City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
The Mean Streets of Ward 3: The Hill is Home ruminates on the stripping of the Transportation and Public Works committee from Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells with a post that ends on this note: “Capitol Hill can wake up with pride this morning and say we are well represented on the DC Council. The rest of the city; not so much.” In response, one commenter says, “capitol hill is different from the rest of the city in many ways. guess you guys are just going for the whole kit and caboodle now, eh? :)” Another riffs, “WE’RE THE SUPER-UNIQUEST! In all honesty though, I was up in Ward 3 yesterday and almost got hit by a car twice in an hour in 2 separate crosswalks. You all know I’m a driver til I die (you can pry my car keys out of my cold, dead hands etc…) but I do occasionally bikeshare and walk, and walking up in Chevy Chase yesterday was SCARY. Not just on Wisconsin, but on the side streets as well. I hope that CM Cheh will step it up, but if the ‘downtown’ part of her Ward is any indication, we all need to be careful out there.” Who knew councilmembers double as crossing guards?
Flooding the Market: U Street Girl reports, “Georgetown Valet recently opened at the renovated building that also houses Boundless Yoga at 13th and U. We had heard from the owners of the building that we could expect another tenant: a frozen yogurt place (which sounds damn good considering this heat). However, it doesn’t look like there is any space for the froyo spot to open – Georgetown Valet is taking up the whole ground floor.” Perhaps Georgetown Valet has a strategy for total domination of ground floor retail space around the 14th and U corridor: They’ve already got a location two blocks away, at 14th and V streets NW in the Union Row development.
Last Roar: Park View D.C. observes, “After talking to a number of people, especially those who have businesses on Georgia Avenue, I’ve been informed that Lion’s Liquor & Spirits at 3614 Georgia Avenue has been closed for the past two weeks or so. I have not been able to discover anything beyond that.” (It turns out that Lion’s lease has expired and will not be renewed.) The blog suggests that a family-friendly restaurant or hardware store would do well in the space, and commenters agree: “Thanks for the update, thats good news. I would love to see the Cap Locksmith/hardware guys take it and actually turn into a legit hardware store! Good things happening on this block,” writes one.
Cleveland Park Problems: A member of the Cleveland Park email list writes with this notice: “If you like the length of the lanes at the Wilson Pool, you might want to consider signing this petition to keep it that way: http://tinyurl. com/3hvpkc2.” The petition says, “We, the undersigned, call on the DC Department of Parks and Recreation to maintain the current 50-meter configuration of the Wilson Aquatic Center pool, except as needed by Wilson students or for swim meets”—but it’s unclear who or what is seeking to shorten the pool’s lanes.