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04/09/2016 - 10:15am
With each local election for the past decade residents in Ward 7 have loudly demanded economic development. Yet according to Paul Savage, a long-time community leader, the top two candidates in the June 14 Democratic primary election for the DC Council – incumbent Yvette Alexander and challenger and former mayor Vincent C. Gray – “have done very little to provide leadership to get economic development in Ward 7.” “We’ve been left standing when the rest of the... >>more
04/30/2016 - 12:42pm
The New Greenleaf Will Be Mixed-Income Housing At a meeting last Saturday for Greenleaf Gardens residents and the Southwest community at large, consultants from HR&A Advisors revealed a potential redevelopment plan for Greenleaf, which calls for a phased redevelopment of the 15-acre public housing complex. The plan would rebuild the 493 units of public housing and build 1,374 units of market-rate housing in a mix of 1-, 2-, 3-bedroom and townhome units. Since many of the existing Greenleaf... >>more
04/30/2016 - 12:11pm
The Union Station of today, with its dated Amtrak waiting areas, hazardous pedestrian environment and inefficient taxicab queues, is not equipped to meet the needs of the rail station of the future. On average 37 million people pass through Union Station each year, but in 20 years that number is set to increase dramatically: Amtrak anticipates tripling passenger capacity and doubling train capacity. To expand and modernize the station, Amtrak is beginning a concourse modernization project in... >>more
04/30/2016 - 11:12am
About six hours into testimonies from nearly 200 District residents, local parent Peter MacPherson summarized the theme of the April 14 education budget oversight hearing  — parents, teachers and students want the DC government to invest in the physical plants now, not in six years. “What we have seen is schools fall farther and farther behind,” said MacPherson, former president of the Capitol Hill Cluster School parent teacher association (PTA). “…The... >>more
04/30/2016 - 10:11am
The District is seeking a turnkey solution for housing 50 homeless families at a proposed shelter at 700 Delaware Ave. SW, as part of a plan to relocate the residents of the dilapidated DC General in eight small shelters, one in each ward. The city proposed to build the Southwest shelter directly to the rear of the Blind Whino gallery, located in the original Friendship Baptist Church, a well-known historic landmark. The plan is to wrap the historic church in a new, L-shaped structure. The... >>more
04/30/2016 - 9:10am
Designs for the new Frager’s Hardware and mixed-use development on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE won the support of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B on April 12. “It’s gratifying to have so much community support,” said John Weintraub, owner of Frager’s. “They’re the ones that shop with us, and we’re always overwhelmed.” Developer Perseus Reality presented mockups of the four-story (with a penthouse on top) building to... >>more
04/13/2016 - 9:42am
Dozens of elementary-school girls scatter onto the baseball diamond, some holding gloves and others carrying bats. A few wear outfits of pink and purple while others secure hip-length purses to their under-five-foot frames. The team of Wards 7 and 8 Nationals Youth Baseball Academy scholar-athletes came prepared to pitch, in style. Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. during the school year and in six-week Summer Academy sessions, high school and college mentors, coaches, and... >>more
04/12/2016 - 11:22am
The Perfect Partnership Politics & Prose (P&P) bookstore has arrived in the neighborhood and is happily settling in at Busboys and Poets. With DC’s iconic bookstore right in MVT, residents can have their minds and bodies nourished without ever leaving this community. “Itmade perfect sense for the two cultural hubs to join forces,” said Jon Purves of P&P. While all Busboys’ locations had bookstores, owner Andy Shallal wanted the expertise that an independent... >>more
04/12/2016 - 10:42am
It’s Showtime! Showtime bar is the best place in DC to deal with the Sunday night blues. Thanks to the funk fusion band Granny and the Boys and the $3 Natty Bohs, Monday mornings are easier to face. On a recent Sunday night the band was missing their bass player and got a late start due to technical issues with the equipment. Granny just shook her head, shrugged her shoulders, and kept right on playing the keyboard. “We were what I would call ‘coasting,’... >>more
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