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…
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
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!
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?
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…
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!
There’s been a lot of daydreaming around these parts as to what the Triangle will become in a few years so I figured I would roll with it.
A couple of posts ago yours truly imagined what it would be like if there were a high-end boutique hotel and while I know that there is a W going in at the former Hotel Washington it seems to me like the many ____ inns in this area are going to eventually have to give way to more upscale accomodations.
Enter Ian Schrager, the godfather of boutique hotels and an old man with an incredible edge. Him and Bill Marriott have just announced a new “boutique” hotel chain (read: W hotel) that will soon sweep the globe with one of the first ten properties being in the District.
“The designs for Edition are still in the preliminary phases, but Marriott said the hotels will “look like they were invented by Ian Schrager and not by Bill Marriott, and that’s why we got him.” Marriott and his company have been known, for the most part, for classic design. Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel is described on its Web site as “Bohemia reinvented for the 21st century.”"
Unfortunately (and this is where my heart sank) the first DC edition is going to be somewhere on 18th st. NW. Don’t they have enough nice hotels over there?! They get two Ritz Carlton’s merely a mile away from each other and we have the nations highest concentration of red roof/hampton/holiday/residence inns.
I have hope though that in a few years this end of the district will be developed enough to attract an edition of our own. The East end Edition…ahhhh, sounds nice!
Read the full article here.
In the next couple of years the many buildings coming online in the Triangle will bring at least…
City Vista K,V,L (292+244+149=685)
The DuMont East,West (187+370=557)
Madrigal Lofts (259)
The Sonata (79)
Eye Street Lofts (160)
Yale Steam Laundry (359)
555 Mass. (264)
400 Mass. (256)
Mass Court (371)
The Meridian (462)
carry the one.. WHEW that’s 3,452 residential units in or directly adjacent to the Triangle! And that’s not really counting the rest of those parking lots that have projects on the drawing boards. Anyway, my point is, there are going to be a heck of a lot of people living here and hopefully a bunch of retail lining the ground level of most of these buildings.
A View of the soon to be bustling K Street
from the Mount Vernon Public Realm Design Project
What kind of identity would you like to see this neighborhood establish? I can say that for the past 5 years I’ve lived in the district I always thought of the Triangle as Parking / Tranny-hooker heaven. But I’m thinking that once we’re all settled into it we could aim for something more like Fashionista-Lawyer / Design Within Reach district?
Architecturally speaking the Triangle isn’t trying to veer to far from the DC norm which is a shame given the fact that we have a veritable tabula rasa to create a neighborhood that differentiates itself architecturally. Think of the possibilities!
While I would love to aspire to have great design shops like New York’s SoHo I’m pretty sure given the rather mainstream thing that downtown DC is going for I’m hoping that we’ll at least manage to attract younger, hipper individuals than your typical ___ type. (I fail to be more descriptive so as to not offend anyone). The last thing I want to see is the same planned homogeneity you encounter in places like Ballston, Crystal City and Boca Raton, FL. How can we attract the right kind of development that can give us an intrinsic character different from the rest of the District and more importantly, what do you want that character to be?
There was a discussion over at the MVSNA Blog earlier this week about the shenanigans at the last ANC 2C meeting. The events, at least as portrayed there, made me mad: how could the people who make up my political community be so trivial and unproductive! I felt embarrassed to be represented by ANC 2C.
But then I remembered, I’m not in ANC 2C! The Madrigal Lofts, Sonata, Dumont, and (I believe) both City Vista and 555 Mass Ave, are in ANC 6C. That’s right, many of the new Mount Vernon Triangle residences are in a separate political area than Mount Vernon Square, even though the MVSNA does cover the entire Triangle. In fact, ANC 6C is the same ANC as most of the Penn Quarter condos are in (though the PQ condos further to the west are in ANC 2C).
I don’t say this to diminish the MVSNA (not in the least!). I’m sure that they would gladly cover relevant parts of the ANC 6C meetings, for instance, if someone attended and sent a write-up to them. But! That requires someone knowing that we need to be going to the ANC 6C meetings! Given the great work that MVSNA does, it is easy to forget that we span two ANCs.
As I look at the map of ANC 6C, the Triangle’s new condos are all in ANC 6C01. The PQ condos are in ANC 6C09. And the Triangle area of ANC 6C01 is a bit of an appendage, unlike the PQ condos, which fall in the dead center and make up the bulk of ANC 6C09. While I expect that Kieth Silver, the commissioner of ANC 6C01, knows that these new buildings are here (has anyone from 555 Mass or the Sonata interacted with him), as these buildings start to fill up it will be incumbent upon us to make sure we are not treated as an appendage.
…there was a gigantic market in the Triangle; the Northern Liberties Market was one of the many markets in DC at the turn of the century. While I’m very happy that in a few short months we’re going to have an amazing (cross my fingers) “Urban Lifestyle Safeway”, I would love to be able to walk out my door, down a few blocks to an occasional open market. With all the smells, and noise, and dirty rotting vegetables on the ground. Think of all of the great capital cities of the world that have them. London, Paris, Rome, Sao Paulo.
Who wouldn’t love to wake up early on Saturdays and Sundays to pick out the freshest produce, maybe even a live chicken. Now I know there is such a market in the Penn Quarter. I have yet to visit it, but with the influx of thousands of new residents into this part of town in the near future one more wouldn’t hurt. Seems to me like K street will be more than wide enough for it.
OK, so maybe we don’t need to have live chickens, but some plants and maybe herbs? Anyone second the idea?