Author Archive for Matt Bevilacqua

I Walk The Lane

In this week's column, Housing Complex looks at the issues surrounding a tricky service lane on Connecticut Avenue NW between Ordway and Macomb streets in Cleveland Park. To see just how dicey the narrow sidewalk can be for a pedestrian, we walked the length of the lane with a video camera in tow.
As [...]

Walmart Meeting Reveals Possible Lowe’s, Parking Garage, Not Much Else

As if Walmart weren't enough, Arboretum residents might have another superstore to look forward to at Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue NE.
Developer Rick Walker and Walmart community affairs director Keith Morris said that a Lowe’s hardware store could possibly share the large triangular space reserved for one of the four Walmarts slated come to [...]

New Digs, Same Pain: Engine 10 and Truck 13 Go Home

Two of the District’s busiest fire companies are back in their old home, and everyone in Trinidad and Ivy City should feel safer for it.
The D.C. Fire Department's Engine 10 and Truck 13 returned this month to the historic firehouse they share on Florida Avenue NE after a 2.5-year absence, during which the century-old building [...]

The Farm Team: Urban Sustainable Opens in Adams Morgan

City life can be tough for green-thinking, hands-on foodies who’d like to grow their own meals. Lack of space, resources, and aptitude leaves little in the way of personal farming for D.C. residents.
Urban Sustainable hopes to change that. Occupying a small white storefront on 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, the agricultural supply store boasting [...]

Brass Knob Makes Its Final Turns

Stepping into Ron Allan’s office in Shaw is like passing through a time warp gone haywire.
It comprises no fewer than four withered desks pushed together in a rectangle, each surface littered with dozens of aged paperweights and other miscellany. Hardcover books with yellowing pages fit into a makeshift shelf. In the corner sits an ancient [...]

Next Time You’re in Kalorama Park, Think of Hortense Prout

To most joggers and dog walkers in Kalorama Park, there's little evidence of a sprawling 150-year-old plantation that once covered the three-acre site. But that might change: Yesterday, the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board voted to grant the site landmark status, giving it more protections and higher visibility as a piece of slavery history.
On the [...]

Beyond the Yards, Southwest Gets Park’d

With all the attention given to The Yards Park these past few weeks, development on two of the Waterfront area’s smaller green spaces has gone largely overlooked.
About a hundred people gathered on Water Street SW yesterday evening to attend the opening ceremony for 7th Street Landing, a “temporary park” that will occupy the modest flat [...]

Takoma ANC Wants Veto Power Over Pot Dispensaries

Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn's plan to open the first medical marijuana dispensary in D.C. might have overcome some of its many impending obstacles last night. Then again, it might also have to face some new ones.
ANC 4B—representing the area where Kahn wants to locate his mom 'n pop pot shop, the Takoma Wellness Center—voted at a [...]