Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday Follies

Braddock Road Planning: Day #673

Just when Parker-Gray residents were beginning to relax after three strenuous years of Braddock-related meetings, we now have this:

"The community is invited to attend an information meeting regarding implementation of the Braddock Metro Neighborhood Plan on Monday, January 12, 2008 7-9 p.m. at the Durant Center, located at 1605 Cameron Street. The purpose of the information meeting will be to share progress on development of the funding formulas for the open space and community amenities funds as well as next steps in the implementation process. All are welcome. Please share this information with neighbors and friends interested in Braddock Plan implementation."
So come and participate if you'd like a voice in how developer dollars will be spent to improve our neighborhood, although frankly no-one is sure if any of the touted build-out is going to happen any time soon.

Decline and Fall

Is local real estate investor Nathan Carter's empire in trouble? The Growler spotted this notice on Craigslist last month.

Fun Side of the Potomac

Proud and proper Old Towners are (to put it mildly) dismayed by La Tache, a new business at 210 King Street which is advertising itself as a "couples boutique." The windows of La Tache are currently graced by mannequins wearing racy lingerie, but the really interesting goods (including sex toys and S&M gear) are reportedly going to be available in the basement.

Seems La Tache is positioning itself as the Old Town version of Georgetown's famous Pleasure Chest boutique. Just the thing for National Harbor guests to browse on their trips across the river.

Dang Dang Dang Went the Trolley

The Growler hears rumors that with the success of the free King Street trolley Del Ray is now hankering after one of its own. Apparently Mt. Vernon Avenue businesses are feeling the pinch of the recession and would like a boost.

It's probably not going to happen given the City's financial crisis (and recent small cuts in King Street trolley service) but it's ironic, given the fact that Del Ray clamored for a new, straighter Monroe Street bridge and in the process threw up what amounts to a cordon sanitaire around its community.

That strategy has cut off direct and easy access from Route 1 to Monroe Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue, Del Ray's key business corridors. Rather than navigate through the maze of streets, it looks like drivers on Jefferson Davis Highway will just keep going on — to Potomac Yard, Crystal City or Pentagon City.