Issue #110
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Laying the groundwork for change 

All four ANCs in the Connecticut Avenue safety study area have approved resolutions that support DDOT's Concept C (a possible configuration pictured above), which would remove the reversible rush-hour lanes and add bike lanes. 

We won't hear from DDOT on its final recommendations until summer or later. But a DDOT contractor will begin public engagement in late June on another matter: the Van Ness streetscape improvement project

UDC is proposing streetscape changes of its own in its 2021-2030 Campus Master Plan, and that's not all. ANC 3F's meeting on Tuesday, May 18th includes a presentation on the plan and a discussion of a draft resolution. (An appearance by DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton is also on the agenda.)

Chevy Chase DC is in the midst of its own planning process which could shape future development and sustainability. To complement the work, Historic Chevy Chase DC is putting on a series of panels to educate us on how planning decisions of the past have shaped the area into what we know today. The next presentation, on Wednesday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m., is titled "Segregation Yesterday and Today." Register here for the link. 

Get out there!

The first Sunday of this month, my husband and I had dinner at Rosemary Bistro Cafe. It was the first time we dined out together since the beginning of Covid-19. Lots of tables were filled at Rosemary and I'm Eddie Cano. Other than the waiters, passersby and some patrons wearing masks, there was air of normalcy in the hubbub that was very comforting. It also felt different and new. 

The wider availability of Covid vaccines and loosening restrictions are making it easier to venture out. And there are more activities to tempt us. Here's a sampling of neighborhood fun in the next few weeks: 

This Saturday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. learn to take food photos like the pros during a class (and meal) at Acacia Food & Wine, hosted by Washington Photo Safari founder E. David Luria. This is also a benefit for Van Ness Main Street. Register here. 

Sunday, stroll Connecticut Avenue from 1 to 4 p.m. and celebrate the Heart of Van Ness Main Street - that is to say, its small businesses. Several of them will offer specials. Acacia is hosting a Barks & Brews pop-up. Click here to reserve a spot on the patio. 

On May 26th, Comet Ping Pong launches an outdoor music series for seated, dine-in guests who can order from Comet, Buck's Fishing and Camping or Muchas Gracias. Reserve a table for two to eight here.

Forest Hills "Beetle Magic" artist Joan Danziger is hosting an open studio on Saturday, June 5th. Here's more information and the registration link.

And coming soon to an outdoor theater near you: movie night! At its May 7th annual meeting, Van Ness Main Street announced an upcoming outdoor movie series at the UDC amphitheater next to the tennis courts. Stay tuned.  

More community happenings...

Saturdays: Farmers markets at UDC and Sheridan School. 

May 26: Virtual panel on Hattie Sewell's place in Peirce Mill's history

June 4-5: Four invasive species removal sessions at Melvin Hazen West.

June 5: Van Ness used book sale; Artist Joan Danziger's open studio.

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More news

From the archives:

What we were talking about in May 2014

The former Intelsat HQ, now the Whittle School, was a "space age crystal palace." A local business came to the rescue. And this mom was having a rough day.

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