Author Archive for Caitlin MacNeal

Neighborhood News Roundup: Brookland Under Siege Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Trend Coinage: Some fads never die. One Tenleytown resident is still searching for state quarters, and posted a request for his missing states to the neighborhood email list: "The State Quarters program from the US Mint [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Koi Fish Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Bikeshare Saga: An article on The Atlantic Cities caused some Takoma residents to wonder why their turn for a Capital Bikeshare station has not yet come. The story refers to an apartment complex, supposedly on Spring Place NW, that [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Urban Chicken Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Rats of Chevy Chase: In case you don't already have rats lurking in your yard and squirming through your trash can, one Chevy Chase family is offering free pet rats. One neighborhood email subscriber writes, "My children acquired pet [...]

Arlington Bathroom is Nation’s Second-Best

The lobby restroom at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel was officially dubbed America's second-best bathroom this afternoon.
Which, on first glance, is a bit surprising: The bathroom is surprisingly simple, and gives off a second-best vibe.
But the sinks feature an entertaining lighting scheme, which contributes to the restroom's esteem. When the water is cold, the [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Flu Mignon Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Bowser Bash: Many Petworth residents are frustrated by Councilmember Muriel Bowser's proposal for a 15 miles per hour speed limit on residential streets. "I think everyone agrees that there is too much speeding and stop sign running. [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: It’s a D.C. Party Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Plant Loss: Plant thefts are plaguing Hill East, according to residents on the New Hill East email list. One person writes that her aloe plants were stolen from her porch: "Our beloved aloe-vera plant was taken off our front [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Prefrontal Brain Development Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Nickel and Dimed: Congress Heights on the Rise reports that Anacostia has begun installing parking meters along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. The author of the post fears that this will be a detriment to a neighborhood that [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Occupy Adams Morgan Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Occupy Ginko Trees: Tree cutting on 18th Street NW has members of the Mintwood Place and Adams Morgan email lists debating the merits of ridding the neighborhood of "invasive" species. One commented, "In particular the half finished Mama Ginko [...]

DPW Leaf Live Chat Not Very Chatty

Each month, between 1 and 2 p.m., the Department of Public Works holds a live online chat for District residents who might have inquiries smack in the middle of the workday. This month, "leaf collection" was the order of business—surely an enthralling topic for all two participants who sought information from the agency during today's [...]

LivingSocial Poll: D.C. is Stingy… and Haunted

The District is the fourth-stingiest city in the nation with Halloween candy, according to a new poll by LivingSocial—though you may have to take the results with a grain of salt, as well as some candy, because the poll surveyed "online customers," which (because it's self-selecting, not random) doesn't always yield especially reliable data.
Nonetheless, here [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: When’s Halloween? Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Fun-Free Brookland: Members of the Brookland email list are disgruntled that ABRA has revoked Brookland Café's liquor license. Some were upset to lose a fun neighborhood hangout: One person wrote, "Some people just don't want others to have a [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Exploding Squirrel Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
And That Really Bites: Congress Heights on the Rise posts a rant about the lack of dog parks east of the river. The blog says, of the dog park situation in and around Congress Heights, that, "when I want [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Foreclosure-Ridden Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Pub Brawl: Members of the Cleveland Park email list have voiced their complaints about the exchange of Irish pubs in the neighborhood. Many mourned the loss of  the hangout Four Fields—and strongly objected the possibility of a McFadden's opening [...]

Occupy D.C. Thinks Lobbying is Oppressive

As Occupy Wall Street gains momentum in protesting the power of large corporations, its sister movement, Occupy D.C., is just beginning. Of all the potential public spaces in the city associated with federal power, local protesters have chosen to set up camp in McPherson Square.
Why choose a small park with no particular relevance to structural [...]

Slideshow: The Solar Decathlon’s CHIP House Gets Pillowy

On Wednesday, Lydia DePillis posted a slideshow tour of various Solar Decathlon entrants on Housing Complex. But in anticipation of the event—a yearly competition of energy-efficient, solar-powered houses designed by collegiate teams—which officially kicks off today, here's a peek inside one in particular: the CHIP House, southern California's first Solar Decathlon entry.
That pillowy exterior insulates [...]

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