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Archive for May, 2014

Zoning Commission Held 5th & Final Hearing on the Contentious McMillan Park Historic Site Development

This extra hearing, necessitated by the unusually large public response to the extensive mixed-use development proposal currently under review, was held Tuesday, May 27th . For background, see “Developer’s Plan for Historic McMillan Park Site Vigorously Questioned During Hearings; Serious Community Issues Said Unaddressed,” InTowner, May 2014 issue PDF page 1. Prior to this hearing, the […]

Young Spanish Architectural Firm Spreading a New Aesthetic

To view images in larger format place cursor on images & left click The designs and built environments created by Spanish architectural firms in the 21st century are continuing the rise to world-wide prominence of Spain as one of the primary birth places and nurturing environments for new conceptions in the construction of sustainable structures […]

Hidden Punch: Cumin’s Untold Story

Chili, as in the illustrious American dish chili con carne, is more redolent of cumin than chili. Look at a supermarket container of chili powder and you will see cumin listed as an ingredient. For all its importance, few of us know much about the forgotten spice. Cumin, I learned, is a flowering plant in […]

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Restaurant Review ~ Lupo Verde / 1401 T St., NW

Honest Italian. It’s about 8:30 p.m., and a line leads out Lupo Verde’s front door. That tells the story: this place is hot news, and all the young and hungrys know it. What underscores its success as the newbie on 14th Street is that this has become the city’s restaurant destination. From mega eateries — […]

Again Police Over-react and Misapply the Law

Featured below the fold in the May 8th Washington Post was a news story about a woman and her friend who were apprehended and arrested at 1:30 on a recent morning in Georgetown (they were from Northeast DC!) for the crime of removing discarded city-issued trash containers to which were affixed those now ubiquitous yellow […]

Again Police Over-react and Misapply the Law

Featured below the fold in the May 8th Washington Post was a news story about a woman and her friend who were apprehended and arrested at 1:30 on a recent morning in Georgetown (they were from Northeast DC!) for the crime of removing discarded city-issued trash containers to which were affixed those now ubiquitous yellow […]

An Endangered Synagogue Mural in the Mount Vernon Neighborhood

By Stephen A. Hansen* Last summer, the rediscovery of long forgotten mural in a former synagogue in Burlington, Vermont building, which had been converted into apartments, started getting a lot of press coverage. The work of a Lithuanian-born artist, the mural had been walled off by sheetrock for the past 25 years. The elaborate two-story […]

Developer’s Plan for Historic McMillan Park Site Vigorously Questioned During Hearings; Serious Community Issues Said Unaddressed

Accompanying images can be viewed in the May 2014 issue PDF By Erin Lynn Fairbanks* “McMillanPark has always been a desirable development target, even during the worst of economic times,” said Tony Norman, former Chairman of ANC 1B (the ANC that includes the majority of McMillan Park Reservoir Historic District), founder and chairman of the […]

New Group to Support DC Archives

Accompanying images can be viewed in the May 2014 issue PDF [text reprinted from themail@dcwatch.com, 4/30/14] By Bill Rice At a recent meeting in historic Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street, NW, a group of individuals interested in DC government and history came together to form the Friends of the District of Columbia Archives (FDCA). The […]