Archive for February 3, 2009

Grading Restaurants

Posted in Food on February 3, 2009 by Kent

restaurant-gradeAccording to WJLA News, the D.C. Council is considering legislation that would require restaurants to post letter grades based on health department inspections. Restaurants would then be required to post their A, B, C or F in a front window. Los Angeles already does this, and New York is considering the measure as well. (WJLA Report here)

Then and Now

Posted in Penn Quarter, Then and Now on February 3, 2009 by Kent

ninth-streetThen: Ninth Street from its intersection with F Street, NW, ca. 1910.

Ninth todayNow: Same intersection. About the only building still there is the Masonic building, though it no longer has that use.

Kenyon Square Condos

Posted in Columbia Heights, Condos/Apartments on February 3, 2009 by Kent

Style 2MLast week I took the opportunity to visit the models at the Kenyon Square Condos, which are literally on top of the Columbia Heights Metro. I wasn’t able to find out anything regarding price, and really didn’t feel like talking to another salesman, but did like most of the floor plans. You can get the floor plans and more details at the Kenyon Square Website.

I’m including some of the photos I took of the 2M model, which I found really nice. I also liked the 2J model … but didn’t find the 1F floor plan to my likeing at all. That one I wouldn’t even consider.

2M mainOne thing I really liked about these units where the attention given to the common spaces. The hallways actually had attention to details, such as millwork and lighting. It wasn’t cookie cutter at all.

I also thought the units were comfortable for loft-like spaces. Another thing I noticed was that the models were all on the third floor, and yet I heard no street noise, despite being on top of the Metro, across from the new Target, and over the Heights restaurant. I’m sure that would not be the case when weather is warmer and windows are open. 2J interior

The last image is of the living/kitchen space in the 2J unit. There was some really nice natural light in most of these spaces.

Juvenile Crime … Surprised?

Posted in Capitol Hill, Crime on February 3, 2009 by Kent


Apropos of the report on increased juvenile crime, I can’t say I’m surprised. Just prior to Christmas I was told of an incident in front of the Frager’s on Capitol Hill. A group of boys were eyeing a bicycle locked up outside the store. Apparently, one of them did not have a bike. When one of them said “Just go ahead, take it” my friend inserted himself by asking what was going on. The response he got was “Why, is it yours?” When he replied no, they focused back on the bike. That’s when he got out his cell phone and dialed the police. Only then did the boys skedaddle.  

Juvenile Crime on the Increase

Posted in Crime on February 3, 2009 by Kent

The Examiner reports today that D.C.’s juvenile arrests have skyrocketed in the last year. In 2007, there were about 3,500 kids arrested. 2008, by comparison, saw nearly 4,500 kids arrested. Crimes ranged from public urination (two cases) to felony murder (three cases), according to statistics kept by the city. Examiner article here>>

Its Nice to See New Uses for Old Buildings

Posted in Logan Circle on February 3, 2009 by Kent

0032I really liked how this building came together. It fits the neighborhood well and looks as if its always been there. Its on Q between 14th and 15th Street. What was really stellar was how the upper windows are being used as displays for more bicycles. I think the colors are also striking in a subdued way.0042

Brief Update on Park View Corner Store

Posted in Park View on February 3, 2009 by Kent

Just a quick update on yesterday’s notice of renovation of the Park View Corner store. The dumpster has arrived, and the building now displays a building permit. More as details develop.