Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shaw is getting cleaner - Residential Street Sweeping starts tomorrow!

Well, actually the whole city is about to get a little cleaner, not just Shaw... Just a friendly reminder - residential street sweeping season starts back up tomorrow morning. Double check the signs on your street to be sure the time of day for street sweeper violations hasn't changed over the winter - some routes have been adjusted, according to DPW. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dupont Circle traffic signals to go down; sadly DDOT plans to turn them back on...

It's not in Shaw, but I know a lot of Shaw denizens go to or through nearby Dupont Circle, so I thought I should post it anyway. As someone who actually enjoys driving in Europe where traffic circles are a "get in when you're clear and get out when you're done" setup, I admit I first read this notice with a little bit of glee, thinking DDOT had finally figured out that having lights on a traffic circle was just... well.. stupid, and that they might finally have had the sense to just take them out altogether. Sadly, it's only temporary. 

From DDOT: 
"On Tuesday, February 28, at approximately 10 am, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will temporarily power down the traffic control signals located at Dupont Circle in Northwest Washington. The signals will be turned off for several hours to allow technicians to upgrade the traffic control signalization system. The signals will be turned on prior to the pm rush hour.

Own a piece of Shaw: 440 Rhode Island Avenue, NW #403

440 Rhode Island Avenue NW #401 has been on the market for 138 days. This unit is in a building on the VERY busy Rhode Island Avenue, merely 2 blocks from the last unit we reviewed at 605 Rhode Island. It is in a newer building built a few years ago and is on the top floor of a 4-story building. This unit has new appliances, granite counters, and gorgeous hardwood floors. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

MOOD Lounge transcripts from first noise violation and Summary Suspension hearings now available

The long-awaited transcripts of both the December 7th 2011 Noise Violation Show Cause Status Hearing and subsequent Show Cause hearing (which resulted in a guilty verdict against the MOOD Lounge) and the January 13th Summary Suspension hearing by ABRA against the MOOD Lounge were finally released today. All three documents after the jump. 

Stolen puppy in Shaw

An awful situation from the Shaw Dogs listserv: 
Yesterday morning about 8am, a gentleman came to the 11th St  dog park and reported that his neighbors witnessed 3 teenagers breaking into his home, to steal his 10-month old puppy (a female pit bull, fawn-colored, with a silver choke chain collar).  He heard later reports that those same kids were hanging out at the 11th St skate park, with the dog, and he asked those of us there if we'd seen her.
We encouraged him to put a flyer up in the park with her picture (I'm out of town now, so I don't know if he did).  I promised him I'd also send a note to the listserv...  I'm not sure what anyone can do, but I know how miserable I'd be if my puppy got stolen.  The police have been contacted.  If anyone sees a dog with kids matching that description, that's where I would start. 

Is Shaw losing a great new business?

UPDATE: Shaw, sadly, is losing Shakti Mind Body Studio in mid-March. The space is available for $3600 per month and is 1,000 sqft, including bamboo floors and a half bath. Contact the building owner Pete at 240-476-5599 for more information. Conveniently, he's also a builder, so if you need help with the fit-out, he could probably help you!

Thanks to the reader who spotted this and sent it in this morning - apparently there's a new "For Rent" sign on the front of Shakti Mind Body Studio at 1302 9th Street NW. Their website still shows this as their "new home", but apparently the sign out front says the space is available as of September. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shaw is getting better - Blind Dog Cafe

From the ShawNeighborhood listserv: 

photo courtesy of tbridge
"My wife and I noticed this place yesterday and stopped in for coffee and some delicious baked goods for breakfast. It's on the corner of Sherman and Florida. It looks like a great (and locally owned) addition to the neighborhood and has a super-friendly staff and welcoming space. From Noah (the owner):

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Shaw Deserves Better than this awful architecture: 926 N Street to be redeveloped

A few weeks ago, we profiled the abandoned building at 926 N Street NW at the northern entrance to Historic Blagden Alley. As a response to that posting, we got an awesome rendering from a reader of what could be done with the awful existing building if a total redevelopment wasn't in the cards just yet.

However, now it appears that United House of Prayer, the owners of the site, have decided to redevelop into condominiums or apartments. Convention Center Community Association President Martin Moulton  released some early design options for the site on his blog a few weeks ago. According to Moulton, the early design is a roughly 5,000 sqft building of three floors, with two retail bays facing N Street at 2,418 and 804 sqft, respectively, and one three bedroom unit, six two bedroom units, five one bedroom units, and two studio apartments, for a total of 14 apartments. The architecture, however, is dreadful to say the least.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Awesome in DC: MPD arrests Heritage India murder suspect

Local ABC news outlet WJLA is reporting that the police have arrested 29 year old Brandon Terry of Riverdale in connection with the fatal triple stabbing / triple shooting at Dupont nightclub Heritage India over the Thanksgiving 2011 weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day, Shaw!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone here in Shaw! And the rest of the city, too... Or, as one of the editor's good friends calls it, National Singles Awareness Day...