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Photo by Jamie Sycamore

Whoa. Thanks to Jamie for sending this spectacular photo which just might be my favorite from 2019. Wow.

If you spot a hawk or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.

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“Dear PoPville,

The red escalator handrails at Fort Totten station were installed a while ago and I read (I think on metro’s website) that they were a test to see if they worked. If so, they would be installed throughout the system. To date these are the only ones that I’ve seen. Anyone know what’s going on with them?”

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Rendering courtesy of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation by Shalom Baranes Associates.

Ed. Note: Don’t forget about Meow Wolf and Aldi too.

From a press release:

“The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation (Cafritz Foundation), developers of the Fort Totten mixed-use development project Art Place, today announced that the lease has been executed for an approximately 40,000 square-foot 24 Hour Fitness club located at Art Place at Fort Totten. This will mark the first 24 Hour Fitness location in D.C. and sixth 24 Hour Fitness club in the Metro region, expanding on its successful footprint across Maryland and Northern Virginia. The 24 Hour Fitness is slated to open within the next few years. Read More

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Rendering Courtesy of The Cafritz Foundation

First Meow Wolf and now this!! Thanks to all who sent the big news from the Washington Business Journal: “Aldi signs lease for largest D.C. store, in Fort Totten”

From the full press release issued Monday:

“The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation (Cafritz Foundation), developers of the Fort Totten mixed-use development project Art Place, today announced that the lease has been executed for an approximately 25,000 square-foot ALDI store at Art Place at Fort Totten. Located on the corner of South Dakota Avenue and Kennedy Street, this will be the largest ALDI DC location and the second ALDI in the city, the first being in the H Street Corridor. Read More

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via google maps

From MPD:

“Earlier tonight [Friday], an adult male and an adult female were injured in a shooting that is believed to have taken place in the area around the 5000 block of 6th Place, NE. The both victims received non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Fourth District are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 202.727.9099 or text 50411.”

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via google maps

Ed. Note: The GoFundMe for the victim is closing in on $35,000 of it’s $40,000 goal. Thanks to all who’ve given.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made regarding an Assault With Intent to Kill (Gun) offense that occurred on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in the 100 block of Kennedy Street, Northwest.

At approximately 12:23 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.

On Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 20-year-old William D’Sean Wrice, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault With Intent to Kill (Gun).”

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Whoa, thanks to Emily for sending from Meow Wolf:

Meow Wolf D.C. will be the next permanent installation from the growing arts and entertainment start-up, the result of a partnership with the Cafritz Foundation that’s set to open in 2022.

eow Wolf rocketed into 2018 with back-to-back January announcements of huge, new, permanent installations in Denver and Las Vegas. Now, the booming arts start-up bookends a phenomenal orbit around the sun with news of a major permanent installation coming to the nation’s capital: Washington, D.C.

The project is the result of a partnership with the Cafritz Foundation and will be a three-level, 75,000-square-foot structure located in the Fort Totten community. The exhibition will feature a new immersive narrative with uniquely interactive art experiences. Meow Wolf will reveal more details about plans for D.C. in 2019. Grand opening will be in 2022. Read More

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