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Fourth Annual Downtown Neighborhood Survey

The Fourth Annual Downtown Neighborhood Survey is a collaborative effort between The Downtown DC Business Improvement District, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and the Pennsylvania Quarter Neighborhood Association. This survey is a critical part of the the retail development for our neighborhood. If you live or work Downtown please help buy completing a brief online survey at www.downtowndc.org/reports/neighborhood-survey. The survey is currently underway and participation qualifies you to win a gift certificate to a Downtown BID area restaurant of a free weekend stay at the Hotel Monaco.

Snapshot of in progress survey results

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Nanas on New York Ave

The National Museum for the Women of the Arts, in conjunction with the Downtown BID and the Office of Planning, arranged to have four Niki de Saint Phalle sculptures installed on New York Avenue. Those sculptures, including Nana on a Dolphin, are being installed this week on a median near 11th and New York.

Image from womeninthearts.wordpress.com

Visit womeninthearts.wordpress.com for more images of the installation.

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The Downtown DC community loses a leader

On Sunday afternoon Miles Groves passed away. Miles has lived in the downtown area since the mid 1990′s and was president and a founder of the Downtown Neighborhood Association (Follow the DNA Link for a memo from their BoD).

Miles was a tireless and devoted leader that was highly respected neighbors, business owners, residents and local government officials throughout the district.

I worked with Miles on several issues in the last year. I was impressed with his passion, inclusiveness and skill in advocating for improvements downtown. His involvement in an issue was always productive, practical and well intentioned. Generally my observation is that any issue where local government leverage Miles as a resource, such as the ANC 6C, resolutions to issues happened more efficiently than they otherwise would have.

What is the best way to honor Miles contributions to Downtown DC? Please consider this an open thread to share thoughts and remembrances of Miles.

UPDATE (March 25th): Editor and Publisher journal writes: Miles Groves, Noted Newspaper Economist, Remembered Fondly by Colleagues

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Gallery Place advertising

There is an lively discussion at PQLiving about the proposal of additional video billboards at Gallery Place.

There are probably facts being massaged or conveniently ignored on both the protest group and the media compancy. I feel I don’t know the fully story and wouldn’t want to take a definitive stance one way or the other. I will say that I challenge the notion that downtown ads are automatically blight.

A gigantic standalone billboard on a trash strewn vacant lot in the middle of a rowhouse neighborhood I feel comfortable saying is blight. However I think advertising can enhance a bustling downtown’s visual appeal. While I don’t want ads on a Smithsonian building or Union station a well placed ad can juice up some of the boring value engineered boxes of the last several decades.

Below are images of Verizon Center from G Street NW with and without ads. What do you prefer? Don’t judge the G.I. Joe ad in particular – that ad space rotates to something new every week or so.

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More Public Art Coming to Mount Vernon

This entry is crossposted at FrenchTwistDC.com.

By now we’ve all seen or heard about David Black’s Lift Off on the corner of 5th and K. As we’ve mentioned, public art displays are part of the Mount Vernon Triangle master plan to reclaim the urban arena as a livable space. Well, the D.C. Office of Planning also has plans for New York Avenue and is teaming up with the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District and  and other agencies to bring Niki de Saint Phalle’s whimsical and colorful sculpture to the otherwise grey and un-noteworthy corridor between 13th and 9th Streets, N.W.

SOURCE: | Laris Karklis/The Washington Post - February 24, 2010

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Deadline Extended for Downtown Neighborhood Survey

Whether you live or work in the neighborhood (or both), we wanted to send you a  friendly reminder to please take a few minutes to fill out the Downtown Neighborhood Survey we first told you about a few weeks back.

The deadline has been extended to February 26, and those who fill out the survey are eligible for a drawing including the grand prize of a weekend stay for two at the Hotel Monaco in Penn Quarter plus dinner for four  at a downtown restaurant. Other prizes include restaurant gift certificates.

I just completed the survey and it took less than 5 minutes.

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Third Annual Downtown Neighborhood Survey

The Third Annual Downtown Neighborhood Survey is a collaborative effort between The Downtown DC Business Improvement District, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and the Pennsylvania Quarter Neighborhood Association. This survey is a critical part of the the retail development for our neighborhood. If you live or work Downtown please help buy completing a brief online survey at www.downtowndc.org/neighborhood . The survey is live through February 15th and participation qualifies you to win a gift certificate to a Downtown BID area restaurant of a free weekend stay at the Hotel Monaco.

The information you provide about your household and shopping preferences is used to inform retailer and other businesses about the growing Downtown consumer market and the area’s retail needs. This information is treated as confidential and will only be released in summary form. The greater the participation, the better our neighborhood can be profiled and the better value this research will provide for our neighborhood.
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Downtown Holiday Market Opens Today

Today is the first day of the Downtown Holiday Market, featuring more than 180 local artisans and crafters exhibiting over the next 20 days. The market is located on the sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 9th Streets, NW and will be open daily from 12 noon – 8 pm through December 23.

The online schedule and map features a listing of vendors and their locations.

Opening day features the following entertainment:

12:00 – 2:00pm Dave Chappell duo (swing & blues)
3:30 – 5:30pm Denny Buck (resophonic blues)
6:00 – 8:00pm Bad Hair Day duo (classic rock)

Live performers will be at the market daily; the entertainment schedule is available here.


In years past I’ve enjoyed perusing artwork, sampling food, and shopping for decorative items for my home, as well as a variety of gifts.

The market is produced by the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (BID)and Diverse Markets Management (DMM), which also manages the Liberty Market on Tuesday evenings.

Image Credit: M.V. Jantzen

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Shepard Fairey Poster removed in Chinatown

What’s the story here? John from City Vista sent me a photo of the Downtown BID clean team removing a Shepard Fairey poster in Chinatown this morning.


Was the poster deteriorating on it’s own and the Downtown BID just finished the job? Also if anyone can chime in with the exact location of this poster that would be useful context to share (unfortunately I can’t recall).

Image Credits: joyride1x1 (left); and John Thompson (right)

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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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