Tuesday, January 31, 2012

New Stolen Bike Blog

From Vicky with the Capitol Hill listserv:

Hi,

I have created a list-serv for people to list there experience/picture about a recent bike theft they might have had in the area. I realize the chances of us recovering a stolen bike are slim to none however this is a continuously growing issue in dc.

As someone who has two bikes stolen in the past year - this is something that is becoming unacceptable. Please visit my site http://stopbiketheftdc.tumblr.com/ and feel free to contact me at stopbiketheftdc@gmail.com. Please feel free to share this site with your friends as well.

Thanks!
Vicky

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rape / Robbery on the 400 Block of Q Street on Tuesday, January 24th


From the Bates Area Civic Association:

On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at approximately 11:30 pm, the victim responded to the Third District Police station to report a sexual assault and robbery which occurred in the 400 block of Q Street, NW.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - Naylor Court Murals II

This series focuses 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


Another awesome mural in Shaw's Naylor Court. This building currently houses a photography studio on the first level and a private residence on the upper level, but at one point was Veterinarian JP Turner's Hospital for Horses and Dogs (sorry, cat-lovers...). Anybody out there have more information on the history of this building? 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Shaw's DC Convention Center hosts the Washington Auto Show this week

Land Rover DC100 Concept

Stop by the Washington Convention Center and check out some fun production vehicles and a couple concept cars this week from January 27th to February 5th. More information on the show here

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - Naylor Court Murals

This series focuses 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


This awesome mural from Naylor Court NW gives a little hint at Naylor Court's history. Anybody got any additional information on this beautiful building? Or on E.J. Adams & Co.? 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Shaw Deserves Better (and is about to get it!) from These Abandoned Buildings - Naylor Court, NW

A few weeks ago, we profiled these abandoned garages in Naylor Court NW. As promised, here's a follow-up on what's going on at this site. This:



is about to become this: 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Awesome in Shaw: The Passenger

Awesome in Shaw is a series on nifty stuff that is going on in and around our neighborhood, and awesome resources, events, and places here. We're looking for guest authors for this new series! If you'd like to contribute to the blog, email shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com


The Passenger, found at the very southern end of Shaw just off Mount Vernon Triangle and across from the Convention Center at 1021 7th Street, NW, is one of the best bars in the country. No, seriously. Food and Wine magazine put it in their 50 Best Bars in America list

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Own a piece of Shaw: 1742 6th Street, NW #3

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.

This week's Own A Piece of Shaw is written by guest author 
Michael Fowler. Michael is an agent with Group 
Hounshell at TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photos Courtesy of MRIS and
Robyn Porter, Long & Foster Realtors
1742 6th St, NW Unit 3 has been on the market for 65 days. This unit occupies the entire 3rd floor of this garden style condo conversion. You avoid the noise of stomping feet above you and have no neighbors on either side! This unit has been completely re-done and boasts new appliances and

Community meeting regarding proposed Medical Marijuana dispensary in Shaw


So, I've got to say, with all the progress that the 1500 block of 7th Street NW has nearby (City Market at O, The Jefferson, P Street Residences, the new rec center... just to get started!), I'm not thrilled with the idea of a dispensary being located there. Given the extreme clusterf*ck DC has created in ABRA and their complete inability to address problematic establishments, I don't trust the city to manage this effort properly, at all. Without some prior establishments that neighborhood residents and leaders can visit to judge how these places actually operate in reality and not just on some paper application, I'm very wary of this moving forward. Shaw deserves better than to be a test tube for the city's newest experiment... 

From ANC 2C02 Commissioner Kevin Chapple:

During the February 1, 2012 ANC 2C meeting, ANC 2C will be ask to support the application of one of two entities vying to open a legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary which would be located in the 1500 block of 7th Street NW.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MOOD Lounge retains liquor license with a slap on the wrist required to reopen (no actual enforceable penalties)



MOOD Lounge will, it turns out, be allowed to continue its swath of destruction through the otherwise peaceful 1300 block of 9th Street, NW. The ABRA Board, stating a number of relatively pointless provisions and restrictions, granted the problematic MOOD Lounge their liquor license back on Friday night after nearly 12 hours of hearings. The restrictions are pointless because while they do restrict the club from using "any outside promoters in any aspect of [its] business", the remaining restrictions deal with the security plan and procedures, which, if MOOD Lounge was able to abide by, would have resolved most of the issues in the case to begin with. Worst of all,

Beautiful in Shaw - 1300 Block of 10th Street, NW

This series of posts focuses 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 not usually a big fan of eggplant, but on this particular house, it totally rocks. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - 1200 Block of 10th Street, NW wreaths

This series of posts focuses 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 love these beautiful doors, and the festive berry wreaths just make them really pop. 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MOOD Lounge tries to salvage liquor license at hearing tomorrow, January 13th


According to the official ABRA notice, the hearing regarding the suspension of the liquor license for the MOOD Lounge at 1318 9th Street NW will be held tomorrow morning at 9:00am at the Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW, Suite 400 S. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - 1200 Block of 10th Street, NW

This series focuses 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


Here's a beautiful historic rowhouse on the 1200 block of 10th Street, NW. It looks like this one is still in tact as a single family home with a basement rental on the lower level. So many of these seem to have been converted into condos and apartments; it's nice to find a complete one! More photos below:

Shaw is getting better - 1320 9th Street, NW

This series will look at projects taking shape in Shaw - abandoned buildings finally getting the rehabilitation they deserve, new businesses coming to the neighborhood, public space maintenance issues that we've talked about that are finally getting resolved, and new construction we're welcoming to the area. Feel free to send tips to shawdeservesbetter@gmail.com 


1320 O Street, sandwiched between 9th Street, Naylor Court, the MOOD Lounge, and a vacant lot, certainly has had the potential for some time to be a beautiful contributor to the 9th Street corridor on the one block between the Convention Center and the new City Market at O project. While the BP Station across the street doesn't tend to inspire much, the capable team at Glass Construction is working to restore this old beauty to it's former glory.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Borderstan shows 12.7% increase in crime near the Convention Center

broken auto glass on O St NW, photo by author
In a post today tracking crime in 2011 vs 2010 in the U Street, Logan, Convention Center and Dupont Police Service Areas, Borderstan is reporting a 12.7% increase in crime in the Convention Center PSA. 

Shaw Deserves Better from This Abandoned Building: 1431-1433 11th 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 post has been updated - please see below. This building (or really, a pair of small buildings) at 1431-1433 11th Street is in a state of horrific disrepair. You know things have gone from "vacant" to "blighted" when the windows have been boarded up, and then even the boarded up windows have been broken out. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beautiful in Shaw - Convention Center winter lights

This series focuses 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


As I'll be writing about in a future post, there's not too many things about the new(ish) DC Convention Center that I count among its "redeeming" qualities from an architectural or urban planning perspective. This winter light display, however, is a welcome positive element on the M Street component (though, no matching lights on the N Street underpass...) that actually makes this place seem a bit more inviting to pedestrians. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Valor Development plans 66-unit P Street Residences project in Shaw


Good news from yesterday's Housing Complex column in the Washington City Paper - Valor Development, the company behind other awesome projects like the Flats at Il Palazzo, 1617 Swann, and the Maia near the new H Street Corridor, has added Shaw to the list of neighborhoods they are working with. 

UPDATED: Mood Lounge requests Status Hearing; will appeal ABRA license suspension


Update from Councilmember Jack Evan's office - the ABRA Status Hearing for Mood Lounge scheduled for tomorrow at 11:30am has been POSTPONED. New date is Friday, January 13th. Mood remains closed awaiting the hearing.

The Mood Lounge, at 1318 9th Street, NW, was first subject to a 96 hour emergency closure by Chief of Police Cathy Lanier following a December 30th double stabbing in front of the establishment. As that closure was set to expire, the DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Authority issued a Notice of Summary Suspension which provided more detail about the incident and closed the Lounge indefinitely.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Should DC Liquor Licenses use a point system like DC Drivers Licenses?


Drivers licenses in DC work on simple point system. Anybody age sixteen or older with even a smidgen of common sense can understand it. When you first get a license, you have zero points. No violations means no points. Various driving infractions add points against your license, and they can add up quickly for bad drivers. Points last for two years, but can be canceled out by "safe driving points" (you earn one per year of driving without incident) or in some cases by taking a class. Points range from as few as two (following too closely) to three (other infractions not contributing to an accident, i.e. speeding, seat belt violations, etc) to four (speeding 16-20mph over the limit) to five (speeding more than 21mph over the limit) to six (failure to yield to an emergency vehicle) to eight (leaving the scene of an accident with no personal injury). 

Eleven different violations, including eluding an officer, DUI, reckless driving, or leaving the scene of an accident with a personal injury, result in the full 12 points for a first offense, and therefore automatic license revocation for half a year. If you get ten or eleven points against your license, it is suspended for 90 days. If you get 12 or more points, it is revoked for at least six months. Period.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ABRA issues Notice of Summary Suspension to MOOD Lounge; nightclub indefinitely closed

A beautiful placard shutting down a local nuisance nightclub
(photo by author)
In an order issued today and signed by ABRA Chairperson Ruthanne Miller, ABRA utilized DC Code 25-826 (2001) to indefinitely close the MOOD Lounge in Shaw at 1318 9th Street, NW. Read the full notice here.


The three page notice provides more detail about the December 30th double stabbing at the MOOD Lounge and the ABRA investigation into the incident. According the the notice, both the victims and perpetrator were inside the MOOD Lounge that evening when an altercation occurred and they were removed from the club by security, where the disagreement continued out front and eventually escalated to the stabbings of what is implied to be a promoter and a performer at the evenings event. 

The notice also brings several allegations against the MOOD Lounge and the owner, specifically relating to the way they handled the incident and the subsequent investigation. The notice states that "when [ABRA] investigators went to the establishment to investigate, the establishment made several attempts to hinder the investigation" and that the owner was repeatedly dishonest in her statements to them. 

Beautiful in Shaw - corner of 10th and N Streets, N

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've got a thing for turrets, so naturally I had to pick this one as a favorite. It's got everything I look for in a beautiful house - charming outdoor space, beautiful brickwork, architectural detail... More photos below! 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Shots fired tonight at 8th and O Streets NW

The police have yellow crime scene tape around the parking lot just east of Scripture Cathedral at 9th and O Streets, NW. This is immediately south of the construction for the City Market at O project and the new Giant grocery store that replaces the one that was just demolished across O Street. 


Police on the scene wouldn't comment about the investigation. 

One way to deal with rats in alleyways...

Spotted in Naylor Court - now if only there was some way to train hawks to police the alleys and streets of Shaw to catch rats on command!