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I used to blog here mostly using local photos about my neighborhood or Washington DC or other places I visited. But I took a break from the blog for a few months and then found myself posting about crafts and sewing projects I have done or are doing. These involve fabric recycling or re-use and refashioning of clothes, or other frugalities. I've left up the previous blogs and may occasionally revert to those topics again. May your days be blessed with miracles, surprises and creativity too!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Chinese Dragon In the Neighborhood

Apparently the owner of the Chinese Dragon take-away food store on the corner of Rhode Island and First Street in our neighborhood got some money from the city government's facade improvement program (that is, from us taxpayers) to improve his store front. Previously, this was just block letters and there was not a little dragon logo over the store windows. I think the front wall was also repainted yellow and the windows have also been washed too so the whole effect is to make this place look a lot smarter. You would never know it but this food establishment was the scene of some drug related shootings back when we had a serious crack cocaine problem in the 'hood. I think someone was even killed right in front of this place, shot to death on the sidewalk. Back then, this corner was a thriving drug market, thanks to the Washington Post for putting the corner on a map of drug dealing locations they routinely printed (to help suburbanites find inner city drug markets).  Today, however, the neighboring store is a more up-market grocery and wine store than what used to be there -- a liquor store -- and the Chinese Dragon has also gotten fixed up.  I've never bought anything to eat from here as I don't "eat on the street" nor have I thought to go in and see what that's there but maybe I should try it.  Does a cleaned up facade mean the food might be more appealing? Some people think so as two people have given positive reviews of this Chinese Dragon here on Yelp.

5 comments:

  1. you should try the burgers and fries

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  2. it's amazing this place has last so long as you hardly see anyone in there and its hours of opening are quite limited

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  3. i like the cat food with catsup

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  4. Let's be honest we all would prefer this establishment to be something different. No one is satisfied with what it is now. But these owners are old school from the age of predator slum owners who prey on poor drug neighborhoods in the city and likely live outside the city. They want to serve you slop get paid and not interact with the neighborhood. They don't tweet, meet or say hi on the street. So I'm not too thrilled the china dragon spot even if they got a fancy new sign.

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  5. there are, however, some surprisingly good reviews of the food on Yelp for this place although I have never eaten here. Some also commented on this store's "sketchiness." One of these I'll go in and get some fries and a burger and see what happens.

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