1376 Park Road, NW

Back in April we saw a permit for a fast food restaurant in the former oxxo drycleaners space next to Sticky Fingers. Turns out it will be Shanghai Tokyo Cafe:


Their website says:

“Opened in 2011, Shanghai Tokyo is the brainchild of Joe Chen, a life-long restaurateur with over 25 years of experience in the food service industry. The family-friendly environment is a choice Joe made because he wants everyone that visits Shanghai Tokyo to feel as comfortable dining with their family, as he does with his.

Every detail is well thought out, from every meal’s ingredients, to the atmosphere provided for his patrons. Joe wants Shanghai Tokyo to be your first choice for College Park restaurants, and will always make the effort to gain your trust and satisfaction.”

Check out their College Park menu here: ShanghaiTokyo_menu (PDF)

Coming this summer. Stay tuned.


1437 Spring Rd. Nw

This rental is located at 1437 Spring Rd. NW. The listing says:

“Bright sunny, recently remodeled condo with large bedroom.

-washer/dryer in unit
-central a/c and heat
-large walk-in closet with built in shelving
-large bedroom close with built-in shelving
-gas stove and oven
-stainless steal applicances
-granite countertops
-jacuzzi bathtub
-gas fireplace
-high ceilings and crown moulding
-bike storage in building

close to 16th street buses, metro, bikeshare station, shopping, restaurants and bars.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,650/Mo.


“Dear PoPville,

On Sunday (5/17) around 8:15 p.m. a man fell from the upper level of Meridian Hill Park, on 16th Street just south of Crescent Place. He landed on the concrete wall next to the sidewalk on 16th. According to witnesses, he was breathing when he landed and then stopped. I saw someone give him CPR until emergency services arrived and there were a number of shocked witnesses standing around – it was a grim scene. He was eventually taken away in an ambulance.

I can’t stop thinking about the victim and wondering whether he made it. :( There haven’t been any news reports as far as I can find. The drum circle was still in full swing up there at the time of the accident – did anyone else see it happen?”

On Sunday a reader tweeted us the photo above:

“16th St by Meridian Hill Park, 830pm. DCFD rescuing someone from terrace below big retaining wall”

14th and Irving St, NW

Come out and say hi! I’ll be there from 5pm to 9pm(ish). And I’ll bring shirts (and some totes and onesies) for those who doubt their caption contest skills. It’s been a while so it should be fun. I plan on being coherent until 7ish so if we you want to have a serious chat get there early. If you just want to just shoot the shit – get there whenever you can. I’ll be wearing a gray PoPville shirt and a Bullets hat.

From Acre 121:

“Regular Happy Hour in effect 5-7pm

o Draft Beers, Wines by the Glass, and Well Liquors all $5
o Appetizer specials $5-$8″

Prince’s Redemption Cocktail Release

o Redemption Rye and Jefferson’s Bourbon Old Fashioned
o $6 all night

American Craft Beer Week with New Belgium

o Oatmeal IPA keg tapping
o Slow Ride Session IPA, Blue Paddle Pilsner drafts
o Ranger IPA cans
o Fat Tire bottles
o $5 all night

Live Music at 9pm (tentative start time)

o Bands include: Silhouette Cities, Exit Vehicles and Skip House”


This rental is located at 2440 16th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Urban living at it’s best! Stylish, bright & airy top floor corner unit w/2 MBR suites in sought-after Park Tower, across from Meridian Hill Park, walking distance to metro, Adams Morgan nightlife and Harris Teeter at the back door; kitchen has been renovated w/42 inch cabinets, stainless steel, and granite; w/d in unit, walk-in closet; extra storage, bike and exercise rooms, 24 hour front desk.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,695/Mo.

pain sculpture

A reader reports:

“So on Tuesday from 7am – 7pm there is street cleaning on the north side of Euclid Street between 13th and 14th streets. So on Tuesday by 7am, residents in zone 1 on that street must move their cars from the north side of the street to the south side; where it is zoned and acceptable to park only on Tuesday from 7am to 7pm.

When residents get home from work, they must move their cars back to the north side of the street at 7pm. Here’s where it gets tricky and the altercation occurred. To move your car right as the stroke of 7pm happens is near impossible, so residents usually move their cars between 6:30pm and 7pm. Yesterday my neighbor moved his car around 6:45, and there was a parking enforcement guy who begun giving tickets. I pointed this out to my neighbor as I had just gotten hope from work myself. The parking enforcement guy (real jerk about it), told him to move his car back to the south side quickly and keep it there till right at 7pm or he would give him a ticket. There was also another neighbor that had parked his car but was already inside so I had to call him to race down before the parking enforcement gave him a ticket. In the meantime, I stood in front of his license plate to block parking enforcement from taking a picture of the back or the front license plate, as they are required to do to issue the ticket; this was all occurring at 6:50pm, 10 minutes before parking is acceptable on the north side of the street.

The parking enforcement gentlemen became aggressive and yelled at me to move, which I refused. He took my picture; which is when I begun taking his; he even stepped out of his car to “flex his abusive power” over the residents of Euclid Street. After he left, post 7pm, he called the police and showed up with them, I was still standing outside with my neighbors, around 10 minutes later. The police did nothing but I was reprimanded for interfering with city government procedures, they say it could be considered assault and local government and firefighters are protected under this. I understand but at the same time, it just seems amoral to ticket like this.

All in all, it seems like a flawed system. How can you allow for no grace period? It seems like a racket to me, to come along and make people sit in their cars to move them right at 7pm would be chaos. It seems like just another way for the city to get money from ridiculously strict parking enforcement.”


Hurrah! The Meridian Hill Park fountains are filled again. Though the pressure seems lower again like it was last year:


Also the restoration of the 16th Street entrance/retaining wall has been completed:



But the Washington Meridian marker plaque is gone!! Let’s hope it doesn’t got the way of the Armillary Sphere.


Here’s what it used to look like:

Photo by flickr user David


L’Enfant planned Washington around a right triangle, having its 90° vertex at the Washington Monument, its eastern vertex at the Congress House, and its northern vertex at the President’s House, now called the White House. The west side of L’Enfant’s triangle forms a natural prime meridian passing through the President’s House. The following five features on this meridian are listed from south to north. In 1793, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson surveyed and marked with a wooden post the southwest vertex of L’Enfant’s triangle, establishing the second Washington meridian, the one through the President’s House. The wooden post was replaced by the Jefferson Pier in 1804, while Jefferson was President of the United States. After removal and replacement several times, it was permanently replaced in 1889 by a two foot (0.7 m) square, two foot tall granite pier, now 119 m WNW of the center of the Washington Monument. Its longitude is 77°2’11.56″W (NAD 83). In 1890, the Meridian Stone was placed at the center of the Ellipse on the same meridian. It is an 18 inch (45 cm) square granite post set flush with the ground. In 1923, the Zero Milestone was placed on the same meridian on the north side of the Ellipse, intended to represent the zero mileage point for all United States roads (but never was). It is a granite pillar about 18 inches (45 cm) square and about 3.5 feet (1 m) tall. The most prominent feature on this Washington meridian (besides the White House) is 16th Street, which extends due north from the White House. The last feature on this meridian no longer exists. It was a small freestone obelisk placed in 1804 on top of a hill 1.5 miles (2.5 km) north of the President’s House, hence the name Meridian Hill. It was at the northern end of 16th Street, north of Florida Avenue, before 16th Street was extended northward soon after 1900, covering it up. Now adjoining the east side of 16th Street where the obelisk once stood is Meridian Hill Park.”