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Council ratifies top-earner tax hike

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By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

A sharply split D.C. Council yesterday engineered a controversial tax “swap” — approving a higher income tax rate for residents with taxable income over $350,000, and rejecting plans to tax income on

previously purchased out-of-state municipal bonds. The retroactive tax on municipal bonds, first approved in May, had spurred an outcry from many retirees who said they depend on the bonds for income and had relied on promises that the income would not be taxed. Now, only those non-District bonds purchased after Jan. 1, 2012, will be subject to the city’s income tax. To make up the budget differ-

ence, the council voted 7-6 to raise the income tax rate for top earners from 8.5 to 8.95 percent. Such a change has been debated for years but resisted by officials leery of raising any taxes and adding to the District’s “high tax” reputation. The swap, orchestrated by atlarge Council member Phil Mendelson, will barely affect the District’s overall bottom line. See Taxes/Page 41

ANC backs apartments on 17th St. site By JESSICA GOULD Current Staff Writer

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Marimba Linda Xelajú, a Guatemalan musical group, performed during Saturday’s annual Fiesta Musical at the National Zoo in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission last week unanimously supported zoning relief for a nine-story, 228-unit apartment building planned for the First Baptist Church parking lot at 17th and O streets. Under the terms of a 99-year lease, developer Keener-Squire would build on the existing 36-space parking lot, which spans two zoning categories. The zoning rules restrict heights on one portion of the parking lot to 65 feet and on the other to 90 feet. Keener-Squire is applying for a height variance so the structure can rise the full 90 feet on both sections. The developer is also seeking a special exception to permit construction of a mechanical penthouse on the property. A hearing before the Board of Zoning Adjustment is scheduled for November. See Project/Page 15

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Keener-Squire is seeking zoning board approval to construct a nine-story building on a church parking lot at 17th and O streets.

Ward 3 group urges tighter ethics for D.C. government

Zoo carousel plan spins through design review By ELIZABETH WIENER

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The District may soon get a second carousel, just south of the lions and tigers at the National Zoo. But because the Zoo focuses on conservation and education, this carousel would have children riding models of endangered species, and potentially spinning courtesy of solar power. The U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last week unanimously approved concept plans for a carousel off Olmsted Walk on a grassy slope between the Great Cats exhibit and Lemur Island. Ideally, Zoo planners say, ticket sales would eventually cover the cost. The commissioners had one initial concern: Would the noise bother the animals? The Zoo’s landscape architect, Jennifer Daniels, said she’d shared that worry

After spending the summer focused on ethics issues within the city government, the Ward 3 Democratic Committee has proposed some basic principles for reform. For one, the group is suggesting — through a resolution passed Sept. 15 — that D.C. Council members should not be allowed to hold employment outside the council. “We knew it was controversial,” committee chair Shelley Tomkin said of that point during an inter-

NEWS ■ Friendship Terrace finishes renovations with HUD help. Page 3. ■ Mayor lauds Golden Triangle group for upgrades. Page 5.

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Planners are exploring the feasibility of powering the carousel through solar panels.

until various keepers reassured her. “The closest animals are 250 feet away,” Daniels said. “And because they’re in a zoo, they get desensitized to sound.” The Zoo’s master plan identifies the lower reaches of the park as a place for children’s activities. Daniels called the site, along the main pathway to the Great See Carousel/Page 15

EVENTS ■ Zenith Gallery exhibit features artists of the mid-Atlantic. Page 47. ■ Washington Improv Theater launches fall season. Page 47.

REAL ESTATE Residential projects pick up speed in Northwest. Page RE1. ■ Wilson alum named among ‘30 Under 30’ top agents. Page RE16. ■

view a few days after the vote. The committee has also recommended that the city should establish a “D.C. ethics counsel” and an independent central ethics ■ COUNCIL: office. In addi- Legislators tion, it advises introduce e l i m i n a t i n g reform bills. council mem- Page 7. bers’ constituent services funds, fundraising tools intended to serve citizens’ needs that have come under increased scrutiny lately after reported misuse. These proposals, which the comSee Ethics/Page 7

INDEX Calendar/42 Classifieds/53 District Digest/4 Dupont Circle Citizen/11 Exhibits/47 In Your Neighborhood/10

Opinion/8 Police Report/6 Real Estate/Pullout School Dispatches/14 Service Directory/49 Theater/47


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The Field: Pepco is committed to improving our customers’ experience through a comprehensive plan to upgrade the system, announced last year. We are making progress and our work continues to reduce both the frequency and the duration of power outages that cause our customers inconvenience and frustration.

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Our work on this plan will continue over the next three and a half years, but it won’t stop there. We will always work hard to more effectively provide safe, reliable electric service to our customers. Below is an update on our work in the District of Columbia. For information about Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, we invite you to visit us at pepco.com.

247 Miles of Trees TriMMeD Fallen trees and limbs cause most power outages. To improve reliability, Pepco has trimmed more than 250 miles of power lines in D.C. since September 2010. We’re on target to trim 416 miles in the District by the end of the year. Staffing for tree trimming has been increased to four times the normal complement of workers to meet the project’s demands.

29 Power line UPgraDe ProjeCTs CoMPleTeD This year, Pepco has completed seven projects to upgrade distribution feeders – power lines that serve large numbers of customers – to improve reliability in areas that have experienced more frequent outages. Upgrades were completed in June in Shepherd Park, Benning and two locations in Anacostia. Work has begun on two new projects, in Brookland near Catholic University and Deanwood, and another project in Friendship Heights. Our crews continue to work on distributionlevel power lines in Anacostia, Benning, Chevy Chase, Crestwood, Capitol Hill and on Georgia Avenue. We will start an additional seven projects in the next two months.

18 sysTeM growTh ProjeCTs CoMPleTeD To serve the growing demand for electricity, Pepco is upgrading power lines and adding circuits throughout the District. In June, Pepco completed upgrades in the Anacostia and Chevy Chase areas and continued work in the H Street, NE Corridor, which is coordinated with the ongoing street improvement project. Pepco has completed 18 of 19 projects since September 2010, with the final project on Minnesota Avenue planned for completion this December.

15 aDvanCeD ConTrol sysTeMs are Being insTalleD We are installing advanced control systems that allow the electric system to identify problems and, in some cases, automatically restore power to most affected customers within minutes. We continue making progress on the 15 projects planned for completion this year in the Benning, Deanwood, River Terrace, Palisades and Van Ness areas.

assessMenT of UnDergroUnD ProjeCTs UnDerway In areas where traditional modifications to the overhead system have not produced the desired results, Pepco will selectively replace the overhead system with an underground system. Two feeders in the District meet this criteria and an engineering evaluation has begun on both.

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Friendship Terrace celebrates $5.5 million renovation By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Staff Writer

After a plan for improvements nearly became a casualty of the recession, Friendship Terrace, an affordable-housing apartment building for seniors in Tenleytown, last weekend celebrated completion of a 15-month, $5.5 million renovation with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The District agreed to fund the renovations in 2008, but the project stalled when the city’s Housing Production Trust Fund fell short due to the troubled national economy. Then last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guaranteed the necessary loans, financed by Horsham, Pa.-based Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, and thus allowed the project to move forward. D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton thanked the federal agencies that rescued the project. “We can’t afford to lose scarce affordable

rental housing in the District, especially those [units] allocated for older adults,” she said at Sunday’s ceremony. Upgrades include a new energy-efficient heating/cooling system as well as a new sprinkler system. All the windows in the building were replaced with energy-efficient models, and all toilets are now low-flow. New lighting fixtures use energy-efficient bulbs. The building also installed an emergency alarm and call system in each unit, and added 32 cameras at the property for increased security. Most welcome to residents and visitors alike are the aesthetic upgrades to the building’s interior, which now has new lighting, decor and furnishings throughout, including in its large communal dining room, shared lounges and library. “I’ve been a resident since 2003, and the building has never looked better,” said Frank Short, president of the residents association. To accommodate the renovations, the resi-

dents, most of whom are 62 and older, were moved out of their units for a day at a time. According to marketing and admissions director Kathy Rickard, no resident was required to be out of his or her apartment overnight. Friendship Terrace has 144 studio apartments and 40 one-bedroom units. After the upgrades, there are now nine apartments that are fully compliant with Americans With Disabilities Act regulations. The studio apartments rent for $1,083, which includes all utilities and an evening meal. Lunch is available for $5 per day. Forty units are designated for residents who qualify for a federal rent subsidy, and currently there is a one- to two-year waiting list for those apartments. Residents are independent, though some use home health aides. Seabury Resources, which manages the property, also offers a number of programs for the residents, including hosting doctors’ visits, offering exercise

State Department addition to house museum By ELIZABETH WIENER Current Staff Writer

The impregnable U.S. Department of State is getting a new, and more hospitable, public face. A glassy museum of diplomacy, open to the general public, is being designed to attach to the 21st Street side of the agency’s headquarters, the historic Harry S. Truman building in Foggy Bottom. Plans for the United States Diplomacy Center won final approval from the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts last Thursday. The 20,000-square-foot, two-level museum and education center will appear as a big glass box — with a glass roof — that will allow views but not entry into the historic State Department headquarters behind. Ingeniously, the entire glass box will be outside the department’s

“security hard line,” functioning as a public entrance. Museum visitors will go through the type of security needed to enter, say, a museum on the National Mall. But to get into the State Department’s main building, which has historically been open only to employees, invited guests and — on a very restricted basis — people on arranged tours, visitors would have to pass through another, much tougher, security screening. “There are many points of entry on the Harry Truman building,” architect Hany Hassan told the fine arts panel. “This will be the designated public entrance, open to the public and tourists.” Museum visitors would have to pass through “two layers of security” to get into the main building, he said. Founded in 2000 with the aim of establishing this museum, the U.S.

Diplomacy Center seeks to “explain why diplomacy matters and inspire future generations to become involved in diplomacy and foreign affairs,” according to a fact sheet. The pavilion will be built through a public/private partnership between the State Department and the Foreign Affairs Museum Council, which is already collecting funds toward the estimated $18 million to $24 million construction cost. The panel unanimously approved Hassan’s design. But commissioner Pam Nelson offered one caveat. The design is beautiful, she said, but “I question the idea of having to have an interpretive center or museum in every single spot in the city.” “What if [the] transportation, agriculture and labor [departments] all built their own museums?” Nelson asked. “I don’t think this is the way to teach.”

The week ahead Wednesday, Sept. 21

The D.C. State Board of Education will hold a public meeting to hear an update on the deputy mayor for education’s “Race to the Top” application for an Early Learning Challenge Grant. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. ■ The Ward 4 task force on advisory neighborhood commission redistricting will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. at the Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Ave. NW.

Thursday, Sept. 22

The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board will hold its monthly meeting at 9 a.m. in Room 220 South, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW. Agenda items include consideration of a landmark application for the campus of the former Marjorie Webster School and Junior College at 1638-1640 Kalmia Road NW (now used by the Lowell School); construction of a nine-story apartment building at 1328 16th St. NW; and demolition of a twostory frame structure at 1914 S St. NW. ■ D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton will host a panel discussion for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s legislative meeting on “Statehood Is My Goal: How Do We Get There?” The event will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 140 of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. ■ Capital Bikeshare will celebrate its one-year anniversary with an event from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Yards Park, 10 Water St. SE. The event will feature music, complimentary cupcakes and drinks, giveaways and games; admission is free.

■ The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will hold one of two public meetings to discuss the organization’s financial health. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the second-floor East Gallery of the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW.

Saturday, Sept. 24

The 2011 Green Living Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the plaza at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For details, visit greenlivingdc.org. ■ Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh will hold a “Chat With Cheh” event from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in conjunction with the New Morning Farm Market at Sheridan School, 36th Street and Alton Place NW.

Monday, Sept. 26

Georgetownmoms, a network for parents, will hold a “Georgetown Preschool Preview.” Representatives from area schools and playgroups will provide information about their programs. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

The Cleveland Park Citizens Association will host a community meeting with Ward 3 D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, who will discuss the state of the D.C. government. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the 2nd District Police Headquarters, 3320 Idaho Ave. NW. The association’s business meeting beforehand will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton joined residents and stakeholders Sunday.

classes and running a shuttle bus that takes residents to and from local shopping areas. Rickard is proud of what Friendship Terrace is able to offer its residents, and said the facility is an integral part of the neighborhood, filling a need in the community. “There is not enough affordable housing for seniors in D.C.,” she said. “We turn away so many people each week looking for HUD housing. Our 40 HUD units are not nearly enough for the need that we see here.”


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District Digest 17th Street to host second fest Saturday The second annual 17th Street Festival will take place Saturday between Riggs Place and P Street from 2 to 6 p.m. The event — presented by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets — will feature artwork, a kids’ area and pet zone. According to a release, visitors can also expect performances by recording artist Inaya Day, local band the DC Silver Liners, cabaret

singer Sherry Vine, DJs Shea Van Horn and Bil Todd, and a drag show by Drag City:DC. The stage for the event will be at the intersection of 17th and Corcoran streets, near the Safeway. For more information, visit 17thstreetfestival.org.

Beautification begins on Connecticut Ave. Work has begun on a project led by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets to landscape and

beautify a section of the Connecticut Avenue median north of Dupont Circle, between R and S streets. Workers are now installing an automatic irrigation system in five large planters, and will move next to planting perennial blooms and shrubs. Existing magnolia trees will remain in place. “While it appears to be a simple project, the complexity, ownership, and the location in the middle of four lanes of traffic presented multiple layers of challenges that had

to be surmounted before work could begin,� Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets executive director Paul Williams wrote in an email to The Current. “But now that it has, the community should witness a transformation within just a few weeks.� An internal grant from the D.C. Department of Transportation is funding the work, according to the Main Streets group’s website. In a note on the neighborhood listserv, Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commissioner Mike Silverstein praised Williams for his efforts to get the project going. “This has taken an enormous effort and even more persistence,� Silverstein wrote. “Moving mountains is one thing. Moving the bureaucracy and various agencies is going to an even higher level.�

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Budget cuts shutter library on Sundays

Starting in October, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be closed on Sundays, due to a reduction in the D.C. Public Library agency’s budget. New hours for the library, located at 901 G St. NW, will be noon to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. The library’s fiscal year 2012 budget is $34.4 million, compared to $35.2 million in the current fiscal year. Officials say that while it is the agency’s priority to have the library open as many hours as possible, the Sunday closure was the “least painful option.�

Corrections

In The Current’s Sept. 14 Community Guide, an article on “freecycling� stated incorrectly that the organization Food & Friends accepts vehicle donations. Also in the Sept. 14 issue, the caption for a photo of a charity wash at Fur-Get Me Not misstated the group involved in the event; it was People Animals Love, not Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. The Current regrets the errors. As a matter of policy, The Current corrects all errors of substance. To report an error, please call the managing editor at 202244-7223.

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Mayor lauds Golden Triangle Photo exhibit recalls Adams Morgan’s storied past group for improvement work By KATIE PEARCE Current Staff Writer

Current Staff Report Mayor Vincent Gray told members of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District at their annual meeting last Thursday that he hopes Connecticut Avenue will soon be comparable with Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile.� Several others said they hoped the stretch between Lafayette Park and Dupont Circle would evoke images of Paris’ Champs-Elysees once an ongoing project to construct a lively median is complete. Last week’s meeting ended with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of the project’s first phase, between K and L streets. Gray noted that years ago, D.C.’s downtown area was the shopping center for the entire region. “That’s what we are restoring,� he said. “I think we can accomplish it.� Also speaking at the meeting, atlarge Council member Phil Mendelson praised the improvement district for doing “exactly what BIDS are supposed to do.� Before D.C. established business improvement districts, which pro-

vide supplemental services to an area through extra taxes on local businesses, the city “hadn’t done a good job� of keeping its shopping areas clean and safe, said Mendelson. Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans said the District’s portion of Connecticut Avenue “is envisioned as a high-end retail corridor. ... It drives me crazy to see the development in Maryland just north of the District line� where Tiffany & Co. and several other high-end retailers have located. Thankfully, he added, Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley “has made us much more competitive by raising the state’s tax rates.� He estimated the cost of the Connecticut Avenue median project at $7 million. The business district presented annual awards during the meeting as well, honoring Ken Larson of Blake Real Estate, Muhammed Khalid of the Department of Transpartation, Lindsey Pfisterer of the PNC Place office building, and Marcus Brightley, who works as one of the district’s ambassadors, keeping the area clean and answering questions.

Gala at Kennedy Center fetes top-performing D.C. teachers By BETH COPE Current Staff Writer

At a Kennedy Center awards ceremony Monday night, hundreds of teachers and guests got a glimpse into the inspiring classrooms of eight top D.C. educators. In one of the night’s videos, the audience watched Angelique Kwabenah pass armed security guards on her way to her classroom at the D.C. Jail. “I feel that this is what I was placed here to do,� she told the camera. “I want to be a catalyst for change for students who have had a lot of disappointment.� She said she tells her students, “You’re here for a reason, but that doesn’t mean this is the end of the road for you.� Kwabenah was one of seven teachers – and one principal — honored with “Excellence Awards� at D.C. Public Schools’ second annual “Standing Ovation� program. The evening’s guest list included all 663 D.C. teachers who were rated “highly effective� on the school system’s evaluations. “You deserve to be recognized and rewarded,� Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told the crowd. “You are here because you are our super-duper stars.� Each of the eight Excellence Award honorees won $10,000, and an additional 20 teachers and five principals took home $5,000 awards.

Local and national luminaries including go-go star Chuck Brown, Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh and singer/songwriter John Legend took the stage to honor the teachers. Along with Kwabenah, the night’s honorees were: â–  Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary’s Kelly Emminger. In her video, Emminger was shown instructing her first-graders in writing. “I cannot wait to see how well this class writes these uppercase letters,â€? she told them. “The higher the expectation, the higher the achievement level,â€? she told the camera. â–  Jonathan Jou, an English as a Second Language instructor at Jefferson Middle School. Jou told an interviewer that he came to this country when he was 12. “I went through a lot of frustration ‌ so I can truly understand what my children go through,â€? he said. He noted that a former student recently told him she was attending Georgetown University’s law school. “It’s a lot of work, but when I see the difference I can make ‌ I really feel rewarded.â€? â–  Doris Jean Hurd Savoy, a longtime Spanish teacher at Coolidge High School. Savoy told the audience that her role as a teacher is varied, including stints as actor, friend, nurse, doctor and keeper of the faith. “I do all of these things without See Teachers/Page 41

Nancy Shia has lived in a first-floor apartment at the corner of Columbia and Ontario roads since 1979. During her early days in the street-facing unit, she would often hear the ruckus of parades and festivals right outside her window on Columbia Road. “And I would come out and take photographs,� she said. “I was never without my camera.� That habit persisted over the next three decades. As Shia raised her children in the apartment and

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Theft ($250 plus) ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:55 a.m. Sept. 18. Theft (below $250) ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2:50 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 4500 block, Wisconsin Ave.; drugstore; 3:45 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 1:50 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 4300 block, Fessenden St.; residence; 12:59 p.m. Sept. 13. ■ 5300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 2 a.m. Sept. 15. ■ 3900 block, Chesapeake St.; school; 12:06 p.m. Sept. 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 4400 block, Harrison St.; residence; 2 a.m. Sept. 18. ■ 4700 block, 49th St.; street; 4 a.m. Sept. 18. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 4400 block, Davenport St.; street; 10 a.m. Sept. 11. ■ 4100 block, Garrison St.; alley; 7 a.m. Sept. 17.

psa PSA 203

203

■ forest hills / van ness

Theft (below $250) ■ 4200 block, Connecticut Ave.; university; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 3500 block, Brandywine St.; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 17.

psa 204

■ Massachusetts avenue

heights / cleveland park woodley park / Glover PSA 204 park / cathedral heights

Burglary ■ 3600 block, Lowell St.; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 3600 block, Macomb St.; residence; 3 a.m. Sept. 15. ■ Unspecified location; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 16. Stolen auto ■ 2800 block, Wisconsin Ave.; parking lot; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 4200 block, Cathedral Ave.; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 12. Theft (below $250) ■ 2400 block, Observatory Place; residence; 4 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 2000 block, Huidekoper Place; residence; 9 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 2600 block, 24th St.; sidewalk; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 2600 block, Connecticut Ave.;

store; 8:35 a.m. Sept. 15. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 3500 block, Woodley Road; church; 4:35 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 2500 block, Porter St.; street; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3800 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11. ■ Massachusetts Avenue and Klingle Place; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 2800 block, Quebec St.; parking lot; 10 a.m. Sept. 16.

psa 205

■ palisades / spring valley PSA 205

Wesley Heights/ Foxhall

Theft (below $250) ■ 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 1 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 4400 block, Massachusetts Ave.; university; 3:15 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2200 block, 49th St.; street; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 2900 block, 43rd St.; street; 2 a.m. Sept. 15.

psa PSA 206

206

■ georgetown / burleith

Robbery (attempt) ■ 2600 block, P St.; store; 10:38 a.m. Sept. 14. Assault with a dangerous weapon ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; unspecified premises; 2:15 a.m. Sept. 15. ■ M Street and Wisconsin Avenue; alley; 5:45 a.m. Sept. 16. Burglary ■ 1500 block, 34th St.; residence; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 15. Stolen auto ■ 31st and O streets; street; 8:50 a.m. Sept. 18. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1000 block, Wisconsin Ave.; residence; 8 a.m. Sept. 14. Theft (below $250) ■ 37th and O streets; university; 11:45 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ Potomac and Prospect streets; street; 1 a.m. Sept. 15. ■ 1300 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 3:20 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 37th and O streets; university; 4 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 3200 block, M St.; store; 11:15 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1200 block, Wisconsin Ave.; store; 5:10 a.m. Sept. 18. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ Wisconsin Avenue and South Street; unspecified premises; 12:01 p.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 3000 block, O St.; street; 3 a.m. Sept. 17.

psa PSA 207

207

■ foggy bottom / west end

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 2500 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; unspecified premises; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12. Burglary ■ 900 block, 26th St.; unspecified premises; 8 a.m. Sept. 12. Stolen auto ■ 700 block, 24th St.; unspeci-

fied premises; 2:21 a.m. Sept. 12.

psa 208

■ sheridan-kalorama PSA 208

dupont circle

Robbery (gun) ■ 1500 block, Corcoran St.; sidewalk 12:55 p.m. Sept. 13. Robbery (fear) ■ 1800 block, I St.; bank; 1:50 a.m. Sept. 16. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) ■ 1600 block, U St.; sidewalk; 3 a.m. Sept. 17. Burglary ■ 2100 block, California St.; residence; 1 a.m. Sept. 16. Stolen auto ■ 1900 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 8 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 1700 block, M St.; unspecified premises; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 15. ■ 20th and L streets; street; 1:30 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1300 block, New Hampshire Ave.; street; 3:30 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft ($250 plus) ■ 1100 block, Connecticut Ave.; unspecified premises; 11:06 a.m. Sept. 12. Theft (below $250) ■ 1700 block, P St.; residence; 2:30 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 800 block, Connecticut Ave.; office building; 10:15 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 1700 block, Pennsylvania Ave.; restaurant; 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14. ■ 22nd and N streets; store; 4:49 a.m. Sept. 16. ■ 1200 block, 18th St.; restaurant; 9:30 a.m. Sept. 16. ■ 1500 block, Connecticut Ave.; store; 1:08 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1500 block, 18th St.; street; 2:35 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1800 block, 14th St.; restaurant; 8:42 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1800 block, K St.; store; 9:15 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1500 block, New Hampshire Ave.; unspecified premises; 10:45 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue; sidewalk; 1:45 a.m. Sept. 18. ■ 1700 block, New Hampshire Ave.; sidewalk; 11 a.m. Sept. 18. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1600 block, O St.; street; 2:10 a.m. Sept. 15. ■ 900 block, 20th St.; street; 12:01 p.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 19th and T streets; street; 1 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 1800 block, 15th St.; residence; 7:30 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 1800 block, 16th St.; street; 7:35 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 2200 block, Q St.; street; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 1300 block, 16th St.; street; 12:15 p.m. Sept. 18.

psa PSA 303 303

■ adams morgan

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 1900 block, Biltmore St.; sidewalk; 2:20 a.m. Sept. 18. Robbery (fear) ■ 1800 block, Mintwood Place; alley; 8:08 a.m. Sept. 15.

Robbery (pocketbook snatch) ■ 1600 block, Euclid St.; sidewalk; 9:56 a.m. Sept. 12. Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) ■ 2300 block, Champlain St.; unspecified premises; 2:40 a.m. Sept. 18. Stolen auto ■ 2000 block, Belmont Road; alley; 3 a.m. Sept. 13. Theft (above $250) ■ 2400 block, Ontario Road; alley; 3 a.m. Sept. 13. Theft (below $250) ■ 1700 block, Lanier Place; street; 3 a.m. Sept. 11. ■ 1600 block, Columbia Road; store; 5 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 1800 block, Connecticut Ave.; street; 3:30 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 1900 block, Kalorama Road; residence; 7 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 2300 block, 18th St.; unspecified premises; 4:17 a.m. Sept. 15. ■ 1700 block, Florida Ave.; restaurant; 7 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 18th Street and Belmont Road; alley; 9 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 2400 block, Ontario Road; alley; 6:30 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 2300 block, 17th St.; street; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12. ■ 1700 block, Columbia Road; street; 9 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 1700 block, Euclid St.; street; 10 a.m. Sept. 14. ■ 2500 block, Mozart Place; street; 9:10 a.m. Sept. 16. ■ 1800 block, Kalorama Road; street; 8:30 a.m. Sept. 17.

psa PSA 307

307

■ logan circle

Robbery (knife) ■ 1400 block, 14th St.; alley; 4:29 a.m. Sept. 17. Robbery (pickpocket) ■ 1100 block, 13th St.; restaurant; noon Sept. 12. Theft (below $250) ■ 1400 block, 14th St.; unspecified premises; 11 a.m. Sept. 11. ■ 1100 block, 11th St.; sidewalk; 5:50 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 1600 block, 11th St.; sidewalk; 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Theft from auto ($250 plus) ■ 1500 block, 10th St.; street; 9:45 a.m. Sept. 17. Theft from auto (below $250) ■ 1100 block 10th St.; street; 6 a.m. Sept. 11. ■ 1400 block, M Street; street; 11 a.m. Sept. 11. ■ 15th and Corcoran streets; street; 4 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1100 block, Massachusetts Ave.; street; 7 a.m. Sept. 17. ■ 1200 block, 10th St.; street; 12:01 p.m. Sept. 17.

psa 401

■ colonial village PSA 401

shepherd park / takoma

Robbery (force and violence) ■ 7400 block, Georgia Ave.; residence; 3 a.m. Sept. 17. Burglary ■ 7900 block, 16th St.; residence; 7:10 a.m. Sept. 13. ■ 1600 block, Holly St.; residence; 12:15 p.m. Sept. 13.


The Current Wednesday, September 21, 2011

ETHICS From Page 1

mittee aims to share with the D.C. Council during public hearings, come on top of the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more general call for a clear and unified set of ethics regulations and strong sanctions for those who violate them. A task force of the Ward 3 committee came up with the suggestions after â&#x20AC;&#x153;working hard all summer â&#x20AC;Ś discussing this, researching this and reaching out to the community,â&#x20AC;? Tomkin said. The basic impulse was to address the negative climate forming in D.C. after a wave of government ethics scandals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Sulaimon Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s claims of bribery to Council Chairman Kwame Brownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SUV controversies to accusations that Ward 5 member Harry Thomas spent city money on personal expenses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to make it known that this is unacceptable,â&#x20AC;? Tomkin said at the meeting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all felt we had to make a statement.â&#x20AC;? The effort is also a way for the committee to weigh in as several council members are now developing new ethics legislation as well as reviewing bills that came out earlier this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first step will be looking at these bills â&#x20AC;Ś and then testifying on behalf of our principles,â&#x20AC;? Tomkin said. On Thursday, the Ward 3 committee voted to stick closely with its

task forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original draft resolution and make changes only to soften or clarify language. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean the final resolution passed without debate. Committee members disagreed on several points, most strongly on the suggestion to prohibit council members from engaging in outside employment â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a rule already in effect or under discussion in many other U.S. cities. Some at the meeting argued that the restriction would be too broad, and could bar a council member from any type of income-producing activity, including administering an estate or writing an article. Others worried that the political divisiveness of the suggestion would discredit the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entire resolution. And some were concerned about how the proposal could reflect upon Ward 3 Council member Mary Cheh, who also teaches law at George Washington University. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be taken as an attack on Mary Cheh,â&#x20AC;? said Robert Jablon. Others felt that even if Chehâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teaching job appears benign, the change is necessary for preventing conflicts of interest. Ann Loikow said the employment issue is probably of â&#x20AC;&#x153;more concernâ&#x20AC;? for citizens in Ward 2, whose representative Jack Evans works for the Patton Boggs law firm â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but a wholesale change for the city â&#x20AC;&#x153;would really help clean up the perception that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to govern ourselves.â&#x20AC;? And several pointed out that with

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D.C. Council members introduce variety of ethics bills Back from summer recess and still reeling from a series of scandals that have rocked District government, D.C. Council members Tuesday introduced a series of bills to show they are committed to reform. Among them: â&#x2013;  Ward 6 member Tommy Wells offered a bill to prohibit lobbyists and corporations with city contracts from contributing to council constituent service funds. It would also prohibit council members from accepting free or discounted legal representation from lawyers who lobby the full council. â&#x2013;  Ward 3 member Mary Cheh introduced a bill to reform personnel rules for political appointees known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;excepted serviceâ&#x20AC;? staffers. It would reduce the number of such jobs under mayoral control from 160 to 100, limit salaries, require more vetting and make nepotism illegal under local law. â&#x2013;  Ward 4 member Muriel Bowser offered a bill that would limit, as well as require disclosure of, contrisalaries of around $125,000 for most, council members in D.C. are among the highest paid across the nation â&#x20AC;&#x201D; eliminating their need to seek additional income. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a slap in the face,â&#x20AC;? said John Chelen, â&#x20AC;&#x153;if a council member says itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an inadequate income.â&#x20AC;? Ultimately, the members who attended Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meeting passed the resolution 17-14. The vote came after a speech from the committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invited guest, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan. Nathan said he considers the councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constituent services funds â&#x20AC;&#x153;easy to abuse,â&#x20AC;? but supports tight-

butions to transition, inaugural and legal defense funds for the council or mayor. â&#x2013;  At-large member Vincent Orange offered twin measures to set term limits for council members and the mayor, and to require that council service be considered a full-time job, prohibiting outside employment. Other new bills introduced on the first day of the fall session addressed a variety of issues. Wells, with at-large member Phil Mendelson, proposed repealing the controversial authorization for online gambling in the District. Both members said the plan was approved without public notice or hearings. Wells, an avid cyclist, also introduced legislation that would allow cyclists who are harassed or assaulted to bring civil complaints. He said police rarely enforce criminal laws against assaulting or harassing cyclists. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Elizabeth Wiener

ening restrictions rather than abolishing them. Of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practice of allowing council members to hold outside employment, he said only that it â&#x20AC;&#x153;argues for very strong disclosure requirements or monitoring.â&#x20AC;? Nathan said he participated in many conversations this summer about government ethics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with â&#x20AC;&#x153;former city council members, lobbyists, scholars, as well as leaders in other jurisdictionsâ&#x20AC;? and narrowed down a few important principles. As much as possible, enforcement of ethics violations should be â&#x20AC;&#x153;local,â&#x20AC;? he said, and not entangled

with federal or criminal authorities. Confidentiality is critical during investigations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;at least on the outset,â&#x20AC;? he said. And in the end there must be a â&#x20AC;&#x153;clear, concise and amply documented report.â&#x20AC;? Nathan also endorsed having â&#x20AC;&#x153;a central place to lodge complaints and initiate investigations.â&#x20AC;? Currently, he said, coordination has become tricky between the various agencies handling ethics investigations and enforcement. He said the top officials in charge of ethics should undergo a strong centralized training program and follow the guidelines of a single manual.

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Davis Kennedy/Publisher & Editor Chris Kain/Managing Editor

Reason to celebrate

It was a school night, but the teachers were partying. Monday’s “Standing Ovation” event at the Kennedy Center honored the 600-some D.C. Public Schools instructors who were rated “highly effective” on last year’s IMPACT evaluation system. Eight educators were picked for $10,000 “Excellence Award” prizes, and another 25 won Rubenstein awards of $5,000 apiece. McKinley Technology High School principal David Pinder said Excellence Award winner and D.C. teacher of the year Shira Fishman is the best math instructor he’s ever seen. According to the evening’s program, her efforts last year “closed the 17-point achievement [test] gap between her students above and below the poverty line,” and her students made gains of over 20 percent on city tests. At Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, 92 percent of Excellence Award winner Kelly Emminger’s first-graders tested proficient or advanced on state tests in reading last year; 88 percent scored proficient or advanced in math. And Angelique Kwabenah, who teaches reading in the Incarcerated Youth Program, has helped all of her students at the D.C. Jail who tested below basic or basic at the start of the year move to the proficient or advanced level. While some question the IMPACT system’s reliance on standardized test scores, we’re pleased that D.C. has a standard measure for assessing its employees. Test scores certainly shouldn’t be the only factor, but in IMPACT, they’re not. And it’s hard to argue with the sort of improvements shown in the classes taught by this year’s honorees. We’re so appreciative to Carlyle Group founder David Rubenstein, whose donations enabled the generous awards. Teachers deserve all of this and more — including, perhaps, a celebration next year that falls on a weekend.

A wise investment

Mayor Vincent Gray is justly proud of legislation he sponsored giving the city’s 3- and 4-year olds the opportunity for a pre-kindergarten education. He told members of the Greater Washington Board of Trade last week that the non-compulsory program already is showing signs of reducing the number of students in our expensive special-education programs. We are not surprised. Back in the 1960s, 123 3- and 4-year olds born into poverty in Ypsilanti, Mich., participated in a study in which they attended a high-quality preschool program. There was also a “control group” of similar youngsters who did not attend the preschool. The results were that far fewer of those who participated in the strong early-education program needed costly special-education services later on and many more of them — 65 percent versus 45 percent — graduated from high school. The four-decade-long study revealed that at age 40, the preschoolattending students were more likely to have jobs, and they were substantially better paid. They were also less likely to have been arrested. Now, Mr. Gray wants to include infants and toddlers in the city’s early-education program. We could not be more supportive. After all, as he noted, more than 90 percent of brain development takes place before age 5. Children born into poverty — some to parents who can’t read — are at a serious disadvantage when it comes time to go to school. If programs for 3- and 4-year olds prove successful, we would expect programs for even younger children to be helpful as well. The dollars spent on educating the very young should produce major savings later in special education and in the criminal justice system, making it a cost-effective use of funds even in tough fiscal times. And we expect they will help participants enjoy far more satisfying and fruitful lives.

Fun and games … Boy, summer ended really suddenly. The temperatures may slide back up into the 80s this week, but we have a new fall season of fun and games beginning. Here are a few: ■ More fun. Your Notebook still gets good-natured grief from some folks critical of my move four years ago from Tenleytown to the Southwest waterfront. You can see for yourself the reasons this weekend during the first annual SW ArtsFest. It’s a three-day celebration of the area’s redeveloping attractions, beginning Friday. Ten different organizations are presenting a cross section of food and cultural and physical attractions including the new Arena Stage, the 10th annual DC Jazz Preservation Festival and a new “e(merge)” art fair at the remodeled Skyline Hotel. (A side note: We first stayed in that hotel back in 1968. We can tell you, it’s a lot better now.) Southwest Neighborhood Assembly president Kael Anderson said the festival has taken months of planning by a wide variety of community organizations and civic leaders. “With so many distinctive institutions disappearing and emerging in Southwest, the SW ArtsFest promises to be a great way to rediscover, explore, and plant seeds for the evolution of our unique community nestled between the U.S. Capitol and the Potomac River,” he said. Check out the many multicultural events at swdcartsfest.com. ■ More money. D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi recently announced that the city should end the fiscal year with an $89 million surplus. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Gandhi sent city leaders a letter urging them to plop the whole $89 million into the city reserves. Gandhi said Wall Street wants a demonstration — not just talk — of how the city will restore its depleted reserve fund balance. The D.C. Council has been tussling over taxes on municipal bonds, a possible income tax increase for the highest earners and other budget-balancing issues. Saving money hasn’t been a hallmark. ■ More ethics. At-large Council member Vincent Orange is the latest legislator to propose ethics reforms. Orange is throwing a lot out to see what will stick — term limits, salary caps, an ethics committee, et cetera. Orange somewhat sheepishly noted that he voted in the past to do away with the term limits voters had approved. As we wrote last week, the battle over who can appear to be the most ethical council member is well under way. And we emphasize “appear.” Whether any real legislation gets passed by the council — rather than just talked about — remains to be seen. Already there are suggestions that any comprehensive new ethics bill could be put off until after the council primary elections next April. That seems too long to wait. Orange is pressing for emergency, immediate action, but that may be too fast. Late Monday, Ward 4 Council member Muriel

Bowser announced that her Committee on Government Operations would hold two public hearings, on Oct. 12 and 26, to cover all the ethics legislation being considered. She said she expects a “flood” of ethics proposals, including some she herself will introduce. It’s unclear what Council Chairman Kwame Brown will do to move things along. In several interviews last week (including one with me on Kojo Nnamdi’s “The Politics Hour” on WAMU), Brown bristled at attention focused on his own ethics problems involving campaign cash and the costs of SUVs the city leased for him. Brown says he wants the council to be “open and transparent.” ■ More bridges? There was a really remarkable event in Northern Virginia on Monday. The business group Bisnow drew hundreds of people to Tysons Corner to hear a talk by 81-year-old lawyer and developer John “Til” Hazel, who’s credited with helping begin the Tysons Corner boom. But the real guest was 97-year-old Robert E. Simon. Back in the 1960s, he turned a 6,000-acre cow pasture into the new town of Reston. (“Reston” by the way is just a name that begins with his initials, R.E.S. He told the crowd that both his mother and his wife thought it was a good idea.) But these iconic men had more than the remarkable past on their minds. Simon said new developments must be peoplefriendly. For example, he said he doesn’t like large public artworks that are just a tangle of metal or concrete that people look at but don’t understand. He said in Reston he wanted — and got — artwork that children climb on as soon as they see it. But it was Hazel who was controversial. He said Northern Virginia is growing rapidly and that it was a mistake not to build more bridges over the Potomac River to connect Virginia, Maryland and the District. He said he knew his remarks would drive “smart growth” people crazy. Hazel said the Washington region’s business community “has been AWOL” in the fight for better transportation policies throughout the area. ■ A final word. Longtime WTOP theater and entertainment critic Joe Barber died this week. Joe, who battled diabetes and other ailments, was 53. You either heard him or saw him on WTOP, WAMU 88.5, WETA-TV, the “Tony Kornheiser Show” or other outlets, and you may remember reading his Current Scene column here for many years. “He was a walking movie synopsis,” said WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi, who inherited Barber’s segments when Kojo took over the daytime talk slot. “Joe was a warm, funny presence in the WTOP newsroom every Saturday,” said Jim Farley, WTOP’s vice president of news and programming. “He loved movies, the stage and music. You could ask him about any movie; he was a walking encyclopedia of movie knowledge and trivia.” Tom Sherwood, a Southwest resident, is a political reporter for News 4.

TOM SHERWOOD’s

Notebook

Letters to the Editor Schools must make reading a priority

It is common knowledge that reading “opens doors” and provides opportunities. Statistics show that children who are able to read early on and show an interest in books earn better grades throughout their school years and have a much lower dropout rate than children who

are not encouraged to grow and explore through reading. Knowing this, one would likely assume that schools are encouraging reading every opportunity they get. In fact, the person answering the phones at Hearst Elementary School in Northwest D.C. told me that “reading is not really a priority in our school.” I was calling the school to invite them to participate in a monthlong, nationwide read-a-thon called SEE Me Read, hosted by the nonprofit Simply Equal Education.

I responded that this would be a perfect program since the organization set up SEE Me Read so that there is almost no additional work required of the teacher, and it would mean that students were reading more without changing anything within the school. It saddens me that any school would not only not make reading a priority but would also refuse to participate in a program when the opportunity was presented. Caitlin McGee Chief executive officer and co-founder, Simply Equal Education


The Current

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Arguments against Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plan misleading VIEWPOINT ellen mccarthy

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eter Glassman write a very misleading attack on the mixed-use project proposed for the Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Billiards site [â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plan for Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site would harm Tenley,â&#x20AC;? Viewpoint, Aug. 31]. The project consists of 60 units and two levels of commercial development. Dr. Glassman, the director of the animal hospital next door to the project, made a number of emotionally charged and unsupported accusations against the project. He said: â&#x2013;  The units are small and therefore would be purchased by American University students. The universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s students are required to live on campus for the first two years; perhaps some will live here for the last two years, though the high rents will likely exclude many students, particularly given the small size of the units. But isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it better they locate here on a busy commercial corridor than in single-family houses in the middle of quiet residential neighborhoods? There is likely to be strong demand among young professionals (the units are probably too small to attract baby boomers). Numerous research studies have documented the preferences of millennials (the age cohort born between 1977 and 2003) to live in urban areas with proximity to amenities such as transit and restaurants. In fact, todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s college graduates are 94 percent more likely than their less-educated peers to move into urban environments. They are willing to trade off size of apartments to be able to afford to live in such convenient areas, and they are far less likely than previous generations to own and drive cars, with the percentage of total automobile miles driven by persons in their 20s dropping from 21 percent to less than 14 percent in the last 14 years. These are the types of residents that D.C. should welcome, as they are an important source of economic

Letters to the Editor D.C. should welcome law schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s growth

A recent Viewpoint piece [â&#x20AC;&#x153;AU plan would harm Tenleytown character,â&#x20AC;? Sept. 7] urges residents to oppose American Universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plans to relocate its law school from its suburban location to the more walkable and transit-friendly Tenley Campus. The piece suggests an â&#x20AC;&#x153;unchecked expansion,â&#x20AC;? but numbers provided by the university and cited in the letter contradict this. The expansion is pretty modest, growing by slightly more than 200 law students over 10 years, from 1,770 to 2,000. Putting hyperbole aside, an average of 23 new students annually in a metro region with nearly 6 million residents is far from â&#x20AC;&#x153;unchecked expansion.â&#x20AC;? The author questions whether the relocation of the law school will revitalize Tenleytown, a strange attack considering earlier complaints about unchecked expansion. If the university grows,

value, with very little contribution to congestion and parking demand. Are we going to prohibit all new apartments with smaller units because they might be used by university students? (And, to be consistent, will the people who oppose this project be testifying in support of additional on-campus units being built on the American University campus?) â&#x2013;  The buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents will take up all the on-street parking. We know that those who choose to live near Metro stations are less likely to own cars. Exactly how much parking will be provided will be up to the Zoning Commission. â&#x2013;  Traffic will increase. If most residents do not own cars, or seldom drive them, how will traffic increase? â&#x2013;  There will be illegal parking in private garages. There certainly will not be illegal parking in commercial garages, as they are patrolled. Private garages associated with apartment buildings are key-controlled and accessible only to the residents. Are we to believe Babeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents will be sneaking into the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; home garages? â&#x2013;  Double-parked moving vans, valet parkers and trash trucks will block Brandywine Street. Two loading areas are being provided in the building. In his conclusion, Dr. Glassman notes that the vacant site has been a real eyesore, and admits that it should be developed, but concludes that it should be a development â&#x20AC;&#x153;sensitive to the needs of the community.â&#x20AC;? Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s see â&#x20AC;&#x201D; housing for young, well-educated residents, who are unlikely to contribute to traffic and parking problems, not likely to have children in nearby schools or use social services, but will serve as customers for neighboring retail, create street vitality on a key corner thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been vacant for at least a decade, and contribute income, sales and property taxes to support local services. Sure sounds sensitive to my needs. I hope that residents who agree will let Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3E know of your support. Ellen McCarthy, a member of Ward 3 Vision, wrote this on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf.

the new students and faculty will patronize local businesses and restaurants, expanding the local customer base. There has been much discussion about vacant retail space and the prevalence of mattress stores in Tenleytown. If you want better retail choices, inviting additional students and faculty is a chance to do something about this. We should welcome this modest bit of growth. A recent report notes that six of the Districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 10 largest employers are universities, employing nearly 16,000 District residents and generating more than $11 billion in annual economic activity. At a time when another recession is a real possibility and D.C. unemployment is over 12 percent, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s irresponsible to oppose the jobs this would create. Construction of the new law school will also create many good jobs in a sector hit hard by the sluggish economy and persistently high unemployment. The proposed new law school isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the â&#x20AC;&#x153;massiveâ&#x20AC;? building some fear. The university has worked with the community to address concerns about the design and has sought to address historic preserva-

tion issues. A four-story building along Wisconsin Avenue is entirely appropriate. Wisconsin is one of D.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main corridors, with plenty of nine- to 10-story-tall buildings. Many of the trees surrounding the proposed law school building are as tall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; perhaps twice as tall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as this structure would be. Relocating the law school to a Metro-accessible site along several major bus routes will reduce traffic and parking pressures. Tenley Circle is a mere 0.2 miles from the Metro station, a five-minute walk. Many students and faculty members will be coming from jobs and internships downtown, arriving via transit. American has also committed to including car and bicycle sharing on the new campus, providing mobility options beyond private vehicles. Opponents of the campus plan concerned about traffic should be supporting construction of more on-campus student housing at the university, allowing more students to walk to class. I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen opponents advocate this, however. Ben Thielen Commissioner, ANC 3B01 (northern Glover Park)

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al rooms of its terminally ill patients, and for the Adams Morgan Basketball Association for uniforms. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support bike lanes on Columbia Road between Connecticut Avenue and 16th Street with certain conditions: that cars be permitted to use the laneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s space to turn at the intersection; that additional loading zones be established on the north and south sides of Columbia between Mintwood Place and Biltmore Street between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and that an additional 40-foot loading zone be established on the north side of the 1700 block of Columbia between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support a rear addition to the now-vacant building at 2465 18th St. with retail on the ground floor and residences above it. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support an open porch at 1908 Belmont Road similar to those of its neighbors. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support development plans for Il Palazzo at 2700 16th St., the former Italian Embassy. Developer Will Lansing outlined the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community-amenities plan: $12,000 for school library books, $2,500 for instruments, $2,500 for scholarships for local children to attend Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sitar Arts Center and about $250,000 for a communal kitchen in the condo building. The firm is also contributing $10,000 to repair Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Circle, a not-for-profit senior housing center for lowincome residents, from damage it suffered during the earthquake; and $50,000 for tree fences for the Reed-Cooke area. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted 5-1, with commission chair Wilson Reynolds opposing, to support a delay in zoning hearings for the proposed mixed-use residential/retail development at 1711 Florida Ave. The resolution contained a suggestion from commissioner Steve Lanning that regulations of the Reed-Cooke Overlay District be maintained unless affected neighbors and community groups agree to exceptions through a collaborative process. Lanning said the developer â&#x20AC;&#x153;must come up with a very good reason to have a variance. ... This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t absolutist.â&#x20AC;? The development team, which includes the Triangle Ventures firm, had asked for the delay in order to work with the community. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to support the Washington Humane Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Walk for the Animalsâ&#x20AC;? event planned for Saturday, Oct. 15, which begins and ends at the Marie Reed Learning Center. â&#x2013;  commissioners voted unanimously to congratulate Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Skyline Innovations for winning the 2011 Washington D.C. Economic Partnership Business Plan Competition. The firm received a

$100,000 cash award and $50,000 worth of in-kind services. â&#x2013;  commissioners unanimously agreed not to issue any checks or approve any new grants until the paperwork on outstanding grants is complete. The commission is unable to submit third- and fourth-quarter financial reports without this information. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, 2355 Ontario Road NW. For details, call 202-332-2630 or visit anc1c.org. ANC 2A ANCBottom 2A Foggy

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have stuck around. The original Madamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Organ â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which started as an arts co-op â&#x20AC;&#x201D; From Page 5 was a house rented out by Yippies, Beyond a throng of street festival members of the Youth International scenes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the Latino Festival â&#x20AC;&#x153;would Party. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a 10-year lease for close down Columbia Road for two $175 a month,â&#x20AC;? Shia recalled. days â&#x20AC;Ś it was nonstop dancing,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the lease ran out, the Yippies Shia said â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the exhibit includes had a big party and smashed a photos of neighborhood children, piano.â&#x20AC;? significant local buildings (some Columbia Station, then housed now gone), Unity Park gatherings, in the current Mr. Henryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spot on church activities and anti-gentrifica- Columbia Road, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;the place to tion protests, among others. go for live music,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There Shia first was no cover came to D.C. in charge. â&#x20AC;Ś It 1972 to attend â??That kind of caring did was a spot for Antioch School a lot of good â&#x20AC;Ś . If it neighbors to go of Law, settling and meet up shortly after- werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for Jubilee with each ward in Adams other.â&#x20AC;? Morgan. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Housing, Adams Morgan Though a â&#x20AC;&#x153;party atmobeen consistent- would be predominantly sphereâ&#x20AC;? existed ly active in the in Adams c o m m u n i t y white.â?&#x17E; since, serving Morgan then, as â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Nancy Shia it does today, two stints as an advisory neighShia said, there borhood commissioner and last year was a different sort of charge behind running for the Ward 1 D.C. Council it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was more of a party with a seat on the D.C. Statehood Green purpose,â&#x20AC;? she said, with a politically Party ticket. conscious (and sometimes anar But these days sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;more inter- chist) bent. ested in photographingâ&#x20AC;? than city The neighborhood has always politics, she said. Currently sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had its problems. In Shiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early sifting through her old pictures to years here, one was rampant homeprepare a collection for the Martin lessness, with squatters taking over Luther King Jr. Memorial Libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vacant buildings. And her children Washingtoniana Division. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a witnessed firsthand â&#x20AC;&#x153;the results of very, very slow process,â&#x20AC;? she said. alcoholism and drug addictionâ&#x20AC;? on Though sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already donated Adams Morganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streets. photos she took as a reporter for the The Church of Christ of the Federal News Service from 1987 to Saviour was a positive influence, 2005 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; she created a style she calls Shia said. Jubilee Housing, a nonâ&#x20AC;&#x153;PIG Art,â&#x20AC;? catching â&#x20AC;&#x153;people in gov- profit that formed out of the church, ernmentâ&#x20AC;? at moments when their expressions were contorted â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her t focus now is the history of Adams Slipcovers & Reupholstery Window Treatments Morgan. Shia describes her first years in #  " the neighborhood with some nostal! gia. #   " â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was wonderful. It was afford! able,â&#x20AC;? she said in a recent interview #  at The Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s House. The demographics of Adams #"   #   Morgan then included more AfricanAmericans, more families and - Tell a Friend â&#x20AC;&#x153;more young people who were not so professional, and who could afford it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Instead of its present-day row of bars, 18th Street featured businesses like â&#x20AC;&#x153;hardware stores, clothing stores, auto shopsâ&#x20AC;? and a Ben Franklin five-and-dime, she said. A food co-op on the street, Fields of Plenty, was a popular spot. The only Start Today restaurants she remembers from We pick-up & Deliver back then are Millie & Alâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and the Spaghetti Garden, both of which

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purchased a number of local buildings to use for low-income housing, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;started getting organized, marching through the neighborhood to get rid of drug dealers,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That kind of Shia caring did a lot of good for the neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? Shia said, adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;if it werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for Jubilee Housing, Adams Morgan would be predominantly white.â&#x20AC;?

Over the years, Shia said, the largest forces of change in the area have been gentrification and the transformation of 18th Street into â&#x20AC;&#x153;a club zoneâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;police stateâ&#x20AC;? on weekends. (Of her exhibitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s few modern photos, two are scenes of cop-attended chaos on the nightlife strip.) Due to that atmosphere â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and development projects like the Adams Morgan Hotel that she said are threatening to change the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Shia said she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like where her neighborhood is headed. In fact, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thinking about

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Spotlight on Schools Aidan Montessori School

Aidan Montessori upper-elementary students each did a summer project. Students chose anything from reading a lot of books to growing a garden, cooking a meal or typing a journal. Multiple people in the class did the builder/tinker. Builder/tinker is when a person builds something. Sixth-grader Ariel Garfield made a replica of a city in Malaysia using recycled materials. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it was fun to see other peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s projects, but I noticed a lot of people did the builder,â&#x20AC;? Ariel said. Fifth-grader Elliot Sealls built a bridge out of Popsicle sticks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think I could have build it a bit bigger, but I still like it,â&#x20AC;? he said. Fourth-grader Marshall Cooperman made a D-Day diorama. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It could have been better, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still proud of it.â&#x20AC;? Fourth-grader Edvin Leijon built the Arc de Triomphe out of sugar cubes. Sixth-grader Sofia Brown made a two-story dollhouse with doors with hinges. Sixth-grader Lucia Braddock composed a song for the piano all by herself. Almost everybody in the class liked it. Fifth-grader Eva Gondelman made bead animals and learned three pieces of music. Sixth-grader Amira WashingtonClark made a miniature greenhouse for growing plants. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was challenging because of the earthquake and hurricane because it kept blowing over and breaking,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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British School of Washington

On Friday, I arrived at school, not in my school uniform but dressed to play the part of a relief worker. Our classrooms had been turned into a volcanic site and a relief centre, where residents of the island and the news team took shelter. This was the entry point for our International Primary Curriculum work on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Active Planet.â&#x20AC;? My report tells you what happened: â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Friday the volcano Mount Louisburg erupted in St. Edin. The eruption lasted eight hours. It was very forceful and people had to move away fast. All the inhabitants of St. Edin had to be evacuated. Thankfully nobody was hurt. Rescue workers also managed to carry out their tasks in time and without any one of them being harmed. Assistance was brought from England and the USA. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The next day the inhabitants of St. Edin started to return home. There were a lot of damages. Fortunately the damages were not so bad. Everything went well despite the eruption coming very suddenly. Scientists believe that Mount Louisburg will not erupt for

a long time.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sara Stude, Year 4 St Louis (third-grader)

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

At Duke Ellington School of the Arts, our heroes donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come from comic books; they are legends in their own right. On Tuesday, one of the fathers in the jazz world, Herbie Hancock, graced our stage. He brought with him favorites Thelonious Monk III and Kevin Eubanks of The Tonight Show Band. The schoolwide assembly was held at 9:30 a.m., and for the next hour the musicians kept the students on the edge of their seats. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing new that someone famous is making a trip to our school. So now that our students have begun their academic year and gotten a taste of some of the many privileges they receive, it is the parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; turn. The school called parents out to Back to School Night on Thursday, and there was a huge turnout. Parents were welcomed to the school by Principal Pullens before visiting the academic and arts teachers. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lauryn Nesbitt, 11th-grader

Eaton Elementary

There are many new teachers at John Eaton this year. We have two new fifth-grade teachers. Ms. Castin and Ms. Witcher are cool, nice and fun. They teach kids what they need to know, and they can do it in a fun way. Ms. Castin told us

that her favorite thing about our school is the community of families and students. We also have some new fifthgrade students. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great to have new kids in our classes because they are all interesting and nice. John Eaton is a world cultures school. This means every grade studies a different country. Last year in fourth grade we studied Argentina. It was a lot of fun. This year the fifth grade is studying South Africa. We kicked off the year by learning about Nelson Mandela. We did some reading and writing about him. We learned that he helped stop apartheid, which was a set of laws in South Africa that separated people by race. We already learned that there are 11 official languages in South Africa, and we will be learning lots more about the country and the people. We can tell this will be a great year. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sophie Bax-Wooten, Emry Hankins, Channing Neal-Hill and Charlotte Weiser, fifth-graders

Hearst Elementary

We have read a lot about different inventors. We have probably read about Benjamin Franklin the most. We have been talking about various challenges that they might have had and what we would tell them about it. We have read informational texts about inventors such as Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Goodyear, Thomas Edison and, of course, Ben Franklin. Da Vinci

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invented a whole lot of stuff. Edison invented the first practical incandescent lighting system. Goodyear invented rubber. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, which practically started the Civil War. And Benjamin Franklin invented swim paddles, the lightning rod, bifocals, the library chair and more. To fully appreciate the difficulty and pleasure of inventing, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing a class invention convention at the end of the month. Everyone in our class is going to invent something and bring it to school. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Darrow Sherman and Sydney Pollack, fifth-graders  

Hyde-Addison Elementary

The fourth- and fifth-grade students started advisory this week. We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday. So what is advisory? Advisory is for the fourth- and fifth-graders to take a break from their regular classrooms. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not all. Advisory helps us to get to know other students. It helps us close the gaps in our lives. We can share problems we are having. Also we help each other get better at things we are not good at doing. If a person has trouble with writing, we can help him or her try to get better and share things that work for us. Advisory starts at the beginning of the day and lasts for about 30 minutes. We meet with four to six students, and the groups are divided between boys and girls. Advisory isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just taught by the classroom teachers. The social worker, principal, assistant principal, librarian, English Language Learner teacher, special education teachers and instructional coach also help lead groups. In advisory we play different games and work on team building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a new student to HydeAddison this year, I really find advisory fun, great and helpful,â&#x20AC;? said Bailey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Advisory helped me get to know students better,â&#x20AC;? said Isaiah. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bailey Moore and Isaiah Kitt, fourth-graders

Paul Public Charter School

It is already the fourth week of school and time goes by fast. Many events have already taken place. New students are getting situated and forming new friendships while the old students are adjusting to their new grade level. Some miss last year and want to go back, while others say: â&#x20AC;&#x153;You know what? A new year, a new start!â&#x20AC;? Teachers are getting their groove on and are now in teaching mode. New teachers came and are getting to know how Paul works. From French to math and English, everywhere you go you see students taking notes and looking from the board to their papers. Later you hear the banging of lockers and the sounds of students in See Dispatches/Page 48


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CAROUSEL From Page 1

Cats, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a wonderful opportunity, a moment in the park with no animals, purely for visitors.â&#x20AC;? The carousel would be â&#x20AC;&#x153;in the hub of a highly active zone, with many intersections,â&#x20AC;? she said. Carousels, in a variety of designs, are a feature of many zoos. According to Daniels, 80 percent of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top accredited zoos â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the Central Park Zoo and

Bronx Zoo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; entertain young patrons with carousels. The preferred design for the National Zoo at this point is a classic-looking structure with stonecovered piers, topped by a pavilion roof of slate shingles, with a smaller roof on top â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in carousel-lingo, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;pre-fabricated clerestory dodecagon pavilion,â&#x20AC;? Daniels said. The materials would echo those on the nearby Mane Restaurant and other older Zoo buildings. The ticket booth would be on Olmsted Walk, with amphitheater-

PROJECT From Page 1

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great demand for apartments in this walkable community,â&#x20AC;? Michael Korns, a representative from developer Keener-Squire, said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be bringing some life to 17th Street. Hopefully the businesses will profit from another 200-something people moving to the neighborhood.â&#x20AC;? But some neighbors oppose the project, saying the development would add too much density, noise and congestion to the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will create a lot of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian,â&#x20AC;? Ann Lassen, a resident of The Richmond, a condominium building across the street from the proposed development, said in an interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We certainly recognize the right of the church to monetize an underused asset. But the scope of the project is much more commercial in a residential neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This should be kept to the lower, matterof-right height.â&#x20AC;? Lassen added that 60 percent of the

type seating carved into the slope on the other side of the carousel. Some of the fine arts commissioners were skeptical about the aesthetics and practicality of solar power, especially after Daniels showed a photo of the carousel at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, its roof dominated by solar panels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a traditional design, and solar panels on the roof seem out of place, and look very strange,â&#x20AC;? said commissioner Diana Balmori. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could you put them somewhere else?â&#x20AC;? Member Edwin Schlossberg

Richmondâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents sent letters to the neighborhood commission registering their opposition to the project. Neighbor Jim McGrath, president of the nearby Bay State buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenants association, also said he worries about overdevelopment in the area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robert Frost once wrote, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Something there is that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like a wall.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Now it seems something there is that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like open space,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Korns said the developers had modified their designs in response to concerns. For instance, instead of building a deck spanning the entire roof, architect Eric Colbert scaled back the plan so the northern portion includes only landscaping, Korns said. He said Colbert also slightly reduced the number of efficiency units planned for the building in response to residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns about attracting an overwhelming number of students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People were worried about [it] becoming a dorm,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We attempted to make some adjustments to the unit mix.â&#x20AC;? Korns said the designs now call for 20 percent efficiencies, 60 percent junior one-

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noted that it would take a great expanse of solar panels to completely power the carousel. Daniels said planners are still exploring solar power for the carousel, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;aggressively pursuing a sponsor. It would be exciting to have a solar-run carousel.â&#x20AC;? There was also some skepticism about the educational value of a carousel. Member Pam Nelson said she had taken her grandchildren to a zoo in Dallas with a similarly themed endangered-animals carousel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They never knew,â&#x20AC;? she said.

bedrooms and 20 percent one-bedrooms. In addition, he said, he expects there to be one two-bedroom apartment per floor. But at Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commission meeting, commissioner Jack Jacobson said he opposes

â??It seems to me that the church has worked out a compromise that is excellent.â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Neighborhood commissioner Bob Meehan any action designed to exclude students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would object to anything that would ... keep some group of people out of our neighborhood,â&#x20AC;? he said to applause. Commissioner Mike Silverstein, however, said the issue wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t about exclusion, but about trying to maintain diversity in the neighborhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People leave when thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not enough room for children,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was done with the best of intentions.â&#x20AC;? First Baptist Church clerk Christi Harlan said the church would never support exclusion

â&#x20AC;&#x153;They come and ride, shrieking. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think most of the children who ride it have a clue.â&#x20AC;? The Zoo, part of the Smithsonian Institution, has faced financial constraints of late. The popular Kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Farm almost shut down for lack of operating funds, for example, until State Farm Insurance Co. pledged $1.4 million. But a carousel, Daniels and other Zoo officials said, could turn into â&#x20AC;&#x153;a revenue generator,â&#x20AC;? even producing funds for other Zoo needs. They hope it will open by spring 2013.

on its property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That would go against everything we as a church stand for,â&#x20AC;? she said. Harlan added in an interview that the lease to Keener-Squire will help the church continue to meet its mission of ministering to the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have roof problems, air conditioning problems and boilers that are held together with duct tape and prayer,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re able to take care of the worship needs of our members, but we need the financial wherewithal to keep giving back to the community the way we like to.â&#x20AC;? At the meeting, commissioner Bob Meehan said the designs forge a middle path between competing interests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It seems to me that the church has worked out a compromise that is excellent,â&#x20AC;? he said. The commission voted 9-0 to support the special exception and variance requests. As part of the resolution, the commission also expressed some concerns about a lack of green space demonstrated in the designs, but applauded the applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s willingness to scale back the roof deck after hearing residentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; concerns.

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Realtors see steady market in Northwest

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everal years ago, Safeway created plans to redevelop its aging Petworth supermarket into a mixeduse project with several hundred residential units above a new grocery. But when the firm couldn’t find a residential developer that was interested, it considered scrapping the concept altogether. “Unfortunately, the downturn in the economy made that very difficult, and we couldn’t attract a residential developer to build that project,” said Avis Black, Safeway’s regional real estate manager. She was speaking at last Thursday’s Zoning Commission meeting, when commissioners gave initial approval to the project; after the shaky beginning, it’s set to begin construction next year. The project to build housing above the Safeway at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Street isn’t unique in its timing, said Marc Dubick, president of Duball LLC, which is responsible for the residential component. “There were a number of projects that were not viable 18 months, two years ago,” Dubick said in an interview. “Over the previous nine months, you’ve seen a lot of

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projects started that had been on ice during the difficult economic times.” Art Rodgers, senior housing planner for the D.C. Office of Planning, said he’s seen the same trend: Since about December or January, planned residential projects that had previously won zoning approval are at last securing financing and going under construction. During the worst of the recession, Rodgers said, “there were so many projects where ... [developers] were saying, ‘We’re

gonna break ground in the next couple months.’ They were always saying that, and they never did. “Now,” he said, “some of them have actually started to break ground.” Officials at apartment developer KeenerSquire, which has built and managed large buildings in the Dupont Circle area since 1984, said they have seen increased residential competition from firms that traditionally built offices, retail space or hotels. “All of those asset classes aren’t really as stable,” said the company’s Michael Korns, adding, “The one thing everyone can build and not look stupid to investors is residential in D.C.” See Housing/Page RE18

gainst a national backdrop of economic uncertainty, local Realtors see positive signs for a D.C. real estate market they describe as steady and resilient. The end of summer brought decent sales numbers and low inventory, said Fred Kendrick, an associate broker with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty who prepares a monthly report on local real estate. And post-Labor Day, Kendrick said, he and his colleagues have seen a fairly strong pace for single-family houses, with multiple offers from Chevy Chase to Capitol Hill. “The D.C. market is pretty steady,” Kendrick said. “Our agents are very busy. … I think it’s going to be a good fall.” Dan Melman, an agent with W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., said he had a slow summer, unlike many Realtors he works with. But things are shaping up for a busy fall. “My fourth quarter is going to be stellar — it’s going to be better than some of my [entire] years,” he said. His clients’ motives vary. One is looking to downsize — “to ease their long-term finances,” Melman said. Another family “will be buying upward” after staying in the same home for 12 years. See Market/Page RE17

‘Living near your work’ can offset higher housing costs, planners say

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ity planners say shorter commutes and access to mass transit can offset the high cost of housing in some parts of the District, making it cheaper than living in the outer ’burbs. Now they’re launching a grant-matching pilot program to drive that point home. The fledgling “Live Near Your

Work” program is the D.C. Office of Planning’s latest effort to discourage car commuting in favor of using Metrorail, Metrobus, bikes and feet. Once implemented, it will match grants of up to $6,000 from major employers to home buyers, regardless of income, who buy a house in the District near transit or their place of work. The demonstration project complements the August publica-

tion of a major study, “Housing + Transportation Affordability in Washington D.C.,” that offers an intriguing take on household budgets. Instead of considering home prices alone, the study says, buyers who factor in transportation costs might find it cheaper to live in the District than in less pricey housing of the distant suburbs. That seems a logical conclusion, but the study by the D.C. Planning Office and the Chicago-

based Center for Neighborhood Technology offers an array of data to prove the point. Living in some neighborhoods of the District can save the average family $16,000 a year in transportation costs, it says, enough to make up for relatively high housing costs in parts of the city. The study relies on a rough rule of thumb that deems housing costs under 30 percent of a household’s annual income, and trans-

portation costs under 15 percent, as “affordable.” Using both measures, some urban neighborhoods with relatively high housing costs but easy access to transit and job centers come in under the combined 45 percent “affordable” ceiling. An intriguing map, for example, shows spots downtown and in Northeast D.C. where housing costs are generally above 30 perSee Costs/Page RE18

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CAPITOL HILL $575,000

BETHESDA

FEDERAL row house on Capitol Hill. Fully renovated, 3BR, 2FBA, 2HBA. Wood floors, stunning kitchen, LL FR/office/BR, detached garage, patio. Front porch & back deck complete this property. 1806 Potomac Ave SE.

$1,150,000

OWNER SAYS SELL! Don’t miss an opportunity to own this splendid home. Over 4,000 SF on 4 finished levels. 6BR, 5.5BA, huge FR w/fpl & gourmet KIT, fenced rear yard, 2-car garage and much more. Just over the DC line and easy access to the Clara Barton Parkway. Pat Gerachis Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

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$575,000

SUNNY, SOUTH FACING, 1800 SF elegant top flr unit with spacious rooms, crown molding, HWF & formal DR. Wood burning frpl, W/D in unit. 2BR, 2BA + DEN. Pet friendly full service bldg w/ 2 car PKG. 8101 Connecticut Ave #707. Deborah Charlton 202-415-2117 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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$355,000

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HADLEY FARMS. Beautifully renovated colonial featuring 3 finished lvls, brand new Prego flooring, designer granite, FR off the kit, screened-in porch w/step down deck, LL features in-law suite w/BA, RR w/built-ins. So much more!. Sintia Petrosian 301-395-8817 Friendship Hts 301-652-2777

GEORGETOWN $1,150,000

GEORGETOWN

$399,900

SERENE 2BR, 1BA at 2111 Wisconsin Ave with the longest balc in bldg. Move-in condition, HWFs, recently updtd KIT & BA, W/D, & more. PKG pre-paid for 2 yrs. Lux Bldg: pet friendly (20 lbs), 24 hr front desk, roof deck, pool, gym, etc. Close to Whole Foods, Social Safeway. David Branch 202-575-5020 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

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$515,000

TRULY CLASSIC! 2BR, 1BA condo in renov classic bldg. Pocket door, leaded glass, gorgeous oak flrs, orig natural wdwrk, airy spacious rms w/tall wndws & hi ceils, marble & limestone BA, gour KIT, formal DR, LR w/decorative FP, Patio. Emily Swartz 202-256-1656 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

CLASSIC 1900 G’town 2BR, 2.5 BA Townhome on corner lot. Large, open liv/din space with fireplace, eat-in KIT w/ French doors to fenced patio/garden. 2nd level Mste w/vaulted ceiling, original claw foot tub and private dressing area, 2nd BR & BA. LL in-law ste w/private entrance. All freshly painted and floors refinished. Allen Goldberg Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

GORGEOUS, light-filled & well-priced 1BR. Newly renov KIT w/gran & HWF. Full serv bldg w/ front desk, 2 pools, gym, party room & more. Sep deeded PKG & bldg sits atop the METRO. Jennifer Knoll 202-441-2301 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 cable, HBO, Showtime. FHA approved. Garage Parking & storage included. Kristen Bell Farman 202-870-4055 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

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$649,500

BEAUTIFULLY remodeled 3BR, 2.5BA brick home on private wooded lot. Liz Abele 202-550-3222 Friendship Heights 703-522-6100 16TH ST HEIGHTS $589,000 BIG PRICE DROP!! Wide & Spacious South-facing Victorian. 4-5 BR, Big TS kitchen w/tiled floor, granite & ample cabinets, sep DR seats 12 + sunfilled double-sized MBR! Lower level w/front & rear entrance, use as Rec Rm / In-law ste. www.TheChampionCollection.com. Denise Champion 202-215-9242 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

GEORGETOWN 1680 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.944.8400

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW 202.364.5200

FOXHALL 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW 202.363.1800

CHEVY CHASE 20 Chevy Chase Circle NW 202.363.9700

ADAMS MORGAN $459,000 BEAUTIFUL, large, nearly 1000 SF, bright, sun-lit, above ground 2BR, 1.5BA condo on Calvert St. All redone. Cherry HWF, Gorgeous modern KIT & BAs. Close to Woodley Pk Metro and Adams Morgan shops. FHA approved. Pets OK. Pictures at www.TommyHart.com. $399,000 Tommy Hart 202-258-0250 CLEVELAND PARK Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 LIVING at its best! Top flr 1BR plus loft with loads of storage and lots of light. ALEXANDRIA $559,900 Updated KIT w/granite counters and ALL BRICK spacious 3BR, 2.5BA + garage pass-through window to DR. Wide plank TH in secluded setting near King St floors and carpet in loft area. Near shopMetro, Whole Foods, Old Town restau- ping, dining and bus lines. PETS WELrants & shops. Fab floor plan w/LL FR, COME. Main Lvl Eat-in KIT, ½BA, large open Allen Goldberg Liv/Din Rm w/FP & pvt terrace. Upper lvl Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 MBR Ste + 2 add’l BRs & BA. CLEVELAND PARK $785,000 Ingrid Suisman CLASSIC semi-detached, elegant resiTatjana Bajrami Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 dence, flooded with light, opening to beautifully landscaped and fenced garCAPITOL HILL $574,900 den. High ceilings, spacious rooms, in QUINTESSENTIAL Loft offering exposed move-in condition. 4BR, 3FBA & ½BA, brick, 20’ ceilings, 1BR+den+office, 2Bas, plus 2 sunrooms. Easy access to Metro gar pkg & xtra storage. and shopping. Daryl Laster/Lance Horsley Nancy Itteilag 202-294-9055 Foxhall Office 202-363-1800 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200 COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $350,000 CHEVY CHASE / NEW LISTING! Opportunity knocks, FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS $310,000 3BR brick TH with English basement and NEW LOOK, NEW PRICE! Super 1BR, cozy front porch, Hardwood floors, 2 car 1BA apartment w/Den, pwd rm & PARK- detached Garage. Priced to Sell! ING in deluxe bldg w/indoor pool. Walk www.DCMDHomeFinder.com. to METRO! Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Mary McGuire 301-717-7563 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700

WOODLEY PARK 2300 Calvert St. 202.483.6300

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $369,000 OPEN, STYLISH rowhouse on quiet one way Hobart St. 3BR, 2FBA with fully finished bsmnt for rec room, den, or BR space. HWFs, CAC and rear patio for entertaining. Anne Welch 202-329-4895 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

LOGAN $499,000 SPOTLESS 1BR/den & balcony in LOGAN STATION is ready for the pickiest buyer. 2FBA, HWFs, picture entry system, ss appliances, granite countertops, separately deeded garage PKG space makes this a great value. PKG available for an addl $20K. Don’t miss out! www.ScottPurcell.com. 1210 R St NW. Scott Purcell 202-262-6968 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 LOGAN CIRCLE $1,145,000 LUXURY, VALUE & VIEWS: 2400 SF, 28 ft ceilings, 2 lvls, 2BR, 2.5BA, rusticated HWFs, sep DR. Gourmet t/s KIT w/brkfast bar, Italian cabinetry & honed marble counters. Gas fireplace. Parking. 1306 Rhode Island Ave NW, Penthouse. Denise Warner 202-487-5162 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400

w/bay, sep DR, open SS KIT, main lvl FBA & generous BR. 2nd flr Mste with W/D & custom closets. Fee covers ALL utils & HVAC equip/upkeep. Pets welcome. Minutes to Metro, shops, restaurants, museums and more. Linda Low Foxhall Office 202-363-1800

GEORGETOWN $1,645,000 BRIGHT, END UNIT townhouse with 3BR, 4.5BA, built in 1990. Fully finished on 4 levels. Large, open LR/DR with wonderful southern light. Chef's KIT. 3rd floor Mste & terrace with sweeping views of VA. FR opens to rear garden/patio. 3 fireplaces. Sauna. Elevator, Garage. 2 car COLUMBIA HEIGHTS $699,000 PKG. 3242 Reservoir Rd NW. OPPORTUNITY…right in the heart of the Scott Polk 202-256-5460 EXPLOSIVE Columbia Hts business dis- Tamora Ilasat 202-460-0699 trict. 2 buildings combined for a Newly Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 Renovated Space. New plumbing, heat, $419,000 AC & electric. THINK FUTURE and BUY GLOVER PARK RENOVATED. 1 of only 2 units at NOW! www.DCMDHomeFinder.com. Walt Johnson 240-351-4663 Sheffield w/private terrace leading to Chevy Chase Office 202-363-9700 grassy courtyard-perfect for pet friendly bldg. Large windows, great light, open DUPONT CIRCLE $599,000 plan. Large LR w/built-ins, renov KIT SPACIOUS 2-story 2BR, 2BA condo with w/granite, stainless, lots of cabinets. MBR PKG. Beautifully renov while retaining w/WIC, & 2nd large closet. Updated gorgeous architectural details. Large LR bath. W/D. HWD. Condo fee includes COLUMBIA HEIGHTS 469,900 LUMINOUS 1BR+den, 1.5BA PH w/garage parking. Located in Chic Kenyon Square Condominiums. Daryl Laster/Lance Horsley 202-294-9055 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200

KALORAMA $439,900 VERY BRIGHT & spacious 2BR, 1BA in the heart of Kalorama. Lustrous HWFs and updtd KIT. Gaze out your windows to fantastic street views, or pop up to the roof deck for spectacular city views. Close to 2 Metros, Dupont, Woodley Pk, Adams Morgan, more! www.metrodwellings.net. Sean Forschler 202-744-6723 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300

OBSERVATORY $1,950,000 CLASSIC 1920 7BR, 4.5BA on sun-filled corner lot. Enchanting garden, terrific KIT opens to FR, deck & yard. Mste w/deck & paneled library w/fpl. High ceilings and orig details. Nr Guy Mason Pk, Cathedral, shops. 2700 36th St NW. Terri Robinson 202-607-7737 Georgetown Office 202-944-8400 PETWORTH $199,900 - $299,900 FHA APPROVED! Light filled, fantastic condos in THE FLATS AT TAYLOR STREET. Choose from 1BR, 1BR with den, 2BR/2BA homes. Quality & affordability, finished with stylish and superior materials: granite, ss, hdwd & bamboo, CAC & W/D in each unit. Walk to Metro! www.804taylorstreet.com. 804 Taylor St NW. Christy Zachary 202-494-2248 Woodley Park Office 202-483-6300 SW/WATERFRONT $669,000 LARGE, ELEGANT, brick Federal TH in move-in cond! Has 4BR, 2 full & 2 half Bas, sep LR & DR w/HWFs & den/library & quaint family size kit! So much more! Lewis Bashoor 202-646-1063 Friendship Heights 202-364-5200


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suited than at the edges of Rock Creek Park. One newly listed home proves that point. Built in 1967 for Robert Fleming, a journalist who became deputy press secretary in President Lyndon B. Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administration, and his wife, Jean, the property combines the best in midcentury design with smart, stylish updates. The three-level Chevy Chase home is tucked into a sloping site that is separated from parkland by 27th Street. Outdoor space is as carefully planned here as the interior, with gathering spaces on two of those levels facing the park. Indoor living spaces are similarly nature-oriented. The main living area features hardwood floorboards as well as a pitched ceiling lined with Douglas fir. A wall of windows looks out from the living room onto parkland; a wood-burning stove ensures that this is the coziest spot in the house come winter. The kitchen has seen a smart renovation thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kept the spirit of the home intact. Flat-front cherry

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This contemporary house at the edge of Rock Creek Park is on the market for $1,150,000. cabinets are sleek but warm, and subway tile from midcentury icon Heath Ceramics is a chic backsplash in a surprising hue: flat black. Many renovators of midcentury homes feel they must stick to the palette of warm tones popular when their homes were new â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the yellowed browns and greens, the earthy oranges. But this propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three renovated baths show that the new neutral, gray, is just as well suited to a 1960s home. A main-level bath, for example, features wall tile in shades of gray and cream as well as a vessel sink. This hall bath serves the two bedrooms on this level. Two additional bedrooms wait downstairs, including the master,

painted in two of-the-moment shades of gray. Casement windows along one wall offer views of the park, and a balcony waits through glass doors. On the opposite wall, another door leads to a stone terrace. The renovated master bath is a modern nod to nature-inspired design. Ceramic â&#x20AC;&#x153;pebblesâ&#x20AC;? line the floors, and walls are the color of wet stone. Frameless glass panels line a walk-in shower, and a Kohler Infinity tub â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in which water spills over an internal edge much like an infinity pool â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adds a spa-worthy touch to the space. A hall bath that serves the fourth bedroom has also been renovated. The master suiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amenities extend into a hallway. Two separate walk-in closets would accommodate an extensive wardrobe, or two or three. A small bonus room also waits near the master. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to imagine

this spot as a nursery, home office or reading nook. Anchoring this level is a casual living space. A gas fireplace provides a focal point, and still more windows look out on the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stone terrace and parkland beyond. A laundry room waits nearby. Another flexible space lies on

the bottom level. Because of the sloping site, this walkout floor is as light and bright as the others. It would be ideal as a hangout spot or something more industrious, like a home office or gym. Not surprisingly given its location, this home has easy access through Rock Creek Park to downtown as well as Silver Spring. The shops and restaurants of nearby Connecticut Avenue are also a short drive away. This four-bedroom, three-bath home at 2711 Jenifer St. is offered for $1,150,000. For more information, contact Realtor Kimberly Cestari of W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a Long & Foster Co., at 202-253-8757 or kimberly.cestari@ longandfoster.com.

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Quirky Craftsman seeks preservationist buyer

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Craftsman homes paired simplicity and organic touches. Both concepts can be seen throughout the 3615 Macomb St. house. Out front, ornate ironwork covering both windows and a set of French doors depicts nature scenes, while the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gray stone stucco seems a nod to practicality. Inside, the wood-heavy main living space appears almost like a utilitarian oneroom home. But the custom fireplace, cupboard windows and elaborate railings belie that simplicity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as does the size of the house, which clocks in at six bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. The current owner is hoping a buyer will want to preserve the property, and its charms do seem likely to lure a history-minded shopper. In fact, the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appeal is such that when the previous owners offered it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; during a yard sale! â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to their neighbors across the street, the latter jumped at the

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This six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath Macomb Street bungalow is on the market for $2,493,615. chance, buying it and living there for nearly 30 years. While the character warrants preservation, updates would be helpful as well. One room that could use work is the kitchen, a basic space with aging appliances and an air-conditioning unit that has been sidelined â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but not removed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by installation of central air. Still, there are appealing features here, such as the attached butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pantry with its walls of glass-front cabinets, and the plank back door with original ironwork that repeats throughout the home. Along with the kitchen and great room, the first floor includes a master-bedroom

suite and a front den â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the site of that great ironwork â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with an attached bathroom. The master is accessed via a hall from the main room, but it also has French doors opening out to a solarium with original skylights. The sunroom also provides access to the floorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s final space: an office, created by an addition, with working fireplace and attached bathroom. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, as well as a tiny room that could be a nursery or sewing room, and an enclosed sleeping porch. Two of the bedrooms, situated in the rear, clearly were built as maidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quarters: The rooms are small, with their own bathroom, and one could take a back staircase from here to the kitchen without entering the main living areas. The basement is unfinished, but it offers plenty of storage space â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as a touch of history: the original coal bin, with coal

still in it, and an old-fashioned mangle for ironing sheets. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whirlpool washer and dryer are also located here. The homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charm continues outside. A creeping wisteria tree decorates the front of the house, while on one side a lawn is arranged for croquet. On the other a koi pond is nestled near the cedar-paneled teahouse, which serves as a sort of disconnected screened porch. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s storage here for gardening tools, and privacy screens to block the view of the neighboring apartment building. A winding driveway leads from the twocar garage out to Macomb Street, where a visitor on foot would access the home via an arbor-topped gate. This six-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath house at 3615 Macomb St. is listed for $2,493,615. For details, contact Jeffrey Kochan of Long & Foster at 202-560-4700 or jeffrey.kochan@longandfoster.com.

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his charming property offers one of everything: one bedroom, one sitting room, one parking space and one fantastic Georgetown location. A great alternative to a condo, the property at 1349 28th St. sits just blocks from the buzz of Georgetown, while also enjoying the calm of the East Village. And unlike a unit in a larger building, it includes a spacious yard. City records put the brick house’s construction at 1900, but Realtor Virginia Chew speculates it was a few years before that. Either way, it has had just one owner in the past 50-odd years. The first level houses one long room. Just inside the front door is a clever built-in bar that the owner

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This one-bedroom home on 28th Street is priced at $760,000.

installed in a wall cabinet, and nearby is a woodburning fireplace. In the rear of the room, built-in shelves flank two sets of French doors that look over a beautiful brick patio. A brick wall with detailing surrounds the yard, and a willow tree from next door hangs over it. A rear gate opens to an alley parking space, which is lit by motion sensors and accessed via O See Georgetown/Page RE18

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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1920s Tudor in Forest Hills ready for its own designers

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buyer interested in getting ideas for furnishing this luxurious Tudor could simply look back a few months: Last spring, the Forest Hills property served as the

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2011 DC Design House, showcasing the work of 20 local designers. Had someone scooped up the stone house then, they could have purchased it nearly furnished; now, the site has been stripped of its elaborate dĂŠcor, leaving it somewhere in between its original state and the design showcase it temporarily housed. In the grand living room, for instance, the beams that line the soaring ceilings still bear their whitewashed look and the walls their tone-on-tone paper, both courtesy of designer Patrick

Sutton. But a nearby bathroom, set up to serve the large pool area that sits just outside, wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t touched during the design work, and thus could use some updates. The property would benefit from loving care throughout, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great potential, as evidenced by photos from the design

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The house at 3134 Ellicott St., shown here spruced up as the 2011 DC Design House, is listed at $4,900,000. apartment that was built for the chauffeur. The former is bright and recently redone, while the latter needs an upgrade. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also easy access from the garage to the kitchen, which, with its long stainless-steel counters, seems designed for a hired hand. This room also features the original St. Charles cabinets, which the agent said are much in demand, as well as some modern appliances: an oversized Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and two Maytag ovens. Also meant for a roaring â&#x20AC;&#x2122;20s life were the entertaining spaces here. The living room, which stretches up for two stories, was clearly built for parties, as were the spacious grounds. The west side of the house hosts a large pool surrounded by statues, an outdoor fireplace and even a dance floor. The rear yard can be considered in three parts: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an open lawn, a boxwood garden and a central koi pond. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also plenty of room here for regular living. The first floor is comprised of 11 rooms: Along with the usual living room, dining room and kitchen, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x153;club roomâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; complete with sizable built-in bar â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that could become a family room; a large foyer; three rooms that could become a first-floor living suite, including a catering kitchen that the design house upgraded; a library with built-ins; and a sunroom and garden room. The latter two provide particularly flexible space. Both face toward the expansive rear gardens and pond, with large windows of that view. There

are fireplaces in the living room, dining room and library. The second floor houses the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four bedrooms, as well as four baths. All bear some remainder of the designersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. In the master suite, that translates to two upgraded bathrooms, new gray walls and neutral carpeting in the bedroom, and a jaw-dropper of a dressing room featuring peacockembellished wallpaper, a wall of original closets and a balcony looking over the living room. Another designerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s touch stands out in a hall bathroom: Cindy McClure of Grossmuellerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Design in Washington installed custom stained-glass mosaic tiles in the tub/shower, to match the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original blue-tiled floor. And one of the other bedrooms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; set up in the design house as an office â&#x20AC;&#x201D; features grass-cloth wallpaper. A finished attic provides storage but could be upgraded to do more, and an unfinished basement offers more space for stuff, as well as a laundry facility and a powder room. A second underground space, located near the pool, offers room for pool equipment and two changing rooms: a blue one for boys and a pink one for girls. Realtor Ellen Wilner says the 3134 Ellicott St. NW property is the largest piece of residential land currently on the market in D.C. With four bedrooms, nine bathrooms and two half-bathrooms, the house is listed at $4,900,000. For more information, contact Wilner of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 202-431-6365 or ellen@ellenwilner.com.


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2711 Jenifer st nW striking 3 level MidCentury Modern terraced in the hillside backing to Rock Creek Park. Loads of windows yet wonderfully private. 4/5 BRs with 3 beautifully renovated FBs including a Kohler Infinity tub.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Current â&#x2013;  Fall Real Estate Guide

AU Park Colonial offers modern roominess

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omes built before World War II are known for their many charms â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ample moldings and hardwood floors are de rigueur â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also notorious for what

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they typically lack: storage. Potential buyers, therefore, will be pleasantly surprised by this 1927 Dutch Colonial in American University Park. Renovations have left this home with ample spots to store stuff where it counts: in the kitchen, master bedroom and basement level, where a large room is dedicated to the purpose. Also unexpected is the sheer square footage of the property. The classic black-and-white exterior reads modest, but three spacious levels wait under the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gambrel roof.

In the original portion of the house, a living room is centered on a fireplace. Ample windows flood light into the room, while shutters on the lower halves of those windows adjust for privacy. Also original is a sunny yellow dining room on the opposite side of a central stair. A chair rail adds period detail to the gathering space. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a powder room tucked away on this level, too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a useful first-floor amenity not always found in homes of this vintage. A two-story addition brought a family room and expanded kitchen

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This four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Dutch Colonial in American University Park is priced at $1,060,000. to this level. The family room is a sunny spot overlooking the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trim rear yard, which offers a large stone terrace but leaves room for a lawn as well. The kitchen is an all-white classic, with both solid- and glassfront cabinetry. These upper cabinets reach all the way to the ceiling, eliminating the dust-catching

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fourth bedroom and third full bath. The bedroom has a door to the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rear, making it ideal for an au pair. A central space works as a playroom or media room, and useful spots â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including that large storage room, as well as a laundry room â&#x20AC;&#x201D; also wait on this floor. Other recent renovations have added to the appeal of this propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhood. Three area schools â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Janney Elementary, Deal Middle and Wilson High â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have received multimillion-dollar upgrades. Drivers will appreciate this homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proximity to Massachusetts Avenue, and nearby Dalecarlia Parkway is another useful corridor. Pedestrians also have options, with shops and restaurants a couple of blocks away. This four-bedroom, three-anda-half bath home at 4936 Brandywine St. is offered for $1,060,000 after a recent price drop. For details, contact Katherine Martin of McEnearney Associates at 202-494-7373 or kmartin@mcenearney.com.

        

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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At 22 West, two showrooms take different paths

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hoppers for luxury condos will find new help in visualizing life at the designaward-winning EastBanc property 22 West: Newly styled models from two local showrooms

14th Street purveyor of contemporary furniture, outfit the two-bedroom, two-bath space. Leggy gray dining chairs set around a glass table donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t occupy too much visual space, and the curve of the table plays well with the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s curving glass wall. Neutral cream seating waits closer to the roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fireplace, and white sheers line the wall. Such a neutral, minimal palette works in this space, where the tone is already set by light oak floors and the white Poggenpohl kitchen with creamy granite countertops. With the visual cacophony of the

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demonstrate how to kit out a space in the stylish building. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt the style quotient of these on-the-market units â&#x20AC;&#x201D; two of 11 never-sold spots in the building at 1177 22nd St. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that they are penthouse-level, meaning each gets a gas fireplace as a focal point in the living room as well as an upper-level den with a roomy terrace. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, buyers who like the looks can purchase the homes with the staged furnishings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for a price, of course. In Unit 9J, items from Vastu, the

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room, has outfitted this spot, also a two-bedroom, two-bath unit clocking in at about 1,800 square feet. Pops of color punctuate these pieces and promote more of a lounge vibe, in contrast to the other unitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calm neutrality. Even if potential buyers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decide on these precise items, the range of styles helps visitors imagine their own furnishings in the unit, said Mei-Mei Watts Venners, 22 Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sales director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So people who might be empty nesters and even have antiques from three generations can imagineâ&#x20AC;? their items in 22 Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clean white spaces. Fixtures already in the Baker space aid the high-contrast palette set by a light sofa and dark chairs; clean, spare lines make both seem modern. Instead of the white cabinetry, this kitchen features dark wood topped by smoky granite. Well-placed downlights make the stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s internal variations sparkle. The living and dining space is more rectilinear than in the other unit; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the master bedroom that gets the curving glass wall in this unit. Rather than hinder furniture placement, however, the odd angle actually creates a small nook ideal for a reading chair. Storage is ample in all of 22 Westâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s units, but the master bedroom here has the best of the lot: a walk-in closet lined with shelving to fit everything from suits to shoes. Buyers looking for a central urban location will find even more amenities than were near the West End location when the building opened in 2008. New restaurants, including Ris, have opened nearby, and a brand-new Whole Foods has launched next to the Foggy Bottom Metro entrance a few blocks away. Unit 9A at 22 West is offered for $1,727,500 with a $1,784.88 monthly fee, which includes all utilities and building amenities. Unit 9J is priced at $1,766,500 with a fee of $1,825.70. For details, contact sales director Mei-Mei Watts Venners at 202-333-3313 or venners@eastbancmarketing.com.


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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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After zoning appeal, residents hope fight with city doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt new neighbors By BRADY HOLT Current Staff Writer

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hen the new residents of 2854 29th Place look out from their front step, they see four neighboring yards with signs protesting their houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s existence. â&#x20AC;&#x153;NO Subdividing! NO McMansions!â&#x20AC;? declare the signs on 29th Place and Garfield Street. Neighbors learned in spring 2010 that a developer planned to demolish an existing home and build two new homes in its place at the corner of 29th and Garfield â&#x20AC;&#x201D; plans they unsuccessfully fought in court. But even with residents moved in at 2854 29th Place, and with its neighbor at 2858 nearly complete, the yard signs remain. As with many projects large and small across the city, neighbors were left smarting when District agencies overruled their pleas. At 29th and Garfield, neighbors said, the signs are in place to remind the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and the Board of Zoning

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Neighbors argued the 29th Place houses would be too big.

Adjustment that Woodley Park still considers itself slighted. Although her new neighbors have the best view of the yard signs, 29th Place resident Lisa Mitiguy said they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t her target audience. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our fight has always been with the city. It hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been with individuals who may or may not choose to buy the houses,â&#x20AC;? she said. Another neighbor, asked if he thought his yard signs could be considered unwelcoming to a resident of the new homes, sounded surprised as he replied, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope not!â&#x20AC;? The new 4,500-square-foot home at 2858 29th Place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at the corner of Garfield and 29th â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is still on the market as construction wraps up, listed for $1,995,000.

Neighbors said residents moved into the slightly larger 2854 house last month. A man gardening at 2854 on a recent Saturday morning said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy with the home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything is good,â&#x20AC;? said the man, who identified himself as the homeowner but didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t provide his name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re enjoying the neighborhood, and everything is fine.â&#x20AC;? He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mention the neighborsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; yard signs and declined to comment further. Mitiguy and other residents reached by The Current said they havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet met their new neighbors, but most said they harbor no ill will. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the ones who built the house, they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the ones who granted the permits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involved in that way,â&#x20AC;? said Mitiguy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know them, so I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that I could hold any sort of grudge against them. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very nice people.â&#x20AC;? Gwen Bole, another 29th Place resident, took a more pointed tone. Her new neighbors saw the â&#x20AC;&#x153;NO McMansions!â&#x20AC;? signs up and down the street, and chose that home anyway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think they probably bought the house, rather than the neighborhood or the neighbors,â&#x20AC;? said Bole. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The signs are up as just one last sign of our unhappiness,â&#x20AC;? she added, saying the new homes â&#x20AC;&#x153;are jarring every time I see them.â&#x20AC;? Anne-Marie Bairstow, chair of

the Cleveland Park/Woodley Park advisory neighborhood commission, said she recognizes that some neighbors still resent the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision to allow the construction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People will have to separate what the developer did from the people who live there,â&#x20AC;? Bairstow said, but â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure it would be difficult, just because there has been so much animosity about the development of the property.â&#x20AC;? Bairstow said another contro-

versial home in the neighborhood offers some hope that 29th Place residents can move on. In that case, Zuckerman Partners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the same developer that built the 29th Place homes â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was accused of adding a parking pad and retaining wall without a proper permit. Neighbors fought that case as well, but tensions with the residents have relaxed over the years, Bairstow said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the folks See Neighbors/Page RE17

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;30 Under 30â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Realtor award honors Wilson High alum By DEIRDRE BANNON Current Correspondent

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hen Pamela Wye was asked to help find new office space for the boutique New York City hedge fund where she worked in 2008, neither she nor her employer anticipated it would lead to a career change. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I spent all day every day scouring the Internet and meeting with different real estate brokers,â&#x20AC;? said Wye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I walked all around town and would go to the doorman buildings and ask them if they knew if anything was opening up.â&#x20AC;? By the time the owner settled on a 2,000-square-foot loft in SoHo that perfectly suited the three-person firm, Wye had been bitten by the real estate bug. But as a native Washingtonian, she knew that if she was going to become a Realtor, she had to do it

in D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I quit my well-paying job in New York and moved back here,â&#x20AC;? she said. After three months of study, Wye acquired her real estate license. Now, just three years later, Realtor Magazine has named her one of its â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Under 30,â&#x20AC;? a recognition based in part on sales earn-

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them find a home, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a responsibility Pam takes very seriously â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to do the best job she can for her clients.â&#x20AC;? Wye says that since being honored by Realtor Magazine and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors, she has had other young agents and would-be Realtors ask her for advice. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell people, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Align yourself with a successful agent, find a mentor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best thing you can do,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Wye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I attribute my success in Photo courtesy of Pamela Wye this industry â&#x20AC;&#x201D; where you really are selfRealtor Pamela Wye is one of Realtor employed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to havMagazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Under 30.â&#x20AC;? ing an extraordinary able â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you just trust her.â&#x20AC;? mentor in Claudia Angela Sandford worked with Donovan. Unless you have someWye this year to sell her home in one you can turn to and ask quesLeDroit Park and buy another in tions, it can be very, very difficult Takoma Park, Md. Sandford said to get started.â&#x20AC;? Wye isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first woman in the she and her husband were impressed with how Wye handled District to earn the â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Under 30â&#x20AC;? honor. Anslie Stokes Milligan, who the sale of a neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, so they decided to work with her over works for McEnearney Associates an agent with whom they had a in D.C., was recognized in 2007. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The award helped me establish relationship. credibility as a young Realtor,â&#x20AC;? said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pam would always communicate new information as it came in, Stokes Milligan, â&#x20AC;&#x153;with both other and that was very reassuring. She real estate agents as well as with would let us know what was the clients.â&#x20AC;? norm, what usually happens and She said the â&#x20AC;&#x153;30 Under 30â&#x20AC;? what it means,â&#x20AC;? said Sandford. awardees remain a kind of family, â&#x20AC;&#x153;She goes a step further than her getting together for reunions and referring clients who are moving to call of duty and is extremely effidifferent parts of the country to one cient, knowledgeable and organized. You would think she had another. been in the business for 15 or 20 Stokes Milligan has increased her sales totals each year since win- years â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that professional.â&#x20AC;? Still, Wye said there are chalning the award. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so happy to lenges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Real estate is a career with see another D.C. woman win,â&#x20AC;? she highs and lows. It moves with a said of Wye. Wyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own success has come in market that has peaks and valleys, part from focusing on helping first- so you have to get used to that,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You might sell five proptime home buyers. In an effort to drum up business, erties in one month and another you might not sell any. You have to â&#x20AC;&#x153;I drafted a letter to my closest learn how to budget for that, espefriends, and asked them to send it to five of their friends, asking them cially when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re used to getting a regular paycheck.â&#x20AC;? to think of me when they have real Wyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to sell more propestate needs,â&#x20AC;? she said. As a result, erties each year than she did the she said, many of her clients are year before. Four to five years from classmates from Wilson, who turn now, she hopes to be selling $20 to Wye to help them buy their first million annually. She also wants to property. fine-tune her approach. Greg Lopes heard about Wyeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to carve a niche for reputation through his circle of myself, and fine-tune my focus to a friends, and with her help, he bought his first condo this year. He few neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., rather than be so broad. But said he felt more comfortable for now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m getting working with an agent close to his age than he would have with some- to know the entire area,â&#x20AC;? she said. Wye also sits on the ethics comone older. mittee of Greater Capital Area â&#x20AC;&#x153;She made it so much easier to Association of Realtors, which go through this very stressful endeavor,â&#x20AC;? said Lopes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She knows looks at consumer complaints. She said itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good way to contribute to D.C. so well and has a wealth of information about individual neigh- improving the industry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love what I do â&#x20AC;&#x201D; I love borhoods. She could explain why introducing people to new neighbuying in a certain area would be smart and that it was maybe not the borhoods,â&#x20AC;? said Wye. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so satisfying to help people find a new right time for another neighborhome thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right for them.â&#x20AC;? hood. Her knowledge was invalu-


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NEIGHBORS From Page RE15

who were living there said, ‘You know, these people have a baby, they’re nice, and we need to separate these people from the issue

with the developer.’” Where disputes sometimes continue, she said, are in cases where a homeowner is the one responsible for making a controversial change. She said that in her experience, explaining plans to neighbors early and taking feedback is the best way

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Donna Evers of Evers & Co. Real Estate cited a positive trend in average prices in the District — up in each of the past 16 months when compared to the same period the year before. In August, according to statistics compiled by Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., the average purchase price was $532,992, compared to $498,518 a year earlier. “I really expect this fall to be as good as, or better than, last fall,” Evers said. Kendrick pointed to particular strength among single-family houses from $700,000 to $1 million, a price range that accounted for 18.5 percent of the D.C. market in August. Evers said she sees especially strong demand for houses priced between $600,000 and $900,000, of which there were just 133 listings in D.C. as of last month. “There are so many buyers in that price range,” Evers said. “We need more properties on the market.” Andrew O’Neill, principal broker at O’Neill Realty Advisors, characterized the D.C. market as “steady, but not as steady as a year ago.” “I’m optimistic, but I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said. In understanding D.C. real estate, he said,

for a homeowner to avoid a fight. But sometimes neighbor-onneighbor strife is inevitable, added Bairstow. “There are some people who would never be happy, so maybe also accept that you may not be able to do even minor modifications and keep people happy,”

it’s essential to recognize the segmentation of the market. Single-family homes have generally fared better than condos; many luxury houses are sitting on the market, while properties under $1 million are in short supply and enjoy relatively strong demand. In many cases, historically low interest rates are fueling demand. “If interest rates weren’t this low, we would be in a lot worse shape,” O’Neill said. Nonetheless, there is indecision among many buyers, for varying reasons. Some worry about whether property values will drop. Others are concerned about the general state of the economy, or their ability to obtain financing. “There are a lot of reasons that buyers are still reticent in pulling the trigger,” O’Neill said. Kendrick listed difficulty in lining up good financing and uncertainty about the economy as two factors that are keeping the market from taking off. Melman also noted the contentious debate over raising the federal debt ceiling. Time after time, “there’s something that hits you and makes you stop and think, ‘Where’s the economy going to go?’” Kendrick said. Even so, limited inventory has helped bring about a seller’s market for single-family houses. The current supply would last just three months if demand remained constant without any infusion of new properties,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 she said. On 29th Place, residents said what they had faced was hardly “minor.” They’re keeping signs in their yards, they said, as a continuing protest against the D.C. agencies that disagreed with them on that point. The signs still refer to

Kendrick said. The figure for condos — about 4.1 months — is closer to equilibrium, he said. Price remains key, however. Homes offered at the right amount generally sell quickly if they are in good condition and show well. “If they’re overpriced, they’ll sit,” Kendrick said. That’s been a common refrain among Realtors for several years, but some sellers are still pushing for unrealistic prices — particularly in the case of condos, according to Kendrick. In many instances, the owners bought their homes in 2005 or 2006 and “they’re most likely taking a loss.” “Not everybody can do that,” Kendrick said. “What we have is a lot of inventory that’s probably a little overpriced because that’s what the seller needs to break even and get out. … They’re expecting certain prices that just aren’t available to them at this point.” That’s a particular problem at price points or in neighborhoods without a lot of comparables available to determine just the right price, according to Kendrick. “If you’re in a market that turns over a lot — Chevy Chase, AU Park, Capitol Hill — it’s easy to take a look back and see the comparable sales,” he said. Melman said he sees many buyers who want to bid down 10 percent from the asking price — “sometimes with success, some-

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the address as 2910 Garfield St., which was replaced by the two new 29th Place house numbers. “My sign is there to remind every city official what I think their responsibilities were in this case,” said Mitiguy. “It will probably be there for a very long time.”

times without.” It’s not always successful because the number of listings has dropped significantly over the past year. As of August, the number of active listings was 2,055, down 19.19 percent from the same time in 2010, according to a report prepared by Real Business Intelligence. The inventory is split almost evenly between single-family houses and condos, but that is not true of the number of contracts. In the first eight months of 2011, there were 2,808 contracts for single-family homes, 1.2 percent below the number for 2010; the number of condo contracts, 1,968, was 6.2 percent below the 2010 tally. Whatever the specifics, the market’s general pace — along with its strength compared to those in other areas of the country, and the growing vitality downtown and in many other D.C. neighborhoods — is enough to convince Evers to expand now. Over the past five years, the number of agents at her firm has doubled to just over 100. Evers & Company also added a Dupont location and will soon move its Friendship Heights office into an expanded, storefront suite of more than 6,300 square feet. “We’ve got jobs. We’ve got income,” she said. “We do happen to have a special place here in Washington. We’re lucky to be here. … I wouldn’t grow the company if I didn’t feel confident.”


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THE GREENBRIAR # 5010 - $275,000

4301 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington DC Large, sun filled, 1 bedroom, 1 bath with wall of windows in living/dining area. Good closet space. Luxury, full service building has 24 hour front desk, on site parking. Excellent location close to American University. Small pets welcome.

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Street. As in other Georgetown houses of this vintage, the kitchen and dining room are downstairs. The former here could use an update, though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s functional as is, with its white cabinets, Thermador double oven, gas cooktop and GE fridge. An attached bright-red powder room is crucial, since the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s other bath is two stories up. The green dining room has plenty of light, with two windows and a door looking out onto the rear patio. Up two flights, one bedroom shares nearly the same footprint as the living room, though the bathroom takes the place of the entryway. The room is painted a light gray, and two windows look down over the patio. There are two closets here, and one has shelves for extra storage. The bathroom is all white, with a deep tub and attached showerhead. A built-in cabinet provides extra storage on one wall. Well-known architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a neighbor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; drew up plans a few years back for an addition that was never built. The plans are available for a buyer, who could use them to add a second bedroom and bath. This one-bedroom, one-and-ahalf-bath home at 1349 28th St. in Georgetown is listed for $760,000. For more information, contact Virginia Chew of Washington Fine Properties at 202-236-2584 or virginia.chew@wfp.com.

Even while developers werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t building, said Korns, demand for housing in D.C. continued to increase â&#x20AC;&#x201D; particularly in transitfriendly Dupont Circle and along the 14th Street corridor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; creating the demand fueling todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s construction boom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nothing got built for a couple years, so the rents started to escalate a lot, and people wanted to get in on the game,â&#x20AC;? he said. Keener-Squire is in the early review stages for a proposed 220unit rental building at 17th and O streets. Whatever the reason, Rodgers said the increase in residential construction is hard to miss. He cited a recent estimate that there are more than 1,200 new housing units slated to be completed in the next 12 months, which he said will likely represent 1,700 new D.C. residents â&#x20AC;&#x201D; most of them in small rental apartments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The job market here for young people is strong, or stronger than the rest of the country, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking toward urban livingâ&#x20AC;? without being ready to own just yet, said Rodgers. Rodgers, Korns and Dubick all said the market for condominiums doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear to be as attractive at the moment as for rental apartments. Korns said the issue could

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COSTS

From Page RE1 cent of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average median income, but where adding in transit cost savings pushes the area below that 45 percent affordability ceiling. And a larger map of the entire metropolitan region shows almost no such areas exist in the Washington suburbs, except for transit-rich Arlington. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look like a bastion of affordability, compared to the surrounding region,â&#x20AC;? planning director Harriet Tregoning said in a recent phone interview. Researchers acknowledge that some neighborhoods in Upper Northwest D.C. and Montgomery and Fairfax counties have â&#x20AC;&#x153;housing costs so high they likely overwhelm any savings â&#x20AC;Ś from being in location-efficient areas.â&#x20AC;? But using the combined housing plus transportation matrix, some outer suburbs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Spotsylvania County in Virginia and Charles and Calvert counties in Maryland, for example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;become some of the more expensive places to liveâ&#x20AC;? when the cost of buying multiple automobiles and their fuel and maintenance are factored in, the study says. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live Near Your Workâ&#x20AC;? program also includes monetary incentives to move closer to jobs and transit. Under program guidelines, the District will match a private companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributions of up to

be difficulty for prospective owners in securing financing; Rodgers said developers may be struggling to generate enough pre-sales to satisfy investors, particularly in larger buildings. Even so, Dubick said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet know whether his planned 220unit project in Petworth will be

â??Nothing got built for a couple years, so the rents started to escalate a lot â&#x20AC;Ś .â?&#x17E; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Michael Korns rental or condo when it opens in late 2013 or early 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to see where the marketplace is,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly, right now for-sale housing is struggling. ... If the decision were made today, it would be rental, but [the market] ebbs and flows.â&#x20AC;? Dubick said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad to be involved in the project, in whatever form the housing ultimately takes. The mixed-use plan that Safeway was preparing to abandon â&#x20AC;&#x201D; dense residential near a Metro station â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is now where the action is. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Clearly if that particular project was right now presented to people, anybody involved in multi-family [construction] would jump on it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a no-brainer.â&#x20AC;?

$6,000 to assist with down-payment and closing costs for employees who move within two miles of a job, a half-mile of a Metro station, or a quarter-mile of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;highqualityâ&#x20AC;? bus route. Such moves not only reduce transportation and energy costs, but also ease commuter impacts on roads, congestion and air quality, planners said. The program is still in an early phase, with just two large private employers signed up for the pilot. Tregoning said she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give specifics yet, but the program will â&#x20AC;&#x153;focus on colleges, universities and hospitals.â&#x20AC;? Planning officials hope to add one additional large employer soon. Starting in the pilot phase, officials hope to collect as much data as possible on the impact of the grants: how recipients change commuting patterns, or switch from car to bike, for example; property, income and sales tax gains for the District for those who move from the suburbs to the city; and even â&#x20AC;&#x153;how happy they are,â&#x20AC;? as Tregoning put it, to get out of their cars or enjoy a shorter commute. The starting budget is also small, just $200,000 for the pilot phase, which is expected to serve 30 to 60 households. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll go after bigger funding if we can show results,â&#x20AC;? Tregoning said. Initial grants are expected to be awarded this calendar year, but the program â&#x20AC;&#x153;will really take off in the buying season next spring,â&#x20AC;? said senior housing planner Art Rodgers.


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These sales are among those recorded from May 15 through July 31 by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue and listed on its Real Property Sales Database.

Aaron A. Fidler for $924,500. â&#x2013;  826 Delafield Place in Petworth. Sold to Jayme S. Gubartalla for $349,700. â&#x2013;  3335 Dent Place in Georgetown. Sold to Jerl L. Rossi for $1,225,000. â&#x2013;  4725 Dexter St. in Berkley. Sold to Nicholas B. Hayman for $2,500,000. â&#x2013;  2715 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to David K. Ferreira for $1,395,000. â&#x2013;  2809 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to Arturo E. Brillembourg for $1,875,000. â&#x2013;  2907 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to Walter W. Arensberg for $1,070,000. â&#x2013;  3011 Dumbarton St. in Georgetown. Sold to Sean Connelly for $1,200,000. â&#x2013;  2516 East Place in Georgetown. Sold to Ina-Marlene Ruthenberg for $610,000. â&#x2013;  4307 Ellicott St. in American University Park. Sold to Guy V. Nelson for $685,000. â&#x2013;  4307 Embassy Park Road in Wesley Heights. Sold to Ashley Reiser for $665,000. â&#x2013;  4387 Embassy Park Road in Wesley Heights. Sold to Walter S. Sechriest for $732,500. â&#x2013;  4441 Faraday Place in American University Park. Sold to John K. Ogrosky for $782,000. â&#x2013;  1309 Farragut St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to John K. Johnson for $620,500. â&#x2013;  3961 Fessenden St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Lyn Debevoise for $830,000. â&#x2013;  4525 Fessenden St. in American University Park. Sold to James Rensen for $750,000. â&#x2013;  3619 Fordham Road in Spring Valley. Sold to Daleep Singh for $1,500,000. â&#x2013;  1403 Foxhall Road in Foxhall. Sold to Melisa Doherty for $680,000. â&#x2013;  4711 Foxhall Crescent in Berkley. Sold to Ghazaleh Gigi Hafiz Trustee for $1,425,000. â&#x2013;  1211 Gallatin St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to WSD Capital LLC for $320,000.

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â&#x2013;  2951 Albemarle St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Samuel K. Heitner for $1,141,000. â&#x2013;  505 Allison St. in Petworth. Sold to Courtney C. Radsch for $460,000. â&#x2013;  3512 Alton Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Niklas R. Bohn for $885,000. â&#x2013;  4310 Alton Place in American University Park. Sold to Joel P. Daly for $751,500. â&#x2013;  4100 Argyle Terrace in Crestwood. Sold to Murray R. Hiebert for $705,000. â&#x2013;  2901 Audubon Terrace in Forest Hills. Sold to Ali Hendi for $3,275,000. â&#x2013;  2237 Bancroft Place in SheridanKalorama. Sold to David A. Massey for $2,055,000. â&#x2013;  1922 Biltmore St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Nimesh M. Patel for $1,400,000. â&#x2013;  1949 Biltmore St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Kristofer H Shields for $1,510,000. â&#x2013;  4601 Blagden Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Karin A. Westin for $739,000. â&#x2013;  502 Buchanan St. in Petworth. Sold to Michael J. Boerboom for $385,000. â&#x2013;  4412 Butterworth Place in American University Park. Sold to David Blackburn for $825,000. â&#x2013;  5015 Cathedral Ave. in Kent. Sold to Gerard Vincent for $750,000. â&#x2013;  2218 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Rebecca Rivas-Rogers for $1,135,000. â&#x2013;  2220 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Metro DC 1 LLC for $747,000. â&#x2013;  2710 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Margaret H. Kavalaris Trustee for $1,750,000. â&#x2013;  3001 Cathedral Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to Kalorama Holdings LLC for

$1,150,000. â&#x2013;  1601 Caton Place in Georgetown. Sold to Scott W. Bauguess for $740,000. â&#x2013;  2306 Chain Bridge Road in the Palisades. Sold to Kevin Roots for $1,065,000. â&#x2013;  2730 Chain Bridge Road in Kent. Sold to Martin M. Zoltick for $3,250,000. â&#x2013;  4024 Chancery Court in Hillandale. Sold to Jeanne M. Reynolds for $1,275,000. â&#x2013;  4416 Chesapeake St. in American University Park. Sold to Maura L. Keefe for $639,900. â&#x2013;  3243 Chestnut St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Alexey Volynets for $575,000. â&#x2013;  1758 Church St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Sarah E. Yedinsky for $1,650,000. â&#x2013;  4635 Clark Place in the Palisades. Sold to Dean H. Cannon for $1,385,000. â&#x2013;  3317 Cleveland Ave. in Woodley Park. Sold to William J. Bowde for $1,030,000. â&#x2013;  4701 Colorado Ave. in Crestwood. Sold to Lisa Mooskin-Bergman for $857,777. â&#x2013;  5320 Colorado Ave. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Stephen P. Ham III for $550,000. â&#x2013;  1610 Corcoran St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Robin S. Diener for $475,000. â&#x2013;  2722 Cortland Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Basit Chaudhry for $975,000. â&#x2013;  2944 Davenport St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Brendan V. Sullivan III for $1,355,000. â&#x2013;  3203 Davenport St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Shoko Ueda for $1,150,000. â&#x2013;  3616 Davis St. in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Robert J. Isakson for $1,465,000. â&#x2013;  720 Decatur St. in Petworth. Sold to Jacob T. Mersing for $380,000. â&#x2013;  1615 Decatur St. in Crestwood. Sold to

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 â&#x2013;  4640 Garfield St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Gregory L. Tawaststjerna for $1,925,000. â&#x2013;  3831 Garrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Neil L. Houghton Jr. for $1,150,000. â&#x2013;  3927 Georgia Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Burke Investments LLC for $365,000. â&#x2013;  2208 Hall Place in Glover Park. Sold to Narima Dash for $724,000. â&#x2013;  2250 Hall Place in Glover Park. Sold to Michel H. Folliet for $1,175,000. â&#x2013;  731 Hamilton St. in Petworth. Sold to Nalda C. Hunter for $308,385. â&#x2013;  904 Hamilton St. in Petworth. Sold to Equity Resource LLC for $210,000. â&#x2013;  1218 Hemlock St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Vanessa C. Dennis for $465,000. â&#x2013;  917 Hughes Court in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Robert I. Kopech for $692,500. â&#x2013;  3820 Huntington St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Verena M. Fritz for $1,275,000. â&#x2013;  3925 Illinois Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Nicole K. Anderson for $590,000. â&#x2013;  4217 Ingomar St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to ZP Ingomar LLC for $537,500. â&#x2013;  4227 Ingomar St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to ZP Ingomar LLC for $637,500. â&#x2013;  4421 Iowa Ave. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Peter V. Hristov for $370,000. â&#x2013;  1325 Iris St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Andrea B. Wolf for $575,000. â&#x2013;  3633 Jocelyn St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to David Diaz for $820,000. â&#x2013;  3901 Jocelyn St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to 3901 Jocelyn Street LLC for $890,000. â&#x2013;  1355 Jonquil St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Carol J. Worrell for $679,000. â&#x2013;  4814 Kansas Ave. in Petworth. Sold to Ditto Residential LLC for $280,000. â&#x2013;  1209 Kennedy St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Alanna Hanson for $370,000. â&#x2013;  3232 Klingle Road in Woodley Park. Sold to Russell Ahrens for $910,000.

â&#x2013;  4407 Klingle St. in Wesley Heights. Sold to Robert Moore for $1,850,000. â&#x2013;  5220 Klingle St. in Kent. Sold to Alison B. Ross Trust for $847,000. â&#x2013;  2314 L St. in the West End. Sold to Arif Sorathia for $780,000. â&#x2013;  3911 Legation St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Brigilda C. Teneza for $1,049,000. â&#x2013;  2123 Leroy Place in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to Peter Bernard Robinson Trustee for $3,350,000. â&#x2013;  2127 Leroy Place in Sheridan-Kalorama. Sold to SSI International Corp. for $2,100,000. â&#x2013;  815 Longfellow St. in Petworth. Sold to Jessica Belnavis for $240,000. â&#x2013;  4936 Loughboro Road in Kent. Sold to Abigail P. Blunt Trustee for $1,625,000. â&#x2013;  3605 Lowell St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Richard I. Knapp for $1,950,000. â&#x2013;  3305 Macomb St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Edward H. An for $1,575,000. â&#x2013;  5052 Macomb St. in Kent. Sold to Capricia P. Marshall for $1,450,000. â&#x2013;  5315 Macomb St. in the Palisades. Sold to Andrew J. Kline for $1,145,000. â&#x2013;  830 Madison St. in Petworth. Sold to Abebe C. Geda for $280,000. â&#x2013;  5181 Manning Place in Kent. Sold to Elizabeth C. Klee for $1,130,000. â&#x2013;  4012 Mansion Drive in Hillandale. Sold to Edgar Nehme for $1,410,000. â&#x2013;  5012 Massachusetts Ave. in Spring Valley. Sold to Katharine C. Grim for $480,000. â&#x2013;  2939 McKinley St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Ndenisarya M. Bregasi for $600,000. â&#x2013;  2914 Military Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to Wled Sayed for $678,770. â&#x2013;  3414 Morrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Brian C. Wood for $730,000. â&#x2013;  3715 Morrison St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jeremy Maltby for $1,565,000. See Sales/Page RE20

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RE20

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

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Spring Valley

$1,400,000

Just Listed

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SALES

From Page RE19 â&#x2013;  1639 Myrtle St. in Colonial Village. Sold to John R. Coolbaugh for $610,000. â&#x2013;  2726 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Jonathan H. Hecht for $2,300,000. â&#x2013;  3258 N St. in Georgetown. Sold to Andrew Grosso for $1,825,000. â&#x2013;  2348 Nebraska Ave. in the Palisades. Sold to Matthew Tucker for $1,095,000. â&#x2013;  4715 Nebraska Ave. in Wakefield. Sold to Christopher B. Jochnick for $895,000. â&#x2013;  5403 Nebraska Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Andrea A. Orr for $567,000. â&#x2013;  2941 Newark St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to William H. King for $2,900,000. â&#x2013;  3432 Newark St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Frank G. Laprade III for $1,700,000. â&#x2013;  806 New Hampshire Ave. in Foggy Bottom. Sold to John Malcuit for $670,000. â&#x2013;  3711 Northampton St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Todd Allee for $945,000. â&#x2013;  3613 Norton Place in Cleveland Park. Sold to Joan C. Alker for $1,190,000. â&#x2013;  54 Observatory Circle in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to William S. Borer for $957,000. â&#x2013;  65 Observatory Circle in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Juan Gaviria for $1,658,000. â&#x2013;  2424 Observatory Place in Glover Park. Sold to John D. Stirk for $749,000. â&#x2013;  2704 Ontario Road in Adams Morgan. Sold to the Embassy of the Central African Republic for $800,000. â&#x2013;  3001 Oregon Knolls Drive in Chevy Chase. Sold to David DiBianco for $900,000. â&#x2013;  3431 Ordway St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Luis E. Boza for $1,300,000. â&#x2013;  2718 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to Stephen McCarthy for $1,328,000. â&#x2013;  2812 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to 2812 P Street LLC for $3,575,000. â&#x2013;  2913 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to Joseph C. Reger for $1,795,000. â&#x2013;  3337 P St. in Georgetown. Sold to John R. Murray for $1,250,000. â&#x2013;  4165 Parkglen Court in Hillandale. Sold to Gavin E. Wilson for $2,800,000. â&#x2013;  3416 Patterson St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jennifer M. Hoffman for $759,000. â&#x2013;  1616 Portal Drive in Colonial Village. Sold to Franklin M. Rubinstein for $765,000. â&#x2013;  3434 Porter St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Matthew J. Dallek for $964,000. â&#x2013;  3605 Porter St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Ellen S. Berick for $1,190,101. â&#x2013;  3705 Porter St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Amit P. Mehta for $1,195,000.

â&#x2013;  3104 Q St. in Georgetown. Sold to Scott D. Starrett for $2,200,000. â&#x2013;  4442 Q St. in Foxhall. Sold to Amtonio C.D. Amelj for $759,000. â&#x2013;  4465 Q St. in the Palisades. Sold to Michael A. Shuler for $835,000. â&#x2013;  4740 Quebec St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Peter E. Kaplan Jr. for $2,173,125. â&#x2013;  4943 Quebec St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Bryan Bennett for $1,205,000. â&#x2013;  3401 Quesada St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Adam J. Reisman for $820,000. â&#x2013;  3614 Quesada St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Christopher H. Purdy for $1,211,000. â&#x2013;  435 Quncy St. in Petworth. Sold to Rory W. Falconer for $607,500. â&#x2013;  547 Randolph St. in Petworth. Sold to Marvin J. Contreras for $240,000. â&#x2013;  4220 Reno Road in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Craig Cunningham for $799,000. â&#x2013;  5010 Reno Road in Chevy Chase. Sold to David A. Nakamura for $925,000. â&#x2013;  3408 Reservoir Road in Georgetown. Sold to Chantal A. Reliquet for $1,027,500. â&#x2013;  3428 Reservoir Road in Georgetown. Sold to Cheryl A. Hughes for $645,000. â&#x2013;  804 Rittenhouse St. in Brightwood. Sold to Metro DC 1 LLC for $267,700. â&#x2013;  3208 Rittenhouse St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Emmanuel Garcin for $740,000. â&#x2013;  3501 Rittenhouse St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Michael C. Dilovenzo for $1,015,000. â&#x2013;  4330 River Road in American University Park. Sold to Jamie Ekern for $714,000. â&#x2013;  3406 Rodman St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Stephen Boone for $877,000. â&#x2013;  3411 Rodman St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Susanne B. Dieper for $1,060,000. â&#x2013;  4822 Rodman St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Thomas L. Reishman for $1,445,000. â&#x2013;  1400 Roxanna Road in Shepherd Park. Sold to Bruno D. Fratte for $565,000. â&#x2013;  3309 Runnymede Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Matthew B. Jaeger for $1,018,000. â&#x2013;  3505 Runnymede Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Elisa Hooper for $805,000. â&#x2013;  1434 S St. in Logan Circle. Sold to Khalid Pitts for $1,079,000. â&#x2013;  4482 Salem Lane in the Palisades. Sold to John D. Fa for $729,000. â&#x2013;  1719 Seaton St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Laura Macinnis for $670,000. â&#x2013;  1749 Seaton St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to John J. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill Jr. for $750,000. â&#x2013;  5053 Sedgwick St. in Spring Valley. Sold to David H. Steven for $1,899,000. â&#x2013;  1365 Sheridan St. in Brightwood. Sold to Hubert H. Fisher II for $530,000. â&#x2013;  5072 Sherier Place in the Palisades.

                                                                                                                 

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Sold to Marilyn I. Mundy for $477,800. â&#x2013;  5710 Sherier Place in the Palisades. Sold to Andrew Giordano for $1,020,000. â&#x2013;  1538 T St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to James P. Hill for $1,300,000. â&#x2013;  3713 T St. in Burleith. Sold to Christopher Loftus for $710,000. â&#x2013;  3827 T St. in Burleith. Sold to Charles E. Alexander for $980,000. â&#x2013;  1680 Tamarack St. in Colonial Village. Sold to Mina M. Youssef for $720,000. â&#x2013;  518 Taylor St. in Petworth. Sold to Nantucket Holdings Ltd. for $271,000. â&#x2013;  2943 Tennyson St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Steven E. Bosak for $699,000. â&#x2013;  3227 Tennyson St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jami L. Wyatt for $849,000. â&#x2013;  1059 Thomas Jefferson St. in Georgetown. Sold to Keith D. Steinberg for $801,000. â&#x2013;  4822 Tilden St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Gregory U. Auger for $1,350,000. â&#x2013;  5153 Tilden St. in Spring Valley. Sold to David H. Small for $2,160,000. â&#x2013;  602 Tuckerman St. in Brightwood. Sold to Mohammed Alamgir for $246,170. â&#x2013;  2210 Tunlaw Road in Glover Park. Sold to Rakhi P. Bhavnani for $655,000. â&#x2013;  2440 Tunlaw Road in Glover Park. Sold to Nicholas A. Campbell for $729,000. â&#x2013;  2773 Unicorn Lane in Chevy Chase. Sold to Golbon Kamali for $1,100,000. â&#x2013;  3160 Upland Terrace in Chevy Chase. Sold to Bradley A. Rossin for $810,000. â&#x2013;  1526 Upshur St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to John W. Davis for $744,500. â&#x2013;  2947 Upton St. in Forest Hills. Sold to Peter D. Winkler for $980,000. â&#x2013;  6343 Utah Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Stefanie Berger for $850,000. â&#x2013;  6515 Utah Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jane C. Spencer for $912,000. â&#x2013;  525 Van Buren St. in Brightwood. Sold to Alexander M. Jaffe for $526,000. â&#x2013;  863 Van Buren St. in Brightwood. Sold to Gaetan Bucher for $335,000. â&#x2013;  3275 Van Hazen St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Kathleen Murphy for $615,500. â&#x2013;  3618 Van Ness St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Kerry Schwed for $812,500. â&#x2013;  617 Varnum St. in Petworth. Sold to Gary W. Jones Jr. for $579,000. â&#x2013;  3824 Veazey St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Stephen E. Young for $685,000. â&#x2013;  1910 Vermont Ave. in Logan Circle. Sold to Brian J. Wesoloski for $895,000. â&#x2013;  3741 W St. in Glover Park. Sold to Karen S. Lovitch for $795,000. â&#x2013;  4407 W St. in Berkley. Sold to David G. Carpenter for $1,400,000. â&#x2013;  4246 Warren St. in American University Park. Sold to Jose A. Cuesta for $1,099,000. â&#x2013;  4323 Warren St. in American University Park. Sold to Paulo Martelli for $1,125,000. â&#x2013;  4618 Warren St. in American University Park. Sold to Brian J. Pinnell for $1,020,000. â&#x2013;  4642 Warren St. in American University Park. Sold to Joshua P. Wilson for $775,000. â&#x2013;  5101 Watson St. in Kent. Sold to Giles W. Howson for $1,360,000. â&#x2013;  1511 Webster St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Robert A. Morgan for $475,000. â&#x2013;  4827 Western Ave. in American University Park. Sold to Thomas Mancinelli for $705,000. â&#x2013;  6345 Western Ave. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Ramesh Kumar for $998,000. â&#x2013;  4400 Westover Place in Wesley Heights. Sold to Selim A. Elekdag for $930,000. â&#x2013;  1329 Whittier Place in Brightwood. Sold to Margaret H. Joyce for $350,000. â&#x2013;  1440 Whittier St. in Brightwood. Sold to Justin S. Heiges for $571,500. â&#x2013;  3726 Windom Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Aimees Daniels for $875,000. â&#x2013;  3900 Windom Place in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Jacob R. Osborn for $750,000. â&#x2013;  4703 Windom Place in American University Park. Sold to Carey P. Needham for See Sales/Page RE21


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From Page RE20 $1,304,000. â&#x2013;  2751 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Nicholas T. Welch for $850,000. â&#x2013;  2756 Woodley Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Emily O. Harris for $1,020,000. â&#x2013;  3817 Woodley Road in Cleveland Park. Sold to Steven A. Engel for $3,100,000. â&#x2013;  3257 Worthington St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Gregory R. Kaufmann for $1,200,000. â&#x2013;  7000 Wyndale St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Marwan Khalifeh for $930,000. â&#x2013;  3527 Yuma St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Joshua H. Kolko for $749,000. â&#x2013;  4219 Yuma St. in American University Park. Sold to Eric S. Middleton for $805,000. â&#x2013;  5147 Yuma St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Roger P. Jasek for $1,875,000. â&#x2013;  5722 3rd St. in Brightwood. Sold to Darryl Maxwell for $377,000. â&#x2013;  4728 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Richard T. Aley Jr. for $483,000. â&#x2013;  5304 5th St. in Petworth. Sold to Ryan Fubini for $205,000. â&#x2013;  6601 6th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Chris T. Adams for $510,000. â&#x2013;  6804 6th St. in Takoma. Sold to Brett Bobley for $835,000. â&#x2013;  6808 6th St. in Takoma. Sold to Carol J. Mitten for $865,000. â&#x2013;  7408 7th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Gloria T. Bonilla for $390,000. â&#x2013;  4716 8th St. in Petworth. Sold to Plen J. Smith III for $355,000. â&#x2013;  6316 8th St. in Brightwood. Sold to Marc L. Douglas for $204,250. â&#x2013;  5527 9th St. in Petworth. Sold to Quynh D. Vu for $302,500. â&#x2013;  6209 12th St. in Brightwood. Sold to 57th Street Mews Inc. for $235,000. â&#x2013;  4416 14th St. in 16th Street Heights. Sold to Sean C. Dorsy for $469,000. â&#x2013;  1822 16th St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Francesco Valentini for $960,000. â&#x2013;  7209 16th St. in Shepherd Park. Sold to Esme A. Riley for $1,230,000. â&#x2013;  2321 17th St. in Adams Morgan. Sold to Lisa J. Knapp for $399,999. â&#x2013;  4417 17th St. in Crestwood. Sold to Ethan A. Saxon for $754,000. â&#x2013;  4019 18th St. in Crestwood. Sold to Ian Wagreich for $615,000. â&#x2013;  1400 21st St. in Dupont Circle. Sold to Sari R. Hornstein for $1,495,000. â&#x2013;  1525 26th St. in Georgetown. Sold to David J. Hensler for $699,000. â&#x2013;  1216 28th St. in Georgetown. Sold to

Jose A. Lopez Harnecker for $1,025,000. â&#x2013;  1345 28th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Christopher D. Forte for $590,000. â&#x2013;  1623 28th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Evermay Georgetown LLC for $22,000,000. â&#x2013;  5370 28th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Robert S. Richardson for $760,000. â&#x2013;  1220 29th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Susan F. Kinsley for $1,170,000. â&#x2013;  5604 29th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Erin C. Johnson for $815,000. â&#x2013;  1243 30th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Meredith K. Lesher for $655,000. â&#x2013;  6625 31st Place in Chevy Chase. Sold to Alfred S. Dominick for $770,000. â&#x2013;  1312 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to Ellen K. Fetridge for $1,400,000. â&#x2013;  1518 31st St. in Georgetown. Sold to Stephen H. Smith for $3,000,000. â&#x2013;  6129 31st St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Jean-Francois Boittin for $859,000. â&#x2013;  3006 32nd St. in Woodley Park. Sold to Anna Haglund for $1,690,500. â&#x2013;  6125 32nd St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Christopher E. Root for $690,000. â&#x2013;  1316 33rd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Richard K. Riddell for $1,330,000. â&#x2013;  1657 32nd St. in Georgetown. Sold to Robert Bianco for $1,160,000. â&#x2013;  2930 33rd Place in Woodley Park. Sold to Andrew M. Weiner for $785,000. â&#x2013;  1710 34th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Paul J. Delligatti for $770,000. â&#x2013;  1257 35th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Robert A. Blakely for $660,000. â&#x2013;  1609 35th St. in Georgetown. Sold to Fuzion Limited LLC for $1,650,000. â&#x2013;  2810 36th Place in Massachusetts Avenue Heights. Sold to Susan M. Davies for $1,525,000. â&#x2013;  3512 36th St. in Cleveland Park. Sold to Justin J. Sullivan for $790,000. â&#x2013;  4305 38th St. in North Cleveland Park. Sold to Joumana Moukarim for $735,000. â&#x2013;  2431 39th Place in Glover Park. Sold to William W. Negley for $705,000. â&#x2013;  1959 39th St. in Burleith. Sold to Linda D. Wilson for $730,000. â&#x2013;  2309 39th St. in Glover Park. Sold to Robert C. Cassidy III for $880,000. â&#x2013;  5109 39th St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Daniel S. McCahan for $1,400,000. â&#x2013;  4819 41st St. in Tenleytown. Sold to Brian C. Anderson for $649,000. â&#x2013;  4906 41st St. in Chevy Chase. Sold to Amy Suardi for $775,000. â&#x2013;  5429 41st St. in Friendship Heights. Sold to Jonathan T. Birdsong for $985,000. â&#x2013;  5322 42nd Place in Friendship Heights. Sold to Derek Whang for $1,185,000. â&#x2013;  5307 42nd St. in Friendship Heights.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 The Hat House LLC for $979,000. â&#x2013;  4050 52nd St. in Spring Valley. Sold to Logan D. Smith fro $1,655,000. â&#x2013;  5115 52nd St. in Spring Valley. Sold to John Lonergan for $1,450,000.

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â&#x2013;  2627 Adams Mill Road Unit 104 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Carey I. Weiss for $435,500. â&#x2013;  4101 Albemarle St. Unit 446 in Tenleytown. Sold to Michael J. Gauer for $417,500. â&#x2013;  4004 Beecher St. Unit 103 in Glover Park. Sold to Meier Capital LLC for $200,000. â&#x2013;  2009 Belmont Road Unit 102 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Nora G. Belansen for $299,000. â&#x2013;  2032-2040 Belmont Road Unit 516 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Michelle C. Widmann for $326,500. â&#x2013;  1614 Belmont St. Unit 6F2 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Michael H. Kirlin for $635,000. â&#x2013;  1807 California St. Unit 306 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Judy A. Mills for $539,000.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SALES

From Page RE21 â&#x2013;  4201 Cathedral Ave. Unit 920-E in Wesley Heights. Sold to Matthew S. Watson for $249,500. â&#x2013;  3222 Cherry Hill Lane Unit D1 in Georgetown. Sold to Dmitriy Fotiyev for $395,000. â&#x2013;  1880 Columbia Road Unit 106 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Alex Knowles for $239,000. â&#x2013;  2022 Columbia Road Unit 202 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Nicolaos I. Apostolides for $800,000. â&#x2013;  2022 Columbia Road Unit 712 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Akiko Okuma for $551,300. â&#x2013;  2301 Connecticut Ave. Unit 6A in Adams Morgan. Sold to Samuel W. Halpern for $1,065,000. â&#x2013;  2311 Connecticut Ave. Unit 405 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Felicia Swindells for $475,000. â&#x2013;  3100 Connecticut Ave. Unit 438 in Woodley Park. Sold to Maria Pombo for $368,000. â&#x2013;  3901 Connecticut Ave. Unit 208 in Forest Hills. Sold to Kenie Ho for $915,000. â&#x2013;  4707 Connecticut Ave. Unit 114 in Forest Hills. Sold to Georgeanne L. Reynolds for $480,000. â&#x2013;  4740 Connecticut Ave. Unit 801 in Forest Hills. Sold to Nicholas Fog for $218,000. â&#x2013;  5406 Connecticut Ave. Unit 607 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Richard C. Donaldson for $195,000.

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â&#x2013;  5410 Connecticut Ave. Unit 109 in Chevy Chase. Sold to Sam L. Goodman for $202,500. â&#x2013;  3020 Dent Place Unit 20W in Georgetown. Sold to Andrew J. Sackett for $445,000. â&#x2013;  2737 Devonshire Place Unit 523 in Woodley Park. Sold to Lindsay Comparato for $550,000. â&#x2013;  1664 Euclid St. Unit 10 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Myra P. Woods for $505,000. â&#x2013;  3225 Grace St. Unit 208 in Georgetown. Sold to Gabriela Carias-Green for $434,000. â&#x2013;  2141 I St. Unit 515 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Kadidatou Toure for $175,000. â&#x2013;  2141 I St. Unit 806 in Foggy Bottom. Sold to Shaheen Iqbal for $171,000. â&#x2013;  3299 K St. Unit 401 in Georgetown. Sold to Michael A. Brody for $419,000. â&#x2013;  1825 Kalorama Road Unit 3 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Jeffrey D. Stitz for $443,000. â&#x2013;  4615 MacArthur Blvd. Unit B in Berkley. Sold to Judith Metro for $584,500. â&#x2013;  2710 Macomb St. Unit 306 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Margaret T. Audrain for $346,000. â&#x2013;  1711 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 127 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Peter A. Lefkin for $239,900. â&#x2013;  4200 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 105 in Wesley Heights. Sold to H.R. Gaither for $675,000. â&#x2013;  4301 Massachusetts Ave. Unit 6014 in Cleveland Park. Sold to John M. Richardson for $359,999. â&#x2013;  4301 Military Road Unit PH09 in

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Sold to Dustin J. Teunissen for $200,000. â&#x2013;  1723 P St. Unit 102 in Dupont Circle. Sold to David M. Morris for $710,000. â&#x2013;  2555 Pennsylvania Ave. Unit 214 in the West End. Sold to Nidal Kanaan for $475,000. â&#x2013;  2555 Pennsylvania Ave. Unit 614 in the West End. Sold to Robert K. Stuart II for $486,000. â&#x2013;  2555 Pennsylvania Ave. Unit 1001 in the West End. Sold to Michael Ford for $551,500. â&#x2013;  3881 Porter St. Unit 296 in Cleveland Park. Sold to Amer Hasan for $495,000. â&#x2013;  1408 Q St. Unit 2 in Logan Circle. Sold to Richard C. Gibson for $555,000. â&#x2013;  1615 Q St. Unit 711 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Serhiy M. Zhykharev for $335,000. â&#x2013;  1721 Q St. Unit G6 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Dana L. Whitman for $222,000. â&#x2013;  2500 Q St. Unit 205 in Georgetown. Sold to Arthur J. Kusinski for $475,000. â&#x2013;  1320 R St. Unit 7 in Logan Circle. Sold to James P. Cheek for $399,900. â&#x2013;  1619 R St. Unit 502 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Paul L. Kantor for $402,900. â&#x2013;  1727 R St. Unit TH-2 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Lauren J. Schram for $330,000. â&#x2013;  1317 Rhode Island Ave. Unit 101 in Logan Circle. Sold to Tarek Soueid for $465,000. â&#x2013;  1824 S St. Unit 402 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Juliet Wurr for $650,000. â&#x2013;  1900 S St. Unit 104 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Brian Frederick for $383,000. â&#x2013;  1 Scott Circle Unit 210 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Matthew G. Evans for $226,000. â&#x2013;  3271 Sutton Place Unit 3271-C in Wesley Heights. Sold to Amy K. Dacey for $545,000. â&#x2013;  1738 T St. Unit 4 in Dupont Circle. Sold to Timothy L. Wilson for $580,000. â&#x2013;  2606 Tunlaw Road Unit 4 in Glover Park. Sold to Danny Dohnalek for $249,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 723 in Glover Park. Sold to Stephen B. Kittredge for $255,000. â&#x2013;  4000 Tunlaw Road Unit 1117 in Glover Park. Sold to Clifford T. Hall for $269,500. â&#x2013;  2939 Van Ness St. Unit 546 in Forest Hills. Sold to Monique F. Mitchell for $257,500. â&#x2013;  1239 Vermont Ave. Unit 502 in Logan Circle. Sold to Ashleigh R. Rose for $375,000. â&#x2013;  1822 Vernon St. Unit 306 in Adams Morgan. Sold to Julia C. Martin for $465,000. â&#x2013;  2111 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 110 in Glover Park. Sold to Robert K. Young for $291,000. â&#x2013;  2320 Wisconsin Ave. Unit 209 in Glover Park. Sold to Matthew J. Mailloux for

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According to D.C. Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi, not taxing the already-purchased municipal bonds means the city will go without a planned $98 million in revenue over the next four years, but the modest hike in the income tax rate will raise $106 million over the same period. The impact on individuals is much more dramatic, according to a group of residents and retirees who have been lobbying ferociously to block the retroactive tax. Estimates from Ward 3 residents Alma Gates and Beth Marcus show that the tax would have had investors who earn $50,000 on out-of-state bonds paying more than $4,000 extra in taxes. But wealthy residents or small businesses with over $350,0000 in taxable income would pay on average $225 more a year if their tax rate goes up by less than half a percent, Gates and Marcus found. Still, the “swap” that Mendelson proposed caused an emotional and at times angry debate. “My amendment is not about raising taxes. That decision was already made,” he said. “This is about which taxes.” And asking higher income earners to pay a bit more is “good tax policy,” Mendelson said, arguing that the current tax structure is regressive, charging anybody earning more than $40,000 a year the same 8.5 percent rate. But a retroactive tax on municipal bonds, he said, “is unfair, changing rules in the middle of the game.” He said the bond tax would affect about 20,000 residents, while a higher tax rate for top earners will affect 6,000 or 7,000. Ward 1 member Jim Graham, who has long advocated higher taxes for the wealthy, noted that the council and mayor made cuts to social service programs this year. “We went after budget savings from those who have nothing,” he said. “For those who still have $350,000 [after deductions], we’re saying, ‘Hey, give us a hand.’” In resisting the swap, Ward 2 member Jack Evans was furious the

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Wednesday september 21 Concerts â&#x2013;  African singer and percussionist Youssou Nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dour will perform at a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. 6 p.m. Free; tickets required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature musician Matthew McGinn. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Mark L. Rienzi, assistant professor of law at Catholic University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Constitution Day 2011: Celebrating the Constitution We Can All Agree On.â&#x20AC;? 4:30 p.m. Free. Great Room A, Pryzbyla University Center, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-6126. â&#x2013;  John Tutino, associate professor at Georgetown University, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Founding Capitalism in the BajĂ­o and Spanish North America.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. rsvp@instituteofmexicodc.org. â&#x2013;  Richard Allen Brooks will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;From Life to Death.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Author Alexandra Fuller will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Celebrity chef Bobby Flay will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bobby Flayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar Americain Cookbook.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org. Films â&#x2013;  The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Yasujiro Ozuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tokyo Story,â&#x20AC;? about an elderly couple bound for the big city to visit their children and grandchildren. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1155 21st St. NW. jicc@ws.mofa.go.jp.

â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spies on Screenâ&#x20AC;? series will feature Christian Carionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;affaire Farewell,â&#x20AC;? followed by a discussion of the fact and fiction of the movie. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $9. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. â&#x2013;  The French CinĂŠmathèque series will feature Philippe Le Guayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Women on the 6th Floor,â&#x20AC;? about a conservative Parisian couple whose lives are turned upside town by two Spanish maids. 8 p.m. $11; $9 for students; $8.25 for seniors; $8 for ages 12 and younger. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. Reading â&#x2013;  Local poets Martin Galvin, Nancy Arbuthnot and Nan Fry will read from their work. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play Chivas USA. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328. Thursday, Sept. 22

Thursday september 22 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs â&#x2013;  A park ranger will share storybook tales about animals and then lead a walk through the woods (for children ages 4 and older). 10 a.m. Free. Meet at the community garden bulletin board in Glover Archbold Park, 42nd Street and New Mexico Avenue NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will read from the story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Are There No Bears in Rock Creek?â&#x20AC;? and explain the challenges facing the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wildlife (for children ages 3 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. â&#x2013;  The Petworth Neighborhood Library will commemorate Elephant Appreciation Day with stories and a craft activity. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Class â&#x2013;  The Washington Humane Society will host a seminar on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chew on This: A Guide to Managing Chewing and Destructive Behavior.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 8:30 p.m. $10; reservations

required. Washington Humane Society Behavior & Learning Center, 7315 Georgia Ave. NW. washhumane.org. Concerts â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plazaâ&#x20AC;? series will feature The Orioles performing doo-wop. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202312-1300. â&#x2013;  Czech pianist Radoslav Kvapil will perform works by DvorĂĄk. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Four Nations Ensemble and soprano Rosa Lamoreaux will perform little-known Western classical music from 18th-century China and the Americas, including sonatas that Italian composer Teodorico Pedrini wrote and performed for the Chinese emperor. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 800-551-7328. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Humane Society, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Bond: Our Kinship With Animals, Our Call to Defend Them.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202232-7363. â&#x2013;  Moran Stern, a researcher at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turkish-Israeli Relations: New Challenges, New Opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. eventbrite.com/event/2142578510/. â&#x2013;  Anit Mukherjee, a research fellow at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Security Sector Reforms in India.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5722. â&#x2013;  Scholar Susan Garfinkel will discuss

Thursday, september 22 â&#x2013;  Concert: Singer Cyrille AimĂŠe and guitarist Diego Figueiredo will perform jazz selections. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Separation Forced Upon Us: Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Free Quakers and the Culture of Revolution. 4 p.m. Free. Room 119, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-7678. â&#x2013;  Kuniko Ashizawa, visiting fellow at the Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Assisting Afghanistan (and the United States): Japanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peacebuilding and New Donor Cooperation in Afghanistan.â&#x20AC;? 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 806, Rome Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5812. â&#x2013;  Sherry Ortner, professor of anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Hollywood: Independent Film as Cultural Critique.â&#x20AC;? 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6874185. â&#x2013;  Medard Mulangala Lwakabwanga, president of the Union for a Republican Majority for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will discuss his countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second presidential elections. 4:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 417, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts

Ave. NW. 202-663-5626. â&#x2013;  A gallery talk will focus on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gauguin and Van Gogh: An Unlikely Friendship.â&#x20AC;? 6 and 7 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-3872151. â&#x2013;  Senior historian Sid Hart will discuss Aaron Shiklerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s portrait of Ronald Reagan. 6 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. â&#x2013;  Panelists will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Building Local, Just Food Systems,â&#x20AC;? about initiatives to bring fresh and local foods into restaurants, communities, urban neighborhoods and institutional settings. 6 to 8 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. mmeehan@accokeek.org. â&#x2013;  British writer, poet, curator, art critic and historian Edward Lucie-Smith will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jamaican Art: The Problem of Multiple Identities.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, 1330 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-3558. â&#x2013;  Artist Lee Boroson will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lunar Bower,â&#x20AC;? a ceiling installation that suggests ethereal night skies. 6:30 p.m. Donation suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. â&#x2013;  Christopher Steiner, professor of art history and director of museum studies at Connecticut College, will discuss the issues of race and identity through the prisms of art and visual culture. 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel Walker Howe will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  Daniel Yergin will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Art historian, cultural analyst and feminist theorist Griselda Pollock will discuss the key concepts that have shaped her thinking about art in all its forms through history. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Structure of Spirit, Design of the Heartâ&#x20AC;? exhibit, represenSee Events/Page 43

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Friday september 23 Book signing ■ Kadir Nelson will sign copies of his children’s book “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free admission. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts ■ Julie Vidrick Evans of the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202797-0103. ■ The Friday Music Series will feature Brazilian guitarist Rogério Souza & Friends performing Souza’s own compositions and classics of the choro, a musical form that emerged in late-19th-century Rio de Janeiro. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. Discussions and lectures ■ The Hay-Adams Author Series will host a three-course luncheon with Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prizewinning author Toni Morrison in celebration of her receipt of the Library of Congress’ 2011 National Book Festival Award for Creative Achievement. Noon. $85. Top of the Hay, Hay-Adams Hotel, 16th and H streets NW. hayadams.com. ■ Dean Obeidallah will discuss “How Comedy Took on Islamophobia,” about the role of standup comedy in debunking stereotypes. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-6878107. ■ Thomas E. Lovejoy, president of the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment at George Mason University, will discuss “A Wild Solution for Climate Change: How the Planet’s Biology Can Make a Difference.” 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Building Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-663-5786. ■ A lecture series on the philosophical thought of Martin Heidegger will feature a talk by William McNeill, professor emeritus of history at the University of Chicago, on “Tracing Techne: Heidegger, Aristotle, and the Legacy of Philosophy.” 2 p.m. Free. Aquinas Hall Auditorium, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5259.

Friday, september 23 ■ Concert: The “Live! on Woodrow Wilson Plaza” series will conclude for the season with a concert by Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go.” 5 p.m. Free. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.

■ Scholars will discuss “In the Tower: Nam June Paik.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. ■ Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will discuss his book “Keeping the Republic: Saving America by Trusting Americans.” 6:15 p.m. Free. Riggs Library, Healy Hall, Georgetown

University, 37th and O streets NW. republicans@georgetown.edu. ■ Sebastian Barry will discuss his novel “On Canaan’s Side.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-3641919. ■ Gianrico Carofiglio will discuss his book “Temporary Perfections.” 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. 202-965-9880. ■ “The Splendid Table” host Lynne Rossetto Kasper (shown) and producer Sally Swift will discuss their book “How to Eat Weekends: New Recipes, Stories, and Opinions From Public Radio’s Award-Winning Food Show.” 8 p.m. $40. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Film ■ The Downtown Scene NY Film Series will feature Shan Nicholson’s film “Downtown Calling,” about New York City’s fertile music and art subculture in the late 1970s. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-6361770. Performances ■ “Theater J: Tea at Two” will present a reading of Darrah Cloud’s “Our Suburb,” a modern take on Thornton Wilder’s classic tale of life, love and loss. 2 p.m. $5; reserva-

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tions required. Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. washingtondcjcc.org. ■ Members of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet will present a preview performance in honor of the company’s 10th anniversary. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. ■ American University’s new student showcase will feature “Almost Me” and “Outta Here,” about the lives of incoming freshmen as they face the trials and tribulations of their first year in college. 8 p.m. $10; $5 for seniors. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202885-2787. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. Special events ■ “Euro Night 2011” will feature more than 20 European Union embassies showcasing their respective cultures, traditions and culinary specialties. Proceeds will benefit cultural activities at participating embassies. 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. $35 to $50. La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. InstantSeats.com. ■ Solas Nua will host a fashion show highlighting the work of four Irish designers. 7 p.m. $35; reservations required. Fathom Creative, 1333 14th St. NW. 202-315-1317. Sporting events ■ The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $5 to $350. See Events/Page 44

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Saturday september 24 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Shake Up Your Saturday: The King James Bibleâ&#x20AC;? will feature programs on the translation of the King James Version of the Bible and how it still affects us today (for children ages 6 through 12). 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-6750395. Classes â&#x2013;  Susanne Simon and Bettina Stern of Loulies.com will lead a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Market to Kitchenâ&#x20AC;? cooking class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Preserves and Canning.â&#x20AC;? 9 to 11 a.m. $25; reservations required. Glover Park-Burleith Farmersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Market, Hardy Middle

School parking lot, Wisconsin Avenue and 34th Street NW. loulies.com. â&#x2013;  Victor Albisu, executive chef of BLT Steak DC, will present a class on â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Eat Beef: Snout to Tail,â&#x20AC;? followed by a four-course lunch. 12:30 to 3 p.m. $100; reservations required. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. 202689-8989. Concerts â&#x2013;  Open 5ths, a male a cappella group, will perform works spanning the centuries, from Brumel to Biebl. 1:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040. â&#x2013;  A two-day invitational honor choir festival for high school singers will culminate with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Festival of Hopeâ&#x20AC;? concert. 4 p.m. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 8th and H streets NW. 202-347-8355. â&#x2013;  Composer, lyricist and pianist Georgia Stitt will present an evening of musical theater cabaret. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202467-4600. â&#x2013;  Recording artist Lynda Hodges will perform soulful Christian music. 6 p.m. Free. Mount Calvary Holy Evangelistic Church,

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Saturday, september 24 â&#x2013;  Festival: The second annual 17th Street Festival will feature artist vendors, a pet zone, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, and entertainment by recording artist Inaya Day (shown), local band the DC Silver Liners, cabaret singer and comic Sherry Vine, DJs Shea Van Horn and Bill Todd, and performers from Drag City:DC. 2 to 6 p.m. Free admission. 17th Street from Riggs Place to P Street NW. 17thstreetfestival.org. streets. loc.gov/bookfest. The festival will continue Sunday from 1 to 5:30 p.m. â&#x2013;  The U.S. Botanic Garden will host a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Plant Literacy Festival,â&#x20AC;? featuring activity stations about the various aspects that make plants unique, valuable and tasty. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202225-1116. â&#x2013;  Brightwood Day 2011 will feature local vendors, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, free food and drinks, and live performances. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Piney Branch Road and Tuckerman Street NW. brightwooddc.com. â&#x2013;  D.C. United will host the sixth annual Latin Festival, celebrating the culture, music, cuisine and sport of Latin American. 3 to 7 p.m. Free. Lawn, D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE. 202-587-5000. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DCâ&#x20AC;? will celebrate contemporary art, with a variety of public and private spaces playing host to painting, sculpture, film, music, poetry and photography. 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Free. Various venues in Gallery Place/Chinatown and Shaw. allnightdc.com. Films â&#x2013;  The National Archives will present

Maria Ripoliâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2001 comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tortilla Soup,â&#x20AC;? about a retired Mexican-American chef and his three daughters. Noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. â&#x2013;  The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Mac Dara Ă&#x201C; CurraidhĂ­nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Boatload of Wild Irishmen,â&#x20AC;? about the work of pioneering American documentarian Robert Flaherty. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden: Ireland and Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Lenny Abrahamsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2004 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adam and Paul,â&#x20AC;? about a day in the life of contemporary Dublin from the point of view of two homeless junkies. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Performance â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arabs Gone Wildâ&#x20AC;? will feature comedians Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader (shown) and Maysoon Zayid. 8 p.m. $30. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-397-7328. Special events â&#x2013;  In honor of National Public Lands Day and Rock Creek Park Day, a Health and Recreation Fair will feature displays, guest speakers, organic-gardening exhibits, and hikes led by park rangers and staff members from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-8956070. â&#x2013;  A Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will feature music, food and stories. 1 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. â&#x2013;  Hillwood, Alliance Française de Washington and Art SoirĂŠe will present an outdoor fashion show featuring three designers of ready-to-wear and bridal fashions, followed by a Franco-Russian-American party. 5:30 to 9 p.m. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-687-5807. Sporting event â&#x2013;  D.C. United will play Real Salt Lake. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $52; $15 for college students. RFK Memorial Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 202-397-7328.

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Walks and tours â&#x2013;  Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;City of Trees,â&#x20AC;? will lead a tree tour of the historic Anacostia home of Frederick Douglass. 9 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Visitor Center, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. ct.convio.net/calendar. â&#x2013;  Native Washingtonian and freelance writer Rocco Zappone will lead an interactive â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walking Tour as Personal Essay,â&#x20AC;? filled with his reminiscences and impressions of a lifetime in D.C. 10 a.m. or by appointment. $25. Meet at the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-341-5208. â&#x2013;  As part of Cultural Tourism DCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature event â&#x20AC;&#x153;WalkingTown DC,â&#x20AC;? the Tenleytown See Events/Page 45


Continued From Page 44 Historical Society will present a walking tour about Tenleytownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s transformation during the Civil War from a sleepy community of farmers and landed gentry to a bustling place of troops and commerce. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Meet on the northwest corner at Wisconsin Avenue and Albemarle Street NW. culturaltourismdc.org. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Walkingtown DCâ&#x20AC;? event will feature tours throughout the city at various times through Oct. 2. â&#x2013;  Dumbarton House volunteer docent and Guild of Professional Tour Guides member Dwane Starlin will lead a tour, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown Heights: Herring Hill, Cemeteries, Mansions, and Estates.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW. culturaltourismdc. org. The tour will repeat Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walking tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetown in the Civil War,â&#x20AC;? about how the location of Georgetown and the C&O Canal on the border between North and South tested the loyalties and changed the fortunes of the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residents. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. Sunday, Sept. 25

Sunday september 25 Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activity â&#x2013;  Children ages 5 and older will listen to a story about the Wright Brothers and create a special piece of art. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Concerts â&#x2013;  The weekly Steel Drummer Sundays concert series will feature Roger Greenidge. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. â&#x2013;  The Inner Mongolia Chorus will blend Western choral techniques and Mongolian traditional songs in â&#x20AC;&#x153;White Clouds Drifting Home.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. $15. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. â&#x2013;  Pianist Ina Mirtcheva (shown) and violinist Brendan Conway will perform a selection from Gershwinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Porgy and Bess,â&#x20AC;? as well as works by Chopin and Liszt. 3:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734. â&#x2013;  Harmonious Blacksmith, soprano Kate Vetter Cain and tenor Ole Hass will perform Italian arias from Monteverdi to Haydn. 6:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Dahlak Restaurant will host its weekly â&#x20AC;&#x153;DC Jazz Jamâ&#x20AC;? session. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. 1771 U St. NW. 202-527-9522. â&#x2013;  The National Symphony Orchestra will mark its 80th anniversary with a gala event led by music director Christoph Eschenbach with violinist Joshua Bell (shown) and baritone Thomas Hampson. 7 p.m. $20 to $125. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  The Sunday Forum series will feature Washington Post columnist Colbert King speaking as part of a three-part series on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Washington, D.C.: Past, Present, and Future.â&#x20AC;? 10 a.m. Free. St. Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal

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Events Entertainment Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766. â&#x2013;  Katherine Paterson will discuss her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Flint Heart,â&#x20AC;? at 1 p.m.; and John R. Schmidt will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Unraveling: Pakistan in the Age of Jihad,â&#x20AC;? at 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Molly Donovan, associate curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Warholâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Headlines: To Whom Does the News Belong?â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  Randall Robinson will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Makeda.â&#x20AC;? 5:30 to 7 p.m. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;This Other Eden: Ireland and Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature the Catholic Film Society of Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1932 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aran of the Saints,â&#x20AC;? about life on the Aran Islands. 5 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  ITVS Community Cinema will present a preview of the five-part PBS miniseries â&#x20AC;&#x153;Women, War & Peaceâ&#x20AC;? with a screening of Gini Retickerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pray the Devil Back to Hell,â&#x20AC;? about a group of Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. communitycinema-dc.org. Special event â&#x2013;  Slow Food DC will present awards to chefs and artisans who contribute to the quality, authenticity and sustainability of food and beverage in the Washington area. 4 to 7 p.m. $35; reservations required. Poste Modern Brasserie, 555 8th St. NW. slowfooddc.org. Walks and tours â&#x2013;  A tour of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History will recognize the contributions of Jewish service members in the Armed Forces since 1654. Noon and 2 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St.

ret. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, september 25 â&#x2013;  Writer, composer and lyricist Andrew Gerle will present an evening of musical theater cabaret. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

NW. 202-265-6280. The tour will repeat Monday at noon. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead a walking tour on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Georgetownâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Herring Hill,â&#x20AC;? about architectural clues that point to the neighborhoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s once-substantial African-American population. 12:15 p.m. Free. C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. 202-653-5190. â&#x2013;  A park ranger will lead ages 8 and older on an Autumn Stroll through Dumbarton Oaks Park and explain why the naturalistic park was called landscape designer Beatrix Ferrandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;crowning achievement.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Meet at Loverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lane on R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW. 202-895-6070. Monday, Sept. 26

Monday september 26 Class â&#x2013;  The Washington Institute of Natural Medicine will present a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Healing Circle Class,â&#x20AC;? about acupressure, Reiki, aura clearing, chakra balancing, touch therapy and guided imagery. 7:30 p.m. $18; $15 for seniors and students. Reservations required. 5101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-237-7681. Concert â&#x2013;  Composers, lyricists and collaborators Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler will present an evening of musical theater caba-

Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Gary Schmidt will discuss his childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Okay for Now,â&#x20AC;? at 10:30 a.m.; and Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Historian David McCullough, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris,â&#x20AC;? will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Morse at the Louvre.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. â&#x2013;  The Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn Seminar will feature HouseWorks regional executive director Duane Rollins discussing â&#x20AC;&#x153;In-Home Care â&#x20AC;&#x201D; One Hour or 24/7.â&#x20AC;? 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free for Dupont Circle Village members; $10 for others. American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW. 202-234-2567. â&#x2013;  Joanne Smith, Mehan Huppuch and Mandy Van Deven will discuss their book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hey Shorty: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eye on the Presidentâ&#x20AC;? will feature John Bredar, senior executive producer of National Geographic Television and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Photographersâ&#x20AC;?; Bob McNeely, President Bill Clintonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photographer; and Pete Souza, President Barack Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current photographer. 6:45 p.m. $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  Caroline Kennedy (shown), historian Michael Beschloss and Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser will discuss the legacy of President John F. Kennedy in conjunction with the release of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life With John F. Kennedy.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 on the day of the event. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-364-1919.

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â&#x2013;  The Tocqueville Forum on the Roots of the American Democracy will present a talk by New York Times columnist David Brooks, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. tocquevilleforum.org. â&#x2013;  Chapters Literary Center will present a talk and reading by Julie Sheehan, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bar Book: Poems and Otherwise.â&#x20AC;? 7 p.m. Free. PS7, 777 I St. NW. chapters.literary@ erols.com. â&#x2013;  Foundry United Methodist Church will present a talk by author Jimmy Creech on his memoir â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Martin Eichtinger, director general for cultural policy at the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Culture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Core Element of Austrian Foreign Policy.â&#x20AC;? 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. 202895-6776. Films â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Marvelous Movie Mondaysâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1997 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Son the Fanatic.â&#x20AC;? 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-2820021. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking at the Other: Cultural Dialogue Through Filmâ&#x20AC;? will feature Helga Reidemeisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;War and Love in Kabul.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. $7. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 160. â&#x2013;  The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentlemen Prefer Marilynâ&#x20AC;? series will open with Howard Hawksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 1953 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,â&#x20AC;? starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Elliott Reid. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Alfred Hitchcock Filmfestâ&#x20AC;? will feature the 1954 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dial â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for Murder.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202See Events/Page 46

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Continued From Page 45 282-0021. â&#x2013;  The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present an â&#x20AC;&#x153;NT Liveâ&#x20AC;? high-definition broadcast of Richard Beanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;One Man, Two Guvnorsâ&#x20AC;? from Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Theatre. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. A repeat screening will take place Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Sporting event â&#x2013;  The Washington Capitals will play the Columbus Blue Jackets in preseason competition. 7 p.m. $50 to $310. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. 27 Tuesday, TuesdaySept. september 27 Classes and workshops â&#x2013;  Teacher and therapist Heather Ferris will lead a weekly yoga class. Noon. Free. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. â&#x2013;  Representatives of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking will discuss how to prepare for an emergency and how insurance can help you recover after one. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Housing

Counseling Services Inc., Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7006. Concerts â&#x2013;  The Harbour Kids concert series will feature Mr. Knick Knack. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202295-5007. â&#x2013;  Composer, arranger and pianist Sam Davis will present an evening of musical theater cabaret. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Uma Krishnaswami will discuss her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grand Plan to Fix Everything,â&#x20AC;? at 10:30 a.m.; and Amitav Ghosh will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;River of Smoke,â&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by American University President Neil Kerwin on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rulemaking and Governance of the United States.â&#x20AC;? 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Free. Temple Baptist Church, 3860 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860.

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Tuesday, september 27 â&#x2013;  Discussion: Jeremy Ben-Ami, president and founder of J Street, will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation.â&#x20AC;? 11:30 a.m. $30. Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. â&#x2013;  Arlington County Board member Jay Fisette will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smart Growth: Making a Community Energy Plan.â&#x20AC;? 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Evenings With Extraordinary Artistsâ&#x20AC;? will feature a conversation with Suzanne Farrell about her life in dance, her work as artistic director of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet and her companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role in preserving and expanding the heritage of George Balanchine. 5:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 16. â&#x2013;  Novelist Lara Vapnyar will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;How to Be a Russian Jewish American Writer.â&#x20AC;? 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets

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NW. 202-687-4245. â&#x2013;  Arena Stage managing director Edgar Dobie will discuss what it takes to get a play to Broadway. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202488-3300. â&#x2013;  Mary Jo McConahay will discuss her book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maya Roads: One Womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest.â&#x20AC;? 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638. â&#x2013;  Greg Lindsay, author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aerotropolis: The Way Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll Live Next,â&#x20AC;? will discuss a new urban form that places airports in the center with cities growing around them, connecting workers, suppliers, executives and goods to the global marketplace. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20; $15 for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. â&#x2013;  George Horse Capture, senior counselor emeritus to the director of the National Museum of the American Indian, will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Edward S. Curtis: The Shadow Catcher.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-6333030. â&#x2013;  Art historian Linda Skalet will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Peacock Room: Renowned and Reinstalled.â&#x20AC;? 6:45 to 9 p.m. $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202633-3030. â&#x2013;  The St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peace Fellowship will present a talk by Richard Forer, an American Jew and the author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Breakthrough: Transforming Fear Into Compassion â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict. 7 p.m. Free. Nave, St. Columbaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. â&#x2013;  In conjunction with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Structure of Spirit, Design of the Heartâ&#x20AC;? exhibit, interior designer Barbara Hawthorn will discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Design Creates Rooms You Never Want to Leave.â&#x20AC;? 7 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave. NW. structureofspirit@gmail.com. Film â&#x2013;  The Reel Israel DC series will feature Omri Givonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2008 film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seven Minutes in Heaven,â&#x20AC;? about a survivor of a bus bombing who tries to stitch together the shattered fragments of

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Special events â&#x2013;  German-American artist Ilse SchreiberNoll and rare-book dealer Joshua Heller will present selected artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; books, and Lane Jennings will read poetry in German and English. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW. 202-289-1200, ext. 166. â&#x2013;  Rabbi Gilah Langner and Ani Rinchen Khandro will lead an interfaith guided meditation in the Jewish and Buddhist traditions. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 Lowell St. NW. 202-3556462. Wednesday, Sept. 28

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Concerts â&#x2013;  The Classical Music Foundation and Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center will present a concert by Mexican musician Gerardo Pablo. 6 to 8 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202387-7638. â&#x2013;  Belgrade-born opera singer Jadranka Jovanovic will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-4674600. â&#x2013;  The Harbour Nights concert series will feature musician Chris Collatt. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Plaza, The Washington Harbour, 3050 K St. NW. 202-295-5007. Discussions and lectures â&#x2013;  Michael Buckley will discuss his childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nerds: Book 3: Cheerleaders of Doom.â&#x20AC;? 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. â&#x2013;  Georgetown University professor Charles King will discuss his book â&#x20AC;&#x153;Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams.â&#x20AC;? Noon. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5521. Performance â&#x2013;  The Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre will present â&#x20AC;&#x153;Romance of the West Chamber,â&#x20AC;? about the power of young love to break traditional social barriers. 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

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re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of author Victor Hugo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Les MisĂŠrablesâ&#x20AC;? sweeps through three turbulent decades of 19thcentury French history, telling the story of the fugitive Jean Valjean, who is pitted against the self-righteous Inspector Javert in a lifelong struggle to evade capture. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and select Wednesdays. Tickets cost $39 to $155. 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org. â&#x2013;  American University will present Tim Robbinsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dead Man Walkingâ&#x20AC;? Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the Katzen Arts Center. Based on Sister Helen Prejeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book and the film of the same name, the play explores the complex relationship she had with Matthew Poncelet, a convicted rapSee Theater/Page 54           

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ist/murderer on death row. Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $10 to $15. The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634; american.edu/arts. ■ The National Theatre of China will close “Two Dogs’ Opinions on Life,” an avant-garde improvisational comedy, with a final show at the Kennedy Center Sept. 21. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25. 202467-4600; kennedy-center.org. ■ The District of Columbia Arts

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Jan. 14. Located at 201 East Capitol St. SE, the library is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 202-675-0342. ■ “The Buckower Elegien: Woodcuts by Ilse Schreiber-Noll” will open Friday at the Old Print Gallery, featuring prints by German-American artist SchreiberNoll that serve as visual companions to the 22 short poems of Bertolt Brecht’s “Buckower Elegien,” a response to a 1953 uprising in East Germany. The exhibit will continue through Oct. 23. Located at 1220 31st St. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-965-1818. ■ “Power Play: China’s Empress Dowager,” featuring early-20thcentury photographs intended to help rehabilitate the tarnished public image of China’s depraved tyrant the Grand Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908), will open Saturday at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and continue through Jan. 29. Located at 1050 Independence Ave. SW, the gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 202-6331000. ■ “Warhol: Headlines,” the first exhibition to fully explore the works that Andy Warhol created on the theme of news headlines, will open Sunday at the National Gallery of Art. Continuing through Jan. 2, the exhibit features some 80 paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, films and videos by the Pop artist. Located at 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-737-4215. ■ “Andy Warhol: Shadows,” presenting the series of 102 silkscreened hand-painted canvases that Warhol made based on distorted photographs of shadows, will open Sunday at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Center will present “Vincent,” a one-man play by Leonard Nimoy and performed by B. Stanley, Sept. 22 through Oct. 8. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Tickets cost $25; $15 for members. The District of Columbia Arts Center is located at 2438 18th St. NW. 202462-7833; dcartscenter.org. ■ The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint will host Bright Alchemy Theatre’s workshop production of “When the Stars Go Out” Sept. 23 through 25. Performance times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. All shows are pay-whatyou-can. Flashpoint is located at 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305; flashpointdc.org. Continuing through Jan. 15, the exhibit marks the first time the full series has been shown together. Located at Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m.

“Dark Side” is part of an exhibit of works by Mary Page Evans at Addison/Ripley Fine Art. to 5:30 p.m. 202-633-1000. ■ Skynear Designs will hold a grand opening Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. of a gallery that houses a permanent exhibit of works by Brazilian Pop artist Romero Britto. Expressionist painter Butch Skynear will also show works. Located at 2122 18th St. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 202-797-7160. ■ “Art by Inmates,” featuring paintings by inmates of American jails and prisons made available by Safe Street Arts Foundation, will close Tuesday at Watergate Gallery. A reception will take place Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. Located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW, the gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 202-338-4488. ■ “Mary Page Evans: Skies, Trees & Sea,” presenting new works on paper and canvas by landscape painter Evans, opened recently at Addison/Ripley Fine Art, where it will continue through Oct. 15. Located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 202-338-5180.


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