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Archive for September, 2011

Historic Toutorsky Mansion Large Front Yard Paved Over by New Embassy Owner

This imposing former residence at the corner of 16th Street and Riggs Place which was purchased late last year by the Republic of the Congo for use as both its embassy and chancellery which had boasted three mature trees, grass and shrubs in its large corner front yard now boasts what neighbors are calling a […]

BZA Grants Variance for Mt. Pleasant Branch Library

On September 13, 2011, the DC Public Library announced that the District’s Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) granted its request for the necessary variance to allow proceeding with the  historic building’s renovation and controversial rear expansion that will, among other enhancements, provide space for to up to 80,000 books.

New Apartment Building on California Street Scruntinized by ANC 2D

Mon., Sep. 19 (7pm): Although as we went to press we did not have confirmation, the Sheridan-Kalorama ANC may be considering at its regular monthly meeting held at Our Lady Queen of the Americas 2200 Calif. St at Phelps Pl.) a proposal for a five-story apartment building to be constructed in the vacant lot between […]

“What the Angels Eat”: The Watermelon — Part II

Part I told the story of the watermelon in its African homeland, its cultivation in India, and its journey to Central Asia, some of whose former Soviet republics today ship the fruit to enthusiastic buyers in Russia. Now the world’s largest grower of watermelons, China has only been cultivating them since the 12th century. A […]

Restaurant Review: Level One

Somewhat beneath the foodie radar, Dupont Circle’s Level One restaurant is one of the most interesting dining treats you have probably never heard about. Best of all, its alfresco dining patio is a must, a perfect vantage point for people watching and easy conversation amongst very convivial patrons. Case in point: a recent Sunday evening, […]

There Once Was an Octagonal House in Washington Not Far From Dupont Circle

By Paul Kelsey Williams* Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF Today considered a rare sight, octagonal houses in the United States have dotted the landscape since the 1600s, reaching their zenith of popularity in the mid-1800s. Washington, DC had five, one of which was built at 1830 Phelps Place on land […]

JUST WHO IS THE MAYOR RELYING ON TO ASSIST HIM WITH SELECTING KEY AIDES?

Whoever it is, that person, or persons, should be fired! They may be well-meaning, but clearly not competent. As we have sadly witnessed earlier this year, Mayor Gray has not been well-served by some in his inner circle, causing him and the city embarrassment and unnecessary distractions. We have no doubt that these are well-meaning […]

From September 2011 Issue / October issue to post on the 14th

Dupont East’s 17th Street Neighbors Gearing Up for September 24th Event

By Lee Granados* Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF Following last fall’s very successful, first ever 17th Street Festival, this year planning got underway very early to ensure a successful second annual event which will be held on Saturday afternoon, September 24th, between 2 and 6 p.m. The festival area will […]

Adams Morgan Business Improvement Group Up for City Re-Certification; Supporters And Critics Present Comments at Hearing

By Anthony L. Harvey Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF A beautiful late summer day in August found a carefully selected group of four-dozen Adams Morgan business and property owners, DC Council staff, DC agency officials, Unity Park street vendors, and Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham assembled in a cold and […]