837 22nd Street, NW courtesy Foggy Bottom Association History Project
I thought you might be interested in the issue addressed in the attached letter. Waggaman letter to GW (PDF)
GW plans to tear down a 135 year old building across from Whole Foods to create a small area of green space and ultimately a new building. Read More
We spoke about seeing boards going up around town but this seems next level. Thanks to Isabel for sending: “GW emailed this to me today in preparation for the election on Tuesday. Have any of you ever seen something like this before?”
Full message: Read More
2200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
“We are sad to say we will not be reopening. Thanks to all of our wonderful guests, staff, chefs and managers. We had a great run. Everyone stay safe & healthy!” Read More
2200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Thanks to Katy for passing on from Burger Tap & Shake:
“Goodbye….for now, burger lovers.
We had hoped we could re-open here in Foggy Bottom sometime this year and see all of you again. Sadly, we find we simply can’t at this time. Hopefully, we’ll see you again in a spiffy new location. Stay safe & healthy!” Read More
Photo by Pablo Raw
The GW Hatchet reports:
“Officials announced at a Faculty Senate meeting and in an email to the University community Friday afternoon that all undergraduate courses and “most” graduate programs will be conducted online this spring.”
From a press release:
“BYT Media today announces dates, location and initial talent for a thrilling new edition of their project: Death Becomes Us – A True Crime Festival – WASHINGTON D.C. EDITION. The multi day event is the second edition of the festival, which saw its premiere edition in Washington D.C. in 2018 and a Spring 2019 edition in New York City. The event is expected to attract upwards of 8000 attendees at Lisner Auditorium, November 8-10th, with warm up events and content leading up to it. Read More
20th and Pennsylvania Ave, NW
11am Thursday, May 30th!
Sneak a peek inside and see the full press release: Read More
2040 I Street, NW
Looks like the old Lindy’s Red Lion is now going to be a Puglisi Hair Cuts shop. Puglisi is currently in the 2100 Pennsylvania Ave building (where TGIFriday’s was) which I heard is slated for renovation.”
A reader passes on the following GW safety alert issued at 12:49am:
“Subject: GW Safety and Security Alert
Incident: Report of Sexual Assault – a female hailed a cab in Georgetown for a ride back to Foggy Bottom. She stated the driver pulled over in front of Tompkins Hall and attempted to have sex with her in the back seat. She was able to get out of the van and ran to a pedestrian who activated a blue light to notify campus police. The cab was described as a silver van with windows, last scene headed north bound on 23rd in the area of H St. NW
Suspect Description: Black male, in his 40s’ he was heavy set.
Location: Area of 23rd and H St. NW
Action: Report anyone driving a cab matching this description to GWPD or MPD. Call 202-994-6111 or 911
Status: The suspect has not been apprehended. Officers are searching the area at this time.”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC
Thanks to a reader for passing on:
“Dear George Washington University,
As the students of the Corcoran College of Art + Design, we’ve seen our community hollowed out. Our faculty, staff and peers, the lifeblood of this institution, are struggling to define their future purposes in the Corcoran as it moves beneath the umbrella of your institution and the National Gallery of Art. Our administration informs us that the Corcoran’s curricula, buildings and the very people that make up our school are at risk for termination – or already dismissed. The future students of the CCA+D may enter a school that in no way resembles our beloved family.
The most important aspect and promise of this institutional agreement is that we function as our own “academic unit within the university’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.” The recent news of our entire staff’s termination, the infrastructure and institutional memory of our school, renders that promise moot and physically and spiritually guts our community and mission.
Since March 2013, we have repeatedly asked the Corcoran Director’s Office for a voice in decision-making processes and planning conversations going forward. We have been polite in our requests and made our concerns and priorities clear. Over the course of the last 15 months we have been granted a total of three meetings. It is our conclusion that the Directors’ Office neither listens to, nor represents, our point of view, thus we ask to engage with you directly.
Our appeals are simple and reasonable: honor your original promise. Let us keep the spirit of the Corcoran intact. We define that spirit as an extension of the Corcoran’s mission statement: Dedicated to Art and the Encouragement of American Genius. This occurs daily in our classrooms and galleries; it thrives as a result of our professors’ fostering our artistic abilities; it evolves as a result of interdepartmental collaboration; it is realized by our public exhibitions and our engagement with the global community.
We know and understand that things must change. We envision our small college
thriving within your university and becoming the 21st-Century art school about which you have spoken. Your actions function as an undermining of this very goal, and a destruction of everything that we have built over so many years. You don’t want this. You don’t want to start from scratch. You don’t want a demoralized student body and faculty. We think, as the students who came to this amazing arts school, that you would want all of the energy, the knowledge and legacy to be the foundation of this new and exciting center of the arts.
We realize that concessions must be made, but in order to retain any of the amazing qualities of our college, we require, first and foremost, its people. We require the immediate rehiring of key staff and a commitment for the employment of our faculty matching their commitment at the Corcoran. We require stability for our community outreach programs, including NEXT, ArtReach, Gallery 31, and all existing student organizations. We require intimate and interdisciplinary settings in which to learn from our professors. We require our faculty’s autonomy to create and administer our curricula. And we require a commitment from you to come forth with a plan for a collaborative vision.
Most importantly, these issues need to be addressed publicly and with the highest level of transparency. At all future discussions we need to have a meaningful presence and voice.
We ask for a consistent series of meetings scheduled with a representative student group and GWU representation, including Dean Ben Vinson.
Please add your name in support here.
The Corcoran Student Body
Corcoran Student Council
Alumni Steering Committee”