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Fast casual Beefsteak will replace Radioshack in Tenleytown

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/23/15 3:46pm

Chef José Andrés (Youtube screenshot) Tenleytown looks set to gain another restaurant, this time from popular D.C. chef José Andrés. Food site D.C. Eater reports that the vegetable-based, fast casual Beefsteak will open at 4531 Wisconsin Avenue NW, the former Radioshack store near the Tenleytown Metro. The restaurant, which is planning a March opening, joins a growing list of upcoming eateries in Tenleytown. District Taco will open at the corner of Brandywine Street and Wisconsin ...

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Chick-fil-A outdoor patio proposal in Tenleytown wins backing of ANC

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 12/15/15 8:29pm

Rendering of the proposed storefront. The Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission unanimously voted to support Chick-fil-A’s public space application to open a restaurant in place of the vacant former Payless Shoesource store on Wisconsin Avenue last Thursday. The application, sent to the District Department of Transportation, asks to use public sidewalk space at 4505 Wisconsin Avenue NW to create outdoor seating for 24 people, similar to the accommodation offered at neighboring Starbucks ...

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Van Ness plan envisions vibrant and green Connecticut Avenue streetscape

By Ellie Hartleb Last updated: 11/20/15 6:35pm

The plan hopes to activate the space around the Van Ness Metro station (screenshot from plan). If recommendations from a new action plan come to fruition, Van Ness would swap its extra wide sidewalk space for greenery, a stormwater management system, local artwork and more retail and dining options. The D.C. Office of Planning released the 36-page “ Van Ness Commercial District Action Plan” on Nov. 12 in an effort to guide the neighborhood toward a more sustainable and family-friendly ...

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Paul Wiedefeld appointed new general manager of Metro, says he's against fare increases

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/19/15 6:17pm

  Paul Wiedefeld (WMATA). Over two weeks after Metro’s top pick for the position dropped out, the agency’s Board of Directors appointed a permanent general manager for the troubled transit agency Thursday morning, ending a nearly year-long search. Paul Wiedefeld, a former chief executive of Baltimore-Washington International Airport, will start Nov. 30 in the position. Metro has been without a permanent general manager since January, when former chief Richard Sarles ...

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How much do D.C. residents even know about the controversial FreshPAC?

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/19/15 6:03pm

(Bryan Park/The Eagle) Less than half of District residents know about Mayor Muriel Bowser’s now-shuttered political action committee, according to a new Washington Post poll. Despite extensive media coverage of the controversial FreshPAC, 53 percent of residents said they know “nothing at all” about the committee in the poll. After criticism from city lawmakers and Attorney General Karl Racine — who warned the PAC could mean the return of “pay-to-play politics” in D.C. ...

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Glover Park ANC supports renewing looser version of the area's liquor license moratorium

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 11/19/15 1:46pm

(Google Maps screenshot.) After taking comments for a month, the Glover Park Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted to support renewing the area’s liquor license moratorium last Thursday, but with modifications to allow new restaurants to gain licenses. The current moratorium prevents taverns, nightclubs and retail liquor stores from opening in Glover Park and caps the number of restaurants that can sell alcohol to 14. The moratorium was created in 1999 in order to deal with rowdiness, litter ...

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How D.C. aims to help school children who have incarcerated parents

By Sam Bradway Last updated: 11/19/15 11:32am

Hearing on kids with incarcerated parents @cmdgrosso @LaRubyMay @DMEforDC Watch: — Council of DC (@councilofdc) November 12, 2015 The effects of a prison sentence go far beyond the convicted. The one in 28 children with an incarcerated parent in the U.S. are at a greater risk of being suspended, expelled or going to prison themselves, according to a Rutgers University study. At a Nov. 12 D.C. Council education committee ...

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Crime is D.C.’s new top problem, poll finds

By Casey Wexler, Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/18/15 10:47pm

Despite negative reviews for her handling of crime, Mayor Muriel Bowser (above) has a 58 percent approval rating (Bryan Park/The Eagle). A 59 percent rise in homicides this year has made crime the top issue on D.C. residents’ minds, according to a new Washington Post poll. Thirty-four percent of residents surveyed said crime and violence is the biggest problem facing the city today, ranking higher than housing costs, the economy and education. One in four residents said they feel ...

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DDOT taking comments on how they take comments for Circulator’s future

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 11/18/15 3:36pm

A year after the D.C. Department of Transportation released a ten-year expansion plan for the Circulator bus system, the proposed routes are open to public feedback.DDOT is seeking comment on everything from the routes and buses to even the proposed changes to their required policies under Title VI of the Civil Rights act of 1964. According to DDOT’s Senior Transportation Planner, Circe Torruellas, the push for public feedback on the Circulator buses is relatively new. In the past, when the Circular ...

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Petition circulates to block Chick-fil-A opening in Tenleytown

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/18/15 12:49pm

  (From online petition)Updated 1:05 p.m.  Weeks after news broke that Chick-fil-A is exploring a Tenleytown location, a new online petition is rallying residents to oppose the fast-food chain from opening. The petition, addressed to Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Anne Wallace, had 93 supporters as of 12:50 p.m. Wednesday. Opponents are worried kids from neighborhood schools will become junk-food eaters. “Do parents want their kids at nearby schools Janney, ...

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