On the same day that Washington was named the #1 Walkable City in the country
, Tommy Wells's office
has announced his 1st Annual Livable, Walkable Community Awards
ceremony, recognizing efforts of "neighbors, city employees, civic organizations, and local businesses" who show liveable, walkable vision and leadership. The ceremony is on Wednesday Dec. 5 at the East Hall of Eastern Market from 6 to 9 pm--there will be food, drink, a cash bar, and live entertainment, and the the awards begin at 7:30. So walk on over!
With the late-season information lull now upon us, I thought it might be a good time to launch a new semi-regular feature: What's the Deal With....?
I'm envisioning this as a chance to answer questions about things you see around the neighborhood or on this web site, since it's I know it's hard keeping up with the torrent of information that comes at you from JDLand. I do freely admit that I'm sometimes not so great at re-addressing the basics, since I'm so focused on digging out the latest news. And of course many of the folks who wander by are newcomers trying to get caught up with the backstory--or are veteran visitors who aren't necessarily keeping up with Near Southeast in quite such a *detailed* manner as Some People. (Why I'm only thinking of this now after almost five years of responding to questions like this mainly via e-mail, I don't know. I guess the desperation to have new content is a strong force!)
So, if you have a question that might be a good fit for WTDW...?
, drop me a line
, and we'll see what we come up with. I'll be looking for questions that have concrete answers, rather than requests for ruminations on the big picture. (And don't be like the college journalism student I recently heard from who sent me one dozen essay-level questions about Near Southeast, and requested that I return my answers by the end of the day.)
I'll start with an e-mail that arrived today from a reader asking about the status of Onyx on First
, the 260-unit residential tower by Faison and Canyon-Johnson under construction on the southeast corner of First and L. Onyx was launched in late 2006 as a condo project and is scheduled to open in Fall 2008, but although there's a web site with general information
, sales at the building have yet to get underway. (The trailers you see behind Normandie Liquors at First and M
arrived back in the spring to house the Onyx sales office, but have sat unused for more than six months.) Rumors about Onyx's status have been floating around as the DC condo market softens, but so far no change to the original plans has been announced. When I hear something confirmed, I'll post it here as fast as my little fingers can type.