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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department and the Department of Transportation would like to inform the public of street closures in conjunction with the 2015 St Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 15, 2015.

The following street closures will occur from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm:

· 7th Street, N.W. between Constitution Avenue, N.W. and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.,

The following street closures will occur from 11:30 am until 3:00 pm:

· Constitution Avenue, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to 17th Street, NW

· 6th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

· 10th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW

· 7th, 9th, 12th, 14th and 15th Streets, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. to Independence Avenue, S.W.”

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A reader reports:

“Attached is a photo I took of a protest by the Armenian National Committee of America that I saw today at 12th & K St., NW. They were protesting outside the offices of Gephardt Group Government Relations, led by former congressman Richard Gephardt, who the protesters said represents the government of Turkey that refuses to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide.”

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11th and Palmer Alley NW

Vince’s website says:

“In 2002, Vince was founded with a fundamental premise: create a collection of iconic essentials women and men would want to wear every day with a focus on distinctive design, enduring style and uncompromising quality.

Our story began in L.A. with a highly edited collection of women’s knits and cashmere sweaters sold exclusively in department stores. Today, we are a global brand. Our offering has expanded through Vince retail stores in North America and abroad, and at vince.com. We now feature a full expression of the Vince lifestyle, from women’s, men’s and kids’ ready-to-wear to denim, footwear and select accessories.

Vince continues to be synonymous with a modern, timeless aesthetic and effortless sophistication. As a leader in the industry, we are committed to being the ultimate brand for everyday luxury essentials.”

Thanks to all who sent emails about the coming soon signage. One reader notes they are also hiring.

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Next door to the coming Momofuku space:

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1828 L Street, NW

From a press release:

“This spring, Washingtonians can anticipate the opening of Veloce, a quick service pizza restaurant from the acclaimed culinary talent behind Pizzeria Paradiso. A custom designed Neapolitan-style brick oven will allow for fast cooking without compromising quality, producing artisanal pizza ready within a few minutes. Owned and operated by Chef Ruth Gresser, who is credited with bringing Neapolitan pizza to Washington more than 20 years ago, Veloce will be located in Downtown Washington at 1828 L Street, NW, serving both breakfast and lunch. The space will be designed by Eric Gronning, AIA of Gronning Architects with graphics by Soung Wiser of The General Design Co.

At Veloce, Gresser and team will serve personal sized veggie and meat pizzas, calzones, sandwiches and salads. The menu will feature composed breakfast and lunch pizzas, like the Rooster, which features basil pesto sauce, goat cheese, house-made chicken sausage, sweet red pepper and pine nuts. Patrons can also build their own pizzas and will have the option of four different crusts including white, whole wheat, mixed grains and seeds or gluten-free. Sauces will all be made in-house using organic and local ingredients whenever possible. Sausages will be made in-house, while a wide variety of cheese, protein and vegetable toppings will be available and sourced from small, quality producers. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  Mark Andre

From an email:

“Golden Triangle Business Improvement District has opened voting for the films the public wants to see this summer during its popular Friday night movie series.

Although the extremely cold temperatures make it hard to think of the summer, the series is only 12 weeks away.

The 11 highest ranking movies will be shown from May 22 to July 31 at Farragut Square Park at 17th and K Streets in the Golden Triangle.

The movie choices include “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Wedding Planner,” “Anchorman,” “Empire Records” and “Nine to Five.” The voting is taking place at: www.goldentriangledc.com/movie-vote

Voting is occurring from now until Fri., March 6. The Golden Triangle BID will announce the winners on its website Mon., March 23. Check back and be sure to visit our events page for a full list of fun events coming this spring.”

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Photo courtesy Golden Triangle Business Improvement District

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13th and K Street, NW

Today’s question is a reader request. A year ago we first learned about plans for transforming the historic Franklin School building into “exhibit space for contemporary art, sculpture, installations and performances”. Folks were pretty excited about the prospect and then plans were scrapped. The art critic from the Post eviscerated the decision by the Mayor:

“Little more than a month into her administration, Muriel Bowser has abruptly canceled one of the most promising cultural projects to take root in the District in decades, tearing up an agreement two years in the making with the Institute of Contemporary Expression.

The city’s office for planning and economic development has decided after a “top-to-bottom review” that it no longer supports the plan. And so we have a first, clear and painful indication that despite professed support for the arts and arts education, Bowser will prioritize the interests of commercial developers over the public well-being.”

So I guess the question is – what do you think should be done with the building? Should there be a preference towards a cultural institution like was proposed before? Or should top dollar win? Do you think a place like the Institute of Contemporary Expression could flourish in a place like the Franklin School? Do you think the decision to cancel the project was political? If a museum/cultural institution has no chance – what would be the next best thing?

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in reference to the homicide of 30 year-old David Messerschmitt of Northeast, Washington, DC, who was discovered on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at approximately 11:12 am, in the 1100 block of 14th Street, Northwest. The below photo of the person of interest was taken inside of the Donavan Hotel at approximately 7:45 pm, on February 9, 2015.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

Previously:

“On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at approximately 11:12 am, officers from the Third District responded to a call for an unconscious person inside of the Donavan Hotel located in the 1100 block of 14th Street, NW. Upon arrival, they located an adult male, unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from apparent stab wounds. The decedent was transported to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner.”