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Black Georgetown Remembered: Serving Up Talent

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Professional talent scouts the world over often attest to the fact that natural, home-spun talent remains largely overlooked on the nation’s blacktops, within urban choirs, and other intellectual centers. Few examples exemplify this like the dynamic talent of Georgetown tennis players, Roumania and Margaret Peters.

Between the late 1930s to the early 1950s, the sisters, affectionately nicknamed Pete (Margaret) and Repeat (Roumania), dominated the Black tennis circuit. Touring with the American Tennis Association, the nation’s most prolific African-American sports club, the sisters’ records would eventually include winning 14 doubles titles in 15 years. The American Tennis Association (ATA) founded on November 30, 1916 by more than a dozen Black tennis clubs is an all-black tennis association that functioned parallel to the white-only United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA).Trained on the Rose Park playground across from their Georgetown home, the Peters sisters often practiced for hours each day to perfect their considerable techniques.

“These young girls were the precursors to Althea Gibson, Venus and Serena Williams, and Naomi Osaka, in the sense that they would not allow the restrictions and barriers placed in their way to stop them from achieving their goals,” sports historian Jarricka Ward told The Informer. “The Peters sisters challenged racism – whether experienced in Georgetown, towns surrounding Tuskegee, or on the world stage – by whipping the tails of their opponents and shutting the mouths of the naysayers.”

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D.C.-Area Business Leaders Launch $1B Affordable Housing Challenge

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Housing affordability has become an increasingly urgent concern in D.C., and a group of business leaders is challenging the region to invest $1B over the next two years to help solve the issue.  The Housing Leaders Group of Greater Washington launched the Capital Region Housing Challenge, an effort to spur the D.C. region’s public and private sectors to each add $500M in affordable housing investments above their current baseline by the end of 2020.  Housing Leaders Group co-convenor David Bowers, also the market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, announced the challenge at Bisnow’s Metro D.C. Affordable Housing Summit Wednesday morning in a rousing call to action.  “The challenge is the call to work collectively, across sectors and geographic boundaries, to fundamentally move the baseline of thinking and investment and connect capital to solutions,” Bowers said. “Those of you that are already investing, we’re challenging you to do more.”

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/affordable-housing/dc-area-housing-leaders-launch-1b-affordable-housing-challenge-98112?&utm_source=outbound_pub_67&utm_campaign=outbound_issue_1571&utm_content=outbound_newsletter3&utm_medium=email?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

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Cheers at the Big Chair closing | Business owners ask ‘is it a sign of what’s to come?’

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Punjab Grill opens in DC with mirrors, marble and modern menu

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Opening Punjab Grill was a decades-long dream for Karan Singh.

“Ever since I started coming to the U.S. and saw that Indian food wasn’t so well represented here, I’ve been wanting to do something to make Indian food more of a mainstream cuisine,” said Singh, co-owner of the Tysons Corner restaurant American Tandoor and CEO of Punjab Grill US, which has locations in India, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

And planning for that dream was no small feat. Unlike other restaurants that take about a year to build out their space and open their doors, Singh spent five years planning the design and development for Punjab Grill, located on 11th Street NW, just a few blocks from the White House.

Permits and construction are often to blame for opening delays, but Punjab Grill’s source of slowness had a lot to do with its aesthetics. Nearly everything in the 5,000-square-foot restaurant — from the marble floors, to the sandstone walls, to the 3-ton faceted ceiling — was built in India and shipped to the U.S.

“The floor that you’re standing on right here, it was cut and pieced together painstakingly then taken apart, numbered and sent to us. And we actually put it back together here like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Singh, who sent his American contractor to India to spend time with the artisans and builders to “coordinate everything down to the last screw.”

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