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Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Year's Eve @ Mie N Yu

I can't attest to the New Year's scene in Clarendon because I was at Mie N Yu in Georgetown. The upscale Middle East / Far East fusion restaurant was very impressive and wrapped us in a rich and classy mood to bring in the new year. Entertainment came by way of belly dancers and a terra cotta warrior performer.

Mie N Yu offered a special NYE's menu for the night to simpify orders: either a Middle East or Far East selection in 3 or 5 course. Both were excellent in presentation and delicious, although of course portions are small and expensive (the soup was served in shot glass size for instance). I really enjoyed the Afghan style lamb from the Middle East dinner.

Street parking is limited of course and the metro is a long walk, so either grab a cab or park in the Colonial lot one block east for $18.

Highly recommended for a fun and classy night out!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Ballston bars packed day before NYE

I was not expecting Rock Bottom in Ballston was going to be packed beyond capacity one day before New Year's Eve. The venue offers its own custom beer menu (I recommend the Ballston Brown) , and attracts a similar crowd to its neighbors Union Jack's and Bailey's. At around midnight, there was actually a long line just to get into Union Jack's!

Our waitress confirmed that this is one of the busiest nights of the year for the bar, which surprised me a little.

If Ballston was this crowded, I'm curious about how packed the venues in Clarendon were at the same time.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Metro Christmas

Thanks to Unsuck DC Metro for providing interesting local Christmas photos and movies like this one:


Video credit to Stacey Viera (StaceyViera.com)

Also, if you feel you need to escape your family today and listen to some local music, IOTA is open from 7pm to 2am with no cover charge.

Merry Christmas Clarendon!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snowpocalypse destroys Clarendon

At the risk of going off topic and writing about the same exact topic every single other local is talking about: The world as we know it was ended by the Snowpocalypse this morning.

The second snowstorm this winter has blanketed the region in at least 8 inches of powder. Thundersnow was reported Friday night.

Metro has closed all above ground stations, and long delays in the tunneled stations. Even walking to the Orange line stop on Clarendon and Highland is a hike, with the wind blowing snow completely horizontal.

Snowball fights are being organized via Twitte
r in Dupont Circle at 3pm, and someone is trying to set up one in Alexandria as well.

Whole Foods was open this morning with a light crowd, and Moby Dick's on Highland is reported to be staying open.

Laura Rubinchuk caught this photo of firemen rescuing a stuck mail truck, luckily for him the firehouse and post office at adjacent.

Search Twitter for #snOMG or #snowpocalypse for the latest, or subscribe to Arlington Alerts via text or email.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Zoo Lights @ National Zoo

The National Zoo in DC is hosting a great night time event to help get you in a festive mood. ZooLights illuminates most of the park with thousands of lights decorating trees, animal silhouettes, and light shows synced up to Christmas music. Cost is $8 and runs from 6-8:30 p.m.

Schedule:
December 4-13 (Friday through Sunday nights)
December 18-January 2 (Every night except December 24, 25, and 31)

Also open nightly are many animal houses, including the Fujifilm Giant Panda Habitat, Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, Think Tank, and Kids' Farm.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ Verizon Center

The very original and entertaining Trans-Siberian Orchestra performed at the Verizon Center in DC tonight to a crowd of 15,000.

The band is extremely talented at both playing impressive classical/metal tunes and head banging. The cast included a handful of skilled singers/dancers, three guitarists, bassist, two on keyboards, drummer, and Caitlin Moe leading a dozen DC local musicians on strings.

Even more impressive and memorable than the great music was the stage performance and light show. At one point the transforming and color stage shot lasers into a cloud of snowflakes falling on the center crowd!

The first half of their performance was dedicated to playing what they are known for best: their take on classic Christmas tunes. The second part of the night was a debut for their new non-Christmas themed album, Dark Castle.

A great night for very loudly getting into the holiday mood!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Arlington H1N1 Clinic on Dec 3

Thanks to Arlington Alerts:

Arlington County Public Health officials announced today that an H1N1 immunization clinic will be held Thursday, December 3. The immunization clinic will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at 3033 Wilson Blvd. and is intended for priority groups -- pregnant women, household contacts and caregivers of children younger than six months, people from 6 months to 24 years, and people 25 through 64 who have certain health conditions.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Smoking Ban in Virginia starts today

Smoking ban went into effect today for all Virginia bars and restaurants. Many Clarendon venues already placed voluntary bans on cigarettes on their patrons, so only in a few locations will the change be noticeable.

I'm curious the most about how this will change the atmosphere in notoriously smoky venues like Clarendon Grill. Are smokers going to be herded out to the back patio?

I'm happy about the ban, as I'm looking forward to my clothes not reeking of smoke after leaving a local show.

Thanks to Loudouni.com for updates and videos.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Citizen @ Iota, ticket giveaway for OPERATION HOMEFRONT

Iota hosts pop punk Idea Track and Citizen tonight. Citizen also played with local rock group Rome in a Day recently and should put on a good show tonight.

The venue is also raffling off two tickets tonight to the "OPERATION HOMEFRONT" show at 9:30 club on December 2nd. The show will feature Citizen and Shinedown and is dedicated to supporting US military troops and their loved ones.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

I RAN Home (In America) @ The Fridge DC

Art gallery The Fridge DC will hosts a dance party on tonight from 9:00pm - 1:00am
which features Persian beats by DJ Dariush pumping out non-stop dancing in a unique atmosphere, surrounded by Iranian-American contemporary art.

DJ Dariush is well known for his high-energy beats and began his career more than 15 years ago in Tehran.

The Fridge DC is a new art gallery, performance space, and art school that offers full scholarships for children of low-income DC area residents.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Dirt On...Clarendon

Real estate blog DCmud featured an excellent and accurate article on Clarendon today. Resident James Mitchell perfectly describes the variety of this Orange Line neighborhood, from the swaths of different types of residential housing available to the diverse nightlife.

I completely agree with his assessment that it is too easy to just write off Clarendon as being a too yuppified upscale region:

"I find myself nitpicking the commercial and residential aspects of the neighborhood; for every Cheesecake Factory customer, there’s another with a trusty Whitlow’s mug for Thursday nights. For every Apple Store employee, there’s an indie kid covering Death Cab for Cutie at Iota."

Cheers to Paul for finding this article!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Charity Concert at Clarendon Ballroom Nov 18

Pink Jams is charity concert fundraiser coming to the Clarendon Ballroom on November 18, 2009. Music will be provided by popular local musician Justin Trawick and Memphis 59.

The event is in support for the two day Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on May 1-2, 2010. Organizer Christa Floresca and thousands of other men and woman will journey a total of 40 miles through our nation's capital to raise at least $10,000.

Donate here or come out to the Ballroom next week to support this great cause!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Return of Dr. Dremo's?

The DCist is reporting that the owners of the once beloved Dr. Dremo's may once again bring the venue back to Clarendon. The bar and restaurant closed almost two years ago and auctioned off most of their equipment and decorations. Now it may return, this time closer to the Metro station and a little bit smaller in size.

I'm curious as to its physical location. Could Dr. Dremo's occupy one of the new light commercial spots under construction currently at Clarendon Center?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Clarendon Center Construction Update

Construction of Clarendon Center is coming along at an impressive rate at the corners of Clarendon Blvd, Highland Street, and Garfield Street.

The south project tower's skeleton is completed up to its 12th floor roof, and steel framing of the exterior walls has begun on floors 2 through 4. Also I've noticed some of the exterior details and window trimming have also been installed.

Pictured to the right are comparison photos of what the tower looks like now and Saul Centers' rendition of what it will appear when completed.

On the north side behind Hard Times, construction completed on the foundation and what appears to be as four stories of underground parking has been framed.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Foto Week DC 2009 in Georgetown

FotoWeek DC is an annual super-sized exhibition taking place at 60 galleries and locales and in the DC Metro area with entries from 3,500 photographers. Started by a non-profit organization last year to "celebrate the power of photography."

Georgetown hosts many of the main galleries, one of which being on 3338 M St NW M Street. This two story exhibit featured a diverse display of photography. Subjects varied from portions of the DC 12 hour overnight photo competition to scenes from troubled Uganda.

The seven day event goes from Nov 7th to next Saturday Nov 14th. All the galleries are free, but you should register online and print out the bar coded ticket beforehand.

The festival also has two locations near Clarendon I want to check out soon: one in Courthouse and Rosslyn.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Restaurant Nora in Embassy Row

Due to word of mouth recommendations and great Yelp reviews, I was inspired to try a new restaurant in DC north of Dupont Circle. Restaurant Nora is a highly rated, high end, expensive and very impressive dinning experience in Embassy Row.

The food at Nora was top notch, and the meals were made more exciting by the fact that the venue is the first certified organic restaurant in the country. The back of the extensive and lavish menu details how the food only comes from animals that were not mistreated or feed steroids. I had the Grilled Grassfed Ribeye Steak which was amazing. The Handmade Potato Gnocchi & Sage Sausage made for a great appetizer.

Parking is limited around the area, but easier to get on the weekends due to most street restrictions being Monday thru Friday. Valet parking is also available at the restaurant.

Highly recommended for a classy and pricey night out!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Restaurant 3

The owners of Whitlow's on Wilson opened up their third restaurant last year, aptly named Restaurant 3.

This offers a more upscale restaurant and bar than Whitlow's, but still has an American styled menu. There are some interesting items there, including the Chicken and Waffles dinner entree, of which I had to try out of curiosity.

I liked the venue, and would recommend it as a night date dinner place alternative.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween in Clarendon

Halloween night this year was a little colder and much wetter than in 2008, but Arlington still had a lot of party goers in costume out and about. After 11pm the rain stopped and the costumed action picked up.

As with every year, Clarendon Ballroom, Mister Days and Clarendon Grill were the places to see and be seen in costume. Lines were long in each venue, but none more so than at Ballroom with a queue all the way around the block around Eventide.

Hailing a taxi was just about impossible at 2am when everything started closing up. It was great people watching witnessing the competing costumes trying to flag down a cab. Many fled to 24 hour restaurants to recuperate, and it was fun to watch Silver Dinner as it was full of half awake colorful costumes.

We also hit up Alexandria earlier in the evening hoping there would also be some original get ups to gawk at there. Sadly the rain kept people away from Old Town mostly, except for an invite only event at Torpedo Factory. Tuxedo Frog made an appearance down by the water front, who was received as the best dressed there.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Party @ Velocity 5 in Falls Church

Tonight Velocity 5 in Falls Church (not the one close by in Court House unfortunately) is hosting a "Freaks Come Out at Night" Halloween party. $5 cover gets you in and drink specials include:

$2 velocity draft
$4 vodka (42 below)
$4 bacardi (any flavor)
$5 mini bombs

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Arlington Flu Forum tonight

For information about where to get flu vaccines and who should be getting them, attend the forum tonight in Court House:

Where: County Board Room, 2100 Clarendon Blvd, Third Floor
When: Wednesday, October 28th
Time: 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

For more complete details click here.

Thanks to What's Happening in Arlington Village for the heads up.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Arlington Turkey Trot 5k Nov 26

Lyon Park and Ashton Heights will host a 5k fun run/walk on November 26. The Turkey Trot will raise money for three local charities:
The race starts at 8am at the Christ Church of Arlington on North Pershing Drive. Map of the race route is here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Twitter Convention Twtrcon 09 @ Grand Hyatt

The Twitter for business convention TWTRCON took place at the Grand Hyatt in DC. The one day event featured dozens of interesting speakers talking about the uses of Twitter and other new social media for business, government, non-profit and charity uses. Hundreds of attendees represented everything from the Department of State to local customer service firms.

A few speakers of note:

Donors Choose is a charity that helps connector donors to classrooms in need. They gave out $5 donation cards to each attendee that they could redeem to the school of their choice.

Charity: Water is an amazing charity that works to provide clean drinking to the 1 billion people in the world who are lacking clean water.

Captain Sukach of the Air Force Public Affairs Agency told us interesting stories on how the military uses Twitter, and had a great quote of "if you are not failing you are not trying."

Craigslist.com founder Craig Newmark participated and was also a fan of Donors Choose. He stated that in order to succeed, "print media needs to restore trust" with their audience.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Funniest Fed on Oct 23 at Cinema Drafthouse

Arlington Cinema ‘n Drafthouse is hosting the 2009 Funniest Fed Competition on Friday October 23rd. The comedy special starts at 8pm and pits six finalists against each other:

Doug Hecox, FHWA
Kevin Blackerby, Smithsonian
Kate Taylor, US Senate
Shahryar Rizvi, Census
John Quirk, US Senate
Jeff Maurer, EPA

Portions of the night's $15 tickets will benefit the Fisher House Foundation.

Thanks Delia for the heads up!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Taste of Clarendon on Sunday Nov 1

Professionals in the City are running a "Taste of Clarendon" event to sample the fares at four of Clarendon’s restaurants: La Tasca, Restaurant 3, Ri Ra, Sette Bello. Cuisine varies from Spanish, Soulful Southern Cooking, Irish and Regional Northern and Southern Italian.

The event lasts from 2 to 6pm on November 1st and is $49 if tickets are purchased by this Friday on their website.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Open Mic Comedy @ Eleventh Street Lounge tonight

Eleventh Street Lounge is one of my favorite venues in Clarendon, as it is a little more classy and tasteful than the typical bars and clubs packed with the identical post-college drunkards.

Known for its techno music DJ's, warm red interior, and a speak-easy like basement section, Eleventh has added another feature to make it even more attractive. Every first and third Mondays of each month the lounge hosts an open mic comedy standup, with comedians ranging from beginners to veterans.

The open mic that starts at 8pm. More info at their site or their Facebook event page.

True Womanhood @ Black Cat tonight

Local indie/experimental/rock group True Womanhood will be performing at Black Cat again!

Black Cat praises TW as "definitely different. Tons of drums, a few homemade instruments, and some well-placed pop hooks makes for an experimental, energetic, and very entertaining show. Who doesn't love a band that loves double kick drums AND crafts?"

Don't miss them and the Grooms tonight at 9pm!

Photo credit: Express Night Out

Thursday, October 15, 2009

GWU Alumni Happy Hour Oct 28

GWU's ISTM program is hosting its first alumni happy hour on Wednesday, October 28. Rub shoulders if you are a GeeDub graduate from 5 to 8pm at Mister Days.

Click here to register for the free event.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

One Brick DC at Hawk and Dove on Saturday

Local non-profit One Brick DC is having their annual fundraiser party this Saturday night at the Hawk and Dove.

One Brick is an 100% volunteer organization that brings volunteers together to support over 600 organizations.

The night features an open bar, DJs, prize raffle, and a chance to win a trip for two to San Francisco. View the Evite here for more details about this event.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

David Sedaris @ GWU Lisner Auditorium

Stiletto reports:

David Sedaris was as awesome as expected at Lisner on Wednesday (Oct 7, 2009) night. He's been working on a book of fables, or... as he said it.... "a book of stories with animals, since fables usually have a lesson to be learned and his stories don't" and he shared a few of those yet-to-be-released ditty's with the crowd. He also suggested that the attendees invest in The Onion's book Our Dumb World, and after listening to a couple excerpts, the attendees agreed. He opened with political satire that was edgy to the point of hilarious, finished by candidly answering audience questions, and provided the most ROFL moment possible by reading from his diary. Hugh is a patient and lucky man.

Side Items: Traffic (should have metro'd) on 66 was as pleasant as ever. There was no street parking for miles around GW but parking garages were decently priced. There's only one set of restrooms at lisner but the lines move quickly. We were about 3/4 of the way back from the stage, and the view was fine. Overall great night/show.

The Sound Of Music @ EatBar

Tonight EatBar hosts its for its Sunday movies series, featuring The Sound of Music show and sing-a-long. Enjoy the classic with bratwurst and free beer steins.

This free event starts at 8pm. Next week EatBar will be showing The Princess Bride.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Old Town Wine Festival this weekend

Thirteen restaurants will be participating in the Old Town Wine Festival this Saturday and Sunday, Oct 10-11 11am to 6pm.

Twenty wineries will be contributing their products for tasting at two locations in Alexandria.

Tasting tickets are $35 and general admission is $15.

If you purchase online, use this promo code from the Washington Post to give you $10 off the admission: SG537

Thursday, October 8, 2009

'Life Without Limits' Charity Happy Hour Tonight Oct 8

Come out tonight after work from 6:00pm - 8:30pm for a happy hour at The Rookery in DC to raise awareness about United Cerebral Palsy (UCP).

$5 at the Door (enters you in a raffle to win an I-Pod)
$4 Bud Lights
$6 Mixed Drinks and Champagne
$7 Firefly


"As one of the largest health charities in America, the mission of United Cerebral Palsy is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network. UCP affiliates serve more than 176,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families every day."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fundraiser and Date Auction at Mister Days Thursday

Come out to Mister Days tomorrow night from 6:00-9:00 PM to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Team in Training at the 'Charity, Cheers, and Beers' fundraiser!

It's a $10 cover that gets you:
  • Food and drink specials
  • Entry into the door prize raffle
  • Silent auction of gift certificates
  • Date auction at 8:30pm.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ballston Arts and Crafts Market Saturday Oct 10

This Saturday Welburn square hosts the last Ballston Arts & Crafts Market this season. Located just next to the Metro station, it features one-of-a-kind handmade works by local artists.

This event runs every second Saturdays May-October 10am-4pm, with this Saturday being the final event of the year.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Scavenger Hunt in DC on Oct 17

Professional In The City is organizing another scavenger hunt around Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 17. The daytime hunt lasts from 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM and splits participants into competing teams who must reach certain landmarks by foot or public transportation first:

"Throughout the day, you'll visit many landmarks in D.C., restaurants, schools, theaters, and much much more! There are plenty of items to collect and mysteries to solve and what you see depends upon your team's resolve, speed and ability to have fun! All teams must use public transportation. Teams caught using personal cars will be disqualified."

Price is $25 per person if purchased by the Friday.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Army Ten Miler @ The Pentagon

The Army Ten Miler race concluded today under an incredibly blue sky and perfect running conditions. This was the 25th annual race that began and ended near the Pentagon.

I was near the Smithsonian Metro station that marked the 5.5 and 7.5 mile markers, due to racers turning around in front of the capital. This was a great place to watch the race as you had two chance to pick out your friends amongst the dense crowds.

Congrats to all the 21,256 runners!

Brunch @ Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is known for its large portion sizes, good service, and if being over-hyped and tacky.

But they also have a surprisingly rich Sunday only brunch menu. While most people are flocking to Whitlows and waiting for a table at their breakfast buffet, it is a nice change of pace to be seated immediately for brunch at Cheesecake.

Pictured is their Giant Belgian Waffle with all the optional toppings, which looked deliciously more like desert than breakfast.

Being Cheesecake Factory it is a little pricey, but i recommend it for a special treat brunch alternative.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Middle Distance Runner at Iota tonight

Middle Distance Runner is making another appearance at Iota tonight! They put on an awesome live show at their last trip to Clarendon.

Brightest Young Things just put out an extensive review of their new album The Sun & Earth featuring sound clips of every track!

Its great that such a talented band is getting more publicity, and look forward to seeing them tonight for their record release.

Traffic Advisories for Army Ten Miler Race Sunday

The weather looks amazing for the Army Ten Miler Race tomorrow at the Pentagon. Here are some traffic advisories and road closers via AlertDC:
  • I-95/395 HOV SCHEDULE CHANGE, CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND Lanes will reverse a day later to accommodate Army Ten-Miler
  • CHANTILLY – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will delay reversing the I-95/395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes this weekend for the annual Army Ten-Miler race Sunday in Arlington and Washington, D.C.

    The HOV lanes will remain open to all motorists southbound from 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 until 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. The lanes will close to all traffic at 1 p.m. and reopen northbound to all motorists at 3 p.m. (The lanes are usually open southbound until 2 p.m. Saturdays, reopening northbound at 4 p.m.).

  • The following ramps will also be closed for the race from 5:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday (or until the course is cleared):

    I-395 North mainline to Route 27 North/Route 110 South (Exit 8B)

    I-395 North mainline ramp to northbound express lane

    I-395 South mainline to South Parking (Eads Street) (Exit 8A)

    I-395 South HOV ramp to South Parking (Eads Street)

    Washington Boulevard to Route 27

  • This is to advise the public that from 8 am until approximately 11 am on Sunday, October 4, 2009, streets in the downtown area of Washington, DC will be affected by the 25th Annual Army Ten-Miler.
  • This race is scheduled to begin at 8 am along Washington Boulevard (Route 27) in Arlington, Virginia and proceed across the Arlington Memorial Bridge into the District of Columbia. Once the race enters the District, the runners will take the following route before ending the race again in Arlington, Virginia:
• Crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge around Lincoln Circle to Henry Bacon Drive
• East on Constitution Avenue, NW
• North on 19th Street, NW
• West on Virginia Avenue, NW
• South on Rock Creek Parkway , NW to Ohio Drive, SW
• East on Independence Avenue, SW (runners taking the westbound side)
• North on 3rd Street, SW
• East on Constitution Avenue, NW
• South on 1st Street, NW , Crossing Peace Circle and Garfield Circle
• West on Independence Avenue, SW (runners staying on the left side)
• South on 14th Street, NW to Interstate 395 (HOV Northbound Lane)
• Interstate 395 (HOV Northbound Lane) to the Eads Street Exit Ramp
• Ending at S. Eads Street and Rotary Road in Arlington Virginia (Pentagon South Parking Lot)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

U2 @ Fedex Field

U2 graced DC again on Tuesday night with its timeless beats, charitable themes and a incredible UFO inspired transforming stage and light show. The massive stage hovered over the band like an alien spider, changing colors and intensity to match the music. The awe inspiring collapsible and circular LED display overhead could warrant and entire post to itself. Read more about it here at Architect magazine.

European stars Muse warmed the crowd on this chilly night with a sound that was a mix of Queen and Radiohead. I liked their more mainstream songs like Starlight, but their other sets where too distortted for my taste. I did take kindly to some of their heavier bass lines that had a slight industrial tune to them.

Bono lead the "nation state of U2" through a exciting and entertaining night that included a wide variety of songs from their 80s classics to tracks off their new album. Of course charitable causes were central to the show, ranging from freeing Burma (officailly Myanmar ) and supporting the Iranian election protests (the "Green Revolution") in their Bloody Sunday set.

Bono might not be able to save the world, but he will definitely entertain you trying.

Upcoming Can't Miss Bands

I'm upset at not being able to make it to the Ten Out of Tenn show at Iota last Saturday. Here are some other must see bands playing soon:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Memphis 59 @ Galaxy Hut tonight

Memphis 59 is playing at the Galaxy Hut tonight at 9pm with a great Los Angeles-based songwriter named Adam Marsland and his Chaos Band.

Chris Zogby, formally from Boxcar Collision fame, is Memphis 59's drummer.

It should interesting to see how the tiny Galaxy Hut contains the mix of rock/powerpop/indie soul tonight.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Twitter Convention in DC on October 22

TWTRCON, the traveling convention focusing on the business uses of Twitter, will be coming to DC on October 22. The Grand Hyatt will be hosting the one day event which has 26 guest speakers, including Craiglist founder Craig Newmark.

There should be interesting seminars and workshops, and I'm looking forward to attending. I've been happy with my limited usage of Twitter so far, and will be on the lookout of tips to improve it.

Follow the convention on Twitter here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Clarendon 3131 Under Construction

One interesting sign that the local housing market is starting to rebound in Arlington is the construction of new condos.

I'm usually apprehensive about talk of new condos popping up close-by, as Clarendon already seems over saturated with dense residential housing like 1021, Station Square, Zoso, Clarendon Reserve, The Clarendon Apartments, and Phoenix to name just a few high rises. Plus with the new 10 story apartment tower going up at Clarendon Center I start to wonder if there is more supply than demand near this Orange line station.

But Clarendon 3131 looks to be different than most new condos. It is several blocks south of the Metro station, which limits its height to only four stories. The proposed layout of the building is two four story townhouses that sandwich 16 single floor condos.

I've been watching the construction continue along with some of my neighbors, and will be interested if the million dollar price tag for the townhouses will hold up at the end of the year.