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Greener community spaces, sustainability among top recommendations for Adams Morgan from Office of Planning

By Ellie Hartleb Last updated: 11/12/15 5:00pm

(Screenshot from the D.C. Office of Planning report.) The future of Adams Morgan may look a little greener with new park spaces and sustainability programs and have a stronger sense of community and culture, under new recommendations from the D.C. Office of Planning. The office released a 32-page “Adams Morgan Vision Framework” plan outlining 17 long-term goals for the neighborhood, including increasing cultural diversification, embracing the neighborhood’s history and strengthening ...

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Weigh in on a proposed grocery store redevelopment and other projects tonight

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/12/15 4:15pm

Boundary of the ANC 3E, which encompasses parts of AU Park, Friendship Heights and Tenleytown (Office of the ANCs).At tonight’s monthly Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting, residents (that includes you, students) have a chance to weigh in on a half dozen issues that could bring changes to Tenleytown and the neighborhoods surrounding AU. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at 4300 Military Road NW in the Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Ballroom I. Here’s ...

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Wesley Heights residents push for ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/06/15 6:45pm

Wesley Heights resident Haskell Small talks gas-powered leaf blowers to commissioners (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). While other D.C. neighborhoods feud with bars and clubs over noise spilling into residential streets, Wesley Heights residents have a more mundane foe: gas-powered leaf blowers. The leaf blower issue has been long running. In brief, opponents say the gas-powered types are too loud — 10 times louder than the maximum permitted D.C. noise level of 70 decibels at a distance of 50 ...

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City proposes new Circulator routes for NoMa

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 11/05/15 2:24pm

The neighborhood North of Massachusetts Avenue, NoMa, has grown from acres of empty lots to 20,000 residents within the last decade. Millions of square feet of development is still planned. Yet, the area is not served by the Circulator bus, despite the high demand for more efficient public transportation. That could change soon. The D.C Department of Transportation recently posted this online survey to get feedback on five proposed Circulator routes for the NoMa area. Furthermore, DDOT will host ...

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Chick-fil-A eyes Tenleytown location, submits plans to city

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/03/15 11:57am

(Courtesy Chick-fil-A)The Chick-fil-A craze is sweeping D.C., and the next stop is Tenleytown. The chain will open its first non-college-campus shop in Columbia Heights on Wednesday, and Forest Hills Connection reported Monday the company plans to demolish the Burger King in Van Ness to build a second location. Tenleytown may be getting in on the action soon. The restaurant chain filed a public space application with the city that shows designs to open at the former Payless store ...

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Mixed-use redevelopment pitched for former site of Spring Valley grocery store

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/02/15 3:37pm

Rendering of the proposed five story building (BKV Group Architects). A proposed mixed-use redevelopment would bring 200 to 250 new residential units to Spring Valley, along with a grocery store and other retail to a lot behind the Washington College of Law campus building. Valor Development is currently courting chains such as Harris Teeter to the 4330 48th St NW site, where grocer Fresh & Green’s last operated before abruptly closing in late 2013. Bringing a grocery store back to ...

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City begins snow preparation; meteorologists predict milder winter despite El Niño

By Sam Bradway Last updated: 10/30/15 8:54pm

 A snowy campus (Ana Santos/The Eagle). For the many city residents who see winter as a nuisance, Monday’s D.C. Council hearing on snow preparedness may bring some cautious optimism. Meteorology experts testified they expect milder conditions than last year, when National Airport recorded 18.3 inches of snow. “It’s stacked towards being a warmer or milder than normal winter,” Chris Strong of the National Weather Service told the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. The ...

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Mayor’s plan for police body cameras gains criticism from information advocates

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 10/29/15 4:34pm

Packed house in 412 for @kenyanmcduffie's Committee on Judiciary hearing on body-worn cameras. pic.twitter.com/JLvKpDV2LO— CM McDuffie's Office (@CM_McDuffie) October 21, 2015 Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal for a police body camera program drew derision from representatives of the press and support from advocates for domestic assault victims at a D.C. Council hearing last week. Although there was widespread support for using body cameras at the Oct. 21 hearing, there was very little ...

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AU wins Zoning Commission approval for Saturday construction at East Campus

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 10/20/15 9:37pm

Cranes from the East Campus construction project as seen from Ward Circle (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). The D.C. Zoning Commission has approved Saturday construction days at the AU East Campus site, a request the University made to try and make up time lost because of bad weather.The commission voted 5-0 Monday night in favor of a work hours extension that will allow general contractor Skanska to work Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in addition to its current 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekday schedule. In ...

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In D.C. and cities across America, a shift in demographic landscape

By Nadia Palacios Last updated: 10/13/15 2:52pm

Cranes dot the skyline atop the Reeves Center Building in the U Street neighborhood of Northwest. The area has seen an influx of white residents in the recent decade, along with increased development (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). The District, like several major cities in the U.S., is in the midst of a transition in its racial makeup as more white people are looking for homes in inner-city neighborhoods.That shift across U.S. cities was at the center of Columbia University professor Lance Freeman’s ...

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