First a plea……

As part of my duties with the U Street Neighborhood Association, I will be organizing this summer’s film series in Harrison Park. If you are interested in helping to pick the movies and organize, please leave a comment below and I will contact you with the details of our meeting on Wed Feb 29. We are building on a lot of great work by Jon Kardon so it should be a lot of fun. Second point, I am doing this at my real estate office with a really old version of explorer so I have to insert all the links instead of hyperlink pages. Please be patient. BUT there is lots going on….. 

Real Estate: For those of you reading this blog from outside the neighborhood wishing they could move into the neighborhood, here is Borderstan’s selection of the cheapest properties around:

Building? DC has the second highest level of construction activity in the country. It’s not a surprise if you look out over the city and see a dozen huge cranes building the new City Center, Homeland Security at St Elizabeths, etc. Urbanturf also dubs 9th Street as the new “It” zone.

 I think it will more likely be closer to us: CityMarket at O,  and all the buildings on 14th Street.

While I’m on 14th, the ugly building at 1728-36 14th Street is up for sale. I have to saty I have no idea what purpose this building served. It looked like a urban monastery. It coudl house another 65 condos!

On newly built construction, the U Street Town Residences at 1900 Vermont will have an open house this weekend. It seems a bit over priced and over built for the neighborhood but I’ll be stopping by on Saturday to check them out:

Anyone dying to live in a converted church (which has always be a fantasy of mine) should look at the Church at 13th & Irving. It’s on sale for a paltry $1.2 Million which is half what they were asking for it in 2008!

Looking to rent on U? PoP has a rental option near 17th but it seems kind of dark:

So the media ( WTOP was playing it up too not just Borderstan) has been playing up that a former employee of Ben’s Chili Bowl is opening up another hot dog joint on H Street near where Ben’s is opening its first franchise. Battle of the hot dogs!  The Ex is saying he wants to expand the menu. I think the reason Ben’s does so well is that its a DC institution that draws lots of tourists. H Street locations would not be drawing tourists…..

Exciting news! To follow up on yesterday’s article about the new Howard Theater, they have announced Wanda Sykes will open the venue on April 13th! Some may remember Wanda filmed a comedy special at the Lincoln a few years ago so it’s good to have her back:

Business news: The Pig, coming to 14th street,  will serve vegetarian options though I am not sure how many vegetarians woudl want to go to a place clled the Pig. 

Nearby, the District rentals will have a Southeast Asian restaurant from the owners of Estadio. I hope they have take out for the renters upstairs:

Italy Pizza is now serving coffee whcih they have piled in the window. Hopefully its a yummy Italian expresso blend: 

Yummy! While the I Scream shop on U/13th (formerly Maggie Moos), is debating whether to convert to a liquor store, we will be enjoying a new frozen yogurt place behind Bohemian Caverns formerly a clothing store:

Local Art: Has anyone seen the new mural at 7th & Florida? I walked by last night and didn’t see it: Thanks to the artist who put up the pictures on the former future Utopia buildings on 14th south of U.

For the ‘Mos in the crowd, an interesting tidbit. Apex, (Nee Badlands), is reopening as a Lesbian Bar! The bar / disco of 1980s fame at P and 23rd went out of business last summer. Phase 1, formerly the only lesbian bar in DC located down near the Marine barricks on 8th Street SE, will be moving into the new space. I wish them well.

Sad news: The Mid City Business Association is going “dormant” The MCBA which organizes the Dog Days festival in August every year has been having problems financing itself. A few board members are going back to the drawing board to come up with a feasible business model for the association:

Good Idea: Check your voter status in the District. Since we are already disenfranchised, you better make sure that your vote counts when you do cast it:

Interesting concept: Living Social, the DC based deal aggregator, has opened up a storefront where they can offer classes and host events. It’s at 9th & F:

Also interesting: H Street will get performance parking. $.75 per hour during the day and $2.00 per hour at night with residents excepted:

Proud Fact: Despite having super long commutes, DC is third in Public Transportation use:

Teaser for next month: U Street Nghbd Assn is hosting a meet & greet with all the candidates for the At Large City Council seat. It’ll be 7 pm on Thursday, March 8th at the Source Theater. Read up on Sekou Biddle:

Also…. DC may be tempted to move the Redskin training camp from Ashburn to a new development near the waterfront in DC:


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