I spotted this sign in Columbia Heights touting a Starbucks on the way. It got me thinking about Petworth. When I first moved to Petworth, I thought, gosh it would be fanastic to have a Starbucks of our own. Now, I am begining to wonder. I had the opportunity to speak to the owner of 'Blessed 7-9' on the corner of Shepherd and 5th. I posted a photo of his new sign a few posts below. At anyrate he was a really super nice guy. I asked him if he could stock 2% milk and without hesitating he said "yeah, no problem". Then I told him I liked his new sign and he was thrilled. He insisted that I try a cup of his coffee. And I have to tell you, it was delicious. I thought it was going to be horrible and stale but I couldn't have been more wrong. It was fantastic and only $1.25. Which brings me back to Starbucks. It would be a shame if we got a Starbucks and it hurt our very hard working local business people. It is a debate I'm having. Would it hurt Domku? So what are your thoughts - would you like to see a Starbucks in Petworth?
Sunday, April 29, 2007
I started my day sorely dissapointed because my tennis match had fallen through and it was such a beautiful day. So I decided to take another walkabout. What a great decision that was. I encountered another beautiful DC phenomena. There are a series of "semi-pro" soccer matches that take place all over the city. I was stumbling along 13th Street when I ran into this one at Cardoza High School on 13th and Florida, NW. Now, I love soccer but this, like the papuseria, was like visiting another country. I had encountered an El Salvadorian soccer league. There is a $5 dollar entry fee but the kind gentleman allowed me to enter without charge. He must have been fan of PoP. At any rate this league features 16 teams and they play every Sunday at Cardoza. Which is fitting because they certainly weren't Olympique de Marseille. But they did have an awful lot of heart. Plus there were two refs to make it very professional. The match that I saw pitted River vs Alianza. Spanish was spoken freely and there was also El Salvadorian delicacies available for purchase. Once again, it was like entering another country and it was fantastic. The players come from all over DC and I'd say there were about 100 people viewing the game from the stands. I saw more injuries than beautiful passes but there were moments of brilliance for sure. So if you like soccer or are just looking for something new to do I can guarantee you this is worth $5. And in the end River defeated Alianza 1-0.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
"I learned just yesterday that neighborhood developer LaKritz Adler has succeeded - after what was apparently a grueling process - in getting the Murrell Building under contract. They are planning a renovation of the building to be completed later this year. Robb LaKritz says their plans are to open a new, vibrant neighborhood business on the ground floor consistent with the renderings and sketches being proposed by the Great Streets plan."
I have to say Temperance Hall continues to impress. Last Sunday they had Uefa Cup coverage on the tv and tonight they had the Rangers game. Fantastic. A great place to have a grilled cheese, listen to drive by truckers and watch some sports.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
At approximately 11:00 p.m. Tuesday evening an apparent drunk driver came barreling down 4th St, NW the wrong way on a one way street and smashed into two cars. It appears no one was hurt although there was extensive damage done to one car and minor damage to another. Apparent drunk driver driving the wrong way on a one way street, it's a miracle nobody was seriously hurt. The car ended up on the corner of 4th and Taylor NW after the driver apparently blew his engine trying to flee the scene. I'm telling you when the temperature reaches 80 degrees crazy things start happening. Again, thank God no one was hurt.
One fire truck, one amblance, one police cruiser and many responders were on the scene within minutes to their credit. And another thing that makes Petworth great: the neighbors resonded in full force. Almost no one on the block remained in their homes. Everyone came outside to make sure no one was hurt and to support those whose cars were damaged. Petworth is by far one of the most cohesive neighborhoods I have ever lived in especially in times of trouble. Everyone is always looking out for their neighbors.
Well I've seen two CCTV's around Petworth so far. One is near the metro and one is by Shepherd and 4th St. So far I believe they are a good thing. For one, I know by Shepherd and 4th there have been numerous shootings in the past. Remember 3 or 4 years ago when the little girl was shot on her porch in a drive by? Well that was around Shepherd and 4th. So if it helps deter those shootings I'm all for it. But where does the slippery slope begin? I certainly wouldn't want one on every corner. What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Well, the awesome tree in full bloom initially got my attention to warrant house of the day status. It is a really nice corner house with a beautiful porch. I like the wind chimes too. Looks like a lovely place to read the paper with a cup of coffee in the morning.
You can see the pizza joint at 11th and Park is coming along very nicely. The patio looks terrific and I understand there will be patio seating when Red Rocks opens. As I walked by I had no problem imagining myself sitting there eating a slice a pizza before heading down the street to Wonderland Ballroom. I am wiping a tear from my eye, I am so happy at the prospect.
Thanks to Gillian for alerting me to the snazzy new sign at the bodega on 5th and Shepherd. There is also a new sign for an atm machine. Good to know. Plus now you can get coffee there if you need your fix in a hurry.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
sung to the tune of Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones of course. Well, you can see the development at Upshur and NH remains, well remains uh interesting. They have decided to paint the brick yellow although maybe that is just a primer. But I thought for sure there was still brick work yet to be completed. I'm dying to see how this thing turns out.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
The poor people at habitat for humanity have to put up with so much. They were one of the few businesses to move to Upshur St. and they are continually rewarded with grafitti. Insert a very long string of explicatives here. Let's hope they catch this thug soon.
Incidentally, not using curse words is pretty funny because I curse all the time in real life. Yet I seem to have taken on a more polite blog personality. How bizarre.
Well, which is it? I certainly have noticed a lot more for rent signs since the market has softened. I think one of things that makes Petworth great is that so many of the homes are owner occupied and that people take pride in where they live. I'm sure there are some very good home renters out there but I have to admit all the for rent signs make me a bit nervous.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
$700,000 HUGE FOUR LEVEL HOME IN NW DC
HUGE FOUR LEVEL HOME WITH FOUR BATHROOMS, TWO KITCHENS, LAUNDRY ROOM,
SEVEN BEDROOMS, TWO CAR PARKING, NEW FURNACE, EXCELLENT CONDITION.
LOCATED AT GEORGIA AND NEW HAMPSHIRE NW, FIVE MINUTE WALK TO THE
PETWORTH SUBWAY STATION. GREAT LOCATION.
For Christina: My girlfriend loves Dannie's takeout. Granted she loves takeout chinese food more than anyone I've ever met, but I can vouch for it too. Good garlic chicken. Anyone have other favorite delivery places? More to come...but in the meantime you can check out the list on Petworth DC here. Just scroll down to the bottom and you'll see a list of delivery places.
For K. Bonus points if someone can translate that sign above the guiness ad. This is the bodega across the street from the metro. It gets a demerit from me because the cashier is behind bullet proof glass which always makes me feel uncomfortable. But bonus points for Western Union service. Who knew?
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
F prof. and husky looking for roommate (prefer professional, 30s +) to
share half a spacious rowhouse. You would get your own bedroom and den
(partially furnished, if desired) and share kitchen, living room,
dining room, 1 1/2 baths, washer & dryer, yard, ample storage space.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Would you like to see more Real estate coverage?
More Political posts?
More crime/public safety posts?
More meet your neighbor posts?
More restaurant/bar/cafe reviews?
More links to other local and DC news?
More of my own witty/inane observations?
Other types of posts?
Also, I am looking to expand coverage. I love Petworth and that will continue to be the major focus but I'd like to expand coverage to Columbia Heights, U Street, Logan Circle, and others. Would covering these nearby neighborhoods be of interest? Are there other neighborhoods you'd like to see covered.
Thanks very much for any advice you can give. Please post a comment or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who live in south Petworth, perhaps you have met this dog before. Now I realize this picture does the dog no justice but I was terrified, sprinting away from this 4 legged menace. Let me assure you this dog is pure muscle and he knows it. Now I know there are lot of dog enthusiasts who read this blog so I'll tell you perhaps this is a nice dog but be careful walking on the sidewalk near his house. You can see the fence is all of 2 foot high and this dog lunges at if you are anywhere in a 50 foot radius of it. I was waiting for this moment which comes every Spring. The dog is let out in its yard and when you walk down Taylor St. near NH it let's you know who's boss. I fully concede he is the boss. I concede nearly twice a day from Spring until Winter but he refuses to accept my surrender. I can't explain how terrifying it is. The dog lunges at the fence barks like crazy and every time I think: ok, so this is how I'm going to die, I've lived a good life, I guess I always wanted to travel to China and have children, well not in China but, I'm getting off track here. I hate this fricking dog!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
One of the greatest things about living in Petworth is its location and diversity. Well, this Saturday I had the opportunity to go to a Pupeseria for the first time. A mere 15 minute walk from my house in Petworth transported me hundreds of miles to El Salvador. There was no english being spoken, there was soccer on tv, and the jukebox was blaring what I can only imagine to be classic El Salvadorian ballads. It was phenomenal.
I should tell you this is a little more casual than El Limeno but a great place for a snack or lunch. Even my bottle of coca cola was imported from El Salvador. While my girlfriend and I had delicious pupesas, the folks sitting next to us had a huge soup with lots of crabs that looked delicious. So if you are up for a little adventure or you just feel like getting out of the District for a few hours head to 14th street in Columbia Heights and you'll be transported to Central America instantanenously. And don't worry if your Spanish is a little rusty the staff was exceedingly friendly. Also when you leave check out the new dance studio, you can see the dancers practicing in the huge windows out front.
Friday, April 13, 2007
You are not crazy. You are racist. You are attempting to put your suburban "sensible" values on Black people, yes, I said it. I'm sure that you have every best intention in creating an informative blog about "your neighborhood", yet you fail to realize that "...our beloved Petworth" was a stable place to live long before you were born.
I know, you did not say Black in your Blog... you said everything but that... but if you had any understanding of Black American Culture, you would realize how ignorant your whiny little questions are.
So here goes with your cultural lesson:
Black folks have always liked and prized our automobiles. It is a status that goes back to early memory of my 45 years. Cadillacs, Lincolns', and all other luxury cars that most other American's consume. Much of it is a reaction to having a dignity and respect that was denied to us for many generations. If we could not live in the finest neighborhood (denied by covenants and redlining from reputable financial institutions) then we could drive nice cars. It is a matter of pride and respect, things that have come easily to you.
Black people are culturally different than white people, though our DNA make-up is 99.9% the same, we have been shaped very differently by the cultures we live in. I am sure that if you dig deep into your history you will see this... remember all the Black people that came to your house for dinner when you were growing up? Right.
So now you find yourselve immersed in a "culture" that you have no understanding of. "...our beloved Petworth", really, give me a break. Face it, though you, like I, paid big bucks to live here, we moved into a metropolitan area that is primarily African-American. Not only did you move to a city, but you moved to a Black neighborhood... why? Because it was all you could afford. If you could have afforded to move to Friendship Heights you would have. And if you did live in Friendship Heights, I doubt you would be questioning whether your neighbors leased or owned their cars. What business is that of yours anyway?
Hipsters, and such take note: Petworth was fine before you came here. It does not need your revitalization. Most people here do not consider their houses as investments, they are the places where they have lived. You have brought in your values and attempted to push them on the majority of this culture... shame on you. I doubt that you even talk to your neighbors... just blog about it... blah, blah, blah?
Thursday, April 12, 2007
This is a storefront church located on Upshur near Domku. You won't mistake it for the National Cathedral anytime soon. Anyone familiar with this one? Do they have such a small following or did they break from a bigger church?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I'm starting a new feature called "photo of the week". I will pick the best, you guessed it, photo of the week submitted by a PoP reader. This week features a blooming tree with snow captured in the budding flowers. It is was taken by one of my excellent new neighbors, Bobbie.
If you would like to submit a photo please email me at PrinceofPetworth@gmail.com
"My name is Charles Gaither. I am a candidate for the Ward 4 City Council Election on May 1st.
I happen to be a native of Washington DC. I grew up in Shepherd Park and have lived in Petworth and now in Brightwood with my wife.
I graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and from UDC with a degree in Urban Studies. I have tutored, mentored and volunteered in many capacities in the school system.
I have also provided constituent services for Ward 4 residents as an outreach coordinator in the Mayor's Office, I have served as an Education Specialist for the Board of Education, and I also been employed by the Chief of Police to do outreach for the District of Columbia.
Additionally, I have been elected to serve on The local Democratic Party for 4 consecutive terms (1992, 1996, 2000 & 2004) in Ward 4. I also served the Party as the Executive Director in 1993 and 1994.
I have been committed to public service since 1981 when I participated in a high school service project where I tutored weekly at Takoma Elementary School.
I have been reading this blog for the past few weeks and felt compelled to make you aware of my candidacy and my record.
Unlike some of the other well-funded campaigns, I do not have the means to produce and pay for expensive camapaign materials and a bevy of consultants. I am relying on a few friends and neighbors that recognize my past and believe as I do in a responsible and good government that provides support and services to all residents of the Ward.
Please visit my site at:
email or call me at: email@example.com and/or 202-306-9867 (cell)
I am committed to Ward 4 and would very much like to have your consideration for May 1st.
Also know that I am campaigning full time so I do have time to visit with you to hear your issues, concerns and figure out a way to implement solutions.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
This is going to be a controversial post so brace yourselves.
I come from a long line of sensible car owners. My parents drive a sensible car, my brother drives a sensible car and I too drive a sensible car. By sensible I mean used and Japanese with really good gas mileage. Now earlier I wrote about the penchant for washing cars in Petworth. Now I'd like to take it one step further.
As you can see in the picture above, it looks like a Hummer has given birth to a baby Hummer. Well, I see these cars all the time in Petworth. I also see Lexus, Mercedes, BMW, Cadillac and all the finest automobiles on the road. My question is: why? We all know that Petworth is a working/middle class sanctuary in Northwest DC. Frankly, the cars just don't fit. So, I get it - this is an image thing. But sometimes these cars are parked in front of houses that to put it mildly can use a lot of work. So does it really make sense to need a new roof and have a Bentley parked out front? I'm aware this is America and it is our choice to do as we please. And thank God for that. But it makes me wonder: are these cars being purchased or leased? Is this the wisest use of money for a middle class neighborhood. Does it spiral into a "keeping up with the Joneses"? To me it just doesn't make any sense. Does it trickle down into children wanting the most expensive clothes just for image. I'm not saying drive a Pinto and wear rags but be sensible. What is the lesson for the children?
Sure if you are wealthy and doing fine and paying your bills and saving for retirement etc buy whatever the hell you want. I expect to see these cars in Georgetown but in Petworth it always makes me shake my head. I realize people are going to go crazy so I admit there are exceptions. Not every fancy car in Petworth fits this mold. But I would say an awful lot of them do. All I'm saying is that America has a terrible problem with buying things they can't afford and going into terrible debt. For medical bills, unemployment, food I can understand and am saddened by it. But I'd hate to think that families in our beloved Petworth are going into debt just for image.
Am I crazy?
Monday, April 09, 2007
"Radiance Medspa is a health spa franchise that provides medical skin treatments including Botox, facial peels, facials, microdermabrasion, meso-lipotherapy, and more."
I'm really speechless on this one. Can't we get one lousy bookstore for the love of God...
Sunday, April 08, 2007
While Petworth is known for its beautiful rowhouses, some may not realize it also has some beautiful rows of bungalows. Some of you may recognize that I am a bit biased on this point. Nevertheless, this a recent renovation that I have coveted for some time. It is bungalow located just north of Grant Circle. It has a beautiful cedar shingle that looks terrific. You can imagine a less scrupulous developer would've knocked off the second level and created a gargantuan wreck. But this particular house kept the historical details. I had the opportunity to check it out when it was on the market a couple of years ago. It is stunning and a welcome addition to our neighborhood.
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
Remember Mario's pizza? It was without a doubt the worst pizza I've ever had in my life. It sits right across the street from Temperance Hall. Well, it thankfully closed and it looks like it has reopened as a computer store. I have to admit, though, the new signage does not exactly inspire one to purchase a new computer. This looks worse than a pawn shop. Damn it, Georgia Ave, needs some proper development.
On a happier note I do have to report that I had a drink at Temperance last night and it consistently delivers. The bartender, Scott, had phenomenal taste in music and there is such a good vibe going on. Next to Domku, Temperance Hall is by far the best addition Petworth has seen in my four years here.
Well, I'm getting hungry so I think I'll go grab a slice of horrible pizza and perhaps pick up a 10 year old Dell computer...
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
I just spotted this new privacy fence that has sprouted in the last week or so. I have to admit I have often thought about getting a privacy fence myself given that the alleys are usually less than pleasant to look at. But I have hesitated in getting one because I am poor. But that is really not the point. So tell me does getting a privacy fence send the wrong signal to your neighbors? Does it close you off? Given the state of the alleys in DC I'd say that I am leaning in favor of them.
Please look at the photo below to see why I am so against this picture. Well, this is the third picture from the renovation occuring at Upshur and NH. It was a beautiful shell that I fear is being ruined. They have extended the two level house to include a third level. The bottom two are brick and the third looks like it will be vinyl. Good idea or a damn shame? What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
The American Century Theater Presents: That Champioinship Season by Jason Miller
March 30 - April 28, 2007
Wed.-Sat. at 8:00 pm
Sat. & Sun. at 2:30 pm
Gunston Arts Center
2700 South Lang Street