Dupont – Logan – U Street

Are You an Immigrant? 24% of Readers Say “Yes”

Luis Gomez Photos immigrants Borderstan reader poll

May 1: Protesters on the north side of The White House during a rally against the recently passed Arizona law pertaining to illegal immigrants. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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?

  1. No, native born: 58%
  2. No, but one or both my parents are: 17%
  3. Yes, a naturalized citizen: 14%
  4. Yes, a resident of the U.S.: 10%
  5. No, a foreigner just visiting: 1%

May 12, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , | Leave a comment

Crimes of Note: Your Expensive Phone is a Target

The past week’s tally of notable crimes: 6 robberies (1 with a gun), 1 assault, 2 burglaries (1 armed, which is unusual) and 3 stolen autos. The notable geographic pattern is that 3 of the robberies and the 1 assault were in the western end of the Borderstan area.

However, the more notable pattern is what muggers and thieves are targeting: your expensive smart phone, such as iPhones and Droids. MPD Second District Commander Matthew Klein sent out this statement yesterday:

Although the number of robberies in the Second District is still lower this year compared with the same period last year, we’re seeing a recent spike in several areas along with some noticeable trends. Recently, a large number of these robberies (cases where someone is “mugged” on the street, or has an item snatched from their hands) involve Apple iPhones. This ubiquitous, expensive device appeals to criminals because it can be easily reprogrammed, or erased, and sold for quick cash.

We’re seeing folks having phones snatched from their hands as they walk down the street, or taken from tables while sitting at restaurants. Although the vast majority of these offenses do not involve physical harm to the victim, this is a disconcerting trend that deserves attention.

As always, I’m asking folks to be aware of their surroundings, especially while walking down the street and talking on the phone (try and avoid doing that if you are walking alone at night). Do not leave your phone lying on a table while dining out as this may also attract would-be thieves.

Yes, readers, it is a bad idea to talk on your cell phone or listen to your iPod on a quiet residential street after dark… totally unaware of your surroundings. Doing so makes you an easy target for muggers. The same warning applies for night-time joggers.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is served primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 2 Comments

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

Happy Mother’s Day

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A collection of flowers from the Borderstan gardens to all the mothers in the neighborhood. Have a wonderful day. (Luis Gomez Photos)

May 9, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Leave a 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.


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.


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

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

Gallery Action May 6-9: Two Opening Receptions

There are two new exhibits with opening receptions this weekend at galleries in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area. On Friday is the reception at Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery for “How to Get Off a Well-Traveled Road…” featuring the works of Alex Todorovich; time is 6 to 8 pm.  On Saturday, there is a 7 to 9 pm reception for the works of Leah Frankel, Magnolia Laurie and Lina Vargas de la Ho and the Hamiltonian Gallery.

The complete list is below the fold.

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

Crimes of Note: Stolen Autos in U Street Area

The notable trend in crimes during the past week continues to be stolen autos in and around the U Street corridor, including Florida Avenue and streets to the north.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.


  • Wednesday, April 28, 7:50 pm, Robbery-Fear, 1700 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • Friday, April 30, 9:35 pm, Robbery, 1600 block of P Street NW.
  • Friday, April 30, Robbery-Pickpocket, 2000 block of 13th Street NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 2:40 am, Robbery-Force & Violence: “The victim reported that while walking in the area, a suspect approached her from behind and knocked her to the ground. The suspect then took the victim’s purse and fled south on 15th St., N.W. Stolen from the victim were a pink purse, U.S. Currency, an I-phone and a debit card along with other personal items. The suspect is described as a Back/Male, 6’1’’-6’2’’, 170-180 lbs., wearing a black jacket and dark pants.”


  • Between April 26 and April 28, Burglary, 2100 block of 15th Street NW.

Stolen Auto

  • Saturday, May 1, 8 to 10:30 pm, Stolen Auto, 14th and U Streets NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 6:25 to 10:40 pm, Stolen Auto, 11th and W Streets NW.
  • Saturday, May 1, 3:30 to 10:30 pm, Stolen Auto, 1200 block of V Street NW.
  • Sunday, May 2, 1 to 3 am, Stolen Auto, 1400 block of T Street NW.
  • Sunday, May 2, Stolen Auto, 11th Street and Florida Avenue NW.

May 5, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Stuff You Might Have Missed (But Shouldn’t Have)

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Saturday on Pennsylvania Avenue NW: There were protests in front of The White House against the recently passed Arizona law regarding illegal immigrants. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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.

May 4, 2010 Posted by | news | , , , , | Leave a comment

Area Galleries: 2 Openings, 3 Closings This Weekend

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery U Street NW Borderstan

The Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW. (Healing Arts Gallery)

If you are in the mood to take in an exhibit, remember that there are 10 galleries here in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area.

This weekend there are two new exhibits opening and three closing. New exhibits are at Irvine Contemporary on 14th Street and Transformer on P Street. Exhibits closing are at the Bronfman Gallery at the DC Jewish Community Center… the Curator’s Office and the Hamiltonian Gallery.

The complete list is below the fold.

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | Leave a comment