Here’s a tasting of what I’d like to make more in depth posts about if I had time presently:
+ Vagrants have been hanging out on the stoops of the NPS’s Carter Woodson properties a lot lately. If you haven’t seen them camped out there (sometimes sitting on a lawn chair), evidence of their presence frequently abounds, such as: cans of food stashed under the stoops; empty liquor bottles littering the sidewalk; human feces in nooks and crannies along the block; and empty fast food boxes. A call to the National Parks Service police to report the problem (per NPS instructions at the February Woodson update meeting) was apparently addressed this morning (days later): 3 maintenance workers from the NPS came by and picked up trash for a few minutes, then left. Unfortunately they left behind un-sealed areas under the stoops and leading down into the basements of 2 of the buildings, thus leaving an open invitation to the vagrants’ return, and weeds about a foot tall growing in front of the Woodson structures. I saw the same workers meticulously weeding the nearby Mary McLeod Bethune front yard a few minutes after they left the Woodson home.
+ Chan's Mongolian Grill and Tokyo Sushi is set to open any day now: indeed every time I’ve stopped in recently to ask when it’s going to open, the response has been “possibly later today.” As a sushi fanatic, I’m optimistic that this will become my go-to destination (although I’ve been a fan and regular patron of Sushi Taro on 17th for quite some time now).
+ Illegal Posters reappeared on the front of Shiloh’s vacant building at 1526 9th Street on Sunday night.
+ I’m 1 degree of separation from the couple opening the yoga studio on the corner of 9th and N. The one person separating me from them (who is pretty cool and zen-like himself) tells me that the couple is really cool; he’s setting up a yoga studio upstairs and she’s setting up a jewelry store downstairs. Work is ongoing, and the spaces should open soon. I think this will create great synergy for the Long View Gallery, Ninth Street Gallery, The Space, BeBar, and our burgeoning lower 9th Street retail/arts/nightlife/culture district.
+ Walnut Street Development sold off both parts of its Blagden Alley development (917 M Street and 1212 9th Street). While it’s clear that the 917 M Street project is being developed as workforce housing by Self-Help, I haven’t been able to find out what, if anything, is to become of the 1212 9th Street portion of the original Walnut Street project. Anyone know?
+ The asparagus at Vegetate is DELICIOUS.
+ The DIY network is playing reruns of the This Old House project that took place in Shaw a few years ago.