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Art in the City by Jim Magner

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The Poetic Hill by Karen Lyon

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Expanding Bike Lanes by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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Good Looks, Long Lasting, Undemanding Ornamental Grasses by Rindy O’Brien

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Expanding Bike Lanes: Understanding the Role of The Public in DDOT’s Public Engagement by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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Opinion: Those Opposed to Bike Lanes Are Not Anti-Safety – In Response to Amber Gove by Jack Penkoske

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The ABC’s of Redistricting: Ward Borders To Be Redrawn by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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Residents Say New Park DC System Opaque: New Permitting System Raises Issues of Equity, Access by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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In Memoriam: Margot Kelly – Remembering the Mayor of Barracks Row by Stephanie Cavanaugh

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Larry Quillian: My Friend And Mentor by Don Denton

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Our River: The Anacostia – A New Citizen Leader Along Our River by Bill Matuszeski

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ANC 6A Supports Numerous Traffic Calming Measures: ANC 6A Report by Nick L. Alberti

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BID Spearheads M Street Redesign: ANC 6B Report by Elizabeth O’Gorek


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ANC 6C Questions NoMA Encampment Removal: ANC 6C Report by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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WC Smith Development Ignores Affordable Housing: ANC 6D Report by Andrew Lightman

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Bulletin Board by Kathleen Donner

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Good Looks, Long Lasting, Undemanding Ornamental Grasses by Rindy O’Brien

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Dear Garden Problem Lady by Wendy Blair

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Changing Hands by Don Denton

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Hot Yoga Gets Creative to Stay Afloat by Pattie Cinelli

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The District Vet: The Dogs of Lucca – What We Can Learn About Socializing Our Dogs by Dan Teich

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Kids and Family Notebook by Kathleen Donner

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School Notes by Susan Braun Johnson

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on the cover: Royal Wedding (detail) á deux (Charlene Nield/Ann Pickett collaborative) 24x30”, acrylic with collage on canvas. Painting side-by-side in a meeting of creative minds, Charlene Nield and Ann Pickett, under their collaborative name à deux, create works focused on the figure, with strong elements of color and whimsy. The end results of these works are inseparable from their process, highlighting layer upon layer, encapsulating an underlying history of paint and collage, building figurative and emotional characters in order to shape a memory, a time, a moment. Additional works available from Touchstone Gallery. The gallery is still open online only, but plans to reopen its location around November 1. Touchstone Gallery • www.touchstonegallery.com 901 New York Ave NW, Washington DC 20001


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DEAD MAN’S RUN AT CONGRESSIONAL CEMETERY Dead Man’s Run returns to Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE, on Friday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m. Dead Man’s Run is a bare bones race for dead serious runners who want to stay one step ahead of the ultimate Repo Man. The race starts with a toll of the funeral bell, continues throughout the cemetery and onto the Anacostia Trail for a ghostly evening run full of spooky music. Costumes encouraged; prizes awarded. $35. No kids’ run this year. Register at congressionalcemetery.org. Photo: Courtesy of Historic Congressional Cemetery

ALMA W. THOMAS: EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL AT THE PHILLIPS MOSAIC’S BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA AT THE ATLAS Caitlyn and her father John watch birds in their suburban Maryland backyard. Over the course of a decade, climate change slowly shifts the world; birds disappear and John and Caitlyn struggle to say the things they need to say. Mosaic’s Birds of North America by Anna Ouyang Moench is on stage at the Atlas, 1333 H St. NE, Oct. 27 to Nov. 21. mosaictheater.org.

Alma W. Thomas: Everything Is Beautiful provides a fresh perspective on the artist’s dynamic long life (1891-1978) and multifaceted career that was defined by constant creativity. This major retrospective at the Phillips traces her journey from semi-rural Georgia to Washington, DC, to becoming the first Black woman given a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art at age 81. This exhibition demonstrates how Thomas’s wide-reaching artistic practices extended far beyond her studio, shaping every facet of her life—from community service, to teaching, to gardening. Everything Is Beautiful is at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, from Oct. 20 to Jan. 23. Open daily, except Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Timed tickets at $16 for adults; $12, seniors; free for 18 and under. phillipsscollection.org. Alma Thomas, Pansies in Washington, 1979, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 48 in., National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Collection (gift of Vincent Melzac)

“CRITICAL DISTANCE” AT NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM Through June 2022, the Natural History Museum hosts a free, augmented-reality experience emphasizing the intrinsic connection between people, orcas and the ocean. Critical Distance immerses visitors in a holographic orca pod and allows them to witness this endangered species’ daily obstacles. Visitors will see firsthand how the orcas, including six-year-old Kiki, must overcome marine noise pollution and vessel disturbances to effectively hunt for food—and, ultimately, survive. To complement the experience, museum educators have created hands-on activities that help visitors learn more about orcas’ family structure, conservation and biology. The Natural History Museum is currently open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. naturalhistory.si.edu. 16 ★ HILLRAG.COM


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FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL AT THE FARM AT MOUNT VERNON On Saturday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Oct. 24, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., celebrate the crisp autumn season with 18th-century activities and demonstrations at the Farm at Mount Vernon. You can explore the farm; meet General Washington; learn about Washington’s fisheries and how fish were salt packed; see spinning wheels; hear about 18th century textiles and how they were dyed; and watch cooking demonstrations in the Slave Cabin yard. This event is included with admission. Adult admission is $28; kids six through eleven, $15; five and under, free. mountvernon.org.

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THE MADNESS OF POE AT CRYSTAL CITY’S SYNETIC THEATER The Madness of Poe is a terrifying trilogy of tales from Edgar Allan Poe woven into one 90-minute heart-pounding thriller. Featuring a re-imagining of their 2007 hit adaptation of The Fall of the House of Usher plus two more gothic tales from the inventor of American horror, it is classic Synetic in every way. The Madness of Poe runs from Oct. 11 to 31 at Synetic Theater, 1800 South Bell St., Crystal City. $25 to $60. Masks and full vaccination (or recent negative test) required. Parking is free after 4 p.m. and weekends. The theater is adjacent to Crystal City Metro Station on the yellow and blue lines. synetictheater.org. Ryan Sellers as Edgar in Synetic’s The Madness of Poe. Photo: Johnny Shryock Photography

CELIA AND FIDEL AT ARENA Can one woman change the mind of a man and the fate of a nation? Fidel Castro’s most trusted confidant and political partner, Celia Sánchez, is never far from his side as he grapples with how to move his country forward. It’s 1980 and a failing economy has led 10,000 Cuban citizens to seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba. Castro must decide what kind of a leader he wants to be: merciful or mighty. Imbued with magical realism, Arena Stage’s Celia and Fidel imagines a conversation between Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary and its most notorious political leader in a contest between morality and power. On stage at Arena, 1101 Sixth St. SW, from Oct. 8 to Nov. 21. arenastage.org. Heather Velazquez (Consuelo) and Andhy Mendez (Fidel Castro) in Celia and Fidel running Oct. 8 to Nov. 21 at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo: Margot Schulman.

U.S. OYSTER FESTIVAL AT ST. MARY’S COUNTY The 55th annual U.S. Oyster Festival at St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds is on Saturday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cook-offs are on Saturday and shucking contests are on Sunday. The festival features good food; live music; and Professor Horn-Punch & Judy shows both days. Octoberfest music, Middle Eastern dancing and acrobatic dancers are on Saturday. Gary Rue and the Dance Hall Ghosts play 3 to 5 p.m. during all shucking contests. $10 admission; free for 12 and under. St. Mary’s County Fairground is about 50 miles from DC. usoysterfest.com. 18 H HILLRAG.COM

The U.S. Oyster Festival amateur shucking competition. Photo: E. Stone Photography


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BOHEME IN THE HEIGHTS BY IN SERIES WHAT’S ON WASHINGTON

The long-awaited animated Spanish-language Afro-LatinX reimagining of Puccini’s classic opera comes to the big screen, with live music performed by the original cast. This film, created by young animators and set in Washington, DC’s Columbia Heights neighborhood through the winter and spring of 2020, tells of the exuberant creative power of youth, the transcendence of love, and the heartbreak of first loss. IN Series’ BOHEME in the Heights is at GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, on Saturday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 31, 2 p.m. (It is also at the Patterson Theater in Baltimore on Friday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.) inseries.org. Baritone Alex Alburqueque as Marcelo on a background by Emma Ayala

CAPITAL CITY GO-GO AT ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS ARENA The Capital City Go-Go, the Washington Wizards’ NBA G League affiliate, have announced their six priority home dates for the 2021-22 season, with the home opener slated for Nov. 6 at the Entertainment & Sports Arena, 1100 Oak Dr. SE. These early dates are also highlighted by regular season Fan Appreciation Day and a mid-season STEM & Basketball Education Day. Capital City has introduced a Go-Go season pass for the 202122 season, which includes a ticket to each home game, allowing fans to enjoy the entire season for one low price. 202-864-4350 or email ticketsales@capitalcitygogo.com.

POP-UP DISC GOLF AT RFK Novices, beginners and pros are welcome at DC’s free, first and only disc golf course. The course, open daily, 8 a.m. to dusk, is on Oklahoma Ave. at RFK Campus. You can borrow discs (with photo ID), scorecards and pencils at The Fields office in Lot 7, open 4 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Disc golf is much like golf, with players trying to reach the hole (“basket”) in the fewest strokes possible. The stroke, in this case, is a throw with a modified frisbee. The six-hole pop-up course is a project of the nonprofit CRYSP DC, which operates The Fields and advocates for sports and recreation spaces in the District. Read more at cryspdc.org/disc-golf.

DRAFT OF “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH ON EXHIBITION Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s original draft of the I Have a Dream speech from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom gallery. “This artifact is one of several drafts of the speech written by King and his advisors hours before the march began,” said Kevin Strait, curator at the museum. “The speech was slotted to be a fourminute closing to the march; however, it became a powerful 16-minute rallying cry for the entire civil rights movement.” The National Museum of African American History and Culture, open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., is at 1400 Constitution Ave. NW. Timed passes required. nmaahc.si.edu. 20 H HILLRAG.COM


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MATTHEW WHITAKER QUARTET AT THE LINCOLN A blind from birth former child prodigy, profiled on 60 Minutes and The Today Show, 20-year-old jazz pianist-organist Matthew Whitaker has wowed audiences from LA’s Playboy Jazz Festival—where he inspired spontaneous dancing and a standing ovation—to the Apollo Theatre and a (pre-COVID) 2020 Washington Performing Arts performance. On Friday, Oct. 15, 8 p.m., he brings his irresistible virtuosity back to the Lincoln Theatre with a special guest appearance by DC’s Children of the Gospel Choir. Tickets, $25 to $50, are available only at thelincolndc.com. Photo: rr jones

CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE BARNS AT WOLF TRAP On Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. (doors at 1:30 p.m.), Artistic Advisor Wu Han joins Arnaud Sussmann, Paul Neubauer, and David Finckel in an afternoon of works that showcase the friendship and musical influences between composers. Featured works include Dvorak’s Sonatina in G Major for violin and piano, Suk’s Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor Op.1, and Brahms Quartet for Piano and Strings in G-minor, Op 25. $50. Wolf Trap is at 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna, VA. wolftrap.org.

REMEMBER THIS: THE LESSON OF JAN KARSKI AT SHAKESPEARE In a tour-de-force solo performance, Academy Award nominee David Strathairn portrays World War II hero and Holocaust witness Jan Karski, a messenger of truth who risked his life to carry his harrowing report from war-torn Poland to the Oval Office only to be disbelieved. Standing tall in the halls of power, Strathiirn captures the remarkable life of the self-described insignificant, little man whose forgotten story of moral courage can still shake the conscience of the world. On stage at Shakespeare Theatre’s Michael R. Klein Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW, from Oct. 6 to 17. Vaccinations required. shakespearetheatre.org. David Strathairn as Jan Karski in Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski. 

THE REALISTIC JONESES AT SPOOKY ACTION Spooky Action Theater begins its season, Oct. 7 to 24, with the return of The Realistic Joneses, by critically acclaimed playwright Will Eno. The show was presented for a couple of weeks in March 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In this “humane, literate and slyly hilarious” play (New York Times), two couples find they share a lot more than their last names. Ever stumbling towards meaningful relationships, humor caps their encounter with an unsettling truth that lies just below the surface. $30 to $40. Spooky Action Theater performs in the downstairs auditorium of the Universalist National Memorial Church at 1810 16th St. NW. Use church main entrance. spookyaction.org. Todd Scofield and Lisa M. Hodsoll in The Realist Joneses by Will Eno. Photo: Teresa Castracane

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THE LANTERN TOUR AT CAPITAL ONE HALL The Lantern Tour, on Oct. 28, 8 p.m., at the newly-opened Capital One Hall in Tysons, VA, brings together art and advocacy to stand with migrant and refugee women, children, and youth around the world. The Lantern Tour concerts feature an evening of acoustic music by legends in the music industry—Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Amy Helm, Gaby Moreno-- that will allow us all to unite our voices in song and solidarity. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Refugee Commission which is on the front lines in protecting the rights and lives of women and children fleeing danger and crisis. Tickets start at $72.50. Capital One Hall is easily accessible by car and steps away from the Silver Line’s McLean Station. capitalonehall.com.

Larkin Poe appears on the Main Stage Freedom Hall on Sunday, 7:15 p.m. Photo: Courtesy of the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival Emmylou Harris. Photo: Kat Villacorta

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TWO FACES COMEDY AT PRESIDENT LINCOLN’S COTTAGE

“I leave it to my audience: If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?” - Abraham Lincoln, 1858 – Back by popular demand and drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln’s legendary humor and self-deprecation, President Lincoln’s Cottage and The DC Improv are again partnering to present Two Faces Comedy, the first comedy series to transform Lincoln’s living room into a comedy den—now outdoors in the front yard. Each show is meant to be inspired by some aspect, silly or serious, of Lincoln’s legacy or the history of the cottage. Upcoming Two Faces Comedy is on Tuesday, Oct. 19 and a forthcoming date in November. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. $10 admission. Beer and wine available for $5/drink at each show. President Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW. lincolncottage.org. Front door of the Lincoln Cottage where the outdoor comedy show takes place.

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Let ‘im Move You is a series of works choreographed by jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham that stem from their multi-year research into J-Sette performance. Initial research for the series absorbed the artists’ curiosity about the performance of joy and the conundrum of Black joy. This Is a Formation is the latest performance work in the series, bringing together a group of seven Black dancers for a multimedia work to be alternately performed in black-box/whitebox spaces, and on sidewalks and in alleyways in predominantly or historically Black neighborhoods. The new project confronts meanings, real and imaginary, of black queered bodies in public assembly. Let ‘im Move You is on stage at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE, Oct. 28 to 30. All tickets are pay-what-you-can, with price points at $0, $10, $25, $40, $65, and $100. danceplace.org.

LANCASTER ROOTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL Lancaster Roots and Blues, an annual festival of music and art held in downtown Lancaster, PA, returns this year on Oct. 15, 16 and 17. The event is held indoors at multiple venues all located within three blocks of each other. Attendees receive a wristband at check-in and can move about freely from stage to stage. Style wise, Blues is a big part of the music but they also book a variety of genres including jazz, Americana, roots music, funk, soul, rock and roll including rockabilly, zydeco and world music. The genre of music is less important than having artists who play from the heart and possess a high standard of musical excellence. A good description of the music at Lancaster Roots and Blues is, it is timeless. One day general admission is $64; two days, $120; three days, $170. lancasterrootsandblues.com.

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EXPATS THEATRE’S PANKRAC’45 AT THE ATLAS When the world turns upside down, and the unthinkable happens, how far would you go to survive? Prague 1945. The war is over, but the revenge against Nazis and traitors has just begun. In Prague’s Pankrác prison, five women accused of Nazi collaboration share a cell. Each keeps a secret. Each knows the gallows await. Join us for a gutwrenching play about human relationships, exploring questions of guilt, responsibility, betrayal, and survival. Pankrac’45 is on stage at the Atlas, Oct. 28 to Nov. 21. $20 to $35. expatstheatre.com.

CAPITAL CITY SYMPHONY RETURNS TO THE ATLAS On Sunday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m., the Capital City Symphony opens their season, Who Are We, DC?, with Carlos Simon’s Elegy, A Cry from the Grave “dedicated to those who have been murdered wrongfully by an oppressive power,” followed by his piece This Land, lifting hope and unity. The world premiere of Adirondack Autumn, by one of their own members, Daniel Lu, follows, featuring flutist David Lonkevich. Other pieces include Hector Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, Prelude, and William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 2. The Atlas Performing Arts Center is at 1333 H St. NE. atlasarts.org.

NSO POPS: MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER IN CONCERT In 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what superhero films could be. Now, you can relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger as the National Symphony Orchestra performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar-winning score live to film for the very first time on Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., and Oct. 15 and 16, at 8 p.m., at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. $39 to $99. kennedy-center.org.

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The Wall/El Muro: What Is a Border Wall? exhibition at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, examines the border wall from the perspective of architecture and design. It is a prime example of the potential of the built world to affect peoples’ lives, as we now see thousands of migrants crossing the border in the midst of changing federal policies. The exhibition, which opens Nov. 6, addresses the ways in which the architecture and landscape of security surround us and challenge us as we imagine America. The border is a place, but it also looms large as a symbol of both America’s vulnerability and state power. Open Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $10 for adults; $7, youth. nbm.org. Baja California border wall with names of those who died on the journey. Photo: Sarah A. Leavitt

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by Celeste McCall

Viva Italia

We’ve recently dined at La Collina, 747 C St. SE, located across from Eastern Market. The sixmonth-old charmer is operated by CEO Hollis Silverman, who also runs the adjoining Duck and the Peach and The Wells gin bar. La Collina serves down home Italian-American and some innovative dishes. Note: For indoor dining, La Collina now requires proof of COVID vaccination or a recent negative test result. We considered trying the arancini (fried parmesan-filled risotto balls), but settled on deep-fried artichokes, a delicious appetizer we first tasted in Rome’s Jewish quarter. Cooked in chickpea flour, the crispy ‘chokes arrived with aioli for dipping.

Peter’s down-home bigoli (long, thick pasta) and wonderful fluffy meatballs was enlivened with a rich tomato sauce. My spaghettini was laced with anchovy butter, chili flakes and garlicy breadcrumbs. The concoction was reminiscent of a Sicilian dish traditionally consumed during Lent. La Collina’s rendition, while richly flavorful, was too salty for my taste. Too much anchovy butter? Among other temptations are tortelloni cacao e pepe, sweet corn tortelloni with goat butter sauce, grilled branzino, and pork Milanese (fried cutlets). La Collina’s wine list is limited: Frizzante (sparkling), bianco (white), rosato (rose) and two kinds of rosso (red), are available by the glass and carafe. Plus beer and cocktails. Dinner for two with a drink apiece, came to $91.53 including a 22 percent ‘living wage” service charge. La Collina currently has limited hours; visit www.lacollinadc.com.

Happy Return

We’ve also revisited an old favorite, Las Placitas, 1100 Eighth St. SE,

at the south end of Barracks Row. On a warm, late summer evening, our group of four settled on the spacious outdoor patio. Accompanied by a ziggurat of chips, the complimentary salsa was as zesty as we remembered it. So was the guacamole. A serving cost $7.95, but was large enough for our table to share. Nice and chunky, the guac had just enough seasoning without overpowering the avocado. It complemented our tangy, frosty margaritas. The kitchen does marvelous things with chicken. Besides savoring the roasted half bird slathered with onions and bell peppers, we sampled an appetizer featuring chicken: Taquitos Dorado, filled with choice of beef or chicken. We chose the latter, which practically melted in my mouth. Other starter options include ceviche, camarones al ajillo (shrimp sautéed in garlic butter) and pupusas, those savory little Salvadoran pancakes stuffed with pork or cheese (or both) and served with lip-tingling, Salvadoran-style coleslaw. Puerco al horno is a plate of tender roasted pork morsels accompanied by plantains, white rice and black beans. The portion was generous enough for Peter and me to share. Other choices are paella, broiled tilapia topped with shrimp, and New York steak. Prices remain moderate; service excellent. Las Placitas is closed Monday. Visit www.lasplacitas.com.

LEFT: Near Eastern Market, La Collina offers home-spun and innovative Italian dishes, plus plenty of outdoor seating. BELOW: La Collina’s appealing appetizer of deep-fried artichokes is accompanied by a dish of aioli for dipping.

Wine About It

Across the street from Las Placitas, we stumbled into an amazing wine shop: Classy Corks Wine & Spirits. Located at 801 Virginia Ave. SE (the corner of Eighth and L), the newcomer arrived about six weeks ago. The spacious interior is lined with bottles of wine, beer and spirits—including tropical flavored rums from Hawaii--from around the globe. We went home with Gruner Veltliner (a crisp Austrian white) and a South African Pinotage. You can also find sodas, mixers and condiments. Prices are reasonable. Classy Corks stays open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day; they also deliver. Visit www.classycorksdc.com.

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taurant, in the near future. Heading the kitchen will be Maryland native Andrew Markert, who has presided over the kitchen at nearby Beuchert’s Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and adjacent sandwich-centric Fight Club. The Newland moniker comes from the Baltimore road where Chef Markert, lived as a child. His menu will be similar to Beuchert’s, which he helped unveil eight years ago. At Newland’s, he plans to focus on MidAtlantic produce and homemade pastas, along with crab dishes and charcoal-grilled beef. Markert launched his career with Michel Richard at Georgetown’s long gone Citronelle. He was later chef de cuisine at PS 7 in Penn Quarter. Beuchert’s beverage director Mackenzie Conway will select the wines— including lesser known vintages from Bulgaria, Chile and Idaho producers near the Columbia Valley. Look for high-end beers and cocktails as well.

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At The Movies

Two Autumn Winners: The Heartfelt Story of a Deaf Family and a Moving Process Story of the 9/11 Aftermath by Mike Canning

Worth

“Worth” follows the horrific 9/11 attacks, after Congress has appointed renowned mediator Kenneth Feinberg (Michael Keaton) to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which aimed to allocate financial resources to the families of the victims (more than 7,000) (the film, running 118 minutes and rated PG-13,” opened in early September and is streaming on Netflix). Feinberg, as Special Master, and his firm’s head of operations, Camille Biros (Amy Ryan), face the impossible task of determining the “worth” of a life to compensate families who had undergone unfathomable losses. The special master was given two years to come up with a viable compensation plan. At first, Feinberg and company use a formula based on each victim’s salary, but, when presenting this to an audience of the edgy families, the latter erupt in protest. One of those attending, Charles Wolf (Stanley Tucci), a community organizer mourning the death of his wife, calms the crowd down but later informs Feinberg that he totally disagrees with his formula and begins lobbying to “Fix the Fund,” arguing for close listening to the family members instead of treating the victims as a cold numbers game. As applications for the Fund lag behind a target 80 percent participation, Feinberg changes the focus of his team, as we see Biros, a new Asian-American recruit Priya Khundi (Sunavi Ramanathan), and Michael Keaton (left) as Kenneth Feinberg and Stanley Tucci as Charles Wolf try to find common ground in “Worth.” Photo courtesy of Netflix

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a black attorney Darryl Barnes (Ato Blanken-Wood)—as well as Feinberg himself— conducting in-depth interviews with families, gauging what they want on a human and personal level. Individual cases are highlighted, especially Feinberg’s involvement with the Donato family, one of whom—a firefighter—has left a bereft wife Karen (Laura Benanti) and three young boys. Also featured is Biro’s ongoing involvement with the Schultz family, whose dead son’s gayness has been denied by his parents and whose partner Oliver (Clifton Samuels) seeks compensation that cannot be granted by his home state. Each case is resolved in dramatic ways, as the Donatos come to learn of additional children left behind by Frank’s brother, and as Biros (a shattered Amy Ryan) makes a heart-wrenching phone call to Oliver. To make the process more problematic, a team of lawyers, headed by corporate advocate Lee Quinn (Tate Donovan), insists that the employees of major businesses housed in the twin towers, as greater earners, deserve a significantly larger portion of the Fund. As the deadline of December 2003 looms, the collective efforts of the Feinberg team, as well as a more sympathetic Wolf, gather steam towards a possible solution. The film, directed by Sara Coangelo and written by Max Bernstein, plays out this scenario in a nononsense manner, though the context of 9/11 and its victims creates enough built-in tension to keep the drama compelling. It produces its own kind of mournful momentum. Keaton and Ryan are under-toned and earnest, as befits the grinding work they are doing, and Keaton has more to do, since he has to show a transformation from a “just-the-facts” decider to a more compassionate advocate for his clients. Tucci, though a contrary activist, acts as the civil figure of reason (he and Fein-

Emilia Jones stars as Ruby Rossi in “CODA.” Photo courtesy of Apple TV +

berg bond over opera). There are a passel of good featured performances, none better than Benanti’s Karen, the working-class housewife who tearfully acknowledges the impossible task Feinberg and Company had taken on.

CODA

The Rossi family is a tight-knit fishing family in Glouchester, Massachusetts. Mom Jackie (Marlee Matlin), dad Frank (Troy Kutsur), and brother Leo (Daniel Durant) work alongside Ruby (Emilia Jones), the only hearing member of the group. The family is very loving and close, but Ruby alone has the opportunity to live and develop in the hearing world. A lover of music, she has joined the senior class choir and is noticed for her clear voice by the choir director, the acerbic Mr. Villalobos (Eugenio Derbez), who pushes her to reach her full potential. He deems her talented enough to try out for a scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston (The film is rated PG-13 and runs 111 minutes and is available in theaters and streaming). That’s the set-up for “CODA” (Child of Deaf Parents). Can Ruby, who has no world outside her family, go out on her own, away from loved ones who totally depend on her? This dependence is made evident when we see the family, fishing without her, where the local Coast Guard cannot communicate with the boat and assumes they are in danger. The Guard warns the Rossis that, for their safety, they


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must be accompanied by a hearing person to be aware of risks and dangers. How Ruby navigates her dilemma is the crux of the narrative. Filmed on location in Glouchester, the film brims with authentic fishing scenes as well as Rossi family life and spirit (the three deaf actors in the film are all actually deaf, while Emilia Jones studied nine months to attain signing competence). They are all first-rate and play off each other with wit and intelligence (the four won an award for Best Ensemble in this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and the movie also won the Grand Jury Prize). Besides the family foursome, the film is aided considerably by supporting performances from Mexican actor Derbez as choir director Mr. V, and Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) as Ruby’s love interest and fellow chorister. Young American writer/ director Sian Heder composes their story masterfully, with a wonderful balance between the actors and a clear delineation of their differing— and contending—personalities. Most effecting of all is a scene when Ruby, auditioning for the program at Berklee, offers her solo rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now.” She begins tentatively, but, seeing her family (who has snuck into the balcony of an almost empty theater), she gradually starts fully signing the number as her voice rises, communicating to her deaf family the only way she knows, with graceful hand and body movements, playing to them as much as to her threejudge panel. Thrilling. Watch for this one to earn accolades during awards season.

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Hill resident Mike Canning has written on movies for the Hill Rag since 1993 and is a member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association. He is the author of “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” His reviews and writings on film can be found online at www.mikesflix.com. ◆

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Art in The City by Jim Magner

Artist Profile: Richard “Dick” Ray There is a sense of the eternal in these paintings. A calming…a dreamlike essence underlying the surface, not just on it. Dick Ray doesn’t bother you with over-demanding detail, he makes them familiar through complementary color harmonies. They snuggle and let out a comfortable sigh. It is the same with the lights and darks and warms and cools. The colors are more co-hosts than contrasts. The compositions are so easily natural that you are not aware of the practiced decisions behind them. There is the same convincing skill with the seasons. In the painting, “C&O Canal, Winter,” there is a genuine chill in the air—the deep blue tones bring in the icy evening. Even the white tones are cold, while the trees welcome a wintery light that brings emotional warmth.

In “Berkshire Farm,” the bright red and yellow of the trees fade to autumnal orange to establish the atmosphere and tones of the fading year. Buildings are positioned to anchor the overall movement of color, and provide focal points. With “Fishing Boats, Thomas Basin, Ketchikam Alaska,” we see and feel a hazy cold harbor where icy blues dominate and contrasting patterns vibrate and sway. Dick received degrees in Geology in 1942 and 43, and began field investigations for the U. S. Geological Service in Alaska. In1944 he joined the Navy and became an antisubmarine warfare officer. He returned to the U.S.G.S., then the National Science Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. He retired in 1982 and began painting seriously. He had begun at age 10 and never lost that love of art. In1985, he joined the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

Now, at 101, Richard “Dick” Ray cannot paint outside as much as he used to, or would love to, but he sees the landscape through the same eyes that capture the calm, dreamlike quality of the natural world. You can see his work this month at, American Painting Fine Art. (See, At the Galleries.)

Jim Magner’s Thoughts on Art Color is chockablock with emotion: practically bursting with feelings you may not even be aware of. The reds and whites of Santa’s suit can give you a sense of happiness. Joy. But red next to black can bring you

C&O Canal Winter, 12 x 16. Oil on Canvas, Dick Ray

Berkshire Farm, 18 x 24. Oil on Canvas, Dick Ray

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down—make you anxious and wary as an embarrassed polecat. Deep blue is fitting for a seascape, or distant mountains—it makes you comfortable. But blue skin is creepy. Blue on white is cheery and blue skies can be hopeful, like the adorable singing bluebirds in a Disney flick. But grey-blue clouds on the horizon? Scary. Worrisome. Yellow is the most light givin – the warmest—especially yellow orange. Golden yellow, and sometimes actual gold, was used in religious icons to radiate glory. In yellow paired with violet, I


Fishing Boats, Thomas Basin, Ketchikam Alaska. 20 x 24. Oil on Canvas, Dick Ray

see glory solidified. The color becomes weakened by white but put yellow over black, like my dad’s ’57 Ford, and yellow can kick your butt. It takes no prisoners. Red orange is the color of fire: not just warm, but hot. Red on a flag says “Don’t mess with me.” White, unless it is with red, means I give up. Next to blue, red can become cold. Red with black is unconquerable—passionate. Green. Ah, green. So much can be done with green, from key lime to khaki to jade to forest. It is born of blue and yellow and can take on all of the subtleties of the landscape. But of course all colors can be modulated to create different effects and emotions—some more than others. Dick Ray (see Artist Profile) has celebrated the physical world through tints and tones to define not just a landscape, but the very idea of living in all its forms and fashions. He has had a long life made beautiful through beauty, and color.

At the Galleries Richard G. Ray: Landscapes American Painting Fine Art 5125 MacArthur Blvd., NW, Suite 17 — October Richard “Dick” Ray gives us landscapes that capture the calm, dreamlike quality of the natural world. It is his natural world and he shares it through color harmonies and easy, comfortable contrasts of warms and cools and lights and darks. You will love these true Americanscene paintings. classicamericanpainting.com Courtney Applequist Foundry Gallery 2118 - 8th St., N.W. October 1 - 31 Closing reception, Oct 30, 5 - 8 Courtney Applequist’s new show is a departure from her painting, which has been profiled and praised in this column. This recent work includes wall-size drawings on repurOctober 2021 H 37


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posed cardboard, paper sculpture and video. It is a project done “in a period of admiration, reciprocity and humanity in response to the pandemic.” foundrygalllery.org. courtneyapplequist.com. “Let’s Dance” Zenith Gallery Presents 1111 Pennsylvania Ave NW – November 21, 2021 Jackie Braitman captures the tension of motion: fluidity in a static sculpture. Her latest series is titled “Momentum.” She captures the grace and athleticism of the female dancer to combine abstract and realistic elements, and finds that magical moment when the dancer feels suspended in mid-air. Joanathan Ribaillier’s people also dance and gyrate. He uses figures cut from antique maps because they “symbolize the roads people travel and their journeys and struggles for a better life.” He knows of that first hand as an immigrant from France. He spent his childhood around Lyon’s largest flea market where his family dealt with maps and similar artifacts. www.zenithgallery.com On a personal note: You can watch the very short video (85 sec.) for my historical fiction novel, The Dead Man on the Corner. https://youtu.be/bQad2_Ck78Q You can buy the book on both Amazon and Barnes and Nobel, along with my other new historical fiction novel, John Dillinger and Geronimo. See: www.JamesJohnMagner. com.

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Literary Hill by Karen Lyon

Fair Warning

Charlie Mack knows what it’s like to be on “the hurting side” of prejudice. As a Black lesbian who runs her own detective agency in Detroit, she’s seen more than her share. That’s why, when the bombing of a mosque results in the death of a Muslim man, she agrees to help the family find justice. “I don’t trust the police to find my husband’s killer,” his wife explains. “[They] do not see my husband as someone important enough to spend much time and effort on.” In Cheryl A. Head’s “Warn Me When It’s Time,” Charlie and her colleagues find themselves up against domestic terrorists, those “violent rightwing groups… [whose] members were more sophisticated and tech savvy than the night riders of the fifties and sixties, but just as hateful and deadly.” In concert with agents of the FBI, Mack and her operatives uncover a web of shadowy idealogues intent on destroying immigrants, Jews, Blacks—in short, anybody who doesn’t look and think just like them. As Charlie’s domestic partner, Mandy, says, “You’re dealing with people who think they’re divinely empowered to keep the world the way they want it to be. These guys are crazy, honey.” Now it looks as though the terrorists are planning an incendiary attack on a venerable old church, and somebody’s going to have to go undercover to infiltrate the group and make sure their bombs don’t detonate.

“Warn Me When It’s Time” is the latest entry in Capitol Hill mystery writer Cheryl A. Head’s award-winning series featuring detective Charlie Mack. Author photo by Leigh H. Mosley

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“Warn Me When It’s Time” is a thrilling ride that plunges right into the rotten core of white supremacy. Head has done her homework, from details of bombmaking and the paramilitary structure of the groups, to the twisted mindset of the men whose “evil energy” fuels their horrendous acts. The realism and timeliness make Head’s story all too horrifying—and give readers all the more reason to root for Charlie and her team to prevail. A Detroit native, Cheryl Head now lives on Capitol Hill and is the author of five previous books in the award-winning Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series (which I, for one, plan to start binge-reading immediately). http://cherylhead.com

Q & A with Author Cheryl Head

Q: From the descriptions of Detroit in your book, it’s clear that you have an affinity for your hometown. What brought you to DC? How difficult was the transition? And why Capitol Hill? A: I do love the heart and soul of Detroit, although I see that changing every time I go home for a visit. I arrived in DC thirty years ago to work at the public media station, WETA TV/FM. The transition wasn’t easy because I didn’t know anyone in DC, and I’d left my family in Detroit at the time. It took me more than a year to adjust to the pace and culture of the city, and even longer around the politics, race and class tensions. I’ve been on Capitol Hill twenty years and I’m still adjusting to the growth in my neighborhood. It’s the best move I’ve ever made on many levels. Capitol Hill is an exciting area to live in but, I’ve learned, you must be adaptable. Q: How hard was it to get into the minds of the white supremacists you portray in “Warn Me When It’s Time”? Did you go online to read their hateful chatter? A: It was extremely disturbing getting into the heads of these characters but to give the story the kind of authenticity I want to always bring to my work, I toughed it out. A couple of times, when constructing fictional hate crime attacks, I felt so much guilt and queasiness thinking about the scenarios that I said a prayer or two. I worked very conscientiously to have empathy for one of the characters—a troubled, young man teetering between the choice of joining a community of hate, or taking a different path. I felt I had to channel some of the emotions, experiences and histories of these guys— and the majority of these alt-right and white nationalist groups are made up of men. Yes, I did go online to read their conversations and make myself familiar with the language, tone and scope of the discussions. You’d be surprised how many open sites there are spewing the hate talk of these fringe groups. I know I was. It’s both frightening and dispiriting. Q: In addition to topical issues like racism and xenophobia, your books also deal with more domestic matters. How important is it for you


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to show Charlie Mack in a stable, loving lesbian relationship? A: That’s very important to me. Charlie is unique in the crime fiction world in that she is a Black, queer, cis-female private investigator. But in her friendships, family relationships, and her relationship with her lover, Mandy, she’s pretty much like everyone else. Charlie and Mandy are an interracial couple with the accompanying cultural dynamics and tensions, but they love and respect each other and appreciate and negotiate their differences. They’ve bought a home together, rotate cooking dinner, walk the dog, and take out the trash. In other words, they’re not much different than the straight couple across the street. The other family dynamic that’s important in my series is Charlie’s relationship with her mother, who has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. That’s a regular through line in the series. Q: “What’s next for your Charlie Mack Motown Mystery series? Are there other important issues you’d like to tackle? A: “Warn Me When It’s Time” is the sixth book in the series and I envision at least four to six more books. I’ll continue to tackle the feelings and challenges of witnessing the unraveling associated with Alzheimer’s. I’ve already summarized a storyline to delve more closely into Mandy’s interesting family background, and the book I’m writing now has echoes of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance. You can’t write about Detroit without some reference to that mystery.

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EXPANDING BIKE LANES Understanding the Role of The Public in DDOT’s Public Engagement by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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he District is installing a citywide, interconnected bicycle network. To meet District-mandated environmental goals, The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) must shift 75 percent of intra-city trips to transportation modes other than single-occupant cars by 2032. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) Vision Zero Plan, begun in 2015, commits DDOT to creating traffic conditions that reduce fatalities and serious injuries to zero by 2025. These mandates guide all DDOT decision making. Bike lanes, according to DDOT, not only get cars off the road, but also have a calming effect on traffic, thus meeting both environmental and safety goals. The agency has constructed 94 miles of bike lanes since 2001 of which, as of 2020, 16.6 miles are “protected” from cars using bollards and other elements of road infrastructure. It plans to construct another 20 miles of protected bike lanes (PBLs) over the next three years. Many residents are frustrated with DDOT’s push to expand the District’s bike network of protected bike lanes. They say their views are not being heard. “This is an issue of competence and public engagement,” said Allan Ebert, Executive Director of the Ninth Street Association. “DDOT has tunnel vision. It only sees bike lanes, not the impact of the design on the residents, businesses, and community in general,” he said. “The transparency of this process is just so awful,” said 18-year Hill resident Christine Mullens at a recent public meeting on bike lanes proposed for the 1300 block of North Carolina Ave. NE. “This is being shoved down our throats.” DDOT is driven by environmental mandates

to improve bike lanes over the next decade. Yet residents have high expectations for significant community input. What is the agency process for creating protected bike lanes? How can the public engage? How does the agency incorporate resident feedback?

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Delancy Gustin stands with her bike on 15th Street SE, where standard painted bike lanes are installed. E.O’Gorek/CCN

er a District street is torn up, the DDOT engineers must determine if it is a good location for bike lanes. In making that determination, DDOT planners are primarily guided by MoveDC, a centralized map for the “big picture” of bike planning in DC, said Acting DDOT Director Everett Lott. It is the District’s long-range transportation plan, encompassing not only bike lanes but all modes of transit, including walking, vehicle and rail. If a street is indicated as suitable on the MoveDC plan, planners are more likely to pursue bike infrastructure there. The type of bike lane chosen, protected or not, is also not random. DDOT engineers and planners consult a variety of metrics to assess what kind are installed on a street including the daily volume of cars and the road’s classification according to standards set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the National Association of City Officials (NACTO). So, when the agency solicits public feedback, it is principally looking for local insight on design. The question is not usually “if ” but “how” bike lanes should be installed. “We use our best judgement to determine what streets should have the different types of facilities,” Lott said, “and it requires a pretty strong reason not to install them.” There is one explicit legal requirement governing public engagement. The Administrative Procedure Amendment Act of 2000 requires that, 30 days before beginning a project, DDOT must issue a written Notice of Intent (NOI) to modify traffic and/or parking requirements to both Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and councilmembers impact48 H HILLRAG.COM

ed. The agency is required to make the NOI “accessible for the purpose of notification and solicitation of comments on the intent to implement modifications within the District,” the statute states. The law also mandates that the agency conduct an onsite investigation at the impacted location to determine whether any traffic and parking related revisions are “deemed necessary.” The DDOT manual requires the agency develop a Public Involvement Plan (PIP) for every project. However, there are no specific guidelines for public engagement. On a large project, such as a corridor redesign, the agency typically presents 30, 60 and a 90 percent designs to the public for comment before initiating construction. However, the agency does not publish its PIPs. So, it is difficult to evaluate the plans other than by examining the agency’s behavior in specific instances. This article examines four such instances: Ninth Street NW, North Carolina Avenue SE, P Street SW Alabama Avenue SE and 17th Street NW.

The Long Saga of Ninth Street

been put into the project, stated Executive Director of the Ninth Street Association Allan Ebert. “The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) continues its efforts to move forward, fast and furious, without community engagement.” Colin Browne, Director Of Communications at Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) disagrees. “That project in particular has had just extensive, extensive public input over the course of dozens of hours of meetings,” he said. Plans are still in the initial stages; a 60 percent design was seen by the public in July and DDOT is looking at the integration of streeteries. Part of the problem is that plans change with that feedback, said Browne. “The process is iterative, which is part of the point, but sometimes it is hard for people to know what design we’re on or what stage of the process.” Stakeholders can come and go over time, missing the chance to opine on aspects of the project that are important to them, he added. While the iterative nature of the process can present challenges, another issue is DDOT’s reliance on ANCs to funnel public input.

The first meeting for the Eastern Downtown PBL Project was held in 2015. In an effort to enhance Who Speaks For The Neighborhood? Currently, DDOT is installing a protected cycle north-south cycle connectivity, DDOT examined track on the 1400 through 1600 blocks of North Carmultiple corridors on which to construct new proolina Ave NE as part of the C Street Project, whose tected bike lanes. In 2017, the agency selected Ninth initial designs date to at least 2010. The project is Street NW as its preferred route. designed to link the RFK Campus to Lincoln Park Public engagement, begun in 2018, stalled for and improve overall safety for pedestrians, motorthree years without official explanation. ists and cyclists. A bill introduced by Ward 1 Councilmember In 2021, prompted by the planned completion Brienne Nadeau (D), intended to move the projof the C Street project, the agency decided to iniect forward, led to debate about race and gentrification. Prominent African American churches had resisted the plan for years, arguing that congregant parking was necessary for their continued survival. But in May 2021, the mayor funded the project in her FY22 budget. DDOT held a public meeting on July, 29, 2021. Business owners on the 1900 block of Ninth Street NW, known as “Little Ethiopia,” feared DDOT’s plan would reduce parking, exacerbate rush hour congestion, create loading safety hazards and fail to comply with ADA proAlan Ebert, Executive Director of the 9th Street Business Association, tections. They united in protest. at an Aug. 11 event intended to draw attention to issues with a Not enough thought has speaks proposal for bike lanes. Photo: Courtesy Pleasant Mann


tiate design conversations for the 1300 block of North Carolina Avenue NE, omitted from the finalized C St Project design, into the tail end of this new network. At recent meetings of ANC 6A’s Transportation and Public Space (TPS) Committee, the agency presented a choice of seven possible alternatives. Either the street would lose parking, or it would lose a lane of traffic. Delancey Gustin, a resident of the 1300 block, developed her own alternative designs in consultation with neighbors concerned about the rerouting of traffic and possible loss of curbside parking. A petition posted by a group of neighbors calling themselves ‘Neighbors 4 NC Ave’ (www.neighbors4ncave.com) had more than 300 signatures by late September, and Gustin hoped ANC 6A would rally behind these ideas and advocate them to DDOT. At the committee’s Sept. 21, Gustin presented her proposals to the T&P Committee. However, she was disappointed, she said. Gustin pointed to two issues. First, the ANC committee said their comment had to be limited to the options presented by DDOT; to reject them was to risk losing the opportunity to influence the project at all. Second, some commissioners said they had to take into account not only “the loudest voices in the room,” but also the wider community and the District. ANC 6A Chair Amber Gove (6A04), who directly represents the block in question, interpreted her obligation as both to represent her constituents, but also to consider the effect of decisions on the wider District. That means that the voice of residents on the street wasn’t prioritized by the ANC the way some residents felt it should have been. “I think anger rises when people feel powerless,” Gustin said. Commissioners are also frusOctober 2021 H 49


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trated with both the acrimony and the pressure. While pleased that ANC decisions are afforded great weight by DDOT, Gove says the agency does heavily depend on the commission in its public engagement efforts. She believes there is no issue with the commission funneling DDOT outreach on smaller tasks such as speed bumps but said the agency would be better served to also manage engagement on large projects directly. “Yes, we are the default community engagement process,” Grove said. “The irony of that is we’ve, what? Got $1.25-ish per person, per year in our annual budget?” The C Street NE project has a $16 million budget. Acting Director Lott said DDOT project managers read all public comments they receive. But they don’t use them to determine outcomes because they cannot be sure they represent the community. “It is important to rely on elected officials in these matters. ANCs have a duty to weigh lots of competing interests,” he said. However, even when a commission opposes DDOT’s proffered designs, the agency may simply ignore the feedback.

The Weight of the ANC In September, 2019, DDOT issued a NOI to install a two-block protected bike lane to close a gap along the Anacostia Trail between Second and Fourth Streets SW. The route had been served by road markings, or sharrows. ANC 6D objected. At their October meeting, commissioners complained that the project’s removal of 26 parking spots would threaten residents of neighboring affordable housing. Citing the lack of local transit options, they argued that these residents are dependent on vehicles for access to jobs with hours outside of the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. shifts.


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“Installing a new bike lane must not be a zero-sum game,” said Vice Chair Andy Litsky (6D01). After the ANC unanimously voted to oppose DDOT’s P Street plan, Litsky hoped the vote would lead to a real conversation that would create a bike solution that served all. DDOT rejected these arguments, pointing out that the lanes have appeared on plans since 2005, including in the 2014 MoveDC plan. A bike lane network, the agency argued, is only as safe as its weakest block. Encountering such conditions, people either get off the road onto the sidewalk or do not ride. DDOT completed the P Street lanes in 2020. Yet, positioning bike lanes does enter the larger world of District politics. At least in one instance, the agency dismantled its bike lanes in the face of determined political opposition.

Removal of Bike Lanes As a Vision Zero initiative, DDOT studied methods to make a four-mile stretch of Alabama between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Southern Avenues SE safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. In 2018, the project took on new urgency after three people lost their lives. After three public meetings and extensive consultation with the impacted Ward 8 commissions, DDOT installed the protected bike lanes on southbound Alabama Avenue SE in spring of 2019. The lanes generated a huge community outcry centered largely on the removal of 12 curbside parking spots and complaints of lack of public engagement. “We need bike lanes like a hole in the head,” said one resident. Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White (D) bolstered this opposition. “How do bike lanes make streets safer?” White asked in a social media post. The removal of parking spots was insensitive to the needs of senior residents, he contended. After a series of public meetings during the summer of 2020 involving the councilmember and the director of DDOT, the agency removed one of the protected bike lanes on Alabama Avenue SE. Why didn’t that message come through before installation? A different approach than weeknight meetings could have been a better tool to get community feedback, WABA’s Browne said. “Not every public input mechanism works the same across the region,” Browne said, adding that both DDOT and WABA need to do more outreach to ensure Ward 7 and 8 residents are meaningfully involved in the transportation planning process overall. 52 H HILLRAG.COM

Richard Wetzell lives on 17th Street NW. Not only does that description not match his experience on the street, he said, it also places cyclists and other road users unnecessarily in opposition. “The assumption that the interests of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers are in conflict should be questioned,” said Wetzell, a pedestrian, resident, cyclist and driver in his 60s. “It’s not a zero-sum game. If scooter riders can now use the new bikes lanes, then they’re off the sidewalks and that’s better for pedestrians,” he pointed out. Often, the complexity of road planning can erode public engagement. Planning for 17th Street NW, for example, took over three years. Commissioner Amber Gover (6A04) with her dog Opal at the busy intersection of Constitution and North Carolina Aves, with 14th Street NE. E.O’Gorek/CCN

Neighborhood Consensus Shattered But even when DDOT does extensive public engagement, some people still aren’t happy. The 17th Street NW bike lanes opened late this summer to tremendous controversy. The project started in 2017 when Dupont Circle ANC 2B requested that DDOT study options to implement bike lanes on the 17th Street corridor between Florida and Constitution. The commission wanted to relieve congestion on existing 15th Street protected bike lanes. After four years of traffic analysis, DDOT fashioned a design for bike lanes. The agency held at least six public meetings with ANC 2B and area citizen’s association to look at designs—but not to debate whether bike lanes were going on 17th Street NW. Some neighbors consider the fact that they didn’t get to opine on whether lanes should be installed to be the very problem. “Our concern about DDOT is, they’re proceeding without community engagement and they don’t care. This is here, and it’s going to go in, the Mayor has a mandate,” President of Dupont East Civic Association Nick Delle Donne said of the agency’s engagement. The two protected bike lanes on 17 Street NW eliminate a vehicular travel lane. There are now one lane of traffic and one painted bike lane in each direction. Parking remains on both sides of the street. Public reception has been decidedly mixed. The bike lanes “play Russian Roulette with the vitality of the community,” said Donne. Delivery trucks parked on sidewalks and on intersections create chaos, he pointed out. This is dangerous for pedestrians and snarls traffic, he said.

Putting the Public in Engagement As the examples above demonstrate, there is little consistency to DDOT’s public engagement process relating to the installation of protected bike lanes, other than the issuance of an NOI thirty days prior to construction. The agency’s internal mandates and nonpublic PIPS make it difficult to evaluate their engagement efforts. Moreover, the agency’s overreliance on advisory neighborhood commissions to funnel neighborhood feedback can leave it blind to the concerns of those living on impacted blocks. However, in many ways, focusing on the public engagement process alone betrays a larger fallacy in understanding on the public’s role. DDOT only grants residents a very limited voice. The agency consults them for feedback on choosing among its internally generated designs. Alternative plans offered by residents are not given consideration. Criticism is treated as merely advisory. Driven by the mayor’s mandate, DDOT’s installation of protected bike lanes is not an “if ” but a “when.” “There will be a lot of change coming for many neighborhoods. Not every street will get bike lanes, but a lot of them will,” said DDOT Bicycle Specialist Will Handsfield. DDOT planners say protected bike lanes must happen to successfully confront societal issues like traffic safety and global warming. The agency is obligated to find the right balance between the goals the city is achieving and the issues on the ground. That will impact neighborhoods, whether residents like it or not. The extension of the District’s bike network will have a huge impact on residents, businesses and traffic congestion. Given the outcry the provision of protected lanes has generated, their installation could be a messy affair. u


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found your recent article in the Hill Rag both incredibly misleading and insulting, implying, actually more than implying, that residents who oppose you and your colleagues views are anti-environment and anti-safety. It harkens to a former president and his cronies constant employing of a strategy that:  “If you don’t agree with me, you must be wrong and are anti-American”. In his rebuttal, Mark Grace hit the nail on the head when he stated it appears your actions will turn this into a “boutique bourgeois” neighborhood.  Where is the consideration for the residents of surrounding streets like Constitution Ave. NE where more traffic will be rerouted and parking is already extremely inadequate?  One of the minions for the C Street project recently approached us in the neighborhood.  Not knowing where we lived, when asked what impact these proposals would have on Constitution Ave NE, he responded: “Constitution Ave NE is really a highway so we can eliminate all parking and improve the flow of traffic.”  Brilliant.  Wonder why people just might be concerned and upset? You regularly comment on the negative remarks directed at you and your family.  That shouldn’t happen and if people cross the line, they should be reported.  If they are not crossing that line, while still regretta-

ble, it is part of being in a position of authority or leadership whether it’s voluntary or otherwise, Perhaps part of it is because they have legitimate concerns, their voices are not being heard, and you all are not taking a holistic approach for the entire local community (to include Constitution Ave). Finally, on the issue of safety, here’s a novel suggestion for a partial solution:  Police enforcement.  We are out on foot at all times of day and never see any police presence to address excessive speed, running red lights, and failure to stop for residents in cross walks to name of few.  Police should be held accountable and not allowed to use the tired excuse of limited manpower.  Additionally, it doesn’t take a multi-million dollar contract or a scientific analysis to determine the time of day most vulnerable to violations. The mere presence of a police vehicle during those times would work wonders.   We fully support the objections of our good North Carolina neighbors and any long term solution needs to include all demographics and the impact on residents of all the streets in the neighborhood.   Please do not continue to misrepresent the views of those who do not agree with you.  All opinions and views matter and that is not happening. Jack Penkoske is a resident of 1300 Block of Constitution Avenue NE. ◆


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THE ABC’S OF REDISTRICTING Ward Borders To Be Redrawn by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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C Council is gearing up for the start of the often-contentious redistricting process, undertaken by every state (and DC) every ten years. Normally, redistricting begins in April, but a five-month pandemic-related delay in the release of 2020 Census data means the process officially kicked off in September. The US Census Bureau reported that the population for the District of Columbia was 689,545 persons in 2020. The Council has to make sure each of the eight wards will have a roughly equal population, about 86,193 residents, with a permitted deviation of plus or minus 5 percent. That works out to between 81,883 and 90,503 people in each ward. Only three of the eight wards currently have populations outside those limits. Wards 7 and 8, with populations of 76,255 and 78,513 respectively, are slightly below the permitted range. On the other hand, Ward 6 has a population of 108,202. That means the ward lines must be redrawn to place at least 17,699 Ward 6 residents in another ward, without pushing any other ward’s population over 90,503.

The Rules According to legislation governing the process, in addition to being of relatively equal population, the wards must be “compact and contiguous [touching]” and should conform as much as possible to the boundaries of the US Census tracts. The boundaries must also be in place at least 180 days before the next general election, in November 2022, with ward boundaries to be finalized by the June 2022 primary election. To conform with the law –and avoid court challenges --the redistricting plan also needs to be above any challenge that it “has the purpose and effect of diluting the voting 56 H HILLRAG.COM

[Map: Population change from 2010 to 2020 US Census by ward. Courtesy: DC Office of Planning (OP)]


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The Process DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson has appointed a Redistricting Subcommittee to direct the Council's work. It consists of three at-large members: Elissa Silverman, who will chair the subcommittee, Anita Bonds, and Christina Henderson. Silverman has created a one-stop website with all the facts and links to the census data and a new online mapping tool (dcredistricting.esriemcs.com) that allows members of the public to draw their own ward and ANC boundaries using the new Census data. “Redistricting ensures that residents have an equal voice in our elected government, and this mapping tool now gives the public even more of a say in the process of shifting our ward boundaries to reflect the change in our population,” said committee Chair Elissa Silverman. “My goal is for this to be the most transparent, accessible redistricting process the District of Columbia has ever seen.” Using data from the 2020 Census, the subcommittee will make recommendations to the full Council on redrawing ward and Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) boundaries to ensure balanced ward populations and representation in the legislature. • Late September through late October 2021: Subcommittee will hold eight hearings on ward redistricting, one specific to each ward The committee will also conduct extensive public hearings, some of which will be held in the most impacted wards. The first of these was held on Sept. 29.

The Final Decision The Council will consider a wide range of fac-

tors when drafting the new ward and ANC lines. It will look at population levels, age, race, voter turnout, income, education, geographic continuity, and many other data points. Here is the timeline: • Mid-November: Subcommittee mark-up of the ward redistricting bill (technically a subcommittee of the Committee of the Whole) • Dec. 7: First vote by the full Council on the ward redistricting bill • Dec. 21: Second vote on the ward redistricting bill • December: Ward Task Forces that provide recommendations on ANC redistricting start meeting • February 2022: Ward Task Forces report out recommendations • May 2022: Subcommittee mark-up of the ANC redistricting bill • June 2022: Council votes on the ANC redistricting bill The Council’s final decision, as Chairman Phil Mendelson noted during the 2011 process, will be contentious. There were large protests in Ward 6 just before the first vote in 2011. The public can participate in the process in multiple ways. First, residents can try to meet redistricting challenges themselves by using a new mapping tool (dcredistricting.esriemcs. com) that allows members of the public to draw their own ward and ANC boundaries using the new Census data, and to submit these maps to the Council subcommittee for consideration. Residents can also express their views to the Redistricting Subcommittee. The committee will hold hearings on redistricting in each ward from Sept. 29 through late October. Residents can testify before the subcommittee or submit testimony via email or voicemail. Finally, since each Councilmember will vote on the new ward boundaries, residents can also contact their representative. Learn more about redistricting by visiting https://www.elissasilverman.com/ redistricting#FAQ. Find your ward and see detailed ward maps at https://planning.dc.gov/ whatsmyward. You can email Councilmember Silverman at esilverman@dccouncil.us, or the redistricting subcommittee at redistricting@dccouncil.us. ◆

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New Permitting System Raises Issues of Equity, Access by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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ill resident Michael Briggs was expecting painters at his house. Like many on the Hill, Briggs lives on a street zoned for Residential Parking Permits (RPP), meaning non-residents who need to park for longer than two hours need to have a Temporary Parking Permit (TPP). So Briggs did what he had always done before. He went down to the Metropolitan Police District (MPD) substation today to get the permit. “I discovered that this service, which has worked well for decades, is no longer available through the police,” he wrote on social media. “Instead, the District has turned a smooth efficient process into another cumbersome, complicated bureaucratic mess.”

What is ParkDC?

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Residents and visitors must first register themselves on the system, entering their address and identification, usually a driver’s license. Once a resident account is verified and approved, they can view their dashboard and unique code by clicking “get visitor codes.” They can share that code with a visitor and manage visitor requests to park. All parking is controlled by the resident’s unique code and linked to the license plate of the visiting vehicle. Health home aides and contractors must also register for an account, entering their registration information (with the Department of Health and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs) as well as a code provided by the resident. Contractors are required to pay a $10 fee. The new permits must be printed, either by the resident or the visitor, and displayed on vehicle dashboards.

The website is intended to streamline services, making it more user-friendly and convenient to manage from home. But many residents say it is anything but. ANC 6B Transportation Committee Chair Kirsten Oldenburg said that many of the initial issues reported by residents were with the data used by the system, which had difficulty verifying identification and street addresses during the pilot. A lot of residents had trouble simply being registered. That meant they couldn’t get through to the second part: obtaining the passes. Some simply gave up. “I’m not a technical wiz,” Hill Resident Norman Metzger told the Hill Rag. “But I’m on the computer a lot. I use a lot of different apps– and this just baffles me.” First, the program did not recognize his address. Metzger alerted DDOT, and the correction was made. Then, the system didn’t recognize his block as a location eligible for VPP.

ParkDC (parkdc.com) is a new, centralized digital system for DC residents and their visitors to manage visitor, temporary, home health aide and contractor parking permits via a single online portal. It launched District-wide July 1, 2021 after a brief pilot. Before ParkDC, each DC resident was entitled to one annual Visitor Park Pass (VPP) placard, linked to their home address. These could be placed on the dashboard of visiting vehicles, allowing them to park on blocks zoned for residential parking only. Residents could also get a shortterm VPP for visitors, health care workers or contractors, which were good for 15 days, by walking into a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) station. All of these functions have now moved to the ParkDC system, meaning people have to interact with a lengthy technological process in order to get any type of Images: ParkDC centralizes permitting for visitors, contractors and health care aides. Chart: DDOTDC; screenshot June 8 meeting parking permit. ANC 6B, Webex]

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“I’ve tried to actually use the system, such as it’s called, and I gave up,” Metzger said. “It’s too complex, too many steps. It’s not well thought out.” Eventually, Metzger just borrowed a 2020 VPP placard from a neighbor. Other residents had trouble determining how to issue a permit. Part of the problem is that it isn’t clear on the ParkDC dashboard how to initiate the various types of permits. DDOT Program Analyst Joseph Kerwin told a June meeting of ANC 6B that DDOT had received feedback from the pilot indicating that the system was not totally clear. In response, DDOT created howto videos and additional instruction available to users as they work through the process. However, the system remains complex. That’s partly because of the multiple steps required to initiate requests. To request to park, visitors must register on the site with valid identification. Once that is approved, they then request a resident’s visitor code. They then enter the code, their vehicle information and the time they wish to park. The resident must then go in and approve the request, after which either party can print the actual permit. It’s also not immediately clear that, if a user has their visitor’s vehicle information, they can simply enter it all and print the permit themselves by pressing “schedule vehicle” in the permit section of the dashboard. DDOT has tried to rectify the issue, adding ‘How-To’ guides, instructional videos and additional instruction available to users as they work through the process.

Equity Issues Still, critics point to the complicated process, saying that the reliance on technology and printers is an issue of equity. At the June ANC meeting, ANC 6B01 Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk said she was concerned especially for her older residents, who she said often have visitors. “Some people just don’t

have computers or aren’t as computer savvy,” she said. “I have an elderly dad, and I know he probably wouldn’t be able to work something like this.” She encouraged DDOT to consider providing an alternative paper pass. Kerwin acknowledged these concerns. He said printing was possible at DC Public Libraries, and both application and printing could be done via kiosks located at DDOT offices. The system can also be fully accessed via a dedicated call center. However, these requirements have prompted concern from Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D). In an August 18 letter to DDOT, Allen said the technology required to access a parking pass was problematic. “First, and most importantly, not everyone has a printer at home, which raises real equity concerns,” Allen wrote. “Second, the ParkDC system, for those who, per my first point, can’t easily print a permit, makes it difficult for residents who need to provide a visitor pass for friends and family visiting on short notice.” On Sept. 22, DDOT announced they had agreed to Allen’s request to extend the validity of the 2020 VPP placards to the end of the calendar year, to give time for residents to learn to navigate the ParkDC Permit system. At the ANC meeting, Hill resident Marian Connolly said the system was a step in the right direction. “I think that this is such a step forward for the city in managing this program,” she said at the June meeting of ANC 6B. But Metzger thinks the city should go back to the drawing board. “As Samuel Beckett once wrote,” Metzger said, quoting the Irish writer, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” Learn more about ParkDC by visiting ParkDC.com, or by calling the 24/7 call center at 202-671-2631. Get the ParkDC Permits mobile app from the Apple Store or Google Play. u October 2021 H 59


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IN MEMORIAM

MARGOT KELLY

Remembering the Mayor of Barracks Row by Stephanie Cavanaugh

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everal years ago I wrote a profile of Margot Kelly for the Hill Rag that she laughingly referred to as “my obituary.” And now, with a few tweaks, it is. How hard it is to believe that just a few weeks ago she was headed for Germany, an annual trip, where she checked into a horribly spartansounding Black Forest spa to fast, hike, and sauna for a few weeks, always looking ten years younger on her return. Margot would have been 96 on October 10th, and it seemed nothing would ever stop her. But just a few days before her flight, she was in the hospital. Scarcely a week later she was gone. A giant of a personality felled by a mosquito bearing West Nile virus. Margot being Margot, it would never be a pedestrian end.

With the lease already signed, she insisted he paper over the windows. The store quickly closed. “He was a nice young man,” she recalled.

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Hanging in Kelly’s kitchen there’s a cartoon, by a Marine, of the street at the turn of this century, with plushly upholstered prostitutes hanging out of upper windows, street people leaning against storefronts, and pedestrians gaily tossing trash. It was only mildly exaggerated. It’s still amusing to those of us that have lived on the Hill for more than, say, fifteen years to overhear conversations – let’s go to 8th Street for brunch, lunch, dinner, a drink. Kelly was there before Lola’s and Ted’s, Rose’s Luxury, and Pineapple and Pearls. Before many folks dared cross the Berlin Wall that was the How It Was Eastern Market Metro Plaza. She was there when Barracks Row was not alour movie house was a ways macarons and martiseedy dump where vile stuff nis, a fact that might surprise clutched stickily to your sansome newcomers to the Hill. dals and there were ominous “The porno queen of rustlings beneath the rickety 8th Street, that’s what they Margot Kelly in Oaxaca in 2008. Photo: Jim Ellison seats; when the Shakespeare called me,” Margot Kelly Theatre’s main office across laughed. That was near the the way – that grand Victorian with the mansard roof start of her 40-year odyssey: cleaning up 8th Street. – was a grocery with rotting chickens on top of the It’s been a bumpy ride. freezer and pigeons cooing in the roof beams. In the late 1960s, when the liquor store closed Kelly grew up in Berlin and came to the U.S. in in a building she owned across from the Marine Bar1950, as a secretary at the German Diplomatic Misracks, Kelly was approached by a man wanting to sion—later, the Embassy. She married and divorced open a bookstore. A bookstore on 8th Street! FanFred Kelly, while remaining close to her step-daughcy that, she thought. ters Cassandra and Michele and their families. She instantly leased the space to him and fantaIt was realtor Millicent Chatel who sold her a sized of adding a winding staircase to the second floor little house in Northwest in 1959 and talked her into “for a tea room where people could sit and read.” selling real estate from her Georgetown office. “We “I don’t intend to have that kind of bookstore,” were all divorcees,” Kelly said. “It was marvelous,” he said, red-faced.

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which came out “mawvelous.” Her German accent still buffed and shiny. Chatel also urged her to buy real estate, advice she seized on: renovating and renting out several houses in that part of town, but rarely selling. “When you’ve got something good, you hold on to it,” she said. Answering phones one day, as new agents often do, she took a call from a man with a house for sale on East Capitol Street. “A coming neighborhood,” pronounced Chatel, who led her gaggle of agents on tour. Kelly got the listing; Chatel opened an office on Pennsylvania Avenue. Along with a friend, Kelly bought a house at 504 7th Street, SE. “$11-12,000 with $2,500 down,” she remembered. “A dump.” They let it to a woman for $100 a month, collecting the rent for months before noticing a red light bulb in an upstairs window. “I almost cried,” she said. That dump, with a stellar view of a neighbor’s chickens and the rats that scurried around the metal feed bowls, became her first home on the Hill. It was around the corner from Barracks Row. In Washington’s early years, the corridor was a bustling main street, lined with shops serving the Navy Yard and the residential community; it remained so through World War II, when abruptly and with few exceptions, “it was boarded up. Dead,” she says. When Kelly arrived, real estate on 8th street was a bargain. She focused on the seedy buildings facing the immaculate Marine Barracks, a block she considered “the most architecturally interesting. It needed and deserved to be put back into shape.” In 1967, she bought the red brick building at 8th and G Street, with windows overlooking the Marine Commandant’s residence. Built in 1900 as the first luxury apartment house on Capitol Hill, it was a shambles. “My God,” she said, “It looked like hell, with the retirees from the Navy Yard drinking their pensions. Guys sleeping everywhere. The stench!” The Ship’s Cafe, the bar next door, was particularly offensive, “Drunks sprawled on the sidewalks,” she said. When the existing DC old boys wouldn’t revoke the bar’s liquor license, she bought that build-


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Adopting their guidelines, the BBA continued to beautify and popularize the street. Meanwhile Kelly was luring in retail, taking a fingers-crossed leap with some promising shops, carrying some for many months hoping they’d hang on as the street improved. Alvear Studio was one of them. “Margot is as tough as nails – but without nails you’d have no foundation,” said Chris Alvear, who for a decade owned Alvear Studio, the retail hub of the street.

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discouraged loitering. It did. Momentum built as the Shakespeare Theatre took over the movie theater on the west side of the street for rehearsal space and then, most prominently, restored the grand Victorian across the way for their executive offices. Michael Kahn, the company’s former artistic director, likened it to Hitchcock’s Psycho: “A version of the place where Anthony Perkins’ mother lived,” he said. Monthly meetings were held with council members, officials from the fire department, the police, and the Navy Yard. Pepco said “no problem” to Kelly’s idea of installing electricity in the tree boxes for strings of white lights. Donuts were served.

Main Street Redux It was at one of these meetings that a representative from the National Trust for Historic Preservation spoke of the Main Street Program, which was successfully revitalizing blighted historic areas around the country. A formal program was too costly, but ideas could be borrowed.

“I remember having a drinkie and a cigawette,” he said, spoofing her patois. “And she said, ‘Why should I rent this spot to you and your Mexican imports?’ Look what she did for us. Oh my God!” As the street improved, Alvear’s rent rose and the store struggled. Kelly was lenient, but “Mexican imports in a recession?” he shrugged. “I love her. The woman gave me the best years of my life. I wish I had my store back,” he sighed, more-or-less to himself. So do we.


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Not the Retiring Sort Margot made few concessions to aging. She shoveled snow – when we still had some. At 75 she gave up downhill skiing for crosscountry. At 94 she redid the kitchen in her Rehoboth beach house – now that’s optimism. She gardened, loved the opera, the theater – especially Arena Stage, where for years she was on the Board of Directors – traveling, card playing, book groups, entertaining, football, baseball, and the occasional ciggie. Disdaining the dryer, she hung laundry on lines across the patio of her federal-era, whitecolumned house across from St. Mark’s Church, another “dump” she restored to historic beauty. “It was a complete gut job,” she said. “They told me I was out of my mind,” she added, blue eyes twinkling. It’s impossible to believe those lights are finally out. Margot Kelly was buried on September 27th near her beach house in Rehoboth. A celebration of her life will be held on the 27th of October at Arena Stage at 5:30 p.m. If you’d like to attend, please be vaccinated and masked. Stephanie Cavanaugh writes a weekly column for the newsy website mylittlebird.com ◆

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by Don Denton

very neighborhood needs a silent woman or man who believes in the future of the neighborhood and the future of its business community. Capitol Hill has been blessed with many such leaders over the decades. One such woman in our community was Margot Kelly who we lost earlier in September. Another was Larry Quillian who we lost in late September. Different people but both believers. I must say here that when you Larry Quillian, Capitol Hill community supporter and real estate investor. speak of Larry Quillian, you are speaking of the Quillian family because that’s Larry settled on his first property what it was. Carol, Mary, Alan and Larthe day after the 1968 riots. He never ry. I knew that whenever I spoke to looked back. He developed a few more Larry, I was speaking to all four. They properties and began playing in a latewere always a team and as I write, when night continuing poker game with a few I mention Larry, I am including all four shady Capitol Hill characters. One of members of his family. those characters was Henry Jaffe of Mr. In the late 1960s and ‘70s, when Henry’s fame. Larry collected a number many were leaving the city for the subof Henry’s poker markers. He went to urbs, Larry was doubling down and him and said, “I love you Henry, but I continuing to invest in the future. The need some security for these markers.” 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave., SE was Henry basically gave Larry a first right the frontier for many. Not so for Larof refusal for Mr. Henry’s Capitol Hill, ry. “This will be the future commercial just the business because Henry did not center of Capitol Hill.” You look at our own the property. At some point, Henry neighborhood today and you think that needed to sell, and Larry cashed in the was a no brainer. Not true. As late as markers and added some cash and he 1998, many of us were not sure where was in the restaurant/bar business. Alwe were headed. Larry never wavered. most immediately, the building owners He explained to me that “comapproached Larry and wanted a signifimercial Capitol Hill” was like a wagon cant rent increase. Larry said, “No probwheel. Eastern Market METRO plalem, I just bought a building down the za would be the hub and the spokes street (613 Penn. Ave.) and I will just were Market Row, Barracks Row and move Mr. Henry’s there.” The owners the east and west spokes of Pennsylvaof the building backed off and cut a deal nia Ave., SE. A revolutionary thought with Larry and he bought the property. to me since, at that time, I thought the In 1983, Capitol Hill was emergHill began and ended with the 200-300 ing from a devastating real estate deblock of Pa. Ave. SE.!


In Loving Memory of

Larry D. Quillian 1940 to 2021 pression. My brother Dale had just bought a small firm on the Hill (BW Real Estate) and we needed more space. There had been this hardware store at 603-605 Pennsylvania Ave. that had closed and left Capitol Hill for Brookland. During the holidays, Christmas trees were sold there and now, in March, it was empty. Jack Mahoney introduced us to Larry Quillian (now the owner of the abandoned hardware store and Jack’s landlord – Jack’s company, Attorney’s Title, was upstairs). Larry was leasing the first floor and most of the parking lot out back. A handshake and we began a 38-year and counting relationship with the Quillian family. Whenever Larry saw a need in his neighborhood, he stepped up and tried to fill the void. The growing numbers of young families had no place to go and just buy a pizza. No problem. In the building he had bought as a hedge to save Mr. Henry’s, he opened Machiavelli’s Italian Restaurant. It was a staple for a decade or more for young families who just wanted a nice family restaurant. If I remember correctly, at that time there was no pizza delivery on the Hill either. The neighborhood then needed a neighborhood restaurant to just go to for an inexpensive Tex Mex dinner. No problem, Larry opened Zapata’s Tex-Mex above Mr. Henry’s. How many nights did we spent there? Like many other small businesses in our neighborhood, Larry was always there to support us and I will always be grateful. It means so much to me to have known him and grown because of him. He taught me much, but the best was family and neighborhood first…the rest will follow.

He will be missed by his family, his friends, and his longtime Hill community.

Goodnight Fifty years from now you’ll still know me, I’ll be gone…but you’ll remember me. I’m that part of you that remembers me and comes looking for me nights And comes looking for what you lost when you kissed my memory goodnight. - Larry D. Quillian

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/ Our River: The Anacostia /

A NEW CITIZEN LEADER ALONG OUR RIVER

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by Bill Matuszeski

he Anacostia Watershed stream clean-up and restoration, wildSociety (AWS) is an imlife balance and fish recovery, trails and portant player in the efboating, development controls near the fort to clean up Our Rivwaters of River and streams, environer. It is the oldest and mental education, and equitable restolargest of the citizen-based organizaration to right historic wrongs and to tions dedicated to the restoration of assure the future benefits all. These are the entire River and its watershed and all challenging efforts and they each afcontributing streams. And it now has fect many of the others, so there need a new leader who brings an interesting to be clear and fair plans. The Anacosbackground to the effort. tia Watershed Society is a key player in Chris Williams is the recentlymaking sure this happens. named AWS President and Chief ExAs the ASW leader, Chris Wilecutive Officer, and has settled into liams has his work and that of his their offices in an historic building organization cut out for him. The near the River in Bladensburg. He has landscape of engaged players is comlived in the DC region for over twentyplicated: many local governments; the Releasing mussels into the Anacostia. Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program five years and in the Anacostia waterState of Maryland and the DC Governshed (with one brief interruption) for ment; neighborhood groups, Federal AWS and its partners are ambitious – a fishable and the last fifteen. He raised his kids in agencies including the National Park swimmable River by 2025 – and giant steps are bethe upper watershed, and the family still enjoys bikService, environmental groups from national officing taken right now to achieve them. A massive pubing along and paddling the River. He comes to AWS es down to small watersheds, education institutions lic works project in the District from American Rivers, where he was Senior Vice of all types – the list goes on to prevent sewage from pourPresident for Conservation; before that he was Diand on. Finding those places ing into the River during heavy rector of the Freshwater Program at the World Wildand those activities where the rains is coming on line and allife Fund where he guided and supported watershed Anacostia Watershed Society ready showing great progress conservation efforts across the US, Latin America, can be most effective in movat reducing pollution. A major Africa, and Asia. ing the right things forward initiative to clean up toxic sediChris grew up around rivers in dry eastern and holding the wrong things ment in the bed of the AnacosWashington state, where the Columbia, Snake, and back will be a challenge for the tia River is getting under way, the Yakima Rivers meet. There was a range of user new leadership and hopefully and work to restore tributary conflicts, with farmers needing water for crops, salmlead to new partnerships and streams in Maryland is rapidly on fishermen wanting uninterrupted flow and power new ideas that benefit the efexpanding. Wetlands and wildcompanies wanting to build dams. Not the same isforts of all. life restoration is ongoing in the sues that we have here but just as tough to deal with. upper river, and the DC-funded Bill Matuszeski is a member of He went on to college at the University of Washington the Mayor’s Leadership Council Kingman Island and Kingman in Seattle, and got his masters and law degrees from for a Cleaner Anacostia River, Lake effort seeks to return an the Vermont Law School, which is known for its emand the retired Director of the overrun urban island and wetphasis on environmental restoration and protection. Chesapeake Bay Program. He land to a natural state with allalso serves on the board of He is now eager to apply his learning to his home wanative plantings. Friends of the National Arbotershed in an urban setting. retum and on Citizen Advisory Chris Williams arrives to lead the The priorities for the AnChris sees this as a particularly exciting time for Anacostia Watershed Society. Photo: Committees for the Chesapeake acostia are many and varied – the Anacostia recovery. The goals being pushed by Anacostia Watershed Society and the Anacostia. u

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ANC6A Supports Numerous Traffic Calming Measures ANC 6A REPORT by Nick L. Alberti Chair Amber Gove (6A04) convened the September 9, 2021 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6A via Zoom with Commissioners Keya Chatterjee (6A01), Commissioners Phil Toomajian (6A02), Mike Soderman (6A03), Laura Gentile (6A05), Robb Dooling (6A06), Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (6A07) and Brian Alcorn (6A08) all in attendance.

Transportation and Public Space (TPS) Committee The commissioners voted, unanimously, to send letters to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT):

regarding failure to fulfill longstanding promise to install curb extensions at 8th & F and 8th & G Streets NE as promised in response to ANC6A 2019 priority list request. • for consideration of speed humps and/or raised crosswalks in the 1600 block of Isherwood Street NE. • for consideration of traffic calming measures, including speed humps and/or raised crosswalks, on F Street NE between 17th and 18th Streets NE and the Intersection of 18th NE and E Streets NE and 18th Street NE from D to E Streets NE and E Street NE from 18th to 19th Streets NE. • for consideration of traffic calming measures on the 700 – 1300 blocks of I Street NE including consideration of speed humps and/or raised crosswalks. • for consideration of traffic calming measures on the 1300, 1400 and 1500 blocks of East Capitol Street NE including consideration of speed humps and/or raised crosswalks. • for consideration of traffic calming measures on the 300 block of 19th Street NE including consideration of speed humps and/or raised crosswalks. • consideration of raised crosswalks and other traffic calming measures at the intersections of 14th and A Streets NE, 15th and A Streets NE, and 15th Street and Constitution Avenue. The Transportation and Public Space Committee meets at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month.

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The commissioners voted, unanimously, to protest the application of H Street Spirits, LLC, t/a H Street Spirits at 1368 H Street NE (ABRA #118781) for a Class A Retail License unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline and that Mona Hatoum and the Chair and Vice-Chair of the ANC be authorized to represent the ANC in this matter. The commissioners voted, unanimously, to protest the application of The Capitol Trading, LLC, t/a Z Korner Store at 234 15th Street NE (ABRA #118839) for a Class B Retail License unless a Settlement Agreement is finalized prior to the protest deadline and that Mona Hatoum, the Chair and Vice-Chair of the ANC and Commissioners Laura Gentile and Brian Alcorn be authorized to represent the ANC in this matter. The commissioners voted, unanimously, to approve the most current membership list for the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee as Mona Hatoum and Ian Stanford and remove Kate Robinson for lack of attendance.


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The commissioners voted, unanimously, to accept the resignations of Nick Alberti and Mark Samburg from the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Committee and approved the appointments of Erin Sullivan, Joe Krisch and Kara Hughley. The Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meets at 7:00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

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The commissioners voted to send a letter of support to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for a Modification of Consequence pursuant to Y § 703, to previously approved plans (BZA Case #20436) to add a penthouse enclosure, including a staircase, and roof deck at 1300 I Street, NE (BZA Case #20436A), with the caveat that the developer make best efforts to get letters of support from the neighbors on I Street and Florida Avenue, and that the developer change the treatment on the penthouse structure to match and flow with the rest of the building. The commissioners voted to send a letter of support to HPA regarding a historic review of a project for the renovation and addition of a third story to a two-story building, and reconfigure the facade’s windows and door openings to an existing two-unit row house with conversion to a single family row house at 810 C Street, NE (HPA 21-416) in the Historic District with the caveat that the developer make best efforts to get letters of support from the owners or occupants of adjacent properties. The commissioners approved the appointment of Roberta Shapiro as a member of the Economic Development and Zoning Committee.

The Economic Development and Zoning Committee meets at 7:00 pm on the third Wednesday of each month.

Principal Sah Brown: Update on Eastern High School Principal Brown gave an update onEastern High to the ANC. In addition to returning to full-time in person learning this school year, the roughly 630 students at Eastern High School will be able to participate in typical extracurricular activities, clubs and tutoring. Principal Brown said the overarching focus this year for students at Eastern High School is spread across four broad areas identified as addressing students emotional needs by performing trauma assessments as needed and increasing students’ access to counselors; literacy via a stronger focus on complex text analysis and understanding; increased engagement with staff and other students to personally reconnect after so much digital interaction, and acceleration, a particular focus for ninth and tenth graders, to bolster their math and reading skills by extending lesson times for these subjects and ensuring all grades are getting grade-level content. This will be assisted via expanded tutoring available both during and after school hours.

Other Business • The commissioners voted to send a letter of support to DDOT for NOI #21-210TOA for the establishment of a reserved parking space at 437 15th Street NE. The vote was 7 in favor with Commissioner Toomajian abstaining. Visit www.anc6a.org for a calendar of meeting times, meeting agendas and other information. u

The Next meeting is 2nd Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m. Transportation & Public Space Committee 3rd Monday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting via WebEx Economic Development and Zoning Committee meeting 3rd Wednesday, October 20, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting via WebEx Community Outreach Committee meeting 4th Monday, October 25, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting via WebEx Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meeting 4th Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting via WebEx Instructions for accessing the meeting via WebEx have been posted under Hot Topics at anc6a.org. Call in information will be posted under Community Calendar at anc6a.org 24 hours prior to the meeting. You will be able to enter the meeting no earlier than 15 minutes prior to its scheduled start time.

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BID Spearheads M Street Redesign

Two design alternatives have been prepared under the direction of the Capitol Riverfront BID, which is spearheading a redesign of the M Street Corridor. Image: DDOT. Screenshot: Webex, Sept. 14th meeting ANC 6B]

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he Capitol Riverfront BID is spearheading a redesign of the M Street Southeast corridor, between South Capitol and 11th Streets SE. The corridor very much reads as a highway, said Ted Jutras, Capitol Riverfront BID VP of Planning and Development, during his presentation at the Sept. 14 meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B. Currently, M Street has three travel lanes in each direction, with parking in off-peak periods, and curbside carfree lanes during peak periods in Southeast, The goal is to make the corridor more cyclistand pedestrian-friendly, reducing speeds while still allowing vehicle use and broadening the mix of mobility uses that can safely share the street. Another goal is to make M Street more of a connector between the neighborhoods to the north and south, whereas it is now more of a divider, said Jutras. In the long term, planners want to provide better connection between the rapidly-growing Buzzard Point through Capitol Riverfront and Capitol

South to Union Station. The project kicked off two years ago, funded by a US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Technical Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant provided to look at redesigning the M Street corridor. The corridor has been identified as a multimodal transit corridor since the first MOVE DC plan was drawn up in 2014. The $100,000 TAP grant, matched by a DC DDOT grant, allowed Capitol Riverfront to hire a consulting team. Working closely with DDOT, Capitol Riverfront is currently in Phase 2 of the project. At the end of Phase 2, Capitol Riverfront will hand the project over to DDOT, which will potentially begin construction in 2022, said Jutras. Jutras said the Southwest BID (SWBID) is funding a separate project that envisions how concepts developed by the M Street project could be extended into the M Street corridor in Southwest. Two design alternatives are ready. Each features dedicated bus lanes and one lane for vehicle travel in each direction, with a center protected corridor for turns. The number of travel lanes would be reduced, but the center turn lane is intended to keep traffic moving smoothly, Map showing location and timing of Pepco G Street conversion projJutras said. ect. Image: Pepco. Screenshot: Webex, Sept. 14th meeting ANC 6B

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The primary difference between the two is that one includes a protected two-way cycle track, while the other suggests protecting one-way cycling lanes on either side. At this point, construction will involve paint and post; there is no budget for new curbs, Jutras said, but a larger long-term M Street corridor improvement plan is underway. The outer lanes designated for bus-use during rush hour could be used to preserve the car-free lanes that were established by DDOT along M Street during the pandemic for other peak periods. Jutras said that there is an opportunity to reduce the width of both vehicle and cycling lanes to create pedestrian islands at intersections. The design envisions use of curbside areas at cross streets for pickup and loading zones. Jutras said that the critical aspect of those plans is enforcement. “We can create all the zones we want and designate things how we want, but if enforcement isn’t there, it doesn’t exist,” Jutras said. Learn more about the Capitol Riverfront Mobility Initiatives at www.capitolriverfront.org

Pepco Work to Impact Hill Pepco is undertaking a G Street 4kV conversion project to increase capacity of distribution lines in the area. The current 4KV infrastructure is decades old, resulting in outages and reliability concerns, said Pepco engineer Braden Hause. The upgrade to new, standard 13kV infrastructure will improve capacity and reliability, especially during unforeseen


events. The project is expected to conclude in 2027. Hause said that the project requires extensive construction throughout Southeast to build the underground infrastructure over next 4-5 years. Construction will begin in late 2021 or early 2022. Much of the initial work will take place south of Pennsylvania Avenue and west of Ninth Street SE, with work to the east of Ninth and north of Pennsylvania not slated to begin until 2022. Hause said that Pepco would focus on site preparation and customer coordination until 2023, with construction taking place over a period expected to end in 2025 and electrical distribution taking place as upgrades are complete, between 2022-2026. In response to a question about service disruption, Braden said electrical service won’t be impacted until time of conversion; first, the underground infrastructure must be constructed before electrical loads are transferred from the current 4kV to the new 13kV lines. The outages to facilitate this are expected to last half a day or a few hours. A customer meeting is planned for Oct. 5. Follow Hill Rag for notice, or to learn more, visit pepco. com/reliabilityprojects Contact Jamaal Jordan, public affairs manager at Jamaal.Jordan@pepco.com.

Errors in Ledo’s Pizza Permit Commissioners voted to appeal the decision to issue a building permit for Ledo’s Pizza (415 Eighth St. SE) to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), as well as any Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) issued because of that permit. Speaking at the meeting, residents argued that the permit was erroneously issued for a restaurant, while Ledo’s Pizza more October 2021 H 71


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closely conforms to fast-food use. Because the building is in an MU-25 zone, fast food use requires a special exception from the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) and consideration before the ANC. Resident (and former ANC 6B10 commissioner) Francis Campbell wrote in the meeting chat that the difference matters because residents on the block have worked for nearly 20 years to secure inside trash storage and to mitigate the rodent population. Those efforts would be undermined by Ledo’s non-compliance with the standards of the other businesses. 6B06 Commissioner Corey Holman said holding agencies to account is one of the things ANCs do. It is dangerous to allow agencies to overlook regulations, he said.

Protest Food Truck Zone The ANC Voted to protest a Notice of Intent (NOI) issued by the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) to create a Mobile Roadway Vehicle—or food truck—Zone on the 100 block of D Street SE. Commissioner Jennifer Samolyk (6B01) said that the community has been fighting food trucks on the block for years. The vehicles often park directly across the street from brick-and-mortar restaurants such as Tortilla Coast or Bullfeathers. The trucks are illegally occupying public space, she said, and sales create more trash than receptacles are equipped to handle in the area, leading to an uptick in rats. Samolyk said that the proximity of the proposed zone to the US Capitol campus is also a safety hazard, given the number of propane tanks utilized by some of the vehicles. “It’s just not the right spot,” Samolyk said, suggesting that some triangle parks or even lots in the area might be better suited to the use. Attending were Commissioners Jennifer Samolyk (6B01), Gerald Sroufe (6B02), Brian Ready (6B03), Kirsten Oldenburg (6B04), Steve Holtzman (6B05), Corey Holman (6B06), Edward Ryder (6B07), Peter Wright (6B08), Alison Horn (6B09) and Denise Krepp (6B10). The next meeting of ANC 6B is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. For the most up-to-date information on meetings and how to join a virtual meeting via Webex, visit anc6b.org. Learn about Commissioners and committees and subscribe to the ANC 6B newsletter by visiting anc6b.org or connect with the commission via email at 6b@anc.dc.gov or via @ANC6B on Twitter. u

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ANC 6C Questions NoMA Encampment Removal ANC 6C Report by Elizabeth O’Gorek

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t the Sept. 9th meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6C, commissioners said they were pleased to hear access to housing for those living in the underpass at L and M Street NE would be accelerated by a pilot project that aimed to remove the NoMA encampments by Sept. 20. However, representatives also expressed concern with a prohibition on tents at the site after that date, the lack of public notice and the speed of program implementation. Jessica Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff in the office of the Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services (DMHHS), spoke at the meeting. She said the three pilot areas include the NoMA encampments, Allen Park where O Street meets New Jersey Avenue NW and the area of E Street near 21st and 22nd Streets NW. Smith said that DMHHS focused on these three encampments because of the risk they pose to health and safety of both those living and traveling through the area. The NoMA encampment is one of the largest of the approximately 140 in the District, Smith said, and one of the more transient. The pilot project, initiated Sept. 1, dedicates increased resources to the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and other support workers such as Pathways to Housing DC. This allows daily visits to connect those living in pilot locations with social services including addiction and behavioral health services. The pilot also accelerates access to Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), moving residents in over a matter of days rather than the typical application period of six to nine months. Smith said that a little more than 90 percent of those living in the pilot areas are eligible for the program. The goal is to move those eligible by Sept. 20. If an individual does not want to be housed, she said, outreach workers will help them relocate. 6C06 Commissioner Drew Courtney told Smith he was pleased with the effort to find support-

Two people walk through tents under the L Street NE overpass, Sept. 9, 2021. E. O’Gorek/CCN

ive housing, but that he was concerned that the creation of a no-tent zone criminalizes homelessness. He said he worried that the program was not a real housing-first answer to the problem and wondered if there was a way to compromise on space use with residents of the underpass. “I am concerned that we are somehow pairing it [accelerated access to PSH] with criminalizing homelessness in these encampments. It feels like a bit of a bait and switch,” he said. Smith pushed back, arguing that the effort was based on the idea of housing first. “Housing first is literally saying that you first and foremost address people’s housing needs,” she said, emphasizing that the pilot doesn’t simply remove residents but finds them homes before attempting to address their other needs. Efforts made over the years to find a way to facilitate passage through the encampments floundered, Smith said, because of the transient nature unique to the NoMA encampments. A group will buy in to this idea, she said, but then will move on and the agreement will have to be re-established. Some commissioners expressed doubt about the transient nature of the encampment. They said they were also concerned with the lack of public notice, noting that Smith’s appearance was the first information they had received about the program. However, Commissioner Joel Kelty (6C05) acknowledged that there were many criticisms of the effort but added that many of his constituents will be thrilled to hear about that some sort of action is being taken.

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Support for Swampadoodle II Plans Commissioners voted to write a letter in support of a public space application as well as the plans for Swampadoodle II Park (Third and L Streets NE). They particularly endorsed installation of bump outs and crosswalks but asked DDOT to add traffic-calming elements to encourage safety, including removal of parking for sight lines, tabletop crossing, and a micro mobile corral as part of design. Transportation and Public Space (TPS) Committee Chair Christy Kwan said that plans need improved focus on safety of pedestrians crossing L Street NE from Swampdoodle II. The plan is for leashed dogs only, with the clear idea that as there is a dog park right next door, this park is not for dogs. It is possible that dogs may be prohibited, Commissioner Courtney added. Ground is expected to be broken in October or November, with completion in late April, just in time for planting.

In Other Business: The commission supported the following: • A protest of the application for a Class ‘C’ hotel license and Class

‘B’ retail license from Washington DC NOMA Operations, Citizen M Hotel (1222 1st Street NE) in pursuit of a Settlement Agreement (SA). A Board of Zoning Application (BZA) for special relief for lot occupancy and set back to build an accessory garage with roof deck at 617 A St. NE. A modification to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) at 200 K St. NE, to allow animal sales, care and boarding in the building. A PUD modification of consequence and a waiver for Georgetown University which is contemplating purchase of the building at 111 Massachusetts Ave NW. Changes would allow for university use, currently not listed in the PUD. On a guarantee of no amplified sound inside or projected onto a rooftop terrace, a recommended conditional support for a BZA application for zoning relief to allow expansion of a penthouse at 300 New Jersey Ave NW - 51 Louisiana Ave NW, inside the Capital Security Sub area. Commissioner Mark Eckenwiler said the ANC could see no issues but will defer to Capitol Police, who will review plans for security issues. A letter to DDOT asking for clarification on why the residential parking permit signs were updated on the 200 block of C Street NE, allowing for four rather than two hours without a permit. The letter states that ANC did not receive advance notice and asks for clarification about why hours are not consistent throughout the ANC.

The following ANC 6C commissioners were present at the July 10th meeting: Christine Healey (Secretary, 6C01), Karen Wirt (Chair, 6C02), Jay Adelstein (6C03), Mark Eckenwiler (Vice-

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Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6D met on Sept. 13 over Zoom. Commissioners Andrew Bossi (6D01), Jared Weiss (6D02, Secretary), Ronald Collins (6D03, Treasurer), Andy Litsky (6D04), Fredrica (Rikki) Kramer (6D05, Vice Chair), Rhonda Hamilton (6D06) and Edward Daniels (6D07, Chair) were in attendance.

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epresentatives from developer WC Smith (www.wcsmith.com) asked the commission’s endorsement of their plans for 850 South Capitol St. SE, just north of the Novel South Capitol. Due to its location in the Capitol Gateway Overlay District (CGOD), the parcel is subject to design review by the DC Zoning Commission (ZC). Zoned D-5, it is exempted from the requirements of Inclusionary Zoning and permitted to tower over 100 feet in height. Smith envisions a high end apartment building with no ground floor retail oriented towards South Capitol Street. Smith has recently purchased the

adjacent Splash Car Wash property for its project. This parcel includes a narrow right of way behind the Novel that permits access from I Street SE. Smith plans to use that for southern, mainly pedestrian and bicycle access. The roof will be reserved for residential amenities. Windows on the building’s eastern side remain at risk if development proceeds on the neighboring coal yard. No neon lighting accents are planned. Space under the freeway will be used for a public dog park, stated the Smith team. The Smith team provided no details on the unit mix. They assured commissioners that studios would not form a significant element, pointing to the company’s historical preference for larger apartments in their developments. Attorney Leila Battles of Holland & Knight led the Smith team’s presentation. The building was being built as a “matter of right” and was not subject to the requirements of inclusionary zoning, Battles stated. Only matters related to the structures design could be raised as part of the commission’s review, she argued. To buttress her contention, another team member lectured the commissioners at length on the specifics of zoning law and the limitations placed on commission objections. Only the project’s design components merit comments, he opined. The Smith team’s presentation incensed the commissioners. “Thank you for that diatribe on affordable housing and IZ. We so appreciated it,” observed Treasurer Collins sarcastically. “Understand that you are part of the problem by offering no affordable housing,” stated Chair Edwards. “You are flaunting this project as if it is doing something for this community. It is not,” observed Commissioner Hamilton, who termed the presentation “disrespectful.” “There is no benefit to the community. None! None! None!” added Commissioner Litsky. “I appreciate your schooling us on what are legal responsibilities are, but that ignores your moral responsibilities to help solve this com-


A rendering of the proposed design of 850 South Capitol St. Courtesy of WC Smith

munity’s affordable housing crisis,” he added vehemently, calling for full details on the proffered dog park. “What we don’t want is a proffered community benefit that isn’t delivered,” he added. The commission took no vote on the matter. The Smith team was welcome to return to the October meeting with more details, stated the chair.

Full Service Grocer on Buzzard Point? The completion of the new Frederick Douglass Bridge has increased development pressure on Buzzard Point. In particular, developer Steuart Investment Company is moving ahead with its plans for the Superior Concrete property on Square 662. In phase one, the company plans to build 451 apartments, 300 below grade parking spaces and 15,986 square feet of retail. The second phase includes a full-service grocery. The developer asked for the commission’s support for a public space application to allow the creation of a 30-foot wide alley between South Capitol and Half Streets SW that would bisect the site. This would require two new curb cuts. The developer applied for an additional curb cut on R Street SW as well. After some discussion of the safety arrangements for truck traffic in the alley, the commission approved the application unanimously and authorized Commissioner Kramer to testify before the Public Space Committee in support.

801 Maine Ave SW Senior Development Manager Keleena Francis Lee of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners briefed the commission on the firm’s plans for 801 Maine Ave. SW, the site of former offices of the US Department of Agriculture. The developer acquired the triangular property, located at the corner of Maine Av-

enue and Ninth Street SW, in August. The site is complicated to develop. Located at a busy pedestrian corner across from The Wharf, it sits astride a WMATA tunnel and abuts both Jefferson Middle School and Jefferson athletic field. It is zoned MU-12, which permits mixed use development and limits the structure to 50 feet in height with a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3 if Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) is provisioned. The property currently has only one existing curb cut on G Street SW. Lee asked for the commission to support up-zoning the parcel to MU-10. This would increase the allowable height and FAR to 100 feet and 7.2 respectively if IZ is implemented. A 20foot rear yard would also be required between Jefferson Middle School and the new building. Jair Lynch plans a 13-story building with 530 apartments and 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail on the site, Lee stated. In return, the developer would designate 15 percent of the units at “affordable,” although the definition of affordability remained unresolved. Lynch prefers to employ a “zoning map amendment” to upzone the parcel rather than a more complicated “Planned Unit Development” (PUD) process to speed the project’s time to market. Lee was open to increasing the percentage of affordable units to 20 percent. The developer presented very little detail on the project. There were no renderings and no details on the proportion and sizes of the residential units. Nor was any information on loading access, entrances or construction traffic provided. “I see how using a map amendment benefits you, but I fail to see how it benefits our community,” said Commissioner Litsky, who then stated his opposition to the up-zoning method. A number of commissioners joined him, also terming the percentage of affordable units insufficient. No vote was taken on the matter.

Capitol Riverfront BID Mobility Project Ted Jutras, vice president for Planning and Development at the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (Capitol Riverfront BID) briefed the commission on the organization’s “Mobility Project,” which is studying travel along M Street SE. A survey of roadway conditions, he stated, found conditions for pedestrian and cyOctober 2021 H 75


clists generally unsafe, the bus infrastructure insufficient and the quality of the public realm poor. The Capitol Riverfront BID is working on two concepts for M Street’s redesign and the feasibility of north/south transit. The first includes a two track protected cycle track on the road’s south curb. There would be no loss of parking. Pickup-drop-off zones would relocated to side streets. Option Two is similar but divides the protected cycle tracks between the northern and southern curbs. In addition, the study is exploring micro transit and traditional mass transit options for north/south travel to Buzzard Point. Commissioners expressed concern about the narrowing of M Street car traffic to a single travel lane in each direction. What about the impact of stalled buses or slow traffic on the environment, pondered Commissioner Hamilton. Jutras promised a final draft of the study in early December. For more information, visit www.capitolriverfront.org/mobility.

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Commissioner Bossi resigned his seat due to plans to move out of his single member district. A special election will be held to replace him. The commission voted unanimously to file an appeal with the DC Housing Authority as a follow up to its June 26th FOIA request for the technical proposals for the Greenleaf redevelopment including best and final offers. Commissioners stated their concern about the developers’ plans to use 90 market rate condominiums in the Westminster project to satisfy build first requirements. “We need a clear understanding of what is being proposed,” stated Commissioner Litsky. Ralph McLean, the new First District Commander, briefed the commission on public safety. The last 30 days witnessed a single homicide, one


EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF CAPITOL HILL & BEYOND sex offense, 28 robberies, he stated. The persons of interest have arrested in the recent ATM robberies, he added. Commissioner Collins asked that officers be on the lookout for orange cones being used to illegally reserve public parking on curbside. US Attorney Douglass Klein, who joined the briefing, opined that 2021 homicide cases would top 200. Under Alcohol Beverage Control matters, the commission decided to: • protest a license for Swingers at 1250 Half St. SE on the grounds of “Protest Peace Order and Quiet;” • protest a license for Grazzi at 85 District Sq. SW on the grounds of “Protest Peace Order and Quiet;” • protest a license for Courtyard Marriot at 140 L St SE due to the absence of a signed cooperative agreement; • protest a license for Citizen M at 550 School St. SW due to the absence of a signed cooperative agreement; • authorized Commissioner Litsky to continue negotiations on the matters above and represent the commission in front of the Alcohol Beverage Control Board. Commissioners took the following unanimous steps: • approved the agenda and July minutes; • authorized Commissioner Kramer to testify on the commission’s behalf at Westminster Zoning Hearing; • supported the DC Bike Ride and the Run for the Badge 5k; • authorized the formation of a subcommittee to investigate land trusts.

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committee. Redistricting is the process by which census data is used to redraw the boundaries of legislative districts within a state or jurisdiction with the aim of giving residents a fair and equal voice in the way they are governed. For the District of Columbia, the 2020 Census data will serve as the building block to redraw the eight wards, 40 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) and 296 Single-Member Districts (SMDs). The goal is to ensure each district has approximately the same number of people. OP has launched a new online tool, planning.dc.gov/page/district-columbia-2021-ward-redistricting. For more information, visit planning.dc.gov/ publication/2020-census-information-and-data. 

Overbeck Lecture: Following the Trail of John Burroughs After a hiatus of more than a year, the Overbeck Lectures resume on Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., at Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, with a presentation on John Burroughs, an eminent naturalist and nature writer in the decades after the Civil War. He lived for a time on Capitol Soul Strolls at Congressional Cemetery Hill where the Russell Office Building now stands. His On Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23 (rain or shine), you can trespass into the past and discover the secrets of observations during hikes about the city and out into the Congressional Cemetery’s “residents.” Soul Strolls explore the stories of individuals buried there nearby woods, sometimes accompanied by Walt Whitthrough guided tours and costumed interpreters. The hour-long tour departs every 15 minutes beman, became the basis for popular nature essays that tween 6 and 10 p.m. Adult tickets are $35; children 12 and under, $15; beer, wine and cider for purwere gathered into books such as Wake-Robin and later chase. Comfortable shoes are encouraged, as are flashlights. Tours will not stay on the paths, so be Riverby, along with many others. Steve Dryden, execuprepared for uneven terrain. Congressional Cemetery is at 1801 E St. SE. congressionalcemetery.org. tive director of the Friends of Peirce Mill, will trace Burroughs’s life in DC, his discoveries of Washington’s natural delights, and his growing national popularity. Since Peirce Mill on Rock Creek is located within the area that Burroughs often exHowl-O-Ween Costume Contest plored, Mr. Dryden has studied not only Burroughs’s world through his books On Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m., join other Hill dog lovers at the steps of Linbut also the on-the-ground changes that resulted during more recent decades, coln Park for Howl to the Chief ’s annual doggie costume contest with prizes for particularly as streams and waterways were lost to view. Admission is free but Best Group, Best Individual, Funniest, Best Homemade and (new category) Best a reservation is required; masks must be worn and full vaccination required. Trick for Treat. Register online using the QR Code or from 1:30 to 2 p.m. on the Register at hillcenterc.org. day of the event. There will be swag bags for all participants. howltothechief.com.

Online Redistricting Tool Launched The US Census Bureau has officially transmitted to Mayor Bowser the results of the 2020 Census. With these results, the DC Council’s Subcommittee on Redistricting will announce when the once-a-decade redistricting process officially starts. The DC Office of Planning (OP), which houses the DC State Data Center, is releasing an online tool to help interested stakeholders participate in the redistricting process by creating their own maps to submit to the Sub78 H HILLRAG.COM

Create a Yard Scene for the Literary Pumpkin Walk The week before Halloween, display a pumpkin, scarecrow, yard scene, or whatever, based on your choice of book or literary character, and register it in the Capitol Hill Community Foundation map at literarypumpkinwalk.org. Hill Neighbors will be invited to enjoy the pumpkin walk, held this year in lieu of their usual local school fundraiser: A Literary Feast. Participation in


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CARING FOR TREES ADVICE FROM OUR ARBORISTS PRESERVATION CAFE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20 6:30 PM In this virtual presentation, DDOT Arborists, Steve McKindlely-Ward and Alex Grieve will explain how their agency promotes the urban tree canopy and how you can care for trees on or near your property. Details: chrs.org/meet-our-arborists/

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CHRS House Expo, Oct. 30 On Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Capitol Hill Restoration Society holds a free House Expo at the Eastern Market North Hall, featuring 30 home service exhibitors. Come meet the best companies in design, services, accents, and improvements, including: Alternative Property Management, Architectural Window Corp., Sunpower by Edge Energy, DC Access,Teass\Warren Architects, Image Painting, Coldwell Banker Realty/Chuck Burger, W.S. Jenks & Son, Joel Truitt Builders & Management, Chemstrip Refinishing, Community Forklift, Ducks in a Row, N&M House Detectives, Woodland Escrow & Title, International Dark Sky Assn., State Farm Insurance, and Capitol Hill Village. DC Government agencies, DCRA, DC EMS, DOEE, and Councilmember Allen’s Constituent Services, will also be on hand to discuss home safety, energy savings, environment, zoning, public safety, and licensing. chrs.org.

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the pumpkin walk is free, but if you’d like to make a school-supporting donation, visit donatecapitolhill.org. Pumpkin Walk participants will vote for their favorite literary-inspired display. The winning household gets to donate $1000 to its Capitol Hill public school of choice.

Nightmare in Navy Yard Local DJ and event production company Scorpio Entertainment has announced plans for a pop-up Halloween event in Navy Yard on Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m., at DC Water’s new HQO venue, under a huge tent with the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge as a backdrop. Scorpio Entertainment is known for producing pop-up dance parties in unique spaces including the sold-out Star Wars Day party at Reagan National Airport in 2019. Nightmare in Navy Yard is

geared specifically towards the vaccinated and mask-wearers who are following the rules to get us through this on-going pandemic. The event will feature DJ Tezrah, an open bar, food trucks, special effect lighting, animated décor, and a complimentary hotel stay and brunch to the winners of the best costume. Tickets and details are at nightmareinnavyyard.com.

DC Circulator Fares Reinstated By order of the DC Council, as of Oct. 1, the District Department of Transportation has reinstated fares on the DC Circulator. The base fare is $1. The DC Circulator also offers reduced fares of 50 cents for seniors and mobility impaired individuals. Children under five ride free with a paying adult. DC students between five and twenty-one who are eligible


for the Kids Ride Free Program can use their KRF SmarTrip card. dccirculator.com.

Free Rides to the Wharf The Wharf now offers a free SW Neighborhood Shuttle. With daily service and 10-minute headways, it’s easy and convenient to take the shuttle between The Wharf and L’Enfant Plaza Metro, the Na-

SE Library Monthly Book Sales Threatened For decades, the Friends of Southeast Library (FOSEL) have held monthly book sales to raise funds for kids and adult activities not supported by the DCPL budget. This community building event on the second Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., attracts book lovers from all over the city. Most books are $1. FOSEL averages $1500 to $2000 in receipts every month. DCPL is in the process of planning a total renovation of the Southeast branch which is scheduled for completion in fall 2024. In the current plans, the storage room capacity has been unnecessarily cut in half thereby diminishing the number of donated books that can be accepted and sold. Friends of Southeast Library asks that all DC residents who appreciate and enjoy their monthly book sales sign a petition to keep them going strong for the indefinite future. Here’s the link to sign the petition and, if you care to, also make a donation to the cause – ipetitions. com/petition/save-the-fosel-monthly-book-sales-3.

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tional Mall at Seventh St./Independence Ave. SW, or L’Enfant Plaza Parking at 10th St. SW and ride to The Wharf. The shuttle is wheelchair accessible. Pets may be transported on the Shuttle, provided they are carried in a secure container from which they cannot escape. Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. wharfdc.com/gettinghere/southwest-shuttle.

National Arboretum Fall 5K On Saturday, Oct. 9, there will be a 5K run through the grounds of the National Arboretum. Tickets are $30 and includes a complimentary neck gaiter designed for this event. There’s also a virtual 5K option so you can participate from wherever you are in the country. Sign up at fona.org.

CHRS Caring for Trees: Advice from Our Arborists The Capitol Hill Restoration Society will present a virtual Preservation Café on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Steve McKindlely-Ward and Alex Grieve of the Urban Forestry Administration within DDOT will explain how their agency promotes the urban tree canopy and how you can care for trees on or near your property. Free. For details, visit chrs.org/ meet-our-arborists/.

than 32,000 drivers have already participated, collectively settling $44 million worth of tickets. The District’s amnesty program that provides the opportunity to pay, without the doubling penalty, outstanding tickets for parking, photo enforcement, and minor moving violations. You will pay the original ticket amount. Any penalties will be waived. Department of Public Works tow and storage fees, if any, will not be waived. Residents and non-residents facing financial hardship should contact the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s Central Collection Unit (OCFO CCU) for hardship options. ticketamnesty.dc.gov.

H Street Bridge NE Replacement Environmental Assessment The District Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, has released for public comment the Environmental Assessment for the H Street Bridge NE Replacement. The purpose of the Project is to replace the H Street Bridge NE to address structural deficiencies, maintain modal relationships, and support the economic development within and adjacent to the Washington Union Station. The Complete EA is available for public download at hstreetbridgeproject.com. Public comments remain open until Oct. 15.  

Southwest Community Grant Opportunity The Southwest Community Foundation announces a special grant opportunity that opened Oct. 1. The foundation expects to award up to seven grants of between $5,000 and $10,000 for innovative projects that enhance the lives of people living in Near Southwest DC. The grant funds have been made possible by a community-benefits agreement negotiated by ANC6D. The foundation expects to publish application guidelines on its website by Oct. 1. The deadline for submission is Dec. 1. Awards will be announced and distributed in early 2022. sw-community-foundation.org.

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CHRS Guided Walking Tours in November The Capitol Hill Restoration Society is offering a third series of outdoor guided walking tours on Nov. 13 and 14: Architecture of Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill Alleys, The Resistance, and  Parks, Treasures of Capitol Hill.  chrs.org/guidedwalking-tours-november-2021.

New Mural Installed at DC’s Go-Go Corner

Cast (l to r): Kevin Thorne, Lolita Marie, Jared Graham. Photo: Mike Kozemchak

“N” at the Keegan Eugene O’Neill’s groundbreaking 1921 play, The Emperor Jones, was the first American play that featured an African-American actor in the lead role on Broadway. Charles S. Gilpin’s portrayal of Emperor Brutus Jones was hailed as “revelatory,” and he was named the finest actor of the age. The opening of The Emperor Jones made stars of both men; it was O’Neill’s first commercial success, and Gilpin became the toast of the theater world. But by 1926, O’Neill was a legend and Gilpin was lost to history. Adrienne Pender’s “N” explores the challenging relationship between Gilpin and O’Neill and how it ultimately hinged on one word--a word that lifted one of them to the heights of American theater and destroyed the other. $50. “N” is on stage at the Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW, Oct. 23, to Nov. 20. keegantheatre.com.

On Sept. 14, Mayor Bowser celebrated DC’s iconic culture and music by unveiling a new Go-Go mural at the District’s “Go-Go music corner” at 7th St. and Florida Ave. NW. The new mural, which abuts the CVS parking lot and The Shay apartment building, is directly across from the building where GoGo music plays daily. The mural, painted by local artist Kaliq Crosby, features a young boy on percussion. It is a throwback to Go-Go’s early roots when local youth would beat out a Go-Go rhythm on empty five-gallon plastic jugs. Crosby’s mural is the first of three distinct works of art to be featured on the


In Loving Memory of

Timothy Burr 1941 to 2021 Timothy Burr of Washington DC passed away at 80 on September 8, 2021, after living with ALS for two years.

Timothy, son of W. Eben Burr and June Burr, is survived by his wife of 56 years, Constance Burr, daughter Sarah Crockett, son Eben Burr, daughter Priscilla who predeceased him, brother Thad Burr, three grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Tim was a long- term resident of Capitol Hill and was deeply involved in his community: an expert potter, a talented voice in many singing groups, an invaluable part of Yarmouth Management and the list could go on and on.

Tim’s kindness, intellect, style, humor and zest for life will be deeply missed by his many friends.

In Loving Memory of

Gloria Murry Ford 1953 to 2021

The Capitol Hill community mourns Gloria Murry Ford, 68, who died Aug. 12 following complications from surgery at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS.

A former CNN News correspondent, Black Entertainment Television reporter and veteran media specialist, Gloria was the first news director of TCI New Media in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She began her career as a reporter in her native Wichita (KFH, KFDI radio, KARD-TV) and joined WJAR-TV in Providence, RI, before becoming a CNN correspondent in Atlanta in 1980. She met her husband, WJLA-TV reporter Sam Ford, on a flight traveling to a story both were covering in 1980, he for CBS News and she for CNN. They married in 1981.

Gloria’s recent media projects include the launching and maintenance of the Affordable Care Act and other government initiatives in D.C.

Survivors include husband Sam, daughter Gina (Maryland) and son Murry (Atlanta); mother Norma Murry (Wichita); and siblings Ray Murry and Rosalind Murry (Wichita). Her father Major Murry and sister Yvonne Murry are deceased. Donations may be made to a scholarship fund in Gloria’s name with the National Association of Black Journalists, of which Sam is a co-founder (see NABJ.org or https://app.mobilecause.com/form/zuP3-g?vid=lm30k). Survivors include husband Sam, daughter Gina (Maryland) and son Murry (Atlanta)

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wall. Another section is currently being painted by frequent MuralsDC artist Aniekan Udofia, whose work is sponsored, in part, by Shaw Mainstreets. muralsdcproject.com.

District of Columbia Entertainment Network Launched The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) has launched the Agency’s first-ever streaming network, District of Columbia Entertainment Network (DCE). “DCE … ANYTIME… ANYWHERE… WE’VE GOT WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR!” The 24-hour on-demand network delivers— FREE--lifestyle, music, live events, sports, arts, variety shows, talk shows, educational and entertainment programming from the nation’s capital into homes via ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Viewers can also watch the streaming TV channel on iPhone and Android mobile devices by downloading the DCE Network and at dcenetwork.com. Soon DCE Network will also be available to watch on the Samsung, LG, and Android TV platforms.  The various platforms will give the Network access to a potential viewing audience of over 450 million globally. Watch original award-winning entertainment and educational programs produced in Washington, DC for a global audience. dcenetwork.com.

lessly supplies up-to-the-minute material. Biden My Time is on stage at the Arts Club of Washington, 2017 ‘I’ St. NW, on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. $50 ticket includes pre-show cocktails and dinner; drinks and dessert with the performers after the show. artsclubofwashington.org.

Outdoor, Pop-up Book Sale On Thursday, Oct. 21; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown DC’s outdoor, pop-up bookstore reappears on Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, for the last time this season. Shop thousands of gently used books, CDs and DVDs, for $6 or less. Books are provided by Carpe Librum, a local used bookstore benefitting nonprofit Turning the Page (turn-

ingthepage.org). The book sale is cancelled in the case of inclement weather. downtowndc.org.

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Evil Laugh Contest Through Oct. 15, compete in DC’s First Annual Evil Laugh Contest. Submit a 10-second video of yourself doing your most wicked, spine-tingling evil laugh. Who can participate? Anyone and everyone can. Trophies will be awarded in several categories such as, Best Vocals, Art Direction, Dramatic Performance. If you win, you must be able to pick up your prize at your local participating DC Public Library. For inspiration, check out Evil Laughs on Film at dclibrary.org/node/68802. For more Evil Laugh Contest details, visit dclibrary.org/evillaughcontest.

11th St. Bridge Park Virtual Public Meeting On Thursday, Oct. 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., DDOT and Building Bridges Across the River will host a virtual public meeting to share the latest updates about the 11th Street Bridge Park, Washington DC’s first elevated park over the Anacostia River. To register, visit bridgepark.org/publicmeeting.

Biden My Time Political Comedy at the Arts Club of Washington With sketches, songs, song parodies and brief video segments, no one is safe from the razor-sharp comic probing of Capitol Comedy, as they send up Joe Biden, Kampala Harris, Mitch McConnell, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jeff Bezos, and more. Fortunately for comedy, Washington end84 H HILLRAG.COM

Choose from apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan and a sea salt chocolate chess pie. Photo: Abigail Seiler

Food & Friends’ Slice of Life Thanksgiving Pie Sales Open Now in its 15th year, Slice of Life has become a tradition in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Pie Sellers and Pie Teams come together to raise money, ensuring that neighbors facing serious illnesses can enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving meal complete with two delicious pies. Each pie is baked fresh by gourmet bakery Whisked and picked up on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving at conveniently located pickup sites. Choose from apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan and a sea salt chocolate chess pie. Each pie sale provides a full days’ worth of nutritious meals for a neighbor in need. There’s no easier way to give back during the holidays. Pie sales have started. sliceoflifedc.org.


Army Ten Miler Expo at the DC Armory Even if you aren’t running the race, you are invited to come to the Army Ten Miler Expo at the DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE, on Oct. 8 and 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (both days). The Expo, with over 100 exhibitors, has great deals on clothing, shoes, accessories and other health and fitness items. The Old Guard Drill Team and Fife and Drum Corps will perform throughout both days. Free admission. armytenmiler.com. The Army Ten-Miler, on Oct. 10, is the third largest ten-mile road race in the world. The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon with a course that winds through Washington, DC.

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2020 Visitor Parking Passes Extended to End of 2021 The District Department of Transportation has announced that the 2020 Annual Visitor Parking passes will remain valid through the end of 2021, providing more time for DC residents living on Residential Permit Parking blocks and their visitors to sign up for and start managing their visitor parking permits through the new ParkDC Permits online portal. ParkDC.com.

Ward 6 COVID Test Yourself Sites Test Yourself DC is a COVID-19 At Home Testing Kit that allows you to take a COVID-19 test at home without having to wait in line at a testing site. The COVID-19 At Home Testing Kit should be used by individuals 18 years of age and older or by children ages 3 and older with assistance from a parent or legal guardian. Ward 6 test yourself sites are: Ar-

thur Capper Community Center, 1000 Fifth St. SE; Rosedale Recreation Center, 1701 Gales St. NE; Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW; DC Health, 899 North Capitol St. NE; Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. coronavirus. dc.gov/testyourself.

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home and garden GOOD LOOKS, LONG LASTING, UNDEMANDING Ornamental Grasses Article and photos by Rindy O’Brien ries and is a mesmerizing meditative focus, if only for a moment. In this COVID year, it is a nice reprieve and as it turns out, it is the product of the COVID time.

The Reed Grass of the Chickasaw House At the corner of Fourth Street and East Capitol Streets, SE, sits a red brick Victorian house with a charming front yard. Like many Capitol Hill homes, it is historically important and continues to provide service to our nation. Officially the house is named the Piominko House and it has been owned by the Chickasaw Nation since 2013. Piominko was a The 12-foot reed grass in the center at Piominko House at 4th and East Capitol Street is worth the stop to admire. It is double the size of the strong leader of the tribe average grass. in the 18th century, negotiating with George alking east away from the CapWashington among othitol, some very tall grass waves ers. He signed the 1786 Treaty of Hopewell in the afternoon winds. The that formalized the tribe’s alliance with the US reeds really catch your eye, as government. Today’s tribe, headquartered in they are over 12 feet high sitAda, Oklahoma, is the 12th largest federally ting in the middle of a Capitol Hill front courtyard, recognized tribe with 49,000 members. where normally you would see a water fountain or The house was owned by Charles Blacka Victorian urn. It takes your mind to the praiwell. He bought it in 1998 when he was ap-

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Washington DC Electronic Recycling Events All events are 10am - 2pm a perennial that is good looking, long lasting, and undemanding. “We thought the grasses would give some shade, and a reminder of home when the reeds blow in the wind and,” says Lacey. “It is also a pollinator, which is great.” The Karl Foerster grass is considered a cool season grass, which means it grows most in the spring and fall, when temperatures remain in the 70-degree range. Normally the reed grass adds height to a garden space, growing about five feet tall.

Public Spaces and Grasses For several reasons, ornamental and native grasses are a great choice for public spaces. They require little maintenance and many continue to look good throughout the year. According to a recently released booklet by The Garden Club of America, Going Native, creating healthier Gardens with Native Pollinator Planting in Zone VI, the time is now to plant as many native plants as we can. “The judicious use of native plants can sequester carbon and manage watersheds far better…and only native plants can support the food webs and pollinators necessary to sustain a vibrant ecosystem.” The booklet suggests five native grasses that include switchgrasses, Little bluestem grass, Pennsylvania sedge, and Northern Sea oats grass. Several Capitol Hill public parks are using grasses to fill space and bring height to the garden. At the corner of North Carolina and Eighth Street SE, the memory garden for Kim Brenegar hosts several clumps of ornamental grasses on the edges of the park. The Park is a partnership of DC Parks and Recreation, Green Spaces for DC, and Friends of Kim Brenegar. Kim was a Capitol Hill resident and owner of The Orna-

mental Garden. She died in a car accident in 2009. The Park is steps from where she lived and she had volunteered hours and donated plant materials to keep the corner garden going. In the Navy Yard, there are many different types of grasses being used by the Department of Transportation for road and sidewalk projects. With over 300 grass species to choose from, picking a sturdy grass is easy. It was always the plan of the Navy Yard real estate developers to tie together the different plots of gardens by using grasses and sedges. The grasses are a lovely contrast to the rocks and walkways and project a wild natural feel to the space. As Michael Stevens, the Capitol Riverfront BID President, notes “keeping the parks and open spaces clean, maintained, and accessible for all,” has always been a guiding goal. But seeing how essential the parks and Anacostia River became to Navy Yard residents during the pandemic has really brought home their value and importance to life in the neighborhood. When it comes to your own garden, Gingko’s Gardens carries a great variety of grasses. They range from short Blue Fescue to the Karl Foerster. Gingko’s also carries a number of The Garden Club of America’s native suggestions. Plants last for two or more years and will require little maintenance once planted. The grasses are reasonable in price ranging from $5 to $40. So, the next time you walk past tall grasses on an afternoon stroll, take a moment to appreciate how much they contribute to life on the Hill. Rindy O’Brien is a long time resident of the Hill, and appreciates the historical connections. She can be reached at rindyobrien@gmail.com ◆

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DEAR GARDEN PROBLEM LADY, by Wendy Blair I plan to buy some Fritillaria bulbs this fall. Judging from pictures they’re very tall and stunningly beautiful. But a gardening friend made a face when I told her. How do they grow? Yes – Fritillaria (pictured) are very tall—3thee to four feet—making an unusual statement in a spring garden in Zones 5 to 8. Brilliant scarlet or golden yellow or even chocolate colored, drooping, bell-shaped flowers top a tall, straight stem. Leaves appear in whorls around the base. Fritillaria like full sun or dappled shade. Plant the bulbs about 6 inches deep in rich loamy soil, 9 to 12 inches apart. Oddly, plant bulbs sideways to prevent the stem hole in the bulb from trap-

ping water that could cause bulb rot. It all dies back by early summer as the bulbs go dormant. Your friend may have been thinking of the somewhat skunk-like odor of all parts of the plant. Never mind. They’re lovely. Mother always loved jonquils. Why don’t I see jonquil bulbs in garden stores? Jonquil is the Mediterranean “Narcissus Jonquilla.” Narcissus is Greek, from the myth about the beautiful young man, Narcissus, who was cursed by a rejected lover to fall in love with his own reflection in a pool. Unable to possess the beautiful reflection, he committed suicide, and was transformed into a flower. Narcissus is

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909 8th St NE 1224 1/2 Wylie St NE

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HILL CREST 3726 Southern Ave SE 3355 Frankford St SE 2401 32nd St SE 3025 N St SE 2937 Fort Baker Dr SE 2908 O St SE 3708 Suitland Rd SE

FEE SIMPLE ANACOSTIA 2514 West St SE 1932 Naylor Rd SE 1446 V St SE 2330 Payne Ter SE

BLOOMINGDALE 1738 1st St NW 1733 1st St NW

CAPITOL HILL 317 Maryland Ave NE 1112 E St NE 138 North Carolina Ave SE 812 E St SE 421 15th St SE 245 9th St NE 1427 K St SE 14 3rd NE 919 E St SE 907 F St NE 24 5th St NE 1381 North Carolina Ave NE 316 5th St NE 606 Tennessee Ave NE 610 9th St NE 135 Duddington Pl SE 1607 East Capitol St SE 718 9th St SE 415 Kentucky Ave SE 1506 D St SE 245 16th St SE 1638 Massachusetts Ave SE 1356 Constitution Ave NE 313 13th St SE 11 15th St SE 645-Rear Constitution Ave NE 1753 A St SE 1505 Constitution Ave NE 1628 G St SE 251 14th Pl NE

$520,000 $485,000 $395,000 $302,500

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$1,130,000 $1,060,000

5 6

$2,015,000 $1,995,000 $1,750,000 $1,450,000 $1,435,000 $1,431,000 $1,270,000 $1,201,000 $1,175,000 $1,100,000 $1,100,000 $1,098,500 $1,052,000 $1,015,000 $999,900 $980,000 $972,000 $970,000 $905,000 $899,000 $894,000 $890,000 $854,467 $832,000 $811,500 $800,000 $787,000 $760,000 $749,900 $737,000

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 539 Park Rd NW 2815 11th St NW 830 Otis Pl NW 1029 Euclid St NW 918 Euclid St NW 3300 Warder St NW 3304 Park Pl NW 1011 Kenyon St NW 1364 Perry Pl NW 805 Euclid St NW

$975,000 $955,000 $935,000 $915,000 $900,000 $890,000 $875,000 $755,000 $710,000 $700,000

CONGRESS HEIGHTS 3981 1st St SW 3003 7th St SE 1204 Trenton Pl SE 3519 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE 1103 Congress St SE 731 Atlantic St SE 1224 Barnaby Ter SE

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$615,000 $580,000 $487,000 $480,000 $475,000 $445,000 $430,000

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HILL EAST 1354 D St NE 1703 Bay St SE

KINGMAN PARK 2006 E St NE 524 24th St NE

LEDROIT PARK 127 W St NW 129 Thomas St NW 619 U St NW 2110 2nd St NW 2402 N Capitol St NW 99 Danbury St SW 4303 12th St SE 1306 Barnaby Ter SE 39 Danbury St SW 630 Southern Ave SE 227 Atlantic St SE 202 Trenton Pl SE

DEANWOOD 5341 Hayes St NE 4209 Grant St NE 801 46th St NE 5206 Clay St NE 4431 Hunt Pl NE 545 49th Pl NE 188 35th St NE 112 48th Pl NE 821 49th St NE 4912 Minnesota Ave NE

DUPONT CIRCLE 1511 Q St NW

ECKINGTON 53 Q St NE 2035 2nd St NE 139 Quincy Pl NE

$425,000 $425,000 $415,000 $405,000 $385,000 $240,000 $240,000

2 3 3 2 2 2 4

$649,000 $560,000 $560,000 $472,000 $445,000 $420,000 $409,000 $400,000 $375,000 $265,000

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$2,056,150

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$1,225,000 $895,000 $710,000 $600,000 $460,000 $460,000 $430,000 $372,000 $365,000 $350,000 $340,000 $310,000 $280,000

H STREET CORRIDOR 1120 Florida Ave NE

3606 Grant Pl NE 409 36th St NE 327 34th St NE

LOGAN CIRCLE 1826 12th St NW 1835 12th St NW 1442 Swann St NW 1604 13th St NW 1402 Rear S St NW

$1,200,000

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4923 A St SE 5117 F St SE 5015 Queens Stroll Pl SE 4630 B St SE

NAVY YARD 900 3rd St SE 1005 5th St SE

1007 4th St NE 1133 4th St NE 1148 Abbey Pl NE

OLD CITY #1 5 3 2 4 3 2 3 3 2 3 6

2 2

$975,000 $900,000 $875,000 $800,000 $750,000 $490,000 $410,000

5 5 3 4 3 4 4

$1,175,000 $875,000

3 3

$651,000 $560,000

2 2

$1,200,000 $1,056,000 $990,000 $889,000 $740,000

4 5 3 4 4

$530,000 $450,000 $440,000

3 2 3

$3,000,000 $1,550,000 $1,550,000 $1,350,000 $1,325,000

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FORT DUPONT PARK 1227 45th Place SE 4351 G St SE 648 Chaplin St SE 717 46th St SE 5039 Benning Rd SE 4209 H St SE 3319 D St SE 4326 SE F St SE 4219 Hildreth St SE 1179 46th Pl SE

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$723,000 $539,000

1421 North Carolina Ave NE 1346 South Carolina Ave SE 518 15th St SE 1310 L St SE 1439 South Carolina Ave SE 235 14th Pl NE 1106 8th St NE

OLD CITY #2 1509 4th St NW 19 Q St NW 137 P St NW

$555,000 $532,500 $465,000 $450,000

4 3 3 2

$1,335,000 $1,249,000

3 4

PENN QUARTER 801 Pennsylvania Ave NW #PH10

$485,000

RANDLE HEIGHTS 1715 24th Pl SE 1805 Tobias Dr SE 3204 Buena Vista Ter SE 1423 Tobias Dr SE 1812 Valley Ter SE 1818 Bruce Pl SE 2416 Skyland Pl SE 3400 21st St SE 2205 Hartford St SE 2319 Savannah St SE 3461 24th St SE

SHAW

918 T St NW 1800 8th St NW 1418 5th St NW 1706 5th St NW

$570,000 $505,000 $470,000 $465,000 $460,000 $450,000 $449,999 $430,000 $399,999 $365,000 $285,100

4 4 4 3 3 5 3 3 2 3 2

$2,100,000 $1,073,000 $1,057,500 $925,000

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SW WATERFRONT 607 7th St SW 620 G St SW 614 G St SW

TRINIDAD 1235 Oates St NE 1738 Lang Pl NE 1720 Lang Pl NE 1846 L St NE

$1,126,000 $1,043,001 $1,040,000

4 4 5

$715,000 $495,000 $494,000 $390,000

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U STREET CORRIDOR 2260 12th Pl NW

$840,000

4 3 3

$1,190,000 $1,115,000 $1,030,000 $800,000 $698,900 $695,000 $685,000

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$1,155,000 $1,100,000 $955,000

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CONDO 14TH STREET CORRIDOR 3810 13th St NW #1 3043 15th St NW #6 1444 Church St NW #108 1418 W St NW #504 2125 14th St NW #205W

$900,000 $690,000 $686,500 $652,111 $450,000

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1700 Kalorama Rd NW #404 2717 Ontario Rd NW #402 2038 18th St NW #404 2301 Ontario Rd NW #301 2633 Adams Mill Rd NW #402 2466 Ontario Rd NW #T01 1842 California St NW #3B 1855 Calvert St NW #1 2466 Ontario Rd NW #4 2301 Ontario Rd NW #201 2440 16th St NW #424

ANACOSTIA 2610 Sheridan Rd SE #3

BLOOMINGDALE 2419 1st St NW #2 2129 1st St NW #2

3 2 2 2 1

$1,115,000 $780,000 $728,000 $700,000 $659,000 $599,000 $468,000 $450,000 $429,000 $399,900 $332,000

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$399,000

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1111 25th St NW #901 1150 K St NW #202 920 I St NW #712 2425 L St NW #308 915 E St NW #1114 915 E St NW #1103

CHINATOWN 475 K St NW #1217

$869,000 $818,000 $790,000 $721,500 $653,000 $644,050 $460,000 $455,000 $355,000 $350,000 $330,000 $626,500

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$762,500 $625,000 $567,000 $560,000 $450,000 $410,000

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$615,000

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 1219 Park Rd NW #THREE 2022 Columbia Rd NW #315 1349 Perry Pl NW #2 1001 Monroe St NW #4 1331 NW Taylor St NW #PH (#3) 1404 Meridian Pl NW #4 3407 Sherman Ave NW #3 1362 Otis Pl NW #1 3209 13th St NW #101 2715 11th St NW #1 1219 Park Rd NW ####1 1012 Harvard St NW #7 3441 14th St NW #2 1390 Kenyon St NW #324 3317 16th St NW #1 2750 14th St NW #505 732 Lamont St NW #203 3626 Georgia Ave NW #11 701 Lamont St NW #49 3626 Georgia Ave NW #22 3626 Georgia Ave NW #32 3626 Georgia Ave NW #21 1390 Kenyon St NW #813 2905 Georgia Ave NW #202 3933 14th St NW #1 1404 Meridian Pl NW #3 1308 Clifton St NW #307 1404 Meridian Pl NW #2 1404 Meridian Pl NW #1 907 Euclid St NW #301 1106 Columbia Rd NW #102 1106 Columbia Rd NW #205

$1,300,000 $1,100,000 $1,099,000 $1,050,000 $929,700 $850,000 $749,500 $715,000 $700,000 $679,000 $659,900 $639,000 $637,000 $590,000 $590,000 $565,000 $560,000 $480,000 $475,000 $470,000 $470,000 $470,000 $469,500 $449,900 $429,000 $425,000 $419,900 $410,000 $404,000 $399,999 $375,000 $300,000

CONGRESS HEIGHTS 4729 SW 1st St SW #203

DEANWOOD

4633-1/2 Minnesota Ave NE 601 58th St NE #4

DOWNTOWN 925 H St NW #305 811 4th St NW #308

4 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

$109,900

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$325,000 $175,000

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$1,250,000 $445,000

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DUPONT CIRCLE 1745 N St NW #G01 1830 17th St NW #206 1621 T St NW #301 1280 21st St NW #810 1605 16th St NW #3 1801 16th St NW #302 2001 16th St NW #407

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$899,000 $639,000 $636,000 $435,050 $399,900 $398,000 $395,000

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CAPITOL HILL GRAND DAME! What a find! This Capitol Hill Grand Dame was converted to house 3-units on one of the best blocks on Capitol Hill! Fully tenanted, this conversion offers C of O for two 2-bd and one 3-bd apartments with great bones. Grand dimensions -- 20-feet wide by 50-feet deep footprint -- with classic Capitol Hill details just steps to Eastern Market and Lincoln or Stanton Parks!

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LUXURY-CRAFTED CONDOS THAT LIVE LIKE A HUGE HOME! Capitol Hill is filled with delightful tree-lined brick streetscapes and quaint historic homes – but you don’t have to settle for tiny, cozy, narrow, or dark! Renowned master builders Schmidt Development – neighborhood locals – have found a way to deliver new condos at GRAND scale! Seamlessly blended into a quiet block less than 500 meters from Metro and The Roost food hall, these broad & deep beauties offer a median 2208 square feet on two levels with outdoor decks or gardens, along with custom craftsmanship and fantastic finishes throughout.

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1427 Rhode Island Ave NW #701 1300 13th St NW #904 1211 13th St NW #603 1217 10th St NW #A 27 Logan Cir NW #10 1441 Rhode Island Ave NW #613 1435 11th St NW #2 1209 13th St NW #210 1445 N St NW #101 1441 Rhode Island Ave NW #312 1401 R St NW #301 1109 O St NW #402 1501 Vermont Ave NW #1 1245 13th St NW #612 1300 N St NW #5 1331 Vermont Ave NW #A 1440 N St NW #810 1440 N St NW #611 1420 N St NW #304 1425 Rhode Island Ave NW #61 4442 B St SE #3

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$749,900 $730,000 $675,000 $539,000

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$230,000 $179,000 $175,000

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lasses were plentiful, innovative and usually full to capacity in the “old days” at Hot Yoga Capitol Hill studio on H Street NE. The “old days” I’m referring to are those before COVID shut down all non-essential businesses in March 2020. “We were doing great. We had summer camps scheduled, a teacher training going, a retreat on the books and even offered classes at no charge for a group of students with disabilities,” said Lara Atella, director. Then the shutdown occurred. Hot Yoga transitioned to virtual classes within 10 days. “Classes were free the first couple of months even while we continued to pay our rent and pay all instructors full salary,” said Atella. “We didn’t know or expect the shutdown to last as long as it did. I had saved money for a slow month, but I never dreamed we would be making nothing – no income. Some members who kept their membership active kept us going.”

Once Hot Yoga began charging for online classes Atella asked for whatever anyone could pay. “If it was nothing that was fine,” she said. Eventually she held steady at $14 or the purchase of an unlimited monthly package. “Even now we negotiate with people who can’t pay full price.” The landlord reduced rent during the summer which helped Hot Yoga to survive, said Atella. “I was still losing money every month.” Hot Yoga did not qualify for the PPP (payroll protection program) funds that were being given out to small businesses because Atella said her instructors were not full time employees. Businesses like Hot Yoga fell through the cracks. “I am the only full time employee. We only received a very small local grant.” Atella also had to pay back all the prepayment for the retreat and the summer camps. Atella, who lives on the Hill, has refinanced her home twice. She also took out a personal loan. She has

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depleted her savings and her kids’ college funds. A researcher before becoming a studio owner and yoga teacher full-time, she is now back working at a research position even though her heart is in the studio and on the mat. “I do have a family to support,” she says.

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With the current DC indoor mandate, some students continue to practice, but many have dropped out.

When fitness facilities finally got to re-open the DC government wouldn’t allow hot yoga facilities to open until three month later. Once Hot Yoga did reopen, business was beginning to bounce back. Then the worst happened. DC regressed into an indoor mask mandate in August. “Literally the day DC issued the directive, people cancelled memberships and stopped coming. I think is was a combination of fear and not wanting to wear a mask in a hot yoga class.” Once again Atella became creative. “We brought the temperature down in the room a couple of degrees. It seems to help because the students who stayed said it’s ok doing yoga with October 2021 ★ 97


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a mask on. They can change their masks during classes, they stay six feet apart and we continuously clean the studio.”

Ways to Support the Studio Hot Yoga Capitol Hill and other small, community-service businesses on the Hill need support from the community in order to stay afloat. “We may not as a community be able to see each other but we need to support each other in any way we can,” says Atella. “Consider buying memberships early to help us through this challenging time. I hear a lot ‘I am going to take a little break and discontinue my membership.’ I don’t think people realize, when they cancel their membership for three months, how hard it is for us. We have no umbrella organization that has deeper pockets or sponsors us.” Atella added special packages to entice members that are more than half off the regular price. You can also donate to Hot Yoga in exchange for classes or a membership which can begin when it is convenient for the purchaser. All donations help keep the studio open and pay instructors.

Staying Safe at Hot Yoga Exercising at home is certainly convenient. But it’s not necessarily fun or motivating. Now there is a choice. At Hot Yoga a purchase of private sessions (no mask required) is available. Too hot? No problem. Atella said the heat in the studio can be adjusted for your comfort. The studio is currently open every day. It offers classes in hot yoga, hot Pilates, Barre and HIIT, yoga sculpt, Pilates/Yoga fusion and hot vinyasa flow. “It continues to function well because of the commitment of our teachers, work study participants and our dedicated community.” Despite her full time job in research, Atella continues to manage the studio, teach classes and to offer a free, on-line class for people who have developed long-term effects from contracting COVID. “I started doing this weekly class in June 2020 with LaShone Wilson. We have attendees from all over the world—England, Japan, France and even

Lara Atella, director of Hot Yoga Capitol Hill

Guam,” she said. “I record classes and send them to people when they ask for them. I’ve gotten so much inspiration from listening to students’ experiences.” The studio is currently open daily. Please check the website for the schedule. The studio’s website is: www.hotyogacapitolhill. com, The Facebook page is Hot Yoga Capitol Hill, on Instagram it’s @hotonthehill. Call: 202-5471208 or email: hotyogacapitolhill@gmail.com. Pattie Cinelli is a health and fitness professional and journalist who has been writing her column for more than 20 years. She focuses on holistic and non-mainstream ways to stay healthy, get well and connect with your true self. Please email her with questions or column suggestions at: fitmiss44@aol.com. ◆

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hen walking down the street, I note every dog in front and behind me. I note their gait, their body condition score, their weight, and behavior. This is not purposeful, but is ingrained in me as a veterinarian. It is second nature. Much is routine, the behaviors expected, but what if the surroundings were suddenly different? Recently I was in the city of Lucca, in Italy. This is a small ancient walled city, with its beginnings dating back a thousand years. The central historic district is composed of piazzas and walking paths, scant cars. The evening sport is walking the promenade of the city’s encircling wall. While the setting was remarkable, I was drawn to what I am used to—dogs. And I was taken back by the differences in dog culture between this area of Italy and our fair city. The first difference noted is that dogs seem to be welcomed almost everywhere. Restaurant? Not a problem. On the train? Sure, so The author’s mother Edna Teich in Lucca, Italy. long as they have a ticket if not in a bag. Clothing store? Absolutely. The single area where the dog was welcomed everywhere. This furry creadogs were notably absent was the supermarture made for easy introductions for my mother. ket. There was no sign outside prohibiting dogs, Of note was the interactions that dogs had with but people had an understanding that this one area each other. While we stress spay and neuter in the was off-limits to canine companions. And there was United States (and we should continue this), many a line of people sitting with a canine while their comdogs in Italy are intact. I was anticipating an increase panion obtained the essentials inside. in aggressiveness verses what is normally observed I was not alone in this visit, I was visiting my on our District streets. Dogs at outside restaurants mother and her little dog, too. The dog, given a new in the US tend to jump up and defend their territory name for her Italian adventure (Nutella), helped give or bark at passersby. Most interestingly the dogs in more perspectives on the differences in dog culture. restaurants in Lucca generally could care less about We have quickly learned that the dog itself was not who was sauntering down the sidewalk. There was going to be an impediment to activities. Contrary to no jumping up and leash pulling or aggressive barkwhat is experienced in many establishments here,

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ing. This was almost universal. When the dogs were out for a walk in the city, the frequently ignored each other or politely did the traditional butt-sniffing and then moved on. It did not matter if we were observing a miniature poodle or a Bernese Mountain dog. I was amazed. The question arises then as to why the difference in behavior? Many dog parents here train their dogs intensely and work to socialize them. It comes down to not the dogs, but us. We want our dogs to interact. And whereas this is essential for socialization, we tend to force our version of it upon them. In European dog culture, it is ok for dogs to not meet and it is not socially taboo to cross the street when another dog is approaching. This is the same with people and dogs: allow the dog to seek attention from people, not the opposite. Italian dog culture gave me the impression that dogs were more in control of their own actions than we allow. If they wanted to interact, they did, if not, they were flat on the floor under a table. And by allowing dogs to go most places, dogs were habituated to city streets and noises, differing situations, crowds, trains, restaurants, and stores. We tend to walk dogs a few times per day, maybe take them to the dog park, but in Lucca, the dogs frequently went everywhere. There are lessons from the dogs of Lucca, which can help our dogs be more comfortable in DC. First, remember that socialization needs to be on their terms. Second, the more the dog is involved with daily life, the more comfortable and less stressed they become. We need to adjust how we relate to dogs in public and welcome them, but allow dogs to be dogs. Dan Teich, DVM is Medical Director at District Veterinary Hospital Eastern Market. u


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Girls on the Run 5K The Girls on the Run 5K is on Sunday, Nov. 21 at Anacostia Park. It is a 3.1-mile loop around the park. Registration will stay open until Monday, Nov. 15 at midnight for Community Buddy Runner registration and until Sunday, Nov. 20 at noon for families and community runners. But if you register before Oct. 17, you will receive early bird pricing. At Girls on the Run, they inspire all girls to buildconfidence and make intentional decisions, while fostering care and compassion for self and others. Read more at gotrdc.org.

After performing in Princeton, New Jersey, acclaimed contralto Marian Anderson is denied lodging at the Nassau Inn because she is Black. Physicist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his home, and the two form a profound friendship based on their love for music and their commitment to human rights. Based on true events, My Lord, What a Night takes us into Einstein’s home and imagines the conversations and circumstances that led to Anderson’s historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Don’t miss this remarkable new play about courage, justice and our shared humanity. Teachers can bring their students to a free matinee performance on Oct. 14 and 21 at 11 a.m. at Ford’s Theatre. Ford’s provides free group tickets and transportation to DC public schools and other qualifying schools. There is a limit of 40 tickets per teacher. Read more at fords.org/for-teachers/ programs/student-matinees.

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Healthy Kids Running Series at Anacostia Park Healthy Kids Running Series is a five-week running program in the spring and fall for kids pre-k through 8th grade. Each HKRS Series takes place once a week and offers age-appropriate running events including the 50and 75-yard dashes, the quarter mile, the half mile and the one mile run. Kids compete each week for a chance to earn points. At the end of the Series the boys and girls who accumulate the most points in their respective distances are awarded trophies. All participants receive a medal on Week 5. This fall’s series is Oct. 2 to Nov. 7. $40. Races are at Anacostia Park, Playing Field #1, Anacostia Dr. and Good Hope Rd. SE. Read more and register at healthykidsrunningseries.org/race-locations/anacostia-kenilworth-dc/. (Continued on Pg. XX) 102 ★ HILLRAG.COM


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Fort Dupont Public Ice Skating in October

Air & Scare at Udvar-Hazy

Fort Dupont Ice Arena, 3779 Ely Pl. SE, has reopened for public skating. October hours are Sundays, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 to 3 p.m.; Fridays, noon to 2 p.m. Adult admission is $5; kids, $4. Skate rental is $3. fdia.org.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, noon to 5:30 p.m., explore the spooky side of air and space at Air & Scare, their annual Halloween event at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. Participate in creepy crafts, spooky science experiments, and other Halloweenthemed activities. Arrive in costume to get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy safe indoor trickor-treating. Be aware of high-volume attendance and allow for additional time for parking and security screening. Free; parking is $15. airandspace.si.edu.

Jake Blount: Performance for Young Audiences at the KC Washington, DC-native Jake Blount fell in love with the banjo a decade ago after stumbling upon a performance in an Ethiopian restaurant on DC’s U Street. The banjoist, fiddler, singer, and scholar is a specialist in the folk traditions of Black and indigenous Americans—and a recipient of the prestigious Steve Martin Banjo Prize. Blount blends his charismatic and limber voice with blues, bluegrass, and spirituals for an awe-inspiring musical experience. Jake Blount is on stage at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 17, at 1:30 and 4 p.m. and most enjoyed by ages seven and older. Tickets are $20. kennedy-center.org.

NSO Family Concert: Sleepover at the Museum at the KC The Museum of Natural History is Mason’s favorite place to visit and he can’t wait to celebrate his birthday with a sleepover there, but first he has to scout for the best place to spend the night. On Sun. Oct. 31, at 2 and 4 p.m., join Mason and his friends for a musical and scientific scavenger hunt through the many exhibits in this concert with music from and based on the book of the same name by Karen LeFrank. The 2 p.m. concert is a sensory-friendly performance designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families, including those with children with autism or other sensory sensitivities. Sleepover at the Museum is most enjoyed by ages five, up. Tickets are $18 to $20. kennedycenter.org.

Temple Hall Farm Pumpkin Patch Enjoy a safe family outing at Temple Hall Farm, 15855 Limestone School Rd., Leesburg, VA, picking pumpkins. You can take a wagon ride over to the pumpkin patch to pick your perfect pumpkin and see draft horses, cows, goats, llamas, sheep, pigs, chickens and other farm animals. Entry fee is $10 which includes a pumpkin. Open daily through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At door tickets only—credit preferred. novaparks.com/events/temple-hall-fall-festival. 104 ★ HILLRAG.COM

National Book Festival Children’s and Teens Authors Online

Imagination Stage’s Balloonacy runs Jan. 15 to Feb. 20. The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Sept. 17 to 26, included an extraordinary Imagination Stage 2021-2022 lineup of authors for children and In-Person Season teens—all now featured in vidImagination Stage welcomes audiences back to in-person performanceos on demand at loc.gov/bookes in December, while continuing to offer digital programming. First fest. The theme of this year’s fesup is Corduroy, Dec. 11 to Jan. 23, for ages three and older. We all tival, “Open a Book, Open the need a friend, and Lisa is instantly drawn to the perfectly imperfect World,” was a starting point for teddy bear on display at the department store. If only she can conmany conversations with authors, vince her stressed-out mother to buy Corduroy for her! Meanwhile, often discussing how their own Corduroy is determined to find his missing button and become worbooks open up new worlds for thy of going to a real home. The rest of the season Balloonacy, Jan. 15 their readers. to Feb. 20; P.Nokio, Feb. 23 to April 10; Mother Goose, March 11 Some of the children’s  auto April 10; and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, June 22 to Aug. 7. Prior to thors  and their featured the start of in-person performances, an immersive, interactive online books are: Derrick Barnes, I Am show S.P.I.E.S. & the Lost Treasure of Atlantis (formerly Spy AcadeEvery Good Thing; Kacen Calmy) returns for an encore run from Nov. 13 to 28. 4908 Auburn Ave., lender, King and the DragonBethesda, imaginationstage.org. flies; Kate DiCamillo and Sophie Blackall, The Beatryce PropheI’m In; Tahereh Mafi, An Emotion of Great Delight; cy; Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas, Sharice’s Big Trung Le Nguyen, The Magic Fish; Jason Reynolds, Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman; Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks; and Nikki Grimes, Legacy: Women Poets of the HarKatie Zhao, How We Fall Apart. lem Renaissance; Dan Gutman, Houdini and Me; Brayden Harrington, and Brayden Speaks Up: How Children’s National Hospital One Boy Inspired the Nation. Partners with UHS Some of the teens authors and their featured Mayor Bowser, Universal Health Services (UHS) books are: Traci Chee, We Are Not Free; Jay Coles, and Children’s National Hospital have announced Things We Couldn’t Say; Sharon G. Flake, The Life


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pumpkin pie and pie crust recipes as well. It also has home canning, preserving, drying and freezing directions. Yes, we’re sending you to a website. Most pumpkin patches and corn mazes open by mid-September; some earlier. In winter, you’ll find cut-yourown Christmas tree farms at pickyourownchristmastree.org.

La llamada de Sylvia Mendez (Separate is Never Equal) A world-premiere commission, this familyfriendly bilingual play explores the life of Sylvia Méndez, who at eight years old became instrumental in the 1946 Mendez v. Westminster decision, a landmark case focused on the desegregation of Mexican and Latinx students in California. Sylvia Méndez has been a champion for civil rights ever since. $12 for adults; $10 for kids. On stage at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW, Oct. 16, 17, 23 and 24. galatheatre.org.

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Each year on the second Thursday of October (Oct. 14), the children’s environmental health community commemorates Children’s Environmental Health Day  (CEH Day). This day anchors the overall  Children’s Environmental Health Movement and is a rallying point for education, and for individuals and organizations to take action on behalf of children’s environmental health. Organizations, communities, and families can organize their own CEH Day activities or join existing ones. Read more at cehday.org.

Black & Latino Student Fund School Fair The Black Student Fund & Latino Student Fund Annual School Fair is on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2 to 5 p.m., at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl. NW. Tickets are free. The Fair is one of the largest school fairs of its kind in the region, providing a networking opportunity for thousands of families to meet with representatives from more than 60 independent schools. Parents and prospective students get first-hand knowledge about each

Bean & Widge Go to the Park! Bean & Widge learn all about their favorite park as they collect pieces of their ripped-up homework. Along the way, they meet furry friends and learn how they can make a difference in the fight against climate change. Theater company Faction of Fools (they take comedy seriously) was commissioned to create this short puppet film to educate kiddos on climate change. They promise it’s fun for the whole family. Find it on youtube.com/factionoffools. school’s programs, community, admission requirements and financial aid process. In addition, the fair features interactive seminars focused on the admissions process, the financial aid process and personal/family financial management. Read more and register at blackstudentfund.org. ◆


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SCHOOL NOTES by Susan Braun Johnson one. On August 28, Miner held a Community Day, complete with  food, music, back to school supplies, fun activities and a campus clean up. This smiling group of Miner students in grades K-4 all pitched in to help with garden clean up so their school would look just as good on the outside as their teachers had made their classrooms look on the inside! Miner Elementary, 601 15th St. NE, minerelementary.org Photo: Miner PTO.

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for Middle School students has been adjusted this year to maximize learning in core subjects and build back some of the socialization that was disrupted in 2020-2021. Even with universal masking both in and outdoors, the joy at being together again is palpable on everyone’s faces. Friends Community School, 5901 Westchester Park Dr. College Park, Md, www.friendscommunityschool.org.

The Northeast Stars are learning about grace, courtesy, self-care, taking care of the school environment, shapes and discovering Montessori basics. The classroom activities included saying “No, thank you,” “Please” and “Thank you,” mini scenarios to reinforce courtesy lessons, and practicing walking on ropes. Northeast Stars Montessori Preschool, 1325 Maryland Ave. NE, nestars.net.

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Miner Elementary Miner has undergone several changes over the summer, but nothing was more important for the staff, parents and community members than making sure the school was ready to welcome children on day

Maury Elementary At Maury Elementary, the kids are glad to be back in school and delighted to be back on the playground getting much needed exercise and enjoying basketball with their friends. Maury, 1250 Constitution Ave. NE, mauryelementary.com. Photo: Elizabeth Nelson.

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Brent Elementary Brent Elementary welcomed 441 students on the first day of school. Students and their families were masked and eager to start a new school year. Brent,


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Eastern High School Eastern HS students in the Eastern Academy of Health Sciences, an accredited NAF Academy, kick off the year by tackling an EMT course which includes: basic first aid skills like splinting, bandaging and protecting wounded eyes. These students have an opportunity to work alongside a local ambulance company. Eastern Senior High School, 1700 East Capitol St. NE, easternhighschooldcps.org.

Students at Waterfront Academy visited the Friends of Southwest Library to pick out some new books. Waterfront Academy is the only school in the US which offers adherence to Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy and pedagogy, second language acquisition through immersion and religious faith. Waterfront Academy, 222 M St. SW, www.waterfrontacademy.org. Schools are welcome to send a photo and short caption describing interesting school, student and teacher-related events to schools@hillrag.com. u

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56. Referring to birth 57. Yo ho ho and a bottle of ___ 58. Payroll processing company 59. Health org. 61. High dudgeon 62. Traveling music crew member 64. Parisian way 65. Takes in 66. Till bill 67. Land of the brave and free 68. Orbison or Rogers 69. Actor Holm 70. City near Provo 71. Arrest 72. Rude 74. A language 75. Fail to mention 76. Potluck choice 77. A.B.A. member 80. Opposite of dep.

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TO HILL WITH SUBURBS!

We foresee a change in the market . . . . . . a stormy autumn, falling leaves, and sales. Licensed in DC & MD

jsmithteam@gmail.com John Smith

202.262.6037

Aaron Smith

202.498.6794

Peter Davis

301.332.1634

Office

202.608.1880

Direct

202.608.1887

ACTIVE & COMING SOON! 731 18th ST, NE | Upper / Lower

Twin Condo’s on 2 levels, ~ 1200 sq.ft. each, Matte Finished Hwd Floors, White Stone & Stainless Island Kitchen, Designed Baths, Recessed Lighting, Open Living, Dining & Kitchen, leading to Rear Deck, 2 bedrooms with Custom closets, one MBR, with w’pool bath, or Large Shower, Laundry, Storage, low fees! Brand NEW!

$675K / $650K

623 Pickford Pl, NE

Two Level Brick Home on 1-way street, 3BR/2ba, Big Private Patio Yard, Renovated Stone & Stainless kitchen, Dining Area, Central Staircase, Living Room, Unique Exterior Deck Staircase, CAC, Laundry, etc. Lovely Home, nr. H St, and Trolley! Great Location, Great Home!

12830 Wicomico Beach Rd, MD

4 Parcels, for sale Separately or Together, #ONE - 52+ wooded acres, some tillable, #TWO - 13+ acres Farmed & Fenced, with Historic 5BR Victorian Farm home and MUCH more, #THREE ~ 5 acres plus large Storage Barn w/ Power and Water, #FOUR ~0.25 ac Waterfront Boat Launch into Wicomico River to Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.

$800’s #1 - $500K #2 + #4 - $650K ALL - $1.283M

This is THE time to get a second opinion. Call the Smith Team for a rapid Market Analysis, and an estimate for your home!

REAL ESTATE TIPS:

A change in the market necessitates a change in the marketing. We’ve sold a thousand homes over the last 20+ years and markets hot and cold, We hope to sell hundreds more! Call my brother or me; Patient, Creative, Helpful!

To HILL with the Suburbs! THE SMITH TEAM

We’re LIST-LESS! We’ve SOLD almost All our LISTINGS! Put US to Work 4 U! (We may not know everything, but, we know a lot!)

LICENSED IN DC, MD & VA

KEEP IN TOUCH ABOUT HILL REAL ESTATE AT/ON: www.facebook.com/TheSmithTeam.DC | twitter.com/OneHillofaAgent | www.instagram.com/the_smith_team

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Hill Rag Magazine – October 2021  

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