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Focus On: Mt Vernon Triangle
Each week we turn the site over to a different neighborhood blogger from the metro area and let them loose on a series of topics about what makes their neighborhood great. This week we are focusing on the emerging neighborhood Mount Vernon Triangle.
The Mount Vernon Triangle’s boundaries comprise 15 blocks within the east end of downtown bordered by Seventh Street on the west, New York Avenue on the north, New Jersey Avenue on the east, and Massachusetts Avenue on the south. Our blog covers the Mount Vernon Triangle in depth and occassionally posts on topics related to neighboring Chinatown, Penn Quarter and Mount Vernon Square.
Neighborhood’s Best Kept Secret?
Tunnel Fine Wine and Spirits is a small boutique wine shop at 4th and H Streets NW with high end spirits, cigars and engaging ownership.
Favorite Neighborhood Building?
The City Vista development is the anchor for the neighborhood with the Safeway, Busboys and Poets, 5th Street Hardware, Results Gym, and Chevy Chase Bank. The project offers still more potential as nearly 12000 square feet of retail space is still available for lease. Focusing on design rather than amenities I like 455 Mass Ave within the Triangle and the Carnegie Library, Yale Lofts and Avenue across the street from our formal borders.
Least Favorite Building?
Much of the prostitution and drug dealing in the community is in the shadows of the low income Museum Square Apartments. That can’t help but shape opinions of the building. I would like to see 635 Mass Ave leveled and rebuilt after NPR moves to NoMa in 2012. At the confluence of 7th Street, Mass Ave and K Street NW it is just far too prominent a location to be void of substantial retail.
Biggest Current Issue for Residents?
The biggest issues for the community are crime and safety. While improvement has been seen with the MVTCID contracting MPD officers for weekend patroles and neighborhood activism helping to shut down illegally operated crime magnet Fun Fair video more progress is needed. Transgender prostitutes are a constant fixture at the 1000 block of 4th Street (4th between K & L Streets NW) and drug peddlers roam K Street late at night. Beyond crime and safety, the lack of cranes in the neighborhood is a tad disheartening. Revitalization in the Mount Vernon Triangle is geared towards high-rise new construction which has development windows that last several years. In an area like ours ideally you’d hope to see atleast one crane in the neighborhood at all times so that the next wave of progress is never too far off.
New Development you are looking forward to?
I’m most excited about the recent RFP awarded by the District to the development team led by Donohoe. The Arts at 5th and I is one block from City Vista and will be anchored by the Me by Melia hotel, Zenith Art Gallery, a cafe, bike shop and the London based Boisdale will operate a subterranean jazz club. This project has a good mix of destination and neighborhood serving retail and will further foster pedestrian activity and identity for the 5th street corridor.
Anything you would like to ask the DCMetrocentric readers?
If you comment regularly on your neighborhood blog, why do it as Anonymous instead of an identifying screen name?