09 Mar 2021


Hill Buzz

Today’s excitement? Seeing President Biden casually drop by Trinidad hardware store W.S. Jenks! The store, which is the oldest hardware store in the District –originally located in Chinatown– applied for a small business PPP loan back at the end of February. Here are some photos from friend of the blog and photographer Phil Yabut:

President Biden was not the only marquee name to make it to our neighborhood. Late last week, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff and well-known spouse about town Chasten Buttiegeg were seen walking around Capitol Hill and getting a little snack at beloved Lincoln Park coffee joint Wine and Butter. Mm, Wine and Butter. Thanks for the shoutout, Washingtonian!

Councilmember Charles Allen and his staff put out a useful newsletter regularly, full of pertinent information. You can access it here or subscribe to their list

Excited to watch the documentary 17 Blocks by Davy Rothbart. Roll Call has a poignant article about the filmmaker and the subject of the film, Emmanuel Sanford-Durant, who was shot at age 19.

Please stop breaking into DC Harvest, whoever is doing that. The restaurant is once again the victim of burglars, who have gone hard around H Street since the beginning of the pandemic. Support them with your orders– you know what’s for dinner tonight. DCist

At The Foundy lofts, dogs were getting electrocuted, some for over a year, and management apparently did nothing until WJLA and Pepco got involved. Unsettling.

Although here at The Hill is Home I generally stick to AP Stylebook guidelines, their recent tweet about DC styling feels incorrect and tone-deaf. I’m not the only one who feels that way. NBC-4 has more details.

It’s nice to see Uber actively caring about the communities they serve. Starting March 18, Uber Eats will sponsor free kitchen space for three Black-owned eateries, Eat Okra, Suite Nation and &Access. The DC Post

So, who really participated in the Capitol siege on January 6? Counterpunch addresses the answer in a thoughtful, nuanced way.

Speaking of, it looks like the National Guard may be sticking around for two more months beyond the March 12 original deadline to leave. DCist

Good news for student athletes: DC is looking to bring back school sports in phases. Looks like many sports will resume the week of March 15. Don’t forget the sanitizing wipes and the masks. WTOP.

Take a page from the Nats: They are back at it and getting ready for the season opener, but no fans will be there to cheer them on. WUSA-9

New construction in NoMa has displaced the homeless population around the 1st and H Streets NE area again. This is the 18th cleanup so far this year and it goes against CDC recommendations to pause encampment sweeps because being outdoors reduces the risk of COVID contagion. Some of the unhomed residents asked for cleanups due to a growing rat problem, but not to such an extent. Street Sense

To read and share: This beautiful, extremely well-researched article by Capitol Hill neighbor Neil King, Jr. on Frederick Douglass and, by extension, on the Emancipation Statue at Lincoln Park, is exquisite. The photographs by Jeff McGuinness provide somber, serene illustrations throughout. I am not overdoing it on the adjectives– you just have to see for yourself. The Talbot Spy

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