23 Sep 2020


Hill Buzz

It’s Wednesday, folks. I don’t know who else is struggling under the weight of our collective grief over RBG (Washington Post) or of the weather changes, but if you need a little time to just relax and breathe, do it. Feels like I’m writing a lot of self-help-y kinds of directions lately, but again– the times are a little rough. So what’s going on?

We were so lucky you lived and did so much for us. Thank you, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Beautiful capture by friend of the blog, @kareneramsey on Instagram. Give her a follow!

For starters, look at the spiffy bike rack that the Pie Shop (and the 1300 block of H Street NE, south side) got a beautiful set of bike racks. Some skeptics pointed out the irony within, as cyclists know that H Street is unfriendly to bikes. But along with the permits to set up streateries, it’s nice to see more places for people to park their bikes.

In case you haven’t heard, if you own a restaurant and would like financial assistance in winterizing your place, you can apply for a government grant here. Barred in DC has more details as well.

And by the way, the Vision Zero enhancement bill has been officially enacted by the DC Council– a big victory for our Ward 6 councilmember Charles Allen. You can read the bill here.

In sad news, the fatality in an accident that happened in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE has been identified. (WTOP) Per MPD:

Detectives with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Investigations Unit are investigating a traffic fatality that occurred on Sunday, September 20, 2020, in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast.

Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 8:39 pm, the driver of a 2010 Ford Mustang was travelling at a high-rate of speed westbound and lost control of the vehicle at the listed location. The vehicle mounted a curb median and struck a utility pole. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital, where after all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead. 

The decedent has been identified as 40 year-old Christopher Allen Brown, of Capitol Heights, MD.

Our condolences to Mr. Brown’s family.

Maybe we just need more bikes and fewer cars. Join me in wishing a very happy 10th anniversary to Capital Bikeshare! Greater Greater Washington takes a look at the numbers behind the success story of the bright red bikes. What are your favorite memories of CaBi?

Speaking of HOT places to live where you can get around by bike or other public transportation and the real estate is moving very fast, Washington Business Journal gives a hearty shoutout to Old City 1 (#17) as a very hot market, indeed. Old City 1 is north of H Street NE and south of Florida Avenue and in the area around Union Market, and I guess it’s a charming enough name, but did this area have another name before? Could it just be more Capitol Hill? Anyway, hello, new neighbors!

More. New. Restaurants! The Roost will continue to add little birds to its nest; Union Market welcomes new Latin flavors, and we all win. Eater DC.

It’s been seven years since the deadly shooting at Navy Yard paralyzed our neighborhood. It was a terrible day– I remember the muggy, sticky air and the panic settling in as we found out precious little information. WJLA has details on a recent memorial ceremony.

There are only 40 days until Election Day. Make sure you check out our Election 2020 page!

This feels a bit like old news, but last week, Mayor Bowser’s office released a report on our six-month shutdown period and how things have gone in the period from March 16 to September 16. A few days before, WAMU/DCist reported on some missing data and an email thread that did not inspire confidence in having entered phase two of reopening when we did. Now there is talk of possibly welcoming children back to school for the winter term and …. I just don’t know, folks. At this point, it looks like our highest authority is okay with death, so maybe we should just embrace it?

(we should probably not embrace it)

This email thread is something:

Parting Valentine: A lovely tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her life and her Jewishness by the Times of Israel.

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