18 May 2022


Hill Buzz

Happy Tuesday! Eclipses and rainbows and thunderstorms, oh my! It’s been quite a week already and it’s just beginning. What’s going on?

A beautiful double rainbow gladdened hearts and motivated shutterbugs all over. We’ve been sharing the joy over on Twitter and Instagram as well. Thank you to Jon at Spin Time Records for sending this gorgeous capture.

A new expansion plan for Union Station has scrapped plans for a parking garage, making it both extremely ambitious and bold. It’ll be exciting to have more actual station and less ugly structure, for one. Union Station should be a community hub and a world-class portal. And don’t worry– there will still be parking. It’ll just be underground. Washington Post

The Rubell museum will open a northern branch in southwest DC, in the former Randall Junior High School building, close to North Capitol Street. It’s a project that’s been long overdue and we can’t wait to see it and enjoy their modern art collection. More information over at Artnet.

Looks like Sean Feucht, a former candidate, musician, Trump supporter and founder of the Let Us Worship movement has bought a house off Stanton Park. Although the house is zoned as residential, he is calling it a mission, Camp Elah. So, is it a house or a place for lobbying or worshiping? Perhaps the Office of Tax and Revenue would like a word. Standing For Freedom
Not sure who Sean Feucht is? More info here and here.

A three-year old boy named Jamari was found at the Giant on H Street NE on Friday night. The little one was wandering unattended around the parking lot. Police have charged his mom with second-degree cruelty to children. WJLA via MSN

Mayor Bowser held a news conference at Potomac Gardens about widening free WiFi access. DCIst reporter Jenny Gathright shared an absolutely heartrending letter from residents at the complex. The letter addresses the unsafe living conditions, such as black mold, as well as housing code violations. Mayor Bowser did not meet with residents during the press conference.

Speaking of hazards to everyone’s health, Metro has gone from stinking to being actively putrid. Neighbor Caitlin Rogger writes about the many ways WMATA has let us down over and over at Greater Greater Washington. But if you really, really want to fume, why not read this piece by Washingtonian from 2015. Really. It’s going to make you want to scream: This problem is not new and it has not gotten better. Where is the accountability?

Congratulations to Skin Beauty Bar owner Meka Mathis on being a recipient of a $5000 grant from American Express’s “Services that Back Us” program. Main Street America

Thinking about shopping hyperlocal and hyper fresh? Washingtonian rounds up recently and newly opened farmers’ markets around the area.

Big congratulations to Capitol Hill BID VP of Operations Andrew Lee, who recently completed a fellowship with the International Downtown Association. Congratulations! You are an inspiration. Capitol Hill BID via Twitter.

For fans of Caribbean cuisine, Sweet Sweet Kitchen is opening this summer somewhere along H Street NE. Frankly, super duper excited to try their oxtails. Source of the Spring

Do you love karaoke? Hatoba in Navy Yard is starting karaoke THIS FRIDAY, May 20, from 9 to midnight.

Election information

Many of you have asked about voting guides and here are a few links to inform your decision. DCist has a step-by-step guide to how to vote in the primary. The Washington Post has a very good who’s-who list, and you can also access our conversations with mayoral candidates Robert White and James Butler, as well as Chairwoman of the DC council candidate Erin Palmer over on our YouTube channel. As June 21 approaches, we will be sharing more links to information. For now, the only thing we’d like to say is that the tweet below is very funny (sorry Ward 3) and that if you live in Ward 5 (our fair sister to the north, our compadre, our bestie, our fabulous chef’s toque, a place where many of our readers live), we implore you: you shouldn’t vote for Kathy Henderson.

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