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Archive for February, 2014

Prepared for by Jo Ricks, Realtor / Reporting Period: December 2013

The area covered by these listings is bounded by Rock Creek on the west, Upshur Street on the north, North Capitol Street on the east, and Massachusetts Avenue/M Street on the south. SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (44) [condo & co-op listings follow] 204 Bates St. $660,000 23 Bryant St. $695,000 2429 California St. $2,330,000 514 Columbia […]

Alice Pike Barney’s Studio House on Sheridan Circle

By Stephen A. Hansen* Perhaps no one had as significant an impact on cultural and artistic life in Washington at the beginning of the 20th century than Alice Pike Barney, who worked to make the city into a center of the arts. Alice, herself, was artist, community activist, theatrical producer, and the creator of the […]

Mayoral Candidates Forum Announced

Tue., Feb. 25 (6-7:30pm): The Committee of 100 on the Federal City will be hosting (confirmed as of February 18th) Mayor Vincent Gray, Ward 2 Councilmenber Jack Evans, Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells, At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal, and Reta Lewis downtown at the First Congregational Church of Christ 945 […]

Plan to Convert Washington Club former home to New Use to be presented to the Dupont Circle ANC Monday Evening, February 17th

One of the items on the agenda for the Dupont Circle ANC’s meeting starting at 6pm in the Foxhall A Room of the Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hamp. Ave., NW) will be a presentation of a plan to convert the historic Patterson Mansion on Dupont Circle, including replacing its early 1950s annex facing P […]

The “Stinking Rose”: The Glories of Garlic

“Stinking rose.” “Camphor of the poor.” “Truffle of Provence.” Garlic has simultaneously been admired and reviled through the centuries. At times it has been perceived as a sinister force; at other times, as life-giving and protective. The “stinking rose” is actually a member of the lily family, most likely native to Central Asia from where […]

Restaurant Review ~ Iron Gate / 1734 N St., NW

“Inn” Love with Iron Gate. DC old-timers may have all mourned the closing of one of the city’s most iconic and beloved dining destinations, the Iron Gate Inn. Located just east of Connecticut Avenue in busy downtown DC, Iron Gate Inn had a gloriously romantic setting with a vine-covered courtyard and an elegant interior reminiscent […]

Ward 1 Residents Reject Zoning Changes Proposed by OP at Packed Public Meeting

Accompanying map showing Ward 1 boundaries can be viewed in the February 2014 issue PDF  By Nancy MacWood* At a recent Saturday afternoon meeting convened in Columbia Heights by Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, residents from across the ward 1 rejected the rewrite of the city’s land use regulations proposed by the District’s Office of […]

Controversial Mt. Pleasant Small-Scale Plan Design Nixed by Preservation Board

Accompanying images can be viewed in the February 2014 issue PDF By Anthony L. Harvey In a dramatic reversal of a carefully crafted nearly five-page report and recommendation prepared by the staff of the Historic Preservation Office (HPO), the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) voted 6-2 to reject an application seeking concept design approval for […]

Dupont & Logan Circle Parents Seeking OK for Parks Department Toddler Program at Stead

Accompanying images can be viewed in the February 2014 issue PDF By Mike Persley* The Department of Parks and Recreation is considering opening a part-time toddler daycare program at Stead Park, located on the north side of P Street between 16th and 17th Streets, NW. The park would be the 12th addition to the department’s […]

We Applaud the City Council for Recognizing and Addressing an Important Policy Issue

Too often, as has been expressed in one fashion or another in this space, individual members of our city council and the council collectively, fixate on the perceived need –- “in the public interest” –- to enact or amend laws that achieve nothing more than adding new, or enhancing existing, rules presumably designed to protect […]