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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • The Council is starting to wrestle over the possible extension of the Circulator (including a possible extension across the Key Bridge to Rosslyn).
  • Meeting tonight at Tudor Place at 6:00 to discuss the museum’s plans to construct additional buildings on-site.
  • DC Metrocentric takes a stab at Georgetown real estate appraisal.

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2009 – A Georgetown Year in Review

2009 was the first full year of the Georgetown Metropolitan’s existence (except, of course, for it’s earlier existence as a genuine newspaper). While there were certainly some nights when GM has to stretch for content, overall Georgetown provided plenty of stories this year to fill these pages. So before we ring in 2010, GM wants to take one more look back at the year that was in Georgetown.

A Bad Apple Turned Good

2009 started off with a bang in Georgetown as Apple had four different designs rejected for its proposed store at 1220 Wisconsin Ave. While the decisions to reject the designs weren’t being made by “Georgetown,” there were howls of complaints from commentators who should know better lamenting about the monied-elite squashing their dreams of a District-based Apple Store.

The fact is that Apple simply made several bad decisions, perhaps out of pique, before they finally realized what they were up against. The first design was rejected based on the mild complaint that the wall of glass along the sidewalk was too monotonous:

Rather than actually address those concerns they went off the deep end and proposed these two successive designs, which may have their own merit but which are completely inappropriate for Georgetown:

Two designs later, Apple finally got a design approved by simply going back to the first design and making the glass wall slightly less monotonous. You know, like the Old Georgetown Board was asking for from the beginning. Continue reading

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DDOT Exploring Circulator Extension

DDOT Exploring Circulator Extension

When it rains, it pours. We were just days away from losing half our Circulator service when the Mayor stepped in to save it. Now news comes that we might double our service. The Examiner is reporting that DDOT and the Georgetown BID are in discussions to turn the remaining Blue Bus into a Circulator. This would mean a Circulator would go from the Rosslyn metro to Dupont Circle, via Georgetown.

This is all a bit of Deja Vu all over again. In 2007, DDOT worked with the BID to modify the then relatively new Circulator to take over the Georgetown-to-Foggy Bottom Blue Bus route. The BID always considered the Blue Bus to be a demonstration project for what reliable bus service could do in Georgetown.   Having the Circulator take over the Foggy Bottom route was a culmination of that. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • DC Gastronome stops by Ching Ching Cha, declares it a non-secret secret gem.
  • Dean and Deluca is selling gourmet non-Oreo Oreos for $26 per pound.
  • Want an authentic Cuban movie or political poster? Stop by 3319 O St. NW this weekend from 10 am to 6 pm and pick yourself up a unique conversation piece.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • In case you missed it, the Circulator was saved by the Mayor and Jack Evans (who has promised to find funding for it).
  • There was supposed to be a “Zombie Lurch” from M St. down to Loews to watch “Zombieland”. Did you see it?
  • Carol Joynt stops by the ancestral home of Georgetowner C. Boyden Gray. Yup, it’s even larger than his current manse, but it’s 100% more conference centery.
Photo by Flickr user Daquella Manera used under Creative Commons.

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CIRCULATOR SAVED

DDOT/WMATA to Cut Ciculator Service through Georgetown?

Breaking news via the Washington Post Getting There Blog:

D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is scheduled to go to the D.C. Circulator bus stop at Whitehaven Place NW on Tuesday morning to announce that the extension of the route up Wisconsin Avenue will be preserved.

The District had planned to end that portion of the Georgetown-Union Station route on Sunday, Oct. 4, to save money

According to the mayor’s schedule, the announcement will be at 9:15 am.

Needless to say, this is great news for Georgetown (and Glover Park by the measure of comments GM received). Apparently the Mayor listened to the pleas of the residents and businesses. Great thanks goes out to everyone who wrote the mayor. In particular, CAG deserves praise for bringing this issue to light and not dropping it even as the fight seemed lost.

As more information is available, GM will report and analyze it.

Once again, a huge thank you goes out to everyone who wrote in and made their voice heard.

Update: DDOT issued this press release:

(Washington, DC) — Mayor Adrian M. Fenty along with Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Gabe Klein announced today the DC Circulator route along Wisconsin Avenue will remain in service.

“After further review this administration has determined the route along Wisconsin Avenue is necessary to the residents, businesses and workers who rely on it as an economically reliable transportation choice.” said Mayor Fenty.

“It is never easy to make any cuts in service, and we did not take this particular cut lightly,” said DDOT Director Gabe Klein.  “We are pleased that Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Evans are supportive of transit and its importance to the city and that they support keeping this portion of the route open.”

“The great outpouring of support from the DC Circulator ridership has once again ensured the continued service of this vital transportation option along the Wisconsin Avenue corridor,” said Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans.  “I salute Mayor Fenty for his continued support of the residents of Ward 2 and throughout the city.“

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced on September 21st the DC Circulator would undergo several service changes coinciding with the beginning of the FY10 District budget including a discontinuation of the Wisconsin Avenue route north of M Street.

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ANC Preview: Almost October Edition

The ANC2E will be meeting next Tuesday night for their October session. This is weird for two reasons: it’ll still be September and they normally meet on Mondays (at least these days). So if you’ve got business before the ANC or are a glutton for punishment, like GM, then remember the new date (which was changed to accommodate Yom Kippur).

So what’s on the agenda? Not much, which will be relief after last month’s brutal marathon. But here are the highlights:

  • The ANC apparently will chime in on the unfair and short-sighted Circulator cut;
  • The Merriment in Georgetown festival, which last year had the unluck to land on one of the coldest and windy days of the winter, will be back;
  • Georgetown Cupcake will be back with revised designs for their new flagship store on M St. Last month the plans were criticized for the incongruity between the elegant storefront and the ugly 80′s building above. Short of redesigning the whole building, it’s not clear how they get around that problem.
  • Speaking of Potomac St. stores, Philadelphia Pizza (or “Philly P’s” as the kids call it) is back. They’ve gotten a series of pretty severe tongue lashings in the past for being a bad neighbor (namely for being a good neighbor, so to speak, to those aforementioned kids). This will be a good chance to see whether they’ve shaped up or not.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • DDOT officially announces the cut in Circulator service through Georgetown. Just as reminder: This means there will be an overall 70% service cut on Wisconsin Ave. It may not be too late, so please email the Mayor at Adrian.Fenty@dc.gov and demand that he rethink this decision.
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Save the Circulator! – Update

GM was informed that Jack Evans has stepped in to give it another chance and try to convince the Mayor to keep the Wisconsin branch of the Circulator. But now it really is up to us. Please, if you have just one minute, email the Mayor at Adrian.Fenty@DC.gov and let him know that Georgetown has suffered more than enough cuts in its bus service, cutting the Circulator in half would be unfair and short-sighted.

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