H Street Residents Are Courting Trader Joe’s

Posted July 10, 2007 at 4:16pm

With Harris Teeter looking elsewhere, residents along the H Street Northeast corridor are turning to Trader Joe’s in their effort to attract a high-end grocery to the neighborhood.

Alan Kimber, an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner who represents the neighborhood, is organizing volunteers to circulate a petition encouraging Trader Joe’s to move in at the corner of H and Third streets Northeast. The petitions will be sent to the company along with e-mailed testimony Kimber is soliciting from residents about why they want a Trader Joe’s.

Kimber said he is modeling the effort after one residents used to attract a Whole Foods to P Street Northwest.

“A petition alone is never going to bring a store, but it’s a way to say there’s a groundswell of support,” he said. “It’s a grass-roots effort to essentially lobby them to come. We’re doing that by way of assembling stats on the market in that region of H Street to demonstrate how pent up the demand is for a Trader Joe’s.”

Harris Teeter, which residents were earlier courting for the same location, is instead considering a location at M and First streets Northeast and “essentially dropped the Third and H idea,” Kimber said.

Residents interested in volunteering for the petition drive or sending testimony to Trader Joe’s can contact Kimber at alan@alankimber.org.

Nixon Collection Now Part of National Archives
Today, the National Archives will welcome a new addition to its current 11-part Presidential Library system: the Richard Nixon Library.

The collection will be made up of close to 78,000 pages of never-before-seen materials; 58,000 of these pages are from the Special Files, a Nixon White House depository intended for confidential documents not to be mixed with the White House Central Files. The Nixon Library also will include 165 tape-recorded conversations held in locations ranging from the Oval Office to the Lincoln Sitting Room.

Susan Cooper, a spokeswoman for the National Archives, said public access to these papers will be an invaluable resource to historians, scholars and anyone interested in the Nixon presidency.

“A lot is known about the Nixon administration, but these papers add another dimension to our knowledge because it shows the [former] president not only as the head of an executive branch of government, but also as the head of a political party,” Cooper said. “In no other case does the National Archive own the papers of a president that directly relate to his role as the head of a political party.”

These new materials will be housed at the official Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif., but tapes will be available for perusal at the National Archives in College Park, Md. Selected documents and recorded conversations also can be found online at nixonlibrary.gov.

— Daniel Heim and Emma Dumain