Arts on Foot – Sep 10th thru 12th

The 2009 Edition of Arts on Foot will take place in less than two weeks. The event begins with the Art Market on Thursday September 10th which highlights local, regional and national artists. The event concludes on Saturday with a Festival that supplements the Arts Market with entertainment and sampling areas from participating restaurants and wineries.

You may follow Arts on Foot on facebook under the name The Washington Examiner’s ARTS ON FOOT sponsored by Wines of Argentina.

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Express Night Out: Neighborhoods to Watch

Express Night out is currently featuring an article entitled Neighborhoods to Watch: Where to Buy Your Condo that highlights Four Washington-area neighborhoods (Logan Circle/Shaw and Mount Vernon Triangle in the District; and Fairlington/Shirlington and Centreville in Virginia).

The following is an excerpt related to the Triangle:

Mt. Vernon Triangle
When native Washingtonian Danai Mattison recently decided to buy her first place, she looked to the new CityVista development in D.C.’s up-and-coming Mt. Vernon Triangle.

“I grew up in the suburbs of Northwest,” she says. “It’s exciting for me to come downtown.” Mattison, 22, also works as settlement coordinator for CityVista, so she can attest that many fellow first-timers have been flocking to the project. To her, taking advantage of the tax credit to buy a City Vista pad was a “no-brainer.” “It’s an investment in the area,” she says. “That’s the benefit of the tax credit — more people can make it work who might not have been able to come to the city otherwise.”

The project has breathed new life into the former void through the opening of a shiny new Safeway grocery, Busboys and Poets (1025 5th St. NW) and Fifth Street Hardware (1055 5th St. NW), plus coming-soon retail such as a second branch of H Street NE’s Taylor Gourmet Deli.

Buyers wary of downtown’s concrete jungle can find refuge at Vista Green, a private one-acre park in the middle of the CityVista complex. One bedrooms at CityVista start in the $300,000s.

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Linked up: Noise pollution, vandalism and gunshots

Shaw: Cary Silveman notes that Ward 2 gunshot call volume is concentrated nearly entirely in Shaw. [TheOther35Percent, CCCA]

Downtown: Miles Groves discusses downtown noise pollution. [DC DNA]

5th & Mass: A DC urbanism/transit blog notes the changes to the 5th & Mass intersection. [Greater Greater Washington]

Judiciary Square: The starting price for rentals at the Ashton at Judiciary Square is just shy of $4K/mo. [DCMud]

H Street NE: Feature on the 850 s.f. apartments the owners of Taylor Deli built for themselves above their original store. [WaPo]

Thomas Circle: Signs for Yale Lofts and The V Apartments vandalized on Mass Ave. [DCMetrocentric]

Penn Quarter: A Restaurant Week patron endorses Cedar Restaurant. [Urban Bohemian]

Image Credit: Darko Zagar (The Washington Post)

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WaPo: Concessions Help Upscale Buildings Fill Apartments

From Tuesday’s Washington Post:

Adam Paper moved into an apartment at the V at City Vista in the District this summer after the landlord waived the $600 upfront amenities fee, the $500 security deposit and two months of rent.

“I got an awesome deal, and I wasn’t even pushing hard for it,” Paper said. “We’re paying $1,616 a month for a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment with a 10-foot-high ceiling in a building with amenities you would not believe. . . . I’ve been blown away by this place.”

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Hat Tip: PQResident

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