goDCgo guide DC-wide listingsJun 13. ANC2B monthly meeting, Brookings Institution, 1717 Mass Ave.Suite 500 dupontcircleanc.net.
Jun 6. Mayor Bowser celebrated the start of a renovation that will transform the historic Franklin School into Planet Word – a museum dedicated to the power and fun of words and language. [Popville] Like, so cool.
Jun 6. DDOT closing one northbound lane of traffic on Connecticut
Ave NW from L Street to M Street. Two lanes will remain open to traffic at all times. for the
installation of a temporary WMATA cooling tower for the Farragut North
and Dupont Circle Metro stations.
NOTORIOUS RBG: new Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic follows the life and
work of the Supreme Court Justice, with kudos for late husband Marty. E
May 26. Robbery at 1931 hrs in the 1400 block of K St
May 24 Metro says it will
keep its shorter late-night hours for at least another year, has
the shortest hours of any similar rail system in the US.
[Stephen Repetski, Greater Greater Washington]
May 21 DDOT) is considering adding protected bikeways north of
Dupont Circle on Connecticut Avenue. The initial phase would end at
California Street. [Greater Greater Washington]
April 27. Robbery Snatch at 1413 hrs in the N St & Connecticut
Apr 1. Stabbing at 0031 hrs at Vermont and L Street
Mar 15. Staples at 19th & L closing Apr 6.
Mar 15. Robbery Force & Violence at 2147 hrs in 900 block of 15th StMar 13. Robbery (Force & Violence) at 1451 hrs at 16th St and Church St NW
Mar 12. Robbery Fear in the 1700 block of K Street
Feb 14. Developers briefed ANC 2B on its
plans for the
proposed “Penelope Hotel” at 1337 Conn Avenue. The space
currently hosts “The Gryphon” bar and restaurant. outside work starts
Dec 4. “ANCs 2A, 2B, 2E, and 2F announce a new website for the upcoming town hall on the DDOT dockless bikeshare demonstration program.Dec 1. Brueggers Bagel employee claims chain is closing DC shops permanently after acquisition by Caribou Coffee.
Oct 2. Rosebar night club agreed to improve its sound suppression on the outdoor patio to where Palladium could not hear it.
Booted on a
ABC Board ruled that the CEO of the Tabard Inn was not a qualified
substitute representative of the General Manager of the inn who signed
our alcohol protest petition. All other petition signers were busy, and
the system has only two tiny windows for five signers to present their
faces. Thus eliminating the Group of Five from standing,
would not have mattered anyway since the ANC2B preempted the protesters
by signing its own Settlement Agreement with the business. Without
standing, we do not legally exist. Alcohol biz wins
by neutering the bothersome resident protests. CEO Fritzi
gave them an earful on paying city taxes and business organization for
DC explores Night Mayor.
GGW reports: In cities around the
have emerged as the stewards of cultural experiences that aren't tied
to usual daytime activity. And with rising costs affecting everything
from artist spaces and music venues, someone who's sole focus is
managing the evening realm is seen as a benefit to not only culture,
but even those who live downtown and wish to sleep.
Already going in Pittsburgh, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale,Iowa
Feb 20, 2017. construction beganMay 13, 2016. Abigail voted with the ANC2B majority that the revised concept still does not meet ANC's criteria.
Oct 2, 2014. Abigail memo
Jack Evans to delay HPRB hearing on St Thomas
Church. Evans's reply: I
to convene a group of neighbors on Church and P Streets,
representatives from the church, the development team and the ANC to
continue strong community dialogue to refine the plans for any
development. ... Unfortunately, it’s not possible for the
District to purchase the park land.
Sep 29. Proposal for Eleanor Roosevelt Trail with park at 18th and Church Streets by Sarah Peck
A win-win for church and city in Dupont. St. Thomas’ Parish in Dupont Circle has waited 40 years to replace its Gothic church that burned in 1970. Selling land would finance a new church to house its growing, vibrant congregation. But a proposed condominium raises community fears of congestion, loss of historic ruins and incompatibility with its neighborhood. A new round of government reviews begins Sept. 29 with a special meeting of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission. But must there be a condominium? St. Thomas’ wants a church. The community wants a church and park, but not a church and condominium. And other new housing nearby is already increasing demands on infrastructure, including a need for parks. What if we could gather enough public and/or private money to rebuild the church and preserve a park? St. Thomas’ could use the park for weddings and children’s play, and the community could continue to enjoy the beautiful, restful stopping place that St. Thomas’ has generously provided for 40 years. A statue of former parishioner Eleanor Roosevelt could inspire us to take up her advocacy of human and community building. The park already draws visitors from beyond the immediate area. As a friend of St. Thomas’ since 1983 and an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Dupont Circle, I seek a win-win where the church is satisfied and the community saves rare open space in Dupont Circle.
Newly open:Sign of the Whale returns 1825 M St
Magnolia Q st & Conn Ave
Compass Coffee 1776 I St
Joe & The Juice: 15th & K
Luke's Lobster 800 17th St
Taqueria Local, 1627 K St
WAWA 1111 19th St
Zen Taco 1747 Penn Ave
Naan & Beyond 1025 Vermont
Le DeSales, DeSales St
& Pizza re-open 1215-18th St
Five Guys 1140 19th St,
Swings Coffee re-open 1724 G St
Alhambra restaurant in St Regis Hotel 923 16th St
Tulips 1207 19th St
Taylor Gourmet 888 17th St
Danielle's Desserts 1130 Conn Ave
City Tap House restaurant, Conn Ave at N St
Lil’ B Coffee Eatery in Darcy hotel, Scott Circle
Honeyfish Poke 14th & K.
Bombay Express in the former House of Kabob space 1339 M Street
Chicken & Whiskey 1738 14th St South American rotisserie chicken
Halal Guys 1331 Connecticut.
within The Darcy Hotel, 1515
Mirabelle 16th & I St contemporary celebration of American and French, in building replacing brutalist church.
Leziz Turkish Cafe & Restaurant 2016 P Street
Flagship Milk Bar 15th & Church St
Britain’s Leon “Naturally Fast Food" coming to 1801 L Street
Blue Bottle coffee 1471 P St
Philz Coffee 1350 Connecticut in former Cosi space late summer
Astoria restaurant 1521 17th St
Sweetgreen 1451 P St.
Blue Botltle Coffee next door
Poki District coming to 1895 L St, NW (and 1399 New York Ave, NW)
The Rabbit Hole 18th St at Jefferson Place, new Tavern featuring Asian-style street food
Pisco Y Nazca Gastro Bar 1823 L St Peruvian
Daily Pizza & Kabob 1829 M St former space of Bombay Express:
Gregory's Coffee 1030 19th St
Another Duke's Grocery at 20th & Penn Ave in late 2018
BNB Sports Bar, 1331 Connecticut formerly Kababji.
Philips Seafood into Tortilla Coast space, 15th & P.
Rewind Modern American Diner, 1219 Conn Ave (was Pansari Thai) by the Decades/BarCode night clubs group
Parlay Sports Bar & Lounge 1827 M closing
Black Rooster pub 1919 L closing.
AuBonPain 1801 L St closed after merger w/ Panera
Stonefish Grill (to TBD) and Naan and Beyond (to L & Vermont) moved from 15th & L for building demolition
DGS 1315 Conn Ave closed Feb 11 named in top 100 best DC in first year
Chickery closed 1300 Conn Ave
Veloce Pizza ; closed 1828 L St
Capriotti's Sandwiches CLOSED 1800 M StJoe Biden helped open it.
Red Apron Burger Bar 1323 Conn shut down and relaunched at EatBar on Barracks Row.
Rural Society, the Argentine steakhouse within the Loews Madison [now a Hilton], closed permanently
For the breakfast eaters. From Aparna Krishnamoorthyin or next to 2B05: Luna Grille, Trio, Java House, Beacon Bar & Grill, Tabard Inn (upscale), sandwich breakfast at Bub and Pop’s 1815 M Street. Also in residential places with good reviews: The Federalist, The Jefferson (upscale), City Place Cafe. e-mail Abigail with any great discovery.
Good neighbors. Restaurants on Conn Ave that respected their backdoor 18th St neighbors' right to reasonable quiet by restraining their night outdoor operation: Luna Grille, DGS Deli, Mad Hatter.Go Home
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quit. an alert
that the copper downspout thieves are out there and active
If you see anyone on a ladder, or by a house removing downspouts, make
a note of any details (license numbers, clothing) and call 911.DO NOT
If your car gets bumped from behind - beware of a scam that
your car IF they can drive it. What to do ---- Take Your Keys and Lock Your
the bumpers than skedaddle, try to get the license number. Do not
confront them. If in any doubt, call 911. [police reminder from
The Dupont/Logan smash-and-grab crime wave culprit got a 36-month sentence after forty arrests.
Police Lt Porter at ANC2B meeting warned that bike thefts are endemic, and that the MPD has about 200 unclaimed recovered stolen bikes. Likewise theft from auto is common and warned to keep interior clear of anything that looks valuable. He also urged that "if you see anything, call the police immediately".
Street Crime. Occasional robberies, some with violence, mostly after dark in commercial parts of ANC2B and West End. Get instant e-mail police reports from DCAlert. Some tips on avoiding crime travel with others in lighted areas and don't display anything worth grabbing.
my advice is (A) not sit down on a bench while waiting for a metro. By the time I had stood up and grabbed all my grocery bags, the teenagers already had a 45 second lead on me; and (B) don’t check your iPhone while on the metro platform. [cellphone snatch victim on Metro platform on PoPville]
Crime is falling. Some crimes have all but died out. Last year there were just 69 armed robberies of banks, building societies and post offices in England and Wales, compared with 500 a year in the 1990s. In 1990 some 147,000 cars were stolen in New York. Last year fewer than 10,000 were. [The Economist, Jul 19, 2013]
See Crime Archive for older crime stories.Go Home
Aug 2017. East Dupont moratorium expired Aug
Board public hearing Sep 20 on possible renewal.
May 1, 2015. Study committee for West Dupont
recommends ending the moratorium. ANC2B to decide its
Nov 20, 2014. The ABC Board voted to renew the East Dupont Circle Moratorium for a three-year period with significant modifications, as recommended by ANC2B. It ended the licensing cap on restaurants, multipurpose facilities, and off-premise retailers. It continued to allow the issuance of two licenses to taverns; prohibit the licensing of any nightclubs; and exempt hotels. Board Decision.
to the ABC
Board Oct 24 hearing on a
120 day extension of the East Dupont moratorium, arguing for time to
collect and analyze pertinent business data.
ABC Board accepted the DCCA request for a 120 day extension of the 17th St moratorium and scheduled a public hearing for Oct 24, 9:30-11:30 at Reeves Bldg. Submit request to speak and written testimony by COB Oct 18.
Go, go, U Street, you never had it so good, explained ABC Board Member Mike Silverstein, in denying the moratorium petition by Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance in a 4-0 vote. In legal language the complaints of the neighbors for peace, order, and quiet did not rise to the standard for a moratorium for over-concentration of alcohol licenses. The dominant influence was the legal requirement that the Board give great weight to the opinion of the affected ANCs (1B, 2B, 2F, and 6E) who cumulatively voted 28-1 against the petition. Silverstein told the history of U Street rising from destruction after the riots to the opening of the Metro station to a lively prosperous strip of high and rising property values. The Board’s complete 31-page opinion.
Aug 14. ANC2B voted 4-4 (with the Chair's vote deciding) to adopt a resolution that recommends that the ABC Board retain a modified 17th Street moratorium for three years that removes any restriction on restaurants. It was free market champions against neighborhood guardians. Abigail voted for the resolution after her two alternative proposals were defeated 7-1. The next and final decision is the ABC Board hearing followed by an order at a future date.
Aug 14. Abigail introduced two proposals for dealing with the expiration of the East Dupont alcohol moratorium. First, petition the ABC Board for an emergency extension of 90 days for further study of the pertinent facts and build a consensus. Second, a work plan for further data collection. Considered a good thing to do but not urgent enough to delay the main vote. She further proposed development of guidelines for future ANC2B policy on new and changing licences.
May 22. Borderstan. The ABC Board heard about 30 testimonies from residents, groups, ANCs, and alcohol businesses on the proposed 14th & U Streets moratorium. A fair report by Dave McAuley.ANC2B voted 6-1 against the proposed 14th & U Moratorium, May 8, with Abigail voting for. That makes all four affected ANCs voting against it even though three Citizens Associations voted for it.
See more on the moratoriums: rules, history, and coming events.Go Home
Sep 20, 2017 three private, dockless bikeshare
launched in DC: Mobike, LimeBike, and Spin. A fourth, Jump, is
launching Monday with electric-assist bikes. [David Alpert
May 2017 DDOT Bicycle Program Specialist Mike Goodno
plans to improve 15th St from E St to NY Ave maybe by summer. Restripe
the faded pavement markings; Move the existing “Stop for Peds” pavement
markings farther away from the crosswalks; Remove a flex post in both
directions near each crosswalk and replace with a “Stop for
Pedestrians” pylon; targeted traffic safety
[Greater Greater Washington, May 10]
May 5, 2016. In
Dutch cycling experts met with DC area planners, engineers, and feds to
look at cycling conditions in the West End neighborhood. They all
teamed up to draft a plan that would build connections to trails and
add new segments of on-street bikeways, all with the goal of creating a
safe, easy-to-use cycling network. [Tracy Low, Greater
Oct 21, 2014. councilmember
wants to make it illegal to ride a bicycle or ride a Segway on the
sidewalk along roads when there is a bike lane going in the same
direction, except for children 12 years and under.
[David Alpert, GrGrWash]
REMINDER: no bikes on sidewalks S of Mass Ave. must use bike
bike lane streets.
A new study in Portland finds that 94% of bicyclists stop at red lights there. A 2012 analysis of DC cycletracks found 60% of riders stopped at red lights on the 15th Street cycletrack. [David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington, July 1]
bike to the Capitol?:
It's now against the rules to park a bike at the Capitol, even on bike
racks, without a permit. Capitol Police say they won't enforce the new
rules against visitors, but that could change. (Roll Call)
mile in their
Starting next year, Edinburgh will require city truck drivers to take
cycling lessons, to help them empathize with cyclists. London has tried
the opposite approach, inviting cyclists into the cab of a truck.
(Scotsman) [from Greater Greater Washington ]
Nov 19. Everywhere (almost) Capital Bike Share announced its 300th bike rack.
Close calls on L Street cycletrack: A cyclist with helmet cam catches footage of near misses on L Street cycle track, despite ample signs, barriers, and painted lanes. Will narrowing the cycle track keep vehicles out?...As Daniel Duane explains in the [New York] Times, most crashes involving a cyclist never lead to any charges or other consequences, But studies in Arizona, Minnesota and Hawaii suggest that drivers are at fault in more than half of cycling fatalities. [David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington , Nov 12] Wars over territory get ugly.
Oct 25 More bikes, more often. After a lengthy trial process, San Francisco BART will allow bikes on all its trains at all times, after a test period public support was quite high. Crowding did not get worse, and 79 percent of riders wanted to see the ban lifted entirely.[Dave Edmonson, Greater Greater Washington]
Sep 18 "Zebras"
go-ahead for Pennsylvania Ave bike lanes. Drivers making illegal
U-turns on Pennsylvania Avenue are a danger to cyclists in the bike
lanes, but a small physical barrier called a Zebra (a striped hump)
could stop them
once and for all.
Capital Bike Rentals still popular and expanding, bicycle lanes still developing.
If bike lanes are good, why not.... The Los Angeles city council recently voted to fund an initial redevelopment of Broadway into a legitimate pedestrian plaza — reducing six lanes of road down to three. [Eric Jaffe, The Atlantic Monthly]
Jul 10 A DC Council committee unanimously approved a series of bicycle safety measures, The Bicycle Safety Amendment Act, sending them to the full council. [story by Bradie Holt, Dupont Currect, Jul 10]
The District’s public meeting May 15 on its plans
protected bike lane on the north side of M Street brought out about 100
people to hear the Department of Transportation’s plans. ...
is committed to raising the percent of
trips by bicycle from 1% in 2000 to 5% in 2015. For more
and other late night rowdiness
for 18th Street and Jefferson Place. See DC Nightlife Noise
Fast cash. District collecting serious cash on K Street and New York Avenue and others from traffic speed cameras. $82M since 2011. WaPo story May 28 by Ashley Halsey
Tracking DC gov. DC gov has two websites where citizens can find how gov is doing in a variety of areas. track.dc.gov for the performance of various agencies and access information about budgets, spending, news, and performance indicators for siome agencies. data.dc.gov for figures for crime incidents, purchase orders, building permits, and housing code enforcement. More details
DMV no longer issues driver’s licenses and
cards over the counter, instead providing 45-day paper documents and
sending cards in the mail. [Dupont Current, Oct 16, 2013]
(new) Early 20th Century style: Doctor makes house calls . home, office or hotel room, mobile medical care and physician house call services, 24/7. Note: not an endorsement, and not a substitute for emergency care.
DDOT fills thousands of potholes during the annual post-winter Potholepalooza campaign. Report your favorite pothole: Call the Mayor’s Call Center at 311; Online Service Request 311.dc.gov ; Send a tweet to twitter.com/DDOTDC ; E-mail Potholepalooza
Zoning: up for grabs Smart growth; city is re-examining how to accomodate more residents and businesses comfortably and safely.
Gentrification. a marvellous uplifting of the east Dupont area, especially residences on 16th and businesses on 14th and U Streets. new eateries, retailers, condos, etc. In other parts of the city, particularly around NoMa, building construction is so widespread that traffic crawls. ... the Urban Land Institute found DC to be the most financially secure and rapidly growing city in the US, in a 2011 study requested by the DC Public Library Trustees, says DCCA.Welcome to my world, says Ramon Estrada about the boom at 14th & U Sts. the development along 14th Street from Logan to Cardozo-Shaw and I tell observers that the planning for this development occurred 10-15 years ago and what they are seeing is the result of a lot of money being directed and invested in our neighborhood. Ramon was ANC Commissioner for the area and is now president of the DCCA. And lives within hearing of the pounding late night music.
How high is enough? DC Building Height Master Plan Study. get auto e-mail visit ncpc.gov/heightstudy. The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) fully supports the HBA the way it is and feels that any loosening of its restrictions takes us down a slippery slope. .... The National Capital Planning Commission and D.C. Office of Planning unveiled a few images from their modeling study of what the District would look like under various changes to the law. Pictures of the city with a 300 foot ceiling. [City Paper, Aug 2] .... a private organization IMBYDC condemns the study on August 14 by arguing the failure of the three governing principles of the study: The first principle basically excludes changing much of anything. The second necessarily requires a height restriction low enough to encompass several miles of development. The third is too broad to have much meaning on its own. None were subjected to serious cost-benefit analysis before deciding that they are worthwhile principles to guide future policy in the district.
No issue is too small or too complex, we are committed to helping residents navigate through our government’s agencies and getting results in a timely, efficient and satisfactory fashion. We are results oriented and accountable to the residents directly, says Francisco “Paco” Fimbres, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement (ONE). Has anyone any stories about dealing with ONE?
Intellectual stimulation. A bounty of lectures and discussions (some with lunch) listed on LinkTank.
Pedestrians awareness. "more people cycling, and more elderly walking,'' "both distracted driving and walking—drivers focused on their smart phones at the wheel and pedestrians doing the same on foot." [DC pedestrians] "cited drivers running lights, speeding or failing to stop for pedestrians" ... [for DC] More cameras are planned, and education campaigns have been directed at pedestrians and drivers, [Donna Bryson, Wall Street Journal, Jul 30]
Feb 28, 2014. Mayor Gray is planning to establish a "technology corridor" stretching from 7th Street and New York Avenue NW to Georgia Avenue and Kansas Avenue NW as part of a new "Digital DC" initiative..... includes a venture fund to provide training and resources to early-stage D.C. entrepreneurs to establish a pipeline and clustered ecosystem of tech talent near the District’s existing tech hub. [Washington City Paper]. Note: the country teems with Silicon Valley wannabes handing out tax breaks and other money to dreamy promises. But a few apps shops won't create permanent jobs.
Logan Circle Heritage Trail 1.5- mile self-guided tour of Logan Circle with 15 poster-sized signs, depict the rise, fall, and revival of the neighborhood, traces various phases of Logan Circle’s past — its Civil War camps and old churches, its intellectualism and activism, its prostitution and crime — before its evolution to today’s upscale arts district [story from Katie Pearce, Dupont Current, Jul 10]
Need to refill water bottles? find businesses that provide free tap water to anyone with a reusable container. The free TapIt Metro DC app . more than 200 locations in the District To download www.mwcog.org/environment/water/cec.aspTrees. citywide effort for greenery. Urban Forestry Administration aiming for 40% canopy. Plant or adopt a tree
DDOT will deliver free watering bags for every young tree — planted in the last three years — adopted through the “Canopy Keepers” program. The Gatorbags wrap around the base of the trees, and volunteers must fill them with 20 to 25 gallons of water per week, which slowly drips into the soil. visit ddot. dc.gov/canopykeepers.Jul 17. The D.C. Council has tentatively approved a major expansion of no-smoking zones in the city to include areas within 25 feet of any playground, private or public school play area, recreation center or Metrobus stop. The only caveats are that private homeowners or tenants who live within the 25-foot limit could still smoke on their own property, and that the bill won’t cover federal parks. [from Elizabeth Wiener, Dupont Current]The Republic of India bought 1438 U St. to construct a “state-of-the-art cultural center”.
National Trust for Historic Preservation building, 18th & Mass, being sold to AEI, with easements to preserve the historic interior. Story in Dupont Current, Jun 5.
Dupont Forum Yahoo group.Go Home