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Date Night for Obamas at Komi on 17th Street


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Friday evening: The Obamas had a dinner-date night at Komi restaurant at 1509 17th Street NW. (AP photo)

UPDATE: NBC has video.

Motorcades we get by the handfuls in this neighborhood: the president, the vice president (“Hey, Joe!”) and visiting heads of state. But a presidential visit to a 17th Street restaurant is still news, and tonight President Mrs. Obama ate dinner at Komi. Located at 1509 17th Street NW (just north of P Street), Komi is often mentioned as one of DC’s best eateries.

So, here is a little info on the 1.0-mile trip (says Google Maps) from 1600 Pennsylvania up to Borderstan, courtesy of the White House press pool:

At 6.58 the motorcade departed the White House en route to Komi, where the Obamas are having a date night. People gathered on a few corners near WH on foot and on Segways (sp?) Observed as we turned up 16th Street. As we rolled up 16th-no sirens and stopping for lights-most pedestrians ignored us but on some faces you could see the fact that it was an Obama motorcade registering.

Arrived at restaurant at about 7:08.

Komi, which is located on 17th Street/Dupont Circle serves Greek/Mediterranean/modern food and is reportedly very expensive. People wishing to get in and at the place where your pool is holding are being wanded by the Secret Service.

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The Obamas exit Komi around 9:15 pm this evening. (AP photo)

Several people are standing on corners and across the street waiting to view the first couple.

Flotus is wearing a black pants suit and her hair is pulled back. Potus is wearing a light brownish (taupe?) suit and shirt with no tie.

Pool is holding two doors down at Cafe Green, a vegan, non-alcohol serving restaurant. Oh well.

And after dinner…

The first couple emerged from Komi at 9:13 and were greeted by the crowds that had waited for two hours to see them. But by then it was dark and black vans blocked most of the view. Still, they cheered, screamed and clapped. You poolers are guestimating that there were at least a couple of hundred onlookers

It appears that the diners in Komi gave them a standing ovation as they left.

MObama was carrying a wrapped bouquet and both were wearing huge smiles.

Uneventful ride back to WH. Arrived at 9.19.

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Locals waited at 17th and P NW for a glimpse of President and Mrs. Obama. (AP photo)

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Mystery City #6: This City is…


Luis Gomez Photos Santiago de Chile mystery city #6

Santiago de Chile: The financial district is sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

This week’s mystery city is Santiago de Chile, which was the number two choice of readers with 26% of the vote. The top choice was Madrid with 39% of readers’ votes. The other cities on the list of choices were Lisbon (16%), Montevideo (13%) and Mexico City (6%).

This photograph of Santiago was taken in the city’s financial district, sometimes referred to as Sanhattan. Kudos to the reader who left clues in the comments section.

We will have next Mystery City #7 on Tuesday from Luis’ collection of cities in 45 countries. Previous Mystery Cities also included Caracas, Valaparaiso,  Sydney, Bratislava and La Paz.

May 7, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , | 1 Comment

14th Street Area: Crime Down YOY in April, Property Crimes Lead Way


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Click to enlarge:There were 2 violent crimes in April in the 14th Street area, both of them robberies without guns. (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 14th Street area was down 24% in April from last year. There were 29 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 22 last month. However, the April 2010 is still slightly higher than April 2008 when there were 22 total crimes in the 14th Street area.

Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 14th Street area was due primarily to the 26% in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime—91% of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 9% of the total.

The decrease in property crimes was due to the decreasing number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 7 last month compared to 16 in April 2009. But, the total number of property crimes in the 14th Street area is still higher than two years ago when there were 16 property crimes.

Violent crime stable. There were 2 violent crimes last month in the 14th Street area—2 robberies without guns. This is the same as April 2009 and similar to April 2008 when there were 2 no-gun robberies and 1 no-gun assaults. There were no gun crimes last month in the area; gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.

The 14th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 14th and QU NW—an area that roughly runs  from 15th Street on the west to Vermont Avenue/Logan Circle on the east and from S Street on the north to Rhode Island Avenue on the south.

Detailed crime stats for the 14th Street Corridor in April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 2 Comments

In Borderstan: Live Music on Tap for the Weekend


Luis Gomez Photos Borderstan U Street NW Bohemanian Caverns

Bohemian Caverns: The Jolly Twins Quintet play Friday and Saturday night at 8:30 and 10:30 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Here is your listing of live music at venues in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. If you want to head out your door at the last minute to take in some music close to home, here are the places to go—the list is below the fold.

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 2 Comments