Art in the Park(ing lot) Brings Free & Fun Activities to Rhode Island Ave NE this Summer

Art in the Park(ing) Lot Flyer
Art in the Park(ing) Lot Flyer
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July 8, 2016, WASHINGTON, D.C. – ReCreative Spaces, Mid­-City Development, and local artists and organizations are pARTnering to launch Art in the Park(ing lot) this July in the NE DC neighborhood of Brentwood. Through a series of fun, interactive events for all ages, the initiative seeks to promote local engagement and neighborhood wellness, while also increasing curb appeal of a dilapidated shopping center along Rhode Island Avenue NE.

In July, programming will kick off with a series of hands-on art activities, live music and dancing, and other wellness events (TBA). Mid-City launched this initiative, which will bring together local groups, organizations, and community members, as a way to make the Rhode Island Avenue NE experience more dynamic and inclusive in the coming years. ReCreative Spaces will curate, produce, and manage these free outdoor events and workshops, specifically tailored for local interests in the parking lot of what was formerly known as Brentwood Village Shopping Center (1301 Rhode Island Ave NE).

With input from the community and through collaboration with local artists and organizations, ReCreative Spaces will host weekly activities through mid October, which will transform the parking lot into a colorful oasis to be enjoyed by all. Events kick off with a chance to join local artists for visual and performing arts workshops, and include an opportunity to help beautify the parking lot. This event series is FREE, open to the public, and family friendly. For the latest updates, to offer input via a brief online survey, and for more information about Art in the Park(ing lot), visit

Weekly Programming – July
Building + Art | Saturdays, July 16, 23, 30 | 10am-12pm | FREE
Movement + Music | Thursdays July 21, 28 | 6-8pm | FREE
1301 Rhode Island Ave NE
Additional dates + activities TBA!
More details:

Mid-City Development offers a proud tradition of expertise in the development, acquisition, oversight, and management of multifamily rental housing. Unlike other real estate development and investment firms, Mid-City focuses on long-term value and enduring relationships, proudly carrying on the tradition of strategic public-private partnerships and quality housing established by our esteemed founder, Eugene F. Ford. Founded 50 years ago, Mid-City is a family-owned firm with a 40-year history of committed investment in the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor. Dedicated to RIA’s sustainable evolution, Mid-City will remain invested in the community indefinitely. For more information on the new development, ‘RIA’, visit

ReCreative Spaces designs places for communities to gather and share their passion for art of all kinds. We work with property owners, developers, city agencies, small businesses, and organizations to drive awareness and traffic into otherwise underutilized spaces. By offering site-specific programming and events we aim to cultivate artistic expression, build community, encourage social collaboration, and increase civic participation.


Artists, creatives, and community organizations interested in participating in Art in the Park(ing lot) programming may fill out the brief online survey or contact us directly;


This post is a copy of a recent press release from ReCreative Spaces shared with permission.

Largest Privately Owned DC Redevelopment Site Has a Name

Bethesda, MD – January 19, 2016 – MidCity, one of Washington, DC’s most respected and experienced developers and property owners, has launched a new name and dynamic new website — — for its ambitious 20-acre mixed-use development designed to be the future centerpiece of the Rhode Island Avenue community.

The website moves far beyond a branding exercise and includes candid FAQ’s, phase-by-phase diagrams, master plan and block plan renderings and details of the meticulous and innovative approach being employed by MidCity and architect and planner, Perkins Eastman. MidCity has retained interdisciplinary and strategy collective, Streetsense, for branding, communications and retail consulting for the project.

Visit the new RIA site for the press release and more details.

RIA Main Street Featured on Metro Connection


Rhode Island Avenue features in Metro Connection on WAMU 88.5 American University Radio!

The feature marvels at residential real estate prices in Woodridge – up by a third since last year, according to one realtor.

It also highlights a number of the new businesses that are here thanks to the efforts of the Rhode Island Main Street Program: Zeke’s, Good Food Markets and the Bespoke Kitchen Supper Club. And it gives a heads-up on Mediterranean restaurant Nido’s planned opening in May.

“We knew that development was coming… and we wanted to make sure that community members had a voice in what that development looked like.” said Woodridge resident Kyle Todd, one of the founding members of Friends of Rhode Island Avenue in 2011, and now the Main Street Program’s Executive Director. “We realized that we had all these fantastic commercial properties with wide sidewalks and a lot of those spaces were vacant.”

They are filling up fast now. A revival of the once vibrant jazz club scene along the Avenue may not be in the immediate future, the feature notes. But change is coming – so dare to dream!

 By: Sabine Muscat