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Photo by PoPville flickr user Victoria Pickering

Say what you will about the posh shopping – they are just killing it on the decorations. From a press release:

“CityCenterDC, the landmark, mixed-use development, has added an exciting new element to its eagerly anticipated annual holiday décor program. In addition to the city’s largest tree and reindeer display, CityCenterDC unveiled a new holiday art component along the main retail transverse of the neighborhood, Palmer Alley.

The “Dream Closet” installation is transforming Palmer Alley into a whimsical corridor filled with dynamic ornaments, encouraging people to linger, photograph and shop in and around the space. (more…)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

Last week I mentioned that the Ice Rinks in Canal Park and Silver Spring had opened (I’m also trying to post this photo as often as humanly possibly) and that the Sculpture Garden Rink would be opening in “mid-November”. Well we’ve hit mid-November – it opens Friday! And the National Harbour rink has also opened in Georgetown. So no matter where you live – Lace Up!!

The District | Washington, DC from Puponic on Vimeo.

This is old and isn’t super neighborhood specific but it just came across my facebook feed today and it feels right to remember our love for the District too. The author Puponic writes:

“To celebrate the final months of a place that’s been home for three years, I have put together a timelapse of all my favorite moments and places captured in the DC metro area. These places and moments have kept me sane during my time here. I can honestly say, through all the frustrations with the city’s politics, you can truly find beauty in the architecture, history and culture of this great city.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

From a press release:

“The Columbia Heights Initiative has been announced as the newest designee of the DC Main Streets program by the Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD).  Their Columbia Heights/Mount Pleasant Main Street will join eleven other DC Main Streets programs that have been accredited through DC Main Streets and the National Main Street Center, Inc. As a DC Main Street designee, Columbia Heights Initiative will implement programs and services to support the growth and development of neighborhood businesses and the revitalization of the commercial corridors of Columbia Heights and Mount Pleasant. (more…)

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Thanks to a reader for sending:

“On Sunday Oct 30th neighbors from the Sherman Circle gathered for a pre Halloween celebration. It was great! Weather was perfect. Kids and pets show up in their best outfits.”

Hope everyone has a fun and safe evening tonight! If you have great photos from tonight be sure to email me at [email protected] or tweet me @PoPville or upload to the PoPville flickr pool – thanks!

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79 Potomac Avenue, SE, courtesy Dock 79

Well this is pretty great – from a press release:

“MRP Realty, developers of commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate across the Washington Metropolitan region, and FRP Development Corporation announced today the opening of an interactive public plaza at Dock 79 in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Nearly 30 tons of steel were used to create the space’s eight-foot wide, 100-foot long ribbon-like archway that is both above and under the plaza. The plaza also includes four wooden chess tables, four steel umpire chairs, concrete ping pong tables and a playful water feature. It is located on the eastside of the development adjacent to restaurant tenants The Salt Line and All-Purpose Pizzeria. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

About a month ago, there was a pretty heated debate about the rampant drug use and loitering in the “Chinatown Parks”.

I noticed the other night that all of the benches in the park at 6th and I St have been removed–and thus–seems to have generally solved the loitering issues (notice it’s a ghost town now). I walk past this park multiple times a week and Friday was the first time I noticed the benches were gone.

I’m curious as to if anyone knows when this happened, if it was indeed in response to the issues that occurred in this park and raised in the post from September, and if this is the city/police’s permanent solution to the issue or if it’s just a stopgap measure until something else is done.

I’m glad the park is generally cleaned up–if I had a dog, I’d feel much better about walking it here now–but it sucks that we have to forgo benches and seating to get to this point. I also feel like this just pushed the problem to some other park or public space instead of getting the people who frequented the park the help they need. But I guess this is why they say we can’t have nice things?”