I walked by some construction just a few stores down from Domku and I have to say it looks really nice inside. You would never guess it looks that nice on the inside from just walking by. Does anyone know what it is going to be? Another restaurant perhaps?
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
"It is better to sit in appreciative contemplation of a world in which beauty is eternally supported on a foundation of ugliness: cut out the support and beauty will sink from sight."
Read that a few times and tell me if it applies to our debate.
This announcement was posted on an apartment building on New Hampshire Ave. I thought it was very touching. Clearly he was very well loved.
Similarly, I have also noticed a number of congratulatory posters for recent graduates in front of some row houses.
Just two examples demonstrating the strong community existing in Petworth.
Monday, May 28, 2007
But it hit me that we here in Petworth can easily be having this debate 5 years or so from now. I can see it so clearly. Oh, Petworth was so much better before the new condos and Starbucks etc. Hell, I can even see myself saying some of these things. But it is ridiculous, right? We obviously want to live in a safe and clean community. Or do we if the price to pay is a certain disneyfication of the neighborhood? Can we have a clean and safe community without disneyfication?
Until these questions are definitively answered, rest assured I will continue to complain, no I prefer to say, I will continue to observe...
Friday, May 25, 2007
This is a mock up of the what the new condos being built over the Petworth metro are supposed to look like. And I am just having a very difficult time imagining it. Believe me, I hope it looks like this and with the Great Streets Initiative maybe it will but it just seems so foreign. I'm crossing my fingers.
So my question to you is: Do you really think the new condos being built over the metro are going to look like this?
Bonus question: I know there is a Mocha Hut coffee shop going in (which is sweet) but what other retail is going in or what other retail would you like to see go in?
I know we have discussed the mural at the Petworth metro before but I never noticed this section. You can see it is a cup of coffee and there is a circle with a line through it. What the hell is that? Just because you can't have coffee on the metro, you can't even paint it either. WTF.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
What in the world are these barrels outside of the Petworth metro? They have been outside the metro for at least a week. Do they contain nuclear waste? Do they have dead bodies in them? Do they have socialist propaganda in them? Seriously, what the hell are these?
The Express still has it listed as:
» PETWORTH: "Task Force Targets 4th Street Mob" [WaPo]
This is so embarassing. I count on the Post, which is one of the best newspapers in the country to have their facts straight. Again, I apologize for the confusion.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The Post says: "The suspects were part of a group known as the 4th Street Mob, a long-standing drug crew that has sold multiple kilos of crack, cocaine and marijuana from its base in the 4200 block of 4th Street NW, according to police and FBI officers. The group has been "shut down for business," the law enforcement officials said."
Holy cow, the 4200 block of 4th Street is right near where I live. Yikes. Let's hope this is a debilitating blow and not merely a nuissance for these dealers.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
But until then take a quick metro ride or a medium sized walk to the U Street farmers market starting June 2. Who knows what the status is for Petworth's farmers market?
Remember when Petworth had a small farmers market near Princeton and Georgia? Whatever happened to that one? It was a pretty weak farmers market. I think they sold one block of cheese and maybe a couple of eggs, but it was ours! Mark my words, one day we will have one that we can be proud of.
Monday, May 21, 2007
Thanks to Laurie for alerting me and sending me the photo of this van that caught fire on New Hampshire and 7th. It happened today at 5:10pm but Laurie said she could still hear a fire truck at 5:30. I wonder how the van burst in to flames like that.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Domku has followed El Torogoz's footsteps with a lovely outdoor eating area. You can see this group of fine Petworthians are enjoying their Sunday Brunch in the sun. There are about 4 or 5 tables and it is really quite pleasant. The only drawback is that you can't hear the fantastic music that usually plays on the inside. But that is a small price to pay for fine outdoor dining.
"Of the 2,258 acres of residential property in Ward 4, 83 percent is owned by persons who live in their own homes. Two clusters in Ward 4, cluster 10 (Hawthorne/ Barnaby Woods) and cluster 16 (Colonial Village/Shepherd Park), have the highest shares of owner-occupied residential property, at 91 and 92 percent, respectively."
Present company excluded, I'd have to say it will one day be Gore Vidal. I went to the Rock Creek Church Cemetery this weekend and saw his future tombstone. Fantastic writer by the by. I highly recommend 'Burr' and 'Julian'.
Friday, May 18, 2007
So the Friday question of the day is: Have you ever been so frustrated you have thought about moving out of Petworth?
Thursday, May 17, 2007
"The school year had not quite ended, and night had fallen, but there were plenty of kids out, hanging on corners and walking the streets...Strange wondered, as he always did, what these kids were doing out so late, and he wondered about the adults who were responsible for them, why they had let them out of their sight."
Still true today? I see this all the time. It frustrates the hell out of me. Some of the kids are great but some are so out of control I don't know who can be accountable for them. It makes me very angry because I can see these kids ruining their lives. Now, I was no angel as a youth but lines were drawn and there was certainly no boozing and loitering at one in the morning on a school night. Where is the balance between normal adolescent behavior and "out of control" behavior? Who is ultimately responsible for these kids behavior?
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Let me tell you, I thought I had seen it all. Until yesterday, I spotted a guy tending his front yard, not with a lawnmower, not with a weedwacker, not with a hired professional but with a machete! I couldn't believe it. He was trimming clumps of grass on his hands and knees with a machete. It was such a bizarre site. I wanted to take a picture but I got scared and ran away. Well, now I have seen it all as far as lawn care is concerned, unless anyone has a goat?
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Joe Mills exudes cool. He is the type of guy who lives the lifestyle that many people envy. He lives by his own rules. You may have seen Joe in his latest play "The Championship Season" or he may have even poured you a pint at Domku, or you may have seen him walking around town with his beautiful wife Anna and genius daughter Renata. Joe definitely sticks out in a crowd for all the right reasons.
Joe identifies himself as a theater artist. He recently finished starring in The Championship Season by Jason Miller. The Washington Post's review said "The best performance comes from Joseph A. Mills, III, who [stars] as cynical alcoholic Tom...Mill's slouching casualness makes an intriguing oracular presence of this wisecracking character... " Not too bad to be given best performance status by the Washington Post.
Joe attended Georgia Southern College where he was first introduced to theater. His freshman year dorm happened to be right next to the school theater and one day he was following a cute girl from Nebraska who walked straight into the theater. The lure of a cute girl was not strong enough to get him acting that day. But later in the year Joe took an acting class as an elective and for extra credit he could perform in a student play. So on a lark one day after rugby practice Joe decided to get his extra credit points and as luck would have it the cute girl from Nebraska was there to provide Joe with a little extra incentive. Joe got the part in 'Crossing Niagra' primarily because they needed someone strong enough to carry a guy on his shoulders for three quarters of the play. While in 'Crossing Niagra' Joe was introduced to a lot of cool people in the theater department. This experience led Joe to audition for the major school play 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe' where he landed the role of Nick. And the rest as they say is history.
I asked Joe what was his most memorable acting experience of the many plays he has been in. He is most proud of 'Fathers and Sons' by Brian Freil where he played the Father, Nikolai Petrovich Kirsanov. He cites this play because the character was so different from him that he was required to use the famous Checkov technique. The Checkov method has many components that include: the feeling of ease, the feeling of form, the feeling of beauty, the feeling of the whole, psychological gesture, imagination, concentration, improvisation, and imaginary body among others. I didn't really understand the description but Joe had such passion talking about it I wasn't surprised to learn that he is now teaching the method.
But back to Georgia Southern. In Joe's sophomore year he was unable to play football anymore (he was a linebacker) so he decided to join the United States Marine Corps reserves to pay for school. Joe describes the experience as an enlightening one. He enjoyed the physical challenges and the camaraderie the Corps provided. Unfortunately due to a back injury that should have prevented him from enlisting in the first place was discovered and he was discharged as a Lance Corporal.
After college Joe was a bike courier for 10 years in DC and New York. Being a bike courier allowed him the flexibility to pursue his acting. Similarly, that is how Joe discovered bar tending. He needed a job that provided him this flexibility. Joe happened to be sitting in Domku when he heard Kiera talking on the phone about needing a bartender and voila Joe got the job. Previously Joe had been a bar tender in Bedrock Billiards in Adams Morgan.
Before moving to Petworth Joe had lived in Mt. Pleasant and Columbia Heights but finally settled in Petworth in 2001. Joe wanted to get married and needed a place to move into with Anna. The house that he found in Petworth fit all the criteria. Anna wanted to be close enough to Rock Creek Park and have a back yard and Joe wanted to make sure the house was detached. When asked why, Joe replies deadpan "because I'm a musician." Yes Joe is a musician as well. He is currently recording an album and he play the bass guitar and drums and is bringing in musicians for the project. Back to Petworth.
Joe knew nothing about the neighborhood before moving in. But he immediately loved it and his house. Joe explained that when he shows people a picture of the house they don't believe it is in the city. When pressed about what he loves about Petworth, Joe immediately mentions Grant Circle. "I really love Grant Circle and the tree in the center, that tree just rocks, winter, summer, spring and fall and it is a great place to take my daughter to run around and fly a kite." he explains with his eyes ablaze with excitement at the mere thought. Joe also loves the fact that we are close enough to Howard University that on some days we can hear the marching band practice.
Joe explains that he lives on a very unique block. "7 of the 9 homes on my side of the block have changed hands", Joe said, "but almost none of the houses on the other side of the block have which means our block is really very diverse."
Joe would love to see a movie theater and all types of new restaurants in Petworth. Joe is excited that a Yes! Organic Market is coming to Georgia Avenue. He explains "it only adds to the livability of the community without having to drive to do these things. You just love where you live because everything is here." Since moving to Petworth, Joe hardly goes to Adam's Morgan anymore because Petworth is starting to see its own venues emerge such as Temperance Hall and Domku that allows Joe the comfort of staying in his own neighborhood.
Joe summed up his thoughts on Petworth: "I don't think we will ever leave Petworth, we will never sell our house, I love that house, We are in Petworth for the long haul."
It was a pleasure to introduce you to Joe Mills: Theater activist, father, husband, musician, bar tender, former Marine, former courier, and all around cool cat.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 22
Bruce Monroe Elementary School
3012 Georgia Avenue, NW
4 – 8 PM
Short Slideshow at 6:30 PM
This is the third and final meeting with the community to collaborate on a design that improves transportation and creates a streetscape to serve the vibrant commercial neighborhood along lower Georgia Avenue. This project covers Georgia Avenue from New Hampshire to Florida Avenues and Sherman Avenue to 4th Street NW.
Refreshments will be served.
For Additional Information Contact: Callistus Nwadike, Transportation Planner, DDOT, (202) 671-2308, Callistus.Nwadike@dc.gov, www.DDOT.dc.gov.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
So it turns out a lot of expat Petworthians keep up with the neighborhood by reading PoP and Petworth News. Today, someone requested that we update them with the condos being built above the metro. I'm not sure if the picture does it justice, but an awful lot of work has been completed. There is a very deep foundation that has been done towards the back of the picture. I have to say it is very exciting.
But I'd also like to raise a question that I was discussing with a buddy the other day. When the condos are completed and filled do you think it will change the atmosphere of Temperance Hall? I feel like it may get a bit more crowded but overall it should attract even more establishments like Temperance. Thoughts?
Furniture store. Not very creative if you ask me. Storehouse furniture went out of business on 14th Street and another furniture store opens in its place. Do you think that is a good idea or would you have preferred to see something else open up?
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
So is it still coming or not? This is the homeless shelter that proposed moving to Georgia Ave. south of the metro in the Park View neighborhood. For a while I saw yellow lawn signs protesting the move. Then I heard there was a proper protest. Most of the candidates for Ward 4 were against the move as is Councilman Graham. So has anyone heard anything. Is the shelter on its way?
Sunday, May 06, 2007
If you look at all the sketches of the new development on Georgia Ave, or the new condo developments, there are always sketches of outdoor dining. Fortunately for us in Petworth, we already have that opportunity. The amazing El Torogoz restaurant has set up a beautiful outdoor eating area. You can't tell from the picture but every post has a box at the bottom that is filled with flowers. It is fantastic. I ate there Sat. night and had delicious brazed beef, fried plantains and avocado with rice. The staff was as friendly as ever. So take advantage of the great food and great seating. And smile because if the sketches are accurate we are going to have lots more establishments offering this style in the near future.
Friday, May 04, 2007
As many in the neighborhood know, as soon as it warms up these damn mini bikes come out and terrorize the neighborhood. They zip up and down the block often going the wrong way on one way streets. I'm not looking forward to it.
But damn, this is the sweetest mini bike I've ever seen. Makes me want to take it for a ride...
Now I support schools for sure. I even support Public Charter Schools. But just when the election ends and all the yard signs are supposed to be taken down it looks like a new set of signs is sprouting in the neighborhood. I hope this doesn't become a trend. Incidentally, I'm looking to sell my unwanted vehicle does anyone know where I can get cash for it?
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
I like what one commenter posted below suggesting that choice is good. I really think that is a brilliant if succinct comment. And speaking of choice, Mayorga Lounge in Columbia Heights near the Giant grocery is super cool. It has two levels and everything that you can ask for. I still love Columbia Heights Coffee on 11th Street but it is nice to have choice especially when it is crowded there. But they are both great places to get a cup of joe and hang out. And hopefully we will get lots of choices like this in Petworth too. Ok maybe not lots of choices but at least a few choices. Has anyone else tried Mayorga yet? Thumbs up or down?
I saw this sign at Cardoza High School where I watched the El Salvadoran League soccer match. Just to show you where my mind is, when I read #6, I thought that is crazy who passes out drunk at a high school sporting event? But I get it now, that was a close one.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Unfortunately Temperance Hall doesn't have HBO so they will not be able to show the Sopranos Sunday evening. The good news is that they have a phenomenal back deck that should be taken advantage of with this great weather we've been having.