07/30/15 3:45pm

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In response to a Dupont listerv question:

“The Heurich House Museum has just adopted the park and will be taking over care and maintenance of the Sonny Bono Park.

In a somewhat mixed blessing, at the beginning of the season, someone (not us) cleared out the old plantings, added a bunch of topsoil, and added new grass and plants. While it was helpful to have the old plantings and bushes removed, the soil and plant addition were not done properly, which is why they look the way they do today.

We have a wonderful garden planned for the space, and will be started to clear the property soon to make way for the new work.”

From an email:

“If people want to donate, they can send us checks (1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036) or donate on our website (www.heurichhouse.org) and add a note that they are directing the donation to Sonny Bono Park. We will also be creating a Kickstarter-type website for donations that should launch within the next 2 weeks.”

Check out the plans:

Sonny Bono Pocket Park Plans (PDF)

Future Sonny Bono Park rendering:

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07/30/15 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 6-8 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.

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“This is Oliver, of Shaw. He’s a bunny that takes lounging seriously.”

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“Dunan, Shaw/U Street”

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Enterprise (left) & Avis at their foster home near U Street. They are now available for adoption through the Washington Humane Society.”

07/30/15 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joseph Leonardo

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District have announced an arrest has been made in the robbery force and violence offense that occurred on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at approximately 10:30 pm.

Several bike riders were in the 1100 block of R Street, Northwest near the Shaw Skate Park exit when they were approached by a large group of individuals who assaulted and robbed them of their property.

On Thursday, July 23, 2015 members of the Third District Warrant Squad arrested a juvenile male and charged him with Robbery Force and Violence.

The investigation is continuing to identify and locate the other suspects. Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

651 G Street Southeast

This rental is located at 651 G Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“This “Capitol Hill/Barracks Row” Rowhouse is conveniently located 2-blocks from Barracks Row’s restaurants/shops, .5 mile to Capitol Hill & 2-Blocks to Eastern Market Metro! It has an open floor plan & balcony that’s great for entertaining. The MBR is spacious with 2 closets, a MBA w/ dual sinks & a jetted tub. For commuters, there is easy access to Penn Ave. & I-695. Voucher only pays $1742.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,250/Mo.

07/30/15 2:30pm

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From MPD:

“OFFENSE: Robbery [1:45pm]
BLOCK: 1400 – 1499 BLOCK OF UPSHUR STREET NW

The victim was involved in a car accident and another person came to help him. While there, they were approached by (3) suspects that displayed handguns and demanded their property. The suspects are described as black, males, in their 20’s, skinny builds, one had short dread hair style, and the other two had short hair. They were wearing white t-shirts and blue jeans.”

And another reader sends this report from WTOP:

“Ben Fishel, the grandson of the late CBS broadcaster Andy Rooney, says he was walking home recently near 11th and V streets in Northwest on July 19 when he was grabbed from behind and slashed across his face on his front steps.”

07/30/15 2:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

Fighting NIMBYism

“I went to a civic association meeting last night, and it seemed like everybody there was universally opposed any dense development for fear that it’ll block people’s sunlight and/or increase traffic for residents (who apparently drive around their own neighborhood for some reason?). Simultaneously, they lament when businesses close because of high rent and lack of customers.

I believe dense development, if executed responsibly, is the key to getting people out of their cars, lowering real estate costs, and increasing customer- (and tax-) bases. The opposition is irrational and vitriolic. My wife and I want to be civically engaged, but I don’t think we want to make a habit of arguing with roomfulls of people that just aren’t going to get it.

Is there any organized force against the NIMBYism? Should we go it alone and just write dissents to our ANC, CM, and the zoning board? Is this an especially effective strategy? It’s a shame, because it’s easy to sit back and let the developers take on the fight themselves, but it seems like their buildings are constantly being trimmed down and scaled back because of community opposition, and we probably only have one chance to rebuild these neighborhoods!

I’m specifically talking about the Edgewood/Brentwood/Brookland/Langdon area, where there’s a lot of development activity, but I’d be happy to join a District-wide urbanism effort as well.”

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07/30/15 1:25pm

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A reader asks:

“Does it seem ridiculous that the power will be cut this weekend when the temps are forecasted to be in the 90s? Definitely a first world problem to be worried about no AC for a few hours! I suppose I can sacrifice for the greater good by going to brunch each day.”

Ed. Note: Respect for the good brunch attitude – have fun and stay cool!