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Safeway Yay! … But what for now?

As with everyone else, I am excited about the new Safeway. But, also as with everyone else, I need to eat between now and June or July or August. Now, I’ve found my own ways to scrounge up food, so I don’t want to repeat the oft-asked refrain of where to get groceries around here.

But I do want to ask: does anyone have experience with Peapod or Safeway’s delivery services? I used Peapod when I was back in Chicago and loved it. But I have heard that their quality depends a great deal on which local grocers they work with, and how they get the groceries. In Chicago, or instance, they worked with Dominicks, and got their food direct from the local distribution depots–before it was delivered to the supermarkets–which meant that the produce was usually better than you could get at the actual Dominicks supermarkets!

Are things so good around here? Are the prices online comparable to the in-store prices? Are the deliveries reliable?

Inquiring stomachs want to know…

–MLB

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Safeway soon…

I just got back from grocery shopping. Having one a block down the street from me means that I usually go every other day to get the freshest everything possible. Today I had an even more delightful experience. Not only was I able to buy this delicious beignet (french for donut)/pretzel, but I also had the most pleasant surprise when i realized that all of my groceries were packed so perfectly and with to much care that my deliciously fluffy desert was never in danger of being squished by the oranges, water, or big bottle of grapefruit juice I also bought.

I have high hopes for our new Urban Lifestyle Safeway and I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t be disappointed when I get back to DC. I’ll leave you all with pictures of my delicious dessert.


it’s a beignet, it’s a pretzel, its a BRETZEL

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SHHHHHHHH

I just wanted to apologize to everyone for the quiet week this blog is having. I have a huge deadline on Friday and until then you won’t hear from me.

There might be a post or two from our friend over at Madrigal Lofts, check back for his updates!

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Developers should be pissing their pants.

This post is about me venting, so please take it with a grain of salt.

OK. So I don’t care what anyone says (specifically real estate agents representing developers) the market is NOT doing well. SO why do I feel like when it comes to developers in this city is it that they refuse to go above and beyond their duties as soon as you sign on the dotted line. In case these overly optimistic people haven’t noticed, interest rates are going up, people still don’t want to dive in and make these big purchases; especially when you refuse to budge on your price of 540 p/sq ft. And even when I agreed to pay that you refuse to do me even the simplest of favors?! I still can’t be too specific about the situation as I am still trying to work through it but you bet that once i’ve followed through there will be a pretty sizeable story about the incompetence of these people that work for marketing firms representing developers.

Well I have news for you Mr Condo Sales Person, I have no qualms about walking away without my deposit and when me and 10% of the 40% of condos you sold thus far do the same you are in a real big pickle.

Here are some links for our readers to take in everything in the same negative light that I am viewing the situation:

The City Paper: These Prices are INSANE!

DC Housing Prices: DC sales December 2007

Bubble Meter: More Condo Projects Going Rental

Fortune: Real Estate, Buy Sell or Hold?

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Upcoming Posts

I’ve been quiet for the last several days&emdash;it seems that the flu has been going through town and I was a recent victim. But I wanted to share a brief “stay tuned for more….” I’ve been e-mailing with Keith Silver, our ANC 6C01 commissioner, and will be doing an e-mail interview with him in the coming days. Perhaps other interviews will follow with other figures in the Triangle.

So, stay tuned…

–MLB

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Light up the night!



A picture on our neighbor DC Jeff’s blog is bound to cause quite a stir. The new building on at 3rd and H has finally gone from being a concrete bunker to a lit-up office tower. I have yet to make up my mind as to how I feel about it or how it fits in to the Mount Vernon Place masterplan. Only time will tell I guess… In the meantime share your thoughts lighting the streetscape!

Special thanks to DC Jeff for the pic!

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