Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Park Road streetscape improvements look really nice

 
The Park Road streetscape and building facade upgrades, which I wrote about last year, are done and look great. Check out the before and after above -- a world of difference. No security grates, no ugly white concrete, no plastic signs, nicer curbs, fresh coat of paint, etc. Everything looks more inviting and a lot of the stores look brand new even if they aren't. I had no idea that one place on the left was a Chilean restaurant, for example, and would like to check it out. Plus a lot of the empty spaces have permits on the window.

The money for the rehab came from a $526,000 grant to the Coalition of Park Road Businesses from DC's Department of Housing and Community Development. Here's a bit more from the Development Corp. of Columbia Heights and from Metro Diversity.

Great to see small businesses banding together to do good stuff like this. Let's hope this continues to attract small businesses. What do you think? Please don't say lipstick on a pig.

UPDATE: A commenter said they think the two photos are different blocks -- they're not, they're the exact same buildings.

18 comments:

  1. Looks great, now can Pho 14 finally expand?!?

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  2. I agree that the improvements look great, but I think the before and after pictures are actually of different blocks.

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  3. I like how in both pictures the beautiful middle window of the arched windows is still boarded up. Why can't they go fix their window for gosh sakes.

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  4. There's also a dominican restaurant there, which I'm super excited about cause its the closet thing to puerto rican food here in DC. I haven't tried it yet.

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  5. Agreed. The Chilean place is great by the way, definitely worth checking out, they make a very nice steak sandwich with avocado and cheese.

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  6. This project has taken 7 - 8 years to get to this stage, should have taken no more that 2 years. Because of the political dynamics in the Ward, this project was delayed, defunded on serveral occasions. Including the political push by some local groups for this mystical "upscale only" approach.

    My guess is that some who were actually hinderances to this progress will now applaud, while dismissing those who actually did the fighting or work to get this done. Nor will they recognize that this is just a step in the process with more work to do.

    Ahh the irony. :) But its all good, could just be even better.

    W Jordan

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  7. W Jordan, nobody cares about your opinion. We've all moved on.

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  8. I understand, but I've decided that it is better to teach you about the realities, even if rejected. The problem is of course that you have not moved on, but are stuck in the mythologies of the housing bubble. And of course would rather not have the messy situation of dealing with facts.

    W Jordan

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  9. i love it all! it looks so great :)

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  10. Second commenter, these are the same blocks. Note the one with the red roof and boarded up windows.

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  11. Something stinks about this whole development. Consulting the handy map of Columbia Heights conspiracies-
    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-d4Ap5B_8R0A/TYaHLKe4yiI/AAAAAAAACRU/mz01W07JS3o/s1600/highlandpark_graham_donatelli.gif

    If the streetscape improvements were a representation of "Earmarks" then of course all of the other entries in broken windows are also connected, such as "Gifts," "Tax Abatements," and "Land Transfers". The map states that DC Council is connected, as well as Jim Graham and Donatelli Development. Thus- the map tells me that this streetscape improvement project was absolutely connected to Gifts from Donatelli Development to Jim Graham, and plain evidence of corruption in our shared neighborhood. FOR SHAME!

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  12. Apologies, my map link was cut off by blogger- here is a tinyurl for anyone that wasnt to access the truth about our neighborhood.

    http://tinyurl.com/6k6nrkc

    Follow the connections until you find the truth my friends!

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  13. Boy that map really spells it out. It's as clear as mud. FOR SHAME indeed!

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  14. Please grow up and don't bash William like that. That's just not nice. Most of us (me included) don't usually agree with him but to call him out like that is just rude.

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  15. Dunno, would it be better if he just told William to go away? We all know that Mr. Jordan has a long history on the local message boards, single-handedly sending a few into inactivity by incessantly hijacking comment threads with his agenda. One thing he definitely has is a thick skin though, and I am sure he has heard much worse.

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  16. Re: second commenter, who is me, my mistake! I looked really closely at the second photo but just glanced at the first and misidentified it as the new work that was done on 14th St. How embarrassing!

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  17. I live on Park and these renovations are amazing. Used to be a real eye sore. Also I totally agree, Pho 14 needs to expand!

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  18. I drive by here all the time and it is a MAJOR improvement. well done!

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