01 Mar 2023


Hill Buzz

Happy March, everyone! Let’s hope that it comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lamb. What’s going on? This week, we’ll be doing a little catch-up, since there was no buzz last week.

Ms. Tara Hoot, hostess of the Drag Storytime brunches at Crazy Aunt Helen’s, on Saturday, February 25. Photo by Maria Helena Carey for The Hill is Home

On Saturday, the community came together to support Crazy Aunt Helen’s Drag story time. We were there and the incredible show of love and solidarity was so moving. The Washington Blade also has the story.

On Friday, February 19, students at Eliot-Hine Middle School were robbed outside their school. Hill Rag

On the heels of the news about the development coming to the north side of the 1000 block of H Street NE from back in December, now it seems plans are in the works to make the 700 block, south side, into another residential development. Urban Turf has the details.

Coastline Oyster Co. replaces Zoca as of today. Signage went up late last week and Eater has more details.

The H Street Walmart will be closing its doors on March 31, after nine years. While it was a chaotic, mildly depressing store, it was a good last recourse type of store– and it served the needs of residents in low-income housing in the area. And yet, over 10% of you who voted in our unscientific, yet revelatory, poll, had NO IDEA there was a Walmart there:

The H Street Nike store finally opened. WTOP

And Smokin’ Pig is open again! PoPVille

Completing an H Street trifecta, Parker and Ace veterinary clinic will soon open in the 500 block of H Street NE. This new clinic is state-of-the-art and works on a membership model. But don’t worry: You can have a trial period! Business Journal

But a man was killed in the 1200 block of H Street NE on Saturday, February 18. WaPo

Meanwhile, over by Navy Yard, Maxwell Park is no more and Trouble Bird has risen from its ashes, ready to rumble. Washingtonian

And Duke’s Grocery opened over the weekend in Navy Yard WTOP
We got to take a bit of an early peek and have photos over on Instagram.

Earlier in the year, American Conservative editor Helen Andrews shared her unscientific social experiment on social media: She observed people fare-evading at a couple different metro stations and then confronted some of them. Somehow, she was surprised by the backlash to her vigilante scold actions. You can read more here.

We’ll learn today when the blossoms will be at peak. Kid Friendly DC‘s guide to the blossoms has solid advice on how to enjoy some hanami and not go insane.

If you’re looking for places to eat fish on Fridays, FOX-5 has a roundup of places, including Po’Boy Jim.

Citywide, Dave Statter, who keeps track of emergency communications in the District, wonders if new OUC acting director Heather McGaffin will bring actual transparency and accountability to our 911 system. Statter 911

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