Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

FoRIA To Give Langdon Elementary School A Face-Lift

The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue (FoRIA) are seeking volunteers to help beautify Langdon Elementary School (located at 1900 Evarts Street NE, south of RIA). Help get the school ready for the new school year by landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, setting up classrooms, creating leveled book rooms, etc. DCPS will provide the supplies, water and a t-shirt. RSVP for this event here.

More RIA Development?

The City Paper and the Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider are reporting that Douglas Development maybe preparing to develop the rather dilapidated warehouse properties they own just off Rhode Island Avenue along the Metro.

Photo Credit: City Paper

 If I remember correctly, the first I heard of this development was via some chatter on the Brookland Yahoo! listserv in May and June. I believe this development was also discussed at an ANC 5B04 meeting recently. The photo to the left was taken from the City Paper article. While I am certainly not against transforming blighted buildings into housing, I am not exactly enthusiastic about this development yet.

First, why apartments? Between the recently completed Rhode Island Row development and the recently approved 901 Monroe development, it seems like our corner of the city is getting a lot of new apartment space as opposed to condominiums, rowhouses and single family homes. Secondly, it appears that the plan calls for an awful lot of flat parking lot and really no green space to speak of. The City Paper article indicates that Douglas is in the very early stages of planning, so there should be time for the community to address these issues.

Community Tree Care Event On The MBT

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is hosting a Community Tree Care Event this Saturday, August 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Met Branch Trail (MBT). Last spring Casey Trees and Rails-to-Trails planted several trees along the Trail. They are now asking for volunteers to help weed and water those trees. Meet the group at the S Street Entrance of the MBT. A few things to note:

  • Lunch will be provided but they ask that you bring your own water bottle.
  • Each volunteer must turn in a signed Volunteer Waiver Form. You can complete one in advance or on-site. Those under 18 years of age must turn in a Volunteer Waiver form signed by their parent or legal guardian, and be supervised at all times.
  • Dress comfortably and for the weather. Closed-toe shoes are required. Casey Trees will provide safety gloves and vests.
  • They will meet rain or shine!

In addition, attendees will also learn basic tree care information that they can apply to their own backyard. As we all know, this summer has been a scorcher, please help ensure all the trees in the greater Brookland area continue to thrive by watering those thirsty trees!

To register for the event or for more information, contact Juliana Villabona at juliana@railstotrails.org or202.974.5129

Councilmember McDuffie Meets With Ward 5 Residents

Ward 5’s recently elected Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie is keeping a campaign pledge to meet regularly with community citizens.  He’s doing that by scheduling regular “office hours” at various locations throughout Ward 5 to meet with anyone who wants to chat with him.

He came to Brookland’s Turkey Thicket Recreation Center on August 2nd, so he probably won’t be back until the next round. However, if you want to see him there are additional scheduled hours at the following locations:

Monday, August 6
6:30pm – 8:30pm Community Academy Public Charter Schools (CAPCS), 1400 First Street, NW

Wednesday, August 8
2:30pm – 4:30pm Theodore Hagan Cultural Center Multi-Purpose Center, 3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE

Tuesday, August 28
6:30pm – 8:30pmIsrael Baptist Church – Lower Level, 1251 Saratoga Avenue, NE

Brookland In Photos – CUA Artswalk Development

If you have been near the Brookland Metro lately, it is pretty hard to miss the construction going up at a rapid pace. Still, it has been a little difficult for me to visualize how the end product of the CUA/ABDO development would look, until today. As I was driving north on 8th St. NE I snapped this picture of the future Artswalk. For me, it was a turning point. Check it out in comparison to the ABDO drawing below. More drawings of the future development here.

CUA / Abdo Arts Walk Construction

5th District Police National Night Out

National Night Out is an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, that takes place annually in August. This Tuesday, August 7, DC residents will join neighbors, police officers and other community leaders to celebrate National Night Out across the city. The Fifth District police will be having their event at the Metropolitan Branch Trail from 5:00 8:00 PM  at the S & 4th Streets, NE entrance to the trail. The following is a description of the event:

5D Community Walk, Ride, Skate 

  • Celebrating Walkers, Riders and Skaters & Community Safety
  • Food, Fun and Entertainment
  • Free Giveaways
  • Court Reports- US Attorney’s Office
  • Crime Safety Material
  • Bike Ride with MPD Bike Patrol Unit
  • Free Bike Registration with National Bike Registry (first 25 attendees with bikes & proof of ownership)
  • Registration of Stolen Bike Search with National Bike Registry (must have police report)

For further information contact:

Fayette Vaughn-Lee
fayette.vaughn-lee@dc.gov
(202) 497-0814

Why The Brookland Bridge?

So here we are….why the Brookland Bridge?

That question can really mean two things: Why is the blog called the Brookland Bridge? And….why have another blog?

As to the first question, Shani and I really wanted a name that captured the spirit of what’s happening in Brookland right now. We brainstormed a lot of different ideas. The Bridge seemed like a great idea because, well, we do have our own Brookland Bridge in the neighborhood (the Monroe Street Bridge) and it is one of the neighborhood’s most identifiable landmarks.

But the idea of a bridge goes further than just a physical location. Brookland is changing very rapidly. There are lots of new residents, restaurants, stores, development, and general excitement as DC’s premier “up and coming” neighborhood. There’s also a lot of “old” stuff here–stately old Victorian homes, well-established institutions, and residents who have lived here all of their lives. There’s a lot of value in both the new and the old. Our hope is that our blog can serve as a bridge between the two, highlighting the best of both and proving that both together can make for a fantastic neighborhood.

As to whether there should be another blog, we obviously think so. We want to capture some of the day-to-day details and news that make Brookland so special. From ANC meetings to “The Round House” remodeling, from Casey Trees to the Garden Club, there is so much going on that we would like to be a part of–as participants, as photographers, as reporters.

We hope you will join us on this journey!

Welcome! Let The Conversation Begin…

Welcome to Brookland’s latest contribution to the blogosphere.  We started this blog because this neighborhood we love seems to be transforming before our eyes. We want to be on the forefront of chronicling the changes occurring around us; but more importantly, as our name reflects, we also want to build bridges.

Our goal is to provide a positive place to meet neighbors, learn about happenings in the community and provide a platform for discussion on the issues that affect us all. Expect info on development projects, businesses, architecture, human interest stories and photos from around the neighborhood. Occasionally, we will post news from beyond Brookland borders and invite guest bloggers to the party.

And we’re off! We hope you will join us in advancing the conversation and building bridges.

Yours Truly,

Shani and Joe