So, this is one reason I just love the Grid...
I'm riding from my house to my home-away-from-home, Peet's Coffee on 19th (FYI: another Peet's will soon open at the corner of 20th and J, at the north end of the MARRS building) and I pass this big empty lot that was, until a couple of months ago, an old auto repair shop. It abuts Alta Plating, which will, apparently, also soon be history. So, I decide to call the number of Heintz General Contractors, which has a big sign up in the middle of the barren dirt. I ask what's going to be built there. The lady says, "Condominiums." OK, I say, and hang up to focus on my pedalling.
I walk into Peet's and, while waiting for my latte, I see two youngish, well-dressed guys with blueprints spread out in front of them. Me being me, I walk over and say, "Whatcha buildin'?" (I may have actually used a "g" on building, but whatever...). They stop and say, "Condominiums."
Turns out these guys are developer Mark Cordano and a contractor named Roger (Hume?), whose employee I'd just spoken to (this guy obviously does not do the heavy lifting - he is expensively coiffed and wearing an out-of-place-sharp pinstripe suit). They show me the plans, briefly (they have no idea who I am) and note that there will be retail along the lower level, including a bakery, along S Street. The Grid needs more bakeries, for sure - what greater sign of real civilization can there be?