September 2016

Found 8 blog entries for September 2016.

 

Bipeds of Brookland: Hamid Elaissami

 

 Hamid Elaissami

Hamid Elaissami  came to DC from Morocco to study economic development at GWU.  “Some people think it is inevitable to be poor. To figure out why that is and then find a solution has always been a driver for me. People abroad don’t understand that there is extreme poverty in the United States, and it really shouldn’t be: it’s the richest country in the world.”

“I work for an organization (Year Up) that helps provide opportunities for disconnected youth. We look for youth who are really motivated and want to break the cycle and we train them and then place them in jobs. I don’t see what I do as a job, helping other people really reach their potential. I see it as a moral obligation. It makes

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Bipeds of Brookland: Brian Lounsbury

 Brian Lounsbury

Brian Lounsbury teaches 4th grade at Yu Ying Public Charter School, less than a mile from his house, and tells friends “if I decide to drive to work, I could break down, walk, and still be early. My wife teaches there, my son goes there, so our daily commute does not take us far out of Brookland.”  He is proud to work at the International Baccalaureate School with a Chinese immersion program, which seeks to make its students global citizens.

Although he first studied environmental science, Brian finds teaching very rewarding. “I’m very much an experiential hands-on teacher, I like to have kids learn by doing. My philosophy is to teach with and learn with as opposed to teach at students.”  He has taught

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Bipeds of Brookland: Amanda Alexander

Amanda Alexander

Amanda Alexander, a first generation American whose family is from Panama, was born in NJ and came to DC because she "always wanted to go to a historically black college in a major city." Thus, she finished her Bachelors and Masters at Howard University in 1998, and began teaching for DCPS, saving money to buy a house in Brookland in 2001.

“I guess it was the combination of the suburban feel of Brookland and the strong Catholic presence that really solidified my decision to live here. I love the fact that I can attend daily mass in the neighborhood at St. Anthony's, the Monastery, or the Shrine at any hour of the day.”

Frustrated with some of the opportunities not being provided for students she joined New

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4967 12th ST NE DC | $449,000
Open house Sunday September 18th 1-4 PM
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4967 12th ST NE DC

  Sit back and enjoy your oversized social front porch shaded by mature street trees.  Step right in to a spacious living room with glowing hardwood floors, and light beaming in from all directions - invite all your friends as there is no lack of space to entertain!  Enjoy meals  prepared in a meticulously renovated kitchen with high-end custom cabinets, granite counters and stainless steel appliances.  Bring your king bed - upstairs you'll find that space you've been looking for!  Three well-sized rooms are waiting for you.  Brilliants hardwoods throughout and a bathroom renovation to top it off.   Let your guests flow on down to your tall and…
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Bipeds of Brookland: Azadeh Rabbani

 Bipeds of Brookland: Azadeh Rabbani

Azadeh Rabbani managed her own architectural firm in Iran before she moved to the US to complete a master’s degree in Architecture at Penn State University. She moved to DC in 2013. “It is a very beautiful city, there is a lot of human interaction, there’s a lot of surprises, there’s a lot of diversity.  So when I was in Penn State, every time I said I was from Iran to everyone, there was a long pause followed by ‘cool’ and the conversation wouldn’t go further than that. But in DC it was accepted and people knew about Iran and didn’t think that it was just some desert country.”

After exploring some “terrible houses” advertised online, she found a room for rent in Brookland and said, “Wow this looks great, I

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5909 8th ST NE Washington DC. Live in fabulous Fort Totten
$419,000
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5909 8th ST NE Washington DC exterior front

Welcome Home

Love at first sight! This renovated rowhouse will please the senses.  Mature trees shade the welcoming covered front porch ready for afternoon beverages and chats with neighbors.  Walk into an open floorplan with tons of light beaming through windows on three sides - enhancing the glow of the hardwood floors throughout.  Open Dining and Living room allow for ideal entertaining and open up to a renovated kitchen with quartz counters, Stainless Steel appliances and custom cabinets providing tons of storage.  Feel like eating al fresco?  Your very own screened rear porch will satisfy your outdoor cravings without feeding mosquitoes!  Your new…
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2008 16th ST NW DC #3
$299,000
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Open house Sunday September 11th 1-4 pm

2008 16th ST NW DC #3 Building exterior

Location, Location, Location!

Live in the heart of it all!  Welcome home to this well-appointed condo with updated kitchen and bath.  Your new large living room provides for a gathering spot for friends and well-sized bedroom is of perfect proportions.  Forget the laundromat days as you now have your very own in-unit washer and dryer.  Freshly painted and prepped - ready for your move-in and live lifestyle!
This 1911 boutique condo building will provide you access to DC's most coveted neighborhoods. DuPont, U Street, 14th St., Columbia Heights, Adams Morgan - just take your pick! Walk out your door to an unlimited array of bars, restaurants, coffee shops,…
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Bipeds of Brookland: Keith Thomas

Bipeds of Brookland: Keith Thomas

Keith Thomas was born in Brookland and worked for 25 years as a paramedic with the DC Fire Department. When he retired in 1999 he was supervising all of the city’s ambulance teams. “I covered the whole city. When I first started, back in 1974, we had a total of 10 ambulances for the whole city, but they said we needed 54 ambulances to cover the city.  So everybody worked very hard. Today I think there are 34 ambulances. There are Medic units at every firehouse.”

He explains that paramedics work 12 hour shifts and   “DC ambulances ran more calls than any ambulances in the world, per capita.”  He recalls that ambulances respond to calls more than once every hour, at least 12 to 15 calls in 12 hours.   “I spent most my

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