Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

It’s been about a year since you last posted a question about the much-anticipated, but long-elusive XSport Fitness Fort Totten opening.

As recently as last month, the retail page for the Modern at Art Place indicated that this gym would be opening in Winter 2018. Now, they no longer list the gym as a future tenant, and XSport has removed the Fort Totten gym from their “Coming Soon” page.

Does anyone have any inside info? Can us Brightwood / Petworth / Fort Totten / Lamond-Riggs / Michigan Park residents still hold out some hope? Or is XSport Fort Totten the gym equivalent of vaporware?”

Another reader writes:

“This gym has been “coming soon” for over 4 ½ years. What’s more absurd is that the facebook page has a daily stream of pics of people working out, tagging the Fort Totten location and then has stupid chicken soup for the soul (or I guess muscle) quotes. The people posting on the page about the perpetual non-existence are pretty funny. And I have contacted them multiple time and they said we don’t have an opening date. This place has been coming soon longer than the duration of the American civil war.

I think it will be a great addition to the community –if it ever opens. And having a new fitness chain will be good for access in these areas of Northeast.”

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A reader passes on a letter she sent to Council Member Brandon Todd and DC Water:

“My neighbors and I have just cleaned the THIRD sewage back flow surge from our basements in the last 13 months!

This is absolutely devastating! Something needs to be done to update the infrastructure of the sewage lines to accommodate the demands on the system. The massive amounts of rain we’ve experienced is too much for the system to bear and unfortunately, we are at the bottom of a hill — receiving everyone else’s waste in our home. It’s not our responsibility to upgrade and snake our drains when everyone in our neighborhood has back flow problems. This is a city issue and it needs to be resolved.

You have a neighborhood with 70+ year-olds wading through raw sewage and cleaning out their basements alone because no-one has coverage anymore to help (nor can we afford to continually pay insurance co-pays and additional expenses to cover remediation costs). Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Bowser today broke ground on the Fort Totten extension of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), which will connect the existing trail from John McCormack Drive in Brookland to the Fort Totten Metro Station. This is the next major milestone toward the completion of the Metropolitan Branch Trail.

“This extension is a tremendous example of how we are working together as a community to build a safer, stronger DC for pedestrians and cyclists,” said Mayor Bowser. “With this project, we’re closing key gaps in our network and providing a safe, off-street route for people traveling through the District.”

The $11 million project, which will take approximately 18 months to complete, Read More

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Photo by Laura Checovich

I’ve become so jaded that I didn’t believe it at first, thanks to Laura for confirming this coolness:

“It’s real- I took this picture this morning at Fort Fotten and the red ones are there too, going upstairs”

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This rental is located at 234 Nicholson Street, NE. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1995 / 2br – 2 ba – Amazing Condo with Brick Patio and Small Porch!

NEIGHBORHOOD HIGHLIGHTS
• Excellent Fort Totten/Riggs Park Neighborhood less than a mile walk to Fort Totten Metro Station (green, red, yellow)
• Provides terrific access to downtown DC as well as Maryland that sits just to the east.
• Walmart, Giant, Shop Rite are all in walking distance plus the Riggs Road Bus stop is at the end of Nicholson
• In walking distance to several parks including Riggs Rd Playground, Fort Totten Park, Keene Rec Center, Fort Circle Parks, plus Providence Hospital and Catholic University Campus-great location for a professor and their family, recent graduates, or doctor and family!
• Duplex home is brick appointed, fenced in backyard with brick patio and small porch.

THE HOME Read More

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116 Kennedy Street, NW

From an email:

Jackie Lee’s just started doing brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 11am.
Some offerings include:

Breakfast Burritos w/ Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Smoked Caponata, and Bacon
Wisconsin Hash Browns for 2
Chicken and Waffles
and more fun hangover food

Also, we are throwing a party this Saturday to remind people that our current political situation is NOT NORMAL…”

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116 Kennedy Street, NW

Update on the new Jackie Lee’s on Kennedy:

“We will be opening our doors at 5pm until 12am on Sunday 11/26 and Monday 11/27. We will be closed Tuesday 11/28.

GRAND OPENING is scheduled for Wednesday 11/29.”

Ed. Note: If you’ve never been before, consult the map because there is a bit of construction going on out front and it’s a little tricky if you’re not familiar with the area.

Check out their menu here.


Photo does not do justice to how sweet this bar is.

Tons more photos after the jump. Read More

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