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Archive for May, 2019

UPDATED: DC Attorney General Rules Line Hotel in Adams Morgan Not Entitled for Tax Abatement; City Council Acts

As part of its final action on next year’s budget, the City Council on May 28th unanimously adopted a provision stripping out the $46 million tax abatement set-aside benefiting the Line Hotel in light of the AG’s earlier ruling reported below. Somewhat over 50% of those funds, as reported by the Washington Business Journal were […]

Washington Welcomes the Automobile: 120-year Romance — Part I,  Anticipation and Local Innovation

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each  By Matthew B. Gilmore*  “… Not calculated to frighten the horses. . . .” That was the condition under which the District of Columbia Commissioners allowed local patent attorney James J. Sheehy to exhibit a horseless carriage during the 1897 presidential inauguration [1] […]

Today, Saturday, 1-5pm — Taste of Dupont

Foodies will have a chance to enjoy some tasty appetizers, entrees, delightful desserts, and drinks as they walk around the neighborhood. Participating locations are: James Hoban’s – 1 Dupont Circle Tiki Taco – 2010 P St. 1 West Dupont Circle Wines & Liquors – 2012 P St. Darlington House – 1610 20th St. Craft Kombucha […]

McMillan Park Project Opponents Dealt Setback by Court Ruling

On Thursday afternoon May 16th, the Washington Business Journal (WSJ) reported that a  “three-judge panel of the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against a challenge to the McMillan Sand Filtration redevelopment effort Thursday, reaffirming a previous decision by city officials to let the $720 million project move ahead.”

Restaurant Review ~ Mintwood Place / 1813 Columbia Rd., NW

Well Minted. Several years ago, Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan got some pretty exciting recognition: Its then chef, Cedric Maupillier was a finalist at the RAMMYS as Chef of the Year. Why? His food was amazing. But since then, he has moved to another restaurant, his Convivial in the Shaw neighborhood. (Maupillier still retains a […]

St. Thomas’ Parish  Has its New Church

Accompanying images can be viewed starting in the lower portion of cols. 1 & 2 on page 1 of the May 2019 issue pdf By P.L. Wolff Finally, after years of controversy, and negotiations with DC agencies and neighborhood residents, particularly those on Church Street, the congregants have their new church and community center. The […]

Kudos for DC Attorney General Karl Racine

As a change of pace for this commentator, this month our thoughts in this space are happy ones — something of a departure, we admit. Maybe it’s been the reality of how the Trump Administration has gone out of its way to essentially gut the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and, by contrast, how our […]

Franklin Square Park Major Renovation Poised to Start; Expectations Very High

Accompanying images can be viewed starting on page 1 of the May 2019 issue pdf By Larry Ray* On March 26th when Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a renovation of downtown’s Franklin Square Park, DC resident Tim and many other nearby neighbors, given that this project has been in the planning for five years,  responded, “Again?” […]

HPRB Decision to Re-Visit Masonic Temple Case May Open New Front in Fight to Save Undeveloped Green Spaces Throughout DC

Accompanying images can be viewed starting on page 1 of the May 2019 issue pdf By William G. Schulz The “Ruins of Dupont Circle,” situated at the back end of the once tranquil garden and green space at 18th and Church Streets, NW where once stood the elegant, late 19th century St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church […]

Bikes and Scooters Out in Force

Accompanying images can be viewed starting on page 1 of the May 2019 issue pdf By William G. Schulz Tensions are rising as warm weather brings more pedestrians, cyclists, and scooter riders out on city streets and sidewalks. The InTowner, after reviewing the video footage of the raucous “bicycle wilding” incident as reported by […]