Archive for the Park View Category

Update on Quebec Place Homicide

Posted in Crime, Park View with tags , on July 30, 2009 by Kent

DC Superior courtOn the same night as the Metro tragedy there was a violent homicide on the 600 block of Park View. The only good news was that the assailant was apprehended.

While its going to take a while for this case to work its way through the courts, I wanted to give an update to my last report on where things stood with the accused.

On July 24th, the preliminary hearing was held and probable cause was found in the case pending a Grand Jury. The accused will continue to be held without bond. The next court date is set for October 23, 2009.

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New Mural Coming to Park View Rec Center

Posted in Paintings, Park View with tags , , , on July 28, 2009 by Kent

Parkview Recreation CenterWhile I don’t have any images yet, I wanted to share what I know about the new mural coming to the Park View Rec Center.

Based on the preliminary plans I saw last Friday, the new mural will be located on two walls — the south wall of the pool house and the north, opposite, wall of the main structure. None of the murals along Otis Street will be impacted at this time.

The two murals will be largely composed of abstract landscapes that have words breaking forth from the soil. The words will be in English and Spanish and are meant to convey a spirit of unity.

The walls chosen have already be painted with a base coat so that the designs can be transferred. I suspect painting could start as early as today, but will definitely start this week.

Pepco Working on Northern Park Place

Posted in City Services, Park View with tags , , , on July 28, 2009 by Kent

Pepco parking restriction signPepco started work on Park Place yesterday between Quebec Place and Rock Creek Church Road. Based on the signs, they estimate the work to require about a month.

The work they are preforming is to supply a heavy up to the property on the southwest corner of Park Place and Rock Creek Church Road. The work will not impact Rock Creek Church Road.

The work will impact parking during the day, especially during alternate side enforcement on Thursdays and Fridays. Let’s hope work progresses smoothly.Pepco equipementPepco team cutting concrete

Vandalism of Rock Creek Market Delays Opening

Posted in Markets, Park View with tags , , on July 27, 2009 by Kent

P1010003Vandalism of the Rock Creek Market, first with graffiti on June 18th (right), and later with the breaking of two windows (below), has caused concern to the owner and developer of the store. Having to deal with senseless vandalism prior to even being open has fortunately not ended this great addition to the neighborhood before its even begun.

While everything is still on track to open, the date has now been moved to the middle of August. This will allow for the repair of the recent damage and the inclusion of additional precautions against property crime.
Damaged window, corner store

Monroe School Library

Posted in Culture and History, Park View, Schools with tags , , on July 27, 2009 by Kent

Before there was the Bruce-Monroe school, there was a Bruce and Monroe school. Here is an image from the library of the Monroe school from a photograph by Addison N. Scurlock.

(Courtesy Smithsonian Institution)

This Date in History

Posted in July, Park View with tags , , on July 27, 2009 by Kent

July 31, 1905: John Cammack, of 3553 Brightwood avenue, reported $1,650 missing, a loss that puzzled the police. Mr. Cammack insisted that the money was stolen from his pockets, but the police were of the opinion the money was lost. Mr. Cammack had gone to the Riggs Bank about noon and drawn out $2,270 prior to the loss (Brightwood avenue would later be renamed Georgia avenue, the the Cammack estate eventually became the northern third of Park View)

Asphalt Alley Paving Narrowly Averted

Posted in City Services, D.C. Government, Park View with tags , , , on July 23, 2009 by Kent

No ParkingYesterday I mistakenly thought the No Parking signs posted in the alley of the 600 block of Quebec Place/Rock Creek Church Rd was for the heavy up Pepco is preparing for around the corner.

In fact, it was DDOT’s intention to pave the alley in asphalt. Fortunately, several of the neighbors were home and quickly put a stop to it. It isn’t that the neighbors don’t want the alley repaired, but it is an old brick alley and was supposed to be restored as a brick alley.

Last year the 700 block of Quebec Place/Princeton Place was restored as a brick alley. This year, the city is using the excuse that there isn’t enough money to stick to the original plan.

As it stands now, no work will be done to fix the alley in the immediate future. Mayor Fenty clarified this morning that brick alleys would be repaved with brick, and non-brick alleys would be repaved in non-brick materials (asphalt).
alley needing repair