Friday, September 28, 2007

I'm Just Wondering

IMG_4358, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Right now, street parking doesn't seem to be a big problem. But I've often wondered if it would be worth it to put in a parking spot in my back yard. Lots of the rowhouses have spots that are accessible via the alleys. Do you think it is criminal to rip up some of your yard to pave it? Are we doomed to lose our plentiful on street parking as the Old Soldiers Home is developed and the many condos being built are completed?

Friday Question of the Day: Whose Responsibility?

Dead tree, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This newly planted tree is just about as dead as dead gets. As I've written before one of the great things about our neighborhood are the many trees. But whose responsibility is it to water them? Is it the homeowner? What about the trees in parks? I've seen folks on Petworth News ask people to help out with the watering. Is there no system set up by the city or the parks department to water these newly planted trees? I can't believe the onus is on the residents?

State of the Union in a Sorry State

IMG_4363, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This used to be one of the best bars in the city located on U Street way before U Street was popping. I always loved the mural of Lenin that you can hardly make out today. It seems kind of sad. Why is this prime location left in such a state of disrepair?

See, I'm Not the Only One Obsessed With Petworth/Columbia Heights

Thanks to Zach for alerting me to this fascinating group. I can't wait to read the next report.

Zach writes: "Lastly, a group called Social Compact just started doing door-to-door surveys in Petworth as part of a "drilldown" analysis, basically looking at positives in the neighborhood rather than negatives. They have an interesting report on their website that was done in 2002 for Columbia Heights and Petworth that gives a different perspective on the neighborhood than what you would get from census figures."

Not What You Like To See at 08:36

During rush hour, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Why is it every now and then there is a 9 minute wait for the train smack in the middle of rush hour? And why is always when you are running late to work? Murphy's law, karma?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I Think This Bureau Has Many Locations

IMG_4360, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

but I spotted this one on S Street between 14th and 13th. It is made of wood and there is another larger sign, maybe a kind of memorial next to it. But this one obviously spoke to me. It reminds me of the Remaking Le Slum Historique mural on I think 9th Street in Shaw.

You Knew I'd Eventually Ask About This...

IMG_4353, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

So I have often walked by Jeans N Things located on 11th Street between Wonderland and 11th St. Deli. I think 97% of the time it has been closed when I've walked by but I actually saw it open the other day. It seems to be mostly women's clothes and such. Has anyone checked it out? Good stuff?

Yeah, This is What We Want To Glorify

IMG_4343, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I thought I had seen it all when I spotted the Car Testicles but I was wrong. I spotted these decal bullet holes on a truck on Georgia Ave. What happened to the good old mud flaps of naked women or Yosemite Sam saying back off. This is what we have come to as a society? Bullet holes? For real?

Query About Coming Retail

GforGood had an interesting question: "PoP or others, do you have any other rumors or facts about retail coming to the apartment/condo buildings (besides the Yes! Organic Market and the Mocha Hut)?" I assume he is talking about the condos being built above the metro and up Georgia Ave. The only other rumor I heard was that, I think, Lakritz developers were buying the Murrel realty space on Georgia Ave. right near Domku and that they were thinking about putting in a dining/cafe venue on the first floor. Anyone else know of any rumors or facts about coming development?

Launch Party and T Shirts

Thanks for the reminder Pauper. I have the t shirts in my living room and I'm looking forward to giving them out to the ten and selling them to anyone else who wants one for $10 at the launch party. So a quick question first. Would people prefer Thursday, October 4th or Thursday October 11th? Venue: Temperance Hall. Right now I'm leaning towards the 4th.

You Are Warned

Spider-Squirrel Cropped, originally uploaded by PixEmonkey.

I don't know if anyone else has noticed but there is a new gang in town. From what I can tell, they are not affiliated with any of the traditional culprits. I am sorry to report that they are becoming more brazen. A neighbor of mine reported one coming right up on his porch, taking a dump, while my neighbor is sitting right there mind you, and then laughing at him. Unfortunately that is not a lone encounter, this gray menace runs in packs. They make a racket and chase each other all over peoples yards and in the streets. I've tried calling 311 but they are lightning quick and can vanish in seconds. My advice to you: Don't look them in the eyes and try to ignore them. Do not confront them under any circumstances. I'll update you as I find out more...

That's Nice part 34

IMG_4357, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is a very well done painting which blocks the family's garbage cans. Nicely done, I say, nicely done.

Some More Love For My People Up In North Country

IMG_4344, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is, what looks like from the outside, a fantastic renovation up north on Georgia Ave.

Possible Location of New Java & Cream

IMG_4352, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

We'll find out in only two years, stay tuned...but man that would be sweet.

Holy Cow, The Rug Store DID Go Out of Business

IMG_4362, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Well I always, er, often admit when I'm wrong. Apparently Rug Stores do go out of business. Who knew?

Please Don't Take The Yellow Line From Me, Please

I'm begging you. Whoever you are who makes these decisions. You can't do it.

Thanks to a reader for tipping me off to this article in the Examiner this morning:

"A Metro spokesman declined to elaborate on what services might be scuttled, but possibilities include fewer new railcars and buses, less security and safety training,
and ending extra Yellow Line service. "

You can read the full article here.

We do love and ride the yellow line, right?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Petworth Eyesore on New Hampshire Ave Gets Coverage from the Washington Post

Washington Post catches on to third floor atrocities. Sadly, PoP doesn't get a mention. Thanks to a reader for the tip.

Read the full article here.

My favorite quote from the owner (Cornish): "As for aesthetics, Cornish said the building, when it is complete, will be far superior to the dilapidated, vacant property he bought last year for $425,000. "To each his own," he said of those who object to such additions. "If they don't like it, they should have gone and bought it themselves."

You can read my original post from April here.

Again, Already?

Another Revolution, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Well we have another revolution on our hands. As I passed this sign it reminded me of a great diatribe I heard from Bono at a U2 concert (recorded). So allow me my own diatribe inspired by Bono. (Ed note: when you read the following lines you have to do it with an Irish brogue.)

I've had enough of these unwashed Americans come up to me and talk about the resistance, the revolution on the Mall. And the glory of protesting for the revolution. They don't talk about littering for the revolution. Where's the glory in papering every lamp post you see in Washington DC. Where's the glory in that? Where's the glory in putting stickers up that can't be peeled off? Where's the glory in that? Where's the glory in making city workers waste their time, painstakingly peeling these posters off of city property. Where's the glory in that? Fahq the Revolution.

Good News From Wonderland Ballroom

IMG_4354, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

As you can see the outdoor patio area is open for drinking! You can see how happy these folks are. I'll admit I wept at the mere sight of a beer on the picnic table. From what I hear the permit is renewed indefinitely. Great news since we have about another month or two of good outdoor drinking weather left.

Another Awesome City Church

IMG_4359, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is a great Church on 13th Street no too far from Logan Circle. I love how sits right next to row houses. Speaking of churches, on Sunday I heard amazing music coming out of some of the churches. I would love to be able to go inside and listen. Unfortunately, I'm not particularly religious nor am I of the Christian persuasion. So, is it ridiculous to ask if I could attend a service to listen to the music? Or is that rude, almost like being a tourist? I'm conflicted. Thoughts?

There is Officially No China Left in This Town

"China" Town, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I used to love walking by this shop in China Town. It reminded me of NYC China Town where you could spot fully birds and other animals hanging in the window. Alas it appears it has gone out of business. Oh well, I guess it is exciting that there will be a Marvelous Market in China Town...

News Wrap

An occasional new feature when I see articles or blog posts of interest:

I knew I saw a prostitute near the metro! Washington Post.

Another Wine Bar to open up on U Street. Express.

Explosion on Farragut St. shuts power. DCist.

Sad story about a cat passing in Columbia Heights. Intangible Arts.

Concrete Front Yards in Brooklyn. Brownstoner.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Java & Cream Coffee

IMG_4347, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

After getting scolded for not visiting North Petworth, I decided to take a walk up to the Java & Cream coffee house located around 5500 Georgia Avenue. I am happy to report that it is a fantastic independently owned coffee house. I had the opportunity to briefly chat with the owner who told me he has plans to open 4 more in the area over the coming years. The coffee was delicious and cheaper than Starbucks. I paid $2.75 for a large latte. The owner also told me that in the future there will be some live music, which I'll post when it happens. There is a great seating area here as well, so if you live in North Petworth enjoy this fantastic coffee shop. For those who live further south, there are plans to open another store near the Petworth Metro in about two years time.

We Should Hope For This on Upshur St

IMG_4350, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I saw this house on my walk up Georgia Avenue. It looks very similar to the shape of the house on Upshur and NH. And I have to say, I am so upset at the current state of disrepair on Upshur, I think I would actually be delighted if it ends up looking like this house. In the future, maybe we can get some kind of historical status. How do we get historical status anyway?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Bricks, The Duct Tape of the Air Conditioner World?

IMG_4341, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I've actually always wondered about the usefulness of bricks to support my ac. I'm pretty sure that I just stuck some bricks under and they are actually not even touching and therefore supporting the unit. But there is a real psychological calming effect of putting bricks under the ac. Do AC's even need any extra support? I was happy to spot someone else who uses the non touching brick method...

Well Which Is It A Weed Community Or A Drug Free Zone?

Weed Community, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday Question of the Day

This question relates to something that got a lot of press this week. The issue is DC's quest for voting rights in the US Congress. Frankly at the moment, I could not care less about this issue. Every Thursday I read the Post's coverage of local crime by quadrant. When I look at NW Washington, I am horrified by the street names. Webster, Varnum, Georgia, Allison, etc. and I get filled with rage, despair and sadness. Every single week I see the streets of Petworth in the crime report. Unacceptable. How on earth are DC Voting rights going to change that? How are DC Voting rights going to address the graffiti issue? How are DC Voting rights going to address the issue of drug dealing in our neighborhoods? How are DC Voting rights going to address the problem of vacant homes and prostitution? Ok forget all that, I'll be even bolder, I would way rather have a nice independent book store in Columbia Heights/Petworth than have one voting Congressional Representative. I would trade two DC senators if every Thursday I could open up the Post and not read about crimes being committed on Varnum St., Georgia Ave., and Allison St.? So my question is: What do you think are the most pressing issues for the residents of DC? Voting rights or quality of life issues?

How Much Is an Elevator Worth?

I visited a really beautiful condo on 13th Street. It has an incredible view of the city, a very nice layout, big windows, an upstairs study and roof deck. Sounds pretty sweet, yeah? So what's the catch? It was on the fourth floor and the building has no elevator. So if you don't have kids no big deal yeah? There are many of these building in NYC that don't have elevators. But I ask you: For over $400k in DC shouldn't an elevator be included?

More Nice Landscaping

The tiered approach is really catching on. Which one do you like better?

Sherman Ave. Eviction Aftermath

DSC00304(bright), originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I see Wayan at DC Metblogs has already gotten some play on this but a reader has sent me some more photos and details on the situation. The reader writes:

"This was the 2900 Block of Sherman Ave, b/t Harvard and Columbia. The blue house was evicted and the city emptied the entire house on the street, which turned into one large free-for-all. About 9:30 p.m., all the bags had been turned over and the trash was across three lanes of traffic. This prompted the police to get involved, and public works was called in. They sent 4 street sweepers, two dump trucks, a bull dozer, a dumpster loader and a crew of about 25. From 10 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., the city was cleaning up the street."


"It's a real shame what happened. The woman who used to live there died two (maybe it's three now) years ago, and left the house to her grandson. He and his cousin lived there with some other transient tenants, and I only know one guy who lived there the whole time in the basement....You should know all that trash was actually the dead grandmother's possessions. Family albums, pictures, antique furniture, collectables, etc. -- all that was her is now gone and lost forever. "

Very sad situation, indeed.

Neighborhood Cleanup on Sat. the 22nd on the 700 blocks of Lamont and Kenyon

From a reader: "Come on out, meet your neighbors, and build community. We have rakes,
shovels, and big yellow bags from DPW. We'll start the clean up at around 8:00. If enough people show, we will do both blocks and the alley. Meet on lamont street at 8:00."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Excuse Me Sir, But You're A Sir Too

I was going for the whole Ben Harper thing but I'm not sure it worked. At any rate, allow me to share a story of an awkward greeting that happens to me quite frequently. I understand that in the military it is quite common to address many people you don't know as sir. I'm down with that. What makes me feel uncomfortable is when I pass older gentlemen in Petworth and they say "Good morning sir" or "How are you, sir" to me. I just don't feel a "young" kid like me is deserving of the honorific. I always think to myself, why are they addressing me as sir? If anyone should be addressed as sir it is they! So what is going on here, is this a generational thing? Should I respond back using sir as well?

Not Exactly the Reunion I Was Thinking Of

Reunion, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I was all set to write how fantastic it is that our neighborhoods often host these super cool gigantic family reunions. It is really amazing, I've never seen so many beautiful affairs in my life. So I thought I was capturing a perfect example. But I suppose this is pretty cool too. So which is the good one - off the wagon or on the wagon?

Breakfast All Day

Breakfast all day, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

From the 11th St. Deli. Have more beautiful words ever been written?

Water Features Are Sweet

Water feature, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

This is from a phenomenal home on 13th Street. I think water features and fountains are among the coolest lawn amenities around. But my question is: If you want to put Koi or goldfish in them will they survive or are you just providing dinner for the local wildlife?

YES! Another YES! Market Coming To Our Area

Thanks to Suzanne for the heads up from the Columbia Heights Listserv:

"I am pleased to announce that Yes! Organic grocery will occupy one of the six retail spaces on the first floor of the Union Row building, located at 14th and V St, NW.

The Union Row project is part of the overall rejuvenation of the U Street Corridor. Yes! Organic will offer residents natural foods as part of a unique shopping experience. Please visit my website for more information.

The 5,000 square foot Yes! Organic grocery is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008. This will be the fifth location for the DC-based grocer. More retailers will be announced soon, including a restaurant, a dry cleaner, and a large national chain store.

Councilmember Jim Graham"

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Two New Rumors

I heard this evening that the great bar and brunch place Tunnicliff's Tavern in Eastern Market is opening up a new store on U Street between 13th and 14th.

I also heard that Velvet Lounge may be sold to the owners of Local 16 and Eighteenth Street Lounge. Wild news.

Anyone else heard these rumors?

Random PoP Observation

I saw a sign that said "Democrats for Bush", isn't that kind of like "Jews for Jesus"?

Petworth's Not So Humble Beginnings

A reader who is doing research on a book writes in (including the title of the post):

"The Feb 13, 1923 edition of the Washington Post lists the following ad in its real estate section:

A semi-detached house of stone and frame construction; six rooms and bath, front and double rear porches, exceptionally large kitchen; hot water, heat, electric lights; good condition; side alley. Price: $8750."

Another, Petworth house lists for $11,000, the difference in price likely due to its "having been newly papered and painted both inside and out," and its boasting a "45 foot front lot."

Advertised houses of similar size in Chevy Chase and Cleveland Park sell for $12,000 to $14,500, while similarly-sized houses near Lincoln Park and (what is now)Near SE sell for $6,000-$9,000."

It's interesting to note that our part of town began as one of the more expensive places to live in Washington."

So who can figure out what inflation on $11,000 from 1923 to today would be?

Fantastic Reno in the Works

huge gut reno on NH, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Many of you have probably walked by this home on New Hampshire Avenue near the metro. It had the dreaded vinyl all across the front and is now being replaced with brick. It looks like it is going to be pretty sweet.

Wait a second. My house is entirely ensconced in vinyl. And it is beautiful. Until I win the lottery and can afford nice cedar shingles I'm stuck with vinyl. Vinyl requires very little little upkeep and won't give you cancer like asbestos shingles. So don't hate too much.

Petworth Turning Into One Gigantic Bulletin Board

Light pole ad, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Let me share a little secret with you all. I've heard of this great new Web site. It is called Craig's List. You can put whatever you want to sell on the site for free! Amazing. It is a virtual world now. You don't have to bother with scotch tape or printings or anything like that at all. And don't give me the whole not everyone has a computer song. Everyone has computers! And if you are 80 and don't have a computer you don't need a weight bench. Everyone has a computer either at work, or home, or at their local library. Although, I am still looking for a place to unload my unwanted car for $50 cash. Help me please.

Another Fine Door

Door of the day part 2, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I dig it. You?

A Silver Lining

School garden, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I found this garden behind a pretty rough looking school on 13th St. The school has grates or bars over all window and looks pretty imposing. But if you walk around the back you see a bit of humanity in this garden. It must be fun for the students to maintain.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Do You Like Vanilla? You'll Love These Row Houses

I can't believe I haven't seen anything written up about this entire new construction of Row Houses built behind the Tivoli Theater on Monroe Street. Every time I walk by them, I fall asleep they are so boring. I'm not saying I need Frank Gehry but these are pretty plain. No interesting architectural detail at all. So I ask you am I wrong, am I wrong? And for the record I'm calmer than you dude.

Well Done

That is some nice landscaping no?

Rumbaros for Brunch

Rumbraros for Brunch, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Has anyone checked out this joint yet located on 14th Street right near Mayorga? It looks pretty good from the outside. I'm excited to check it out. So, what's the word, thumbs up or thumbs down?

Over Heard At Domku Brunch

Male #1: "Give me a good word for that breakfast."

Male #2: "Volumptious"

Male #1: "Volumptious? Yeah that is a good word for it!"

Personally, I felt that was the perfect word for my meal as well.

My Favorite Band That I've Never Actually Heard Is Playing Again

Petworth's very own Ra Ra Rasputin will playing their very own mini Green Line tour:

*Saturday the 22nd @ Velvet Lounge 9PM
*Sunday the 23rd @ WMUC Studio, University of Maryland-College Park. 6PM
*Thursday 27th @ Wonderland. 8PM

I'm going to definitely try and catch them at Wonderland this time.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Introducing PoP Video by Joe Mills

It is my pleasure to introduce a new video feature on PoP. These videos will feature life around Petworth, Columbia Heights, and the 14th Street Corridor. This feature is the brain child of Petworth resident, Joe Mills. This week's video features Grant Circle and the running time is about 1 minute and 20 seconds. Please comment to let us know if you would like to see more of these videos.

If you have any ideas or would like to contribute to PoP in any way don't hesitate to contact me at And remember, I'm still looking for an intern!

Oh yeah, and since I'm asking for things, if anyone lives in a rowhouse with one of those tiled vestibules I'd love to get a photo of that. Many thanks and enjoy the video.

14th St. PN Hoffman Construction Finished

And I have to say it looks pretty good. They put some nice benches and chairs out that you can see in the picture. I took the opportunity to take a look at some of the model units for sale. Damn, some of them are pretty sweet. But you will pay for that sweetness prices range to the $500k for two bedrooms. The complex is gigantic but it seemed quite pleasant as I walked through it. So it got me thinking is it worth it to sacrifice size for location? It is pretty fantastic to be located right on 14th St. Thoughts?

Oh, another rumor I heard is that a Trader Joe's may be going into the retail space of this building. Anyone else heard this rumor or even better can confirm it?

When Your Graffiti Is Just That Good...

copy righted graffiti, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

you copyright it of course! You can see in the picture at the bottom there is a copyright 2007. It is funny because as I was walking down 14th St. I was looking for some ideas to tag graffiti in my basement. You could imagine my frustration when I saw that this average design had been copyrighted. Hmm, who is going to enforce the copyright?

Please Pick Up Your "Pick Up Your Poop Signs"

I've noticed a number of these signs around the neighborhood. To be honest I hadn't known that there was a serious poop problem. Is there? It appears a renegade member of the community has posted a number of these signs around town. Unfortunately they are not affixed very well to the lamp posts and as a result they are scattered on the sidewalks becoming quite a nuisance themselves. So is there even a poop problem to be worried about? Is this a good way to go about addressing the "problem" given the whole ANSWER debacle?

Friday, September 14, 2007

Friday Question of the Day

Moped, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Continuing along the transportation theme, let us talk about the moped. A friend of mine had noted how unusual it was to see people riding mopeds in DC. Yet in the rest of the world in metropolitan areas mopeds are quite a common form of transport. So why don't we see more mopeds on the streets of DC? Is it just not socially acceptable or "cool"? Is DC not congested enough to warrant the use of mopeds? Is gasoline to cheap?

This is What A Playground Should Look Like

Playground, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I was walking through Cleveland Park today when I noticed this nice playground. At this playground there were actually children playing. I was shocked. I had just walked by the playground on 11th and Monroe and all I saw there were men huddled in big groups drinking. Hmm. I think the children of our neighborhoods have just as much a right to play in a playground as do the children of Cleveland Park. So has anyone else noticed the abundance of grown men at the 11th St. playground?

This is What We Have Been Forced to Resort To?

Garbage can, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

What ever happened to the idea of placing more garbage cans on main city streets? It looks to me like there are only garbage cans around us near metro stops. So this is a phenomenon I have noticed lately. Individual home owners have been forced to put up plastic bags on their fences in the hopes that people will put their garbage in the bag instead of on the street. From this picture it looks like it is working. But it seems very unfortunate that the onus to keep the street clean has fallen on the home owner. How hard could it be to get more garbage cans on the street? Wait, don't answer that...

Apt. Building of the Week

This apartment building is located on 13th St. a block south of Euclid. It is unbelievable from the outside. It seems as though many apartments have balconies that overlook the much of the Mall. From here you can see the Capitol all the way to the Washington Monument. Anyone live here? Is the inside as nice as the outside? How are the prices?

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Graffiti or a Serious Political Statement?

Free Jena 6, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I spotted this car last night across from Mayorga on Park Road. If you are unfamiliar with the Jenna 6 you can read the Wikepedia entry here. But the point is - someone spray painted Free JENA 6 either on their car or someone else's car. Is this insane or at the least a bit excessive even if it is their car? Aren't there any bumper stickers out there? If they spray painted someone else's car then what the hell is that? Thoughts?

Random PoP Observation

Is it strange that I can easily identify a police helicopter from a medevac helicopter by sound only?

DC Taxi Zone Google Map

DC Taxi Zone Google Map, originally uploaded by El Greg.

Anyone interested in the recent debate over taxis potentially switching from the zone system to meters? A reader rightly points out that there is a zone going right through the beginning of Petworth and Ward 4, so it would definitely affect us. Now that taxis actually drive to Petworth we should get in on the debate.

The Post has the details here.

Care to Speculate

Anyone know what is going to become of the big building on 11th across from Columbia Heights Coffee? Retail on the bottom and condos up top?

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Yes, Of Course That is an Ax

Ax, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Man, I've been finding the most interesting items lately. Here is an ax just chilling on a chain link fence near a Church. There are no trees here. There is no wood here. Just an ax. Yep. Um, is this normal?

More Cinder block flowers

Thanks to a reader for telling me about another good example of flowers planted in cinder blocks (or whatever the hell they're called). Definitely looks pretty good.

Wait, I thought the sky was falling?

A reader just tipped me off to the fact that a home just sold on the 3500 block of New Hampshire Ave. for $659k. Do you think the success of Red Rocks and the burgeoning 11th St. corridor will help keep nearby homes at similar prices?

Who Doesn't like Short Shorts?

DCist had an interesting debate about a Gap moving into the Barracks Row neighborhood of Capitol Hill. I imagine we'll be having this debate in about three years so we might as well start it now. So, would we be equally outraged if a Gap set up shop in Columbia Heights?

Speaking of Barracks Row I don't know how I missed this story from CBS News in July:

"Barracks Row is a neighborhood right around the corner from the U.S. Capitol.
With trendy art shops and sidewalk cafes, "business is booming." But this successful commercial district is about to get an infusion of your tax dollars, CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports. Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., has earmarked $500,000 tax dollars for unspecific upgrades — possibly a giant decorative arch, kiosks for merchants and concrete stools."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

PoP Profile - Scott Howdeshell

Scott, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

Allow me to introduce the man behind many of the good drinks you've tasted and the good music you've listened to at Temperance Hall.

"I may be the only bleeding heart liberal from Alabama"

Scott, 34, spent his formative years in Alabama but moved to Petworth a little over a year ago. He originally came to DC because his then wife got a job working for the President. Scott hypotheses that his break up may in part have resulted from his liberal politics. Scott's wife's loss would become Petworth's gain.

I asked Scott how he heard about Temperance. It turns out some of his friends had told him about this bar and he thought he would be a perfect fit. And the rest as the say is history. When asked how long he sees himself working at Temperance, Scott replied without hesitation "for as long as I'm in DC, I'm a lifer!"

Scott has worked at numerous bars all over the city including such high end joints like Inde Blue and Charlie Palmers. So I asked him what are the differences at working at Temperance. "It really is 180 degrees different", he said "A lot of bars in the city rely on students and Capitol Hill but we are a neighborhood bar and we are proud to have such a loyal fan base."

"We are not a sociological experiment"

When I asked Scott about what it is like working in a bar in a neighborhood where a lot of development is occurring he bristled. "Every time we get a review they always talk about the sociological experiment and we are getting kind of sick of it", he said. He continued "We want to be accepted by everyone, we don't have any ulterior motives, we are just a business, I'm here to make drinks and make people happy. We really do embrace the whole neighborhood, and thankfully, the neighborhood embraces us." He continued, "We hope Temperance Hall is a true mix of he neighborhood and we think we are successful in that respect".

"It makes me happy that people come up to me almost every night and tell me that they love the music and they love the juke box."

I asked Scott if he has any secret in picking the music he plays. Scott says the secret is the eclecticism and quality of the music on the juke box. You could see Scott's eyes light up as we began talking about the music he likes. "It is one of the true pleasures in life" he explains. When pressed to name his favorites he replied "Alt. Country , 50s/60s jazz and 60s soul". "It is all represented in the juke box, you'll find Johnny Cash, Wilco the OJs and Johnny Watson." Well I didn't know who Johnny Watson and the OJs were but I assume that is pretty eclectic!

"It is very easy to make friends here in Petworth"

I asked Scott, besides the bar, what else did he like about Petworth. He cited the yards and the ability to make friends here.

"I worked in an Italian restaurant and we never sold this much Peroni"

I concluded the interview by asking Scott about what are the most popular drinks he serves. Scott says that the beers chosen vary from night to night. Some nights they sell many drafts and other nights the sell PBR or Bud. He did not the unusual amount of Peroni beer that is sold as well.

But Scott explained that Temperance is a Whiskey Bar and as such they sell a lot of whiskey as well. Scott tries to share his knowledge of the complexities of the various whiskeys with the patrons. For your next visit, a popular one is a Rye Whiskey called Michters US1 American Whiskey. Scott believes its popularity is largely in part to the bold chocolate flavors noticeable in this whiskey.

When he thought a little bit more about the popular drinks, he remembered that they sell a lot of Jameson as well. He concluded, "who knew Petworth would love Irish Whiskey?"

Well, whether you like beer or whiskey or Alt. Country or 60s Soul, next time you go to Temperance you always have a good possibility of experiencing both when Scott is tending bar.

More thoughts on Lily's Cafe

A reader writes:

"you know Lily's cafe and that stretch of block on colorado between Kennedy and Longfellow, which includes colorado kitchen, a (bad) corner store, haircut place, and empty space.

ANYWAY, Lily really did a lot to improve her store and the sidewalk in front of her. she put nice tables w/umbrellas out and huge planters with flowers out.

the other day, i noticed that now, she has even planted flowers etc in the dirt by the curb.

but when you look down the street on either side, tumbleweeds practically roll by--it's derelict w/weeds etc and cracked sidwalk.

it pisses me off that the other businesses don't care, i respond by patronizing lily's but wondered if there is anything else i could do.

as you know, just a few touches like pulling weeds and keeping some plants or flowers, things like that, can transform a block.


I think you should contact your local ANC rep and see if a clean up/beautification project can be organized. What do you guys think?

Columbia Heights Mall

CH Mall, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I think it is going to look pretty sweet. At least this part...

Statue of the Week

Budda, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I think it may be Budda? Anyone know?

Commemorate 9/11 with Volunteer Opportunities

A reader writes:
"There is a link on about tomorrow's designated national day of service in remembrance of the anniversary of Sept. 11. Mayor Fenty has declared it "Patriot's Day" in the District. They also have a link to some service opportunities. Serve DC

On that note, I was also wondering if it would be possible for you to post something about my organization's need for volunteers. We are a non-profit organization with a 30-year history of challenging Washington, DC’s brightest middle school students to achieve higher academic standards. Our mission is to develop critical academic habits, behaviors, and attitudes that improve grades, standardized test scores, and attendance: all factors that foster acceptance into top high school programs.

Right now, we are in critical need of mentors at my site located in Ward 4 and our After-School Academy begins in three weeks. The commitment we ask is from 6:00-8:15 one night a week. Training, lesson plans, and curricula are provided. I know that your readers tend to be active and interested in what's going on in the District, and I would love to be able to let them know about our organization. The students we work with are bright, motivated, and in need of mentors who are positive, engaged role models.

For more information, you can link readers to our web site: Higher Achievement.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Chevy Chase Bank Has No Love For Some Green Liners

Chevy Chase has a bank???, originally uploaded by SoStark.

I used to think Chevy Chase Bank ATMs were ubiquitious in Washington DC. Then I needed to get money. I realized that Chevy Chase has many commericials touting its numerous ATMs in the metro system. Well, that apparently doesn't apply to many of those who live on the Green Line. If you want to get money in Shaw, U Street, or Petworth you better be prepared because you won't find an ATM at the metro. So what is up with this blatant disrepect? Clearly in U Street, there are dozens of bars, restaurants and shops, no? So how on earth could the master planner's not have put an ATM there? Do they think the Green Line stops are unsafe for an ATM? It is ludicrous and unacceptable. I used to think very highly of Benjamin Franklin. Now, he has become tainted by his affiliation...

Sunday, September 09, 2007

It's all in the details

Nice stained glass, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

I've noticed a lot of rowhouses on the 14th St. corridor have fantastic stained glass windows. This example has the number of the house in stained glass. Little details like this really make the homes in our neighborhoods pretty bad ass. Anyone live in a house with stained glass like this? Do you know from when it originates? Does your house/condo have any special details that make it unique?