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Music: Weekend Lineup for 14th and U Streets


Luis Gomez Photos live music U Street NW Logan Circle

Check the listing below the fold for live music in the Borderstan area, Thursday through Sunday. (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 13, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | Leave a comment

DDoT Survey on 15th Street Bike Lane, Traffic, Safety


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The 15th Street bike lane is on the west side between the curb-sidewalk and parked cars. (Borderstan)

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.

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The DDoT introduction and background information, along with another link to the survey, is below the fold.

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , , | Leave a comment

17th Street Area: Stats Show YOY April Crime Decline


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Click to enlarge: There were 3 violent crimes in the 17th Street area in April. All were robberies and the 1 committed with a gun was on Q Street. (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 17th Street area was down 35% in April from last year. There were 23 total crimes in April 2009 compared to only 15 last month. There were also 23 crimes in the 17th Street area in April 2008.

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

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 17th Street area was due primarily to the 37% decrease in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime—80% (12 crimes)of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 20% (3 crimes) of the total.

The decrease in property crimes was due primarily to the decreasing number of burglaries. The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 6 last month compared to 7 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 3 violent crimes last month in the 17th Street area—all robberies and 1 was committed with a gun. This compares to 4 violent crimes in April 2009 and 6 in April 2008 for the area.

The 17th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 17th and Q NW—an area that roughly runs  from 18th Street on the west to 15th Street on the east and from S Street on the north to O Street/Massachusetts Avenue on the south. The crime reporting is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which is part of MPD’s Second District.

Detailed crime stats for the 17th Street Corridor in April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

All Hands on Deck: Safety Check at 15th & R NW


Saturday, 15th and R NW: Officers from MPD units were checking every third car for registration and driver seatbelt use. It was part of the weekend's All Hands on Deck operation. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MPD ran its first All Hands on Deck operation of the summer this past weekend. AHODs typically run from 6 am on Friday to 6 am on Sunday.

MPD says, “During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel will be on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This will include increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up with victims, and recruits passing out specific crime related information.” There were 10 AHODs in 2009.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 1 Comment

This Weekend in Borderstan: A Shortage of N’s


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Thursday night, 13th and U NW: Parking Enforcememt. (Jacob Freedman)

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.

Saturday

Cork & Fork makes its grand opening today from 1 to 5 pm, at 14th and Church NW. Read Alejandra’s preview from Monday night.

The 14th & U Farmers’ Market is open for the summer; last weekend was the opening Saturday. Hours are 9 am to 1 pm—Saturdays only. The market is also on Facebook.

This Saturday, May 8, EU Embassies throughout the city open their doors to the public as part of the Shortcut to Europe from 10:00am – 4 pm. (From Free in DC)

You can enjoy a Free Wine & Chocolate Tasting at Biagio on 18th St on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm. (From Free in DC)

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.

Sunday

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.

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May 8, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | 4 Comments

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)

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

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

Free in DC: Things to do in Borderstan


From Amy Melrose, Free in DC

Thursday, May 6 – Thursday, May 13

It’s Amy from Free in DC happy to be back with you here at Borderstan with some higlights from my site!

  • Tonight, there are two Pay-What-You Can Performances to choose from in Borderstan! Mikveh at the DCJCC Theater J at 7:30pm tonight or Constellation Theatre’s The Ramayana at Source at 8:00pm, also on Friday night.
  • Transformer Gallery is hosting a Sustainability Lab with free events now through Saturday.
  • At the edge of Borderstan, this Friday is the “First Friday in Dupont” Galleries stay open from 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Hillyer stays open til 9:00pm.
  • This Saturday, May 8, EU Embassies throughout the city open their doors to the public as part of the Shortcut to Europe from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
  • On Thrusday night, May 13, Greater Goods hosts a free talk about energy efficiency. Hope you get to enjoy some of these free and low cost events in the area. If you want to see an outlined map of Borderstan, click here!

For more low cost and Free Things to do in DC and the Metro area, visit Free in DC, follow @FreeinDCBlog on twitter and become a Fan of Free in DC on facebook.

May 6, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , | Leave a comment

Theater: Three New Shows at Neighborhood Theaters


Luis Gomez Photos Source Theatre Logan Circle 14th Street NW Borderstan

New at the Source Theatre: "The Ramayana." (Luis Gomez Gomez)

Three of the five theaters in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area have new shows this weekend. One new show opens this weekend: Mikveh at the DC Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater. In addition, The Ramayana opened this week at the Source Theatre and The Graduate opened last weekend at Church Street Theatre.

The complete listing is below the fold.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | 1 Comment

U Street Area: April Crime Down from 2009, Higher than 2008


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Click to enlarge: There were four violent crimes in the U Street corridor area in April, down from 6 in April 2009. All four crimes were robberies, one with a gun (1300 block of U Street). (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the U Street area was down 38% in April from last year. There were 45 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 28 last month. However, the April 2010 is still noticeably higher than April 2008 when there were only 19 total crimes in the U 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 was due primarily to the 38% in property crimes, which account for the huge bulk of all crime. The were 4 violent crimes in April of this year compared to 6 last year; there were also 4 violent crimes in April 2008.

The decrease in property crimes came primarily in the number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), stolen autos and burglaries. But, there were more thefts from autos and thefts last month than there were in April 2008.

Violent crime down. There were 4 violent crimes last month—4 robberies, one with a gun. This is down from 6 violent crimes in April 2009 and the same as the 4 violent crimes in April 2008. There were 2 gun crimes in April 2008 and 2 in April 2009. Gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.

The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW—an area that roughly runs  from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.

Total crime stats for April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 6, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | Leave a comment