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Archive - Mar 2017


Bowser Calls On Congress to Transfer RFK to DC

The Mayor Also Asked President Trump for the Transfer In A Letter

The federal government needs to turn over ownership of the RFK Stadium lot and other National Park Service (NPS) holdings to the District, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said during her 2017 State of the District March 30. She also sent an individual letter to President Donald Trump March 29 requesting the transfer.

March 30th

Vertical Gardening in the 21st Century

Photograph By
Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA

The Smithsonian Associates’ March program, “Vertical Gardens,” sold out in advance. About 120 gardeners of all ages spent two hours in the S. Dillon Ripley Center with three young, highly educated, tech-savvy farmer-entrepreneurs who are leaders in the burgeoning urban agriculture movement here in DC, and nationally.

Cheryl Corson is a licensed landscape architect and writer serving Capitol Hill and beyond ( She learned to grow vegetables in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the distant 1970s.

Wylie Street Garden Must Vacate

The Lot's Owner is Selling the Space

The Wylie Street Garden at the corner of 13th and Wylie Streets NE has shut down and gardeners must vacate the property as of mid-March.

The urban gardening community space first planted seeds in 2002, but can no longer work on the corner lot since owner Kenneth Brewer, executive director of H Street Community Development Corporation (HSCDC), has plans to sell the lot in the near future, according to a notice at the Wylie Street garden.

March 28th

Safeway Responds to User Complaints

Neighbors, Safeway Open Dialogue Following an East of the River Article in March

Safeway has changed up management and plans to upgrade service after community frustrations bubbled over in March regarding the store’s two Ward 7 operations — 322 40th St. NE and at 2845 Alabama Ave. SE. Residents want store representatives to bring the discussion to the community in a public meeting.

This article will be printed in the April Edition of East of the River.

EMMCA Compels DMPED to Comply with FOIA

The Association Dropped Its Lawsuit, DMPED Will Disclose Public Contracts

DC’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) must publicly disclose its contracts with private developers when leasing or selling taxpayer-owned public property, according to a settlement agreement with DMPED and the Eastern Market Metro Community Association (EMMCA).

March 27th

A Rundown of CM Allen’s March Visit to ANC 6D

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) paid a visit to Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D during its March 13 meeting to address community and commmisioners’ concerns over violence, Buzzard Point construction and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s budget plan.

Shootings in Southwest

March 24th

Bowser Launches Initiatives for Missing Youth Cases

The Six Initiatives Focus on Prevention, Solving and Investing in Youth Programs

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser created several new initiatives March 24 to solve the perceived increase in the number of missing youths that have appeared on DC Police’s missing persons reports in the last few weeks.   

MPD has upped their social media alerts of youth lost or missing in the District as of late. The increase in reports has alarmed the public, sparking community meetings and calls on the District’s leadership to do a better job of finding and preventing these youth from disappearing.

March 23rd

Bayou Bakery Closing on the Hill

Pineapple and Pearls Cafe May Move In

Sad news for the Hill — Bayou Bakery will close its coffee bar and eatery on the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital’s lot (901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) sometime in the next two months. Owner David Guas announced the closure in a statement March 23.

“The Capitol Hill neighborhood is a great community, and it felt very much like New Orleans to me in so many ways,” Guas wrote. “I have a strong love affair with the building — one with outstanding character, amazing history, and a connection to my hometown.”