Mid-City DC

05/20/2017 - 9:35am
NOMA Parks Update The NoMa Parks Foundation held its sixth community conversation on April 13 at the Hilton Garden Inn on First Street NE. The goal of the meeting was to update the public on the final design for the park at Third and L streets and provide updates on other ongoing projects. In 2015, as an affiliate of the NOMA Business Improvement District (BID), NoMa Parks acquired two pieces of property, one at Third and L streets NE, and “NoMa Green,” an expanse along the railroad... >>more
05/18/2017 - 10:12am
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been looking into a citywide conversion of streetlights from the familiar orange glow of high-pressure sodium lights to the blue of light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. Some conversions have taken place, and residents are seeing red – or in this case, blue. DDOT Director Leif Dormsjo says that of the 70,000 streetlights in the District, roughly 5,000 have been converted. Most of the conversions have occurred during maintenance and... >>more
05/18/2017 - 9:12am
Shaw Cleans Up in Best of DC Poll The Shaw neighborhood’s street cred became evident again when the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC issue was released featuring the annual reader’s poll. Fitting its foodie reputation, Shaw took a number of the wins in the food and drink categories. Nellie’s Sports Bar won for both Best Gay Bar/Club and Best Sports Bar in DC. Best New Restaurant was The Bird, while the Best New American Restaurant was Farmers & Distillers. Beau... >>more
05/16/2017 - 9:17am
Foundry Gallery Photographer Gordana Gerskovic uses experimental techniques in her process, resulting in works which, at first glance, appear abstract and amorphous. During a recent trip to southern India, the artist drew inspiration from the contrasts of an ancient civilization progressing through the ages. However, the artist found “incompleteness in the cyclic theme of change and eternity,” which led her to add “the pause button.”  The artist seeks to bring a new... >>more
05/16/2017 - 9:12am
Turkish Delight As history buffs (and foodies), we were eager to check out Ottoman Taverna in Mount Vernon Triangle. Highly touted, this Turkish/Mediterranean charmer has been included in the DC Michelin guide. Moreover, Michelle Obama has dined there, dropping by with friends shortly after the restaurant opened about a year ago. The kitchen is halal, meaning it follows Islamic dietary laws. We sat on the patio, enjoying one of our first nice spring days. We did peer at the interior, a classic... >>more
05/15/2017 - 2:02pm
Three development teams bidding on a city-issued request for proposals (RFP) to redevelop Cobb Park and a K Street parking deck shared their proposals with the commissioners at the April meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6E. At the end of the discussion the practicability of the plans came into question. Commissioners Alex Padro (6E01, chair), Anthony Brown (6E02), Frank Wiggins (6E03, vice chair), Lily Roberts (6E04, secretary), Alex Marriott (6E05, treasurer), Alvin Judd (6E06... >>more
05/15/2017 - 1:12pm
It is budget season in the District, and Mayor Muriel Bowser has proposed putting almost a million dollars to hire a firm to develop and execute a national education campaign for DC statehood. This is a solid step in the right direction but it falls short of what is needed. More than 86 percent of District voters approved a referendum on statehood last year, and now is the time to put our money where our votes are. In the upcoming fiscal year the District should commit statehood funding for two... >>more
05/15/2017 - 12:56pm
CFLs, LEDs, lumens, and Kelvins. The simple process of buying a lightbulb seems to have become a lot more complicated in recent years. Fortunately the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU; www.dcseu.com) is around to demystify this terminology and provide deep discounts for energy-saving home lighting. Energy-efficient Energy Star light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulbs are now available for as low as 95 cents from select retailers around DC, with a limit of 12 LED bulbs per residential... >>more
05/15/2017 - 12:54pm
Everyone knows that Metro is facing enormous financial challenges that affect not only our daily commutes but also the economic vitality of our region. And everyone knows that the income inequality gap in DC is wide and not getting better as the city continues to grow. Believe it or not, there is one simple thing the District can do to alleviate these seemingly unconnected issues: provide transportation assistance to residents in adult education classes. DC residents who try to improve their... >>more