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A Touch of Brick: 17th Streetscape Sidewalks


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West side of 1600 block of 17th Street NW: Looking south, just past Annie's Paramount Steakhouse. (Borderstan)

The new sidewalks on the 17th Street corridor are getting a touch of brick—instead of being fully bricked. The areas next to the curb are brick and there is a brick accent toward the center of the sidewalk. Work is underway to complete the sidewalks on the west side before warm weather, and outdoor dining, arrives. Get updates on the 17th Streetscape project at the project Web site.

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March 19, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , | 3 Comments

17th Streetscape: P to R East Side Work Next


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17th and Corcoran NW: Work continues on the 17th Streetscape project. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The 17th Streetscape project work has been hampered by cold weather, including water main breaks. The issue of tree removal was then addressed. So where does the project stand? What work is next?

Current DDoT streetscape plans call for work on the east side of 17th Street to be done by spring so that restaurants can open their outdoor cafes on time: Continue reading

February 2, 2010 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , | 3 Comments

A River of Troubles Yesterday on 17th Street


Yesterday, for the fourth time, a water main ruptured at 17th and P Streets NW. Accounts say that Monday’s break was by far the largest; 17th between O and Q as well as P Street between 16th and 18th were closed for several hours.

The initial report is that a contractor working on the 17th Streetscape project hit a 20-inch water main. Greater Greater Washington has a good account of what happened yesterday along with a short video of the water gushing at 17th and P NW. Dcist has more info and photos.

GGW says the previous three water main breaks on 17th Street have been due to “a combination of the cold weather, pipes sitting exposed, and the old age of the pipes.” ANC 2B/Dupont is slated to discuss the problems at Wednesday’s meeting.

January 12, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | 3 Comments

17th Streetscape Work Underway


17th Street: Looking south toward Massachusetts Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Work on the 17th Streetscape project started November 30 at Massachusetts Avenue NW.

December 12, 2009 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , | 4 Comments

17th Streetscape: City Trims Number of Trees to be Removed


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17th Street NW trees are being protected during construction. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Last Saturday ANC 2B/Dupont Circle held a rally and walk down 17th Street with city officials to review initial tree removal plans that were part of the 17th Streetscape project. Work began November 30.

The city’s initial plans called for the removal of almost all of the 35 trees between P and Riggs Streets NW on 17th. However, after the 17th Street walk, plans have been revised so that only about 10 trees will be removed from this stretch of the street.

Following is a detailed report on the Saturday walk and the city’s revised tree plans for 17th Street from Commissioner Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04.

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December 9, 2009 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , , | 1 Comment

Q&A on 17th Streetscape Project; Community Meeting Tonight


DDoT's proposed plan for improvements to 17th Street NW as of October 2008. DDoT map courtesy of Greater Greater Washington.

The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) is hosting a community meeting this evening on the 17th Streetscape project. Time is 6:30 to 8 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1772 Church Street NW.

Following is a quick Q&A with Commissioner Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B04; he is co-chair of the 17th Street working group, along with Paul Williams, executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets.

At the bottom of this posting are earlier stories related to plans for 17th Street. Also, Greater Greater Washington did a great write up on the project in October 2008.

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November 23, 2009 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , , | 5 Comments

Keep Your Eye on the Ball: Things You Shouldn’t Miss


Be like Lupe: Keep your eye on the ball! (Luis Gomez Photos)

Around Borderstan

  • Hurry up to 14th and U Streets NW before 1 p.m. today—today is the final day of the 2009 season for the 14th and U Farmers Market.
  • Read the transcript of an anonymous 911 call on the morning of October 4 when a man died at “Men’s Parties” at 1618-A 14th Street, courtesy of columnist Amanda Hess, “The Sexist”, at the Washington City Paper.
  • If you are ready to adopt a companion, check out dcist’s “Pet Worth,” which launched in October; dcist is collaborating with the Washington Humane Society. It is a listing, with photos, of “Highly Adoptable Animals.”
  • On Monday, November 23, attend the next 17th Streetscape Community Meeting at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1772 Church Street NW. Time is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04, has more information; you can send him an email.
  • Read WashCycle’s take on the 15th Street bike lane—and other possible future options for the street. One is Alternative 3, which would make 15th a two-way street for traffic, and my choice all along.
i>Read <a href=”http://www.thewashcycle.com/2009/11/ribbon-cut-on-15th-street-bike-lane.html&#8221; target=”_blank”>WashCycle’s take</a> on the 15th Street bike lane—and other possible future options for the street.</li> </ul> </div>

November 21, 2009 Posted by | news | , , | Leave a comment