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From a press release:

“As part of a six month nationwide design competition, the 11th Street Bridge Park is excited to receive design concepts from four nationally recognized design teams. Landscape architects, architects and structural engineers have spent the summer envisioning Washington D.C.’s first elevated public park on the foundations of an old freeway bridge spanning the Anacostia River. The design proposals will be on exhibition and the public is invited to share feedback.

Informed by hundreds of community meetings with 11th Street Bridge Park staff, four design teams were tasked with creating an iconic new civic space supporting the community’s environmental, economic, cultural and physical health. These four teams were selected by the Bridge Park’s Jury of national experts for their creativity, energy and vision from more than 80 firms who responded to an open call for submissions launched in March, 2014.

The teams are:

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OLIN : OMA

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Balmori Associates : Cooper, Robertson & Partners

On Cafe Base
Stoss Landscape Urbanism : Höweler + Yoon Architecture

WRT+NEXT Anacostia Promenade
Wallace Roberts & Todd (WRT) : NEXT Architects : Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Over the next month, the public is invited to review the design renderings and share feedback. Participants can take a short survey that will be shared with the Competition Jury as they select the final winning design. The four design concepts will be exhibited at the following venues across the city and available online with the goal of reaching the widest possible audience: (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user kevnkovl

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday, around 6pm I was almost finished with my run (on New Jersey Ave SE a little past the Capitol when I encountered about 7-8 adults on Capital Bikeshare. We went through an intersection together and then they started riding on the narrow sidewalk. They were struggling to get going, riding slowly and wobbling. I was running at their pace, if not faster so I went to the left of them to go around and next thing I knew I was flying through the air! One of them hit me.

I ended up on the ground and crashed into dirt/tree. I got up in shock and the first thing the forty-something year old man said to me was “You have to let me through!” First of all, he was riding so slowly and almost like he didn’t know how to ride a bike. Secondly, I said to him “It’s illegal to ride bikes on the sidewalk!” He just shook his head acting like it was my fault and never even asked if I was okay. Lastly, even if they are on the sidewalk don’t they have to yield to pedestrians?

After I looked at myself I realized my knee was cut up, bleeding, and swollen. Then I looked at my iPhone and the screen was completely shattered. I thought to myself what should I do, but I was so shaken up I just went home. I ended up having to replace my iPhone for $285 because a small part of the frame was bent.

Long story short, I kind of regretted not calling the police. But then I thought they have better things to do and I am not sure if they could have even done anything. Should I have called the police and is it illegal to ride bikes on the sidewalks in DC, or just certain parts?”

Osteria-Morini
301 Water Street, SE

Good luck Kristi!

From a press release:

Osteria Morini DC is pleased to welcome Kristi Green as Beverage Manager at Chef Michael White’s convivial Italian restaurant.

At Osteria Morini, Green looks forward to creating cocktails that highlight Italian spirits and complement the restaurant’s Emilia-Romagna focused cuisine. Her new menu will include original creations as well as Italian-influenced riffs on classics, such as her take on the Paloma with the addition of Aperol and Prosecco to the original combination of tequila and lime juice. Green also plans on introducing a selection of non-alcoholic cocktails using cold brewed teas such as her Booze Free Bee’s Knees with cold brewed matcha green tea, lemon juice and honey syrup.

In fall 2013, Green was hired by Paul Ruppert and his team to work at Petworth Citizen where she was given the opportunity to enhance her supervisory experience by first serving as Bar Manager and later, temporarily, as General Manager of the 75-seat restaurant. By juggling multiple responsibilities, including staff training, bar menu development, inventory and private dining, Green proved herself more than capable for higher management and was tapped to help open Ruppert’s next project, Crane & Turtle. It was there as Bar Manager that she designed her bar program to complement the restaurant’s menu, and focused on pairing cider, sake and beer in a manner similar to pairing food with wine. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

From WMATA:

“Metro is planning a pilot program to test new fare technology and fare gates to allow riders to pay for their trip in new ways, including next-generation smartphones, NFC-enabled watch, contactless credit and debit cards, Federal ID cards and more.

On Thursday, Metro will announce a pilot program to test the new technology at 10 Metrorail stations, six Metrobus routes and two parking facilities, beginning in January.

The 10 Metrorail stations selected for the pilot are: Shady Grove, Eisenhower Avenue, Bethesda, Pentagon City, Pentagon, Ballston, Gallery Place (7th & F), Farragut West, Navy Yard and Suitland. In addition, parking facilities at Shady Grove and Suitland will be included in the pilot. (more…)

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Bonchon Chicken

Huge news from Washingtonian yesterday afternoon:

“Get ready, DC: Bonchon is headed your way. The Korean fried-chicken chain with a cult-like following will open its first District location in Navy Yard, with a projected opening in spring 2015.”

Check out Bonchon’s menu here.

Navy Yard ANC Rep David Garber tweets that he believes it’ll be located at Half and L Street, SE.

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And in the meantime you can hit Kochix for your fix at 4th and Florida Ave, NW.

303 K Street Southeast

This house is located at 303 K Street. Southeast. The listing says:

“REMODLED TOWNHOME WALKING DISTANCES TO NATIONALS STADIUM & METRO STATION!!! NEW HARWOOD FLOORS, NEW CARPET, NEW KITCHEN W/ GRANITE COUNTER TOPS & STAINLESS STEAL APPILANCES, UPDATED BATHROOMS & FULLY FINISHED WALKOUT BASEMENT 1 CAR OFF STREET PARKING!!! SHOWS WELL AND MOVE IN READY!!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $675,000.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JosephLeonardo

From an email:

“On Wednesday, August 20, the Nationals will be hosting their 9th annual toy drive that falls on their U.S. Marine Corps Day during their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. To help support the important work of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve and the Toys for Tots Foundation, fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate outside Center Field Gate, from 4:30 p.m. until the end of the third inning. Donated toys will be given to nonprofit organizations and hospital pediatric wards in the D.C. area during the holidays. Drives like this, that take place outside of the holiday season will not only help the foundation to become supplied, but hopefully they will inspire others to spread the word and continue to donate year-round.”