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Hey, hey! We opened DC's newest park today! #AlethiaTannerPark, named by popular community suggestion and vote, freed herself from slavery in 1810 by selling produce in Lafayette Park. She went on to free family members and friends, and help found churches and educational institutions in DC. Proud to have worked on this amazing project. The opening was delayed by the coronavirus, but I'm so glad to have worked with many great folks to bring about another venue to celebrate community, practice civility, and exercise democracy. Run, go play! . . . #washingtondc #igdc #acreativedc #202creates #eckington #noma #nomabid #ward5 #parks #newpark #parksandrecreation #urbanpark #dcchasers #exposeddc #popville #dcist #dogpark #playground #fotodc #theotherdc #walkwithlocals #mydccool #washmagphoto #dc #leslieknope #reallifeleslieknope @dcdpr @noma.bid @dcdgs @eckingtonparks @forresterconstruction @nelsonbyrdwoltz @studio27arch @jtruxdc @jub_rogers

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Thanks to Stacie and Josh for sharing: “Hey, hey! We opened DC’s newest park today! Alethia Tanner Park (227 Harry Thomas Way, NE), named by popular community suggestion and vote, freed herself from slavery in 1810 by selling produce in Lafayette Park. She went on to free family members and friends, and help found churches and educational institutions in DC.
Proud to have worked on this amazing project. Read More

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Photo by Thomas Dooley

“Dear PoPville,

1) I live in a small co-op and am curious if folks have any examples of good, reasonable COVID guidance that they’ve been using. We don’t have an on-site staff or property manager, so we are a little bit more self-service in the cleaning department and some of the District’s guidance is better suited for larger buildings.

2)I am sympathetic to my co-op neighbors with children, but a couple times each week, some of the families in our building let their kids play together in the common area. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Like many families in DC (and around the country), I have found myself at home with my 9 year old daughter with many hours to fill.

A good friend let me know about the Kindness Rocks Project, and my daughter and I painted some rocks over the last few days.

Just this morning we walked around the neighborhood and picked a few spots to leave them for people to find and hopefully bring them a smile. Read More

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1408 Okie Street, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Any word on what this is gonna be? It’s in ivy city in front of the Hecht apartment building and planet fitness.”

I’ve been getting a lot of queries about this spot. Back in October we reported: “The Lane will redefine leisure time for urban parents.” If you have kids, this could be a game changer.

Thanks to Zach for sending more photos: Read More

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“Opening Winter 2020 in Ivy City. 1408 Okie Street, NE”
From a press release:

“he Lane, a family social club providing a modern and stylish space for today’s families to play, relax, eat, and build community, will open its first location in Washington, DC’s Ivy City neighborhood in late winter 2020. The two-level concept will feature one-of-a-kind play structures for children, comfortable seating areas for parents and caregivers, exciting programming for the whole family, a café and bar serving food and drinks from local makers, and private spaces for celebrations, classes, and other special events. The brainchild of two local working mothers, Molly Nizhnikov and Rachel Lubin, The Lane will redefine leisure time for urban parents. Read More

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via National Building Museum

Thanks to Theresa for sending: “Total bummer – this place is a lifesaver in the winter”

From the National Building Museum:

“In 2020, the National Building Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary–an exciting milestone in a remarkable trajectory of service since 1980. During this landmark year, we will reimagine how visitors experience our mission to inspire curiosity about the world we design and build in thrilling new ways.

As a valued Member of the National Building Museum, we want you to be among the first to know that the Museum will undergo an extensive restoration to the Great Hall’s 19th-century flooring. This means thatwe will close to the public during this construction work on Monday, December 2, 2019 and reopen in March 2020. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Ryan Maxwell

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I are expecting our first at the end of August. We’ve been living in the city for eight years now and enjoy walking to our local beer garden (shoutout to Midlands) or getting coffee at Harrar. We will proudly fight anyone who says that it is necessary to move out of the city to raise a child.

Obviously life is about to change, so we’re curious what baby life is like in the city? What are the bars and restaurants that are friendly or that you took your baby to when they were young? Are there any resources in the city that you took advantage of when you had a baby? What’s the best thing about parenting in the district?

-Park View Parents”

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