Stanton-EastBanc could begin demolition of the former Hine School site in Eastern Market as soon as this fall, assuming the remaining project opponents do not take another run at the appeals process.
In the wake of the Hine School decision by a panel of DC Court of Appeals judges much of the Eastern Market community is ready to see something--anything--new happening at the corner of 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, but a few remaining opponents are holding out hope they can change the course of development for the former middle school site.
Our beloved gardens of Capitol Hill are often gardens in miniature. We fi nd smaller varieties of favorite plants due largely to the space limitations our properties present. Many Hill gardeners can be seen pruning unruly plants in an attempt to contain some of the larger specimens within limited space. Enter the art of pruning-- a complex cutting of the branches and leaves of our plants and trees.
I have two beautiful grandiflora rose plants that seem to bloom less and less each year. They get good morning sun. Each is about 10 years old. How can I encourage more blooms?
The Editor said to write about the value of historic preservation -- quality of life, walkability, etc. A reasonable assignment although my eyes did start to glaze over just a bit. Afterwards, as I noodled the question, I began to think about dates: August 2014, 1929, and December 1967. And, as a bonus, three more dates: 1973, 1976, and 1978
If you live on Capitol Hill your home probably has the original windows. You know it, because as winter approaches each year you put up sheets of plastic, frame the sash edges with clay insulation, or do whatever else it takes to keep the cold air from blowing in. And at some point you’ve probably thought, “I wish we could just get our windows replaced!”
But it’s not quite that simple.
A stone’s throw from Lincoln Park, Eastern Market near Mott’s, one of Capitol Hill’s oldest operating corner stores, and Walker Street, which is arguably the best place to spend Halloween on the Hill, the area around 12th and C streets SE has always been a unique part of Capitol Hill. Now this area has another notable feature – one of the Hill’s very first fully integrated “smart” homes.
No summer in recent memory has been so mild. By mid-August, Washington was running 40 percent below normal in 90-degree days. This means we gardeners have energy, so let’s put it to good use and get a jump on fall planning and planting.
The wooden windows in our 110-year-old Capitol Hill home were a mess: air leakage, improper closing, broken and frayed sash cords, poor or non-existent weather stripping, loose paint and glazing, damaged glass and sashes, rotting sills and jambs, and missing or mismatched hardware. At least we had storm windows, installed in the late 1970s by a previous owner.
After getting several estimates, we hired Mozer Works Inc. of Takoma Park, a company dedicated exclusively to the restoration of old windows and doors with extensive experience Capitol Hill.
Several years ago I designed and built a new rear porch for the 1923 house in Washington, DC that I own with my wife, Eryl. The new porch has become a favorite space at the house and our outdoor living room in good weather. But it was quite a process to get to the point where we could enjoy the porch.
The Old House
Mobile technology has become a staple of American life. According to the Pew Research Internet Project, as of January 2014, 90 percent of American adults had a cell phone, 58 percent a smartphone, and 42 percent a tablet computer. Unfortunately there’s an environmental downside to this connectivity. A New York Times article reports that Americans threw away some 150 million phones in 2010 along with their associated metal toxins including lead, bromine, chlorine, mercury, and cadmium.
During the magically cool August of 2014, one of our Row’s newest businesses, Rose’s Luxury, 717 8th St. SE, was declared the Top New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetite Magazine www.bonappetit.com/restaurants-travel/best-new-restaurants. A few weeks earlier Forbes Magazine rated DC the Coolest City in America (www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2014/08/06/washington).
September means festival season is in full swing here in DC, and it is time again for our own H Street Festival. Did you know the H Street Festival is the largest neighborhood-based festival in the District? Last year it drew over 100,000 visitors from both near and far, but the Festival is far from the only thing happening in our neck of the woods.
W.S. Jenks & Sons Hardware Store to Open on Bladensburg Road
Before my brother Richard left home to join a Trappist monastery in the early 1960s he introduced me to bookstores. Often on a Saturday afternoon the two of us would walk the streets of Greenwich Village, stopping into Brentano's, Rizzoli, or the 8th Street Bookstore. This was a few years before I had any ideas about becoming a writer.
Thursday, September 4
Studio 21– 6 p.m.
The Brookland Art Walk gallery operated by Dance Place opens Starting Over, new paintings by Tina Silverman which examine how populations from regions around the globe affect the artist on an intimate level. For more information, click here.
Studio 21 is locatedon the Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe StreetNE.
Many new faces will be coming to ANC 6B at the beginning of next year, as seven out of 10 commissioners will not seek re-election. One, Dave Garrison, resigned earlier this year and moved out of DC. The departure of so many is unusual, even in a commission with regular turnover every two years. There’s no smoking gun. All commissioners interviewed were grateful for the opportunity to serve.
Where today the parks around the Eastern Market Metro are mostly tired expanses of grass with a few trees, the parks soon could contain an expanded library, formal playground, cafe-style tree bosque and several stormwater management features. The roads and sidewalks around the square could also get a better layout.