Tuesday, June 30, 2009

BloomBars Fundraiser this Week

"Friends of BloomBars" is hosting fundraiser this Thursday for the one-year-old community art and performance space. An abundance of hugging aside, I enjoy checking out BloomBars at least once a month. It is great to have an emerging arts group in neighborhood, one that definitely has room to grow and deserves the support. Suggested donation is $10 - $15. RSVP to friendsofbloombarsdc@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 2
8:30 pm - 12 am
BloomBars at 3222 11th Street NW

Monday, June 29, 2009

First Lady Makes Health Grant Announcement in Columbia Heights

This isn't the first time Michelle Obama has visited the neighborhood, or the first time Unity Health Care hosted a high profile visitor, but it is the most recent. The First Lady was at the Upper Cardozo Health Center this afternoon to announce $851 million in recovery grants for community health centers. The Upper Cardozo Health Center will receive $2.5 million in funds, enabling it to build 20 new exam rooms able to handle 24 percent more patients. Five grantees in DC will get a total of $4.4 million in funds.

“Community Health Centers provide care to the Americans who need it most and their work has never been more important,” said Obama in her remarks. “These grants will help Unity’s Upper Cardozo and thousands of centers across the country expand and serve more Americans who simply can’t afford insurance coverage anymore."

According to the pool report, she also discussed childhood obesity, teen pregnancy, and early literacy with staff and guests at the health center.

Image from Reuters via Yahoo! News.

Review: Commonwealth Trivia Night = Opposite of Bad

That's right! Commonwealth's new trivia night is GOOD!

The Heights Life went to check out The Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue's second installment of trivia night at Commonwealth Gastropub. As Looking Glass trivia loyalists know, host Dalton has the question and answer schtick down. But... he's added some new twists in what he's dubbed his "trivia lab" for Commonwealth.

You can expect the usual five rounds including a handout and an audio round - but to mix it up there are some rewards for speed and accuracy. And who knows - that might not be all he's got planned. This time those rounds seemed to go over particularly well, especially at my hyper-competitive table.

The crowd was light but I wouldn't expect it to stay that way for long. Trivia takes place in a cozy corner of the bar starting circa 7PM and the prizes are really damn good. And you know what else was good? The Commonwealth food and drink service in the bar area. Yes, the drinks cost more than Wonderland Mondays - but the beer selection keeps it interesting.

Trivia currently remains an every other week affair. If you think you're smart, mark your calendar for two weeks from yesterday and come challenge us. THL will own you (maybe...).

Lost and Found: We Found Your Shoe

Are you missing a shoe? Because this one has taken up residence on Irving Street, just past 14th across from CVS.

THL Prediction Come True: Nori Dies

The Heights Life kinda hated Nori. We had nothing but crap service and mediocre food there, and it was too bad since it's such an interesting space and good location. Alas, our predictions of Nori's death seem to have come true. RIP Nori Asia Bistro. But oh well - we still have Pho 14... and that place is actually good.

I know, some of you liked it there and will be mad that we're not mad that it's dead. But well, it is. And now hopefully something better will go in there... because it can't get much worse. That place sucked.

Here's the CH Forum chatter on the topic. And here's a link to our past posts on Nori.

A Tweet Tip: FLOTUS to Columbia Heights?

UPDATE: FLOTUS in the neighborhood this afternoon. She'll be at the Upper Cardozo Health Clinic at 2:15 pm. Source: Politico.

A tip from the Twitter: FLOTUS Michelle will be at Upper Cardozo Health Clinic on 14th on Tuesday (per Politico)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Councilman Graham is on the Twitter

I can't believe it took me this long to discover our favorite Council member is on Twitter. Follow him @jimgraham_ward1 
So far his tweets echo his listserv and blog posts, but perhaps a Twitterview should be in the works (even though Spud Lite hates that word).

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

CH Greenspace Blog & Next Clean-Up

New2CH over on the Columbia Heights Forums is looking for some more volunteers and contributors to help clean up our neighborhood greenspace and blog about it. Here's the blog: http://chgreenspace.blogspot.com/.

And the next chance to volunteer at a clean-up:

The next "official" greenspace clean-up will be Saturday, July 18, 10:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M to coincide with the North Columbia Heights Civic Association and the Tivoli North Businesses Association clean-ups. Meet at the Greenspace at 10:00. Trash bags will be provided.

What Are You Waiting For? Thai Tanic / Uptowner Edition

Eventually, they will come. Social, Room 11, Meridian Pint...
And also these two. First, Thai Tanic. The sign still promises Summer 2009, so they've got three months minus three days to make it happen. Clock starts now.

Thai Tanic was the only notable sign up in the Allegro. I've got no insight into their retail space, but most of it still had "lease me" signs in the windows.
I'm also wondering what the deal is with Uptowner Cafe. Any tips? The "Coming Soon" sign has been up for ages, the interior does not appear ready, but now there is a column covered in a menu sign, too.
I am not a CH luncher, so I doubt I'll even notice this place. Email theheightslife@gmail.com if you see any action there.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Regular Blogging to Resume Tomorrow

I have some stuff to blog, but it seems odd to write about anything other than the horrific Metro accident yesterday. So I won't. Until tomorrow. Since I know all I've looked for on blogs all day was Metro accident news.

In the interim, I suggest Washington City Paper and DCist for Metro crash coverage.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Room 11: Inspections, Inspections, Inspections

The Heights Life checked in with Room 11, which we've prematurely decided is one of our favorite spots in Columbia Heights, to see when they might open. We may have begged them to say "tomorrow."

The answer, sadly, isn't tomorrow - but they do have their construction inspection on Wednesday, after which they will apply for a "Certificate of Occupancy," and then they have to have their health inspection (fine fine, health is good).

Sounds like our pacing and waiting on 11th Street will continue for a while longer. In the mean time, they've updated their site here: http://room11-comingsoon.blogspot.com/.

New Bar "Local 11" Coming to CH?

Thanks to New2CH over on the Columbia Heights Forums for being my source on this news.

New alcohol application up for 3418 11th Street, filed as "Local 11, Inc."

They want to serve booze, American fare, stay open late, and are a "Class C Tavern." They also apparently want to fit 75 people in the space.

Read the application here. The hearing date is August 17.

Yay? Nay? Will Wililam Jordan's head explode?

Fojol Brothers Park in CH

The Fojol Brothers food cart stopped off in Columbia Heights today. If you aren't familiar, this "traveling culinary carnival" dishes out delicious Indian fare with a side of wacky. Today I think I saw someone in a tutu doing headstands on the side walk. Read/see more here. And their official site is here. You can usually find them late-night in bar hot spots.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Councilmember Graham's Intern = Metro Shooter

I wanted to name this post "When Interns Attack," but figured I would be accused of making light of a scary and sad situation, but subhead: When Interns Attack.

The lead on the news this morning was none other than Councilmember Jim Graham explaining how his intern was the CH metro shooter and that he was the one who brought him in to be booked. The police then pointedly said they didn't advise others to do what Councilmember Graham did - driving an armed young man with an open arrest warrant to the police station. I personally think that Graham's actions were brave and commendable. I also think it commendable that he hires diverse and possibly at-risk youth to intern in his office. Here's the email from Councilmember Graham explaining the situation:

Dear Friends:

This morning I sent out the message, below.

By early afternoon, I received a call from media with a rumor that the shooter was an intern in my office.

I could hardly believe what I heard...all the same, I confronted the young man with this incredible report. He had started work in my office only this week, and had been absent for the better part of two days.

He had been at the Convention Center for the summer youth program. In response to my direct questions, he denied any involvement with the afternoon shooting.

I also contacted a high ranking MPD official, who assured me that MPD at that time had no suspects.

I then went to the Mayor's press conference on gang violence at 14th and Irving. During the press conference, I heard MPD announce that they had a suspect and expected to make an arrest before the end of the day.

When I got back to the office, after 5 PM, all the interns had left. But I received a call from MPD saying they had a warrant for the intern's arrest on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

I then called the intern, whose is a 19 year old named Devyn Black, and told him there was a warrant out for his arrest.

I advised him that the best course for action was for him to turn himself in, and cooperate with eh police.

I offered to come and get him in my car and take him to the Third District headquarters at 17th and V.

He agreed, and I went and got him. He surrendered to police and 3D, was charged and is now in custody.

It's very sad and upsetting. But he did the right thing ultimately.

Have a good and safe weekend, Bests Councilmember Jim Graham

Friday, June 19, 2009

More on the CH Metro Shooting

From Inspector Jacob Kishter:

At approximately 3:03 PM, an altercation occurred on the Metro between two black male subjects. As the two subjects exited the west end of the Columbia Heights Metro, near 14th and Irving Streets, NW, one subject pulled a handgun from his waistband and shot the other male in the lower leg. As a result of the gunfire, a second non-involved adult male was grazed on the leg. Both victims were transported in stable condition to area hospitals for treatment.

And coverage from:

Washington Post
Washington City Paper
Channel 7

Channel 7 has some details on what brought this about. Their source seems to be Jim Graham, of course:

A fight among youths attending an orientation for the District's summer jobs program precipiated a shooting outside the Columbia Heights Metro Station, ABC 7 News has learned. Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham says about 2,500 youths had gathered at the D.C. Convention center for an orientation Thursday. The meeting got out of hand, and police confiscated a revolver and brass knuckles from youths there, Graham said.

About ten young people boarded Metro at the Convention Center, and a fight broke out on the train, Graham said.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Shooting at CH Metro

First we got this from Alert DC: Due to police activity the 3000 block of 14th St. NW is closed Northbound & Southbound.and 14th & Irving St. NW is blocked. Columbia Heights Metro Station(Green Line) is closed on the South side

And then saw this report from DCist: http://dcist.com/2009/06/double_shooting_at_columbia_heights.php.

Apparently a double shooting at the Metro. Guessing a Jim Graham update will come later this evening.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Broken water main on Park Road 6/13

An alert from WASA:

From 6/13/09 to 6/13/09, Emergency Work will be performed in the
following location:

> Park Rd NW
> The expected hours of work is from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
> This work affects the following zip codes:
> 20010
> WASA crews are currently repairing a broken 6" inch water main
> located on Park Rd NW between 14th St NW and Hiatt Pl NW. Some
> customers in the area will experience a disruption in water service
> until repairs are complete.
> We apologize for the inconvenience.
> Contact Information:
> Emergency Command Center
> 202-612-3400
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Friday, June 12, 2009

To Do: Bloombars, Gay Pride, Trivia

Some weekend suggestions from The Heights Life...

Bloombars is in business tonight. 8PM, Emmett Williams with Travis Flower. We always love a good bloom.

Have some pride! DC's Gay Pride Parade starts marching at 6:30PM. Check out Capital Pride for more details.

Commonwealth holds its first trivia night. 7PM. Check out our interview with the Quizmaster for details.

Commonwealth Launches Pub Quiz this Sunday

The Quizmaster of Georgia Avenue is coming to town.

Looking Glass Lounge trivia czar Dalton Q. Hirshorn will be expanding his trivia repertoire and launching a new pub quiz night in conjunction with Columbia Heights' very own Commonwealth Gastropub this SUNDAY at 7PM.

The basics: Five rounds of trivia, a TBD number of players per team, and Commonwealth's excellent beer selection.

For now, it's going to be every other Sunday - but if DC's geeks come out as I expect they will, I think we might get another weekly quiz night in CH.

Why should you try it out?

"You can hang out & drink with your friends without actually talking about anything meaningful. Also, if you win, you'll get the warm & fuzzy feeling that comes from knowing you've bested someone else," said Quizmaster Hirshorn.

Also, there are prizes.

And in case you haven't ever been one of the Quizmaster's trivia nights, you should expect "Alex Trebek, but not the real Alex Trebek, Will Farrell as Alex Trebek hosting 'Celebrity Jeopardy.'"

But don't worry, Dalton isn't Canadian, so it's still safe to go.

ALSO: We hear the Wonderland is looking for a new top gun to organize and run their Monday night trivia fete. We further hear William Jordan applied for the job.

One of the last two sentences is a lie, FYI.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oh, Holy Fuck, No!

Spotted: DC Summer Interns is easily tied with The Anti-Real World DC as my new favorite seasonal local blog. Yes, I was once a summer intern, but I was already a student here in DC and was damn good at my job. Drinking underage was also much easier in those days, so much so that I knew where to go and where not to go.

So, I was SHOCKED upon reading this post:

Heard: Wonderland is the New Smith Point

Six summer interns were sitting at a table next to mine last night at dinner.  As we're getting up to leave I overheard the following conversation:

Female intern: We should go to this bar Wonderland Ballroom.  I heard it's pretty good.
Male intern #1: Isn't that the bar where you need to be on a list to get in?
Male intern #2: I heard it's a secret password.

Ah yes, and Smith Point is a hipster dive bar in Georgetown.  Have fun using your fake IDs kids. Please stay far, far away from Columbia Heights.

Yes, please stay far-far far-far away from Columbia Heights. Don't you know that the neighborhood is violent and scary and no interns should go there. If you must stay after your Target trip for a mini-fridge and fan, Nori has 59-cent sushi rolls on Thursdays. And happy hour drink specials, too! 

ANC Update: Malt Liquor Lives, Kishter Comes to Town

The ANC meeting notes go up weeks or months after the meetings, but we've got the latest from last night's meeting thanks to our new ANC correspondent Slowman:

Last night's ANC1A meeting was called to order by chairperson Cliff Valenti at 7:02 p.m. in the muggy cafeteria of Harriet Tubman Elementary.

About 45 people turned out, most of them developers and architects vying for the redevelopment of the Park Morton public housing complex (located between Lamont and Park on Georgia Ave.). Three development teams gave fifteen minute presentations about how they are "uniquely qualified" for the undertaking. Bottom line: One of these development teams will be chosen shortly, but don't expect to see anything new at the site for another five or six years. You can read more about the new community planned at Park Morton here (http://dcbiz.dc.gov/dmped/cwp/view,A,1365,Q,606315.asp).

Now let's jump to the really important news at the end of meeting! Commissioner Betty Pair's resolution to implement a single sales ban was tabled for future community input. So, fear not, your bottle of malt liquor will still be available for purchase at the local corner store near you!

Also, did you know our ANC wants some new digs?  A resolution that would seek to withdraw from the current lease and acquire new office space was on the agenda, but nothing happened with it. It will be brought up at the next meeting.

The new Third District Substation Inspector Jacob Kishter introduced himself. He replaced the popular Inspector Edward Delgado, who was demoted to the Seventh District earlier this month. Kishter says he is quickly trying to get up to speed on Third District issues. In fact, Kishter says he has been logging 18 and 19 hour days! But the really important news for all you Columbia Heights listserv fans is that Kishter said he will be just as active as his predecessor on it.

His presentation ended with commissioner William Jordan offering this advice to the new Inspector: "You want to know which areas are hotspots? The entire area of [PSA] 302 is a hotspot!" This was followed by chairperson Cliff Valenti noting that, actually, the ANC commissioners are compiling a list of the top 10 hotspots in the area and that it will be given to Inspector Kishter shortly.

What else happened? Apparently the Great Streets Georgia Avenue project has found some more funding and work is very slowly underway to begin designing the streetscape. Also, the Community Health Center at 3020 14th St. NW is undergoing a renovation. But the issue the commissioners wanted to talk about was the lack of parking. Commissioner William Jordan and the health center is working to allow staff and patients to be able to park in the DC USA parking garage for a reduced rate, but Target officials aren't yet sold on that idea.

Meeting adjourned!

Ward 1: If You Love 'Em, Marry 'Em

Ward 1 Dems voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality this week. The final vote count was 137-4.

Here is part of the resolution that was agreed to:

"...the Ward One Democrats call on the DC Council to enact legislation to provide for marriage equality in DC and calls upon the Mayor to sign such legislation..."

More Violence, Again, 1300 Block of Columbia

Councilmember Jim Graham reports the sad news of yet another fatal shooting on what's become the most dangerous block in Columbia Heights - 1300 Columbia. Clearly police are not a deterrent to the violence that's plagued this street. Light towers, foot patrols, and a mounting death toll haven't stopped it. The question now is what else can they do? And why can't you put up a light tower in the rain?

Dear Friends,

Sadly I must inform you that an adult male (not yet identified) was shot five times in about the same location that Paul Jones was killed on January 9. He was pronounced at the hospital a short time later. This all occurred just after 10 PM.

This is the same block that has had a police post and a light tower every day for months.

The light tower was not up due to the rain. But Cmdr Kucik informs me that the police officer was at the post in the middle of the block at the very time this person was shot. Other officers were nearby and responded immediately.

This means that the shooting occurred just a stone's throw from a police officer. He heard the shots and went to the body.

We are awaiting more information.

Councilmember Jim Graham

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

DC House Voting Rights Act Killed

Say it ain't so, EHoNo! The Washington City Paper (and other outlets) reported this afternoon that Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton has killed the DC House Voting Rights Act. The legislation is not a complete goner, though: "Please understand that we are holding the bill for now, not giving up on voting rights," Holmes said in a statement.

Said Mayor Fenty on the news: "On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, I applaud the leadership and great effort put forth by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, District Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton and other Congressional leaders for their work to secure full voting representation for District residents. Going forward, I remain committed to working with our Congressional leaders, as well as members of the Council of the District of Columbia, to secure full voting representation as fast as humanly possible."

Ward 1 DC Marriage Equality Vote Tonight

From Council Member Jim Graham:

Dear Friends,

Please come to the Ward One Democrats on Tuesday, June 9, to vote on straw
poll on marriage equality in the District. Your vote will count!

There will be a panel discussion on the various sides of this issue. But you
may come and vote and leave if you would like.

Your input is vital to how the District proceeds on marriage equality in the
future. We want as many residents as possible to voice their opinions.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Reeves Center at 14th and U
Street NW in the Second Floor Conference Room.

As you may know, the D.C. Council last month voted to recognize same-sex
marriages from other states. I voted in support of that measure. The second
reading on the bill was on June 2.

Councilmember Jim Graham

LAYC Art+Media House looking for mural project space

Do you know of an open wall in the neighborhood that would be the perfect spot for a mural? If so, The Art + Media House wants to hear from you. From the listserv:

The Art+Media House seeks a nice open wall in the Columbia Heights neighborhood for a mixed media mural with a graffiti flair. Continuing with our everyday people theme for the 2008-2009 school year, twelve young artists and two adults will design and create a mural depicting and highlighting everyday people from the Columbia Heights Neighborhood.

Stop and check out our other murals:
  • "Columbia Heights is..." on Kenyon St. between 11th and 13th St. NW;
  • "Evolution" on U Street alley between 13th and 14th St,;
  • "Unity" outside the Hubbard Place Apartments (next to the Exxon) at 3500 14th St. NW; and
  • "Hubbard Pride" inside the lobby of the Hubbard Place Apartments.
AMH pays for all materials, supplies, and instruction. We will also seal the mural as best we can to make it resistant to tagging, and will do any touch ups during the first year. Length of time the mural is to be up is negotiable.

Contact: Ronald Chacon at 202-319-7312 or ronald@layc-dc.org.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Local Non-Profit Grill-Off This Week

Brainfood, a non-profit with a location in Columbia Heights (1525 Newtown) is holding it's third annual Grill-Off event this Thursday.

Tickets are $75 and the event features some of DC's best chefs. You can find more details here. DC foodie blogger Metrocurean is a big fan.

More about Brainfood:

Brainfood is a non-profit youth development organization based in Washington, DC. Brainfood has been a community presence in the Columbia Heights neighborhood for several years, and in the fall of 2006, a second Brainfood site was established in Chinatown. The Brainfood kitchen is a place where young people come to have creative, constructive fun. We believe that supervised, fun activities are a young person's right, not a privilege, and we have found that most of our students do not have access to such opportunities.

Pick of the week: late night at Commonwealth

A few weeks ago, we heard that Commonwealth extended its hours until 2 am on weekends. So when a capacity crowd at the Wonderland on Saturday night--whose choice words included "This reminds me of the Hamptons." and "Oh this place looks interesting, let's go in."--forced us elsewhere, Commonwealth was the place to go.

It was an oasis of calm in the early hours of June 7, 2009. With happy hour beginning at 12:30 am, food service in the pub until 1 am, and no curfew for the outdoor seating, it's fast on the way to be my new late-night spot.

Real World DC: The House and the Haters

I'm sorry, but yes - it's another blog post about the Real World DC.

DCist won't say it's totally true yet, but everyone in Washington is calling this place in Dupont the new Real World DC house. The Heights Life had to park near there Sunday and judging by the construction and the satellite equipment on the roof - this place is indeed going to be home to seven strangers picked to be obnoxious as fuck all around our otherwise just dull enough town.

Our new favorite Real World DC related project is this blog: The Anti-Real World DC. The blogger is apparently a neighbor who intends to heckle. Hey - Anti-Real World DC, if you invite us over for a heckling party, we'll totally bring beer and our own chairs.

Also, randomly outside the house - 2000 S Street NW - there was a freshly planted herb garden. Will DC's seven strangers be growing their own basil or something?

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Chipotle Goes Public

3D Police Substation Shuffle

This story has been out there for a few days, but we didn't want it to go unmentioned on this blog.

Inspector Delgado, a familiar feature in my inbox as he responded to pretty much everyone all the time about everything on the 3D substation listserv, was ousted in a controversial staff shuffling.

Read more about it here, and some more over here, and get some reaction from the community here.

Friday, June 5, 2009

A meta take on the It's-Happening-Right? Real World: DC

I have to give why.i.hate.dc props for the Matchbox 20 reference, but is this a dig at us?

First "DC resident" activity they'll partake in: Start a blog with photos of neighborhood row houses as a backdrop.

You can admit, we can take it. Should the Real World: DC speculation turn out to be true and filming indeed starts later this month, is anyone else worried about the cataclysmic event of drunk reality show wannabes and incompetent wannabe politicos in the city at the same time? The world might implode. Or DC might sink back into the swamp.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Countdown to Chipotle Begins

Less than 120 days until you can get your burrito and burrito bowl fix in Columbia Heights! The Prince of Petworth is reporting that Chipotle officially signed its lease with Donatelli Development to open in Kenyon Square. Build out should take about three to four months before we receive some sweet, sweet burrito-y goodness.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mark Your Calendars

It’s June 1. Here’s a look at some events happening this month.

Saturday, June 6
Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure
National Mall

Run or walk in support of women’s breast health. For more information on the Komen Global Race for the Cure, including how to register, visit www.globalraceforthecure.org or call 703-416-RACE (7223).

Sunday, June 7 – 2 to 7 am
Sunrise Cinema at BloomBars

3222 11th Street NW

From NoVa and got too drunk at the Wonderland? Soused at house party? Want first dibs on Target sales? BloomBars doesn’t want you to drink under the influence, so watch movies until 7 am when the Metro opens. Comedian Elizabeth Croydon will also perform.

Wednesday, June 10 – 7 pm
ANC1A Monthly Meeting

Harriet Tubman Elementary School – 3101 13th Street NW

Catch up on community happenings and issues before the ANC breaks for the summer.

Tuesday, June 16 – 5:30 to 8:30 pm
“Stimulus” Opens at the Nevin Kelly Gallery

1400 Irving Street, NW, #132

The Nevin Kelly Gallery, located at Highland Park is hosting an opening reception for its latest show on June 16. “Stimulus” is a group exhibition of works by more than 20 local artists, selling at limited-opportunity prices of less than $500. Additionally, Commonwealth, Pete’s, and Rumberos will be offering dinner specials during the opening. The works will be shown through July 11.

Tuesday, June 23 – Community Social at Red Rocks
11th Street and Park Road NW

From the local listserv: Greater DC Cares is hosting a community meeting at Red Rock Pizzeria on Tuesday, June 23, and all are invited to come meet other residents in the neighborhood, discuss issues in the area, and learn about new opportunities to organize community events and projects in the area! We will brainstorm ideas for sustainable community activity, learn how to host independent projects, and work to increase the overall wellbeing of Petworth, Columbia Heights, and Mount Pleasant. RSVP to Meghan at mmcnamara@greaterdccares.org.

Meridian Pint Looking for $$$

Prince of Petworth has the scoop on Meridian Pint at 11th and Park.

The good news: construction is underway and the progress is visible.

The other news: the owner is looking for additional investors. I won't call this "bad" news, because hey - maybe if you're an investor, this is an awesome opportunity. But certainly cash flow issues could slow the development of this place.

The Heights Life thinks Room 11 and Meridian Pint should both just open up already. If I were a betting blogger, I might put my money on Social being first across the finish line.

Around the Neighborhood

Lots of work is being done at Park Triangle. We are well on our way to getting our fountain, which THL predicts will significantly up the public urination quotient in the area.

And check out the scene at Giant around 6PM on Saturday (courtesy of a tipster, thanks Dschro). Disaster.