.”


From an email:

“On Tuesday 12/16, we shine the spotlight on Bloomingdale, past and present. The event takes place at Big Bear Cafe (1700 First Street NW), from 6.30-8.30pm.

Here’s the twist: Rather than tracing its evolution through percentages about rising rents and new businesses, we’ll focus on community voices. In addition to our amazing panelists (listed below), we’re inviting people to share their photos, posters, stories, little-known facts, etc — anything that addresses the evolution of Bloomingdale’s urban space and community.

We’re interested in the architecture, stories, traditions, and most of all, the multiple facets of lived experience that make up the neighborhood’s history. From childhood to churches, parks to parades, street art to community relations, we welcome an array of viewpoints about urban transformation. Photos (and stories) can be uploaded to the Council’s blog (http://hcwdc.blogspot.com/) or brought in that evening.

Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D, author of Go-Go Live Ph.D, author of Go-Go Live
Saaret Yoseph, multimedia storyteller; director/producer of The Red Line D.C. Project
Scott Roberts, community activist and blogger of Bloomingdale
Autumn Saxon-Ross, Program Director, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Stuart Davenport, owner and manager of Big Bear Café”

1648 North Capitol Street, NW at R Street

It’s been a while since we spoke about Pub and the People coming to the corner of R and North Capitol St, NW. I peeked in the window and was pyched to see the bar being built out. If all goes well I’m told they should open in early February. Can’t wait!

For those not familiar you can read some background here.


ANC Rep Teri Janine Quinn emails me the following letter in partial response to yesterday’s post “We have all noticed Bloomingdale has been charged with a new tense and violent energy”:

“Dear Neighbors,

I am happy to be able to provide a positive update on this matter. Let me begin with some background information regarding this issue. Over the last year I have worked relentlessly with the 5th District Police Commander Dierdre Porter, MPD officers and DCRA to address the problems stemming from Aida’s Electronics, located at 209 Florida Avenue, NW. The store has been openly selling synthetic marijuana for over a year. As described by MPD officers, synthetic drugs may produce results similar to PCP. Last January, a store employee was shot in the chest in the store. To my knowledge no arrests were made in that case. In the southwest section of Bloomingdale and the northwest section of Bates, we have become accustomed to seeing people from all over the city strung out in front of our homes and on our front steps, sometimes with children (even babies) in tow. Some neighbors, including seniors, have been threatened directly by loiterers on their property and had plants ripped out of their front yards after confrontations with loiterers.

I have routinely reported on this issue to both the Bloomingdale Civic Association and the Bates Area Civic Association (the south side of that stretch of Florida Avenue is in Bates). I have addressed the issue directly with Councilmember McDuffie and he has reached out directly to Commander Porter regarding the matter. Commander Porter and I have been in near constant contact regarding the store. Additional officers were assigned to patrol the area near the store and the police raided the store at least twice. That helped to deter some of the bad behavior that stemmed from the store but it did not resolve the problem. (more…)