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From DDOT:

“The demolition of the former Washington Post building near the intersection of 15th and L Street NW will require long-term, temporary sidewalk and road closures beginning Saturday January 9, from 7 am to 7 pm, weather permitting.

The L Street sidewalk and curb lane will be completely closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by summer 2018.

Starting Monday, January 18, 2016, the demolition work has been permitted from 7 am to 7 am each day in a 24-hour cycle until mid-April 2016, weather permitting. During this time, an additional travel lane can be closed during demolition operations at the L street buildings.

The bicycle lane will continue to run in an eastbound direction along L Street, but will be shifted several feet from its current location to accommodate the curb closure. A barrier will separate the bicycle lane from the vehicular traffic.

Signs will be posted to guide and reroute pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

The signage will indicate where pedestrians need to cross over to the south side of L Street to avoid the demolition activity.”

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bike parking racks

Nice.

From a press release:

“The DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) last week completed a three-year plan with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to nearly double bike parking in the BID’s 138-block area, increasing the overall number of bike racks from 531 in 2012 to 964.

“All Downtown residents, workers and guests benefit from an increase in bike parking in the BID,” said DowntownDC BID Executive Director Neil O. Albert. “Bike parking availability not only encourages biking as a sustainable means of transportation that reduces congestion, but parking racks help maintain order in pedestrian areas and in-street parking spaces.”

Over the past three years, contractors working with the BID and DDOT implemented a three-phase plan to install black U-racks in locations identified by the BID with input from property owners and BID stakeholders. Each rack provides parking for two bicycles. (more…)

Hop in a 1963 baby blue Corvette with Jerry Seinfeld & President Obama as we take you behind the scenes in the latest episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Posted by The White House on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

and the episode:

Brand new season! We open with President Obama. I ask the tough questions: underwear, nachos, and thermostats.

Posted by Jerry Seinfeld on Wednesday, December 30, 2015

bub and pop
1815 M Street, NW

From Bub and Pop’s:

“Today is Wednesday, December 30, and we are open until 4 pm.

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 31, the plan is to be open until 3 pm. We will be closed New Year’s Day January 1, 2016. As of right now we have not made a decision as to whether or not to open on Saturday January 2. I will leave a message on our restaurant phone 202-457-1111. I will post it on our FB page.

I want to thank you all for your expressions of caring through you posts on facebook, the cards sent and/or brought into the restaurant, and the flowers. To the man who designed the sign hung out front, to the Fed Ex store who did it for him. To the person who left the Phillies hat, to Margie next door at Ozio who put the flag on our door. I have not begun to read the cards as I am saving them for a quiet moment at home. Pete’s dad, Joel Taub is working on a memorial near his home in Lansdale, Pa. We are taking one day at a time, sometimes one hour at a time, sometimes one second at a time. From my heart, thank you for your show of love and support.

Much love from me and our family, Arlene”

dc coast
14th and K Street, NW

From a press release:

“When DC Coast sets sail on December 31, 2015, it will leave many waving a grateful farewell. Opened in Washington, DC in 1998, the iconic restaurant in an Art Deco landmark building was the daring first venture of Passion Food Hospitality partners chef Jeff Tunks, Gus DiMillo and David Wizenberg. They had a radical vision to open within the soaring first floor of the historic building at Franklin Square that essentially led the breakthrough for the 14th Street revival. It honored the tri-coastal regions where Tunks found his culinary passion and became an incubator for talented, award-winning chefs who got their start working under Tunks’ wing.

The Art Deco landmark was formerly a McDonald’s that bore the scars of its past: bullet holes in the walls and crime lurking outside, but the partners saw only opportunity. Tunks’ visionary approach paved the way for the area’s renewal and ushered in a new wave of contemporary American cuisine that led to critical acclaim from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Esquire, Bon Appétit and Food & Wine as well as praise from Travel + Leisure as one of the “Top 50 Restaurants in America.” Tunks was a pioneer for DC, among that first generation bringing a contemporary spin to the American table along with Larry Forgione, Jeremiah Tower and Wolfgang Puck. Tunks’ method for recruiting culinary talent followed a similar pattern: look for the potential. The toques who cut their teeth in his kitchen before launching their own ventures have a different perspective about the closing of DC Coast—a gateway that catapulted them to where they are today… (more…)