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Archive for July, 2010

Balancing Neighborhood Retail: The 25% Rule

By David Alpert* Fostering a diverse range of retail in a neighborhood commercial area is a difficult balancing act. DC has tried several techniques for managing this balance, including limiting the frontage devoted to restaurants, limiting liquor licenses, and offering bonuses to new development that contains certain uses. Restaurants, especially those allowed to serve alcohol, […]

Restaurants Remembered

Today’s restaurant culture in Washington has come a long way in the past 10 years, with innovative chefs, million-dollar interior designs, and national television exposure. Before that, however, for many decades the restaurant scene in Washington, like other cities, was largely utilitarian. A restaurant was a place you went for rather basic food, drink, and […]

Sex and the Single Strawberry — Part I

The Europeans were awestruck by the wild strawberries of the New World. The berries spread their runners, taking over the forest floors and meadows. “We can not sette down foote but tred on strawberries,” one English colonist remarked. A “pioneer species,” to use writer Peter Hatch’s phrase, this member of the rose family flourished on […]

Lighting Up Dupont = Firefly

Out of sight? Out of mind? No, but Dupont Circle’s Firefly restaurant in the chic Hotel Madera should receive more media hype. Its executive chef, Daniel Bortnick, is a child of the area, a native of Rockville, whose family once owned a grocery store in the District. So not only is he not a stranger […]


This month our focus is on the city council, specifically the Democratic primary races for the Ward 1 and one of the at-large seats. Our vote will be for the incumbents –- Jim Graham for Ward 1 and Phil Mendelson for at-large. Yes, there’s talk that it’s “time for a change” but we are not […]

From July 2010 Issue

Surplus Property Designation and Disposition Plans Continue to be Controversial; Council Yet to Act

By Anthony L. Harvey [Note: Photographs accompanying this news story can be viewed in the current issue PDF.] The District’s development community was out in force at the DC Council’s John A. Wilson Building on July 1st for a concluding joint public roundtable session on the disposition of seven publicly-owned properties, four of which are […]

Long-Awaited New Library in Shaw to Open August 2; New Building Design Hailed

By P.L. Wolff [Note: Photographs accompanying this news story can be viewed in the current issue PDF.] The new 22,000 square-foot, three-story Watha T. Daniel Branch Library in the 1600 block of 7th Street, NW, across from the Shaw Metro station has been designed to accommodate 80,000 books, DVDs, CDs and other library materials, 32 […]

Logan Circle’s Kingman Boys & Girls Club Faces Concerns For its Future

By Ben Lasky* [Note: Photographs accompanying this news story can be viewed in the current issue PDF.] On June 25th, the Kingman Boys and Girls Club, located just north of P Street on Kingman Place a half block west of Logan Circle, celebrated its 42nd anniversary. While many Kingman alumni showed up for the event, […]


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