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Action in 16th St/14th St Heights – Dog Park to Upshur Park and Alcohol to Highlands

by Prince Of Petworth April 15, 2010 at 4:30 pm 16 Comments

In today’s GDoN? Post there was mention of a dog park. Just wanted to let folks who weren’t aware of this development know where the park will be. It will be right across the way from the Upshur Pool at Arkansas Ave just north of Upshur St, NW. (Hope to announce pool opening dates soon as well…)

Highlands Cafe located at 4706 14th Street, NW (by Crittenden) has applied for an alcohol license:

“New restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live jazz, folk music performers and poetry sessions.”

And I’m assuming they’ll still have coffee…

  • I think the dog park should apply for a liquor license!

    • Cash



  • PetworthRes

    The Upshur pool/park area is also getting a brand new children’s playground – construction should happen this summer (they said at the ANC 4C mtg the other night).

    • betternotsay

      Awesome! The one there now needs trees and it’s kind of urban and depressing.

  • RD

    Construction of the dog park is supposed to start in june.

    Once i can get a bloody mary at highlands, it may become my favorite brunch spot in town. the food is great, as are the people that work there. it’s probably going to become too popular now, though. :/

    that strip has some underutilized storefronts. hopefully if highlands becomes even more successful, it might draw some more quality eating and drinking establishments.

    • ontarioroader

      I agree about that strip of 14th having a lot of potential. It’s too bad that ‘underground’ art/performance space a few doors down from Highlands didn’t have their sh*t together and got run out.

  • MJ

    I’d love to see a nice ethnic mix of establishments come to that area as well as to the area where columbia heights and 16th st heights meet up. I just hope we do not end up with a homogeneous, yuppie flavor as happened to U St, Capitol Hill, is happening to Bloomingdale and H St. Diversity is why I live in a city.

    • Eric in Ledroit

      U street is homogenous and yuppie? the gibson, axum, oohs and aahs, u-topia, etete, little ethiopia, 1905, and bens chili bowl are hardly homogenous.

      • “it’s happening to Bloomingdale and H Street”

        So basically, as soon as a white person opens a business in a place that is otherwise derelict, it’s homogeneous?

        Seriously, is there anything AT ALL in Bloomingdale other than the Great Bear? I really don’t get this. I think most people in H Street and Bloomingdale are thrilled to have any business at all open up, since the alternative is boarded up windows…

        • Anonymous

          i’d rather have a boarded up buildings than another liquor store or a cricket store or another bullet resistant carry-out over here in homogeneous, yuppie flavor bloomingdale. but i’d take an Alero in a heartbeat.

          and if bloomingdale is yuppie flavored i guess like yuppie flavor.

          • betternotsay

            Bloomingdale is not yuppie flavored. Don’t worry, you still have a long way to go.

  • victoria

    Please define “diversity,” and explain how we pay for it? If I owned commercial property and could get 3 times the rent for “homogeneous, yuppie flavor,” why should I accept less for some quaint diverse shop?

  • ed

    dogs? what are they? those things that my lease prohibits? :-)

  • Andy

    Yay for Highlands.

    And if you like diversity, eat at La Libertad or Smokys, get your hair cut at Darryls, take a dance class and shop for stuff at Esther’s.

    Or define what it is you’re missing under the heading of “diversity.” More brunch options?

  • Spare me.

    highlands is a great neighborhood spot. and the only place within walking distance that has a decent cup of coffee.

    and seriously, diversity? yuppie? how is it that every single post on this blog devolves into an argument about yuppies, gentrification, and diversity. even when the post has absolutely nothing to do with yuppies or gentrification. great cesar’s ghost it’s tiresome.

  • betternotsay

    I just do not want to smell dog while I am chillin’ at the pool.


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