Photo by PoPville flickr user jbarab

“I live on Shepherd Street street in Petworth. Every morning I walk down Kansas on my way over to 14th street by way of Spring Rd. Almost without fail, there is a gentlemen exercising in place on one of the corners of Kansas between Shepherd and Quincy. He is awesome. Other than just exercise he is on a mission to wave and say “good morning, have a good one!” to every single person who walks by. He’s more than happy to yell “good morning” two blocks away. If I’m lucky, my route will take me right next to him where I’ll get a “Looks like you’re ready for another one.” It sounds stupid, but it’s a complete treat. He’s the waving man, and he’s getting it done.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

Photos courtesy Department of General Services

Thanks to a reader for passing on an article from NBC Washington:

“The frescoes are products of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal initiative called PWA – Public Works Administration. The fresco titled “Adolescent America” captures entertainment, movies and fun. The 12-by-40-foot “American Panorama” features scientists, innovation and industry. The plan is to hang both pieces in the school’s new grand entrance.”

And thanks to DGS for sending the photos and these two articles from the 1930s:

1935 12 10_Post_Movies, Comics, Refreshments (PDF)

1934 11 26_Herald_Up Looms the Merry Storm (PDF)


Upshur and Rock Creek Church Rd, NW

From a press release:

“On September 27th, runners will become a part of history when they join Olympic champion Joan Benoit Samuelson at the first annual Freedom 5K XC at President Lincoln’s Cottage! After winning the Boston Marathon twice, Ms. Benoit Samuelson went on to become the first woman to ever win the gold medal in the Olympic marathon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Freedom 5K XC, a unique cross country event open to the general public, provides a rare opportunity for runners and walkers alike to race on the 250 acre Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, where President Lincoln and his family resided during his presidency. All proceeds and donations support preservation, award-winning programs, and innovative initiatives such as the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage, the only privately funded National Monument in the nation.

The Freedom 5K XC traverses the picturesque AFRH grounds, on roads and paths that wind past ponds, woods, and fields. As a cross country-style course, the running surface will include paved and unpaved pathways. The run culminates at President Lincoln’s Cottage, “the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation,” where Lincoln developed his seminal document in our country’s ongoing struggle for freedom.

The Freedom 5K XC will take place on Saturday September 27th at 8:00 am. Early bird registration is $30 and ends on August 27. Registration after August 27th is $40 per person. Registration for the Freedom 5K XC is managed by Potomac River Running Club; to register online and get more information visit here.”


Yesterday my daughter was taking her afternoon constitutional and as we were walking on Illinois Avenue she spotted a little boy playing with a toy car. So we sprinted over as fast as we possibly could and the two played together for a little while. As we were walking away the boy says wait, wait and he runs into his house. And I have to say at this point it did not look like he had tons of toys. So anyway he comes back and says with difficulty (English is not his first language) “I asked my mother and she says you can have this, I have another.” After many many protestations on our part he absolutely insists that “the little girl” take his race car. I’ve never been happier to live on such mean streets.  Thank you Manuelito.

Ed. Note: If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

3800 block of Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Any idea what’s happening here, across the street from the Safeway? Looks like they knocked down a building attached to an empty lot.”

I’m told plans are for a 31 unit rental building without retail. I’ll be updated in the coming months as more details/renderings are released.


Also of note signage has gone up for the Fahrenheit Condos condos coming to the former Goins restaurant corner at Georgia and Shepherd:

Georgia and Shepherd St, NW


829 Upshur Street, NW

From an email:

“Beginning at 5pm, we’ll be featuring five speciality Belgian beers: 4 Sours and 1 Lambic–these will all be available for $6/serving for the duration of the evening; they will be offered for $4/serving during happy hour from 5-7pm!

Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale
Petrus Oak Aged Red Ale
Monk’s Cafe Flemmish Sour Ale
Brasserie De Silly Sour Flemmish Farmhouse Ale
St. Luis Framboise Lambic

We have limited quantities of all of these brews and only four draft lines–we’ll be “live tweeting” as we change the drafts throughout the evening. We’ll also be featuring beer flights–this is a unique opportunity to taste these rare craft international brews!

Rolf Ysla, a representative of Washburn Wine Company, will be at the event with several members of the Global Imports team.”

221 Upshur Street, NW

The former House of Falafel space has been leased by the folks from Gordy’s Pickle Jar. According to the Petworth listserv it will only be used for the commercial kitchen and won’t be for retail purposes. As a pickle fantatic – I for one think we should lobby for some kinda retail component!

Update: The folks from Gordy’s say the Petworth listserv is not accurate. We will update with more details as soon as we learn the complete plans.