District Digest Week of 3/20/19


Big Bus Tours, Cherry Blossoms, Spring 2015, photo by Ben Droz

Exclusive Cherry Blossom Festival “Pink Loop” tours are back

Big Bus Tour DC’s exclusive “Pink Loop” will serve as the only authorized tour provider of the Cherry Blossom Festival, as it has since 2014.  Running daily throughout the entire festival, March 21st through April 14th, customers can board at four locations around the tidal basin for an up-close look at the famous trees on a loop that lasts about 30 minutes.

Statehood endorsement language passed in House

H.R. 1, passed in the House of Representatives last week, included a nonbonding endorsement for D.C. Statehood among its larger package of pro-Democracy reforms. H.R. 1’s passage marks the first time either house of Congress has — either expressly or indirectly — backed District Statehood. 

Glover Park Trader Joe’s still on track, despite setbacks

While construction workers have confirmed that mold in the wood at The Glover House (2101 Wisconsin) not only caused them to halt work on the project — but demolish it — sources tell The Current that the Trader Joe’s planned to open at the property is still moving toward a mid-July opening date, as scheduled.    

PEPCO to give away 1,000 trees

PEPCO is giving away 1,000 free trees to residential customers through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees Program, as strategic tree planting helps customers to conserve energy.  The selection of trees includes Redbud, Crepe Myrtle, River Birch, Red Oak, and Red Maple.  Three-gallon trees will be available for pick-up.  Select one-gallon trees may be delivered between April and May.

On a first-come-first-serve basis, customers can reserve one tree per household at arborday.org/pepco.

Instacart now delivering alcohol in DC

Starting this week, DC Instacart users can get alcohol delivered with their groceries.  A North American leader in online groceries, Instacart’s new alcohol offerings make it one of the largest online delivery and pickup marketplaces for alcohol in the U.S. And data it has shared show that D.C. is ranked as the #5 state for alcohol sales.