by Prince Of Petworth July 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0

Update on the iconic Uptown sign in Cleveland Park from the Cleveland Park Historical Society’s Carin Ruff:

“Last summer, AMC Theaters floated a proposal to replace the iconic UPTOWN sign with an AMC sign. After widespread outcry, they dropped that proposal. Last month, they submitted an application to the DC Historic Preservation Review Board to replicate the UPTOWN sign with LED lights inside red letters that would look like the existing letters, and to add smaller AMC branding to the marquee.

The CPHS Architectural Review Committee heard a presentation last week from the sign specialist hired by AMC and came away convinced that replicating the sign in LED was an acceptable solution, given the extreme deterioration of the existing sign. In addition to problems with the neon in the current sign, the attachment points of the letters to the wall are in danger of failing and there are environmental contaminants on the ledge where they sit. We should also note that we cannot prove that the current neon sign is the original one from 1936; the Historic Preservation Office isn’t sure, we aren’t sure, and the theater can only document the current sign back to 1968.

The proposed LED replacement would closely replicate the look of the current UPTOWN sign in color, warmth, reflectivity of the light elements on the surrounding body of the letters, etc., while using substantially less electricity to run 24/7. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo by @riotpedestrian

“Dear PoPville,

I’m organizing a Ride of Silence for Jeff Long, the cyclist who was killed by a motorist on M St Saturday. It’s Thursday at 5:15 – meet at 15th & M, then ride down the cycltrack to the site of the crash.”

From the Facebook event page:

“Jeffery Hammond Long was killed Saturday by a driver making a right turn across the bike lane on the 2100 block of M Street NW on Saturday. He was the second cyclist. after Malik Habib, in so many weeks to be killed by a driver in DC. Please join us for a ride in his memory.

Please wear white (like a ghost bike).

Meet: In front of Peet’s Coffee at 1156 15th St NW
Wheels up: 5:30

Route: Take M St West. Stop at the intersection of M & NH for a moment of silence.

FAQs: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

1415 Wisconsin Ave, NW formerly Appalachian Spring

Thanks to SinSA for sending:

“I was walking down Wisconsin Avenue earlier, and it looks like they’re making a storefront for Commander Salamander in Georgetown. I know that Wonder Woman is filming in this area, so it probably is for the movie.”

Commander Salamander was located at 1420 Wisconsin Ave, NW and is now an M&T Bank.

by Prince Of Petworth June 8, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

via Twitter profile

What a roller coaster of emotions. So sad. CNN reports:

Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain’s death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide.”

Ed. Note: From the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – “No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm 0

via Library of Congress

From the National Park Service:

“The National Park Service will mark the 50th anniversary of the start of Resurrection City on Saturday, May 12 with a symbolic reconstruction of the tent city that was erected on the National Mall in May, 1968 to protest poverty. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the JFK Hockey Fields, located on the south side of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, the actual location of Resurrection City. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth May 7, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

KK Brady

“Dear PoPville,

There is a small bakery in Leesburg, VA called Cowbell Kitchen. They opened the brick & mortar last October. Here is a short article on the two owners, Cheryl Strasser and KK Brady.

Throughout that past couple of years, Cowbell Kitchen was a food truck and has/had a presence in 9 farmers markets throughout DC.

Six weeks ago, KK checked herself into the hospital with flu-like symptoms. Without going too far into detail, she was placed into a medically induced coma and airlifted to Fairfax Hospital. She passed away on Thursday. She was only 23 years old. Needless to say, the community is absolutely devastated.

Her family created a website to share details of her memorial services. There is also a button for her GoFundMe page on this site.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 3, 2018 at 2:45 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

photo via Wikipedia by AgnosticPreachersKid

At its regularly-scheduled meeting May 1, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E/Shaw voted to support a proposal to name a set of Mt. Vernon Squangle alleys “Crowdy Court”. After the vote, Councilmember Charles Allen (Ward Six) told the ANC that he would introduce a law to the City Council to make the name official.

“I’ll proudly introduce that legislation,” Allen said.

The alleys are located in the interior of the block bordered by Fourth Street, M Street, Fifth Street, and New York Avenue NW. They will be named in honor of William Saunders Crowdy, who was born into slavery in Maryland, escaped, served in the Union Army, and became, in 1896, the founder of The Church of God and Saints of Christ, a Black Hebrew Israelite religious group, according to Wikipedia. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been watching the condominium conversion of the old Italian Embassy at 16th and Fuller in my neighborhood and an interesting detail appeared a couple months ago. On the side of the building facing Fuller there’s a window frame detail that wasn’t actually a window, and at the top there has always been a plastered over rectangle that looked like a hole that had been cut for an air conditioning unit. That rectangle had always been messily plastered over. A couple of months ago they cleaned up that little rectangle and it appeared to have writing in it so I took a couple photos (attached). It appears to be a dedication plaque in Latin, with the year 1925 written as MCMXXV.

Each side of the plaque is decorated with an object that looks like it was damaged, but it is pretty clearly the pre-WWII symbol of the Italian Fascist Party, the Fasces (bundle of rods) with an axhead attached. I’ve copied an image of the symbol from Wikipedia below.

Mussolini came to power in Italy in 1922 so this appears to be a symbolic detail to represent Mussolini’s fascist government.

I’m curious what the builder of this high-end condo is going to do with this plaque. It’s not as obviously offensive as a swastika, so I think they might consider an interpretive sign or plaque that explains it. It’s historically significant, and I think this building is in a historic district. I’m also curious what the translation of the Latin wording is.”


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