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RE: “New Kids On The Block – 14th Street (Travel+Leisure)

Travel + Leisure Magazine

September 2003

New Kids on the Block

Before the big developers move in and the name-brand coffee shops muscle onto every corner, T+L takes a tour through three emerging scenes in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Detroit where art meets commerce.

By Lauren Paige Kennedy

[ Excerpt ]

Washington, D.C. | 14th Street

Always a magnet for the pinstripes-and-pearls set, the District is now attracting a fashion-forward faction rather than just the usual Capitol Hill conservatives. Instead of working for the government, they’re opening shops and galleries on the once-shunned stretch of 14th Street that connects U Street to the Logan Circle area. In just two years, 14th has evolved from a dreary no-man’s-land into a destination for independent spirits.


The 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. ignited a three-day firestorm of destruction on and off U Street, an area once hailed as “Black Broadway” (it was a favorite haunt of Duke Ellington and other jazz greats in the 1910’s). U Street’s 14th Street offshoot is finally bouncing back, fueled by entrepreneurial pioneers undeterred by the occasional empty lot. The only protests they’re staging are aimed at keeping the enclave free of cookie-cutter chain stores.


Newly transplanted young families of every ethnicity, a gay community, and young business owners have taken over old storefronts. “Most of the owners live within blocks of their shops-one more reason we’re so committed to seeing this place thrive,” says Eric Kole, co-owner of Vastu (1829 14th St.; 202/234-8344), a shop specializing in custom furniture made of aluminum, cork, and microsuede.


Café Saint-Ex, where young artists with goatees, retro-chic swingers, and stylish gay men all belly up to the bar for late-night cocktails.



202/232-7010; brunch for two $30. The juiciest, messiest burgers and the greasiest chile-cheese fries in the District. Sunday brunch is a neighborhood tradition.


202/332-9334; lunch for two $15. The café looks like a postcard of a fifties diner (red pleather booths, checkerboard floors). On weekend nights, fledgling rock bands amp up and aspiring poets share their verse; canvases by local artists are always on display.


202/588-1795; dinner for two $30. The wall-sized mural of cavorting dolphins and goldfish is so kitschy it’s cool; the rest of the joint is Caribbean turquoise and ship-hull steel. Aromas of Bangkok waft in from the kitchen: coconut-milk curries, minty spring rolls, and spicy-sweet pad thai.



202/299-0850. Noi Chudnoff began selling her collection of Japanese ceramics at Eastern Market, an outdoor bazaar on Capitol Hill. Two years ago, she set up shop on 14th, filling her shelves with eclectic Asian objets d’art, furoshiki (crepe) wall hangings, and Indonesian furniture.


202/667-3440. “Modern Zen” is how owner Christopher Reiter describes his Asian-infused recycled-teak dining tables, solid mahogany benches, and trellis-like screens.


202/319-1100. Featuring custom textiles, unusual lighting fixtures, and hard-to-find carpets such as TriBeCa-based Carini Lang’s pieces and $20,000 antique Turkish Oushak rugs. The owners will happily assist the design-challenged with decorating tips.


202/462-7857. The serene space is stocked with one-of-a-kind, handcrafted greeting cards that speak to every race, size, shape, and inclination. There’s even a “card bar,” with dictionaries, writing tools, and swivel seats, inviting patrons to spend an afternoon inscribing messages or just hanging out.



202/265-7839; dinner for two $64. Owner Mike Benson’s casual American bistro serves simple steaks, risotto, and seared tuna with wasabi sauce, but its yellow walls and dark-wood bar are pure Parisian Latin Quarter. Named for the author of The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Benson’s favorite writer), the restaurant also has a smoky downstairs den with DJ’s spinning Kool & the Gang, Edith Piaf, and Moby seven nights a week.



202/299-9220. Since opening in 2001, Fusebox has made itself D.C.’s top gallery for emerging artists. This fall, the space mounts “Sculpture Gardens,” by photographer Vesna Pavlovic (September 13-October 26).


1333 P St. (at 14th St.); 202/332-3300. Works by Neil LaBute, Tom Stoppard, and other contemporary playwrights are produced in this popular theater, which is currently undergoing an $11 million expansion. Two new stages, a lobby, and a marquee entrance on 14th Street will be added to the existing building, even as the regular season commences. Catch this month’s staging of Topdog/Underdog, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Suzan-Lori Parks (September 3-October 19).


They may live just blocks from the White House, yet 14th Street residents are anything but right-wing in style. Most common look on the block: downtown denim paired with a vintage item, and a dash of tongue-in-cheek raciness.


Dear Friends and Community Residents –

The time to designate recipients of the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign is fast approaching! I wanted to let you know about the Shaw EcoVillage Project, a 501 © 3 non-profit organization based in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC (CFC #7606).

The mission of the Shaw EcoVillage Project (SEV) is to train at-risk youth to be catalysts for sustainable change in Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. SEV operates of two programs to accomplish this, the EcoDesign Corps and Chain Reaction.

The EcoDesign Corps is a paid internship for high-school students that teaches basic concepts of sustainable community development. Interns work in teams with neighborhood partner organizations to address a particular problem affecting the Shaw neighborhood. The program’s specific content areas are public art; the design disciplines, including design thinking and technical skills associated with presentation; local and neighborhood history; and research, writing and public speaking skills needed to assemble and present the projects. Participants concentrate on six issues including: Clean Air, Land and Water, Community Pride & Identity, Equitable Development, Health and Wellness, Public Space, and Transportation.

Recent summer projects included a community garden grown to benefit low-income clients of Emmaus Services for the Aging and Bread for the City; a bicycle tour of Shaw’s significant historic sites; an advocacy plan for the restoring the historic Howard Theater; a survey of local youth to establish what sort of neighborhood they would like Shaw to be and how young people can directly participate in that process; and designing a rain garden and constructing a shed with a green roof.

Through programs at the Youth Bike Shop, Chain Reaction specifically advocates for sustainable transportation in the Shaw community. The shop trains participants to work as youth mechanics and sales people in the shop, and provides local residents with inexpensive transportation by repairing bikes and selling accessories. Chain Reaction also functions as a recycle-a-bicycle program; all of the bikes we sell are second hand, and we are the only bike shop serving the Shaw community. Students in the programs learn safe riding skills as well as problem-solving, mechanical skills and entrepreneurial skills. Younger students can earn a bicycle for full participation in training programs.

The staff and volunteers of the Shaw EcoVillage Project rely on the support of people like you to continue serving young people and the Shaw community. We have set a goal of welcoming 100 new supporters to our family during this year’s Combined Federal Campaign, but we can only reach this goal with your help.

Please help us continue our important work by designating Shaw EcoVillage, CFC #7606, as your CFC recipient. If you or your associates would like to learn more about Shaw EcoVillage, please contact the CFC Campaign Representative in your office and ask them to request a presentation, or contact us directly at:

Shaw EcoVillage Project

CFC #7606

1701 6th St., NW

Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202.265.2019

Fax: 202.265.2842


Noel F. Petrie

Outreach and Development Coordinator

Volunteers Needed!

Attention Tutors and Friends: We are using the following email as a

method of recruiting tutors for our programs. This letter is just a

way of spreading the word about the need for wonderful volunteers

like you. We would appreciate it if you could forward this letter to

friends and co-workers, and that they do the same. We understand

that some of you may not have the time to volunteer, but help us

spread the word so that someone who might not know about our program

can find out more. Thanks in advance for your cooperation:

For Love of Children (FLOC) is a non-profit organization committed to

helping families, and specifically children in the community. As a

part of FLOC’s overall mission, the Neighborhood Tutoring Program

(NTP) serves over 500 students in the Shaw community through one-on-

one tutoring in a highly structured and successful reading and math

tutoring program.

We’re looking for volunteers to tutor children and adolescents in the

Shaw neighborhood once or twice a week. The following program times

are available:

Saturday 10am-12pm (elementary age children)

Tuesday 6:00-8:00pm (teen-agers)

Tuesday / Thursday 9-11am (1st – 4th Grade)

Tuesday / Thursday 12:30-2:30 (8/9th grade)

Tuesday / Thursday 3:00- 5:00pm (1st – 6th grade)

Monday / Wednesday 3:00- 5:00pm (3rd – 6th grade)

If you’re interested in tutoring please contact us at 202-349-3509 or

Why we need your help!

A student at FLOC’s alternative high school recently took her SAT.

Her score was a 530-combined. This score put her in the 70th

percentile of students in D.C. This means that 70% of students in

D.C. score below 530 on the SAT. And these are the higher achieving

students who take the SAT. Students in low-income areas of D.C.

suffer the consequences of problems with public schools, and the

difficulties of growing up in an environment that does not

necessarily value education as a top priority. I’m writing to see if

anyone is interested in volunteering to tutor some of these students.

Shaw is a low-income area in NW where 51% of the households are

headed by single females, and 36% of children live in poverty. In

Shaw 40% of high school students drop out of school, and 41% of the

residents have less than a ninth grade education. Almost all of our

students test way below grade level, and many simply can’t read. As

you know, it’s hard to get a good job when you can’t read. And it’s

even harder to move out of poverty if you can’t find a job.

Our Program Works!

Our program started in 1995 with 6 students. Over the years, our

students have flourished. Thanks to the hard work of everyone

involved, students in the program increase their math and reading

levels on average by 1 year and 3 months for every 22 hours of

tutoring. Think about that, come one evening a week, meet for an two

hours, and one lucky child has the opportunity to improve their

reading and math skills a full grade level and more in only six

months. It also helps that these are just such great kids.

Several students give back to the program in many ways. One special

student began with us as one of the original six students. She

graduated from high school in 2002 and is scheduled to begin her

sophomore year at Marymount University in the fall. She has been

giving back to the program as a tutor to an adorable student in our

Saturday morning program for the past two years.

We’re now looking at reaching out to students across the city. But

in order to do this, we need more tutors. With your help, our

organization seeks to provide the children in our program with the

tools and motivation necessary to escape the cycle of drug abuse,

crime, unemployment, and poverty that has afflicted so many in their

parents’ generation. The ability to read well, to excel in school,

and the desire to learn are prerequisites to breaking this cycle. We

need volunteers to join us in this effort!

Farmers Market Open at 14th and U!

The Farmers Market has officially opened for business on U Street. Come visit local farmers market located on the Reeves Center premises at 14th and U (2000 14th Street) every Wednesday from 4-7 pm.

The 14th & U Main Street Initiative is sponsoring the market in partnership with Community Harvest. We hope that this will become the permanent home for the market which originated last year through Manna CDC’s efforts at Temperance Row and then moved to the 13th & U Metro last year. Three local farmers will be there offering fresh produce, cheese and yogurts. This farmer’s market will be here every Wednesday from 4-7 through the end of October. See you there!

Community Harvest, a local non-profit with a mission to create a locally rooted, sustainable food system that meets the needs of both

underserved communities and small farmers in the DC region, has established a series of farmers markets through out the area through the Local Food Alliance Project.

Volunteers are needed to help us support and run the market, from helping to coordinate set-up and take down, running an information table, and passing out flyers and leaflets to raise awareness. If you are available please come by on Wednesday and sign up to participate.

Check out Community Harvest’s website:

If you have questions regarding this farmer’s market contact:

Rebecca Bond

Program Director

Local Food Alliance Project of Community Harvest

Scott Pomeroy

Executive Director

14th & U Main Street Initiative

View Stolen Property

The public is advised the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District will hold a viewing of recovered stolen property on Saturday, August 16, 2003, from 9 am to 5 pm. The viewing will be held in the 3D Community Room, located at 1624 V Street, NW.

On July 10, 2003, Third District investigators arrested a suspect in connection with several burglaries committed in the city. As a result of the arrest, more than 200 items were recovered, including televisions, jewelry, wristwatches, musical instruments, electronic equipment, cameras, etc. These items will be put on view for the victims of burglaries or home thefts that occurred before July 10, 2003.

Those wishing to attend the viewing must have a copy of the police report or report numbers. Additionally, they must have an itemized list of the property they reported stolen before they will be allowed to enter the viewing. The list should contain serial or model numbers (if available) and a thorough description the stolen item(s). It is requested that attendees have a photograph, drawing or detailed description of any jewelry items.

For more information, contact Detective David Swinson at (202)673-6914 or via email at

Shaw EcoVillage Students Teach Local Officials, Community Members and other


Local Organizations’ EcoDesign Corps Final Presentation will focus

sustainability in the Shaw Community

What: EcoDesign Corps Internship, Final Presentation

When: Wednesday, August 13, 2003, 6pm to 7:30pm. This event will be

followed by a reception.

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F. St., NW, between 4th and 5th


Cost: This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is

limited so please let us know if you plan to attend.

RSVP 202.265.2019

Details: Students involved in Shaw EcoVillage’s EcoDesign Corps will

present proposals, projects, and designs for sustainable community

improvement. Projects include a bike tour of the Shaw neighborhood, a

community garden to benefit elderly residents of Shaw, an advocacy plan for

a dilapidated building with historical significance, a project to measure

and encourage youth in DC’s participation in decision-making and a rain

garden and shed with a green roof. Youth involved in the EcoDesign Corps,

ages 15-19, develop leadership skills to create innovative solutions to

real-life community issues.


The Shaw EcoVillage Project was founded in 1998 to train youth to be

creative leaders for meaningful and sustainable change in our urban


Shaw EcoVillage

Building youth leaders and sustainable communities.

1701 6th Street, NW * Washington, DC 20001 * 202.265.8899 *

Contributions are accepted and are tax-deductible.

Contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign, Designate #7606

Noel F. Petrie

Outreach and Development Coordinator

Shaw EcoVillage


Apparently Ella’s Cafe located at 1506 North Capitol Street, N.W. is now open. Hours of operation unknown.

Summary of Bates Area Civic Association Meeting

7PM 8/4/2003

Moderator: Jim Berry

Tree boxes for 100-300 blocks of Q Street. A community citizen is collecting pledges of treasure and talent to get a GROW grant to get treeboxes along Q St. The Co-Op between R & Q Sts will also be improving their tree boxes.

Mr. Berry announced the 5th Annual National Night Out and PSA 312’s involvement. Please see ( ) for more information. There will be a gathering around about the park on Florida and 1st (green space not the concrete park).

Fill in speaker for Mr. Matthew Payne, Coordinator for the North Capitol Neighborhood Farmer’s Market spoke of the other projects his group is working on for the youth of the community. Meeting attendees gave comments about the Farmer’s Market and suggestions to make it better. This continued for a while.

Mr. Todd Douglas, the Ward 5 Neighborhood Services Coordinator, spoke of the several projects and concerns of the community.

Meeting continued after 8:59 PM

MONTHLY Meeting Notice

Invited Guests Include Representatives from the Following:

Third District, Metropolitan Police Department

D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation

D.C. Office of Neighborhood Action

North Capitol Neighborhood Farmer’s Market

Monday, August 4, 2003

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.





National Night Out (NNO) is an annual event sponsored by the National

Association of Town Watch. NNO is designed to (1) heighten crime and


prevention awareness; (2) generate support for, and participation in,


anti-crime programs; (3) strengthen neighborhood spirit and


partnerships; and (4) send a message to criminals, letting them know


our neighborhoods are becoming organized and are taking steps to fight


In Police Service Area 312, the following activities are taking place



3D Mini -Station:

PSA 312 Lt. Alveta Dennis is locating an “open-air mini station” in the


block of First Street, N.W. at which residents may come to meet and


one another as well as MPD officials; public safety information will

also be

distributed and community concerns can be registered with Lt. Dennis.


6:00 p.m. until ?)

Cook Out:

Bishop Imagene Stewart is sponsoring a “community cook out” in the 200

block of P Street, N.W. and she has asked that I let residents know


everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. (Event begins at 6:00


Candle Light Vigil:

For the second consecutive year, the Bates Area Civic Association, Inc.


sponsoring a “candle light vigil” at First and Florida Avenue, N.W. –


Florida Avenue Park. The purpose of this vigil is to emphasize the

need for

residents to reclaim and protect safe places for our children to play


spend their leisure time. As many of you did last year, please come

out and

show our children how much we care about them. The vigil will take


from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

“NNO 2002”

K&S Liquors


The final hearing will be tommorrow (6/30) at 1pm

in the ABC Hearing Room

941 N. Capitol St NW

Washington, DC

I hope that all will attend, your support is needed.


K&S Liquor Store, Protest Hearing


Prepared by Brian Gehman


You have already heard from others testimony to the indirect effects

that K&S Liquor has had on:

1. the quality of life issues for residents of the neighborhood,

including crime, vagrancy, trash, litter, etc.

2. the drain on Metropolitan Police Department resources, due to

patrolling, apprehensions, and arrests.

Having lived in the neighborhood since 1989, I could provide additional

examples and evidence of the above, including some very recent



However, today I am presenting to you an analysis of the economic

impact K&S Liquors has had on the District of Columbia’s tax revenue. By

the time I am complete, I believe you will agree with my thesis that the

District of Columbia has more to gain financially by not renewing the

license for K&S Liquors.

You have already received reports and testimony to the fact that

patrons of K&S Liquor gather on the corner where the liquor store is located

(between the 300 and 400 blocks of Florida Avenue, NW) and the

adjoining side street (1700 block of 4th Street, NW). You have also heard

reports that most of the patrons don’t live in this immediate neighborhood

(i.e. the surrounding blocks). You have already seen evidence of the

crime, vagrancy, trash and litter resulting from those patrons, and K&S

Liquor’s inability to control such, and fundamentally their lack of

concern towards what occurs outside their bullet-proof glass of their

store, and their lack of initiative to do anything about it (even removing

the advertising and boxes located by the windows inside their store so

they could see what is going on and call the police).

The facts I am bringing to you reflect verifiable impacts of the above

problems. They are the results of the problems already identified –

the crime, vagrancy, trash and litter of the patrons. For each

protestant here today that is optimistic that the neighborhood would improve if

the liquor store is shut down, there is at least one person who has

already voted with their feet that the neighborhood would never change for

the better. Those are the persons who decided to NOT live in the

neighborhood, and have already left.

The facts are clear, and you can verify them yourself. Of the

residential houses (excluding commercial establishments and vacant land without

houses), there is currently a significantly higher rate of vacant

houses immediately surrounding the liquor store than in both (a) the

surrounding neighborhood and (b) within the entire District of Columbia



· 300 block Florida Ave, NW South side (block where the liquor store

is located):

50% vacant

· 400 block Florida Ave, NW South side: 71% vacant

· 1700 block 4th Street, NW East side: 50% vacant

· 1700 block 4th Street, NW West side: 33% vacant

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are 274,845 housing units

in the District of Columbia. The same source states that the District

of Columbia has 248,338 occupied housing units. I calculate the occupied

housing units to be 90.36% of the total, or less than 10% housing units


Comparable surveys of vacant housing merely one block to the East,

South and West beyond the above-listed blocks plagued by patrons of the

liquor store reveal data in line with the U.S. Census Bureau data for the

entire District of Columbia. In other words, absent the effects of the

liquor store, this neighborhood is pretty average in terms of vacant



· 200 block Florida Ave, NW South side: 9% vacant

· 400 block R Street, NW both sides: 13% vacant

· 300 block R Street, NW both sides: 27% vacant (slightly higher due

to two houses for sale being vacant)


· The 500 block of Florida Avenue was not surveyed as this is in a

different neighborhood, and is across the major route of Rhode Island


· The North side of Florida Avenue was not considered as many of the

patrons stay on the South side of this busy street, except at times to

cross to the gas station.

· 4th Street takes a jog North of the liquor store, and continues on

the other side of the major intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and

Florida Avenue, which is in a different neighborhood. Consequently, 4th

Street North of the liquor store was not considered.

· 3rd Street just North of the Liquor store has no residential houses

before it crosses Rhode Island Avenue and enters a different


· The style of houses on R Street is very similar to the style of

houses found on the 1700 block of 4th Street, so two blocks on R Street

(one block south of the liquor store) were used as comparables for the

surrounding neighborhood.


It is very conceivable that by not renewing the liquor license and

permitting the liquor store to be shut down, the patrons would no longer

have reason to loiter in the neighborhood. Prospective households

considering moving into the District of Columbia would more likely consider

the neighborhood a viable option if the patrons were not present, along

with the crime, vagrancy, etc.

Based on my calculations attached to this report, I estimate that each

household would bring an additional $3,191 in tax revenue to the

District of Columbia, beyond the real property taxes the District of Columbia

is already receiving. There would likely be additional uncalculated

financial benefits to the District of Columbia, because (a) real property

tax assessments would increase if the vacant houses were renovated, or

at a minimum maintained in livable condition, and (b) annual vehicle

registration fees and excise taxes from the purchase of automobiles of

those residents.

The three problem blocks listed total 31 residential houses. If the

vacancies were reduced to merely 10% in these three problem blocks alone,

I estimate it would result in 12 new households, or a minimum $38,292

in additional tax revenue to the District of Columbia. (This is

reflected in year 2000 dollars, not adjusted upward for inflation to reflect

year 2003.)

There would likely be little downside risk to the District of Columbia

in terms of lost revenue because patrons could purchase their liquor at

other venues in this same neighborhood, just blocks away.


Not renewing the liquor license of K&S Liquors so that additional

households would move into the high percentage of vacant houses would be

consistent with the Mayor’s goal of bringing an additional 100,000 new

residents to the District of Columbia.

K&S Liquor, Protest Hearing


Residential Vacancy Rates for Blocks closest to liquor store

Prepared by Brian Gehman

Address # Street Name Status

300 Block Florida Ave, South Side

300 Florida Ave, NW Vacant – renovation in process

302 Florida Ave, NW

304 Florida Ave, NW Listed as vacant in DC RPT database, no gas meter

306 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-boards on windows

308 Florida Ave, NW

310 Florida Ave, NW

312 Florida Ave, NW Commercial (Kuumba Kollectibles)

322 Florida Ave, NW Commercial (K&S Liquors)

Total residential: 6

Residential vacant: 3

Vacancy rate: 50%

400 Block Florida Ave, South Side

400 Florida Ave, NW Commercial (Ken’s Carry Out)

402 Florida Ave, NW

404 Florida Ave, NW

406 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-door open behind locked gate

408 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-board over lower window

410 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-boards on windows

412 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-renovation in process

414 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-boards on windows

Total residential: 7

Residential vacant: 5

Vacancy rate: 71%

1700 Block 4th Street, East Side

1709 4th Street, NW

1711 4th Street, NW Vacant-for sale

1713 4th Street, NW

1715 4th Street, NW

1717 4th Street, NW VACANT LAND-NO HOUSE

1719 4th Street, NW Vacant-no front door, renovation in process

1721 4th Street, NW Vacant-front door open for several months

Total residential: 6

Residential vacant: 3

Vacancy rate: 50%

1700 Block 4th Street, West Side

1700 4th Street, NW

1702 4th Street, NW

1704 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years-tall weeds

1706 4th Street, NW

1708 4th Street, NW

1710-1712 4th Street, NW

1714 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years-renovation in process

1716 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years

1718 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years-renovation in process

1722 4th Street, NW

1724 4th Street, NW

1726 4th Street, NW

Total residential: 12

Residential vacant: 4

Vacancy rate: 33%

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Chain Reaction & ShawEco Village

July 30, 2003, 8pm

Please come support the Shaw EcoVillage EcoDesign Corps and Chain Reaction Programs. Listen to bluegrass music by the Rock Creek Ramblers and enter a raffle to win prizes from generous businesses like Coppi’s Organic, Cafe Nema Restaurant, the Warehouse Theater and others! Proceeds go to further the efforts of Shaw EcoVillage.

TONIGHT! July 30, 2003, 8pm

Velvet Lounge, 915 U St., NW, 1 block from the U St. Metro (green line)

$5 at the door

21 and over please


Chain Reaction Youth Bike Shop Adult Bike Repair Class

Learn to maintain and repair your own bike!

*The class will be a small one, taught by a professional bike mechanic

*$50-$100 sliding scale fee includes a Park Tool School manual

*The seven week course covers the following topics:

1. tire and tube repair

2. The drive train: remove, clean, and reinstall your drive-train

3. Bearing systems: adjust your hubs, headset, and bottom bracket

4. Wheel truing: unravel the mysteries of the spoked wheel

5. Brakes: pad and cable installation and adjustment

6. Derailleurs: cable installation and gear adjustment

7. Make-up session!

*Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, starting August 5, 2003 (exception- class Weds., September 3)

*Refund policy: if, after the first class, you do not wish to continue, 50% of the class fee will be refunded to you. You may keep the manual and tools.

*Questions? Call Dave at Chain Reaction 202.265.0179

Space is limited, sign up now!


The Shaw EcoVillage Project trains youth to be creative leaders for sustainable change in our neighborhoods.

In the EcoDesign Corps, high school students participate in internships or fellowships where they apply their critical thinking skills to solve real-life community issues. Participants focus on the following areas: Clean Water, Air and Land; Community Pride & Identity; Health and Wellness; Equitable Development; Public Space; and Transportation.

At Chain Reaction, Youth, ages 9-19, learn how to repair and recycle used bikes so more people in Washington, D.C., can have safe, affordable, and pollution-free transportation.

Shaw EcoVillage is located at 1701 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

For more information please call 202.265.2019 or email

Contributions are accepted and are tax-deductible. Contribute through the Combined Federal Campaign, Designate #7606

Noel F. Petrie

Outreach and Development Coordinator

Shaw EcoVillage