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I'm back from spending the past week wandering around Ohio (Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland) and then spending some time in the Detroit area, where my husband grew up and where I lived for a few years as a tyke many years ago. If I was sent back in time 10 years and told to be a city blogger again but that I couldn't do Near Southeast, I would gladly have chosen to document the decay (and perhaps eventual return) of Detroit, because it's really on a scale that is hard for people to understand unless they've spent a lot of time driving all around the city (and not just on the freeways). It also means I would have spent the past 10 years eating plenty of Detroit Pizza at Buddy's and Cloverleaf and having far easier access to a bazillion breakfast options (at the Coneys and other "family dining" establishments) than we'll ever have in the DC Metro area. Plus there's the cider mills.
We also very much enjoyed Columbus, particularly the Short North and German Village neighborhoods (and driving through the Ohio State campus in my University of Florida-festooned car--ha ha!), and my husband also noted the bars and restaurants in the Arena District and asked if that's what will eventually be coming to Half Street. (I then asked him if he ever reads my blog.) Downtown Cincinnati has some great "old stock" storefronts and signage (which we're always big fans of), but we also enjoyed the Kentucky towns of Covington and Newport, right across the river from Cincy's two stadiums. It helped that our hotel was three blocks from the massive Covington Oktoberfest celebration. And yes, we ate chili. Cleveland was mainly a pilgrimmage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for me, but we did wander around to eat in the Tremont and Ohio City neighborhoods, and took a peek at Shaker Heights.
(Are you as worn out from our vacation as I am? We do tend to cover a lot of territory.)
I don't think I deprived you of any big news while I was gone, so, instead, we'll look ahead at a few events this week:
* Today begins the Nats' final homestand of the 2010 season, against the Astros, Braves, and Phillies, with the final home game on Wednesday Sept. 29 at 7:05 pm. And note that this Thursday's game (Sept. 23) against the Astros is a 4:35 pm start, and Saturday's game (Sept. 25) against the Braves is at 1:05 pm. Then you can start looking ahead to the 2011 Nationals schedule, where they get an Opening Day home game on March 31 against the Braves.
* Tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 21) is ANC 6B's monthly meeting (delayed a week to avoid coinciding with the election), and the agenda includes CSX's plans for an archaeological dig at Virginia Avenue Park. The meeting is at 7 pm at the People's Church, 535 8th St., SE.
* Thursday is the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's "Moonlight Ride at Yards Park", which includes an 11-mile ride starting from the Park at 8:30 pm heading west to the Potomac River, and a 6-mile ride starting at 9 pm that will go east over the Anacostia River into Anacostia Park and Historic Anacostia. The rides are free and open to the public, but they ask that you register in advance.
* And, looking ahead a bit, the newly redesigned "Parcel D" residential/retail/grocery development on the southeast corner of 4th and M in the Yards will be presented to the National Capital Planning Commission on Oct. 7.
UPDATE: I guess I should also be mentioning the launch of Capital Bikeshare today, with two locations in Near Southeast, at New Jersey and M by USDOT, and what the map says is another station at First and N, SE, by Nationals Park (which I had heard wasn't coming until next spring).
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Bruce says: (9/20/10 12:20 PM)
I hope you went to the Short North tavern for a beer and martini's for italian food!...


Mark says: (9/20/10 1:43 PM)
Always good to hear tales of Detroit - I grew up there myself and have eaten more than my fair share of Buddy's pizzas.

Where in the city did your husband grow up?


JD says: (9/20/10 1:52 PM)
Bill grew up in Madison Heights, so when we visit we spend a lot of time in the MH/Warren area. My not-quite-four-years were in Grosse Pointe Park.


John says: (9/20/10 2:07 PM)
Glad to see you took a tour of the Midwest and the great state of Ohio. I proud to say I'm from Shaker Heights, next time you happen to drive through stop at Yours Truly restaurant in Shaker Square.

Keep up the good work with your blog! In the 2 years I have been following it I always find very useful information about our "hood".



JD says: (9/20/10 2:12 PM)
LOL! We DID stop at Yours Truly! Just for a very tiny late afternoon bite to eat (in advance of dinner at Momocho in Ohio City).


14thandyou says: (9/22/10 1:26 PM)
Glad to hear you had a good time in my hometown of Columbus. Short North and German Village are great places to stroll (as is Victorian Village). Like Bruce said above, the Short North Tavern is great. I'd also add Betty's and Mac's to that list. Down in German Village, I'll always have a soft spot for Plank's and the Old Mohawk.


JD says: (9/22/10 1:31 PM)
I will write down all these Columbus suggestions, because I'm guessing we'll go back again before too long. (We were only there about 20 hours on this last trip.)

We had dinner at the Top Steakhouse, since we are absolute suckers for old-school steakhouse vibes. We loved it, but I know we'll want to hit stuff in the neighborhoods next time.



mattg says: (9/22/10 2:28 PM)
If you're a sucker for old-school steakhouses, I am in Columbus for business as we speak, and had a GREAT dinner last night at Hyde Park. I hear there are lot of them, but the place I went to was very homey.


JD says: (9/22/10 2:30 PM)
Hyde Park was our second choice!

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