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Archive for October, 2015

CareFirst: Too Big to Regulate?

CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield (CareFirst) and the District’s Department of Insurance Securities and Banking (DISB) are engaged in what is the most poorly choreographed pursuit of an escaping criminal by officers of the law in the annals of health insurance in the District. On December 30, 2014, Acting Insurance Commissioner, Chester McPherson, “threw the […]

Washington Goes Wireless: The District’s 20-Year Struggle to Put Utility Wires Underground

By Matthew Gilmore* To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each In Washington, DC complaints about overhead wires came almost as soon as there were overhead wires. But the beginning of the fight to remove overhead wires dates to the Territorial period. The Evening Star on December 29, 1873 published a […]

October 2015 Issue / November issue PDF to post on the 13th

Restaurant Review ~ The Riggsby / Carlyle Hotel, 1731 New Hampshire Ave., NW

While the local restaurant scene is growing more crowded daily, not every destination gets stars. But when you find yet a second place by famous restaurateur and chef Michael Schlow, DC foodies surely band together for a rousing cheer. His first location, Tico, on 14th Street, NW, has been quite the rage for more than […]

Long Awaited LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail Now Open

By Maybelle Taylor Bennett* After four years, many hours of community meetings, historical research, the collection of oral histories and historic photographs, the LeDroit Park/Bloomingdale Heritage Trail was formally opened. This two-and-a-half mile tour of 16 sites provides an approximate 90-minute stroll through the two adjoining

Bloomingdale Neighborhood 2015 House Tour and Art Show

The Bloomingdale Civic Association (BCA) hosted its “Historic, Hip & Happening” biennial House Tour and Art Show on Saturday, October 17, 2015. The Bloomingdale neighborhood is located less than 2 miles from the US Capitol and nestled between North Capitol and Second Streets NW and Michigan and Florida Avenues NW. Bloomingdale is distinguished by its […]

Closing of the Downtown YMCA Not Welcomed

On the very morning that we were getting ready to set down our thoughts about the impending closure of the large YMCA building at 17th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, the news was being reported by the Washington Post, although Y members had been hearing rumors about this for some time before now. The building, […]

Office of Planning Soon to Publish Adams Morgan “Vision” Final Report

Accompanying images can be viewed in the October 2015 issue PDF By Anthony L. Harvey DC’s Office of Planning (OP) held a community open house on September 30th in the family gathering open space at the Marie H. Reed Learning Center as the culminating public event of its series of forums, “community listening” sessions, neighborhood […]

Kalorama Citizens Group Objects to Suddenly Disclosed Sports and Recreation Facilities Reduction in Marie Reed Modernization Plan

Accompanying images can be viewed in the October 2015 issue PDF By Anthony L. Harvey A September 9, 2015 addendum to the initial August 26th design-build Request for Proposal (RFP) for the modernization of the Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center was issued by the District’s Department of General Services (DGS), accompanied by a cover […]

Annual Dupont Circle House Tour to Feature Variety of Houses & Condos; Tea Event to be at Heurich House

Accompanying images can be viewed in the October 2015 issue PDF By Robin Diener* Afternoon Tea has always been a highlight of the annual Dupont Circle House Tour, as much for the imposing edifices where it has been served as for the sumptuous snacks — included in the price of admission. Anderson House, Belmont House, […]