Sunday, August 6, 2017

Good Foods Market in Anacostia?

Art of War Concept: When the enemy is relaxed, make them toil. When full, starve them. When settled, make them move.

There is plenty of anticipation regarding the Anacostia Gateway redevelopment project. The community has been pushing for the right kind of development for years, and it seems like we are steps closer with this one. DHCD recently held a property surplus hearing and the Menkiti Group held a Q&A session regarding the vision for the site. A potential retailer is a small grocery store called, Good Foods Market. A grocery in downtown Anacostia is needed but it seemed no one knew who they were.

I stopped by their store on Rhode Island Ave NE last week to check it out to get an idea on what they were about. Walking away, I feel this is perfect fit for the site. It truly is a neighborhood grocer and fits within the small town feel of the Anacostia Historic District. I had a great conversation with the store operator to learn more about the Market. She informed me the Market is a mission driven grocery dedicated to developing retail solutions that work in, and for, food desert communities. They are not there to replace the Safeway or Giant, but more of a spot were you can run in grab milk and bread and run out.

Check out some of the pics below. Would love to get your thoughts.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

They carry both name brand and organic items. So you have your choice...

Potatoes and Watermelon

Fruit and salad to go...

Garlic, onions and even avocados

All your dairy products...

Cereal - Name Brand and Organic

Your choice of fresh eggs

They even carry your standard household items

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My Favorite Ward 8 Houses

Art of War Concept: The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought.

A friend recently posted on facebook that her and her husband were looking to move to a new home for their growing family and asked her facebook friends for recommendations on neighborhoods they should consider. She said she was considering 4 neighborhoods. Unfortunately, none were listed EoTR (that's for another blog post - why do people start in Ward 8 and then move).

So I thought about some of my favorite homes in Ward 8. Not sure who lives in these, but I always admire the charm and character of each one as I drive by. Let me know your thoughts.

Let's start with my favorite neighborhood...

Anacostia Historic District

I think the front and back porches of this house are cool. Plus the nice side yard

I always liked the charm of this little home. Notice the cool shutters

One of my favorites on W St. We got to get this within the Historic District boundaries

Valley Pl. Big House + Big Yard + Cool Owner

Truly represents the beauty of Anacostia

The Bell Tower is Awesome!

Newly renovated house on W St. The side yard is dope!

Let the picture speak for itself


This is one of the coolest houses in Ward 8. Huge backyard and a whole lot of charm.

Minnesota Ave SE

Another on Minnesota

Recently renovated with a garage car port in the back

I love how this sits on the hill

The barn homes on Minnesota Ave

No need to be big to be awesome. Hacienda style

Talbert St

Hidden on Talbert

Talbert St has a couple of neat homes

The owner did a great job rebuilding her family home

Congress Heights

Off of Brothers Pl and Sterling

Guess who's house?

Congress Heights could really become a historic district in some areas

If someone renovated this home it could be cool. I dig the attic window


A lot of history in this home. Owned by one of Ward 8's Whos Who...

Charm on Alabama Ave


The Star of my favorite + Its on Xenia St (cool name)

Off of South Capitol. I think MPD uses this house as a stakeout

Bigger is not always better!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Saturday Conversation w/ Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Whether it is news on Obamacare, the environment or Russia, there is plenty of drama from the White House these days. What is the impact on the District? Join us for a Saturday Conversation with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to chat about these topics and so much more.
Date: Saturday July 15, 2017 
Time: 12-2pm 
Where: DC Taxi Cab Bldg - 2235 Shannon Pl SE

Bring a Neighbor!

Democratically Yours,
Ward 8 Executive Committee

Monday, October 3, 2016

Family Fun Day @ Frederick Douglass Home

On Sunday, October 9 the National Park Service is hosting their annual Family Fun Day at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (1411 W Street SE) from 3 pm - 8 pm! This year we are co-presenters along with Washington Performing Arts. We invite you to enjoy a fun afternoon of games, living history programs, music, dramatic performances, house tours, kids' crafts, and more at Cedar Hill, the last home of Frederick Douglass! All activities are FREE and family-friendly. Attached is the event flyer.

Event Schedule
Ice cream churning (3:30 pm and 5 pm)
Exhibitors, Games and Crafts (3 pm - 6 pm)
Porch Stage Performances (3 pm - 6:30 pm)
Douglass House Porch Performances (4 pm - 8:30 pm)
Haitian Dance Lessons (4 pm)
Illumination of the House (7 pm)

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Saving Historic Homes in Anacostia

Art of War Concept: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it.

Earlier this summer, residents in the Anacostia Historic District participated in a roundtable hearing regarding development plans in our neighborhood. One of the things that came out of the hearing was legislation introduced by Councilmember Phil Mendelson. The legislation called for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to transfer ownership of 4 historic properties in its inventory to the L'Enfant Trust, a local non-profit that specializes in historic property restoration.

This legislation is a win-win for the District and the Anacostia Historic District for these reasons.

1. DHCD does not have the capacity in-house on how to rehab these properties
2. The L’Enfant Trust has proven they have the resources and capability to rehab distressed properties
3. If these properties are rehabbed it will bring more home ownership to the neighborhood
4. It will cost $300-$500K to rehab each house. It is too expensive for the City, but doable for the L’Enfant Trust if given the properties.
5. This will add to the tax base generated for the City

I could go on-and-on why this is a good. These properties are in such bad shape that one good snow or rainstorm could wipe them out. We have to act NOW!

1220 Maple View
This house used to be owned by the superintendent of the St Elizabeths Campus
History in our community...

1326 Valley PL
Would you like to live next to this house?
I did not think so...

1518 W St. 
Do you notice the graffiti? This would not happen if there was a homeowner inside

1648 U St
This property has been owned by the City for 10+ years
and its been in same condition

If you support this effort, please send the following email to the email addresses listed.

Dear Councilmember,
My name is ____, a resident in the Anacostia Historic District. I am writing to request your support for the Historic Preservation of Derelict District Properties Act of 2016 introduced by Council Chair Mendelson.

Over the years our neighborhood has lost many historic structures due to neglect by absentee owners. The properties outlined in this legislation are owned by the District Government and currently represent an eyesore in our community that attract trash, crime and other negative behavior.

The L’Enfant Trust has down outstanding work rehabbing historic properties in our neighborhood. Transferring these houses to them will ensure that they are given the proper attention and restored to their historic glory.

This is also a “win” for the city because rehabbing these properties for homeowners will increase the tax base while also lowering crime and beautifying our neighborhood.

I thank you for your consideration and support of the Anacostia Historic District.

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