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Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Evening Sky

Comments (0) • Posted to PhotosGlover Park by Rob at 12:02 am

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

Glover Park Day

I never put up this photo from Glover Park Day. Not the best photo, but the event was a lot of fun, I even tried Margarita’s food at the food court, which has inspired me to go to the restaurant on Wisconsin Ave.

Comments (0) • Posted to PhotosGlover Park by Rob at 1:25 pm

More Glover Park Politics

The squeaking brakes of the buses that run in my neighborhood have one resident irritated. He’s right: the brakes do squeak, and the inside of the buses smell of fumes and they are prone to mechanical errors. The solution, however, is not discontinuing service to the neighborhood, where there are lots of people why rely on the bus for their only form of transportation, but improving the buses.

… Mr. Watkins has come to be something of the Bus Man of Benton Street the past 18 months, when he first started lobbying the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to resolve the decibel-packing buses that terrorize the neighborhood.

Mr. Watkins has shot videos of the buses, talked with a good number of the bus operators, implored the transit authority to feel his quality-of-life pain and taken his appeal to the advisory neighborhood commissioners who represent his bone-rattling stretch of Ward 3.
He has learned everything you ever could want to know about the brake-plagued, high-maintenance Orion II bus.
His modest pursuit is motivated out of self-preservation.
“I would just like to be able to sleep,” Mr. Watkins says. …

Mr. Watkins has made a number of proposals to the transit authority: Curtail use of the D2 route in the daytime and halt it entirely late at night, if only because hardly anyone rides the buses in the wee hours.

Another suggestion is to reroute the nightly drops and pickups to Wisconsin Avenue, mere blocks from Benton Street. Mr. Watkins understands that these recommendations do not necessarily meet the needs of all the residents. But he is grappling with a larger issue than the convenience of public transportation, which is the necessity of a good night’s rest.

> See the entire W. Times story: Bus Man on Benton Street Just Wants to Sleep
> See all my Glover Park Posts

Or, the complete article is after the jump.

Comments (0) • Posted to Washington D.C.Glover Park by Rob at 12:22 pm

Thursday, June 2nd, 2005

Glover Park Day!

Ok, so I’ve never been to Glover Park Day before, but I am very excited because it is in my neighborhood. Here’s what the Post says about it:

Glover Park Day
June 4, 2005
Guy Mason Recreation Center
3600 Calvert St. NW
Washington, D.C., 20007

The Glover Park Citizens Association organizes an annual festival with live music, crafts, face painting, raffles, a moon bounce and food from local restaurants. The mailing address for this event is PO Box 32268, Washington, D.C. 20007.

To get here take a D2 from Dupont circle and get off at the Tunlaw road stop, or take a 30 bus (from Foggy Bottom or Tenleytown metro) to Calvert Street. Perhaps Glover Parkers Melissa, Eric, and Michael will make an appearance.

Comments (0) • Posted to Washington D.C.Glover Park by Rob at 7:11 pm

Wednesday, June 1st, 2005

Glover Park Restaurant May Be Open Late

I was told by a city employee at D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration last week that Town Hall - a new restaurant to be opened in Glover Park I wrote about earlier - has obtained a liquor license which allows them to be open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.

The local Advisory Neighborhood Commission had voted unanimously to oppose the change, but according to information I was given the ANC resolution was apparently ignored. The owners of Town Hall are still waiting to hear from their attorney about whether the information I was given was correct, and they have not heard back from ABRA regarding the status of their license. The owners had argued the late hours would help them afford rent on the space.

Comments (0) • Posted to Washington D.C.Glover Park by Rob at 11:59 am

Tuesday, May 24th, 2005

Glover Park NIMBY’s Block Reasonable Restaurant Hours

A small group of vocal residents of the D.C. neighborhood of Glover Park are agitating to force a new restaurant – called “Town Hall” and to be located at the former location of Saveur at 2218 Wisconsin Ave. seen to the right – to close at 11:30 p.m. instead of 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. The restaurant is just down the street from a busy stretch of Wisconsin that contains several restaurants that are open late (Including Austin Grill), one bar (Bourbon), and two strip clubs. Glover Park is a mixed-age community containing young professionals, families with young children, and older people. The owners of the new restaurant argue they need the added revenue of later hours to help pay the high rent for the space.

As a young Glover Park resident and advocate for independent and local businesses, I think Town Hall should be granted a license to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. The local Advisory Neighborhood Commission has already voted to recommend the 11:30 a.m. closing time to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, however it’s unclear whether their hearing before the ABC Board, who has final say, has taken place. I plan on attending next month’s ANC meeting on June 9 to voice my opinion on the topic and I will update this post when I hear from DC government regarding the status of the liquor license.

The full article from last week’s Georgetown Current is after the jump. If you would like to see a local restaurant in Glover Park open late, sign your name below to indicate you support Town Hall and their desire to have reasonable hours.


Comments (6) • Posted to PoliticsWashington D.C.Glover Park by Rob at 11:23 am