Thursday, July 29, 2010

Transportation Briefs

Just a quick look at some transportation news affecting the neighborhood.

1. BeyondDC shares a great photo from DCDDOT of the finished (?) streetscape project. I still see orange cones and concrete barriers in my sleep, though.

2. The Coalition for Smarter Growth will lead a Columbia Heights walking tour on August 7. It features reps from the architects who were commissioned for the public realm improvements in the neighborhood.

3. The expanded Capital Bikeshare program will indeed have a few Columbia Heights locations: 14th & Irving, 11th & Lamont, 16th & Harvard, and 14th & Spring, among them.

View Capital Bikeshare in a larger map

Friday, July 23, 2010

A look inside 826DC's new HQ

826DC will soon be moving into the old Scores test prep space in the Park Triangle. The creative writing nonprofit's DC office will be housed at "the Museum of Unnatural History, a monument to the long-forgotten 'Unnaturalist Society'—a group of bizarre, outcast scientists who believed that “the path to truth often leads through the absurd.'"

Here's a look at their new space.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Gin Happy Hour tonight at Room 11

There is a happy hour tonight at Room from 6-7:30 pm with free
Hendrick's gin samples and drink specials.

The 11th Street spot is also debuting tonight its Sexy St Germain
Summer Strawberry Sangria. (That's a lot of S's!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

DDOT to party when the streetscape project ends

I'll miss getting this e-mails every day, but at least there will be a party.

From: "Kovaleski, Kevin (DDOT)"
Date: July 12, 2010 4:37:08 PM EDT
Subject: Columbia Heights Update

Dear Columbia Heights,

Today, crews began the final paving of the Columbia Heights Streetscape project. Crews are scheduled to return on-site tomorrow to finish the paving, weather permitting. As described in my updates last week, along with completing the final street paving, crews are scheduled to install a new sidewalk along the west side of 14th Street from Park Road to Newton Street this week. Additionally, some smaller punch-list items will be underway.

This will be my last official project update that will go out to the community. However, feel free to contact me directly if you have any remaining questions or concerns that might come up in the next weeks and I'll be more than happy to address them. I will send you all an email with details of an event that DDOT will schedule to celebrate the end of construction.

Thanks again for your patience and flexibility throughout the project.



Kevin Kovaleski

Capital City Fellow
District Department of Transportation

Friday, July 2, 2010

Columbia Heights Media Project Starts Tonight

BloomBars, the community arts space on 11th Street, is kicking off a new program tonight with the Columbia Heights Media Project. You can learn about the project tonight at BloomBars from 6 - 8 pm.

Writes the organizer, Julie Espinosa:

The Columbia Heights Media Project is the vision for a participatory documentary and interactive media project with the potential to help us move past helplessness to a place of love—a place of awareness, care and understanding. Audio/visual media and the camera can be powerful tools. I invite you to join me in using those tools to document the stories of our neighborhood and transform the ways that we interact with one another.

For more information, visit

The website currently has a nice selection of neighborhood videos and vignettes that you may have seen elsewhere but now it's all in one place. It's a cool concept.