Borderstan.com will be offline starting Friday morning, May 14, and back online Monday morning, May 17. We will return with a new design and look. However, our focus is not changing: we will continue to cover the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.
Borderstan’s new design will make it easier for you to find and read posts in six categories: News, Arts & Entertainment, Marketplace, Food & Drink, Crime, and Politics & Government.
While Borderstan.com is offline, you can check the Borderstan Facebook Page for updates. See you Monday.
The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) has just put out an online survey on the 15th Street bike lane and traffic configuration. There are 48 questions and it will probably take about 10 minutes to complete the survey; there are also numerous places for written comments. The questions cover the bike lane as well as current traffic conditions and general safety on 15th Street, especially for pedestrians.
Paper copies are also being distributed to residents on live on or near 15th Street between Massachusetts Avenue and U Street NW.
The contraflow bike lane was installed last November after extensive studies about what to do with the 15th Street traffic pattern—one of the options was to make 15th Street two-way, adding southbound traffic.
The final option—not one that was originally proposed and still billed as a test—was to put a southound bike lane on the west side of 15th Street (it’s a northbound street north of Massachusetts) between the curb-sidewalk and parked cars. This protects cyclists from the northbound traffic. There is also a share lane on the east side of 15th Street for cyclists riding north to share with cars.
The bike lane opened to great fanfare last fall with Mayor Adrian Fenty, an avid cyclist, and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) both on hand to cut the ribbon.
- 15th Street: The 2-Way, Multi-Purpose Bike Lane
- Reader Survey Says: 39% Walk to Work
- 15th Street: City Poobahs Speak, Cut Ribbon, Ride Bikes
- Watch for 2-Way Bike Traffic in 15th Street Bike Lane
- New Signage to Go with 15th Street Bike Lane
- Reconfiguration of 15th St. NW: What We’re Getting
The DDoT introduction and background information, along with another link to the survey, is below the fold.
Last week’s reader poll asked, “Are you an immigrant?” It turns out that about one in four of the Borderstan readers who responded is an immigrant, 24% to be exact. More specifically, 14% of poll respondents are naturalized citizens and 10% are legal residents. In addition, 17% have at least one parent who is an immigrant.
A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants in the DC metro area at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.
Here is the breakdown from responses to our reader poll:
Are you an immigrant?
- No, native born: 58%
- No, but one or both my parents are: 17%
- Yes, a naturalized citizen: 14%
- Yes, a resident of the U.S.: 10%
- No, a foreigner just visiting: 1%
ANC 2B-Dupont meets at 7 pm at the Brookings Institution, 1772 Massachusetts Avenue NW. With Mike Silverstein stepping down as chair, the commission will elect a new head from among the nine commissioners. Also on the agenda are a resolution to propose honorary naming of a street after Dr Franklin Kameny… and a resolution for Mayor Adrian Fenty to rescind a Certificate of Appreciation to Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays. Regarding that mistaken certificate to the Ex-Gays group: there is a group on Facebook, “Un-Invite Mayor Fenty from Capital Pride Unless he Meets These 3 Demands.”
Voting ends at midnight on Wednesday for the Washington City Paper’s 2010 RAMMYS with results announced June 6. You can vote for your favorite restaurants in four categories:
- Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Two 14th Street establishments, Cork and Bar Pilar, are among the five nominees.
- Power Spot of the Year
- Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year: Birch & Barley – Church Key and Masa 14 are the local spots on the nominee list.
- Your Favorite Restaurant: Write in your pick.
The monthly Logan Circle Community Association membership meeting is from 7 to 9 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, N.W. Tentative agenda items include discussion of upcoming projects, including branding and marketing the Mid City Arts District and planning and implementing the Logan Circle Heritage Trail. We anticipate success in funding these projects with external financial support.
Greater Goods at 1626 U Street NW hosts a free talk about energy efficiency. (From Free in DC)
Ganymede Arts has produced a local version of Naked Boys Singing and it’s at 1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street NW. Times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 6 and 8 pm, and Sundays at 5 and 7 pm. Naked opened Friday and runs through June 13.
The 4th Annual “Blessing of the Dogs” at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle, 10 to 10:20 am. From National City: “All dogs – big, small, young, and old – and their companions are encouraged to attend the blessing. During the twenty-minute service, staff from Dogs by Day, a doggie daycare and boarding facility located on 14th Street NW, will be on hand to make sure all dogs and their owners are well-behaved, comfortable, and content. Each dog in attendance will receive a special certificate commemorating the occasion, and a photographer from National City Christian Church will be on hand to capture the event.”
Thanks go to Borderstan reader Jacob Freedman for sending the accompanying photo. Indeed, as Freedman asks, “Did we run out of n’s?” But, seriously, folks, remind your out-of-the-hood visitors about the need to feed the parking meters on the U Street corridor in the evenings—you never know when parking enforcememt may show up. And, please, send us photos of interesting or unusual things you spot in the area.
New exhibit opens at the Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U Street NW, with a reception from 7 to 9 pm. Works by Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Hoz. Look for a profile of the gallery and the artists in this exhibit next week from Cecile Oreste.
Mikveh officially opens at the Goldman Theater at the DC Jewish Community Center, 16th and Q NW. There are also two preview performances: Saturday at 8 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm.
Music, Art, Theater Listings
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.
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.
We thought it would be interesting to see what percentage of Borderstan readers are immigrants. Immigration is back in the news cycle after Arizona passed a law related to illegal immigrants in late April, which led to protests near The White House on Saturday. Moreover, Congress may address immigration reform this year, and yesterday the DC Council weighed in on the Arizona law.
Our neighborhood is a diverse section of a diverse city that is part of a diverse metro area in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and national origin. In addition, part of the region’s diversity lies in its large immigrant population with the DC metro area being a preferred U.S. destination for immigrants.
A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.
The poll is below the fold.
Arrest made in Brian Betts murder case. Two men have been arrested and one more is in custody in the slaying of Shaw Middle School Principal Brian Betts. In addition, the mother of one of the suspects has been arrested for using Betts’ credit cards after his death. Betts was found murdered in his Silver Spring home on April 15. The Washington Post has details.
Colbert King column on Candidate Clark Ray. Washington Post columnist Colbert King has a column on DC Council candidate Clark Ray: “Ray’s an energetic action figure, not a ditherer; a welcome change. But on the issues? Face-to-face debates with the incumbent will tell.” Ray is running for an At-Large Council seat in the September 14 Democratic Primary against incumbent Phil Mendelson.
Robert Wone trial starts next week. No, there is not a murder trail next week in the death of Robert Wone. There is a trial of three defendants for obstruction of justice in the August 2, 2006, murder of Robert Wone on the 1500 block of Swann Street NW. The guys at the Who Murdered Robert Wone? website can give all the details—and then some. The three defendants in the case were residents of the house where Wone was murdered and were there at the time of his death. Check out the profile of the editors at Mediaite.
Studio Theatre has new artistic director. Washington City Paper’s Arts Desk has the story: “David Muse to Succeed Joy Zinoman as Studio Theatre’s Artistic Director.”
Interactive map shows new tree plantings. A very cool interactive map at The Washington Post allows you to see where and what type of new trees have been planted in DC—right down to your block. We seem to have made out pretty well in this area.
The Washington Blade is back. After bankrupty and several months of operating as the DC Agenda, it is once again the Washington Blade, DC’s weekly LGBT newswpaper. Congratulations! You can Like them on Facebook.
Thaitanic on 14th wants to expand. 14th & You has the story… Thaitanic wants to expand to the second floor and stay open until 2 am on weekends. Not surprisingly, not everyone is pleased and the restaurant’s plans will be on the agenda of ANC 2F this Wednesday evening.
Here is Mystery City #6 from Luis’ collection of travel photos. Make your best guess—or educated selection—on the city’s identify and vote in the reader poll below; we will give you the answer on Friday. The first five mystery cities were Caracas, Valparaiso, Sydney, Bratislava and La Paz.
Make your selection below the fold.