Borderstan

Dupont – Logan – U Street

This Week in Borderstan


Saturday: Cork & Fork owners Anne and Dominique Landragin at the opening of their newest store, 1522 14th Street NW. Store hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm; Monday-Friday, 2pm to 10 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Monday

The Middle East Festival begins at Theater J (DC Jewish Community Center) with the Voice of the Woman as the focus. Address: 16th and Q Streets NW. (From Free in DC)

Wednesday

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:

  1. Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Two 14th Street establishments, Cork and Bar Pilar, are among the five nominees.
  2. Power Spot of the Year
  3. Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year: Birch & Barley – Church Key and Masa 14 are the local spots on the nominee list.
  4. 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.

Thursday

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.

Sunday

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.”

May 10, 2010 Posted by | marketplace, news, politics and government | , , , | 1 Comment

ANCs Part 2: What Do Commissioners Do?


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Three Advisory Neighborhood Commissions serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area: ANC 2B, ANC 2F and ANC 1B. (Image: ANC 2B website)

Last week we looked at the function and role of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in DC government (“What Exactly Do ANCs Do?”).

This week is a Q&A with four ANC commissioners from the three ANCs that serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area; we asked each commissioner the same four questions.

The Q&A with these four commissioners is below the fold:

  • Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B04, which is the single-member district (SMD) on the east side of ANC 2B-Dupont, running from 15th to 17th Streets.
  • Peter Raia, ANC 1B02, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 1B, which serves the U Street area and encompassing parts of both U and 14th Streets.
  • Charles Reed, ANC 2F01, which is an SMD on the west side of ANC 2F-Logan, including part of the 14th Street corridor. Reed is also the chairman of ANC 2F.
  • Mike Silverstein, ANC 2B06, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 2B-Dupont, south of the Circle. He is also the chairman of ANC 2B.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , , | 2 Comments

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

Wrap Up of Sunday’s 17th Street Dog Park “Emergency” Meeting


Neighbor Julie—who often attends dog park meetings—made it to Sunday’s “emergency” meeting regarding Dupont Circle’s 17th Street dog park. Here is her report.

Attendees included Mike Silverstein, ANC 2B/Dupont Chair, Bob Meehan, ANC commissioner, board members from Circle Dogs DC, Shaw Dogs Co-Chair Andrea Doughty, Sgt. John McDonald of PSA 208, and many community members and dog owners. The meeting was, in content, essentially a repeat of the meeting early in October. No new issues were raised, there was a review of the three main issues and discussion about proposed solutions: Continue reading

November 16, 2009 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , , | 5 Comments