From ReasonTV:

“Meet the Thighmaster of urban public policy: Streetcars.

Municipal politicians all across the country have convinced themselves that this costly, clunky hardware can revitalize their flabby downtown economies.

That includes the fearless leaders of America’s capital city. The DC government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the last decade trying to erect a streetcar line in the up-and-coming neighborhood of H Street. The project has been an epic disaster, perfectly demonstrating how ill-suited streetcars are to modern urban life.

Produced by Rob Montz, who also hosts. Camera by Todd Krainin. Graphics by Jason Keisling and Meredith Bragg.”

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@HeidiObermeyer tweets us a look inside H Street’s Ben’s Chili Bowl – grand opening July 8th:

“Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street is ready to rumble! @PoPville”

And Justin sends an agenda item from the ANC6A meeting:

“Letter of support to DDOT for the Ben’s Chili Bowl public space application related to installation of panda statue in front of the store at the corner of 10th and H Streets, NE, with the condition that the owners consider moving the statue if the ANC receives complaints about it blocking pedestriantraffic/right-of-way.”

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10th and H St, NE

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From Ben’s Chili Bowl:

“The construction is over and the long awaited and eagerly anticipated opening of Ben’s Chili Bowl H Street will take place on Wednesday, July 8th starting with the official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11AM!

The Ben’s team is ready to serve the H Street community with the same extended hours as our original U Street location, so we will open at 6am for breakfast and close very late night at 2am on weekdays and 4am on weekends. In addition to our famous milkshakes, Ben’s H Street will have a soft serve ice cream machine! Now you can follow your Ben’s Chili Smoke, Dog, or Burger with a cone or cup of soft serve ice cream to help cool off your hot summer days or nights!

Coming soon will also be a sidewalk patio with outdoor seating! Plus, we have a few more surprises inside as we continue our mission of Food, Family, Friends and Fun!

What’s upstairs? Ben’s Upstairs! We are still putting the finishing touches on our second floor restaurant and bar, Ben’s Upstairs, and are working hard on the beautiful rooftop that will feature another bar and stunning views of H Street. We hope to open Ben’s Upstairs in 2-3 months, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we hope you will join us to celebrate Opening Day at Ben’s Chili Bowl H Street on Wednesday, July 8th at 11AM!!!”

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Photo courtesy Ocopa

From a press release:

“Ocopa Peruvian Restaurant, located at 1324 H St. NE, has increased its capacity by adding a beautiful all season patio. Nearing their 1 year anniversary on the trendy H St. NE, Ocopa has added over 30 additional seats, as well as a 10 seat bar with Tiki themed cocktails and Pisco, frozen upon request. Chef Carlos Delgado is excited about the additional space and looks forward to offering a late night menu in the near future.

“We are starting with the Cebiche Bar as an added feature to the patio and hopefully, we’ll be able to add on some grill options for those looking to stay later in the evening”, says Delgado. (more…)

UPDATE:

“Due to the possibility of inclement weather this afternoon, the inaugural Twilight Farmers Market at Starburst Plaza will be postponed until Thursday, July 2, 2015.”

From a press release:

“The H Street NE Corridor’s inaugural Twilight Farmers Market will take place on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Starburst Plaza Intersection. Organized by H Street Main Street, the weekly market will feature 10 to 20 local vendors offering fresh, locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants, artisan baked goods, natural meats, food products and food-related products.

Stop by and browse the food offerings, including artisanal breads, delectable desserts and savory, sampler-sized, portable portions from local downtown and area restaurants. Beverages from the beer and wine garden will also be available to sip and stroll, while shopping inside the event area. (more…)

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From an email:

“This month H Street Runners is partnering with Wunder Garten, DC’s newest outdoor biergarten, for our monthly fun run and happy hour. Join us Tuesday, June 16th, at 7:00 pm. We’ll meet at the corner of 3rd and H Streets, NE (outside of the Giant) for an an easy run of 3 or 4 miles up along the Metropolitan Branch Trail. We’ll finish at Wunder Garten and begin our “recovery” there. And by “recovery,” we mean delicious beer, music, yard games, and fun with your favorite neighborhood runners. RSVPs ENCOURAGED and DON’T FORGET YOUR ID!”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

Harassed on H Street NE by Uniformed DC EMTs

“Late last night/early this morning (~1:40am) [June 13th], my roommate and I were walking on H Street NE and were harassed by two DC EMTs while they were driving an ambulance.

As we headed west, the two misogynistic cretins driving the ambulance approached us driving east and at first, leaned on the horn of the ambulance as they came to a stoplight at H and 8th–the move was clearly directed at the two of us, as we were walking alone. Not understanding why an emergency vehicle would honk at us, we looked back, confused, at which point the two decided to leer at us openly. In response, I walked into the street to take a picture of the license plate (DC special police/fire/EMT plate 8206).

Though we thought we were safe because the ambulance sped away (made left turn onto side street) and called 911 to report the incident, the EMTs came back around and followed us down the street for half a block, leaning on the horn at us while we walked.

Has anyone else experienced this type of blatant harassment? I attempted to rectify the issue by calling 911 and placing a non-emergency call to the dispatch station (ineffective) and by leaving a message with the DC Fire personnel line, but am wondering if there is anything else I could do to report this absolutely unacceptable behavior.

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