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“Dear PoPville,

As I was waking past the dog park on 25th and M around 7:15 last night, I came across the unfortunate sight of the DC medical examiner’s van backed up to a port-a-potty (incidentally it was a Don’s John). As I passed, I caught a glimpse of a gurney being wheeled toward the open door of a port-a-potty. There were also 8 or so uniformed and plainclothes cops, as well as techs. I obviously don’t know details, but I feel for the poor person who passed away (or was dumped) in a port-a-potty. I know it’s speculation at this point, but if what I suspect is true and a homeless person passed away in a port-a-potty, I hope this motivates elected officials — and all of us — to do more for our homeless.”

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last month at 25th and L St, NW

Update: “it was open and operating as usual around 3pm”

C’mon Trader Joe’s get your shit together. All joking aside, please still come to Glover Park.

Emily reports around 2:15pm:

“Trader Joe’s at 25th & L NW is closed because their business license expired today and they’re waiting for the new one to come in. A very apologetic employee was standing out front telling people. Seems avoidable. Sounded like they were hoping it would come in today; the employee I spoke with said it was temporary.”

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23rd and M St, NW

Like the way the building is turning out?

For those not familiar with the project:

“EastBanc’s Square 50 development will feature a 15,500-square-foot new, state-of-the-art West End Fire Station, a 54,300-square-foot Affordable Housing building with 55 units at 60 percent AMI or less along with six market-rate residential units and a one level garage with 24 parking spaces. The Square 50 mixed-use complex will also house Squash on Fire — a revolutionary world-class, tournament-ready squash facility with eight courts and a full-service restaurant.”

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This rental is located at 1126 25th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Masterfully renovated ground unit in the heart of NW. 2 bedroom 2 bath. Master bedroom has walk in closet and newly remodeled bathroom. Open kitchen, living room, dining room space. Large front patio area. Two large flat screens included. Plenty of amenities close by, groceries, shopping, dining, entertainment. 5 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro, Capitol Bike Share on corner. Priced to move quickly!”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,000/Mo.

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23rd and L Street, NW

Like how it’s turning out? The West/Light website says:

“Conveniently situated at the nexus of Georgetown, Dupont Circle and Downtown, Westlight brings distinguished new condominium residences to Washington DC’s coveted West End.

Designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Enrique Norten with focal features by award-winning artist Ingo Maurer – the distinctive cantilevered glass building façade unveils breathtaking residences bathed in natural sunlight with vibrant city views framed through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Here, white-glove service is a hallmark – these illustrious residences pair singular design and privileged perks in a destination location.”

New library will be here too:

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Rendering via Eastbanc

Here’s how the old library looked before demo:

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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.

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The 100-year-old former Columbia Hospital for Women as it appears today (photo by the author).

The Columbia Hospital for Women and Lying-in Asylum was founded in June 1866 as a “hospital and dispensary for the treatment of diseases peculiar to women, and a lying-in asylum [maternity hospital], in which those unable to pay therefor shall be furnished with board, lodging, medicine, and medical attendance gratuitously.” Located at 25th and M Streets NW, just off of Pennsylvania Avenue, the hospital finally closed its doors in June 2002, ending an eventful 136-year history of serving Washington women from all walks of life.

Hospitals in the 19th century were charitable institutions that supported those who could not afford to have doctors visit them in their homes. Washington at the dawn of the Civil War had virtually none, aside from the recently-founded Saint Elizabeths asylum for the mentally ill in Southeast. Providence Hospital on Capitol Hill, organized by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul (and profiled in Lost Washington, DC), was the first general public hospital, but it took in mostly war-related cases and could accommodate very few D.C. residents. (more…)

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23rd and M St, NW

From a press release:

“On Wednesday, May 18, EastBanc, Inc. will host a Topping Out Ceremony to celebrate the last beam of exterior construction placed atop the highly anticipated West End Library Fire Station Project (Square 50) at 23rd and M Streets, NW. EastBanc’s official topping out ceremony for Square 50 is open to the public and is scheduled to begin promptly at 11:30 a.m.

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rendering via Eastbanc

EastBanc’s Square 50 development will feature a 15,500-square-foot new, state-of-the-art West End Fire Station, a 54,300-square-foot Affordable Housing building with 55 units at 60 percent AMI or less along with six market-rate residential units and a one level garage with 24 parking spaces. The Square 50 mixed-use complex will also house Squash on Fire — a revolutionary world-class, tournament-ready squash facility with eight courts and a full-service restaurant.

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Currently, Squash on Fire is “holding court” and running a full squash curriculum across the street at Equinox Sports Club at 1170 22nd Street, NW. Internationally renowned world-class squash coach Amir Wagih oversees the Squash on Fire program at Equinox and will continue to coach when the official Squash on Fire facility opens. Wagih came to DC after a successful streak as the head coach of Egypt’s National Squash Team. (more…)