Kids in the Triangle

The Kids in the Triangle (KITT) group is a listserv for parents and family members of children who live, work, and play in the Mount Vernon Triangle (MVT), Mount Vernon Square and Shaw neighborhoods.  No longer just condo buildings and parking lots, KITT can be a place to help a new parent find a nanny, join a child’s yoga class or look to borrow a pack n play.


To join KITT you can find the listserv at!forum/kidsinthetriangle or please email us at for more information.

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Another pedestrian struck at 4th and MASS

During this evening’s rush hour commute another pedestrian was struck at 4th & Massachusetts NW.

This comes after the recent traffic signal changes DDOT implemented that most of us felt were counterproductive and more hostile to pedestrians. Earlier this summer a pedestrian was struck at this intersection and later died from her injuries.

The unfortunate truth is that this intersection is unsafe. DDOT needs to take action to improve this hazard.

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MVT Executive Director Bill McLeod to depart for Dupont BID

Bill McLeod

Bill McLeod, the executive director of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) for the last six years, will be departing his position on June 21st. He will be leaving us to start a BID in the Dupont Circle area.

During his tenure the Mount Vernon Triangle became home to thousands of new residents and grew into a neighborhood. Bill was instrumental in setting up the foundations for our basic CID operational functions and marketing strategy and events. He served as a advocate for or community with government agencies such as DDOT and DPR. Our community benefited greatly from his tireless dedication and service. We wish him well in his new endeavor.

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K Street Streetscape Ribbon Cutting Festival – June 1

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, the K Street streetscape will officially be opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Vincent Gray and DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.  The event will be held from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 1:30) at the intersection of 5th and K Streets, NW.  The festival will celebrate the completion of the streetscape with an afternoon of music, food, fun, and arts and crafts.  Restaurants will provide a Taste of the Triangle, a stage will be programmed all day, and a moon bounce, ball crawl, spin art, balloon crafter, rap artist, and other children’s activities will be available throughout the afternoon.

May 10th photo of K Street repaving

This event is organized by MVTCID and sponsored by ANC6E, m.flats – Mount Vernon Triangle, Quadrangle, The Wilkes Company, Capital View-DC Lofty, Vida Fitness, with in-kind support by DDOT, DSLBD, and DCRA.

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Pathways Shelter Relocates

Calvary Women’s Services has moved Pathways for Women, and it’s other program that was housed on 5th Street, into a new building. We purchased and renovated a larger building at 1217 Good Hope Road, SE.  The programs moved on November 30.  To check out our new home, check out the photos on Flickr that you can reach through our website,

The windows of the former Pathways shelter at the corner of 4th & Mass NW (317 H Street NW) have been boarded up this week.

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Lux Lounge Closure

Reader Chris Chan sent us this photo of a posted closure notice on Lux Lounge (649 New York Ave NW). The notice is signed by Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and suggests reopening is contingent on an ABC hearing.

Generally closures of this nature are triggered by an incident. Anyone hear anything about an incident at Lux Lounge?

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Rumor: Landrum concepts nixed for City Vista

RYSE: No more?

I was provided a tip earlier in the week that restaurateur Michael Landrum was deemed in breach of contract by EDENS for slow build out construction at his two leased spots at City Vista. That includes Ryse on the 5th Street frontage and what was likely to be a Ray’s Hellburger location on K Street between Mandu and Vida.

Last month the City Paper’s Young & Hungry column cited issues between Landrum and his contractor:

Last month, a D.C.-based general contractor, Genops Group, LLC, filed a series of lawsuits against Landrum and his company, MLRG, Inc., in D.C. Superior Court, charging the restaurateur with unpaid bills totaling a combined $348,483, plus interest, for construction work at three locations, including Retro Ray’s and Ray’s to the Third in Arlington, as well as the restaurateur’s yet-unopened D.C. bakery called Ryse, located on 5th Street NW near Mt. Vernon Square.

The same source anticipated that salad and frozen yogurt purveyor Sweetgreen would likely be taking the 5th Street retail bay. The potential retailers for the 2300 SF on K Street are currently less clear.

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