10/01/14 3:55pm

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17th and Columbia Road, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve noticed that there has been some significant progress in the construction of the Ontario 17 building on 17th and Columbia. Do you know if there’s been any discussion about what retail may go in the first floor of the building? According to the building plans, it looks like there’s room for 5 different outlets.”

10/01/14 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.

creepin

“Furry of Adams Morgan thinks, “Soon…”

basil

“Basil, the cutest Yorkie ever, was pooped after a long day of entertaining guests at a weekend cookout.”

tom

“Tom of Columbia Heights doing his best to imitate a lion.”

10/01/14 3:10pm

#InnerCityHues: Marvin Gaye Mural by Aniekan Udofia from 1st Impressions on Vimeo.

“On September 1st, 2013, we created 4 murals in Washington DC as a part of the Heineken Mural Project. Unfortunately, on September 1st, 2014, the original Marvin Gaye Mural @ 7th and S Street NW was covered by the construction of a new home. With the support of Shaw Main Streets Executive Director Alexander M. Padro, and donations from local residents and business owners, we were able to produce a NEW Marvin Gaye mural directly across the street from the OLD one just in time for Art All Night DC 2014.

Full Details @ innercityhues.com”

10/01/14 3:00pm

449 R Street Northwest

This rental is located at 449 R Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Light-filled south-facing English basement condo in modern, 12-unit building. Gorgeous Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, stainless/granite kitchen, in-unit full-sized stacking washer/dryer, recessed lighting. Building has keyless entry and rooftop terrace for entertaining. $1,775 (includes gas and water) + utilities. Available November 1. Truly a MUST SEE!!! 3 blocks to Metro & new Giant +.”

You can see a couple more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,775/Mo.

10/01/14 2:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JRoseC

Man Masturbating in Meridian Hill Park:

“Just wanted to let people know that there was what appeared to be a homeless man openly masturbating in the bushes next to me while sitting in Meridian Hill Park [Tuesday]. It happened on the southern end of the park on the right side of the fountain in the little field surrounded by bushes. The man was black, wearing gray sweatpants, a black jacket, blue t-shirt and blue hat. I called the cops but not sure if they arrested him or took any action.”

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10/01/14 2:07pm

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1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

From a press release:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Council announced today that the District’s city hall, the John A. Wilson Building, will go red in support of the Washington Nationals’ Major League Baseball playoff run. Beginning tonight, Wednesday, October 1, the District will illuminate the building with red exterior lighting for as long as the Nationals remain in the playoffs. Mayor Gray and the D.C. Council turned the building red the last time the Nationals were in the playoffs in 2012.

“As a lifelong baseball fan, I am extremely proud of the Nats. They’ve had an amazing season with some incredible individual performances – but what impresses me the most is how they play as a team. I’m excited to cheer them on all the way to the District’s first World Series win since 1924,” said Mayor Gray. “And starting tonight, we’re going to turn the Wilson Building red to show everyone that the District is behind them 100 percent.”

The Nationals, as champions of the National League East Division, will play Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the winner of tonight’s National League Wild Card play-in game on Friday, October 3 at Nationals Park. Mayor Gray is scheduled to attend.”

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3501 13th St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

UIP property mgt Inc. the new owner of 3501 13th St NW, which bought the building in June for $6 million, promptly filed civil suit in July to increase the rents of every tenant in the building for $991.55 (I have attached PDFs of some of the court docs). They want to add another $991.55 to the preexisting rent of every unit in the building. The attached doc that I sent was scanned from the packet the city sent. It outlines the proposed “temporary” surcharge by unit.

UIP rent increase (PDF)

UIP court doc 1 (PDF)

UIP court doc 2 (PDF)

In what would appear to be an attempt to make an end run around various DC laws regarding tenants rights, UIP justifies this “temporary” rent increase in the name of making improvements to the property. Clearly, this doubling of the rents of most tenants would be a defacto eviction for most of the tenants of this section 8 housing.

The tenants (of which I am one) were notified on the 15th of September by the DC Office of Administrative Hearings that they were required to appear in court on Oct 24 at the Office of Administrative Hearings or risk losing the case.

Now, UIP may not succeed in this opening gambit in it’s attempt to force the people who live at 3501 13th from their homes. However, the crass disrespect towards the people who live at 3501 13th is demonstrated by the fact that they filed a suit that will require working people to take a day off and go to court to head off a cynical ploy by their landlord to evict them by other means.”

10/01/14 12:55pm

3312 Lowell Street Northwest

This house is located at 3312 Lowell Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spectacular 5BR/4.5BA renovation in heart of Cleveland Park. 4200 SF; 4 lvls; restored inside out. No detail overlooked-all new floors, doors, windows, electrical, plumbing, sound system, 2 new HVAC systems, 3 zones w/Nest thermostats! 3story addition for flexible, open fp. Gourmet kit; large MBR suite; walk-out LL w/nanny suite; finished 3rd level w/balcony.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4.5 bath is going for $2,489,000.