“This morning, President Trump became the first sitting president to address the ultra-conservative Values Voter Summit in DC.
But as attendees arrived, women from the abortion rights group Reproaction welcomed guests with a large banner that read: “Abortion: not just for your mistress” – a reference to Rep. Tim Murphy, who last week announced he will resign after details came to light of an affair in which the pro-life congressman urged his mistress to get an abortion.
In addition to the banner, Reproaction has a digital billboard with a similar message that will be driving by during the entire 3-day Summit.”
2649 Connecticut Ave, NW
Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer tweeted the news yesterday:
“Building permit issued for buildout of a new 2,593sf Starbucks in what appears to be the old Cafe Paradiso space, 2649 Connecticut Ave. NW.”
Cafe Pardiso closed after 27 years back in September 2016. In that time I’ve gotten tons of messages from folks wondering who was going in. I gotta say I’m amazed Woodley Park lasted this long without a Starbucks (though of course there is one across the street from the zoo.) On a personal note, I hope this alleviates the line at Dunkin Donuts. Yes that’s right, I like Dunkin Donuts coffee, there I said it. I also like their blueberry donuts. What’s up?!
Hans reports Sunday at 5pm:
“How in the hell?
Calvert St, Woodley Park. Everyone looked alright.”
Fear not the iconic Marylin Monroe is not going anywhere but a post of her on PoPville’s Instagram led to an interesting revelation from Ryan Wegman:
“What should be the mural on the opposite wall of Connecticut Ave. to match? Jackie O. was suggested (her and JFK frequented the Omni when it was THE place to dance in the city — the Blue Room, specifically — until someone made the Marilyn/Jackie connection. We’re now thinking Grover Cleveland, General Patton, and Martin Van Buren, all former residents of Woodley Park, but I’m still into keeping it female. We’d love everyone’s input and/or recommendation of an artist!
The mural process is still on-going even though the date on the flyer has passed. There hasn’t been a consensus yet as to what it should be.
The mural will be closing soon for ideas — we have until September 9th.
“The owner of Rajaji at 2603 Connecticut Ave. has donated his south-facing wall to MuralsDC and requested the development of an original mural for that location. MuralsDC is asking for neighborhood input concerning the subject matter of that mural.”
2609 24th Street, NW courtesy Bar Civita
“Bar Civita will close in Woodley Park by the end of July, according to chef/owner Liam LaCivita.”
1525 Wisconsin Ave, NW
From Via Umbria:
“We are thrilled to announce the latest member of the Via Umbria family: Chef Liam LaCivita.
With his addition, Via Umbria is expanding on its successful Italian Dinning Experience model by adding more made-to-order items and homemade pasta dishes with seasonal sauces. Liam is a man with a vision bringing signature dishes that integrate regional cheeses and charcuterie like we’ve never done before.
We are so excited to have him on board and invite you to join us in our café and our chef’s table to taste for yourself the new Umbrian experience.”
Thanks to Cassandra for sending from Woodley Park. Need this, this morning. Also, somebody show that kid this app!!
I know I’ve posted it a dozen times but God dammit it gets better and better every time I pass it!
Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley
“Metro today completed a major capital project to replace six escalators at Woodley Park Station, including the three longest escalators in the District of Columbia.
Metro’s contractor, KONE, replaced the escalators two at a time in succession. The overall project took more than two years to complete, including site preparation, demolition and removal of the old escalators, installation of complex gantries and cranes to move the new escalators and supporting structures into place, as well as testing and tuning.
“Metro’s infrastructure is aging and this is another example of the kind of investment that is needed across the system to provide customers with good, safe and reliable service,” said Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “Before being replaced, these escalators were more than 30 years old and beyond their useful life. With these brand-new escalators customers will see the improvement.”
Courtesy Smithsonian’s National Zoo
From an email:
Where: Smithsonian’s National Zoo | 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Washington, DC 20008
Date: Saturday, May 6th, 10am-2pm
Learn about the wildlife in our backyard and see science in action at this celebration of birds that come near and far to stop by our city. Scientists from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center will be banding local resident and migratory birds, just as they would when conducting research in the field. There will be games, crafts, and challenges to learn about birds. There will be a free tasting of coffee that creates bird habitat. See, hear and learn about these amazing creatures from the scientists who study them!”