07/24/14 3:55pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Today while on a walk through Rock Creek Park, I came across an enormous, beautiful Tudor house on the corner of Linnean Ave and Tilden St. It looked like it could be a swanky private prep school until we got closer and realized it was abandoned and in a total state of disrepair.

After some Googling we discovered that this is the Morris House, originally home to former socialite and “unofficial host of the city” Edgar Morris and his wife Beronica. Even more intriguingly, it was purchased by the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1973 and has been owned by the DRC since. It served as the ambassador’s residence until 1995, when the ambassador lost his post – but he continued to live there until 2005 as a caretaker.

Since then, it has been empty and unused, though there are holes in the fences and windows that suggest it has been explored. It was designated a historic DC site in March 2010.

Here and here are more pictures. The address is 4001 Linnean Ave NW. There is a new-ish looking dumpster and portapotty on the grounds, so I’m not sure if there’s work being done.

I thought you might be interested in this – or possibly know more? I’d love to hear it if you do!”

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07/24/14 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.

Duncan

“Duncan of H Street too tired to get out of bed.”

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“My loves Abby and Bailey post-Bonnie’s Dog (& Cat) Grooming. H Street”

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“Rescue mutt Scrappy keeps an eye on my quiet little street in NE DC”

07/24/14 3:10pm

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“Dear PoPville,

What’s This Called, Does It Need To Be Repaired, and Who Would Repair It?

I have a feeling that this gutter-type thing (fascia??) at the front of my mansard roof probably needs to be repaired.

Is this in fact a fascia, and if not, what’s it called?

Does it need to be repaired? If so, who would I get to repair it — a roofer? A gutter-repair company?”

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1112 P Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1112 P Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Great Victorian House in Historic Logan Circle for Rent: Three levels of fabulous living – featuring 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, Master bedroom with private bath on the entire 2nd level. Large deck to spend wonderful evenings. Hardwood, Central Air. four working fireplaces. 11 foot ceiling All in the greatest location of town. Near 14 & U st. corridor. Walking distance to 3 metro stations.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $4,850/Mo.

07/24/14 2:30pm

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3000 Georgia Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“There’s a new structure going up at Bruce Monroe park. A large gazebo perhaps.”

Must be part of the $200,000 for Improvements we heard about in April 2013? Think a gazebo is a good addition for the park?

Still waiting to hear about the “NDC-developed mixed-use building on the eastern third of the site, comprising 88-175 apartments up to 1,000 square feet, 17,000-26,000 square feet of retail space”…

Also, Side Note: Found this old photo from the archives – what it used to look like – the old school back in 2008:

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07/24/14 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

Pet care options for low-income folks?

“I remember hearing something a while back about DC having community pet health expos? I was wondering if this was still the case. If not, does anyone know about other kinds of free or low cost resources are out there for low-income folks with pets? Ex: spay/neuter, routine shots, and care for other minor health concerns for dogs and cats. Either scheduled events or consistent programs are helpful. I do social work, and this is a relevant issue to a lot of our clients but I’ve been struggling to find good solutions.

If anyone has any information on the subject it would be wholly appreciated!!!”

Regulations for erecting a sign on commercial property?

“I’m wondering if anyone knows if there are regulations for small signs on a commercial property? I have a small sign for my business, and it appears you need a permit for large signs, but the regulations for small signs are just not there at all! And I tried to check the website…. nothing. I called, and the DCRA are being their usual nonhelpful selves. So, I wondered if anyone knows how I can put my sign up? It’s about 2 feet high and about 3 feet long.”

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mpd

“Dear PoPville,

I do not send this email (and attached photo) as a malicious attempt against the Metropolitan Police Department – this is why I do not include a face or any identification in the photo. I merely want to point out room for improvement on part of the MPD. Since moving to Columbia Heights last fall I have been shocked by the lack of in-person police presence. The only police presence I regularly see occurs on the alley I live in. At least 3-4 nights per week there is a squad car regularly parked overlooking Girard, about once or twice a month they also bring out the floodlights. I am not questioning the efficacy of the squad car and lighting – they are obviously effective in deterring crime in the immediate vicinity. What I would like to question is the lack of in-person police presence in this area and Columbia Heights as a whole.

On my way home from evening class last night (7/22) around 9PM I could see the police headlights as I approached the alley on my final stretch home. I chuckled to myself and thought: “I wonder if the officer will be attentive or on their cell phone?” Sadly, the latter is typically the case. I decided to have my smartphone ready to see if I could document this. Sure enough I was able to walk DIRECTLY in front of and then to the side of the vehicle (within 3 feet of the driver’s window) without the officer ever looking up from his cell phone. This occurred over a 30-40 second period. As you can see, the officer’s thumb is clearly on the phone while he is texting. I was completely flabbergasted by the fact that this guy didn’t notice me until the flash of my camera went off. One then begins to wonder what exactly these police officers patrol.

I wonder how much more crime would be deterred if these officers were not allowed to use personal cell phones on the job, or if they went out in teams of two – one officer remains with the stationary vehicle while another patrols a 4-5 block radius on foot.

Again, my attempt is not to be malicious but to simply point out some poor behavior on part of the MPD, there is clearly room to improve. “To serve and protect”, is that how the saying goes?”

07/24/14 12:55pm

5 Adams Street Northwest

This house is located at 5 Adams Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Here is an opportunity to move into million dollar neighborhood for under 600k! This property is perfect for homeowner or investor! The property is zoned R-4 and can be converted into condos or you can build up to 40 feet high as well. Property is being sold as-is.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 full/2 half bath is going for $599,000.

07/24/14 12:20pm

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Photo via Atlas Brew Works Facebook page

From a press release:

“Atlas Brew Works, the District’s newest production craft brewery, today announced an additional offering in its Tasting Room: Pints!

“We are excited to now offer our guests a pint of Atlas beer which they can enjoy in the brewery!” said Atlas CEO Justin Cox, “We’re glad the DC Council took notice of a need in our brewing community and worked with us to find a solution.”

Previously, production breweries in the District of Columbia could only offer tasting flights totaling no more than twelve ounces per visit. The new law allows patrons who stop in for a tasting and tour to also enjoy Atlas beers on premise at the brewery. “It’s great to allow our visitors to enjoy the beer in an appropriate serving quantity,” said Head Brewer Will Durgin. Growler fills and bottles will remain available at the brewery for consumption off-premises.

Atlas Brew Works will extend its tasting room hours to open Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 1-8pm, and Sunday 1-5pm opening for its first Friday Happy Hour this Friday, July 25th. 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE Suite 102

Founded by Justin Cox and award winning professional brewer Will Durgin, Atlas Brew Works is located in the Ivy City neighborhood of Northeast DC. Atlas offers its signature fresh, local beers Rowdy and District Common as well as rotating seasonals to thirsty Washingtonians in taverns and restaurants across the District.”