Streets of Washington, written by John DeFerrari, covers some of DC’s most interesting buildings and history. John is the author of Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats, published by the History Press, Inc. and also the author of Lost Washington DC.

Washington Circle is the westernmost of the many public spaces laid out in L’Enfant’s plan for Washington City, and it was designed as a circle from the start. To the south in the early days was the low-lying area known as Foggy Bottom, a desolate, semi-industrial neighborhood. Little of the land to the north was developed. While many Washingtonians passed through the circle as they traveled along Pennsylvania Avenue between Georgetown and Washington, few stopped here. Known as the “Round Tops” for the high cupolas on a pair of houses located just to the northwest, the neighborhood around the circle had a reputation for being dangerous. It is usually mentioned in early newspapers in connection with petty crimes. The circle itself was simply a large open area in the middle of the street.

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The statue of George Washington in Washington Circle (photo by the author).

Meanwhile, sculptor Clark Mills created a sensation with his tour-de-force statue of Andrew Jackson on a rearing steed, which was unveiled in Lafayette Square in 1853. Proud of this American-made monument, Congress responded by immediately commissioning Mills to create another statue to honor George Washington. Everyone expected the new memorial to be even more stunning than the Jackson statue. The princely sum of $50,000 was authorized to pay for it.

It’s unclear when or how the decision was made that the new Washington statue would be placed in the circle at Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street NW. Perhaps that decision led to the sprucing up of the circle in 1855, when a wooden fence was built around the central part of the circle, thus forming the city’s first traffic circle. But by all accounts the improvements were minimal; the circle remained a wasteland until the arrival of the Washington statue. (more…)

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating three persons of interest in connection with an Assault with Intent to Kill (Knife) offense, which occurred on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at approximately 12:37 am, in the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

The persons of interest can be seen in this video (above).

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

McFadden’s
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating two persons of interest in connection with an Assault with Intent to Kill (Knife) offense, which occurred on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at approximately 12:37 am, in the 2400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

Suspect 1 (pictured above): Black male, approximately 28 years old, 5’11” in height, medium complexion, slim build, and pos­sible facial hair. He was wearing a mid-length coat with a belt and possibly a hat or a hood. He was armed with a knife.

Suspect 2 (not pictured): Black male, 25 to 27 years old, 5’8” to 5’9” in height, medium build, and dreadlocks (possibly tied up). He was armed with a knife.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

McFadden’s
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

From ABRA:

McFadden’s has requested a hearing with the ABC Board. The hearing is scheduled at 11 am on Friday, January 9, 2015.”

McFadden’s
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

From ABRA:

“The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) unanimously decided today to suspend McFadden’s alcoholic beverage license after it found the establishment presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of the public.

As a result, the establishment is prohibited from selling and serving alcoholic beverages. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) served McFadden’s—located at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW—with a written notice this evening informing them of the suspension.

The Board made its decision after reviewing a thorough investigation conducted by ABRA of a violent incident that occurred on Saturday, December 27 where five people were stabbed inside of the establishment. McFadden’s has remained closed since 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 27 under the authority of Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

Complete details of the Board’s decision can be reviewed in the Notice of Summary Suspension available on ABRA’s website.”

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Photo courtesy ThinkFoodGroup

From an email:

Opening February

José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup will debut a new vegetable-focused fast casual restaurant brand, called Beefsteak, with the opening on the George Washington University Campus in Washington, DC (at the new Engineering Hall on the corner of 22nd & I Street, NW). To fuel busy lifestyles and feed the growing desire to eat well, the affordable and accessible concept will execute good food, fast. This is not a vegetarian restaurant, but rather a place where fresh, market-driven vegetables take center stage and thrive as the main component of a dish. The menu will focus on customizable, wildly flavorful meals in a bowl that use cooked-to-order vegetables as an anchor, which can be complemented with a selection of hearty grains, freshly made sauces, crunchy toppings and, if desired, a choice of protein. Beefsteak will celebrate the unsung power of vegetables and propel the goal of bringing wholesome, quality food to the masses.”

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Photos by Alex Weller

Thanks to @alexbweller for tweeting us:

“@PoPville Check out GW’s new Science & Engineering Hall opening next semester [22nd and H Street, NW]”

You can see his full flickr series here.

George Washington University’s website says:

“GW’s new, state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Hall will be a research and teaching hub in the heart of Washington aimed at fostering collaborations across disciplines and a dynamic, hands-on learning environment.

The nearly 500,000-square-foot, 14-story complex — with eight floors above ground and six below, including four for parking — is expected to open its doors in early 2015, just blocks from the White House, World Bank and State Department, and in close proximity to a host of other federal agencies and research centers.

The building will nearly double the space on GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus available to several scientific disciplines, including teaching spaces designed for a more hands-on approach to learning and highly specialized core lab facilities, such as a three-story high bay, a nanofabrication suite and a greenhouse.”

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Photo by Alex Weller

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Photo by Alex Weller

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating three suspects in connection with a first degree sexual abuse offense.

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, at approximately 12:30 am, in the 2400 block of I Street, NW, an adult female victim was walking in an alley when three suspects approached the victim and sexually assaulted her. The suspects then fled the location. The three suspects are described below:

Suspect One is described as a white male in his 20s, approximately 6’3” in height with a medium build, light brown hair that is puffy up top and closer on the sides, and was last seen wearing a dark colored short sleeve shirt with the word “Fitch” in large white letters similar to the one pictured below.

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Suspect Two is described as a white male in his 20s, shorter than suspect one, with a medium build, and was last seen wearing a dark colored V-neck short sleeve shirt and a black Nike Fuel Band on his right wrist similar to the one pictured below.

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Suspect Three is described as a white male in his 20s.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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UPDATE from Council Member Evans:

“I want to apologize for parking in a fire hydrant zone on Thursday evening. To be honest, I didn’t realize there was a fire hydrant. That is, of course, no excuse, and I now fully recognize that was not a legal parking spot.”

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I were having dinner with friends at West End Bistro when we noticed a back car doing a pretty sloppy job of parallel parking, bumping the other two cars enough to draw our attention. To make it even more entertaining, the driver was attempting to park right in front of a fire hydrant. Then we noticed the license plate said DC Council! We assumed the driver/apparent councilperson hadn’t seen the hydrant, and would realize their error as soon as they opened the car door. Nope.

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Jack Evans stepped out in a tux, looked straight at the fire hydrant, put a cigar in his mouth, and walked toward the entrance of the Ritz. It was like some sort of caricature of a political fat cat. We left maybe 45 minutes later and he hadn’t returned, so it wasn’t as if he ran a quick errand.

In front of a hydrant?! Really??”

Ed. Note: We’ve previously learned that Council Members are not obligated to follow parking regulations however, I’m not sure if that applies to fire hydrants given the safety risk.

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced a suspect has been arrested in connection with an Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse and a Sexual Abuse Allegation.

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at approximately 3:30 am, an adult female was in the area of the 2400 block of I Street NW when a male suspect approached her, grabbed her and attempted to pull her into nearby bushes while threatening her. The victim was able to flee. A short time later, the suspect attempted to sexually assault a second adult female in the area.

The suspect 46-year-old Mustapha Kone of no fixed address was arrested on the scene and charged with Assault with the Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse, Felony Threats, Kidnapping and Simple Assault.”

“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to write in that Jose Andres has announced that he’s opening a fast-casual vegetable-themed restaurant called Beefsteak. It will be going into the new building in Foggy Bottom on 22 and I across from the Whole Foods. It’s due to open January of 2015.

Washington Post got the scoop:

“Early next year, Andrés will join the constellation of famous chefs across the country who are launching fast-casual restaurants. Well aware of the landscape of fast-casuals around him in Washington, he’s staking out terrain that can be his alone: He will open a fast-food eatery that is vegetable-focused. And then, if all goes well, perhaps he will open a hundred more.”