“What do a 51 year old grandmother of five from Anacostia, a local DJ, an entrepreneur and a DC transplant from Sierra Leone have in common? They’re all learning to code in the name of improving the lives of people in and out of The District.
Meet Jason, Terri, Cassidy and Selina — the 2014 Code for Progress fellows. These four Washingtonians are about to make some major changes to historically underserved communities here in town.
Terri Acker has been on the board of Bread for the City for years, and you can’t go anywhere in Anacostia and find someone who doesn’t know her. She’s a 51 year old mother of five and a grandmother of seven who has lived in public housing her entire life. After witnessing people in her community slowly being pushed out of their neighborhoods do to rapid gentrification, she decided to make a change. Terri will be using her 17 week fellowship to learn how to code an app that will make it easier for Washingtonian’s to access low-income housing in their areas.
Selina Musuta DJs all over town. She has been working in social justice issues for years, mostly in the broadcast industry. She even incorporates her sound recordings into her DJ sets! Selina is taking her knack for technology to Code for Progress where she seeks to learn how to code an app that will connect SNAP beneficiaries in DC to stores near them using GPS. Even better—each location on the map will have a “healthiness rating”.
Cassidy Henderson was born in Sierra Leone, but now lives in Washington DC. She is a transgender woman who is hoping to improve the lives of other LGBT people in the US by connecting them with safe spaces and social services through the app she creates.
Jason Towns has been involved in policy and social entrepreneurship in the District for a long time. He will be using his Code for Progress fellowship to teach DC underprivileged youth how to use technology and code to create opportunity for themselves.
This rental is located at 435 Q Street, NW. The listing says:
“Minutes to downtown – Renovated two story colonial home with two master bedrooms, and 2.5 baths. Master bedroom has fireplace, built-in shelves, skylight, full bath and walk-in closet. Open floor plan with fireplace on first floor. Formal dining room w/eat-in kitchen and stainless steel appliances. Hardwood floors throughout. Patio & roll up garage w/space for 2 cars.”
“I’m cosigned on a lease and after the initial term ended we are on month to month. I told my roommate 2 months ago that I was moving so he needed to find someone to take over the lease. He has made absolutely no progress in finding a new roommate so I am starting to worry. The lease says: …The lease automatically extends beyond the Initial Term on a month to month basis unless a party gives a termination notice as described under section 5. I would interpret “a party” to mean that I can give notice myself, and the month to month agreement would be over in 30 days, and we would have to vacate the apartment. The leasing office has continuously told me that I need my roommates signature to give the notice. This seems weird to me because what if my roommate refuses to sign the notice FOREVER?!? Not saying this would happen, I just need to know my rights because I feel that I’m being misinformed, trapped and need to find a way out. I should also mention there is a clause in the lease that I am jointly and severally liable for all obligations of the lease.”
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A single-family home on our street of single-family homes in northeast Capitol Hill recently sold to a “developer” who it now appears is planning on putting in 18 apartments. The house, 1511 A Street NE, a lovely home built in 1923 with an oversized lot and wrap-around porch, was owned by Mr. & Mrs. Byrd for many years. This couple, who lived there until they passed away in their late 90s, maintained the property impeccably, and always had a beautiful garden. Now, this beautiful and historic house may be lost because of a zoning hold-over from the time that the Car Barn, the next block over, was an actual functioning street-car barn. Half of the Car Barn, which is now condos and a registered historic building, as well as half of the adjacent square 1070 (which is where this house sits), are zoned C-2-A, a much more permissive zoning than R-4, which is what the other half of 1070 is zoned. All but a handful of buildings in square 1070 are single-family homes, with a few businesses fronting East Capitol Street.
The company that purchased the house is 57th Street Mews of Mitchellville, Maryland. They have a history of finding areas of the city that are zoned C-2-A and constructing large and unsightly boxes while seeking variances and zoning relief. One of their colleagues, a real estate consultant who has been quietly obtaining permits for the developer, has this mission statement listed on his website — “This company is designed to consult on land use and development with particular focus to find nuances in DC regulations that govern land use, construction and occupancy of structures in the District.” He finds the overlooked zoning mistakes ignored by the city and gets paid to do so. Genius.
My neighbors and I are increasingly concerned, both with the lack of response from our government officials and the failure of our city to identify this zoning problem in the first place.
We have since received plans from the developer, which I’m attaching with this email. We’re shocked that something like this could be built in our neighborhood as a matter of right.”
This house is located at 4770 Reservoir Road, Northwest. The listing says:
“Incredible contemporary masterpiece designed by famed architect. Expansive main lvl overlooking reservoir, huge LR, DR w/ built-ins, Kitch w/ dual appl, bfast bar & deck. 3BR, 3.5BA w/ sun-filled “oculus” Entertainment Rm, plus den. Fully fin LL w/ Fam rm, stunning library, home gym & sauna/spa room. Walk-out LL to terrace & flat yard. New look!”
“Cinco de Mayo is quickly approaching, and there is no better place to celebrate the 152nd anniversary of Mexico’s marginally important victory over French forces than at El Chucho Cocina Superior!
The anniversary of the Battle of Puebla falls on a Monday this year, but we will be opening for brunch at 11:30 and featuring a special menu of breakfast burritos. We’ll also be offering drink specials during the day including our margarita on tap for $4.50, frozen margaritas for $5.50, and Tecate tallboys for $3.
Cinco de Mayo is also the perfect chance to try our new menu of tequila and mezcal flights! In order to make our extensive selection of agave distilled spirits more accessible, we are now offering flights from $12! With five of our nine flights are priced under $20, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Mexican heritage and enjoy the fruits of agave cultivation.
1825 18th Street, NW
Bar Charley News: Apart from Cinco de Mayo, our sister bar, Bar Charley will be staying open latereffective immediately. The kitchen will stay open until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and the bar will remain open until 12:30 and 1:30 on weekdays and weekends respectively.“
“Our party features more than 700 lbs of crawfish, unlimited drinks, and live music for 5 hours on the afternoon of Saturday April 26th at Yard’s Park in SE DC (Navy Yard Metro). Our organization puts on crawfish boils nationally to mark the coming of spring, and to gather great people for a good time and worthy cause.”
Saturday, April 26, 2014
2:00pm – 7:00pm
The Yards Park DC
355 Water Street SE, DC
Join us at the Yards Park DC in the Capitol Riverfront for a day of sun, crawfish, and most importantly, fundraising to benefit multiple myeloma cancer research. As always, there will be hundreds of pounds of crawfish, beer, wine and spirits, and live music throughout the day.
Signature cocktails will be served including sweet tea vodka and other tasty delights.