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I know Union Station isn’t Orange/Yellow I just liked this photo by angela n.

From WMATA:

“Making the most of historically low ridership and traffic-free highways, Metro today announced plans to combine the schedules of its two biggest capital priorities in Virginia: rebuilding platforms and connecting the Silver Line to Metro’s existing network.

Under the expanded plan, Metro will combine this summer’s work demolishing and reconstructing platforms at four Orange Line stations with a separate project on the Silver Line to connect Metrorail to the new “phase II” stations, which are being constructed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA).

The resulting summer shutdown will close a total of nine stations from Memorial Day weekend through the fall. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Tthe chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) response throughout the region. The call included a push for concerted effort on testing in the region, a regional framework on business impacts, and ongoing coordinated messaging to encourage residents to be good neighbors by staying at home. The Mayor and the Governors agreed to continue to advocate for more resources and leadership from the federal government to meet immediate needs like testing supplies and direct financial assistance to cities, counties and states.

They issued the following statement: Read More

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About All That Smoke


Photo by Mary Nguyen Barry

Thanks to all who messaged us. Fairfax Fire/Rescue started reporting just before 10am:

“Units are on scene of a reported building fire in the 2800 block of Poag Street in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. A second alarm has been requested.

UPDATE from Poag Street: a Fourth Alarm has been requested. PIO enroute to scene and should arrive shortly.

UPDATE Poag Street: Route 1 is shut down in both directions near the 2800 blk of Poang St in the Alexandria section. Please avoid the area. Units are working a 2-alarm fire in a 5-story building under construction. No civilian or firefighter injuries reported at this time.” Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erinn Shirley

From WMATA:

“Metro today announced that the six Blue and Yellow line stations south of Reagan National Airport–Braddock Rd, King St-Old Town, Eisenhower Ave, Huntington, Van Dorn St, and Franconia-Springfield–will reopen as scheduled Monday, September 9, with completely rebuilt platforms and several customer improvements. Read More

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919 U Street, NW

From an email:

“Writing to let you know that D.C.’s favorite taqueria and beer garden is expanding this fall with the launch of El Rey Ballston. Hospitality entrepreneurs and brothers Eric and Ian Hilton are opening the second El Rey in the heart of Arlington, VA at the rapidly-expanding Ballston Exchange development (4201 Wilson Blvd) near other culinary favorites like Shake Shack, Cava, Philz Coffee, DIRT and We, the Pizza.

In addition to its signature selection of mouthwatering tacos — like al pastor, Thai shrimp, and adobo chicken — cocktails, margaritas and sangria, the new 5,000-square-foot El Rey will feature plenty of beers on draft. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user justinbc

From a press release:

“For nearly thirteen years, the blue light shining outside Todd Thrasher’s PX in historic Alexandria, Virginia has silently notified savvy patrons when the contemporary speakeasy was open for service. Now fully occupied across the river with his wildly popular Tiki TNT and Potomac Distilling Company, Thrasher announces that PX will not be renewing its lease, turning out the fabled light for good on July 27, 2019. Read More

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4536 Lee Highway via Facebook

From an email:

“Writing to let you know that Arlington will soon have a new neighborhood bistro to call home when Cafe Colline, the latest from prolific restaurateurs (and brothers) Eric and Ian Hilton, opens this fall. Located at 4536 Lee Highway, Cafe Colline will take a few cues from its sister establishment Chez Billy Sud, the acclaimed Georgetown favorite known for its elevated-but-accessible French fare. Read More

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