It’s that time again! Come for drinks, free appetizers, and chat with your neighbors Monday, August 6 from 6 to 8 at Nellie’s (9th & U Streets NW). Nellie’s owner, a LeDroit Park resident, has kindly donated appetizers for the event.
Your favorite neighborhood blogger will be there, too!
Come for drinks, free appetizers, and chat with your neighbors Monday, March 19 from 5:30 to 7 at Nellie’s (9th & U Streets NW). The LeDroit Park Civic Association organizes occasional happy hours at Nellie’s, whose owner is a LeDroit Park resident.
Your favorite neighborhood blogger will be there, too!
The blog has been quiet for the past few months and that will change. Since September, your author took up a four-month research fellowship in transportation technology and started a masters program in real estate development. In addition, the blog work on Greater Greater Washington kept your author busy, too, until he had to give it up to focus on school and work.
Now things are freeing up a little bit. During a stroll through the neighborhood this weekend, we saw the features that make LeDroit Park such a wonderful place to live: the friendly neighbors, beautiful historic architecture, and new businesses opening nearby. What great topics to write about!
Expect some more posts in the coming days and hopefully we can keep this going regularly.
Mark your calendars. The LeDroit Park Civic Association’s final meeting before the summer recess is Tuesday at 7pm at the Florida Avenue Baptist Church (enter at the rear on U St).
This month’s agenda:
- Ward 1 School Board member Patrick Mara
- Representatives from Metro. Police and Fire to discuss safety/crime
- A discussion on the Howard University project, and how it will benefit our neighborhood
- A discussion about the living conditions at Kelly Miller and our call for action to DCHA
- An update on the new Park
The LeDroit Park Civic Association will hold its annual officer elections on Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm in the basement of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 623 Florida Ave (enter on U street).
President: Marc Morgan and Richard Myers
Vice President: Maria Fyodorova
Secretary: Eric Fidler (that’s me)
Treasurer: Donna Morris
The Association will accept nominations from the floor.
The five candidates above have submitted short biographies about themselves.
We have been extraordinarily busy over the past few months and have been remiss in updating the blog. Expect a series of news updates over the coming days. We will publish one or two items later this afternoon.
Cities have toyed with the idea of installing free wireless internet access as a way to bridge the digital divide. During the dot-com era, techno-evangelists fretted that the lack of internet access would further marginalize the poor in an increasingly digital world. Inexpensive wifi promises to close the gap by broadcasting free internet access at short ranges.
Over in Bloomingdale a plan has been brewing for several years to install a series of wifi antennae to broadcast internet to residents for free. Interestingly, the District’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) recently revealed that the city has indeed already installed wifi hotspots on the Mall. OCTO is partnering with Bloomingdale to bring the Bridge, as the program is called, to fruition.
The aptly named Bridge is expected to seep into parts of LeDroit Park and Eckington, too. Have a look at the proposed coverage map.
View The Bridge – Bloomingdale’s Free Wifi in a larger map
The renovation of the Howard Theatre is set to start this month and from our recent conversation with Howard Theatre Restoration president Chip Ellis, everything is set to go. One final element to be decided is the statue that will adorn the top of the new theater. When the theater opened 100 years ago this month, a statue of Apollo playing the lyre stood at the apex of the Beaux-Arts Italian Renaissance façade, accompanying the other classical references in the building.
The theater renovation will restore the original look of the façade, but the statue of Apollo, now long gone, will be replaced with a statue, The Jazz Man, pictured above.
The statue will be constructed of metal and lit internally with LEDs. The Apollo statue referred to an ancient era and the new statue will refer to the Jazz Age. We can’t move forward without looking back.
What do you think of the statue design?
All four candidates for the Ward One council seat will speak on Tuesday night at the Ward One Candidates Forum in LeDroit Park. Candidates will speak to and take questions from the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
The candidates for office are Jim Graham (D), Marc Morgan (R), Jeff Smith (D), and Brian Weaver (D). Messrs Graham, Smith, and Weaver will compete for the Democratic nomination in September. Mr. Morgan is running unopposed for the Republican nomination so he will face the Democratic nominee in November.
Ward One Candidates Forum
Presented by the LeDroit Park Civic Association
Tuesday, June 22 at 7pm
Basement of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church
623 Florida Ave NW – enter at the back on U Street
The LeDroit Park Civic Association meets tomorrow, Tuesday, May 25 at 7pm in the basement of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church.
- LeDroit Park-Bloomingdale Heritage Trail update.
- Columbia Elks Lodge #85, 1844 3rd Street NW—Application for renewal of Retail Class CX club license
- Gage Eckington Park update.
We hope to see you there.