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Dear PoP – Any O Street Market Update

by Prince Of Petworth November 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm 31 Comments

“Dear PoP,

You promised to give us periodic updates on the O St. Mkt and the Howard Theater. While it seems that the Howard renovation is moving along nicely, nothing has been touched at the O St. Market. What gives?”

Update on O Street Market – Ain’t shit happening.

Related update on Kelsey Gardens across the street – Ain’t shit happening.

Stay tuned for more updates when(ever) construction starts.

  • Ian C

    I enjoyed this post.

    • QStreet

      +1 me too.

  • j

    cursing is kinda lame, POP

    • Prince Of Petworth

      You’d hate me in real life. But I don’t plan on cursing regularly – it just felt warranted for this post. I apologize to any who were offended.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t have a problem with it. :) Swear words are innocent comapared to some of the genuinely offensive words out there.

      • Anonymous

        I vote for more cursing. In fact, I insist. It’s endearing, PoP!

        • Jay’O


      • lady

        I quite like cursing myself and I found it both funny and appropriate for this post.

      • davidj

        Why, you’re totally charming in person! I didn’t notice the cursing, so feel free to keep it up!

      • Eckingtonite

        I found the “ain’t shit happening” to perfectly reflect the spirit of the complete lack of movement on the projects and conveys more than “there has been no detectable progress.” A perfectly placed curse word possesses an eloquence that a statement like “it’s kinda lame” completely lacks.

      • Not offended. It’s true.
        When I was visiting Vegas discovered my website blocked by the resort’s filter. So watch it though.

    • Anon

      No hope in dope either. The PTA of America is going to start recommending that PoP be rated PG-13. Thanks for your insightful comments about O Street Market.

    • best post all month.

  • dc_publius

    Stuff will happen once they raise all the public housing surrounding the market. No one wants to invest in a market surrounded by poor people.

    • Anonymous

      so why did they do drawings, make plans, have a groundbreaking?

      • dc_publius

        Good question, they are wasting their time. Or maybe they just want free money from DC govt to fund their otherwise unsustainable project.

        The problem with this area is that it doesn’t have good population density. If the big public housing was new condos full of people with lots of disposable cash, then this project would’ve been completed by know.

        • Anonymous

          dc_publius…and your brain can’t sustain you much longer. Please stay on the 16th Street and don’t come west. You don’t deserve a house and are required to live in an efficiency forever.

    • MichelleRD

      I think you mean raze

    • victoria

      So maybe we should raze the public housing instead of raising more of it? (I’m not usually a word nazi here, but really – that’s a pretty big and non-typo mistake!)

  • Anonymous

    Perfectly suitable language for these two no-starter developments POP…as someone that lives close by I could have come up with even more colorful language to describe the delays that have taken place over the last several years…but yours was perfectly succinct and to the point. I guess the groundbreaking in September was just more political theater prior to the mayoral primaries…will be interested to read when/if you can come up with any news on these…and don’t forget the “groundbreaking” on Mandalay at 9th and P…ain’t shit happening there either.

  • Bob

    To be fair, they have put up CLARK Construction signs…

  • grumpy


  • The NeighborHood Reporter

    Now POP that was funny as hell Keep up the G’damn work

    • Jay’O

      F*#K YEAH!

  • chris

    I believe the plan was to secure the old red market structure and then start construction on the new store early next year. Perhaps they are still on track for the groundbreaking? Doubtful, but would be nice to dream.

  • Anonymous

    Roadside Development bought this property more than 8 years ago and the snow storm that destroyed the market portion of the property occured in 2003! The property has been an eyesore for Shaw’s residents for almost a decade now and Roadside should absolutely be ashamed of itself. How much longer do we have to put up with this? What can we do to remedy the situation?

  • briefly

    Hee hee, I’ve heard bellyaching about the destroyed O Street market since the first Clinton administration. Yes I know its been largely shut down since the 1968 riots…

  • Clark

    Thanks to the depressing reality of the District’s budget that was recently brought to light, I don’t think you’ll see projects like this happening anytime soon. A lot of projects around town, even some of those that have just broken ground, are about to sit dormant for years.

  • Jack5

    I think the only next thing slated to happen there is a brutal collapse…

    • Anonymous

      They’ll probably tear down the remaining walls before anything new gets built here.

  • factual update from the One (The Ward 2 One) next week:


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