This house is located at 49 Todd Place, Northeast. The listing says:
“2BR/1BA townhouse located near The Metropolitan Branch Trail, 2 metro stops, other public transit options, shops, dining & more! New carpet & freshly painted throughout. Large eat in kitchen & a living room with a marble wood burning fireplace. Charming front porch greets you & the backyard offers a patio for outdoor entertaining. Easy street parking & minutes to downtown & Union Station.”
Weighting Historic Designation: Problems in Democracy Town
Eckington is one of many rapidly changing communities in Washington DC, with over 4120 residents , a number of which are low-income or elderly and/or disabled. Rapid changes in both the economic and racial composition of the neighborhood has stoked fears of gentrification as well as unbridled development, with its rushed and often ugly buildings. Historic Designation seems like a sensible response to the rapid pace of change.
Historic Designation, aiming to preserve the historic and cultural resources of the community, is in many ways a very appealing concept. But its implications are far-reaching and often unconditional. With greater oversight over developers and preservation of character, comes strict limits on homeowner rights and financial burdens on low-income households.
There is a broad set of pros and cons worthy of community discussion, including:
DC’s procedures for setting neighborhood Historic Designation status are at best lacking. Requiring only that a community group research neighborhood history, perform outreach, apply for designation, and defend its position in front of a seven- to nine-person Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). How the community group and the HPRB determine whether or not to proceed is up to them.
This unit is located at 212 T Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“Beautiful 2 BR condo in the heart of Eckington, under $300K! Garden style with only 4 units & relaxing patio space out front. Unit features gleaming hardwood floors throughout, brick accent walls, bay window, granite counters, updated appliances & stacked W/D in the unit. Renovated bathroom. Ideal location- less than a mile to NoMa, Rhode Island Metro and Union Market! Don’t miss this unit!”
“On Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at approximately 1142 pm a man responded to the 300 block of U street NE to complete a sales transaction for a pair of shoe that were purchased over the internet. When the man arrived he was approached by the purchaser and two additional individuals. The suspects robbed the man and as he fled to his car the suspects shot at the man striking him in the leg. Fifth District Officers responded to the scene and conducted an initial investigation which lead to the recovery of one semi-automatic hand gun.”
A reader reports:
“In addition to the incident of gun shots that occurred about 12:50 am on April 26, 2016, there were multiple gun shots heard last night and police activity seen, again, in the 1900-2000 block of 3rd St. NE. While there appeared to be an investigation two days ago conducted in the alley behind 3rd Street, last night the police taped off an area directly on 3rd Street near U Street. (more…)
Does anyone have information on the shots fired incident that happened around 1am last night in the alley behind 3rd NE, between T and U? Two shots woke me up, and another seven or so followed. I called 911, and four squad cars came out for about two hours. I didn’t go out to speak with them at the time, but have been trying to follow-up today. Keep getting transferred and leaving messages. I’m wondering if anyone was hurt (hoping not; there wasn’t an ambulance), if they found casings (would like to know just how close this happened to my building–the shots seemed about 30 yards away), and if they have any suspects.”
Not sure if you have heard that the Eckington Civic Association (ECA) has decided to vote on pursuing historic designation for Eckington. This is becoming a somewhat heated issue for the neighborhood with people having strong opinions on all sides. Mostly this seems to be an anti-pop up effort by a few people (despite the 35 ft cap that’s already in R4).
They have just announced they are starting with a survey and based on the results of that survey, those who belong to the ECA will get to vote on pursuing historic. There’s not much information being shared on how many people have to respond to the survey, what the survey will actually ask, and what results will allow the ECA to move forward and vote. It’s definitely upsetting to some of us that not all residents can vote, only those who paid to be ECA members vote… (more…)
I recently got a condominium unit under contract in Eckington (closer to 3rd and Randolph St NE), and with the violence happening on the MBT, and the lack of knowledge I have about Eckington I would like to know what folks view are of Eckington, is it a great buy, what makes it a good neighborhood and any other information people want to share.”
“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Fifth District have announced an arrest has been made in a Robbery Force and Violence offense, which occurred in the 1900 block of 5th Street, Northeast, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at approximately 4:50 pm.
“TODAY [Tuesday] AT APPROXIMATELY 4:50 PM, A VICTIM OF A ROBBERY REPORTS TO MPD THAT WHILE WALKING SOUTHBOUND ON THE METROPOLITAN BRANCH TRAIL [close to 5th and T St, NE] AN UNKNOWN SUSPECT STRUCK THE VICTIM WHILE RIDING HIS BIKE. THE VICTIM WAS THEN ASSAULTED BY THE INITIAL SUSPECT AND APPROXIMATELY 20 OTHER JUVENILE SUSPECTS. STOLEN FROM THE VICTIM WAS A CELL PHONE THAT WAS TAKEN DURING THE ASSAULT. ALL OF THE SUSPECTS FLED SOUTH ON THE TRAIL.”