Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Restaurant for Rent - Cool space near U St.

The old Flamingo Ethiopian Restaurant - 1119 V St. NW - is for rent. $2500/month for the first floor (incl.patio) and an additional $1500/month for the second. And they have (or had) a liquor license. Small space - would make a great neighborhood restaurant and bar.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More Creative Economy - Links

Click HERE to get to the New England Foundation for the Arts and a list of Creative Economy web sites in New England and all over the world.

Click HERE to find out about Creative Clusters, an annual conference going on right now in Glasgow.

Click Here to get to the Creative Economy Resource Center.

Click HERE to get the recently established Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts in Philly.

Click HERE to get to Innovation Philadelphia, the economic development organization that serves 11 counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware and is working to establish the Greater Philadelphia Region as a national leader and world-class destination for Creative Economy industries, businesses and talent.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mass. Establishes Creative Economy Council

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick recently signed the bill establishing the first Massachusetts Creative Economy Council (MCEC).

The MCEC’s function is to “develop a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the creative economy in the commonwealth and to promote through public and private means responsive public policies and innovative private sector practices.”

More info here and here.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Arts District - Hyattsville

DCMud has a nice post about the "Arts District" in Hyattsville, just across the DC line. EYA is developing several parcels on both sides of Route 1. According to the blog post, the economy has slowed progress, but people are gradualy moving into the live/work spaces. Read more here HERE.

Ultimately Rhode Island Ave could be an extensive art corridor, running through NE DC all the way out to the University of Maryland.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ontario Theater - for lease - Adams Morgan

The lobby and adjoining space of the old Ontario Theater on Columbia Road is for lease. A CVS occupies the audience chamber of this great old movie theater and a discount store was the most recent occupant of this L-shaped space, but they are looking for a new tenant. Its a pretty big space, about 9,000 SF in total. Needs a lot of work, but will be a cool space when built out. I got a look at it last week and it sprawls from the basement to the 2nd floor, with lots of nooks and crannies.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Artist Inaugural Ball

Rumor has it that some folks are working on a big party on January 20th for artists. Stay tuned....

Yesterday's Artspace Visit - H Street

Yesterday I was part of a discussion about artist live/work housing in DC, led by ARTSPACE, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating affordable space for the arts.

The H STREET PLAYHOUSE invited ARTSPACE to help investigate the potential to create an affordable, self-sustaining artist live/work project and to talk about the key elements that determine feasibility, including project concept, site selection, market need, funding and sustainability, and local leadership.

While the conversation was specific to the PLAYHOUSE, it touched on broader themes in affordable housing for artists. Artspace will produce a report from the visit and I will try to excerpt portions here - probably in mid-December.

About the H Street Playhouse
The home of resident companies Theater Alliance and Forum Theatre, the H Street Playhouse houses a 100-seat black box theater, rehearsal studio and Gallery H. Along with city officials, small business owners, and a few other theaters, the H Street Playhouse has been at the forefront of a movement that is now gathering steam to revitalize the historic H Street commercial corridor. More info -

The Artspace Mission
Artspace’s mission is to create, foster, and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. Artspace pursues this mission through development projects, asset management activities, consulting services, and community-building activities that serve artists and arts organizations of all disciplines, cultures, and economic circumstances. By creating this space, Artspace supports the continued professional growth of artists and enhances the cultural and economic vitality of the surrounding community. Find out more at

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Auction - Kokopooli's is for sale

Commercial condos in the heart of Adams Morgan that are currently operating as the Kokopoolis Nightclub. Units 1 and 2 have been combined totaling 2,931 square feet. The auction includes the business and all the contents: 10 televisions, 1 projector, 3 commercial refrigerators, commercial deep fryer, 8 regulation sized pool tables, furniture, 2 refrigerators with 8 keg capacity, surround sound stereo, full inventory of liquor plus many other items in the nightclub. The ABC license is a “Retailer CR 01” and is within the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone. The unit has exposed brick, open floor plan, 2 entrance doors, 2 bathrooms, office, commercial kitchen, popcorn machine and full complement of glasses and plates. All liquor and food licenses are active and also convey with the sale.

New Vision for Baltimore Arts District

Tip of the hat to Neal Takemoto for his coverage of new plans for the Charles North Arts District in Baltimore

And a link to the Baltimore Sun

Monday, November 10, 2008

Rhode Island Avenue Great Streets Initiative

What is the Rhode Island Avenue NE/ Great Streets Initiative?

Rhode Island Avenue NE is a District of Columbia Government designated “Great Streets” corridor. The Great Streets Initiative is a multiple agency effort to transform under-invested corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers using public actions and tools, as needed, to leverage new private investment.

This is an important and long-overlooked corridor that is well-positioned to gain in its importance and prominence to the District. Along with community leadership, property and business owners, residents, and other stakeholders, we invite you to take a significant step with us to develop a plan for the commercial districts along the corridor.

Can Rhode Island Avenue become the next Arts District, connecting downtown DC to the initiatives in Mt. Rainier and beyond?

PROJECT CONTACT: Derrick Lanardo Woody, Coordinator-Great Streets Initiative, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development -

More Info Here

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Creative Economy - studies continue

From the DC Office of Planning -
The District’s economy is changing in new and promising ways, and one of the most vibrant economic assets of the city is its Creative Economy — the enterprises, organizations, activities, and people who are involved in the work and business of art and culture. The Creative Economy generates significant income in wages and revenues, yet this economic contribution goes unrecognized and opportunities for leveraging these assets are often lost.

The Washington DC Office of Planning and the Washington DC Economic Partnership are working to raise the profile of the District’s Creative Economy and to document its value to the local economy. They have retained Mt. Auburn Associates, an economic development consulting firm, to help create a strategic plan for our Creative Economy.

As one of the initial steps in this process, the Mt. Auburn team is holding Focus Groups in each of the key industry segments of the District’s Creative Economy – Theater, Music, Film and Media, Culture Heritage, Fashion, Design and Architecture, Visual Art, and Technology.

The goal is to help us better understand the competitive strengths, challenges, and opportunities of each of these segments.

More details to follow.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Visual Arts Facilities that Offer More than Just Places to Create
WED., NOV. 12, 1 – 3:00 PM


Join Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC), Paul So, Founder, Hamiltonian Gallery; Claire Huschle, Executive Director, Arlington Arts Center; and Debra Moser, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for the Visual Arts for a roundtable discussion on the programs and facilities supporting independent visual artists. After a tour of newly opened Hamiltonian Gallery we’ll discuss such facilities and the ways these spaces work to cultivate the visual arts in the DC area.

Bring your legends, lessons and questions to share with fellow artists. Lunch will be provided.

o Where should visual artists begin the quest for studio space?

o How do you determine what facility is right for you?

o How much should you expect to pay? How much should you expect in return?

o How might being part of a studio program affect an artist’s work? What kind of an impact does working among peers have on an artist’s work?

RSVP to or 202.315.1321 by Monday, November 10, 2008.

Red Circle Members FREE
Non-Members $20.00

Rhode Island Ave. NE - Arts District????

Preliminary meeting held last night by Derrick Woody of the Office of Economic Development to discuss general improvements to the Rhode Island Ave. NE corridor, including the possible establishment of an Arts District. This process will last many months, culminating in a Corridor plan that will be submitted to the City Council for approval sometime next summer.

I will post further updates as I get them.