07/24/14 10:22pm

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4915 Georgia Ave, NW

I’ve always been fascinated by this bar turned church and since long vacant on Georgia Ave. And I’ve said to myself when this storefront gets renovated – it will mean this section of Georgia Ave will begin to be revitalized. So I did a triple take when I saw the signage above (covering the small Jesus lettering) announcing funding for a new project.  Anyway it got me thinking about other symbolic revitalization spots that had been long vacant  like the Wonder Bread Factory, Howard Theatre, the Boilermaker Building, Uline arena and others.  So what renovated or soon to be renovated vacant building most represents DC’s revitalization to you?

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07/22/14 3:10pm

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1400 block of Shepherd St, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about the Washington Post article It’s pop-ups vs. solar panels on Shepherd Street NW in Columbia Heights:

“But Shepherd Street’s residents now face an unexpected obstacle to their environmentalism: pop-up rowhouses potentially blocking their solar panels’ access to sunlight. Two Shepherd Street homeowners with solar panels are especially upset because one rowhouse is slated to grow to three stories right in between them.”

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TV crews getting in on the action

07/21/14 12:25pm

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5111 Georgia Ave, NW

From 3 Little Pigs kickstarter page:

“We have been in business for three years now, doing business out of two thirds of our building. We have been waiting to invest in the third floor until we knew that we had the right idea. Our team spent late nights talking about ideas for the space – selling coffee and doughnuts, renting the space out as offices, a full service restaurant, all the way to using the space to offer mail order services. But, nothing felt quite right, so we stayed committed to searching for the right decision – one that sparked enthusiasm in everyone.

From the day we came up with the idea for Three Little Pigs, we knew we wanted to work to become a destination. After reading about “third places”, written about in The Good Great Place by Ray Oldenburg, we realized that to become the destination we wanted to become, we needed to create a place where the community comes together.

That is what we are building. We are building a place where we can host themed dinners, private luncheons, wedding showers, large scale butchery classes, food and wine tastings, classes on all types of food, even football Sundays. This is a place for all of the great people in our community to meet and have a great time!

Your help will go towards the much needed tables, chairs, doors, and the equipment and tools we need to teach and host our guests. We are investing our money to pay for the renovations, but that money will only get us a blank canvas – we need your help so we can get the paint, too. 15k is our goal, but the more we can raise the more we can invest into special equipment and other needs to make this event space awesome!”

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