16 Nov 2022


Hill Buzz

Happy mid-week! Here are some things of interest to you:

The most gorgeous ginkgo yellow on Duddington Street SE, captured by @districtinfocus. Instant mood-lifter! Tag us #thehillishome on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

The election has come and go, and we’re all still standing so that’s good. Want to take a look at the election results? The Board of Elections has them posted here. Congratulations to the winners and may our city keep being a wonderful place to live for everyone. (Or, you know, an okay place to live that is also forever interesting.)

Larry Janezich of Capitol Hill Corner takes a look and shares some observations about the outcomes of our hyperlocal races.

Loose Lips does a post-mortem on why Elissa Silverman may have lost her re-election bid. WCP

Jonetta Rose Barras has her own take on what a Bowser third term should have, going forward. The DC Line

The Thompson Hotel goes to the dogs. Just kidding! It’s re-opened as a dog-friendly event! Forbes

Secret DC takes a hard look at rodents in DC. It’s ironic, because rats in DC is certainly not a secret, but we were surprised to see the northern part of the neighborhood rank among the top places where there’s been increased sightings. Ew.

ICYMI, there is a new pop-up on H Street, in the former Thamee space at 1320 H Street NE: Please Bring Chips will bring the flavors of defunct Petworth restaurant Magpie and the Tiger through this month. The pop-up will also feature Christian Irabién and Marcelle Afram later this year and early next year. Washingtonian

An oldie but a goodie– so goodie you might weepie– from Greater Greater Washington: What would a robust streetcar and underground network for the District might have looked like? Well, some visionaries from 1944 had *ideas* and it’s kind of amazing. Can you imagine better integration of metro and bus routes? Can you imagine if our system had started in 1944???

As a die-hard fan of Union Station–– so much, I sometimes try to pretend it doesn’t look like it should have tumbleweeds rolling through it–– it’s great news to hear the $10billion dollar facelift will happen, perhaps starting in 2023. The Washington Post has more details. But we have to be honest here: the current manager of the mall, Ashkenazy, is not the most communicative and some prime spaces have remained vacant for far too long. Dare we even wonder about the rents that are probably only affordable to national (and International) chains?
Also, we need to make sure Andrew’s Ties stays in business. We’ve lost H&M and we lost Claire’s (Claire’s!) and we even lost Victoria’s Secret and Ann Taylor. But if Andrew’s Ties (handmade! beautiful! every color of the rainbow!) goes, that will be a tragedy because pretty much everyone wears ties here. KEEP THE TIE STORE GOING!

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