Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

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