27 Sep 2022

Hill Buzz

Happy Tuesday, everyone! What’s going on?

Fall things! Maybe we’re not quite at this stage of fall, but we can’t resist sharing this Fallspirational shot from @feisty_foreigner on Instagram. Tag #thehillishome for a chance to be featured.

We start this Hill Buzz by inviting all of you who can make it down to Eastern Market from 2 through 7 p.m. tonight. The International Fresh Produce Association is having an event at the North Hall and you can enjoy all the beautiful produce from the season and perhaps even take some home! Check it out.

Do you love riding Metro? Would you love it more if you got a $100 monthly subsidy for riding it? That the idea behind a bill that was recently advanced by the DC Council and could become law perhaps even before year’s end. Free metro is a great idea, but if we’re going to ride it more, it had better be just a little more reliable. Okay. A LOT more reliable. DCist

Another law that aims to change how we move is the proposed No Turn on Red law. Although it wouldn’t go into effect until 2025, the law is designed to help protect pedestrians and cyclists by forcing motorists to turn right only when it’s their designated turn, or only at specific intersections. Critics say that staying put at intersections while the light is red is “confusing.” Not sure what is confusing about not moving, but we’re sure to hear a lot more about it in coming months, as the council deliberates. WTOP

AG Karl Racine recently sued Liberty Tax–– of the ubiquitous Statue-of-Liberty-clad youngsters who advertise the tax-preparing franchise–– for deceiving the public with misleading ads and predatory pricing. Considering how they have proliferated for years all over DC and specifically around H Street NE, this seems overdue. The DC Line

Over on NextDoor, a quick-thinking neighbor warns about a man posing as a Pepco employee. Whenever people claiming to represent a utility come to your house unannounced, protect yourself and NEVER let them in unless they can state their business clearly, can provide information in a friendly and open manner, and are fine with you verifying with the agency they represent that they are who they say they are.

DCist took a first look at Irregardless, the new wine bistro that’s taken over the Le Grenier space. The owners, Ian and Mika Carlin, talk about their love ––for each other and for Virginia wines, and for their neighborhood.

If you’ve ever wanted to live just south of Lincoln Park, there is a 5-bedroom, 5-bath semi-detached home for sale on 12th SE. It is beautiful and was used as a rectory for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, inconveniently located nine blocks away, at some point. It’s also $2.6M. Washington Post

Looks like Sweet Sweet Kitchen may be getting closer to opening at 500 H Street NE, as PoPville shares that the liquor license placard has been posted. Source of the Spring originally reported the restaurant was branching out into DC back in May.

If you’ve ever seen what a high-rise building with an expansion made of wood looks like, 80 M Street SE is open! More information via BusinessWire.

Help our local businesses win big in this year’s Washington Blade’s Best of LGBTQ DC Readers’ Choice! Crazy Aunt Helen’s, As You Are, Wundergarten and Red Bear Brewing are nominated in several categories so go vote!

Don’t forget! We are sponsoring an at-large candidate debate with the Friends of the DC Streetcar on October 12. Click here to register and get notified when it happens.

Did you know? If there is an intersection where you feel unsafe walking or biking, or where the street markings have worn off or the infrastructure needs a little help, you can submit a Traffic Safety Investigation, or TSI, to DDOT. Learn more and submit one here.

Also interesting and of note: Did you know that public art can decrease traffic accidents (Hyperallergic)? Thanks to Arts in the Right-of-Way (AROW), you can submit a permit to transform a crossing, corner, micro mobility corral or a call box into a conversation piece and a safety feature. Learn more and apply here.


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