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Development in the Triangle: 5th and Eye.

This Thursday the former city museum will host a presentation by the 4 short listed developers of the District-owned parcel at 5th and Eye streets, NW. It is crucial that as many neighborhood residents attend as possible so we can make our presence known and have our say in what we want our neighborhood to look like in the future.

And for those of you who are tired of hearing me talk about neighborhood happenings when you’ve never seen me at any of them brace yourselves, I’m back in the district, ready to make my debut. Say hi to the short, dark-haired man… it’s me, I’ll be there ready to get in on the action.

In preparation for the meeting here are the four shortlisted developers, check them out:


The meeting will take place this Thursday, May 1st from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The Carnegie Library at 801 K Street. This is the site of the former City Museum, smack in the middle of Mount Vernon Square.

See you there!

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Snapshots from Madrigal Rooftop

I took a few snapshots from the unfinished rooftop at the Madrigal Lofts today. I’ve included two below, and you can see a few more [here].

Towards the Capitol:

Over the Chester A. Arthur towards Museum Square Apartments, City Vista and the Convention Center:

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New D.C. Grocer Hype

I would guess the overwhelming majority of Mount Vernon Triangle residents have some level of anticipation about the new Safeway opening up at City Vista. Well, yesterday Adams Morgan finally had their grocer aspirations answered with the opening of a new Harris Teeter.


DCist and The Washington City Paper reported on the opening. This new grocery location already has reviews on Yelp. The 42 bus doesn’t think the new store matches the hype and suggests Harris Teeter is (just) a grocer. DCMud reports that this Harris Teeter was originally scheduled to open in Fall 2006. Let’s hope the City Vista Safeway doesn’t succumb to this fate.

Any predictions about the new Safeway? My thought is it’s just going to be an above average but unspectacular grocer and that’s plenty good enough. That’s far better than the typical D.C. Safeway or Giant. It’s not going to be a Wegman’s that people would drive dozens of miles for. Quite frankly I wouldn’t even want it be like a Whole Foods as I can never get half the stuff I need there.

image from Prince of Petworth

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Teaching a New Building Old Tricks

Wheels have been set in motion here in the Madrigal Lofts. Exciting wheels, that shall carry us into the future. But, dear friends, we know not toward which future these wheels may be propelled–and the steady hand of experience is needed to turn our pinion.

Enough of the high-falutin language. The residents of the Madrigal Lofts have just started a mailing list for the building. This is our first step towards becoming a community. And this raises the question: what next? What do we communities do? Much of this is defined by the condo’s documents: when and how a board will form, what it will do, and how. But that’s not what I’m interested in here. Rather, I’m interested in the organic part: what we do to as a community, not what we do to run the building.

For instance, I’ve seen some condos organize “time pools,” where participants promise a few hours of their time to help others in the building. When you need help moving furniture, or watering your plants while you’re out of town, you can ask someone who’s promised their time to help, and “repay” them by promising that much of your time back into the exchange. It seems complicated, but where it’s worked I’ve heard that people really like it. There are of course other, simpler ideas: social events, either recurring, for special events, or a one-time get together to meet everyone; efforts to welcome new residents; sharing information about events outside of the building; or organizing a building newsletter.

Some of these seem like good ideas, some like bad. And I’m certain that there are many other things that we could do. So I ask, what have other buildings done, what’s worked well, and what is to be avoided?

–MLB

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Alternative Car insurance – PAYD

David Alpert of Greater Greater Washington recently linked to a NY Times article about Pay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) Car insurance. The article has a freakonomics-esque slant to it discusses the negative externalities of driving that the public bears the brunt of when the individual decides to drive more. This is a lead in to discuss the merits of PAYD insurance to society as a means of transferring costs to those whose habits warrant them.

The exercise will no longer be academic theory as a new PAYD product from Progressive is slated to be rolled out soon. Currently insurance providers offer small discounts based on self reported estimates of annual mileage. However actual mileage from your car will be transmitted directly to Progressive under their ‘MyRate’ product. Mileage then becomes fact rather than a self-reported estimate thereby enabling Progressive to trust the information and provide deeper discounts.

Pretty cool idea. I’m not bold enough to entirely give up my car but I plan to drive much less living downtown with much of what I need a short walk from my front door. Yet Geico wanted to more than double my insurance when I told their quote engine I was moving from Zipcode 22201 to 20001. Yikes. I eventually shopped around and found a reputable carrier that would ‘only’ raise my premium by 35%.

Is anyone else intrigued by PAYD as much as I am? Throughout my whole process of picking a new provider it became apparent to me that my costs were skyrocketing because I was subsidizing the people who drive a lot and/or park on the street. My car is substantially more secure in my garage rather than the streets but no provider was willing to acknowledge that fact in the form of a discount.

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Mount Vernon Triangle Parks Cleanup

Cary Silverman wrote the following on the MVSNA blog about the Mount Vernon Triangle Parks cleanup that is happening this Saturday, April 26th from 9AM-Noon.

“Residents are invited to help clean-up the parks in Mount Vernon Triangle on Saturday, April 26 from 9:00am-12:00 noon. Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is sponsoring the clean-up beginning at the pocket parks at 5th and Massachusetts Avenue NW and working east to the large DC park at 2nd and Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Residents are asked to wear work clothes, bring their work gloves and strong backs to help rake the grass, pick up trash, shovel muck, and prune low-hanging branches. Rakes, brooms, pruners, and trash bags will be provided.”

I’d love to make it out to this. Unfortunately I have to spend Saturday at the DC DMV. :(

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