A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
No Change Allowed: Streetcar tracks aren’t the only thing going missing in Georgetown. The Georgetown Metropolitan records some scuttlebutt that neighborhood institution Furin’s would be closing, which raises the question, “What would be your heartbreaker?” Commenters have jumped in with a laundry list of things that would, well, break their heart should they shutter: “…if we were to lose more places that provide for ‘lingering’ experiences, places where you can sit, see and take in the essence of Georgetown….Martin’s, Clyde’s, Peacock Cafe, Booeymonger, Bistro Francais…..the outdoor seating/ promenade adjacent to Dean & Deluca…..,” “And while it’s a national chain (in a hard-times industry), I think losing Barnes & Noble would be a big hit, especially after so many local spots for books and music have closed up over the years. (I still miss Olsson’s when I walk down that stretch of Wisconsin),” “I would deeply miss Morgan’s Pharmacy, Scheele’s Market, Martin’s Tavern, La Chaumiere, The Dog Shop just above Wisconsin and Q, and The Phoenix.” Nostalgia in advance—the best kind!
So Much For Those Banners: 14th & You reports that the owner of Irvine Contemporary will soon be taking his talents elsewhere. “The closing of Irvine represents yet another blow to the 14th Street arts scene, which in the past couple of years has also seen the loss of the Randall Scott Gallery and G Fine Arts. Other arts-related businesses—such as jazz club HR-57—have also left the neighborhood in search of cheaper rents elsewhere. And while the ANC2F arts overlay committee made recommendations two years ago for steps the city could take to help retain arts-related businesses in the neighborhood, few tangible results have come out of it aside from last year’s controversial banner campaign,” writes the blog. One commenter harshly decries the transition to D.C.’s version of Furniture Row, remarking “Yeah, I was afraid that the ascendancy of furniture stores would mean the loss of our true art venues. I know … when I publically expressed that sentiment some years back I was reminded that the Arts Overlay District includes furniture stores as part of the encouraged uses. Now how a good furniture store contributes to the arts scene is beyond. And how a run-of-the mill chain furniture store does that is even less comprehensible. And you gotta love the ‘displays’ Room and Board is putting gratis on our public space on the T Street side of their store … I guess that’s ‘art’. Maybe they don’t know that’s public space there?” Another, searching for a silver lining, writes “I am sure there are many furniture designers who would disagree with Lance, and all the furniture stores on 14th incorporate art into their spaces. I know it’s not the same thing but Muleh, Vastu, Room and Board and Mitchell Prominently display artists and photographers. Still, it is a loss.”
Cut Your Damn Grass, It’s Bringing Down My Property Values: The Park View D.C. blog has a bone to pick with a certain house on Manor Place NW: “Overall, Manor Place is generally well maintained and there are many attractive properties there. I think it’s safe to say that 430 isn’t one of them.” And why? “As of April 21st, grass is not to exceed 10 inches in height. Failure to maintain one’s lawn can result in a fine of $500.” 430 Manor is in serious offense, commenters agree: “Thanks for the post about this property…I live a few doors away and have wondered about the awful state of this house. You should see it from the back where the entire house is covered with ivy. It’s very sad, especially as the house next to it was just nicely renovated and sold. I hope that this situation can be resolved soon,” writes one, and another says, “It’s really a shame that everyone’s property values are being brought down by one bad apple. I too wonder how this could be resolved. Are there any public officials who can do anything about this?”
Globalism: Offered for free on the Cleveland Park email list is a bricolage of the following: “laptop lock, laptop docking station, several shawal kamis’s – dresses worn in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India (size 8 or thereabouts).”