A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
The Petworth Brand: Following the release of new Metro station names from WMATA, Park View D.C. writes, “Not only did Georgia Ave-Petworth not include neighboring Park View, but the station name did not incorporate Petworth as a subtitle — something that WMATA originally proposed and a change made to many other stations with long names. The grandfathering of the Georgia Ave. station’s name was justified in the WMATA release, along with three other grandfathered names, by stating that ‘customers have strong familiarity with the existing names.'” The blog calls this “hogwash,” and says the “real reason” for the slight is “that DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser was dead set against any change that would include Park View.” Commenters are equally displeased. One writes, “With Bowser’s position on this, she should presume not to have widespread support in Park View for her future council activities that extend outside her ward. Generally speaking, if she is unwilling to work with us, there is no incentive to work with her,” while another says, “She refused to forward the proposed Petworth-Park View name change for a number of reasons. But those same reasons applied to the four station name changes she did forward to WMATA (in her position as DC’s rep to the WMATA board). Her actions were purely political. I guess she’s trying to preserve the Petworth ‘brand.'”
Love in the Bowl: New Columbia Heights checks in with Peter, the proprietor of People’s Bao, the pop-up ramen shop that opens on Saturdays in the DCUSA Senor Chicken. Of the concept, Peter says, “I already rent Senor Chicken’s kitchen for People’s Bao. The owner of [S]enor [C]hicken and I one day were just bouncing ideas about our future plans. He kindly offered me the opportunity to do a ramen popup in his restaurant.” In the comments, the blog clarifies that Senor Chicken serves until 4:30 p.m., after which People’s Bao takes over. One commenter writes, “I caught it last Saturday, completely by accident. It was SO good and watching them work was like watching a beautiful, carefully performed dance. Definitely a lot of love in the bowl!”
What Does 25 Feel Like? Nearly no one on the Takoma Park email list has voiced support for Muriel Bower’s proposed 15-mile-per-hour limit on residential streets. But many members are conflating other issues in their discussion of the speed limit. “Before we reduce the speed limit, let’s enforce 25 mph. And has anyone else tried biking down 16th St lately? It’s a speedway. I’ve given up,” writes one, which prompts another to say, “I have many friends that are bike riders and they follow the law…but we all know that many bike riders Don’t follow the traffic laws. So we need enforcement on both sides because what bike rider who runs into your car and leaves a dent can provide you with insurance cards for your damage that they should be held accountable for none!” Returning to the topic of speed limits, a third member writes, “Personally, I find the signs that measure your speed like the one on Blair below Aspen to be very helpful. I don’t think many people even know what 25 feels like,” to which another responds, “That’s the problem not observing the law. DC speed limit has been 25 mph since 1965 and before. It was debated in the Post during that time as too slow. But it wasn’t changed to a higher speed, reducing it to 15 mph would only make it worse. Enforce the law as is. It ain’t what you feel it’s what’s on your speedometer that measures your speed.”
Perhaps You’ll Now Consider Smart Growth: In response to yet another extensively drawn-out conversation on the Chevy Chase email list about whether the neighborhood should be subjected to more density and less parking, a member writes, “A bit off topic, but speaking of developing a neighborhood out of its own identity, it seems that on a monthly basis I notice that a new house has appeared, or is in progress, where an old one once stood. The builders of these new, usually spec, houses design them with a nod to historical styles, but often the style is not that of surrounding homes and if nothing else, their relative gigantism sets them apart.” She ponders, “I wonder how long it will take for so much of the housing stock to be demolished before the Upper Cleveland Park/Tenley/ Chevy Chase area begins to look like Kentlands.”