I travel northbound on 12th ST NW daily to get home, and have noticed an issue on this route that can be easily resolved.
Northbound 12th ST NW, at the intersection of Mass Ave NW has 3 lanes.
The left lane is a left-turn only
The middle lane is left-turn or straight
The right lane is right turn only
The majority of traffic turns left at this intersection, and the rest of the traffic goes straight. Essentially no traffic turns right (reason discussed below). Because of this, the center lane is highly congested, and through-traffic often times cheats into the right lane to continue straight on 12TH ST through the intersection.
My suggestion is to change the intersection to the following:
The left lane is left-turn only (no change)
The middle lane is left-turn only
The right lane is right turn or straight
The right lane in its current state (right turn only) is a wasted lane. As shown in the attached diagram, traffic has no use for a right turn here. Any northbound traffic will make a right at L ST NW 150 ft earlier to access Mass Ave, without the need to backtrack (the case if traffic were to make the right at Mass Ave). Additionally, no businesses are accessed by a right turn at this intersection, as Burke Park lines the right-hand side of Mass Ave.
In conclusion modifying the traffic flow through this intersection by re-servicing the lanes will improve throughput and relieve congestion, without any negative impact to any businesses, commuters, or street users. There is no downside to this change.”
Do you happen to know what food joint us coming in at the corner of 17th and H streets NW, right next to the Emirates airline office? I walk by it all the time but the permits are for the building owner for first tenant build-out so it’s not possible to see who is going into the space.”
Washington Business Journal reports it will be the District’s 21st Au Bon Pain.
Thanks to all who sent emails and tweets. From USAToday:
“ Chris Brown was arrested and charged with felony assault this morning, reports CNN. According to TMZ, Brown, 24, got in an argument with a man in front of the W Hotel and allegedly punched the man in the face.”
W Hotel is located at 515 15th Street, NW (15th and F Street.)
We first heard about Catch 15 Restaurant and Oyster Bar back in Sept. 2012. About a year ago we heard about the “Occasional Flamingo Dancers”. But it’s now looking like the opening is imminent. If the buildout matches the rendering there will be a great huge bar:
“Sit at our ice bar, in the window or inside for fresh oysters & clams, try an amazing variety of small plates, sandwiches and entrees inspired by the international vibe of all that DC has to offer–intriguing and indulgent casually-sophisticated dining in the heart of DC’s K Street corridor.
Indulge in seductive flavors, relive classics and savor sophisticated pairings with signature creations.
Enjoy dining al fresco or relaxing indoors for Brunch, Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner or Late Night socializing–simply irresistible!
HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon-Thurs: 11am to 2am
Fri-Sat: 11am to 3am”
The Grand Opening party promises complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne, wine and beer. You can sign up for it here.
“Owner Frank Falesto is pleased to announce the late-November opening of City Tap House DC, the 180-seat craft beer centric, American pub located adjacent to the new City Center at 901 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20001. City Tap House will serve lunch, dinner and weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
“Washington DC was an obvious choice for our concept,” says Jonathan Ball, Regional Director for Public House Investments, a management company that oversees multiple restaurant concepts throughout the US including City Tap House. “There is a lot of positive development in the city at the moment, which reminded us of the eclectic vibrancy when we launched the original City Tap House in 2009, centered in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia.”
City Tap House recognizes DC’s enthusiasm surrounding the craft beer and microbrew scene making it an excellent choice for showcasing the restaurant’s extensive collection of local, national, international and seasonal special edition beers. “Our beer program is truly at the core of what City Tap House represents,” says Ball. “Not only does our beer influence our food but it’s the foundation for unique and engaging guest events. What excites us about opening City Tap House in DC is the ability to pair our beer line up with an elevated pub menu served in a rustic, inviting space that appeals to casuals and professionals alike.” (more…)
We take the guesswork out of eating healthy by offering a completely guilt-free, fail-proof menu. There are no hidden temptations, no hidden calories and, best of all, no regrets. Everything on our menu is grilled, baked or steamed, never fried, and always under 500 calories.
Our grass-fed beef is free range, 90% lean and all natural. All of our buns and wraps are made with whole wheat (not to mention a whole lotta love). Plus, all of our beverages are low calorie, our dressings fat-free and our meals as delicious as they are healthy. Go ahead, dig into a low-fat, high-protein meal that tastes great and that you can feel good about. Serves you right (really, it does!).
Yesterday we checked out The apartments at CityCenter and learned that a Tumi store was the first confirmed retailer. In the comments some interesting news came out – specifically a UNIQLO is coming according to this job listing:
“UNIQLO Manager Candidate Program – Retail Sales – new
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: October 21, 2013
UNIQLO is seeking Experienced Store Manager Candidates! At UNIQLO we are seeking individuals who are committed to becoming business leaders in the retail industry. Our ambition is to open 10 – 20 stores annually in the United States and become the #1 Specialty Apparel Retailer. With over 1,200 stores globally, together we believe we can change the world!”
But in less exciting scuttlebutt is word that the Apple deal may have fallen through. A commenter hears a Gucci store could be taking that space. I haven’t heard that but another source also tells me that he hears Apple has walked. Hopefully they can resurrect that deal because I think an Apple store would do very well there. More info when/if it becomes available.
Yesterday I noticed that an Aveda Salon would be replacing the former Kid’s Closet at 1226 Connecticut Ave, NW. Later I received the following email:
A recent WaPo article attests to what we see every day: a baby boom in the city. What I haven’t seen is an accompanying boom in stores serving these parents – baby boutiques, clothing stores, etc. I’m (very) happy that I have low cost options like Target and Children’s Place around the corner in Columbia Heights, but when I google “baby gifts” for DC, I get very, very little. I wanted to buy a nice gift for a friend recently, and there were literally no options nearby in 14th/U/AdMo/CoHi/Petworth. I smell a business opportunity…do you think so?”