A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
We Won’t Go: The Hill is Home has been all over the consideration of parts of Ward 6 (Hill East, Near Southeast) being moved to Ward 8—better known as Marion Barry‘s preferred method by which to increase the size of his ward. A guest post from ANC 6B commissioner Brian Flahaven extols, “While this idea makes the numbers work, dividing Hill East does not make sense from a policy or representation perspective. Hill East is a part of Capitol Hill.When we shop, we go to Eastern Market. When we dine, we go to Barracks Row. For recreation, we visit the Anacostia River waterfront, attend DC United games and walk through historic Congressional Cemetery. Our educational, religious and business organizations are all tied to Capitol Hill.” And, an informal poll on the blog presently shows 5 people for the move to Ward 8, opposed to 54 who think Hill East in particular should remain in the land of Tommy Wells.
Good for Business: The corner of First Street and Seaton Place NW in Bloomingdale is seeing quite a bit of action. The neighborhood blog reports that Green Paws, an organic pet store, has opened up shop. Commenters seem to like it: “We’re long time consumers of California Natural dog food. Well, our dog is. We walked into Green Paws and found Foxy’s favorite right away. The store is a clean, friendly place, very welcoming for dogs. They have all the top brands I know of high-quality dog food. Great treats and toys, too. We’ll be getting Foxy’s food there from now on. We also look forward to getting some food of our own soon downstairs at the pizza place,” writes one. What pizza place, you may ask? Prince of Petworth notes that Bacio Pizza is in the works. Commenters there are skeptical, given that the pizza-driven Rustik Tavern is right around the corner, but most are happy to see a storefront filled.
Sonically Speaking II: The Tenleytown email list is none too pleased with the utter disregard of “No Thru Trucks” signs, and want official attention, stat! “Trucks continue to come barreling along 48th Street and it is really getting out of hand. They speed by, barely stop at stop signs, and make a lot of noise at all hours of the day and night. This is a ‘No Thru Trucks’ street yet trucks disregard that daily. Can someone in Mary Cheh‘s office and/or MPD please address this issue? These trucks should not be permitted to break the law over and over. The signs need to be enforced and 48th Street needs to return to being a safe, quiet, neighborhood street,” begins the conversation. One list member adds, pessimistically, “It is only going to get worse with the new Giant development in the 3300 and 3400 blocks of Wisc. commencing in the fall. The Giant’s attitude is just to ‘suck it up’ for 3+ years while under construction.”
Then-Mayor Ink Blot: The Brightwoodian observes that Then-Mayor Adrian Fenty’s name has been scrawled off a sign promoting the reconstruction of Bruce Monroe Community Park. Councilmember Jim Graham’s name, however, is prominent as ever.