East of the River

03/11/2017 - 11:42am
For nearly all of us, the closest open space and encounter with nature is the park land along our Anacostia River. Now we can all help plan the future look and appeal of that space, because the National Park Service has the Anacostia Park Management Plan and Environmental Assessment open for comment by March 18. The plan is considered the primary guidance document for managing the park for the next 15-20 years. It sets out goals for the natural areas, cultural sites, public recreation, and... >>more
03/11/2017 - 11:12am
After agreeing to divvy up the prime real estate of committee chairmanships, DC Councilmembers have begun identifying their top public policy priorities. As a group they are famous – infamous even – for introducing excessive numbers of legislative proposals. Many of those bills never see the light of day; they die in committee. Others make it out and get approved by the full legislature, only to be stopped dead when the requisite funds aren’t available for implementation. The... >>more
03/11/2017 - 10:45am
Former Mayor Anthony Williams, one of the most prominent visionaries for the river flowing through Washington, DC, began the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative(AWI) in 2000 to create a world-class waterfront through a cleaner river, new parks and recreational facilities, job-creating commercial centers, revitalized residential neighborhoods, and multimodal transportation options. Since the District of Columbia completed the AWI Framework Planin 2003, in partnership with 19 regional and federal... >>more
03/11/2017 - 10:10am
January marked the halfway point of Muriel Bowser’s current term as mayor of the District of Columbia, an opportune time to reflect on her environmental record. While environmental issues were not a central concern of her 2014 campaign, to the surprise of many environmental leaders – especially those focused on the Anacostia Watershed – the mayor has demonstrated a progressive environmental agenda. Jim Dougherty of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club notes, “Frankly, I... >>more
02/16/2017 - 11:21am
Grant Archives, Anacostia Museum Keep Jazz History Living “The only jazz-specific archive in the DC area is found at the University of the District of Columbia … At the heart of the archives is the Felix E. Grant Collection, which includes sound recordings, audio interviews, photographs, books and manuscript material,” says the spring 2014 “Jazz in Washington” publication by the Historical Society of Washington, DC. “These relate to Grant’s fifty-year... >>more
02/16/2017 - 10:15am
Washington is known for its wealth of museums and cultural offerings, providing educational and recreational opportunities to visitors and residents alike. With so many history, science, and art museums to choose from, it can be easy to overlook institutions off the beaten path. One such is the National Museum of the US Navy (NMUSN), located here in Capitol Hill at the Navy Yard. The NMUSN is also home to the Cold War Gallery, which provides a comprehensive understanding of the role of the Navy... >>more
02/15/2017 - 10:12am
"Frédéric Bazille and the Birth of Impressionism" at the NGA Despite his contributions to the birth of impressionism, Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870) remains relatively unknown. A thematic presentation of 75 works including paintings by contemporaries such as Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir will bring to light Bazille’s place as a central figure. Several examples from the Gallery’s collection, which houses the largest group of Bazille’s works... >>more
02/14/2017 - 11:12am
Following years of community meetings, rounds of presentations before the Historic Preservation Review Board, and hearings before the Mayor’s Agent, the Big K development project, now branded Maple View Flats, on the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, has secured financing. Chapman Development LLC recently closed on a $50 million project to construct a 114-unit mixed-use building. The financing involved multiple funding agreements, including commitments from Bank of America... >>more
02/14/2017 - 10:30am
Efforts by officials of the DC government to improve the living conditions of renters in the city, particularly those east of the Anacostia River, may have taken another step forward. Earlier this month the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) secured a court-ordered repair plan that requires Sanford Capital LLC and its partners make immediate and long-term improvements at Terrace Manor apartments in Ward 8 while temporarily waiving residents’ rents.  That action, established through... >>more