City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Testing Certain Doom: The Hill is Home documents a kid’s-eye view of the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System: “The test, which will be given District-wide next week to 3rd-8th graders, has no bearing on individual students, but directly affects teachers’ performance evaluations, funding for schools, and apparently, the tides. The consequences of failure seemed dire, with, from what I could glean from the kids, the likelihood of their school being bulldozed a real possibility.”
Building Blocks: In Southwest, the Waterfront Station Safeway will be getting a patio area, and restaurants Z-Burger and Station 4 are moving along. However, Bank of America will remain in its trailer until at least 2012, when the lot it sits on is redeveloped. Near Logan Circle, it’s… more condos! Borderstan reports that the lot at 14th and R streets NW will be developed by Sequar, “also the developer behind The Josephine at 440 Rhode Island Avenue NW and Renaissnace @ Logan at 1618 11th Street NW.” The building will cover up the A.Y.T. Auto Service mural, much loved by erstwhile Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik.
No Cilantro Rice for You, Mr. Graham: Following a rally to protest the recent firings of Columbia Heights Chipotle workers, a member of the Columbia Heights email list has some harsh words for his councilmember. The animosity seems to stem from Jim Graham‘s association with local developers: “The bottomline is that we as community have lost our civic and moral bearings, and allow our political leadership to give millions to their developer friends for failing to meet community benefits agreements. And then allow our most in need to fight over jobs and housing. And now we want to hold Chipotle accountable. This is a new low.”
Ribbit: Today’s alert of amphibian necessities comes from the Cleveland Park email list: “My 7 year old son is looking for a gently used aquarium with filter (any size would work) for his 2 African dwarf frogs and their companion snails,” writes a member. “Do you have one collecting dust in your basement?” As of this writing, no Cleveland Park residents have offered accommodations.