This PoPtrekker was a reader request. It was not possible to mention all the sights on U Street (there are just too many) so I decided to focus on some that may fall slightly below the radar and new development. True story: I thought the filming was on Sunday but it really was Saturday, so I double timed it down there and was 45 minutes late. Sorry IA! As a result I was a little frazzled in the begining and prattle on a bit in front of the Japanese market and Healing Center but it smooths out after that. Sorry ’bout that!
In a previous PoPtrekker we looked at Georgia Ave. south of the metro. I received many emails requesting north Georgia Ave. be featured. So here we are. A couple of things, this one runs a bit longer than past ones but we still had to cut out some notable spots. It’s just impossible to get everything. Also, I think I say “umm, ahh” about 127 times. As is certainly no surprise, PoPtrekker is filmed without a script and pretty much all on one take. So I use the “umms, and ahhs” to think about what I’m gonna say. But I’ll definitely work on that for future volumes.
Full disclosure: Qualia Coffee owns Fresh Off The Roast Coffee which is an advertiser on PoP.
This episode of PoPtrekker features the H Street, NE Corridor. You can see previous PoPtrekker episodes here. This remains a joint Prince of Petworth/ Intangible Arts production. If you have a suggestion for a future PoPtrekker please email me directly.Just a couple of quick comments. First, there is a strip mall where I mention that it reminds me of one on 13th Street that got torn down. That was an error, of course I was thinking of the Nehemiah Shopping center that got torn down on 14th Street near Chapin. Second, I have to tell my mom – yes, I’m gonna get a haircut soon!
This episode of PoPtrekker features the neighborhoods of Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park. You can see previous PoPtrekker episodes here. This remains a joint Prince of Petworth/ Intangible Arts production. If you have a suggestion for a future PoPtrekker please email me directly.
Ed. Note: I’d like to quickly explain why I call the Washington City Paper’s Jule Banville an idiot. You may recall a few weeks ago the City Paper launched it’s “best of” issue. I know I shouldn’t respond to this but, damn it, I can be weak at times. At any rate, Ms. Banville penned a section called the Best Ridiculous Prince of Petworth Feature. Predictably, she selected the door of the day feature, and oddly a post on the residences at Georgia Ave. For her second “ridiculous” feature, she selected PoPtrekker. While not very witty it was actually quite a compliment to be given my own section. Here’s where I have a problem with what Ms. Banville wrote:
“…he then announces that PoPtrekker is brought to us “by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner Foundation.”…And we have to ask: Journalists are losing their jobs faster than they can say “twitterer” and a foundation is giving money to a blogger for this?”
Well, Jule, while it is clear that you are far cooler than I am, I thought the City Paper was an actual newspaper. Even if this was an obvious attempt at a snarky piece, I imagine you could have done a quick google search on the Ben and Sylvia Gardner Foundation and you would have found – nothing. That’s because the Ben and Sylvia Gardner Foundation is not a foundation. It is a tribute to my grandparents. So keep up the good work Jule and thanks for all the attention. You’ll have to let me buy you a beer sometime so I can properly show my gratitude. And I have to ask: Do you consider yourself a journalist?
Welcome to the third edition of PoPtrekker. In case you missed it, you can see Vol. 2 here. This week I visited Anacostia. I’d like to thank Jacqueline who filmed and edited this volume. (Ed. Note: Intangible Arts will be back to film and edit Vol. 4 so don’t hesitate to email me your suggestions for future PoPtrekkers.) I’d also like to thank David from the blog And Now, Anacostia who created a map for me as I had never been to Anacostia before. Good times.
Welcome to the second edition of PoPtrekker. In case you missed it, you can see Vol. 1 here. Vol. 2 features Georgia Avenue from the Petworth Metro down to Florida Avenue. The idea for this video resulted from the numerous conversations I’ve had with folks who are terrified of Georgia Ave. I wanted to show that Georgia Avenue is a street like any other (during the day) and there are many spots well worth checking out. I look a bit chewed up in the beginning of the video, so allow me to explain. We filmed this edition after a two night visit to the 9:30 club from one of my favorite bands, the Drive by Truckers. Suffice it to say, I properly represented…I’d like to apologize to the deaf community because I was unable to get a transcript of the video. Does anyone know of any non profits that do transcripts for free? This remains a joint Prince of Petworth/Intangible Arts production.If you have a suggestion for a future PoPtrekker please email me directly.
Every now and then you just got to try something new. What is life without a bit of risk, yeah? So welcome to a new video feature called – PoPtrekker. PoPtrekker was inspired by the PBS program globetrekker and I thought, hell, I should do something like that around DC. And here we are. As this is the first episode it is a bit rusty in spots and was pretty much filmed all in one take and for the most part was improvised along the way.
This is a joint Prince of Petworth/Intangible Arts production. My man IA did some great filming/editing and I’m grateful for his time and skills. If you have places you’d like to see featured on PoPtrekker feel free to shoot me an email. Currently this will be a monthly feature but if folks like it, I’ll make it a weekly feature. PoPtrekker Vol. 1 takes place at Rock Creek Church Cemetery.