East of the River

10/10/2015 - 10:42am
A Place to Nest Nest DC is not your average property management company. By putting the customer and the community first, Nest DC is redefining the rental experience and doing it in a socially responsible way. Lisa Wise, chief nester, started Nest DC in 2009 to manage properties that big companies weren’t interested in. “We believe great spaces attract good tenants. When people are happy where they live, they make better neighbors. Better neighbors make up better neighborhoods,... >>more
10/10/2015 - 10:12am
Om in MVT Bhakti Yoga DC opens this month with a variety of classes for the modern yogi. With everything from yoga to meditation to massage to mantra music, this studio can help ease MVT residents’ minds, bodies, and hearts. Owner Gopi Kinnicutt, who lived in a bhakti yoga ashram for 10 years, was inspired to open this studio because of the core bhakti philosophy, which focuses on more than just physical wellness. “We want to create a facility to serve individuals with conscious... >>more
10/10/2015 - 9:10am
When I look around our city, as well as the rest of the world it becomes obvious that we have entered a period of transition and transformation. Are you going to catch a cab or an Uber? Is that real money in your wallet? When did print from a newspaper make you wash your hands? These are the small windows of change one can call the daily weather report. Global warming is another term for fever. Every day we need to ask ourselves, how sick are we? Illness can result from sitting still too much... >>more
10/10/2015 - 9:10am
“Homelessness is fundamentally about a lack of housing.” This unequivocal declaration appears in “Homeward DC,” the recent report issued by DC’s Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH). It is an enthusiastic embrace by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration of the philosophy of “Housing First.” The city is playing follow-the-leader. The Housing First methodology has been aggressively pushed for several years by the US Interagency Council on... >>more
10/10/2015 - 9:10am
Hard as it is to picture, a growing number of DC families live on less than $2 a day per person, and decisions by Mayor Bowser and the DC Council will help determine whether this problem gets worse over the next year – or better. Recent cuts in income assistance to DC’s poor families mean that 13,000 children are in families with incomes this low, and a pending time limit in DC’s welfare-to-work program could reduce families’ incomes even further starting next year. The... >>more
10/10/2015 - 9:10am
Where do small businesses and budding entrepreneurs go when commercial banks find their proposals too risky? They go to the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, referred to more commonly by its acronym, WACIF. For over 25 years WACIF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), has provided business counselling and capital to hundreds of small local businesses, which in turn have created hundreds of jobs and reinvested millions of dollars in local communities. What Is WACIF? WACIF works closely with the US... >>more
10/10/2015 - 9:10am
A few months ago I reported on efforts by the District government to pursue a voluntary cleanup of the site of the new DC United Soccer Stadium on Buzzard Point. The DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) committed itself to carrying out an open process of analysis. In particular it pledged to accept public comments on the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development's (DMPED) Cleanup Action Plan (CAP) for 90 days this fall. On Aug. 14 the DOEE gave notice in the... >>more
10/08/2015 - 3:48pm
This fall, the White House will be opening its gardens and grounds to visitors on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PM and Sunday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During this event, visitors can see the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, Rose Garden and South Lawn of the White House. Additionally, the White House Kitchen Garden--the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden--will be accessible to guests.   This event is free and open to... >>more
10/08/2015 - 12:33pm
This November, The National Children’s Theatre, DC Public Schools, and DC Public Charter Schools unite to launch Learning through Theatre, DC. In celebration of the inaugural partnership, 10,000 DCPS and DC Public Charter School students will receive free transportation and tickets to see a live theatre performance of Roald Dahl’s award-winning The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) at The National Theatre, Nov. 2 to 13. The National Children’s Theatre will also provide teaching... >>more