I’ve never really gone out of my way to announce that it’s my birthday, but you know what? It only comes once a year! If you read this and know me, wish me a happy one! And if you don’t know me, say hello!
What’s going on around the local inter webs this fourth day of September? Let’s check it out:
You’d better go get some free coffee at Peregrine Espresso today! The Hill is Home
It’s a girl! The Ella Grace is now open where The Pursuit used to be. Eater DC
In case you didn’t know, there is a heliport near the Douglass Bridge. The lease on the land is up in 2022 and the heliport will have to relocate– possibly to a stretch of land to the east of the 11th Street Bridges. DCist has more information, and there is a petition against the heliport’s possible new location. Can we agree that the current location is already noisy enough? It would be annoying for neighbors in other wards to have to deal with this noise level, but at least the status quo is something we can all keep living with.
The District is experiencing a homelessness crisis and Street Sense Media is at the vanguard of the effort in chronicling what works, what doesn’t work, and who is most affected. Click over and educate yourself and support their mission.
We’re also seeing a seeming surge in violent crime around the area. A week ago, a neighbor was shot several times while walking down 15th Street and A Street SE. Neighbors set up a fundraiser to help with medical costs. GoFundMe
A nice profile of Capitol Hill, D.C., kid Alexander Yellen, who’s now an up-and-coming cinematographer. The reference to his local childhood is short, but it does make you wonder what the kids growing up around here will become in thirty years’ time. Thrive Global
Every once in a while, we come across a dispatch from a dystopian future that never took place and it gives us perspective. Can you imagine an East Capitol Street with federal buildings and loads of parking lots instead of leaf canopies and lovely Victorians? It’s enough to make you cringe. And then, you remember all the horrible parking lots around RFK and the U.S. Capitol, and you go, “oh.” Greater Greater Washington
Our baby neighbor is all grown up! NoMa is slated to get a whole new voting precinct! DCist
Meanwhile, Bisnow focuses on the fact that the H Street Corridor is losing retail momentum to near neighbor, ahem, Union Market District. Let’s just say that either area gain is an overall positive for our area, and that I am still fervently hoping that a Crate and Barrel will manifest on H Street… sometime.
Something magical for you: Have you seen Casey Trees’ Lincoln Park history site? It talks about the park design and showcases several of the tree species in the park. Scroll and enjoy.