Friday, March 30, 2007
Do not miss this oportunity..... The house is located in the Petworth
area, the closest metro station is Fort totten ( Red line ), most of
neighbors are young marrigments or old people, and always you can find
a parking spot on the street.
You can read the full post here.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Fellow Petworthians and residents of the District, is it just me? Have you seen foot patrols? If they send an officer to an ANC meeting I don't exactly call that community policing.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Pretty exciting stuff although I hope it isn't too congested a la certain areas of Columbia Heights. But a new supermarket should make people happy. Dare I say Whole Foods may be on its way?
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Thanks to a tip from a reader I was alerted to all the new blue Petworth signs around town. They are awesome, a good sign that we haven't been forgotten from the powers that be. The signs show where the Old Soldier's home is located, the metro etc. Good stuff.
I'll just throw in my two cents on their discussion: some of them are idiots. I feel as though most of those people have never even visited Petworth let alone live here. They describe Petworth like it is some kind of crime infested slum. Ha! They couldn't be further from the truth. We have a beautiful community filled with hard working mostly middle class good people. Most folks don't realize that the majority of homes in Petworth are owner occupied. That means people have a vested interest in their community. Petworth is a gem. Sure there are some flaws, which I even discuss from time to time. But the fact that people talk about Petworth like it is a dangerous slum is simply ridiculous. We are very lucky to live here. All of us, old timers, new comers, immigrants, citizens...it is this combination of folks who love their community, which makes it such a special place to live. But I think my thoughts are pretty clear on this matter.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Reporter Julia Feldmeier wrote the overview of DC in the special section and in the last paragraph she focuses on Petworth:
"You can get a lot more house in Petworth than you can almost anywhere else in the city, except across the river," said Eileen Garner, a Coldwell Banker agent. "So you have some people cashing in their condos down in Dupont and buying out here where they have a very low mortgage because of what they earned on their condo. You also have first-time buyers that can actually get a house with three or four bedrooms in the low $400,000 range."
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Um, who the hell is walking down the street and stops and says I'm going to spray paint some grafitti here? Then he says, I wonder what I'll write, maybe - gang letters, or a sports team I like, or a girl I dig, no I think I'll write Pear.
Well who doesn't like pears? I just would love to know the thought process that went into this graffiti. Anyway, I'm going to eat a pear now - so maybe we can see it like a public service announcement...
Signs that lead me to believe I spotted a hipster at the Petworth metro:
Red shoes with white socks;
Vintage leather jacket;
Ed note: I do not use hipster as a pejorative simply a description. I actually think hipsters are great for the neighborhood and I hope to see many more.
Friday, March 23, 2007
From the announcement:
"Please gather at 125 Webster Street, NW at 9:45am for donuts, coffee, juice and assignments. Cleanup will occur in the north side alleys between 100 and 200 Webster Street."
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I was talking to someone last night who said many "hipsters" from Mt. Pleasant have moved to Petworth. I am by no means a hipster, I am very hip mind you just not a hipster, but anyway I am very proud to live in Petworth for the positive attributes - beautiful neighbors, trees, houses etc. Are there people who moved to Petworth because it is "hip" to live in Petworth? Or is it a financial thing? I know I couldn't afford to buy in many other neighborhoods 4 years ago. So talk to me about hipsters in Petworth. What is it exactly about Petworth that attracts hipsters?
ANC FOR SMD 4B09 (1) 1/1 100.00%
Under Votes: 84
MURIEL E. BOWSER 601 89.57%
Write In, if any 70 10.43%
Total ... 671 100.00%
The above is from the DC election website. It seems Muriel Bowser won her ANC seat with 601 votes and only 70 votes were written in against her. It appears noone even officially ran against her. So where is the all hate from?
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I had to post this sign I encountered in front of a house near the Old Soldiers home. Unfortunately, I use a cell phone camera and couldn't capture all 6 signs that were displayed on this poor house's front yard. God knows what they had to deal before they came up with this solution. A beautiful sign though, no?
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Going with the Temperance Hall theme, this week's Petworthian to be featured is Ms. Della Williams, chef of Temperance Hall.
Where do you live: Georgia Ave.
How long have you lived in Petworth: 10 years.
Where did you live before Petworth: North East, DC.
What do you like best about Petworth: Everything is convenient.
What do you like best about being chef at Temperance Hall: All the regulars are great and they always compliment the food!
Where do you like to hang out when you aren't working at Temperance Hall: Temperance Hall!
It is very rare that Fox 5 news and I are on the same wavelength but today we were. After a long day of golf I wanted to put some pictures up of Temperance Hall. Well, I learned that Fox 5 had just preceded me. Unfortunately the light was streaming in the windows so I couldn't really get good pictures. But what I can say, without reservation, is that Temperance Hall is the greatest bar in Washington, DC! Now, I say this for a few reasons. First of all, if you are a Petworth resident, it is like going to your living room. Most of the patrons are Petworth residents and there is just a really chill vibe in the air. Secondly, and perhaps more importantly to me, the bartender Sott had played a couple of Drive By Truckers songs. That in and of itself is worthy of a hight rating. Also I had a grilled cheese sandwhich with mustard, tomato and french fries for $5 which was fantastic! But honestly as you can see in the picture there is a pool table, chandeliers, stained glass, and really really good people and food. What more could you ask for?
You can check out the Fox news report here.
Friday, March 16, 2007
I thought it was about time for an update on that awesome shell on New Hampshire and Upshur. I have to admit I had been pretty pessimistic of late because it seemed every time I walked by there was no progress. I am happy to report today there was an army of folks at work over there. One sure sign of movement are the windows that are going in. Also I spotted a front door. Any guesses as to what they'll put this on the market for when finished?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
This is the tie and suit I wore walking home from the metro. Now tell me if you feel or have felt the same way. I despise wearing a suit from the Petworth metro. Why? Because I feel like I could not possibly stick out more. I am 99 times out of 100 the only person wearing a suit. I feel like an idiot. So tell me, am I insane? Is it just me? Ladies and gentlemen please tell me, do you feel funny wearing dress clothes home from the metro? I'm just curious is all.
Petworth: Mark -- I was out of town this weekend for a family
gathering. My uncle is a national labor bigwig and lives far away from
Washington He asked if I live in Ward 4; when I replied yes, he told
me that his umbrella organization is about to pump "a boatload" of
money into one of the candidate's coffers. He told me who their
candidate is and bragged that the money was coming "from all over." I
told him that I didn't like what they were doing and he replied that
their candidate didn't stand a chance unless they did this. It's
shameful what's happened to D.C. politics in the past four years. My
uncle lives hundreds of miles from Washington, and he has more say in
who my Council member is than I do.
Mark Plotkin: You can't stop people from trying to raise as much money
as possible and from as many sources as possible. Bowser who is
Fenty's candidate obviously believes that raising all this money will
eliminate any serious opposition. There could be a backlash to this.
There is still time as I said before for a candidate to emerge without
the same resources and some candidates might decide that they don't
have a chance and unite behind somebody who has a chance. The election
is May 1 so there is still time.
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Alright, this house isn't technically in Petworth but I walked to it from my house. It is located in nearby Columbia Heights on 13th Street. You can see this house also has an amazing porch and in the upper right hand corner a roof deck. It has a nice rock out front too and come spring some really nice gardens.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Let's say you don't exactly have a green thumb, well, then you may want to copy what this one house did. They painted a flower box under some windows in their alley. It looks sweet and I suppose requires very little care. Speaking of life giving you lemons I'm off to the Thievery benefit concert tonight so stay tuned for some more posts tomorrow night.
On another note, I've really enjoyed the responses to last week's Friday question of the week. You should read the comments. I'm just curious, has anyone had candidates come to their house on a door to door campaign. I haven't had any yet and I'm a bit surprised not to see any candidates if they are trying to emulate Fenty's techniques.
Friday, March 09, 2007
I just got this email from a friend of mine:
"Breaking news: Divided three-judge D.C. Circuit panel holds that the District of Columbia's gun control laws violate individuals' Second Amendment rights: You can access today's lengthy D.C. Circuit ruling at this link .
Now this house has stirred a lot of debate in my little world. This is the gigantic red brick house with well you can see the lions guarding the front door. Now, I happen to think the slate stairway looks wicked cool. As for the rest of the house I'm not so sure. What do you guys thing of the lions?
Thursday, March 08, 2007
With all the excitement about El Limeno, which is fantastic by the by I forgot to mention another rather new Salvadorian/Mexican restaurant - El Torogoz. It has a very similar feel to El Limeno. It also has a fantastic juke box and excellent service. So if you have room in your stomaches and hearts don't forget to patronize El Torogoz as well, located right next to the Post office. Another bonus is that it is right around the corner from Domku so you can get in a game of pool after dinner.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
In case you haven't realized it there is a ton of development/renovation/construction going on in Petworth. It is phenomenal and really does provide hope for the future. This is a picture of a block I found that had a whole row of houses being gutted. Must have been about 5 or 6 houses right next to each other completely gutted. I just hope they are reasonably priced so that they don't remain empty languishing on the market. On a related note that beautiful shell on the corner of Upshur and N.H. has not seen much progress. It actually looks like they just stopped working. I still have lots of hope for the future. It is very easy to imagine how amazing these blocks are going to look once the renovations are completed.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Be hip and participate in WAGIP. (Ed note: that rhymes but is so awful I just punched myself, but participate anyway.)
Perhaps many of you have seen this terrific sculpture just off Georgia and Upshur. Unfortunately the sign explaining what it is has deteriorated. From what I could tell it was some sort of tribal sculpture but I wish I knew what the whole sign said. It is pretty cool, no?
Monday, March 05, 2007
Sunday, March 04, 2007
"Of the 17 candidates at the Ward 4 forum, six were quite competitive. Stay tuned."
Who will the lucky 6 be? Any guesses? Does he have the right to anoint 6 as competitive? Stay tuned...that's my line!
Let's not beat around the bush with fancy Polish names or names reminding us of the 20s. This restaurant which is freshly opened on Georgia Ave is perhaps one of the most beautiful sights this eye has seen. I'm not sure how healthy it is but damn it, it has the greatest name ever. I'm not exactly sure why the chicken is dancing but that is a topic for a different post.
Friday, March 02, 2007
A pretty common response was that the north-south divide exist at Grant Circle. Or perhaps north Petworth begins at the begining of 3 sylable streets ie Allison Street.
Well, I'm not sure of the answers but if there is a north-south Petworth rivalry I'd have to say South Petworth kicks ass!
Feb-26 $800 AU Grad Student looking to share home (16th Street Heights/Brightwood)
Feb-27 $800 Young professional looking for roommate/s (16th Street Heights/Brightwood)
Feb-28 $1000 Young professional looking for a roommate (16th Street Heights/Brightwood) pic
Mar- 1 $1000 Young professional looking for roommate/s (16th Street Heights/Petworth) pic
Actually from the pictures the house looks pretty awesome. Notice she first calls it 16th Heights/Brightwood until Mar-1 when she changes it to 16th Street Heights/Petworth. Oh yeah, if you can't rent your house in Brightwood try Petworth. But wait a second isn't 9th and Longfellow in Petworth anyway? Remember when the realtors used to say "located in the hot Petworth neighborhood"? Do they still do that? Why does she raise her asking price from $800 to $1000? So if 9th and Longfellow is 16th Street Heights/Brightwood/Petworth then I live in Petworth/Columbia Heights/U Street. Sweet!
I was searching around flickr to see if anyone had posted some neat Petworth pictures when I came across this photo taken at the old soldier's home national cemetary on Memorial Day by "jdcdc".
Whatever our feelings are on the war we should remember those who are making the real sacrifices.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
16. The Police Keep Their Vehicles Clean
Closely followed by:
13. The Police dress appropriately while on Duty.
Anyway, take the survey to let them know how you think they are serving Petworth.