The Hill Rag

10/09/2015 - 12:00am
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has released a draft of its first ever Bikeshare Development Plan for public feedback. The draft plan establishes a set of goals, measures, expansion plans, and financial projections for the next six years for the District of Columbia’s portion of the Capital Bikeshare program.    Under the proposed plan, Capital Bikeshare in the District would expand by 99 stations over the next three years, doubling the number of stations east... >>more
10/08/2015 - 3:27pm
Thursday, October 8 Serengeti Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The Million Man March in Photographs: A Retrospective features several photographers including Jonathan French, Mansa Mussa, Roderick Terry, and Vincent Smith. For details, click here. Serengeti Gallery is located at 7919 Central Ave., Capitol Heights, MD. Saturday, October 10 Stitch & Rivet – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stitch & Rivet hosts a “Meet the Maker” series through November 21, 2015. Join Annie... >>more
10/08/2015 - 3:19pm
Work on the new 50-slip marina for the Yards Park on the Anacostia River is slated to begin on site this month, Forest City Washington announced Monday. The marina, designed by Moffatt & Nichol, will include space for both short-term and long term slip usage for boats as large as 125 feet in length. Bellingham Marine began component fabrication offsite several months ago. The on-site work will create a new marina stretching from the Washington... >>more
10/08/2015 - 12:00am
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at Union Market, help fight poverty and homelessness with Hell’s Kitchen winner Chef Rock Harper and his celebrity chef friends as they prepare fabulous food inspired by their favorite “sole.” If you're a real foodie or sneakerhead, you don't want to miss this event. Limited tickets are available for the VIP Experience presented by Chef Warren Brown, Food Network host and CakeLove creator at 6 p.m.   Tickets are $95 per person (Ticket... >>more
10/07/2015 - 11:20am
We Capitol Hill homeowners are experts when it comes to space-saving measures in our (comparatively) small homes, but kitchens provide specific challenges. We demand a great deal of this room, but inevitably we need to upgrade, reconfigure, and add space. Renovation becomes a necessary but dreaded and stressful undertaking. In 2000 Byron Buck and his wife purchased a house on 12th Street near Lincoln Park that needed remodeling. Although he’d never remodeled a house, he decided to... >>more
10/07/2015 - 10:45am
How did farmers and gardeners obtain vegetable seeds before companies sold them? They let a portion of their strongest looking plants go to seed so they could collect, dry, store, and re-use their own from one growing season to the next. Often they would swap seeds with neighbors and together blend seeds of the same plant variety to ensure the vigor that comes from genetic diversity within a species. Today, seed saving and swapping are making a big comeback, and urban neighborhoods like Capitol... >>more
10/07/2015 - 10:12am
Do the spring bulbs I plant in my garden this fall need sun? They do need some sun. Half a day is probably plenty. Remember that many bulbs will bloom before trees leaf out, so there will be more sun. In full shade, bulbs get long and spindly. They crane their necks for more light. In full sun the summer’s heat fries most tulips, so they won’t repeat. Dappled shade is best.   Is there any way to prevent squirrels from eating the spring bulbs I am planting now? Yes. Once they... >>more
10/07/2015 - 9:45am
Renata Maniaci, a Fulbright scholar, had her dream job. While she was at Columbia University completing her masters in public health, she was working at the Guttmacher Institute which advances sexual and reproductive health through policy, education and research. “I thought that was where I would be headed after grad school. I was interested in analyzing qualitative data and enjoyed the work.” Sometimes life takes a turn we aren’t expecting. “I felt an inexplicable pull... >>more
10/07/2015 - 9:10am
New, under-construction, and planned residential and mixed-use buildings along 2nd and 3rd streets NE are poised to bring thousands of residents and tons of retail between Union Station and Union Market over the next several years. From the development will emerge a higher density neighborhood to the east of the railroad tracks, one that rivals or at least complements the dramatic changes already seen to the west in NoMa and along the high-density western edge of H Street. “The [NoMa] BID... >>more