04/21/15 10:25am

A reader tweeted us on Monday:

“Yesterday found no more access to Metro Branch Trail @ L St bc top stairs were set on fire? Anyone know what happened?”

This morning a reader sends details via email:

“I called in the fire on the MBT steps on this past Friday night at around 10:30-10:45. From experience, it looked as though an accelerant was used, as, even though the steps are wooden, they went up in flames very quickly and were flaming in a way that indicates an accelerant. The Fire Department came in less than 2-3 minutes and worked on the fire for about five minutes before putting it out completely. I didn’t see anyone check out the scene or any DCPD/EMS arrive after.

The next morning, the stairs had been roped off with yellow caution tape, but no police or otherwise presence. The fire spread very close to the metro tracks (the grass at the top of the steps), so I was surprised to see that no one was out there checking it out. I know that some of the homeless people who sleep underneath the street bridge below sometimes sleep on the MBT bridge at night, so I’m hopeful there were no injuries.”

04/21/15 9:55am

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A reader reports:

“6 ft deep sinkhole on 19th in Mt P. Between Kilbourne and Lamont. Appeared over night. Water service off on 19th st. It’s a deep hole!”

Another reader tweets us:

“Water main break on 19th at Lamont in Mount Pleasant. No running water in nearby homes – understandably. @PoPville”

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04/21/15 9:30am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

04/21/15 8:54am

Thanks to all the great photographers who emailed, tweeted and uploaded to the PoPville flickr pool such amazing shot. I’m in awe. This is just a sampling.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

04/20/15 10:22pm

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1340 4th Street, NE

I’m super intrigued by this spot. The liquor license placard for Masseria says:

“Full-service restaurant serving Italian cuisine. Total Occupancy Load of 99, Summer Garden with 32 seats.”

Previously the Washington Post reported:

“Nicholas Stefanelli recently left Bibiana to open a place of his own at 1344 Fourth St. NE, in conjunction with Edens Realty Inc., the developers of the popular Union Market. The first free-standing restaurant outside the market will be called Masseria, a reference to the charming country houses, many on working farms, throughout Puglia.”

Updates when they get closer to opening, but lots of build out needs to finish first:

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Across the street from Solid Gold Inc.:

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Up the block from the old signage:

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04/20/15 10:05pm

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Thanks to a reader for tweeting us:

“Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC2B)
Report of the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Committee
Published for Public Comment on April 17, 2015

The Dupont Circle ANC will address the west dupont liquor license moratorium at its special meeting on Monday, April 27th at 7:00pm at the Johns Hopkins University building at 1740 Massachusetts avenue, Johns Hopkins Nitze Building, Kenney-Herter Auditorium. We encourage public participation at that meeting or to send comments to ANC Commissioners via email at commssioners@dupontcircleanc.net.”

The working group encourages ANC 2B to recommend that the ABC Board not renew the West Dupont Circle Liquor License Moratorium. Instead the ANC should adopt a standing policy to protest new liquor license applications in the former moratorium zone until a settlement agreement can be reached with the application that will alleviate any possible concerns over peace, order, quiet and parking.

Read the full report here: West-Dupont-Moratorium-Working-Group-Recommendation (PDF)

04/20/15 10:02pm

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Interesting to note from Wikipedia:

“Originally located at the foot of New Hampshire Avenue, NW in Rock Creek Park along the Potomac River, the monument was removed in 1966 to accommodate the Kennedy Center. The memorial was re-erected without ceremony in 1968 at its current location in Washington Channel Park at Fourth and P Streets, SW”

The anniversary was last Wednesday:

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