Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:15:05 PM
Yesterday, 20 September 2011 at 11:00am. FedEx ground truck parks up for a bit by Modern Liquor at Ninth and M. Parked the wrong way. Doesn't deliver anything.
Then, when the 900 block of M seems clear, drives west on the 900 block of M, the wrong way on a one-way street. Then stops, and backs up Blagden Alley (north).The editor guesses that the driver has done this before.
Didn't see any truck numbers and by the time the editor got over his dumbfoundment (Definition of dumbfoundment is provided by 1913 Webster's Dictionary) he couldn't see the license plate.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 1:50:03 PM
The editor tuned into the Channel 5 10:00pm news a couple of minutes late last night. Heard something about a "Brown", traffic stop or something, and a "do you know who I am" kind of quote. Then on to flood stories. Stayed up to hear Channel 4's 11:00 news. Nothing.
Checked the WaPo this am. Nothing.
. Sulaimon Brown just isn't that exciting or newsworthy anymore. The editor had been hoping for more. Now he's stuck in a miasma of color blandness. He needs a good scandal. Update.
Editor's wife says she saw it in Wapo. Editor will check at lunch.
Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:41:50 PM
Since OneCup was closed today, the editor walked down to the other place by the Tenth Street Park, the long way, to get the WaPo. That is, he walked down Ninth then over on L. At the corner of Ninth and L, in front of the old Central Lock, he saw a young guy, cargo shorts, those work boots that say "I do real work just not cement finishing", civil engineer look, folded blue prints in hand with a tape measure, the 25 foot Stanley kind. So the editor says "How soon do they start construction"? Turns out, or at least the cover story is that he's just surveying the block to see how much has changed since last it was measured by whomever.
So it sounds like something is happening someday.
The editor had to go downtown by 6:30am yesterday morning for a medical procedure. Don't ask, it's a family blog. Just figure that that since this blog is being posted the editor survived.
He called Yellow Cab. 10 ringy-dingies and a message. Walked outdoors to the corner of Ninth and M. No cabs. The editor was under the false impression that this place had "gentrified". Tried Yellow again. Just a message about would the editor like to wait a small eternity. The editor gave up. Walked toward Logan Circle, figuring there might be cabs there. Saw a cab driving down Eleventh, and made it on time.
The editor asked the cabbie which was better for business, Ninth or Eleventh. No hesitation: Eleventh. So the next time he has to catch a cab at 6:00 in the morning, say in five years, it's Eleventh from the gitgo.
Monday, August 1, 2011 2:27:51 PM
The previous post touched upon, shall we say, class distinctions. Apparently which browser you choose is almost like the color of your t-shirt. This
article in PC Magazine concerns the correlation of the IQs of people and the browsers they use.
The editor notes that he has used Opera for many, many years, with only an occasional dip into FireFox for a recalcitrant web page. He didn't know the web gods were guiding him, but he thanks them for their confidence.
Monday, August 1, 2011 2:20:29 PM
Mari has a post here
on the purple tide that just swept through. They (the Omega Phi Psi fraternity) were also out on the west side of the Convention Center in droves. And driving downtown. When you noticed a purple shirt on a K Street sidewalk, there would be a honk and wave from an SUV on your left, even in Clarendon.
The editor checked with a neighbor. The editor asked, tongue in cheek, where his purple t-shirt was. He smiled and said he was a Kappa. (His license plate holder does, too.) The editor admitted to being unsurprised, as the neighbor was a bit tall and thin to fit the group. He grinned and added something else. The editor commented that he had seen Jim Vance cover the story on channel 4 news. He said that Vance was a Kappa and hid his disdain fairly well. The neighbor knows Jim Vance personally and understood.Update
Had a short conversation with a waiter at a local watering hole where the Omega's ate and drank a lot.
They don't tip. Not badly. Not meagerly. Just don't.
Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:34:45 PM
Now for some gratuitous song bird pictures.
A simple sparrow looking west in the evening
We've almost always had a pair of cardinals. The current male:
And the catbird from a previous post:
Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:27:07 PM
Just a few notes from the Blagden Alley and Naylor Court Association meeting. What was said applies to most downtown neighborhoods.
Sgt. Terestre of 3D/PSA207 was there, and did the usual monthly crime report. Only two categories of crime were up, and that was robbery without weapon and burglary. The robbery was almost all iPod or cell phone, and from people so concentrating on their texting or marketing plan or whatever that they were not paying attention to their surroundings. They get shoved to the ground, device stolen and gone. The editor does understand that the neighborhood seems "safe", and it really is. It is not, however, perfectly safe, nor are most of the other neighborhoods in DC. One has to skip the communications for a few blocks, especially when the streets are not crowded.
The second problem is TFA, Theft From Auto. It seems as if that's a constant around here. If you leave a laptop or cell phone in a car it will leave, usually through a broken window. If you can't read maps and use one of those GPS thingies, obviously you don't leave it. But if you leave the suction cup ring on the window, you're liable to get a broken window to check out whether you have left the device in the glove box. Or the trunk, now that the "open trunk" button is available. TFA is frequently a problem for people from out of town, with non local licenses. The perps believe that the mark won't come back to town to testify if the perp is caught. Apparently there's some truth to it. But locals do get hit. If you see a neighbor's car with too much visible parked on the street, gently tell him about TFA. If you have lived here for a while, you know several people that it has touched.
The other item was that there have recently been a number of burglaries in the neighborhood, usually during the day when folks are at work. One yesterday was through a skylight on a four-story apartment house. If you don't have bars on your windows, you're making the editor safer by providing a better target. In the editor's experience, for what it's worth, it sounds like a couple of experienced individuals who will be taken down in the near future and burglaries will stop or go way down for a year or two. Then the same thing will happen in another neighborhood, such as Logan Circle or Dupont Circle, and the cycle will repeat.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 4:49:41 PM
The editor has noticed a pair of catbirds around the back yard for a couple of months now, especially on Fridays when he's out there cooking hamburgers. He has known them since childhood. In a small town in Illinois they were ubiquitous, as were these ads:
They were bigger than house sparrows and kept less distance between them and small boys. After a while, the neighbor's cat McGee stopped eating the catbirds we brought. Too much of a good thing, perhaps.
He doesn't recall seeing catbirds often in these parts until the last few years. Mockingbirds, to which catbirds are related along with bluebirds and other thrushes, have always been here.
As he was firing up the charcoal last Friday, the semi-friendly feral cat (yellow arrow) was hanging around the fence and the catbirds were giving him hell. A bit unusual;
Catbirds don't have quite the variety of song as mockingbirds, but they can surprise you.
In this case the pair was making unmusical noises at the cat. The editor really cant describe it, but probably couldn't in a family oriented blog anyway.
Finally, the editor confirmed his suspicions. There was a fledgling out of the nest in the alley.
The editor watched for half an hour and didn't see the cat go over the fence for the young bird. He has seen an occasional catbird since, but not yet an immature one. We shall see.
Monday, July 11, 2011 2:55:39 PM
As the editor was building that last post, the various blog host servers were taking their own sweet time he thought. Then, he checked here
In other words, the internet in North America is running really slow. If you drill down by touching the North America link, you see all the servers involved and you see way too many in red. Not good. But one of those days.
Monday, July 11, 2011 2:32:08 PM
The editor guesses that many of the old time renovators do a lot of things themselves, such as basic plumbing: Putting is a new washers or even a new faucet. Maybe the new toilet wax ring. Snaking the pipes in cold weather.
So yesterday, the editor quite readily said "sure" when asked to replace an old Kohler faucet. Did the Falls Church Home Depot, along with a Petsmart and SFW fried chicken stop. The SFW fried chicken is the best the editor has ever had, except for his maternal grandmother's. She was a farm cook when much younger.
So, came home and started to take out the old Kohler. "Old" means 1978 or so. I.e., Kohler when they were not like anyone else. They were the best and to heck with the rest. In other words, if you're not a well equipped pro, stay away. That's changed, and Kohler is still around.
Given the placement of the various nuts under the sink, getting to the nuts without very specialized tools was non-trivial. Getting the nuts to move was rather more difficult. They had had 30+ years to let the brass nuts and the connector they were holding become one.
3 hours later, the Kohler was out and the new faucet took about 15 minutes to install. By "out" the editor means dead as well as removed.
He did have to drop by Seventeenth Street Hardware for a 1 1/4" open end wrench. They could order one, but didn't have in stock, which doesn't really surprise the editor.
However, they did have this
which he had been eying for a while and now had an excuse for. It made a big difference.
He also saw this
He didn't use it, given various constraints. But it would have been very handy to have over the years.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:25:20 PM
Lisa Amore and Bruno walk a lot, so get to know the neighborhood around the 900 block of M rather well. The sights, sounds, smells. Ah Smell.
Which prompted this letter from Lisa to Jack:
From: Lisa Amore
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2011 7:48 PM
To: Evans, Jack (COUNCIL); Kimbel, Sherri (COUNCIL); Brabham, Amorde (Council)
Subject: Gas leak? Smell of gas in front of 943 M St. NW.
Hi Mr. Evans.
I’m writing you with the hope that your office will investigate a potential gas leak at the NE corner of 10th and M St’s NW, where a single row house is located at 943 M St. NW.
I’ve called in to Washington Gas at least a couple of times in the past year or so when I’ve been walking my dog and smelled gas. They operator told me that they’d send someone out, but it doesn’t seem as if that’s been the case.
This morning around 10am, I smelled a pungent gas smell at that corner (the smell was most strong immediately closest to the corner of the house’s wrought iron fence). And now, yet again, when walking my dog, I smelled the odor again. There’s at least one very elderly person who lives in that building, and I’m concerned for everyone’s safety, let alone the safety of the neighborhood, as I live right down the street in The Whitman.
I feel that placing another call to Washington Gas is futile. Please help!
Thank you. Lisa
Lisa took this picture about 4:00 PM on June 29.
Smell gone. Good job Sherri.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 3:53:13 PM
Sunday night just after the storm, the editor's wife tells him that there are flashing lights out front. He goes out and sees a caravan of three trucks from some landscaping (probably) pulling away, going east on M. The driver in the back waves.
The editor crosses the street and talks with Lisa Amore and Bruno. Lisa does all the talking. She explains that a limb had come down, was in the street and they sopped about two minutes earlier. Stopped traffic, bur the limb would have anyway. Got the chipper working, dumped the limb in, and moved on. It was very, very fast.
The editor has no idea what the contract with DC is, if any. But it's really nice when something like that happens.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:26:48 PM
Here in the land of the small dogs, we occasionally have those who don't pick up after. It so happens that we are not alone. This is another local observation
But there may be a solution. Today Drudge
referenced this nice neighborhood and a possible way
to catch perps.
The editor and wife have two cats, so all such problems are kept at home. OK, occasionally the feral alley cats will take advantage of the backyard mulch, but that seems minor.Update:
There is a dog problem in the middle of Manhattan and they are doing
the DNA thing too. Can historical districts do it as well?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:37:52 PM
The editor doesn't know who he is. However, he checked the blog
frequently back in the day, and it was interesting. Not of direct interest to the Blagden Alley or Naylor Court folks, but some of the same experiences. Also, although it closed up shop in 2009, the editor still sees references to this blog from there.
So, since he seemingly disappeared but still appeared here and there, the editor tracked him down, and he has reappeared here
. It's about Trinidad, over in Ward 5.
The editor used to play (free, bar poker) with an MPD patrol sergeant from 5D who had Trinidad as his territory. The editor learned that it was not the tamest of places and didn't go there. That changed when a bathroom faucet began leaking.
It was a Home Depot store brand which didn't use the standard washers of prehistory. And, of course, they don't stock that part in stores. Neither did Seventeenth Street Hardware, although they did point him to the right place
. That's Twelfth and Florida, deep Trinidad.
He had to park a half block away, with this view
. That's renovation territory, if not full gentrification. The editor was happy to see it and will visit again.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 1:24:46 PM
The street view of google a maps streetview on M Street (her
It displays fine in Opera. FireFox doesn't like it. But it likes this
The editor uses IE about once a year under extreme duress, so no clue.
There. Isn't that better than some blog post about a white DC utility vehicle coming out of Shepherd's Alley at about 9:00 pm Sunday and heading to Ninth and M fast, hitting the light as it went red and going north up Ninth? Sure.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:20:53 PM
When “gentrification” is discussed, we usually think of what happened, not the other possibilities.
(For the moment, the editor would like to use gentrification
to mean fixing up a rundown neighborhood. “Rundown” isn’t just a few vacant houses. It means vacant lots, a crack house or two and not very promising businesses. That means many options for the neighborhood as to how those lots are filled and how those old buildings and warehouses are used.)1234 Ninth
For example, a nice big place in a rundown area usually means space for large crowds and plenty of parking, since there aren’t that many people around and the car might not be safe there anyway. That’s an opportunity for a go-go club. If not a go-go club per se
, but a place with dancing permitted and a liquor license. It can be rented to a promoter, who can fill it with twentyish types for a few nights a month. It can be very profitable. The neighborhood may get trashed, but that’s at 3:00am, so the operator can plead that it wasn’t his doing.
1234 Ninth Street was home for many years to City Lights, which supplied theatrical lighting for productions in the metropolitan area. The were rumored to have several million dollars worth of lighting equipment. They didn’t talk much. Then they moved somewhere, leaving a nice big place in a rundown area. From the July 1992 newsletter of that year:City Lights
Alton Gayle, AMG, Inc. came to seek Blagden Alley's approval for their liquor license. After some discussion, the Association voted to oppose the application for a liquor license. The vote was 16 opposed, 1 in favor and 2 abstentions.
After several months, the project died and City Lights sat vacant for a while It then housed street vendor carts for several years. It’s now an art gallery and fancy party place. The presence of a go-go club in the area in the early nineties would not have helped the area. Since it was in the early nineties that the new Convention Center site was effectively decided, this might have been important. (It sounds as if there is a minor league version of this on the 1300 block of Ninth. People have left the neighborhood because of it.)
Other roads not taken and mid-course corrections along the way include:Police
The Blagden Alley Naylor Court neighborhood had severe drug problems in the 80's and 90's. DC had as Police Commissioner a guy named Fulwood. Not the best Commissioner DC has ever had. A neighborhood can’t do much about that. A new 3D Commander at the time was utterly ineffective. The neighborhood complained to Jack Evans, as surely did probably everyone else in 3D. Then 6 months later there was a new commander. The editor never heard the details but he liked the result.
As a side note, the editor googled “fullwood dc” to check spelling and found this
.A charter School
A charter school of dubious effect on the neighborhood never happened a few years ago. A close call, but it did avoid locking in a problem and locking out better development on the 1200 block of Ninth Street. Square 369
In the late 80's or early 90's, there was a proposal for a non-profit type of office building on Square 369, where the Whitman now stands. It seems never to have gotten by the initial briefing to the neighborhood. At the time the editor thought that perhaps the development community had let the community out of the real estate version of leper colony. However, after that briefing no other proposals like it were floated for many years. The editor concluded that the Convention Center siting had been decided, and until it was built all commercial development in the area was frozen. No Whitman but a bland office building. Not a happy thought. Perhaps than there would have been no Quinceys and other fixups on the 1100 block of Tenth.Sometimes a Vacant Lot is Better
A totally inappropriate house, which would have made Bauhaus seem Rococo, was proposed for a long vacant lot on the 1200 block of Tenth. It was opposed and the lot is still just grass. The grass is prettier.Last thought
The editor thinks that one of the major problems in gentrification is impatience: The very understandable urge to get anything built, hoping for the betters. The editor believes that the local community has shown remarkable patience and has been rewarded for it. Sometimes the best answer is “no”.
Friday, June 10, 2011 2:35:58 PM
The editor dropped over to OneCup yesterday to get a Breakfast BLT. (The "Breakfast" means egg as well.) The DC Midcity was there. It's free. Done by the same people who do the Hill Rag and a couple of other free weeklies.
There was a column in it called "the Nose" entitled "Redistricting, It's a White Wash!" It had the usual drivel about how Evans is a racist and is picking on everyone. In it the editor learned that there are census "tracks". Perhaps like the Mommy and fast tracks. The editor found the logic intractable.
Something has happened over the twenty years or so, with emphasis on the last ten: The central city is getting built out. It added thousands of people while the rest of DC was relatively stable, although Ward 6 is obviously getting seriously built up with high rises too. If one looks at the condos and coops on Wisconsin and Connecticut Avenues and side streets, one can see where Ward 3 did the "built out" thing in the 90's. Hence, the ceding of 2 precincts to Ward 4 at the top and Georgetown to Ward 2 before that.
The gentrification of Logan Circle began in the 70's and the gentrification of the Blagden Alley and Naylor Court environs began in earnest in the early 80's. That doesn't mean population increase, but the renovation of (often abandoned) housing. With the accompanying decline in drug dealing and murder in the territory, it became safe to build the available zoning envelope. That is, a lot of condos and multi-unit rentals. That's the population spike relative to the rest of DC. That's mostly over.
One of the reasons for the initial gentrification is that renovation-possible housing was cheap and close to the core of the town. That housing is no longer cheap. Ward 6 is no longer cheap. That leaves Ward 5. The gentrifiers over there are paving the way for a possible spike a la Ward 2 in the 00's. It's getting safer. It's close. Who knows, in 10 years Truxton Circle may be in Ward 4.
The editor should not make development predictions, however. In the late 70's, when he was on the Foggy Bottom ANC (Chair two years, Treasurer two years, future wife, same thing) he was involved in serious development issues with a major player called George Washington University. At one of the meetings, their lead zoning lawyer Norman Glasgow (Sr) carefully explained to the young semi-politician that serious building had to occur in the GWU area since no development would ever occur east of Sixteenth Street. Glasgow was a straight shooter, and that is what he really believed. Look at where we all are now.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 5:51:46 PM
Just when we stop color coding our terror levels, DC starts color coding its scandals: Gray, Orange, Greene, and Brown. Many Browns.
At least it simplifies things.
On another note: If you look at the Ward 6 map in the previous post and squint your eyes a bit, it looks a PacMan about to devour Ward 2. OK. Maybe one must be of a certain age.
Monday, May 30, 2011 2:12:52 PM
Mari over at InShaw
had a nice pullout of the interesting parts of the current redistricting plan. The editor has copied it out and resized below
The original is here
The editor's guess of Ward 2 going north along Seventh until P or so and then going west is wrong. The left turn is at N. Since so much of the discussion so far seems to be that DC east of Ward 2 is on the wrong side of the river Styx and is in need of sympathy and help, what DC is doing to the Immaculate Conception Church seems unkind. Since the O Street project will someday have (a guess) one to two thousand residents, that may satisfy some redistricting need. The editor doesn't know. But the project itself guarantees that a major developer spends time in the Ward 6 Councilmember's office as opposed to Ward 2's office. That probably has some value.
Some folks are hyperventilating
. They should reach for a brown paper bag
. What the editor finds interesting is "A few residents think Mr Evans should give the Convention Center back to the Shaw community...". He is unaware that the Convention Center ever belonged to a community. Or, in fact, that Shaw is a "community". He's well aware that a number of efforts have been made to treat is as a neighborhood, but it's too darned big for that. Well, OK, greater Shaw is apparently smaller than he thought. Apparently the Convention Center west isn't part of historical Shaw in the quoted statement.
The editor can understand intense dislike of new boundaries. He had severe problems with the last round. That said, he handled it. He understood that many of his problems would be resolved by population gain to the west of the Convention Center.
There is another. perhaps unmentionable, problem: Not all councilmembers are equally competent. Some have not just a local view, but also a city wide view. Several don't. The Ward 5 councilmember has always been very locally focused. If nothing else, sitting in or testifying at at Council hearing on a downtown project brings it out. Some ask questions having to do with general benefit to DC as well as their ward. Others seems to have no idea or concern beyond their ward. Such councilmembers shouldn't get their hands on assets with city-wide import. Such assets aren't play toys.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:51:03 PM
Every 10 years we go through redistricting. If one is not on the boundary, it can be great entertainment. If you are, the previous sentence is not funny. It's also heartless.
The editor had suspicions a couple of years ago that Ward 2 (he would say Ward II, but some in the higher numbered wards would probably think that all of a sudden we had at least 11 wards, but he won't) was adding a ton of people, and would probably have tighter boundaries this round. He checked with Lt. Mike Smith, as the police probably track population closely, in part for resource allocation purposes. Mike said that he thought the population gain in PSA 207 was about 10,000. The editor relaxed, and decided that whatshisname would wind up in Ward 5 and would provide them excitement for the next 10 years.
The editor also knows someone who is in Ward 6, likes the community and has worked hard to make it a better place. He has a good chance of winding up in Ward 7. The editor wouldn't say he is going ballistic, since the guy is a professional arms dealer (the big stuff).
Be he is severely unhappy. He wonders why communities would be broken up. He's not politically naive, but really doesn't see it. The editor isn't sure he does, either, but redistricting isn't fun for the people doing it or undergoing it. If RFK Stadium is next door to your ward, and your ward has to expand geographically, that would be a plum. The concilmember would get to meet all those high-rollers who put on events at RFK. Who knows what that could lead to? Extra opportunities to improve the lives of citizens of the ward, for sure.
The editor and wife lived in Foggy Bottom and had a chance to renovate a rundown house on the 900 block of M Street. Back then, it wasn't historical, just old. We checked the boundaries, as John Wilson was our councilmember and we weren't leaving Ward 2. We checked out the zoning of those vacant lots above Mount Vernon Square. That was special use (the editor forgets the specific letter designation) with some mention of the expansion of UDC. We know how that turned out, but it's all been for the better.
Now, take off the hat of resident, community activist, tree box cultivator, whatever. Put on the hat of a mover and shaker in DC. Perhaps a real estate type, office developer, zoning lawyer, whatever. For the entire run of home rule (is that supposed to be capitalized?) you've dealt with John Wilson and Jack Evans as the ward councilmember. Both are about as competent at dealing with the serious development issues of downtown DC as have ever been on the council. The editor is talking politics in the good sense, with no overtones.
Now imagine these folks getting wind of the Convention Center sliding into Ward 5. The phone lines would burn up. So the Ward 2 boundaries will probably include the CC, the O Street thing, and Ward 2 will give away the more purely residential territories on the periphery. The editor is guessing that some communities will straddle ward boundaries, and will carry on quite well. After all, every 10 years those boundaries do move.
So Ward 2 will always be "downtown", and probably have (with perhaps a hiccup or two) a quite competent councilmember.
And no, the police district boundaries won't change. The districts were intentionally not eight in number to avoid have and district beholden to a single councilman. This is not Chicago.
The editor is also guessing that he has some readers fuming by now.
Monday, May 23, 2011 2:34:22 PM
Some pictures of Blagden Alley at about 7 last Friday evening:
Looking north from the south end of the Alley:
The LongView is on the right side of the alley here, almost to the end.
A bit closer:
Obviously, there was a shindig earlier. Fancy one. (OK, that means more than a keg of Miller Lite.)
Turning left we have
The opening on the right was also having a small (catered) thing, probably to kick off a new phase of construction for the new 24 restaurant. (The editor likes the number 24. It was a fun series. 24 is also a "fasctorial
". It's not a perfect number
, though. That's 28, albeit a small one.)
One notes the probable difficulty of a fire engine negotiating the alley, either to the backs of the business on Hinth Street or the residences on the north side of 900 M or 900 N.
Going to the center of the alley we have:
and, looking north:
A parked (perked?) car, no driver at this point.
The editor has had fires, either in his house or close by. They are frightening. Many of the older houses have some susceptibility to fires, given that over the years birds have built nests which have managed to fall between the exterior brick and the wood framing. That's dry straw. Add in an idiot taking paint off with a propane torch, and a single spark falling between said bricks and there is a fire, which will be visible several hours later.
The editor was told by someone who was there that a Fire Marshall and a guy from the Mayor's office were there and tickets were handed out. The editor suspects that it was the Ward 3 Constituent Service guy who is filling in for the Ward 2 person who is on vacation and was who at the Blagden Alley meeting Thursday evening and who was really good. The editor. unfortunately forgot his name, but he tried to call the general number (727-6900) of the Executive Office of the Mayor. After 15 ringy dingies he gave up. But it does say that someone downtown is doing a solid job.
Friday, May 20, 2011 2:11:05 PM
Picking up on a post at RenewShaw
, the editor recalled some old photos he hadn't scanned yet:
One other unscanned such was
after a community cleanup in Blagden Alley. OK, just kidding about the cleanup. But it really was Blagden Alley, and that trash pile (barrel fire fuel storage) was year round.
These were taken on or before March 1987. The "before" means that now the editor has no idea how long the film sat in the KitchenAid before developing. Probably not more than several months.
Speaking of the KitchenAid: It finally died a few months ago, after more than thirty years. They don't make 'em like that anymore.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:32:35 PM
Alem has this up at OneCup. This is a bit lower density than the actual photo. One of the children in it left it, and should have a name and more in a month or two. The editor has added a bit of contrast to the original for the internet [sic, the unix people avoided upper cased].
The editor always thought that the Royalton was where these townhouses were. The editor's wife thinks it was more up toward Shepherds Alley, but not on the Mount Vernon Plaza side of the alley.
It's interesting to have the wrong idea for thirty years of he history of what you've lived across from.
Monday, April 11, 2011 4:36:48 PM
The editor got a phone call from James Harper at Hensel Phelps (General Contractor on the Convention Center Hotel). His people don't think it was them. The editor is in the process is shipping all photos taken and hoping Earthlink doesn't barf at a l'il 'ol 54MB email attachment.
Harper said they didn't recognize the names on the the pictures. And he also sent
their "loading sheet" for that time.
To the editor, it doesn't match the trucks or number of trucks of last Friday morning. Harper also mentioned that they had to explain to a whole load of drivers that they weren't the City Center, which apparently has just started serious excavation. Harper was really unhappy that the bird-flipping dirver might one of "theirs".
The editor saw the trucks turn right on M south, and at least one go into the CCH site, and that certainly explains it.
The quick community-oriented response of HP was impressive.
Probably more to come. The editor wonders if the City Center thing has a community outreach capability comparable with the CCH committee and HP>
Monday, April 11, 2011 3:59:47 PM
The editor had his car (the Saab without the FONZ sticker) parked at the easternmost legal parking spot on the north of the 900 block of M Street a week ago Friday evening. The one closest to Modern Liquor. Sometime that night, this happened:
The editor saw it about 7:30am on his way back from One Cup Saturday morning. A contractor working on 901 M said it was OK at 9:00 or so the night before. He noticed it Saturday morning. He said he's learned to look at cars parked at corners. A lot of them seem to have been recently sideswiped as the drivers start their turns too early.
The right side turn thingy and the panel had some damage:
The interesting thing was that, because of springines of modern side mirrors, the debris was thrown backwards:
The editor called 911. (311 is a waste of time, but the editor called anyway.) Officer Leo of 3D took the details, and gave a case number.
The editor then called the insurance company. Travelers.
The lady on the phone was clear, thorough, and very professional. The editor picked the Falls Church Auto Body Shop. Turns out there is a little Travelers office right there. Showed up at 9:30 and was out in a rental by 10:30-11:00. The rental was a Chevrolet Malibu. Typical rental car. The editor doesn't have a problem with them in places like Phoenix, where the roads are straight and wide and parking spaces are ample. In DC, it's like piloting the Queen Mary on a slalom run. Work.
By Friday morning, the editor retrieved his car. Like new. Said an extra thanks or two to the Travelers people. The are courteous, efficient, and very, very coordinated.
Friday, April 8, 2011 5:47:37 PM
This being nice is for the birds, but the the editor will stick with it for a bit longer.Way back
on December 12, 2010, DDOT said no dump trucks outside of designated routes, and that those routes didn't include any residential streets, such as M, N, O, or P.
Well, that sure changed. Welcome to M Street at 07:30am this morning.
and some ID's:
and a show of support for the residents:
Until MPD starts handing out moving violations of this
The editor is not as sure as before that DDOT propaganda or Hensel-Phelps soft promises can be trusted.Update
The post above has been updated here.
And the editor guesses that more is to come.
Monday, March 21, 2011 3:35:11 PM
The editor didn't really take notes, but he remembers two topics standing out.
First, there were a lot of "new" people there, which means people who haven't been to a meeting before, but who may have lived in the neighborhood for a few months or a year or two. One of the things that means is that many haven't heard from folks who've been here a while about living in the neighborhood. In particular, about TFA, or "theft from auto". That's for leaving a laptop visible in your car. It can cost a new window (assuming you've locked your car) and a new laptop. It's really, really tough for the police to prevent because it happens so fast and the perp is long gone. In this neighborhood, we get a lot of those, but mostly to foreigners (not DC, MD, or VA tags) and new people. The foreigners get hit because they perps are pretty sure that someone from Ohio won't come all the way back for a court trial and the newbies because they have provided an irresistible occasion of sin to the perp.
If you leave it visible in your car, it's going to walk. Perhaps not in the fancier spots of Ward Three, but just about anywhere in Ward Two, including downtown or a parking lot. If you park, put your laptop in the trunk, and leave the car, it's just as stupid. If you need to do the trunk thing, put it in the trunk a few blocks away. The neighborhood's not really dangerous, but don't get stupid. Basic rule.
Second, most of the meeting concerned the Mood Lounge at 1318 Ninth Street, formerly EFN, and BeBar, and vacant property prior to that, the editor guesses. The manager of said place was there, along with a lawyer and a couple of assistants. Many of the nearby neighbors were also there.
The Mood Lounge sounds like of those places that is screaming to get itself shut down. They draw a crowd guaranteed to wake up half the neighborhood at 3:30 in the morning. That is unsustainable. The normal course is to get the place to agree to certain restrictions, perhaps at ABRA (OK, it used to be the ABC, which everyone, everywhere understands as the booze board). That agreement will fall apart. There may be another try. Finally, the various authorities will convince the place to close. Perhaps it will be by severe police presence, cramping the style (business model) of the place. Perhaps by ticketing and towing cars and convincing the customers to take their business elsewhere. The one thing that normal people would think would make a difference is shame. It doesn't phase businesses like Mood Lounge.
Note to the neighbors: This too will pass, although not as soon as you'd like. When the O Street Market thing
gets near completion, the businesses on Ninth will be higher end, interested in higher income customers and the long haul. At the moment, those businesses would have a hard time. Most of the long term residents have survived a couple of years of this kind of thing. Not pleasant, but it pays off in the end.
Monday, March 21, 2011 2:41:31 PM
of Naylor Court emailed this
on an attack on the 1300 block of Ninth Street. The editor guesses he missed it in the WaPo this am.
The editor doesn't recall such crime there recently, but he would avoid the 1300 and 1400 block of Ninth late at night for the next few years. After that, with the new Giant up, the whole atmosphere of that area will change. For one thing, there will be enough paying customers that many of the now underused retail space will be developed and there will be many, many more folks on the street at all hours. And lots of small dogs, too.
But it does remind the editor that he wanted to say something about last Thursday's Blagden Alley and Naylor Court Associations meeting, which he will do next.
Friday, February 25, 2011 2:53:13 PM
NSFW only in certain parts of the DC gubmint.Here.
Friday, February 25, 2011 2:32:40 PM
Went to the monthly Blagden Alley meeting last night. As usual, a very good update on what's happening in the neighborhood. (The current web site is getting a makeover soon.)
The police report was interesting. Not a whole lot of new crime, except that burglaries are up. There is a new condo somewhere just outside the Blagden alley and Naylor Court neighborhood. They have secure doors, but no security cameras. Some bad guy gets in and takes stuff from the units. I think Officer Daee said the count was to 11 so far. The condo board board doesn't want to spend the $1K or so to put up one camera and record who goes in and out. The editor has been the president of a condo board in his lifetime. Condo boards are tight. Loose doesn't get elected.
The editor, way back in his Foggy Bottom days, did many things having to do with politics, such as putting fliers under doors in condos and apartment buildings. There wasn't one apartment on condo without a front desk that he couldn't get into, simply by being patient and looking like he lived there. If there were security cameras, he wouldn't have done it, although he would have stood outside the front door and handed out the fliers. That, however, misses a lot of people and takes longer.
What he is saying is that the dear folks in that condo had better bite the bullet and get the camera or two needed. Someone is going to encounter the perp and get hurt. If the perp is never there, it's a crime that never happened. Hard to measure but nice.
Friday, February 18, 2011 3:40:44 PM
One of the problems with the neighborhood is that there is not enough public grass to keep the horde of dogs from the condos satisfied. But there is sidewalk:
This is from a couple of days ago in front of 907 M.
Actually, most of the dog walkers who carry those little baggies use them. To the select few, they are just a fashion accessory.
Friday, February 18, 2011 3:33:20 PM
The editor has been getting things like this for many years, and has supposed that he is not alone.
Obviously, computer generated. And there must be some hits somewhere in the territory, or these things would stop. Or so it would seem.
The editor wonders if the Annandale tycoon sends these to Georgetown. Even South Arlington is fancy now. Perhaps from his office in a strip mall on Little River Turnpike everything else looks gentrified.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 4:10:00 PM
The editor was out exercising the camera this morning about 7:45am. He walked up Ninth to M Street, and saw something he doesn't recall: Total meltdown in 18-wheeler staging discipline for the Convention Center. The last time he saw this was here
, about three years ago at this time of year.
Trucks all the way down the 900 block of M:
Normally, the trucks are supposed stand by farther out New York Avenue. This time they did it under the M Street tunnel. It essentially closed off the eastbound lane of the 700-800 block of M Street.
A police utility vehicle was forced to do the traffic equivalent of go up the down staircase (not that he stopped, or anything):
And some poor little sports car must have been late for something really important.
The editor just bets that the traffic management types at the convention center were blindsided by this. He would just love to hear the phone calls to the people organizing the trucks. Then again, it's probably just bleep
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 3:42:34 PM
It's been about four years since Mayor Fenty walked out after a Blagden Alley and Naylor Court meeting at the Whitman to a vacant, impromptu parking lot of broken concrete and dubious provenance and was told that the community would love to have a pocket park there, fenced, for the new children in the neighborhood. He said yes.
And here we are. The amount of work, including volunteer, would be difficult to estimate. Since the editor would get most of the names right, he'd miss some and mangle who did what too often, so he'll leave it at this: Initially, Joe Martin and Mark Bjorge of Fenty's staff, Jack office, especially Jack and Michele Molotsky, and Amy Bryant, Terri Payne, and Alex Hanna locally. Of course, Jim Loucks, who has made more difference in this neighborhood than anyone understands.
Wow. Good things do happen!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 3:25:36 PM
This is the sign facing west at the corner of Tenth and M, NW. The "No Thru Trucks over 1 1/4 Capacity" has been then there for years, even before the current convention center began construction, if the editor remembers correctly. The "No Buses" has been there since the early days of the convention center. (Wonder why?) It spent a couple of years upside down, but it looks right now.
3D really doesn't like to ticket violators since it's a moving violation. That gets the driver's Commercial Drivers Licence (CDL) yanked, and that's draconian. At times there has been discussion of ticketing the company, but that has fizzled out so far. While a company could trash the ticket the first time, the second time they would have to get the truck (or tour bus) out of impound. Or something. It isn't just neighborhood aesthetics and safety. Theoretically there is some concern on the part of the authorities about very heavy trucks on roads not built for that stress.
We'll get back to this in a minute.
Friday, February 4, 2011 6:51:35 PM
Some neighbors in Raleigh
got a bit uppity and challenged their DOT. Competently. That is apparently unfair.
One hopes that our traffic nomenklatura
doesn't see this article. We've seen enough traffic management plans attached to major projects (who said only software companies produced "vaporware"?) that occasionally the locals put up competing ideas. Expertly. Apparently skill is illegal in some places.
Friday, January 28, 2011 3:26:55 PM
The editor dutifully attended. One, because he is interested in things such as community impact (i.e., how bad is it going to screw up parking in the near term and upgrade Ninth Street in the longer term.) And two, it’s one way to put something useful in the blog. The December meeting was covered here
The agenda was (with some elisions):
• Project Status from Hensel Phelps
• HP Intros
• Updated Jobsite Photos
• Monthly Project Status Report
• New and Open Community Issurs and Status
• Status Report, DDOT (James Cheeks).
• Remarks, Jack Evans
• Remarks, DPW William Howland (i.e., parking issues around the site)
• Feedback of survey of meeting dates
• New Issues
Jack was running late so he went toward last. He did his fairly standard spiel on the state of finances and downtown projects in the District, which is always useful.
And then meeting took a different course. There are several provisions for training District residents and hiring them as the hotel is built and when it begins operation. A "good" thing. Let’s just say that there were several people from other parts of town concerned with this aspect of the new CCH, and the whole idea that the CCH was to be a benefit to the city disappeared for a while. Many in the audience seemed most concerned with how the take from the project for the training and jobs thing could be maximized. The editor also had that impression from a few of the Councilmembers when he testified in favor of the CCH here
. (It seems so long ago.)
The editor believes in transparency. This jobs and training part of this project in the District is mostly mentioned in passing when it’s discussed in a general setting. The editor has the feeling that it’s bigger than we think. Hensel Phelps and Marriott have to factor in the training costs, the costs of hiring many not quite up to speed personnel and the attendant handlers and lawyers to make sure the “right thing” is done that it probably adds several million to the cost of the project and the on-going operation by Marriott.
It would be nice to see that number broken out, as there is a jobs number but not a dollar amount. Surely HP and Marriott have projected the costs, probably having done such things elsewhere. They surely have a carefully budgeted number. It would be nice to know that. But it’s buried in the overall cost to Marriott and the District. Don’t forget, we the taxpayers here have a large piece of the action. What we have in an off-the-books welfare (okay, “job training”) program of non-trivial size buried in project, which we are paying for. The editor recalls an old IBM salesman joke about burying expenses
. It’s what the project is doing.Begin Rant
One of the of differences between government thinking and that of the competitive world is that competence is priced differently. In the private world, one wants people competent enough to get the job done while paying the least amount. In the government world, many, many job descriptions can be filled with a range of competent people and the job can still be done. In the private world, there is competition, and the company which can more closely match competence and job pay and requirements over time will thrive more than many competitors.
The recent proposed 20%-70% hiring
requirement for contractors doing work in DC is an attempt to bury serious extra employment costs in project prices. The editor considers it insane. Those extra costs will show up, either in higher taxes, lower bond ratings, or simply things that don’t happen because business is more profitable and transparent across the Potomac River.
The editor also remembers the 1980's living in 3D. We had a number of police officers of questionable honesty at the time, a lot new hires. There was, at the time, a very, very strong push for local hiring, almost to the exclusion of other considerations. Thus, vetting was not what it should have been. Over time, and better management in the MPD, that seems to have disappeared. It would be nice if it stays that way.End Rant
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 6:49:47 PM
The editor lives on the 900 block of M Street, NW. No, not the Whitman. So he shovels a lot of snow. But there is a problem. M Street sidewalks are very busy, almost 24/7. So by the time he gets out to shovel, it isn't snow anymore. It's tightly packed snow, almost at over chilled Haagen Dasz density. Those standard snow shovels just don't do well.
He has learned that the standard square point shovel works rather well. It also worked rather well on the ice yesterday. (The editor had an ice breaker until last year when he loaned it to a neighbor. He forgets which neighbor, and the neighbor probably forgets where it is, as well.) It also works well when the snow is really dense and heavy. It has a nice long handle, so it's easy on the back. The editor has an aversion to the short shovels with D handles, not being a Hobbit.
One doesn't think of it as a "snow" shovel, but it does well. It is also good for mixing mortar or concrete, of course, but clean thoroughly immediately. And a quick coat of WD40 will make last forever.
Monday, January 10, 2011 4:08:37 PM
The editor's wife spotted what she thought was an "Aggregate Concrete" truck going east on Ninth Street onto Ninth last Tuesday at about 10:00am. It had blue or light blue lettering, and the number 472. It headed north on Ninth, so it was not a new Convention Center Hotel problem. But it's still illegal on 900 M Street. FWIW, a quick check shows an Aggregate Concrete in Fort Washington.
After the start of construction for the CCH and one day of dump trucks, have not seen a single concrete truck except this one. The CCH folks must be cracking a serious whip on their contractors. Good for them.
The editor expects flareups of earth moving and concrete trucks hitting local (and posted) streets like M, N, and O during the next year or two, given all of the upcoming major construction. If the management of the other projects is as attentive as the CCH people appear to be, problems will be resolved quickly. Too many of those trucks on residential roads will, at the very least, stress minor roads severely, to say nothing of the truck width and maneuverability on narrow streets.
The editor and wife got two phone survey calls last week. Refused both.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2:41:26 PM
Warning: No local content here.
Way back, before he got married, the editor used to have a black and white television set. Back then the local educational channel (this is before it went "public") had "The Two Ronnnies" on a regular basis. This was about the funniest show on television. And probably the bawdiest.
Apparently, they are still around, this time in the computer business:
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 2:35:28 PM
Wednesday, one week after the TCP meeting posted immediately below.
Editor gets into car, parked eastbound in front of the Whitman. The editor is going to the car wash. As he gets in, he notices (hard not to) a concrete truck going by on M Street.
Number one, that's a ticketable offense. But the editor is more suspicious than that. So he postpones the wash for a few minutes and follows the truck down Ninth to L, where it is welcomed onto the CCH site by their traffic director. The truck was a Tiger company truck, either 06 or 09. The editor forgets.
The editor does not recall M Street as being on the fancy diagram at the meeting, any part of it. But, of course, "earth moving" trucks, were the subject of the meeting. Not concrete trucks. Maybe the editor is missing something.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 3:15:49 PM
The Editor attended the Convention Center Headquarters Hotel Ad Hoc Subcommittee lsst Wednesday evening (Dec. 15). The main topic was the presentation of the Traffic Control Plan by Hensel Phelps, the contractor for the hotel. (So now you know what those “HP” graffiti on the Jersey barriers stand for.) Tony Giancolla, who represents DC on the Metro Board, chairs these meetings.
Herewith some notes, with only an occasional TLA.
From HP, there were:
Program Manager: Joel Douglass
General Superintendent: Kenny Arnold
Community Development Manager, Subcontracts: Charles Eaton
Community Development Advisor: James Harper (also community outreach)
Project Engineer: Melissa Kristofferson
Now 41 months to completion.
No pile drivers, different construction method.
When construction really begins rolling (it’s in prep, now): An earth moving truck every 4 minutes, about 120 per day. When the construction goes vertical, as opposed to just down 110 feet (which is about 40 feet below the water level), it’s 30 more trucks per day.
The project can hold 58 trucks at a time.
PM (Program Manager) Douglass says HP Personnel and contractors will not use the local neighborhood for parking.
CDA Harper: the TCP includes employee and truck parking and routes the trucks can use for getting into and out of town.
PM Douglass: DDOT is also “partner” to HP for this project in many ways.
Karina Ricks (Associate Director for the Policy, Planning and Sustainability Administration, District Department of Transportation) pointed out that the O Street Market
construction is getting up to speed and the and the City Center
starts April. In other words, the troubles caused for those commuting from upstream is just going to get worse.
DDOT if going for a overall and on-going plan including many projects and truck routes. Also, a permit for a dump (OK, “earth moving”) truck includes “approved” trucking routes. Free lancing apparently gets the permit yanked, or something. Ricks promised “heavy enforcement” on the truck routes, which makes sense. Imagine the complaints from all over the city if these big guys wandered all over the place. Also, the wear and tear on minor roads is a concern.
HP: Signs being taken off Ninth Street sidewalk (1100 block) and moved out behind the orange barriers in the streets. More visible to traffic, less hassle to pedestrians. But it does probably endanger those little dogs which will have to go out into the street for their business.
DPW tickets in residential areas. Said they would add enforcement for new projects.
Discussion of wear on streets by trucks: HP must restore to now original in local area.
Discussion of pedestrian safety, and especially the marked pedestrian go/no go areas. Ricks: Dump trucks have a lot of blind spots. Don’t push it. The way she said it wasn’t perfunctory. Sounds as if she has seen things or heard stories of unfortunate happenings.
Friday, December 17, 2010 3:21:21 PM
Last night the editor received another call during dinner from DHS. This makes 5 so far. This was "Michael". When told that the editor was not going to do a survey, Michael got a bit huffy and asked for justification for not taking the survey. The editor hung up.
This DHS obsession was previously addressed in a previous post
. While the editor finds some surveys in the electoral season fun, inquisitions by a local government which addresses you by name is creepy.
It would be interesting to find out who is managing this survey and what pressures he (or she, of course) is under. The editor does not recall this sort of thing happening before. But Michael and Bethany are strict orders to get all of a certain list of people interrogated, apparently.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 4:30:05 PM
The editor got two dinner-time calls last evening from some survey outfits. He politely, but firmly, said no. It almost seems as if there is a survey call an evening. One was from the DC Department of Health and Human Services. They wanted to know how healthy the editor's household was. The caller seemed miffed that the editor didn't want to give his government his health status.
Is it something in the air? The editor is curious about the number of surveys. He always thought they were somewhat expensive, so some outfits are still spending. And of course he thought he was on the "No Call" list. Apparently surveys are as exempt as political robocalls. Don't we miss those!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 3:33:04 PM
In a conversation last night with someone new to the neighborhood, it occurred to the editor that many people have not heard of the collapse of the Convention Center during construction. So the editor went to his old picture file, and found these:
The morning after, from 905 M Street:
And a bit later when the tower crane was put up to help with the deconstruction:
And what the still standing steel looked like about then:
That building on the right became Breakwells and then First Cup.
The editor found this
referring to the mishap.
A few days later one of the steel workers was in Modern Liquors and said he'd seen such before. If the editor remembers correctly, it was something about the steel being put up first with some give so that when everything is hooked up the structure can be tightened into exact alignment. So there is a few day period between hookup and complete tightening. When it is not entirely tight, and there is a windstorm such that a resonant frequency
(with more on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge) is hit, then problems can occur, even though they are rare. A short film on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is here
Friday, November 26, 2010 3:38:47 PM
The people in the Blagden Alley and Naylor Court ares seem more Metro (subway) than Metro (bus) oriented. And many of the offices folks around here work at are in walking distance, roughly speaking. So when the editor did a thing on our coming four year traffic jam here
, he was thinking more of the people driving in from Silver Spring, Damascus, or wherever up there
He has a site meter on the blog (it's free, why not?) which shows recent visits and which web page referred the visitor. (More is available, but cost extra.) Over the last few days he has had scads of hits from this post
, The comments about new disruption of the bus system coming through here is fascinating, but not surprising. The editor was sure this introduction of chaos to the lives of people in Petworth
was covered in the traffic management for the Convention Center Hotel and an FYI given to the Metro system, and then he remembered: There is no traffic management plan.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 4:44:46 PM
Apparently we're going to get talking buses. Actually, it sounds more like nagging buses. Here's a official video
of how wonderful they are. Here's
a more jaundiced view of what happens when bureaucrats have too much time on their hands.
Many vehicles, from 18-wheelers to dump trucks to commuter buses all travel DC streets and negotiate turns. The editor doesn't recall many, if any, local news reports on the drivers hitting pedestrians on a regular basis. Perhaps the drivers have been paying attention.
The editor has noticed that government vehicles all have the "we're the most important vehicle on the road" attitude. Buses have those yellow lights on the front roof saying "here I am". DC police always leave a light on. If this talking bus thing survives, then the local Polizei will have to blast "support community policing" twice a block. Perhaps they could change the message every other block.
The editor has a problem with the lights. He frequently drives downtown. There are often sirens and sometimes fast moving traffic and some guy changing lanes unexpectedly and an other guy crossing in the middle of the block. You hear the siren and try to figure where it is and if you have to get out of the way. You look for the flashing lights and still keep your main focus on the road and traffic around you. Then you spot a red or blue light in the mirror for a fraction of a second. You pay more attention and that light disappears behind a truck. Was that the emergency vehicle? After trying to see it again, you see it's just a scout car with the Ramsey lights on. But the siren sounds closer. Another flashing light. It's dusk, so driving is not quite as easy as broad daylight. Again, the light goes in and out behind traffic. Oh, it's just one of those Metro buses.
Emergency lights are there for a reason: There's an emergency. The "hey, look at me" lights are often a serious distraction, and they should be turned off. If those talking buses drive by the home of the Metro Board members at all hours of the night maybe there will be some satisfaction. They should still shut up. Spend the money on driver training.
Monday, November 22, 2010 4:46:10 PM
You might check out this blog post
on a bike riding accident. Doesn't make 3D look too good.
Yes, I know that there's always a comment about "it's really your fault for riding the bike. Most bike riders are whack jobs" from somebody. Most DC bike riders are perfectly sane and do pay attention to traffic and the rules, however. Now, the messengers on track bikes
downtown are a different story. They also generally very skilled riders.
Saturday, November 20, 2010 4:34:15 PM
Okay, it’s not as musical as Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
From the discussion at the Blagden Alley and Naylor Court Association meeting Thursday night, it sounds as if we may be the center of a four year traffic jam, at least during rush hour. Part of the severity is simply construction requirements for the new convention center hotel and thus unavoidable. Another part will probably be lack of planning.
Richard Neidich, the President of the Association, has always had this thing for traffic control plans (TCP), from the construction of the new convention center to the new convention center hotel. There was a TCP for the convention center. Many said there was one for the new construction.
That was probably a fib. There is a one page CAD drawing of the barriers and restricted lanes. Whether or not the developer needs two lanes in the 1000 block of Ninth southbound in the near future is an open question. But they’ve taken two, presumably for the full four years. (Technically, it’s 42 months. The editor guessing that the over-under is closer to 45 to 48 months. But we’ll see.) Already L street jams at certain times, and N has already jammed in the 900 and 1000 blocks during the morning rush. As the inbound commuters learn that it’s probably easier to take the Beltway from Silver Spring around to I295 and then back north into the District, some of this pressure may diminish.
Richard also asked the authorities at Thursday night’s Traffic Management Committee where the snow would be put if plowing the 900 block of L Street. The answer he got was a “Duh?” As things stand, it’s called bring in the dump trucks and front loaders, because a lot of the snow has no other was out, at least if you don’t consider a former mayor’s option of “it will melt”.
Where is the snow plowed to in the 900 block of L Street?
And please note that those are residents' cars and residential parking is presious around here.
The upshot of all this is that the convention center hotel developers seem to have carefully considered what they need to build their structure efficiently and have left the District to fend for itself on daily traffic flow. But perhaps that’s wrong. Perhaps the various authorities in the development team and the District Department of Transportation can see what would be need to make things a bit better and have decided that might get them into heated discussions with affected parties, discussions conveniently avoided.
So for the next four years we will be made famous on the traffic reports.
Thursday, November 11, 2010 6:40:21 PM
The editor was reading this
from "the waiter". It's a blog the waiter started when he was a waiter in a fancy New York restaurant or two. Now his first book, on waiting and tipping, has made enough money that he doesn't wait anymore. But he writes well.
So the editor thinks he has seen a local version and googles "at Blagden Alley". He gets some hits. One, the now defunct "Flats at Blagden Alley"
and also pulls up the "City Market at O"
"At Naylor Court" gets only stuff such as "Officers attended the scene at Naylor Court", but it's the one in England. Not at Fancy Lofts or Estates or Whatever around here.
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