Posts Tagged ‘DC’

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

24 hours within snow falling, I shovel like a conscientious and responsible home owner. I still enjoy and appreciate the sun after a good snow.  So bright, and the silence that snow brings, it’s like a muted or hushed world.  I’m not sick of the snow – but I am getting rather tired of the cold.

So here we are, the end of February, and still in the low 30s, with talk of 60s by next week.  I first heard of the expression “In like a lion, out like a lamb” when I moved to DC, but 13 years later, it totally makes sense.

But I still enjoy walking in it!  Just miss riding my bike.  And scooter.  Come soon, Spring!


There Goes the Neighborhood: Safeway and Walmart Edition

As most DC residents know, every Safeway in the district has a nickname. But judging from the looks of things the “Stinky” Safeway on Georgia Avenue in Petworth is going to need a new nickname by this fall.

A 4 minute animated rendering of the new building is posted on vimeo, complete with views driving from every direction. Fancy stuff.

Although it has me a tad worried that Petworth is turning into Clarendon, that Safeway is in dire need of renovation. Too bad, as I’ll miss the awesome 1950s architecture.

I wonder what this will mean to “the son of the baconator” Wendy’s right next door? The front lines of gentrification always makes for an interesting study of American culture.

Speaking of American culture – right up the street in Georgia Avenue, in the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest DC, the first of 6 Walmarts are scheduled to open in 2013. These renderings aren’t animated, but you get the picture. With a second Walmart going in at Riggs and South Dakota, I’ll have a Walmart within 1.9 miles to my northwest…and 1 mile northeast of my home.

They say this is one of Walmart’s first ventures into building in cities, versus on the outskirts of town…which is what is causing the delay. Not community outrage and protest. No, not in DC.

I currently go to the Petworth Market and Yes! Organic Market, and worry about the health of all small business vendors in the area once these giants move in.

Happy Birthday, America!

Approximately 1.1 miles from my house is one of my favorite historical sites, President Lincoln’s Cottage.  I love a presidential house tour, and this one does a really good job of telling the story of Abraham Lincoln the person, rather than the mythical larger-than-life enthroned savior of our nation that is on display at the Lincoln Memorial.  The cottage doesn’t have any original furniture in it, instead, the tour guides use slides and audio to tell stories of events surrounding Lincoln’s time at the cottage.  He lived there during the civil war to “get away” from the heat and humidity of downtown Washington, DC.  (Ha!)  I was pleasantly surprised to also learn that we practically had the same commute to work in the morning!

Moved by the holiday and the fact that this place is my neighborhood historical site, I proceeded to get a membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  I love these guys and encourage everyone to support them whenever they can!

At 6’4, Abraham Lincoln is the tallest American President on record.  This statue is life sized – and with the iconic top hat, he measured 7 feet even.

Given the record breaking heatwave we are experiencing in Washington, DC, I thought it wise we return home before partaking the 4th of July madness that consumes the DC area this time every year.  By 5pm, it was clear we weren’t venturing out of the house the for rest of the day.  So by 9pm, antsy to see what views my rooftop afforded me, I climbed up through the roof access in my sleeping porch and was treated to a spectacular view of my neighborhood firework show!

Right in front of me, a few blocks down, it was like a dance off, but with fireworks.  Two parties, which I assumed were on Kansas Avenue, were taking turns going back and forth with a pretty amazing pyrotechnic show.

To my left, my neighbor 5 row houses down was lighting the most amazingly HUGE fireworks I’ve ever seen used by private citizens.

With fireworks going off RIGHT ABOVE MY HEAD and roman candles being shot every which direction, I was only afraid for my life twice for the whole hour I was sitting up on the roof.  I couldn’t see the Capitol Fourth fireworks going on about 5 miles away, but could definitely hear them.  But who needed them?!  By 10pm, the Takoma Park fireworks show started, I was beginning to worry that these weren’t going to stop anytime soon.  And they didn’t!  I heard fireworks going well past 1am.  But hey, it was the 4th of July…and I’m fortunate enough to live in Washington, DC.