The ANC 2C (Advisory Neighborhood Commission) will host October’s meeting in the MLK Library (9th and G St NW) at 6:30 pm (Lower level – Room A-3). On to the full agenda as delivered to us by the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association:
Call to Order
Approval of Agenda
Approval of September Meeting Minutes
1. Treasurer’s Report, Commissioner Harold Closter, 2C02@anc.dc.gov
2. ANC2C’s web site, www.anc2c.us, Peter Sacco, Website Manager
Community Announcements and Presentations
1. Juvenile Delinquency in Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Avery Gollinge, Community Liaison, DC Department of Behavioral Health, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.660.1636
2. The Quality of DC Tap Water, presented by Melanie Mason, Water Communications, Coordinator, DC Water and Sewer Authority Melanie.email@example.com, 202.787.2214
Local Events Impacting Community
1. Thanksgiving Day 5K Walk/Run, Thursday, November 24, Rebecca Dupre, Development Associate, So Others Might Eat, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.797.8806, ext. 1131
2. Walk to End HIV, Whitman Walker Clinic, Saturday, November 12, 2016, Rob Corbett, RobCorbett@me.com
Transportation, Zoning, Public Space, and Historic Preservation Review Board
1. CityCenter, Phase II, Project Status, Ana Gaudencio, Hines Co., email@example.com, 202.434.0270
2. Introducing Muti-Fare Parking Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Soumya Dey, Associate Director, DDOT, Soumya.Dey@dc.gov, 202.671.1369
3. DDOT Tracking Number 10333035, Gakyu Sushi, 1420 New York Avenue NW, New Sidewalk Café, 21 seats, Michael Fonseca, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.625.7700
4. Third Street Tunnel/Capital Crossing, Progress and Status Report, Tony Robinson, President, Robinson Public Affairs, email@example.com, 202.439.3277
It’s official…the newest Nordstrom Rack at 12th and E St NW (555 12th St NW) will have its grand opening on Thursday, October 27 at 9 am. This store replaces the Barnes & Noble that closed earlier this year. Thanks goes to a regular PQ Living reader for tipping us off and sending us the last photo below.
We peeked inside and saw shelves filling up with all sorts of items including clothes, shoes, and accessories. We’ve regularly patronized the Nordstrom Rack store at 19th and L St NW but now don’t have to go quite so far.
We observed a new form of guerrilla marketing in Penn Quarter last weekend in the form of projected images on the side of the Wah Luck House. A Netflix advertisement for the documentary 13th which is themed on the 13th amendment of the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery. The documentary [IMDB link] “analyzes the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.” as indicated on the Netflix page.
We’ve seen other forms of guerrilla marketing before in Penn Quarter including large decals on the sidewalk advertising the sales of the CityVista condos and the now gone Crime & Punishment Museum, and a couch in the middle of 7th Street advertising ZipCar. If nothing else, this form of advertising is a clever way to capture attention. Penn Quarter, especially the 7th and H Street NW intersection, has some of the highest traffic and pedestrian counts in Washington DC so it makes sense that the neighborhood is a target for this type of advertising.
How does the image projection system work? Looking at the photo below, we see the projector mounted on the top of a minivan parked on 6th St NW projecting the image onto the large south facing wall of the Wah Luck House at the corner of 6th and H St NW. The system is powered by a portable generator powering the projector and a targeting computer inside the minivan that realigns the image so that it renders properly on the face of the building. The projector is covered with a tarp on top of the van to avoid attention and keep it dry if it rains. An attendant monitors the system while it is in operation.
Truefitt & Hill, a men focused barber shop, is now open each day of the week at 11th and F St NW (1155 F St NW). The shop competes with the likes of Grooming Lounge in the Golden Triangle portion of downtown DC and the Barber of Hell’s Bottom in Shaw offering similar services such as cuts, shaves, and hair coloring. The shop also carries hair care products.
Mon – Fri: 8 am – 7 pm
Sat: 8:30 am – 6 pm
Sun: 10 am – 5 pm