Hood Happenings

Congrats to Nellies for best neighborhood restaurant and Bar Pilar for best scene. There seems to be a lot in our hood. Bar di Bari opens on 14th.

The old Jeremiah Shopping center is adding a market as well with booze. Soon we’ll be awash in markets. From none to tons.

Is it right that a man took the decoration of the DuPont Circle metro into his own hands.

To get out those aggressions, maybe we can help destroy some of the neighborhood landmarks like the NPR building and Atlantic plumbing.

Good news if you break down on the bike trail on the way to work. There are new rangers to help you out.

Suburbs, Retirement Communities, Don’t expect to resell at a big profit

This is a problem I first encountered 4-5 years ago. I was in Florida visiting my Aunt & Uncle when they said that people are having a very hard time selling their units in their retirement community. I thought it was just the recession. Turns out it may be more of a generational issue.

Younger people don’t want big huge houses in the middle of a subdivision miles from the store. They are willing to compromise on space in order to walk to work or the store, have restaurants and nightlife nearby.

In may be the generation whose parents struggled to buy a house with land and good schools are finding that their kids would rather live closer to friends than face a long commute. Back when the cities were crime ridden and dangerous, no one wants to risk their family by moving in. Now the original benefit of close living are re-appearing: public transportation, entertainment, medical care, etc.

I predict that the suburbs will continue to decline but the secondary home market will improve as people look for weekend escapes. We shall see.

 

Commentary

I think this is outrageous. How can you allow 37 new apartments in an area 5-7 blocks from the Metro WITHOUT PARKING? I am all for residents without cars. I went carless for 4 years but I think this is just stupid. You cannot expect people in 37 apartments will go without a car OR that local garages would rent to those if the did have a car. There are no local lots for people to put their cars. I think this is a gross invasion by developers.

Case in point: The Scottish Rite Temple on 16th. They should have 100 parking spaces for the number of people who work there but only have 50. To add another 50 would eliminate some of the fantastic outdoor space they share with the neighborhood. They (long standing residents/ buildings) in the neighborhood deserve to have waivers for a conditioned that is grandfathered in anyway. Apartment buildings of 37 units do not deserve to build without parking. It should be one of the costs of building.

An example of how busy the neighborhood is getting, 2 restaurants at 14th & R are getting outdoor seating and Ted’s Bulletin (I don’t understand the name either) at 14th and Swann will open shortly drawing more pissed off people because there is no place to park.

To be a grumpy old man about it: While Teds and the new Bake Shop at 14th and T proclaim themselves to be bakeries, neither sells bread a fact that annoys me.

BTW very excited to see the 15th Street bikeway getting repaved. Potholes were making it a hazard.

Closer to 9th /U Streets the city has authorized a second U Street Farmers market in the old thieves market space on the SE corner of 9th & U. Something called Riddim is coming to U Between 10/11 which will give the yogurt place a run for the money.