Archive for May, 2009

New Sheriff in the 3RD District, PSA302

Posted in City Services, Columbia Heights, Crime, Park View with tags , , on May 31, 2009 by Kent

3RD District (MPD)Here is some news that should interest anyone in Park View and Northern Columbia Heights. Inspector Edward Delgado has been replaced by Inspector Jacob Kishter, who will be taking over command of the Third District Sub-Station (PSA 302).

Inspector Kishter has been on the Department for 19 years and has served in a variety of different units. As a result, he is a well rounded leader who will use his experience to enhance police service in the Third District.

His past assignments include Patrol, Vice, Internal Affairs, Forensic
Science, and Police Communications.

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Sunday Comics

Posted in Sunday Comics on May 31, 2009 by Kent

Li'l Abner(Click on image for larger view)

This Date in History

Posted in City Services, Libraries, May with tags on May 31, 2009 by Kent

May 31, 1930: A total of $704,572 was the estimate required to carry out plans for extension of public library service during 1932, as reported by public librarian George F. Bowerman to the District Commissioners when submitting his new budget.Carnegie Library

DDOT Completes Phase One of Eastern Market Streetscape Work

Posted in Capitol Hill, City Services, Renovation and Restoration with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by Kent

According to the DDOT announcement I received below, 7th Street will reopen on Monday. From the photo below, it looks great. The pavers were a great choice.

Here’s the DDOT release:

7th Street, SE to Reopen on Schedule

Phase Two to Begin on Monday, June 1

(Washington, D.C.) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) completed phase one of the Eastern Market streetscape work on schedule. DDOT committed to finishing phase one by early June.  Work began in early March and DDOT closed 7th Street SE from North Carolina to C Street to help expedite the construction.  The road will be reopened on Monday, June 1.

“Closing the street was a key factor in completing the project on time,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein. “We want to extend our appreciation to the community, residents, and businesses for their patience during the construction.  The end result befits such an important historic icon as Eastern Market.”

The new streetscape included total removal and upgrade of the existing roadway and bed, installation of new Colonial cobblestones, stamped concrete at crosswalks, brick sidewalks, granite curbing, new lighting and utility upgrades.

Phase two (7th Street, SE from C Street to Pennsylvania Avenue) will begin on Monday, June 1 and is scheduled for completion by September 30, 2009, weather permitting.  During phase two only one half of the roadway will be closed. Two-way traffic will be maintained with one lane in each direction during weekdays.  There will be no work conducted on the weekends.

The remaining work consists of furnishing and installing a new 8-inch water main with service connections to the adjacent properties, installing new curb and gutter or resetting historic blue curb stone, new molded brick sidewalks, new historic globe and tear drop street lights, and ADA compliant ramps.

To accommodate weekday 7th Street customer needs, new public parking is available at the Hine School lot between Pennsylvania Avenue, SE and C Street, SE from 6 am to 7 pm. This parking will not be available on weekends.Eastern Market Streetscape

Artomatic: Take Me To Your Leader

Posted in Art & Architecture with tags on May 30, 2009 by Kent

Artomatic 2009If Artomatic where to have a theme, three things jumped out at me this year: Death, Tits, and Robots. Nudity and skulls almost seem to be a prerequisite in any large art exhibition. Robots … that is something I wasn’t expecting and wonder if it is our modern day equivalent to the prevalence believe in gremlins that occurred during World War II.

Those themes aside, if you get the opportunity to go to Artomatic I advise you to do just that. There is more than enough to interest, delight, and contemplate. Some work is more traditional, but most is in the contemporary vein. There is also a lot of photography with varying degrees of artistry.

I’m including some images below to give a better idea of what you can expect, and of course, you can always check out the Artomatic Web site.
Artomatic 2009
Artomatic 2009
Artomatic 2009

This Date in History

Posted in May with tags , on May 30, 2009 by Kent

May 30, 1901: Beneath the spreading branches of green trees, upon the historic battlefield of Fort Stevens, a loyal company gathered to do honor to the memory of two score Union dead who sleep beneath the sod on which they fell in defense of flag and country. The little Battle Ground Cemetery is a beautiful spot, and a bit of brightness was added to the solid banks of green foliage there yesterday by several large American flags and battalion pennants.Cannon Fire at Fort Stevens(Image Courtesy Wayan Vota)

Then and Now: Northwest Corner of 16th and I Streets, NW

Posted in Downtown, Lost Washington, Then and Now with tags , on May 29, 2009 by Kent

Justice Horace Gray House, 1601 Eye Street NorthwestThen: The home occupied by Justice Horace Gray. Gray was on the Supreme Court from 1882 to 1902. This structure later became the location of  a Christian Science Reading Room.

Third_Church_of_Christ,_Scientist_-_Washington,_D.C.Now: The Brutalist Third Church of Christ, Scientist. The church was built in 1971. Since opening, the building has not been well suited for the church, which has experienced declining attendance at its services. It currently has received the green light for demolition.