Archive for January 27, 2009

Fire at 10th and F St.

Posted in Fires, Penn Quarter on January 27, 2009 by Kent


Five firefighters were taken to local hospitals for injuries they received in a fire this morning. The fire was reported shortly after 7:00am in the 1000 block of F Street N.W.  More information here>>  (photo courtesy DC Fire & EMS)

118 Varnum St., NW

Posted in Petworth, Real Estate on January 27, 2009 by Kent

118_varnum_street_nw_36186_hfrAfter the last two houses I looked at in Petworth, it was a joy to see this one. Even though I’m not a fan of the open plan (personal reasons), this house shined. The house has been completely rehabbed, has central air, 4 bedrooms, and 3 1/2 bathrooms. The basement is finished and has taller ceilings than most (but still lower than upper floors).

All in all, this was a quality job. I think this is about as good as it can get unless you are in charge yourself. At $524,500, I also think the price is about right. I’ve seen much worse listed for far more. More details here>>

Then and Now

Posted in Petworth, Then and Now on January 27, 2009 by Kent

new-hampshire-and-rock-creek-churchThen: A barber shop at the NE corner of New Hampshire and Rock Creek Church Rd., NW. The photo was taken March 18, 1927. While you can’t see it in this picture, the building just behind the barber shop on the right is a bakery. (Image courtesy of Historical Society of Washington, SP 0035 Reservations Photograph Collection, #RE 229)

0031Now: Same building, now occupied by Sweet Mango. The bakery is long gone, there is no longer a grassy area in front, and we have some infill buildings. What I really miss is the sun area that was attached to the barber shop.

Lunch at Cafe Asia

Posted in Downtown, Food, Restaurants on January 27, 2009 by Kent


While I don’t go out to lunch often, there are a few places I like. My latest excursion was to Cafe Asia. I find the food is consistent – and judging by the noon rush – I can’t be alone. The price is generally moderate as well. Perhaps the only complaint I have is that the decor is getting a bit tired and worn. Originally, the space struck me as being a bit edgy and I cold imagine being in New York for the duration of the meal. Now, like a faded flower, upholstered chairs are in need of repair, and surfaces are scuffed and worn. I do hope that a remodeling is in the works … but whatever may happen, I truly hope they leave the menu as it is.

MLK Library Hosts Poverty Exhibit

Posted in Sculpture, Thompson, Matthew on January 27, 2009 by Kent

thompsonLondon-based artist Matthew Thompson poses with his exhibit “Hier is die Future.” Thompson exhibit is part of a Kluge research scholarship sponsored by the Library of Congress. To read more about the exhibit, read the article from The Examiner.

The DC Quarter is Here

Posted in Commuity News & Events on January 27, 2009 by Kent

dc-quarterThe DC quarter was finally released yesterday. You might want to watch for them in your change soon. Or, if you just can’t wait, you can order them directly from the mint. Details here>>

Rage in the Machine

Posted in Metro on January 27, 2009 by Kent

So, this morning, I’m taking Metro to work … nothing unusually there. I enter the system happy. Its snowing. The world is fresh and new.


Well, that didn’t last. At Columbia Heights a group of youths got on the train. All in all, they were well behaved, but noisy. That is, all but one, who had two small children in tow. They decided to park right in front of the door of a relatively full train.


For the next three stops, a person or two had to squeeze off because the youth with the children didn’t see the need to move … and then came … GALLERY PLACE.


As you can imagine, most of the train wanted to off load, and here was the queen bee with two children in front of the door refusing to budge. One gentleman – as he was pushing by her – look at her and sternly said “MOVE”. That was it. That caused her to scream the following at him and the rest of us: “I don’t have to f****** move. F*** you. I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman, I’ll f*** you up!” <sigh>


I’m sorry, but if you are going to take advantage of public transportation, you need to realize that there is an unwritten social contract that everybody on that train or bus is equal, and we all need to work together. You don’t block doors. You don’t use foul language. You attempt to be respectful to your fellow passengers. No exceptions.

Work at Park View Elementary

Posted in Park View, Schools on January 27, 2009 by Kent

park-view-elementaryI’ve noticed over the weekend that Park View Elementary is doing some work on its balustrade. I’m hopeful that they are restoring it, rather than removing it entirely. Left is what is looked like until recently. The lighter brick originally has balusters which were removed and filled in.

010The next to shots are of the work in progress. I think there is promise that they saved the stonework, which leads me to believe they may be restoring the ares.

Park View elementary was completed in 1916 and included a week dedication exercises and special programs in October of that year.


Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow …

Posted in Park View, Petworth on January 27, 2009 by Kent


This Date in History

Posted in January on January 27, 2009 by Kent

January 27, 1888: The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. national-geographic-society