November 2010 Archives

Tuesday Miscellany

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I think there is a CCCA meeting at Beau Thai tonight. Get your curry early.

BACA will have a meeting Dec 6th, but less meeting more party at 3rd & Q in the Mt. Sinai basement.

RE- Census stuff. I took the raw data from the 1900-1930 censuses and just the numbers alone are interesting. 1900 has 5295 individuals; 1910 has 5810 people; 1920 has 8249 and 1930 which I haven't even double checked addresses for much less anything else has 4195. Either the population went down real fast or I'm missing something. As I said these are really raw numbers. I plan to go back and harvest the numbers for 1880, because really only a few thousand people. A cakewalk compared to 1920. And then, when the data gets cleaned, I'll make a pretty little map, the Help will color it in, showing the segregation in the TC area for those years. Sometime in 2011.

Standoff this morning

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Via the Washington Post HT DCist

Apparently somewhere on the 400 block fo Q St there is a standoff. I was hoping to stop by the house before doing some shopping to pick up some color samples, I guess not.

Update- PoP has an eyewitness posting, with a photo of an armed officer. 

'Nother Pop-up on New Jersey Avenue

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Somthing must be in the air because there are now two pop ups on New jersey Avenue NW. The newist is at 1651 New Jersey Avenue NW. It doesn't stick out as badly as the one on the 1700 block of NJ Ave.

1651 nj ave nw I noticed that the facade of the property was stripped off months ago and they seemed to be taking their sweet time doing whatever it was that they were planning to do. I haven't bothered looking at the permits for this, but if anyone wants to the address is 1651 NJ Ave NW. It was bought 2 years ago for $245K. According to the permit office, regarding the structural permit it had this to say:

Structural Review Approved . 1.STATE FULLY THE SCOPE OF WORK. DRAWINGS SHOW ADDITION OF A FULL FLOOR AND UNDERPINNING 2.PROVIDE YOUR DESIGN CRETERIA ZONING ANALYSIS AND CURRENT CODES COMPLIANCE 3.PROVIDE THE EXISTNG, DEMO AREAS AND PROPOSED PLANS 4.PROVIDE THE STRUCTURAL DETAIL SECTION OF ROOF / TERRACE AND ATTACHMENT 5.PROVIDE THE LONGITUDINAL AND CROSS SECTIONS THROUGH WHOLE BLDG , SHOWING PENTHOUSE , TERRACE , FOUNDATION FOOTINGS, FLOOR TO CEILING HEIGHTS BEFORE AND AFTER UNDERPINNING. UNDERPINNING SEQUENCE AND SCHEDULE NOTES S0.1 6.PROVIDE NEW DECK FRAMING DETAILS. A1.1 7.PROVIDE DETAIL SECTION OF TEMPERED GLASS AND SOLAR SCREEN ATTACHMENT TO PARAPET WALLS. A1.1, A1.2 A3.1 8.NO WINDOW OPENING ON PARTYWALL OF PENTHOUSE. A1.2 9.CLEAR PUBLIC SPACE FOR BAY WINDOW PROJECTION , S0.1 10.SPECIFY THE TYPE OF INSULATIONS IN WALLS AND ROOF STRUCTURE. 11.ATTACH COPIES OF REGISTERED NOTIFICATION LETTERS TO ADJOINING NEIGHBORS FOR CONSTRUCTION ALONG PARTY WALLS, TOGETHER WITH POST OFFICE RECEIPTS.

Anyway, do take note that it doesn't stick out as badly when taking into account the Child Development Center on the corner of NJ and R and the newer condos to the south, which both tower higher than the pop up. I guess a pop up is possibly more ugly when it is the tallest structure on the block.

 

Wal-Mart @ 801 NJ Ave or 1st & H St NW

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I'm not going to get into the whole address thing, but if you want to pick fights about that, knock yerself out.

DCist has a post with pretty pictures of the proposed small Wally-World. Yes, it does look like the City Vista Safeway. My question, where's the parking garage. I wanna sign pointing out parking. Oh, and throw in a drawing of a metro bus stop and I'll be happy.

Wally World to Come to 801 New Jersey Avenue

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I think the people at the Post might have sent me a link (which I ingored) but it apparently hit something on the Mt Vernon Sq and Shaw Neighborhood listservs.

A mini-Wal-Mart is to come to 801 New Jersey Avenue NW. Right now it is a surface parking lot. See for yourself a Google maps and streetview. Some folks gut reaction is to fight it, but I like Si's wait and see and neogiate.

It could provide some low skilled low wage jobs. As someone pointed out if you want to provide good low skill jobs, stop buying and throw out your stuff from China and other cheap production nations. But my beloved iPhone assembled in China isn't going anywhere and my jeans sewn up in Mexico are going to stay on my person until I switch them out for some PJs made on some island somewhere.

So back to DC. Since I'm unfamilar with what a strunken Wal-Mart looks like, it will be interesting to see the plans for such a thing. Will it be multi-story like the Columbia Heights Target? If anything it has to have underground parking, even though it isn't that far from Union Station (not that close either, but you can walk it) and the 96 west/north bus stops right there. Another question will be deliveries, how and where will the big Wal-Mart semis drop off. Then there is increased traffic and what to do when the federal government decides it needs to shut down parts of the center city (inaugurations, summits, etc) as it is fairly close to the Capitol.

801 NJ Ave NW isn't the only planned location. So is the intersection of New York Ave NE and Blendensburg Road. That area already has crazy traffic and is a road of death. A Wal-Mart will attract pedestrians playing Frogger. I guess that part of New York Avenue demands more human sacrifices.

Should have called 911

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I was on the bus heading home after work. It was kinda dark around 6pm as the bus drove up 7th St and I THOUGHT I saw something. I wasn't sure, and maybe I should have made the call and deal with a dispatcher that more than likely would have dismissed my call. But I THOUGHT I saw two young men with their faces covered walking south on 7th towards the intersection of New York Avenue. It was dark, I wasn't paying that much attention to the scene out on the street, and the skin of the young men was dark enough for me to be mistaken. But apparently people are getting mugged in the Mt Vernon Sq area for their fancy phones.

It wasn't cold enough to warrant a face covering, but I wasn't sure what I saw.

So be careful. Don't chatter on the street with your iPhone if you can help it. And if you see two young men and you can't see their faces, get away, pronto.

1707 New Jersey Avenue NW- Pop up

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Not a good signThere is a new pop up coming on to New Jersey Avenue, and it looks like it was an afterthought, because general construction began earlier this year, as I remember the construction crew being around when I was passing out Flower Power stuff in the Spring. According to DCRA's Property Information Verification System most of the permits were issued around 2/2010 and a few in Spring, but the permit for the 3rd floor that's popping up was issued in September.

Hopefully this isn't an idiot developer thinking in terms of square footage, because if it is, then history dictates that it will sit on the market, unless sold to another idiot developer, like the 3rd St pop up, which as far as I can tell is still owned by the bank.

Monday Misc

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Update- 1910 data for the 1400 block of NJ Ave here(1910censusNJAve.pdf). There is only 1 house for 1920 so I picked 1910.

3 topics in 1 post - Tater Tots party; 1920 Census and Seeking advice regarding invites

Item #1- Had a pretty good party this weekend. About two years ago I woke up one morning and decided I wanted to have a party and I wanted tater tots. I normally don't have tater tots or a lot of prepackaged food in the house, but I just had a hankering for tater tots. So I knocked on my neighbors' doors and told them I was going to have a party later that day where I was just going to offer 2 things, tater tots and mojitos. Why mojitos? I make a pretty good mojito. I can make a decent mai tai, but since I like to use fresh squeezed juice, a mojito is easier. Anyway, I decided to have another tater tots and mojitos party. The under 5 year old set brought on the crazy and the noise, they had the non-alcoholic version of lime juice, crushed speariment leaves, thick sugar syrup, and soda water.

It started off with one guest and me wanting to apologize about the lameness of it, but pretty soon other neighbors showed up and it got better. We had about 23 people pass through, which is pretty good for a tiny little house. The ones who stayed till the end got to sample the cherry liquor I have sitting on top of the fridge. Recipe- Take fresh umbemished cherries and put them in a jar, pour sugar over the cherries, enough to cover them. Then throw in a vanilla bean pod, and cover with lots of good vodka, do not go cheap with the vodka. Ignore for 3 months.

Item #2- Okay I was wrong about laundresses. Apparently the southern part of the TC didn't have many laundresses living there in 1910 either, so in 1920 it didn't change much. I have to wait to see the northern half of the TC to see if the days of the laundress were at an end. Also I'm feeling generous this morning, so I'll take requests to post data regarding a block (ex. 1200 blk of NJ Ave) in Truxton Circle for 1910 or 1920 if I have it. I'll do 2 or 3 blocks.

Item#3- I need some advice. I'd like to invite more people in the neighborhood to my wedding. The church can hold way more people that I've invited, the reception however is very limited. Is it possible to politely invite folks to one, excluding the following reception?  

Cousin gives peek at 1920 Census

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We're trying to get as much in before my Ancestry.com subscription runs out, but what I can see is a change in Black women's work. Yay washing machines, or boo for technology putting women out of a job. Whereas in 1900 and 1910 married Black women in the TC area were laundresses, in 1920 they are at home and unemployed. One theory I've read, is that African American husbands reported their wives as being at home, as a matter of pride and would underreport their wives' outside employment. When almost every Afro-American wife I see in this small sample has no employment listed, I'm going to go with the theory that they did not have any major income producing employment and that the washing machine and 20s fashions reduced those employment opportunities. Not that there aren't any laundresses. Those jobs, in the sample which covers N St and O Streets (whites were on NJ Ave, NY Ave and Morgan St), are held by a few widows, sisters and 3 married women who lived with their husbands.

The results from the 2C races

2C02

Kevin Chapple 314

Leroy Thorpe, Jr. 233

2C01

Alexander M. (Alex) Padro 325

Write In 19

2C03

Doris Brooks 285

Rickey Williams, Jr. 250

2C04

Rachelle P. Nigro 202

Theresa Sule 92

Derrick Barrett 61

Cary Sheih 14

Write In 11

And for 5C, just the winners

5C01- Bradley Ashton Thomas 294

5C02- Sylvia Pinkney 248

5C03- W. Hugh Youngblood 415

5C04- John Salatti 582

5C05- Timothy (Tim) Clark 149 (just by a few votes)

5C06- Mary Lois Farmer-Allen 238

5C07- James J. Fournier 263

5C08- J. Jioni Palmer 257

5C09- Silas Grant Jr. 375

5C10- WRITE-IN 5 (What does no one live here? I expect Micky Mouse to be your new ANC)

5C11- Ronnie Edwards 174

5C12- Albrette (Gigi) Ransom 209

Okay now talk amongst yourselves....

 

Monday Miscellany

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Item 1- ANC race for 5C01 between  Bradley Ashton Thomas of P Street, and Kimberly Tignor of New Jersey Avenue. Thomas made the last BACA meeting to present, Ms. Tignor did not due to work obligations. Thomas passed out fliers on my street alone, discovering that there are a lot of houses on one street (yes there are, which is why flier drops can be infrequent for volunteer things, they are very labor intensive). Thomas' wife has volunteered her efforts for at least 2 years in a row to Flower Power, which I chaired this year. There is only one person I know of on NJ Ave who has been as involved in the community, if not more, but that's L. Hooks, not Ms. Tignor. Anita Bonds is not running for the seat, and thus will no longer be chair for ANC 5C.

Item 2- The methodone clinic is moving to SE. According to a press release (PDF) UPO will be relocating its Comprehensive Treatment Center currently at 33 N Street NE, which is very close to the southern tip of Truxton Circle to the old DC General Hospital building at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE. Hopefully it will be better suited at a larger medical facility and that the folks who used to hang out in the neighborhood waiting for their appointments, can wait inside a hospital setting. 

2010 In Shaw Halloween Recap

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We ran out of candy. It would have helped if I didn't dip into a few bags beforehand.

Anyway, the kids were a little late this year. Last time I could have sworn they started around 6:30 but it seemed closer to 7pm when we got our first trick or treaters this year. Like usual the first few waves of kids are small, cute and in costume, then as time goes onyou start getting more preteens and teens who don't bother dressing up with their plastic grocery bags in tow. One of those undressed teens, I know him, I know where he lives, so it isn't a matter of poverty, it's a matter of effort.

The Help (hubby2b) was there to assist and join in the community fun. While the sun was up he raked some leaves on the sidewalk and later helped give out candy. I had to inform him of my system because he was a little too generous to costumes (or lack thereof) that I don't think were worth three pieces. Cute and small and big and creative get three, two if you seem to already have enough candy and your bag is overflowing, one if you just showed up at my house asking for candy. I did give an extra piece to a non-costumed teen who wanted to show off his ninja moves dispite the complaints of his friends. He did a pretty cool backflip (off on the sidewalk not in my yard), so extra piece for that effort. Apparently he's done it several times before that night and his friends kept grumbling "you always do that!"

We started running low, as did our neighbor around 8:15pm. Our solution when we got down to 5 pieces? Turn off the porch light, close the yard gate, shut the drapes, lock the security gate and turn off all the front room lights.