03/02/15 11:21am

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@rosemariochoa tweeted us earlier this morning:

“Helicopters, ambulance, police, road blocks. What’s going on in #MountVernonSquare?”

From Events DC:

“The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Saturday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Attendance is estimated at 17,000.

AIPAC daily activity hours will be 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. with the exception of Tuesday, March 3 when the event concludes at 2:00 p.m.

Shuttle operations will take place outside of the Convention Center as follows:

§ L Street NW –Between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides); and
§ M Street NW – Between 7th and 9th streets (south side)

Restricted Parking
Sunday, March 1 @ 6AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 6PM

AIPAC has received a permit from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to bag the metered spaces outside of the Convention Center on the west side of the 1100 block of 7th Street NW (between L and M streets). Restricted parking hours in this location are from 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 1 through 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

L Street Sidewalk Closures / No Pedestrian Access

Saturday, February 28 @ 7AM – Tuesday, March 3 @ 3PM

AIPAC has also received a permit from DDOT to temporarily close the sidewalks outside of the Convention Center on L Street NW between 7th and 9th streets (north and south sides). The temporary closure will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28 through 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 3 with no pedestrian access during this period. There may be additional parking restrictions and intermittent road closures without advance notice for security reasons.

You may anticipate an increase in WMATA ridership (especially at the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station), high demand for taxis and much greater than usual pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

The taxi stand on Mount Vernon Place will be staffed by Events DC transportation staff and officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).

The appropriate District agencies have been notified for additional traffic monitoring and enforcement of parking regulations in the area surrounding the Convention Center.

As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding. Please join us in welcoming the AIPAC to our community.”

03/02/15 10:45am

“Dear PoPville,

Due to the recent near-misses with reckless drivers around the District, I have decided to invest on a dash cam for my protection and entertainment. I have been capturing the usual careless drivers every now and then.

Saturday I think I captured a very near-miss involving a guy running a red light at the intersection of 15th & Irving St NW as pedestrians were crossing the street. I was so disgusted that I went to the nearest MPD station to give them the footage since the license plate is clearly visible and the person at the counter didn’t seem to care, and just said to email mpd@dc.gov and MAYBE someone will contact me.

Anyway, since I needed to vent, here’s the footage.”

03/02/15 10:00am

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809 Upshur Street, NW

And even more good news for the increasingly popular 800 block of Upshur Street, NW. The former church at 809 Upshur has been sold. This in and of itself is not necessarily great news but who the new owners are makes it so. The folks that bought it were the local development team who found the Domku space (nearby) and the El Chucho space (on 11th Street.) IE two incredibly transformations. This will be their third. They told me that they are already in talks with a few potential clients and they emphasized that they are looking for someone local and someone interested in daytime (as well as night) hours. I asked if their was a preference of restaurant over other retail or vice versa and they replied the important part was that the renters be local and invested in the community. Given this and their track record at transforming neglected spaces around this is very promising!

The partners pictured above left to right are:

-Lynn Yaudes
-Norm Veenstra, N12 Development
-Brie Husted

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Lots more updates when a lease is signed.

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03/02/15 9:30am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user  angela n.

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.

03/02/15 6:12am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Katie Yaeger Rotramel

From AlertDC:

“OPM Status – OPEN w/ 2 Hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and UNSCHEDULED LEAVE / UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK:

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC area are OPEN on Monday, March 2, 2015 with 2 HOUR(S) DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would normally be expected to arrive.”

District of Columbia Public Schools WILL OPEN TWO HOURS LATE on Monday, March 2, 2015 . All students, teachers, and non-essential school-based employees should report two hours after their regular start time.”

“The D.C. Government WILL OPEN ON TIME today Monday,March 2, 2015 under normal operating status.”

And remember:

“the start of the weekly residential street sweeping program will be postponed to Monday, March 9, 2015.”