2008 Year in Review

This blog was born on January 28, 2008 as a DuMont contract holder using the pen name Mediocre Bad Guy aimed to build an online community of residents both present and future. Just three short days later a Madrigal Lofts resident using the pen name Madrigal Blogs became an author for the blog. Early postings talked of Architecture, buildings lost forever, DuMont rumors and Peapod grocery shopping.

In mid March I finalized my condo hunt and chose Madrigal Lofts to be my new home. I responded to Mediocre Bad Guy’s open invitation and joined the team. Other commitments have dramatically scaled back the involvement of our original two contributors to the blog. However since I took full adminstrative authority in June and commited to a frequent and dependable posting schedule the site traffic has more than tripled. I am also proud that and we’ve recently added Yale Loft’s resident SteamingMyLaundry to the team.

Below are some highlights from the year.

Open for Business

The Promise of More to Come

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

A few of my other fave posts

Stats via Google Analytics:

Top Referral Sites

  1. PQLiving
  2. DCist
  3. Life in MVSNA
  4. Renew Shaw
  5. DC Blogs
  6. Greater Greater Washington
  7. District Chatter
  8. DC Metrocentric

The Most viewed posts

  1. 5th & I Public Meeting recap
  2. 7th & Hell
  3. Safeway Flickr Stream
  4. Shattered Windows at City Vista
  5. MVSNA endorse Single Serve Moratorium Exemption (Most comments)

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The almost NYE links roundup

I’m back from hiatus with a links roundup.

  • Zenith Gallery, a future tenant at 5th and Eye, will close their doors in Penn Quarter this upcoming March (hat tip: PQLiving).
  • The Lifein MVSNA blog picks up a story from WaPo that points out MVT is in the center of Inauguration Ball ground zero. Eight of the Ten balls take place at the National Building Museum, Union Station and the Convention Center.
  • The NYE celebration at Lux Lounge (649 NY Ave NW) will be hosted by Washington Wizards players Caron Butler, Antwan Jamison, Andray Blatche and Juan Dixon.
  • District Chatter unveils a new feature called The Real Trannie Hookers Of MVT.
  • District Chatter also breaks the scoop that Smart Bike is coming to the Mount Vernon Square/Convention Center metro.
  • Prince of Petworth offers some NYE options.

image from District Chatter

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Trash Day

Kudos to the people who are spending their Saturday cleaning the trash off the empty lot at 4th and L.  It looks like they’re doing a great job.  But with nothing to stop people from using the lot to feed the homeless, why won’t their efforts be wasted?  

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WP: Inauguration Charter Bus Parking

The Washington Post unveils the Charter Bus Parking plan.


With the exception of some residential areas, all curbside parking will be set aside for buses; streets will be restricted to charter bus, transit bus and official inaugural vehicles, he said. In the downtown area, there are 11 north-south streets between 11th and 21st streets, and almost all blocks of K, L, M, N, O and P streets will be for charter bus parking. In the second area, streets bounded on the east by the Union Station railroad tracks north to Florida and New York avenues NE, west to Sixth Street NW and south to Massachusetts Avenue will be for charter buses. The charter bus restrictions will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 20. Other vehicles parked on the streets after that will be towed.

The streets of the Triangle east of Sixth Street NW fall under these Charter Bus restrictions.

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WBJ: Mount Vernon Triangle to be seat of Buddha Bar

Washington Business Journal staff reporter Missy Frederick follows up on the buzz about Little Buddha coming to 455 Mass Ave. Frederick reports that the plans are for a full scale 9,600 s.f. Buddha Bar rather than a scaled down Little Buddha.

“To sign a deal for a 9,400-square-feet restaurant in this market is really amazing,” said Bill Dickinson, senior director of brokerage for The Rappaport Cos., who represented the landlord.

The street-level Mount Vernon Triangle location has a soaring two-floor space that provides room for Buddha Bar’s dramatic decor, such as a large gold Buddha statue, among other accents.

Buddha Bar probably will not occupy the location until late 2009, Dickinson said.

Hat tip to Q Street News

UPDATE (1/3/2009): I’ve removed the embedded video because Internet Explorer was automatically playing it when ever readers loaded the page.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to everyone.

Before I take a brief hiatus I wanted to point out a posting on DCist today recapping an event Top Chef and Good Stuff Eatery owner Spike Mendelsohn had at the Sixth and I Synagogue Sunday night.

From now until sometime on Saturday I’m enabling the comment moderation feature. That means comments will not be posted instantaneously. I have no intention to censor anything but name calling or ‘why don’t you move’ comments. Please try to be constructive in comments about the Single Serve Moratorium and I encourage you to consider posting using an identity. A blogger or gmail account is not required. See the posting “How to be less anonymous” for tips.

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