From a press release:
“The office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced that the U.S. Senate today passed a federal lands package that contains Norton’s bill that clarifies that the District of Columbia and the National Park Service (NPS) have the authority to enter into cooperative management agreements (CMAs) to maintain and operate NPS properties in the District, such as Franklin Park. The Senate lands package was introduced by Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Last Congress, Norton and Murkowski introduced the stand-alone versions of the D.C.-NPS CMA bill. The rehabilitation of Franklin Park would be funded through a public-private partnership between NPS, the D.C. government and the Downtown Business Improvement District. Under current federal law, NPS has the authority to enter into CMAs with states and cities, and Norton’s bill makes clear that D.C. is included under this authority. (more…)
Snapshot from “Target=”_blank”>This animation represents the revised concept as reviewed and approved by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts on July 19, 2018: elements of the design are still in progress. Additional agency reviews will occur toward ultimate design approval by the Commission of Fine Arts, the National Capital Planning Commission, and the National Park Service.” See full “animation here.
From the National Parks Service:
“The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking comments on the proposed enhancements to Pershing Park for the national World War I Memorial. The project, including a comparison of the two alternatives, is available online at http://go.nps.gov/WWI-DEA. The public comment period is open February 6 – 27, 2019. The comment period, which originally ended on January 18, has been extended due to the partial government shutdown.
The Draft Environmental Assessment describes how the proposed national World War I Memorial will enhance Pershing Park (located on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 14th Street NW & 15th Street NW) by constructing appropriate sculptural and commemorative elements, including landscaping. (more…)
It really is Quiznos all over again. Thanks to Ken for sending:
“The Great Restaurant Closure of 19th Street continues! I received this email this morning about the ABP closing at 19th and M NW. This was the last one in this area. Wonder what will go in the space.”
From the National Building Museum:
“July 4-September 2, 2019
The Museum is partnering with the LAB at Rockwell Group to present the 2019 Summer Block Party installation. The Lawn will be an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and offer interactive experiences for all ages. (more…)
This morning a resident wrote on the MPD3D listserv:
“Prostitution on 12th Street NW between Massachusetts and N Street is getting completely out of control. Yesterday, I counted four prostitutes in the area while walking to work and today there were five. It is a real eye opener to see residents walking their dogs or taking their kids to school while maneuvering around hookers, pimps and vehicles pulling over to negotiate, while the whole area reeks of marijuana. When people complain, there is a noticeable police presence in the area, so they move one street over for a night or two. This problem obviously is not going to go away on its own or with what is currently being done by the police, in fact it has gotten much worse over the last few months. Please address this problem with more resources and/or a different strategy as it is decreasing the quality of life and endangering residents in this area.”
MPD replied: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown
Ed. Note: So about that upside down flag spotted at the Newseum the other day…
Update from the Newseum:
“the Newseum will remain open to the public through 2019.
“We stand ready to continue much of the Newseum’s important work for decades to come — through digital outreach, traveling exhibits, and web-based programs in schools around the world, as well as hopefully in a new physical home in the area.”
From a press release:
“Johns Hopkins University is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with the Freedom Forum to acquire the property that currently houses the Newseum at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., subject to all necessary regulatory approvals.
“Acquiring this iconic property in the heart of the nation’s capital will represent a transformative moment for Johns Hopkins University and place our research and expertise in the midst of national and global decision-making. This new location will allow us to consolidate and expand our Washington, D.C., academic facilities into a single state-of-the-art building – a world-class academic space that can be optimized for current and future research, education and engagement.
“Johns Hopkins’ acquisition of the building also provides financial support for the Freedom Forum’s vitally important First Amendment mission. As a nonprofit academic research institution committed to advancing knowledge and the principles of free expression, Johns Hopkins will continue to use this iconic facility as a home for education, discovery, free and open debate and the preservation and advancement of democratic ideals. Johns Hopkins also is deeply committed to serving and engaging the public, and, at this new facility, we will continue to open the doors of the university for a variety of events and offerings. (more…)
1100 15th Street, NW
Ed. Note: This is in the same complex where “Dauphine’s: a new restaurant inspired by the culinary culture of New Orleans” is also coming.
We got a name for “Chef Stefanelli’s new Greek concept at Midtown Center on 15th and L!” – Philotimo. The liquor license placard says:
“A new Retailer’s Class C Restaurant with a seating capacity of 300 and Total Occupancy Load of 409. Summer Garden with 50 seats and Sidewalk Café with 75 seats. Licensee is requesting an Entertainment Endorsement to include Dancing.” (more…)
Intentional or unintentional? That is the question. Or does it even matter at this point…
Thanks to Jess for sending:
“I think the Newseum is flying the DC flag upside down? I mean, we are in distress, but…”
Fortunately the Newseum quickly replied:
“Whoops, you’re right. We are fixing it right now.”