Just wanted to drop a note to let you know about a couple of random acts of kindness we witnessed today during our drive to work. My husband and I were making our way up Irving St, NW towards Mt Pleasant St when a car in front of us got stuck on ice and couldn’t get enough traction to make it up the hill. Two people walking by saw what happened so they got behind the car and pushed it out. They were all smiles.
Just after they were done, ANOTHER car had the same problem and the people came right back to push that car as well. Plus, a third person came over to help.
“Incredible, one-of-a-kind opportunity for developers! Large multi-unit building in popular Historic Mount Pleasant. Located just two blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro station and within steps of all the shops and restaurants that Mount Pleasant has to offer.”
It was listed at $4,800,000 and now has a contract pending.
This week WaTPMoHatD checks out Francis Asbury located at the conversion of Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant/Columbia Heights between 16th and Mt. Pleasant St, NW. Francis Asbury, not to be confused with Asbury Francis Lever, was:
“one of the first two bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. As a young man in October 1771, the Englishman traveled to America and, during his 45 years there, he devoted his life to ministry, traveling on horseback and by carriage thousands of miles to those living on the frontier.
Asbury spread Methodism in America, as part of the Second Great Awakening. He also founded several schools during his lifetime, although his own formal education was limited. His journal is valuable to scholars for its account of frontier society.”
Interesting – one of the few non military honorees on horseback.
“The sculpture was founded by Roman Bronze Works in New York City. The piece was erected by the Francis Asbury Memorial Foundation and was approved by Congress on February 29, 1919. It was dedicated on October 15, 1924 and cost $50,000. On the proper left side of the sculpture, near the base, it is signed “Augustus Lukeman Sc 1921.”
“There is currently an effort underway to darken or to remove some of the street lamps around the newly completed Harvard Triangle construction project. This includes Adams Mill Road and portions of Kenyon, Irving, and Harvard Streets (see attached photos).
Shields have already been installed around eight of the lamps in this area so that light does not shine directly into any one’s home. Residents living across from the bus stop have said that this has been effective and light is no longer shining into their windows.
Some residents feel, however, that the area should still be darker in general. And other residents – particularly those living in Harvard Towers – have serious concerns about this proposal. Many are some of our most vulnerable residents. They are seniors or live with disabilities. They are grateful for the new lighting and they have asked for our support in maintaining it.
The seniors and persons living with disabilities in Harvard Towers take the bus to get to or return home from work. They have said that the better lighting helps them navigate the steep slope to Harvard Towers and allows them to better see what is around them. In addition, they have a greater sense of security knowing that if someone approaches them with criminal intent, someone else will be better able to see it.
Opportunity for support
As a Mount Pleasant resident, I am most proud of the strength we display in coming together to support our neighbors. Those in Harvard Towers are supportive of the lighting shields that have been installed on the street lamps across from and adjacent to neighbors’ homes. They empathize with the annoyance of dealing with a bright street lamp. In return, I believe that we can and should offer the same empathy for those who wait at the bus stop alone or return home from the bus stop at night. Because better lighting matters to them – our most vulnerable — it also matters to us. (more…)
“Wonderful 2 BR 2 BA with granite/gas/stainless kitchen open to living area! Great building with Roof Deck, Storage, and low $281 fee!!Easy to get to Columbia Hgts and Adams Morgan too, and walk to Metro.”
DC regulations prohibit parking within 5 feet of an alley exit. Exiting an alley can still be chancy, as everyone knows, because parked cars — especially big SUVs, or trucks — do impair the visibility of oncoming cars. Well, DDOT decided that one particular alley in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood deserved a whole lot more no-parking space than the 5 feet specified by law. The 5-foot no-parking signs were moved to 20 and 25 feet away from the alley, no doubt greatly enhancing visibility, but at the expense of four of our all-too-scarce curbside parking spots.
Protests have been rejected by DDOT, asserting that “safety is our utmost priority”. Utmost? Really? Well, look at what a DDOT contractor has done with these greatly expanded no-parking zones. One has acquired a giant backhoe, as if that doesn’t impair visibility. Another has stacks of bricks, head-high, obscuring visibility rather more effectively than any parked car. Evidently “utmost” in DDOT parlance has exceptions for DDOT contractors.”
Unfortunately the listing only says Mt. Pleasant, not an exact address, but I’m a sucker for sweet vestibules (and Mt. Pleasant) so here goes:
“Character filled Mount Pleasant home next to Rock Creek Park, Cleveland Park, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights and Woodley Park. Beautiful original woodwork from 1910 with modern updates. This lovely home is located on the best block in Mount Pleasant, has a nice private back yard, and backs up to a privately maintained garden. Stainless appliances, two decks, full basement. Second level deck has a clear view of the cathedral.”