Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year, Shaw!


Stay safe and be careful going out and getting home!

Great news for Shaw residents NOT partying tonight!

Just in case you missed it - Shaw Deserves Better, and just this one weekend, Shaw is going to get the peace the neighborhood deserves! 



Mimi (Abeba) Beyene, owner of the Mood Lounge, said this this to DCist:
Abeba Beyene, who owns Mood Lounge, said she doesn't know anything about the stabbing and that her establishment has nothing to do with what happened Friday morning. She told DCist she was tending bar and closed up about 12:30 a.m. Though the lounge is usually open only on Fridays and Saturdays, she does open it for special events some weekdays. There were 50 to 60 people in the 300-person capacity space last night, she noted.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Time to revisit a previous question...

Maybe I should have named the post "Why don't problematic bars get closed before people get stabbed"? 

We've addressed the question of why the situation at the Mood Lounge was able to escalate to a double stabbing last night before... 

MOOD Lounge CLOSED by DC Government for 96 hours



Big beautiful orange Notice of Closure signs are on each of the MOOD Lounge's front doors today announcing that it has been closed by DC Government for 96 hours. This means MOOD will miss all three nights of the long New Year's weekend, and with it some of the most profitable hours of operation for bars for months, as a result of last night's double stabbing.

Evans Calls for Closure of Mood Lounge


From the office of Councilmember Jack Evans this morning: 
For Immediate Release:  December 30, 2011
Contact: Andrew Huff, Director of Communications [202-724-8058
Evans Calls for Closure of Mood Lounge 
Strain on Neighborhood & City Services can no Longer be Tolerated
Washington, DC – Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans today renewed his calls to close the troubled Mood Lounge, located on 9th Street, NW near the Washington Convention Center, following reports of two persons being stabbed outside the bar last night when a fight inside spilled onto the street. 

Double stabbing at the Mood Lounge last night


As multiple neighbors had predicted for months, violence erupted last night in front of the Mood Lounge (1318 9th Street, NW, half a block from the new City Market at O Project), where the Washington Post is reporting that two men were stabbed around 1:00am. News reports claim that both men were taken to Howard University Hospital, where they remain in stable condition. (more after the jump)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Beautiful in Shaw - the 1300 block of 10th Street, NW

This series of posts will focus on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com


I agree, this is a pretty basic looking house in Shaw. Though, the cornice work and the restoration in and of itself is pretty fantastic. That being said, I bet none of you are expecting the awesome rear addition after the jump facing Naylor Court...

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Holidays from Shaw!


Another pair of nice, lighted wreaths from O Street in Shaw - I tried to get a photo at night to show the lights better, but unless Santa brings this blogger a better camera for the holidays, this is as good as it gets...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Heritage India keeps liquor license, ABRA determines all future beatings, stabbings, shootings and murders must now take place by midnight


WJLA reports that the ABRA Board has decided Heritage India, site of last month's fatal triple stabbing and triple shooting and numerous other violent crimes, can reopen as long as it closes nightly by midnight, sells some food, and makes some sort of effort to keep customers from continuing to murder each other. 

Own a piece of Shaw: 301 R Street, NW Unit 1

This series will focus on properties for sale in the Shaw / MVT / Logan areas. Want to see your house on here? Email shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com with a link to the listing and let us know.

all photos in this post courtesy of MRIS and Redfin
301 R Street, NW Unit 1 has been on the market for 49 days, and last week saw a price reduction of $30,000. This single family townhouse looks like it has been cut into two units, this one with the first floor and basement level, and a second unit on the upper level. Would you live in this condo? The renovation is one of the most impressive on the market today (and props for the best staging I've seen in a while), but it's not in the best part of Shaw - a couple blocks from the Metro, but also a couple blocks from the very unsafe intersection of Florida Avenue and North Capitol Street, which has seen murders this year. There's not much on the market that's this huge at this price point in any part of Shaw - does the beautiful renovation outweigh the questionable location to you? Tell us in the comments.


Bedrooms: 2
Bathroom: 3
Levels: 2
Price: $569,000


now that's a beautiful, spacious living and dining room
Finally, a kitchen that's worthy of being in a half a million dollar house...
More photos of this beauty after the jump

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Beautiful in Shaw - the 900 block of O Street, NW

This series of posts will focus on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me at shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com


I'm in love with this house at O Street and Columbia Road NW - the lower level first floor is one unit (as is evidenced by the separate mailbox on the right side of the photo facing Columbia), and the top three floors are another unit. The details, the restoration... all of it just makes me smile - what do you think about this house?

Monday, December 12, 2011

Shaw Deserves Better from These Abandoned Buildings - Naylor Court, NW

This series is pretty much the inverse of the "Beautiful in Shaw" series. It looks at the abandoned, neglected, or derilect properties, public spaces, and art in the Shaw / Logan / Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods. As the blog grows (and if I can find a good volunteer to help!) I'd like to eventually include some quick sketches, renderings, or photoshop alterations to some of the original images to show what could be in the place of what is there. 

Restoring historic buildings, replanting yards and public spaces - all ideas on what Shaw's true potential is under some of the grit and plywood windows. Whenever possible, if something does happen to the space, I'll post a follow-up. Feel free to leave comments on your ideas for the space below, and feel free to send photos! shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com





These buildings in Naylor Court, NW, were damaged from neglect over the last few decades, and the damaged brickwork along the top of the third garage door was caused by a tree that fell from across the alley when Hurricane Irene hit the DC area a few months back.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Happy Holidays from Shaw!


This nice wreath from the corner of 10th and O Streets, NW is a fun reminder of the holiday season. Cheers to this homeowner for spreading some holiday joy - and for a nifty new paint job - this house was a basic grey just a few weeks ago...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Shaw Deserves Better from this Abandoned Building - 926 N Street, NW

This series is pretty much the inverse of the "Beautiful in Shaw" series. It looks at the abandoned, neglected, or derilect properties, public spaces, and art in the Shaw / Logan / Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods. As the blog grows (and if I can find a good volunteer to help!) I'd like to eventually include some quick sketches, renderings, or photoshop alterations to some of the original images to show what could be in the place of what is there. 

Restoring historic buildings, replanting yards and public spaces - all ideas on what Shaw's true potential is under some of the grit and plywood windows. Whenever possible, if something does happen to the space, I'll post a follow-up. Feel free to leave comments on your ideas for the space below, and feel free to send photos! shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com




This building at 926 N Street, NW looks like it could have once had an industrial use (notice the loading docks off the parking lot on the left side), but could easily be repurposed as a market, a pharmacy, or, with a lot of work, and interesting family residence with a beautiful motor court and gardens on the left side.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Beautiful in Shaw - the 900 block of P Street, NW

This series of posts will focus on something beautiful in Shaw - a particularly striking house, a beautiful garden, architectural elements, people, pets - whatever and wherever I (or any of you) find something that makes you smile. Feel free to send ideas (and photos!) to me atshawdeservesbetter@gmail.com



Something about this particular house caught my attention - maybe it was the perfect match between the trim color and the old tree out front, maybe it was the fact that it was a perfectly preserved example among a row of such examples (after the jump), but this was too beautiful not to notice.

Monday, December 5, 2011

City Market at O progress


Today's City Market at O Cam - the old Giant is finally gone!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Logan Circle House Tour is this Sunday, December 4th!


From the Logan Circle Community Association:
“The 33rd Annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour will be held Sunday, December 4, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. This year’s theme, Restoration & Renewal, reflects the revitalization of the Logan Circle neighborhood and the ongoing improvements that continue to define the community as a premiere place to visit and live. 
More than 10 unique properties that represent a mix of historical architecture and modern renovations will be open to the public for a self-guided tour. Relish the architecture, interior design, and art during an afternoon of sights as well as live music and a Wassail Reception with refreshments at the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. the day of the event. 

Own a piece of Shaw: 1806 8th Street, NW

This series will focus on properties for sale in the Shaw / MVT / Logan areas. Want to see your house on here? Email shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com with a link to the listing and let us know.

All photos in this post courtesy of Redfin and MRIS
1806 8th Street, NW has been on the market for 27 days. This single family townhouse has just had a nice (though fairly bland) renovation, and does feature both off-street parking in the rear (or a beautiful garden, if you have a jackhammer and a green thumb) and a location less than a block from the Shaw Metro station. Would you live in this house? Is it worth the money? Tell us in the comments.

Bedrooms: 3
Bathroom: 1.5
Levels: 2
Price: $565,000
Listing: http://www.redfin.com/DC/Washington/1806-8th-St-NW-20001/home/9878116

This room just doesn't look like it ought to be the
living room of a $500,000+ house. Cheap 85-cents-a-foot
baseboards, cheap looking hardware on the door, and
the killer - cheap fake wood floors... 
Decent appliances, stainless & granite as expected...
but for just about $3,000 more, they could have put in
a Viking stove and a SubZero fridge and really made it
sparkle. Why be so cheap on something you're trying
to sell for so much more?

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Shaw Deserves Better from this Abandoned Building - 901 O Street, NW

***this post has been updated


This series is pretty much the inverse of the "Beautiful in Shaw" series. It looks at the abandoned, neglected, or derilect properties, public spaces, and art in the Shaw / Logan / Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods. As the blog grows (and if I can find a good volunteer to help!) I'd like to eventually include some quick sketches, renderings, or photoshop alterations to some of the original images to show what could be in the place of what is there.

Restoring historic buildings, replanting yards and public spaces - all ideas on what Shaw's true potential is under some of the grit and plywood windows. Whenever possible, if something does happen to the space, I'll post a follow-up. Feel free to leave comments on your ideas for the space below, and feel free to send photos! shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com


906 (typo on the address - my apologies!) 901 O Street, NW is a prime target for redevelopment. Across 9th Street is the new City Market at O project, and across O Street is the successful Azi's Cafe (unsolicited endorsement - they serve phenomenal illy coffee and delicious breakfast paninis, and free wifi  - I highly recommend checking them out!).