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Neighborhood News Roundup: Inaugural Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

Neighborhood News RoundupChainification: While it's always nice to see empty storefronts filled in, new tenants can occasionally be, well, underwhelming. The former Popeye's space in Adams Morgan will soon house a 7-11, reports The 42 Bus, and a new Corner Bakery location is springing forth in Mount Vernon. Though the latter will no doubt cater to the suited-up lunch crowds, Mt. Vernon Triangle ponders whether it will provide a much-needed breakfast option.

The Counting Continues: Everyone is still turning over that Census data released last Thursday. Though the numbers have been discussed at length by various news sources (including this blog), there's still a lot to talk about. InShaw carefully examines one particular block—in Shaw, of course—and concludes that "between 1990 and 2000 a whole bunch of people left prior to the wave of gentrification between 2000 and 2010. So black folks were trending out of the neighborhood..." Park View D.C. analyzes the number of children in the neighborhood, which decreased despite an overall gain in population.

The Land Before Nellie's: Left for LeDroit delves into the photography of Addison Scurlock, whose studio was located where Nellie's Sports Bar now stands from 1911 to 1976. Featured in Left for LeDroit's post is the building at 455 Florida Avenue NW, formerly Harrison's Café, "a neighborhood restaurant and bar that attracted the various musical and academic notables of the area." More of Scurlock's work is accessible through the Smithsonian Institution.

Take Our Advice: In last week's Best Of D.C. issue, we anointed the chivito, a sandwich of Uruguayan origin available at the Fast Gourmet in the Lowest Price gas station at 14th and W streets NW, Best Uruguayan Sandwich. Over the weekend, New Columbia Heights sampled the delicacy, proclaiming it "big and delicious."

Photo by  Alex S. via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0.

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