The Shaw Dog Park Committee holds its monthly meeting tonight with the main topic of discussion the formation of a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation to maintain and manage the dog park. The park is located on the 1600 block of 11th Street NW. Shaw Dogs currently operates as a subcommittee of the MidCity Association, a neighborhood non-profit organization. The meeting is at the group’s regular location, Hotel Helix at 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW, at 7 p.m. Shaw Dogs meetings are open to the public.
New sidewalks and curbs are being installed on the west side of 17th Street between Q and R Streets NW. It looks like the race is on to get the west side of 17th Street done in time for spring. A number of restaurants on the strip between P and R have outdoor seating. Get updates on the 17th Streetscape project at project Web site.
The main topic of discussion at the February 24 meeting of the Shaw Dog Park Committee was the rule limiting the number of dogs one person may bring to the park. The issue has been particularly important recently due to reports of a professional dog walker bringing up to 10 dogs to the park and a related incident that is alleged to have occurred at the park (details below).
The Shaw Dog Park Committee meetings are open to the public and usually held on the third Wednesday of the month at Hotel Helix on Rhode Island Avenue. Visit Shaw Dogs for more information about the group and the dog park on the 1600 block of 11th Street NW between Q and R Streets.
Here is the committee’s report on the February 24 meeting:
We ran a reader opinion poll last Wednesday, “Poll: Grade DC’s Snow Removal Efforts this Winter.” We asked readers to grade the city’s snow removal efforts for the entire winter:
How did the DC Government do in its efforts to remove snow from the city’s streets this winter? When giving your grade, consider the December snowstorm as well as the back-to-back storms in February that comprised Snowpocalypse.
A total of 129 readers responded. The city got Excellent or Good marks from 34% of readers while 41% gave Poor/Failing marks. In the middle were 25% of readers who gave the DC government a fair mark for snow removal efforts. Here is how Borderstan readers graded the effort:
- A/Excellent – 8%
- B/Good – 26%
- C/Fair – 26%
- D/Poor – 25%
- F/Fail – 15%
What’s going on with Hank’s Oyster Bar, the popular restaurant on Q Street just west of 17th? The owner went through a long approval process to open a few years back. Now, what would it take to expand the restaurant at its current location? Find out over at 14th & You… “Could Hank’s Be Driven Out of Dupont?” and at MetroWeekly: “Passion Plate.”
14th & You:
Whenever the discussion on this blog turns from snow and graffiti removal towards neighborhood business issues—in particular, restaurants and bars—the conversation inevitably turns towards the role that the ANC plays in neighborhood business affairs. It’s an argument I can honestly say has two sides.
Read Mr. 14th & You’s entire post. This blog often covers business and development related issues on 14th and U Streets NW… as well as the role of DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs). I would also watch the comments section on this post over there… the discussion may be interesting.
The District Department of Transportation (DDoT) announced Wednesday that starting Monday, March 15 there will be no more rush-hour reversible lanes on 15th Street NW south of Massachusetts Avenue. This means the the southbound (west side) lanes on 15th Street between K and Massachusetts will no longer become northbound lanes between 4 and 6:30 p.m. North of Massachusetts, 15th Street is one-way going north at all times.
How did the DC Government do in its efforts to remove snow from the city’s streets this winter? When giving your grade, consider the December snowstorm as well as the back-to-back storms in February that comprised Snowpocalypse. Be sure to check out the photos that Borderstan readers contributed via Flickr in our Snowpocalypse Gallery.
Note: We ran a similar poll in early February and you can view the results. You may vote in this poll even if you voted in the first one.
The field office of the 17th Streetscape project issued another progress update on construction work. Not surprisingly, the severe temperatures and snowstorms delayed work. The question now is whether the sidewalk work will be done in time for restaurants to open their sidewalk cafes in April (look for an update here at Borderstan this week).
According to DDoT, as of February 19, “Due to the severe weather condition, the pace of the construction work was slowed down tremendously for the the last five weeks. From January 18th through February 4th, the contractor was forced to work short weekdays because of heavy rain and snow. From February 5th through February 17th, the project was totally shut down due to the heavy snow. The remaining two days of the week were devoted to snow removal, anchoring steel plates and patching asphalt damaged by snow plowing trucks. During the last two weeks all lanes on 17th Street were open for vehicle and pedestrian traffic.”
The Streetscape project is revamping the 17th Street NW corridor north of Massachusetts Avenue with brick sidewalks, new tree boxes and other improvements. The DC Department of Transportation is posting updates about the project on a mini site devoted solely to 17th Streetscape.
The DC Government announced that the Circulator bus riders can now access information about bus schedules and times from their cell phones with a “Where’s My Bus?” mobile GPS application from Google. The application allows riders to quickly find out how close the next bus is.
Good news on the post-Snowpoalypse. The DC Department of Public Works has resume collection of recyclables as well as trash pick up from alleys. From DPW:
The DC Department of Public Works announced today that it is resuming alley collections for trash and recycling. Last week, residents were asked to put their trash at the curb through today because the alleys were impassable. However, the high temperatures over the weekend produced some melting, which will allow the collections to be made from the alleys once again. Collections are being made from both the curb and alley Mon., Feb. 22.
Normal collection schedule resumes this week. Residents are asked to put their trash and recycling containers at their point of collection between 6:30 pm the day before their collection and 6 am the day of their collection.