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.
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.
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.”
The Washington Post Express and NBC Washington feature content regarding the latest Prostitution Free Zone (PFZ) in Mount Vernon Triangle.
Andy Shallal’s sound byte referring to the PFZ as “comical” really stirred the pot. I guess I’m letting him off easy. He’s the social injustice guy, so preference for focusing on the percieved root causes rather than policing the existing problem is what I’d expect out of him. Getting upset at Shallal for that would be like getting mad at Denis Leary for telling dick jokes or CEOs for being conservatives. But I digress, why shouldn’t both the carrot and stick be used?
Summer 2009 Restaurant Week (RW) has arrived! For those who are unaware, RW typically takes place twice a year–in January and August (usually coincides with Congressional Recess) and offers diners a 3 course prix fixe meal–$20.09 for lunch and $35.09 for dinner. Menus, and the value that comes along with them, vary widely. Some restaurants allow diners to choose any 3 course meal with minimal limitations and few up-charges, whereas others provide more limited menu options.
A copious number of restaurants are in walking distance to our neighborhood, with an overabundance in the Gallery Place/Penn Quarter area, including PS7, Rosa Mexicano, Zaytinya, Poste, and Zengo. The full listing of restaurants participating at available Washington.org while the Capital Spice blog has created a Google Maps Mashup.
A neighborhood zoom of the Capital Spice map; click to visit interactive version
There are many other posts out there tauting which restaurants to avoid and which are must-visits (as well as whether to take advantage at all!), so no need to rehash those conversations. Instead here are links to a few of them:
DC Foodies listing of menus and any restaurants that are extending beyond the standard week.
Below are snapshots of two signs posted in the neighborhood over the last few days.
The remodel of the office building at 425 Eye is in full force and the Paramount group recently erected the gigantic banner above along the structure’s rear. I do think the slogan “Here comes the neighborhood” is a bit ridiculous for an office building. If you’re going to spin it that way atleast hype the 28,000 s.f. of retail elsewhere on the banner. Overall I am pleased the blank wall has been dressed up.
Also of note on Eye Street is that DURKL apparel now has lettering in their front window. They reside in the blue & white garage at 443 Eye Street.