Monday, September 28, 2015

Corporate Website Confirms 7-Eleven Opening NEW Store In Penn Branch!


[Third Edition]

This is a NAYLOR DUPONT EXCLUSIVE...

A corporate website, listing local stores, presently available for franchise, solidly confirm that SEVEN ELEVEN will be opening a new store, between Penn Branch Center’s old, broken down escalators and the H&R Block, in a space that will soon be vacated, by Beltway Beauty and Barber Supply - that's just four doors down from the CVS Pharmacy.

Several Penn Branch Center merchants have confirmed the same.

The new store will be a corporate store, meaning that it is owned by the 7-Eleven corporation - not a family or individual - and is listed as "UC" (under construction), at, "3218 Pennsylvania Ave SE...Washington DC...20020". Everyone in Penn Branch is talking about this, but, no one is reporting it. No one. Furthermore, there's nothing posted at the address, in the window of 3218 Pennsylvania Avenue, announcing the new tenant. Not sure why that is, ..but, this isn't a rumor, anymore. This - hot coffee, better donuts than Dunkin's, Jamaican-styled meat pies, subpar pizza and BBQ chicken wings - really is happening.

Furthermore, the opening of a 7-Eleven almost guarantees that PBC will NOT be getting a Seattle's Best, Starbucks, Cosi, Peet's or any other proper coffeeshop, in the immediately forseeable future.

Have a look at the listing for Store #37300, right here on
7-Eleven corporation's list of stores, available for franchise, ..and see for yourself.

Mel Dyer

Friday, September 25, 2015

Penn Branch Square Could Keep Condos Out Of Neighborhood

Union Square at 941 North Capitol Street, NE, currently hosts the Office of Tax and Revenue Customer Service Center (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Since the early 1960s, the once bright and modern shops of Penn Branch Center - bank, drugstore, barber shop, liquor store - have sat at the corner of Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues, in the Capitol Hill area of Southeast Washington, DC. My once very strong desire to see them renovated into a small 'town center', with condos, has ..evolved. There was a time, when I could imagine a new shopping complex resembling newly renovated Fox Chase in Alexandria, Virginia, ..and I still can, truthfully.

Though, I am not sure that would best serve Penn Branch and surrounding areas.

I simply do not think that, with new developments on the horizon, like Capital Gateway (also in Ward Seven), promising to fatten the city's coffers with more annual revenue than Penn Branch can presently generate, that having a stable taxbase of modestly well-off retirees and hard-working, middleclass families will be enough to keep local politicians interested in our concerns.  What's needed at the corner of Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues is a large, important government building and public square, with a few new retail stars added to the list of retail, presently there -Star Pizza, Wells Fargo Bank, CVS Pharmacy and Subway Sandwich Shop.

Imagine the new corner of Penn and Branch looking very much like this.

We need something big and important enough to keep our neighborhoods on the radar with the D.C. City Council and Mayor's Office ..and compettitive with upcoming and evolving developments, east-of-river - Capital Gateway, Southeast Gateway, Uniontown-Anacostia, Minnesota-Benning and nearby Skyland Town Center.  Putting a huge government office complex there -not too high or tall, either- will justify a strong police presence (at least, in Penn Branch) and a consistently reliable public works commitment (power, utilities, etc), ..without the addition of glamorous, upscale shops and [gag...choke] ..condominiums. Furthermore, a large office complex or business center would fall perfectly into compliance with Naylor Dupont Advisory Neighborhood Commission's Small Area Plan of 2008, which asserts that 'any and all...roof structures' should be no higher, than '50 feet' - essentially, that's a five-story building, perfectly suitable for a large office space. Since there really is no other place in that area to put condos, this could slow down unnecessary expansion of Penn Branch and the erosion of this neighborhood's quiet, small town culture, ..which I love.

Penn Branch doesn't need to be gentrified with an increased population of new, affluent people to stay civically and economically viable with the folks, Downtown.  Not sure we need anything down there that area outsiders will be coming far and wide to get to, after five o'clock p.m, either.  We don't even need a 'business improvement district' plan.

An Ethiopian coffeebar that makes irresistible paninis could work, though.
 
Think about it and get back to me.

Mel Dyer

[Second Edition]

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Is Skyland Ready To Be Naylor Dupont's Commercial Center, Again?

All of the speculation about Skyland Town Centre is very exciting. For those of us, who remember when Skyland gave us a movie theatre, a Sears & Roebuck department store, a Safeway AND a Giant, a drugstore, a gentlemen's club, Discount Mart, Gussini Shoes, Blockbuster, law offices,diner...[Sigh] it's especially exciting, because we remember when Skyland was our commercial center! Trust me, ..the excitement and the optimism is justified.

Should this new Skyland be Seven Bee's town center again, and is that neighborhood, ready? Can it be? Here are some selections from our latest poll...

1) The new Skyland should be 7B's town center, and the neighborhood is ready.
 
2) The new Skyland should be 7B's town center, but, the neighborhood is NOT ready.
 
3) The new Skyland should NOT be 7B's town center, and the neighborhood is NOT ready!
 
4) We sheeple of 7B don't need a 'town center' and should continue to dump our consumer revenue into other districts, giving them more influence, Downtown.
 
Hope it makes you think. Hope you'll participate. You'll find it on the right, just under our 'Statehood Fun' poll - have a look!

The Spirit Is Still Pure Capicostia

 
The new name of the blog may be Naylor Dupont, but, the spirit's still pure, unadulterated 'CAPICOSTIA', ..and the same optimism that got us through the worst of times, into these great neighborhoods, still keeps us flying.

We will never forget it.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Naylor Dupont ANC-7B Official Website...Found!

The Santorini Islands, rumored to be lost Atlantis. I looked EVERY-where! [Wikipedia.org]

Since re-focusing this blog, about a month ago, I've been desperately searching for two things: the lost continent of Atlantis ..and the Naylor Dupont Advisory Neighborhood Commission's official website. Neither has proved easy to find; so, this afternoon, I did some digging on ANCFinder.org and made some phone calls about it. I found out that Seven Bee has a new website, and, like Atlantis...

It's not in Anacostia.

Can you tell I am really sick of West Bankers calling us 'Anacostia'? Is that showing, just a little, tiny bit? I sure as hell, hope so.

Anyway, ..have a look.

Hillcrest City, Barrington or Sousa City, New Columbia?

A rendering of Skyland Town Center from SkylandTownCenter.com

MORE STATEHOOD FUN...
 
I am still wondering what will happen to our neighborhoods, if Washington, D.C. becomes a state. Will eight, new counties be created from D.C.'s eight wards? Will the Advisory Neighborhood Councils create exciting, new towns from ANC districts, within those eight, distinct wards?
 
Exciting...
 
Imagine that our own historic ANC-7B, Naylor Dupont, is now an incorporated city in the new 51st state of New Columbia. What should our new, shining city on a hillcrest be called?
 
1. Davistown, New Columbia - taken from historic Fort Davis
2. Hillcrest City, New Columbia - named for historic first neighborhood of ANC-7B
3. Skyland, New Columbia - inspired by what might become Downtown ANC-7B
4. Naylorville, New Columbia - taken from ANC-7B designation, Naylor-Dupont
5. Randletown, New Columbia - named for the first developer of the Southeast hills
6. Sousa City, New Columbia - named for historic John Phillip Sousa Bridge
7. Barrington, New Columbia - for late ANC-7B resident and beloved D.C. First Lady, Effi Barry

I think 'Melville' has a certain classically American charm, but, no need to rush - you have, until CHRISTMAS EVE morning! Just submit your choice in the poll, to the right of this box, ..and see you in New Columbia!

Dyer
 

Southeast D.C. Experiencing A Development Boom? Where?

 
Sprawling, spectacular view of new urbanism in 'Near Southeast'. [Wikipedia.org]
 
Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood - more specifically, the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District or (BID) - truly has a great deal to be proud of. Having taken what was most surely one of the bleakest corridors of the Nation's Capital, one historically blighted by drugs, crime and unemployment, it has created an inspiring example of urban renewal, strategic investment and civic relevance for neighboring areas to follow...

And I applaud them for that.

However, for D.C.'s W-JLA Channel 7 to present Capitol Riverfront as an example of a development boom in 'Southeast' is more than a little dishonest, intellectually speaking. When W-JLA refers to 'Southeast Washington' in its numerous, exploitative crime stories, it is almost always referring to some troubled cluster of streets - not even an entire neighborhood - that most Washingtonians, west of the Big Dirty, have never heard of. Most of the time, it's negative and almost never referring to the big, shiny hotels, bars, restaurants, hotels, stadiums and federal agencies, scattered along M Street, in what Riverfront area bloggers like to call 'Near Southeast'. It is dishonest, because Channel 7 knows where most locals understand 'Southeast' to be...

And Capitol Riverfront isn't it.

Where was Channel 7, after the derecho of 2010, ..when Penn Branchers - many of whom were elderly or retired - having not seen a D.C. Metropolitan Police squad car for THREE DAYS, were forced to arm themselves and patrol their own Southeast, middle-class neighborhood, after PEPCO told them that Penn Branch's power would not be restored for two or three weeks? I was there, in Penn Branch, witnessing, firsthand, the courage and heroism of these proud, East-of-River residents, as they mounted every minivan, sedan and SUV they could find to drive around dark streets, maneuvering around downed trees and power lines, knocking on the doors of disabled senior neighbors, to keep our great, often uncelebrated community safe from looters, vandals, rapists, ..and I didn't see W-JLA, anywhere.

By contrast, in 2012, every blogger, newspaper, TV and radio station in the region, including W-JLA, descended on Penn Branch to mischaracterize the tragic outcome - a fatal stabbing - of an on-going feud, between two long-time residents, ..as a murder "over dog poop". Most of us Branchers knew how this would be reported, before the first TV van arrived, and W-JLA did little to discourage us. On that bleak winter's day, Channel 7 and those other media enterprises, none of whom are headquartered in Southeast, spared no expense, telling the world that Southeast denizens were still doing what they regularly mislead everyone to think we do best...

Killing each other.

So, forgive me, if I get more than a little peeved, when a TV station that routinely sullies the image of our hard-working Southeast neighborhoods - specifically, those east of the Anacostia River - tries to feather its 'fair journalism' cap, with a pretentious story about a development boom in 'Southeast'. W-JLA knows that the Southeast, commonly presented in its relentless slew of sensational crime stories - typically, with sirens, flashing lights and disoriented, African American residents - will not benefit from anything booming on glamorous, new urbanist Capitol Riverfront, and JLA 7 should not get a pass or clap on the back...

For misleading us to think, otherwise.

Every once in a while, the local media lobs one past straight over my head, and this article - originally published on W-JLA's website, back in April - is one of those times. Have a look.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Naylor Dupont's Best Homes - Best Of Main Street In A Condo

[Second Edition]

If you're like me, and you've lived on a side street in the burbs, your entire life, this JEWEL in Fairfax Village will be a refreshing change for you.

As this condo is right on a major thoroughfare, Alabama Avenue, there'll be no more braving snow, thunderstorms and dark of night to get back and forth from your car to your front door, anymore. There's enough on-street parking, here, to put you a short walk from your door, at any hour of the day or night, ..and (for River East) there's an uncommonly present police presence. Since this is a major thoroughfare that police and EMS services need to use in a crisis, you can also expect an equally reliable public works commitment - means you'll never be waiting very long for snow plows, salt trucks and power restoration, after violent storms.

Location amenities?

In Fairfax Village, whether you're renting a townhouse or flat, you're surrounded by private homes, ..which only reinforces that strong police presence, I mentioned. You're literally across the street from a major bus-line that runs straight to Metrorail, with no transfers, ..and the buses run, late, which you will appreciate on weekends. You're half a block from a public library - lectures, cultural events ..and some, with music. You're a block away from shopping - a pharmacy, TWO small markets (one with a deli), carryout pizza and Chinese food AND a post office - all of which you will appreciate, when it snows. You're a one-minute ride from banking at Wells Fargo. Great location...

And the condo is GORGEOUS!

I know, because I rushed to the open house, just a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with this place. Secure building, immaculately manicured grounds, classic Fairfax Village colonial style...and SOLID BRICK, iron and steel infrastructure from the 1940s? What's not to love, here?

Consider yourself lucky that I'm relocating, this year, and that you won't have to wrestle me for this condo - well worth the tussle, amigo. [Sigh] You're welcome.

3711 Alabama Ave SE APT 101, Washington, DC 20020 - have a look.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Naylor Dupont: In Case You Still Just Don't Get It

[Second Edition]

NAY-LOR...DU-PONT. This is where we are, ..and it's not Anacostia.

It's just Southeast for most of us...Juzz Sowfeest for some of us.

It's Seven Bee for the politicos, ..as in ANC-7B.

It's still Capicostia, ..somewhere in the blogosphere.

It's A'not-costia, ..if that helps. I just pulled that out of my...desperation? Stay with me.

It's Naylor Dupont, ..and it's always been Naylor Dupont, ..though I doubt that you'll remember all of that, because we wouldn't be having this one-sided conversation, if that worked for you.

ANC-7B and Anacostia (or ANC-8A) really are two totally different places, ..culturally, politically and socially, and have been for a very, very long time. It's like those realtors, who refer to the Atlas area of Eighth Street, as Capitol Hill. It's just plain wrong, whether you're doing that intentionally or unintentionally, and if you try telling any Penn Brancher of long-standing that he's living in Anacostia, you'd better bring your shotgun. In light of all of that, the good people of ANC-7B are justifiably particular about these regional distinctions, ..especially, if you live on Westover Drive.

Do they even know that's in Southeast? Has anyone told them? Stay with me...

While Naylor Dupont may be quieter and more socially and politically conservative - a little snootier, sometimes - Anacostia is more culturally and intellectually strident, ..with art galleries, bars, café life, live theatre and a more defined sense of its identity. For anyone, who assumes I am making the distinction between Seven Bee and Anacostia, as a put-down, ..you are gravely mistaken.

It might even be a little racist, considering most Washingtonians know that most of the black people in Washington, D.C. happen to live east of the Anacostia River. It's more than a little dismissive to continue to call this whole area 'Anacostia', assuming it's all the same, "...because isn't that where all those poor and working class, black people live?" At the very least, I think it smacks of elitism.

Why does it matter? It matters, when the D.C. City Council is making legislative decisions about what is good for 'Anacostia' and what goods and services 'Anacostia' will have access to, especially in a crisis, ..like the Derecho of 2010. It matters, when the media portays 'Anacostia' as one big, violent, open-air drug market, because that kind of thing follows us, Downtown - negatively effects our marketability for job opportunities, bank loans and other things that we are dependent on Downtown to provide us. It matters, because what is good for Anacostia will not always be good for Seven Bee.

Anyway, ..I'm spelling it out for you West Bankers, so that there are no more misunderstandings about things. This is where we are, Naylor Dupont ANC-7B, ..and that is not Anacostia.

We have every right to be very proud of that. Have a look.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Whole Foods Market Coming Closer..To Tyson's, Of Course!

Must say...I am sorry that the biggest 'Whole Paychecks' (what we resentful peasants call 'Whole Foods Market') won't be going to our future Skyland Town Center, right here in Naylor Dupont. Just the same, I suppose that Tyson's Corner, being so well planned, ..had this coming.

Love that bit about it being 'half a Costco'.

Read more in the Washington Business Journal.

Glitzy Hillcrest Gala Sure To Be 7B District's Premier Event Of The Season

Whatever you do, don't miss this upcoming event in ANC-7B. Everyone, who's doing anything relevant in our district, will be at the Hillcrest Bicentennial Celebration Gala!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Naylor Dupont's Best Homes: Sleepy Sky At Woods' Edge

[Second Edition]

I know this street, very well. Right at the edge of the woods and surrounded by the serenity of nature...and look at that pale, sleepy blue! Just imagine the mornings. Literally minutes from shopping and café life on Capitol Hill, ..and it's all yours.

You're welcome.

2937 Fort Baker Drive Southeast, Washington, DC For Sale | Trulia.com

Saturday, September 5, 2015

An Eight-Foot Bull Shark Caught In The Potomac

 
So, SHARKS are being fished out of the waters of St. Mary's County. Let's not pretend that we didn't see this coming. Their ancestral cousin, the bullzjit shark has been sighted, as far inland as Capitol Hill, passing bad legislation...

And knocking back cocktails at Sonoma.

Read about it, anyway. Seriously...like what else have you got to do, in this neighborhood?

An Eight-Foot Bull Shark Was Caught In The Potomac River: DCist

Corporate Website Confirms 7-Eleven Opening NEW Store In Penn Branch!


[Second Edition]

This is a CAPICOSTIA EXCLUSIVE...

A corporate website, listing local stores, presently available for franchise, solidly confirm that SEVEN ELEVEN will be opening a new store, between PB Center’s old, broken down escalators and the H&R Block, in a space that will soon be vacated, by Beltway Beauty and Barber Supply - that's just four doors down from the CVS Pharmacy.

Several Penn Branch Center merchants have confirmed the same.

Furthermore, SEATTLE'S BEST COFFEE will not be moving into that space, as previously scribbled on this blog. In fact, the opening of a Seven Eleven almost guarantees that PBC will NOT be getting a Seattle's Best, Starbucks, Cosi, Peet's or any other proper coffeeshop, in the immediately forseeable future.

The new store will be a corporate store, meaning that it is owned by the 7-Eleven corporation - not a family or individual - and is listed as "UC" (under construction), at, "3218 Pennsylvania Ave SE...Washington DC...20020". Everyone in Penn Branch is talking about this, but, no one is reporting it. No one. Furthermore, there's nothing posted at the address, in the window of 3218 Pennsylvania Avenue, announcing the new tenant. Not sure why that is, ..but, this isn't a rumor, anymore. This - hot coffee, better donuts than Dunkin's, Jamaican-styled meat pies, subpar pizza and BBQ chicken wings - really is happening.

Have a look at the listing for Store #37300, right here on 7-Eleven corporation's list of stores, available for franchise, ..and see for yourself.

Mel Dyer