City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
What The Well-Heeled Thief Gives For Christmas: On the New Hill East email list, people are discussing the recent rash of window-breakings happening to their cars. One neighbor writes, “My rear triangle window was broken into on Saturday night at 16th and A NE. I made a police report over the phone- they said they don’t come to the scene unless there is evidence left behind. They looked through everything, including in the trunk, and didn’t take anything, even though there were books, library audio cds, blankets, fancy flashlights, etc. in there.”
Sad Property: New Columbia Heights is sad that a building isn’t being developed quickly enough: “In 2009, I wrote about it being vacant. Later I learned that the owners owed $130,000 in back taxes (!), which led me, Jim Graham and others to hope that it would go to tax sale, meaning somebody who actually would redevelop it could have a chance to buy it. I then learned that the owners had died, and it went to two sisters, who disagreed on what to do with it — one wanted to sell it and one didn’t. That’s why it sits abandoned. There has been some crime in the building, as well. Then we learned that unfortunately, the owners paid the back taxes in May 2011. In all, it’s a sad story. Here’s a big building that could be really nice (see above) sitting empty in a neighborhood with a real need for more houses. I hate that this kind of crap happens.”
A Steakhouse For The People: Penn Quarter Living will take what it can get. “Our friend Drew forwarded us this article about the long-vacant Les Halles space finally finding a new tenant. Next summer DC will become home to a Del Frisco’s Grille, a sister restaurant to Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. While not the most exciting concept this seems like the type of place that will appeal to tourists and those vising the nearby theaters, and we’re thrilled to see something finally moving into that space.”
Street Sense Involves Street Sense: New to D.C. says that copy of Street Sense is worth your dollar: “I didn’t realize how incredibly ignorant I was about homelessness until I started reading Street Sense. I find the vendor profiles particularly enlightening—each person’s story and situation is different. I also really enjoy my interactions with the vendors, most of whom are very friendly and really appreciate. Now I make sure I always have a dollar in my wallet, so that when I see a vendor I can buy a copy. It’s frustrating for me to see so many people walk right on by, not bothering to give a dollar and a few moments of their time.”