01/26/15 2:55pm

1608 D Street Southeast

This rental is located at 1608 D Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“100 year old Cap Hill TH renovated to perfection! 2BR & rare 2.5BA–including ensuite BA in MBR, 2nd full bath next to 2nd BR & powder room on main level. Lives like 2 master suites. Kitchen includes all brand new SS appliances, granite counters with table space. Light-filled with beautiful hardwoods throughout.. Freshly painted LL w/full W/D, space for hobbies, gym or great storage. Lovely bk yd.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $2,500/Mo.

01/26/15 2:40pm

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From Change.org:

“Last May’s inaugural Funk Parade was a huge success. It brought together 30,000 people in the U Street neighborhood, showcased nearly 100 hours of music and dance performances, and generated an estimated $1 million in sales for local businesses.

Unfortunately, city officials refused to permit the parade to pass down U Street. The avenue has been a hub of live music and celebration for decades. It has hosted dozens of parades. Marion Barry’s first inaugural parade passed down U Street. But officials refused to close it briefly for Funk Parade, a celebration of the heart and soul of the city.

Instead, city officials forced the parade to use a narrow, inconvenient route down V Street and ending in an alley. The popularity of the event easily overwhelmed the route, and when the parade concluded crowds swarmed onto U Street anyway, forcing an impromptu closure. This petition is to ask the city, let us do it right this year!

The neighborhood supports this request: local ANC 1B has unanimously endorsed closing U Street for the parade. Its transportation committee has carefully reviewed the proposed U Street route, weighed community concerns, and unanimously voted to approve the request. But it needs your voice alongside it.

The Funk Parade is a true community event, supported by more than 100 local businesses and clubs, all the local neighborhood associations, and dozens of arts and culture groups from the Kennedy Center and Cultural DC to dance, music and urban art collectives. But it needs your help to call on DC officials to close U Street!

Missed Funk Parade last year? You missed live go-go, jazz, R&B, Latin, rock, reggae, hip-hop, afrobeat, capoeira, drumming, funk, soul, and samba. Other performances included magic, juggling, flash mobs, gypsy swing, and breakdancing. Basically, everything great about the city rolled into one giant event, and delivered — free! — to your doorstep.

Please sign this petition and help convince city officials that THE FUNK PARADE MUST BE ON U STREET IN 2015!”

01/26/15 2:25pm

pepco

“Dear PoPville,

I just got our Pepco bill for Dec-January and it is $245, over $100 more than last month. I have NEVER had an electric bill this high. My place is a 2 bed, 1 bath condo. That is higher than my friend’s bill for her 6 person row house in Columbia heights. The weirdest thing of all is that when I checked the daily usage in my bill, my highest daily use for reported for the day in January when we had an over 24 hour power outage. How can my bill possibly be accurate? Are they just making this stuff up as they go along?

What are my recourses for disputing this bill?

P.S. We only moved in about 2 months ago (mid October), and the place was empty for about 6 months before that, so there is no historic data.”

01/26/15 2:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

Water Powered Back-Up Sump Pump – Work in DC?:

“We renovated our basement a few years ago after dealing with a flooding problem by installing a life-saving french drain system that has been great. The electric sump pump comes on when the water table rises…and we haven’t had a drop in the basement since.

However, the system is 100% dependent on having power to run the sump pump, and I am concerned about big storms that might knock out the power for even a few hours (or days), thus no sump pump.

I’ve contemplated generators and also battery-powered sump pumps, but came across a “Water Powered Back-Up Sump Pump” (see link below) that simply uses water pressure to run a back up pump in case of a power outage. It’s cheap, looks easy to install, and only requires “an uninterrupted municipal water source to operate”.

So my question is…any reason why DC water might get cut off in the case of a storm or power outage? Anybody have any good/bad experiences with a sump pump of this kind?”

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01/26/15 1:55pm

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Phil captions:

“A juvenile Cooper’s hawk stands tall over its prey, a hapless pigeon. The hawk caught the pigeon in midair about 10 feet off the ground near Union Station.

Cooper’s hawk
Accipiter cooperii

Rock dove (pigeon)
Columba livia
Lower Senate Park, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC”

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From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced an arrest has been made in an assault with intent to commit first degree sexual abuse, involving an adult female victim, which occurred on Sunday, January 25, 2015, at approximately 1:30 am, in an alley in the 2400 block of 18th Street, Northwest.

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, 54 year-old Mickey Crawford was arrested by members of the Third District on the scene and charged with Kidnapping and Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sexual Abuse.”

01/26/15 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in Park View on Columbia Rd and share and alleyway with Irving St. Over the past few months our alleyway is being restored in small sections. Right now it’s the section right behind my house, and a few homes/buildings to the left and right of me.

The signage telling us of this pending construction said “No Parking M-Sat 7am-5pm.” Right now it’s 9:30pm on Friday and not only is the area still blocked off with cones and caution tape but there’s also metal rods sticking up from the ground. This means that we are all unable to move our cars.

I recognize that having a vehicle is a luxury but I also feel the city should effectively and accurately inform residents if they won’t be able to access their vehicle.

A neighbor has removed the tarp and spikes so we can get in and out. Vigilantism aside, DC DOT still wasn’t helpful. They told me, via Twitter, that the construction permit for the alley was for a tree company and it had expired 1/22. They have no solutions for what I could do. So I guess the city privatized alley restoration and therefore doesn’t have control over it?”

01/26/15 12:55pm

1616 Newton Street Northwest

This house is located at 1616 Newton Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Situated in the Heart of Historic Mount Pleasant, this 1200+ sq. ft., 3BR 2BA TH with parking is what you’re been looking for! Beautifully renovated with stunning finishes, this home is an ideal condo alternative. Enjoy small town charm in the city, in one of Washington’s most eclectic neighborhoods. Another Quality Renovation by KL Development LLC.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $725,000.