08/28/15 12:45pm

This house is located at 1801 Clydesdale Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Sophisticated studio in The Saxony! Features include parquet floors, modern kitchen, and open floor plan. Bathroom is roomy and has bright white tile, unit also has enormous walk-in closet. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, close to Rock Creek Park & National Zoo.”

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $149,900 ($298 monthly fee.)

08/28/15 12:15pm

Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.

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“There were days when I first became homeless, like on a Sunday, when there was literally nothing to do. I had an abscess in my tooth, couldn’t go to the dentist. It was November; it was cold. I went and slept on a park bench ‘cause I needed to sleep. I woke up and I’m like, ‘It’s not hurting as bad, I’m okay, I can yank it. What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.”

What’s your biggest challenge?

“Me, and my mind. One of my biggest hurdles is not giving up. Because it’s like, ‘What’s the use? Why breathe?’ and then you’re right at the door, and then you can’t give up. I’m thinking about all the people who have been displaced through wars. I’m like, ‘You got it good. You’re still walking.’”

“I was diagnosed with mania associated with bipolar once. I have bouts of depression. When I have a bout of bipolar, I become very lethargic, I’m like, ‘I don’t wanna do anything.’ I didn’t know I was bipolar at the time, and it took me like a year and a half just to get over Paula.”

How did you find out?

“I needed some cash. PIW, which is the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, was doing a drug study. I didn’t have any medical benefits. I said, ‘Well dude, let me go find out how my health is.’ I went in, and I got diagnosed, and I was like, ‘Now that makes a lot of sense. Wow, why I’ll be pumped and then I can become depressed, and then the depression will stay with me. And that depression can become anger.’”

– Jerry

Author’s Note: The Person First Project interviewed Jerry at the Father McKenna Center, located at North Capitol and K Street NW.

08/28/15 11:45am

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8th and Upshur St, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing from NBC Washington:

“Riyad Market at 800 Upshur St. NW was caught in October 2014 with more than 500 packets of illegal synthetic drugs, the AG said.

The store must vacate the property before November 13, as part of a court settlement, Attorney General Karl Racine announced Thursday. If the store owner stays, the property owners can have them evicted.”

Ed. Note: A prime property that could further add to the revitalization of the 800 block of Upshur St, NW. Looking forward to hearing who the new lessee will be.

08/28/15 11:10am

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1748 Corcoran Street NW #1A
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Dupont Circle
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Condo
Monthly condo fee: $566.13
Square footage: 500
Original List Price: $349,555
List Price at Contract: $349,555
List Date: 07/23/15
Days on Market: 3
Settled Sales Price: $375,000
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settled Price per square foot: $750.
Settlement Date: 08/24/15
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Last week’s Good Deal or Not Revisited (GDoN-R) Original GDoN post looked at a slightly smaller condo priced nearly $100 per square foot less than the current subject property. The final price, at $75,000. over asking, may surprise commenters to the original GDoN post, who called the price high at list.

Located in the Corcoran Mews condo association, this unit is one of six in this boutique Victorian building. The earliest reported sale in this building is for this same unit, which sold in 1997 for $94,000. (it had been listed for $99,000.) It was sold again in 1999 for $135,500., then again in 2002 for $230,000. (list price $164,900.), and then again in 2004 for $300,000. (list price $269,000.)

The listing agent for this sale was David Getson with Compass. Gina Russo, also with Compass, represented the buyer in this transaction.

08/28/15 10:10am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

From WMATA:

“As part of the Authority’s investigation into the cause of an August 6th derailment, WMATA’s technical incident report to the Interim General Manager was released to the public today. To view report click here. The report will be the subject of a special Board of Directors Safety Committee Meeting on September 3.

“While the safety investigation is continuing and subject to review by the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC), the operations report reveals that the physical root cause of the derailment was the failure of fasteners to properly hold the rail securely. This was compounded by a lack of systematic, immediate review of data generated during the inspection vehicle runs,” said Safety Committee Chairman Michael Goldman speaking on behalf of the Board. “The investigation is ongoing to determine what caused those fasteners to fail. Further, the wide gauge track condition that went unrepaired was a contributory factor leading to the derailment that should never have occurred.”

According to the Incident Report, a Metro employee operating the Track Geometry Vehicle (TGV) that identified a “Level Black’ rail defect on July 9th mistakenly deleted the information about the defect from the exception report. That report was given to maintenance crews for scheduling immediate repairs to the rail system. Under the then-established protocols, the employee’s report with erroneously-deleted information was not subject to review by any Metro supervisor. The underlying data was not analyzed by other Metro departments for errors until after the derailment occurred on August 6.

“In reviewing the TGV inspection process, we have learned that the derailment was caused by a combination of human error and flawed Metro processes,” Goldman said. “While the employee believed he was deleting a routinely detected anomaly and not an actual rail defect, that such a serious error went undetected with no checks and balances in place reveals gaps in Metro’s safety policies and procedures.”

Still under investigation by Metro’s Safety Department is why the wide gauge condition and the broken fasteners went undetected by Metro track walkers who inspected this area of track on multiple occasions between the TGV run on July 9 and the August 6 derailment.

The Report also documents the immediate actions Metro has taken since August 6 to assure the safety of its passengers. Those include comprehensive inspections and immediate repairs of defects, the thorough review of the track inspection vehicle’s test results with an area manager prior to the generation of the final report for the maintenance crews, making track walker inspections more robust, and engineering reviews by outside experts.

In order to prevent such track safety failures from occurring in the future, the Board’s Safety Committee will review management’s actions and additional process and policy changes, as well as consider the need for “beefed up” safety reporting and consideration of protocols in other safety-critical areas to ensure maintenance crews have the most reliable information possible in order to schedule critical repairs. Further, the Committee will review how effectively the Authority’s System Safety Plan is meeting the safety culture needs of the organization and will examine if sufficient resources are available to meet the priority infrastructure inspection and maintenance requirements.

Questions and Answers

1. What caused the derailment? (more…)

08/28/15 9:45am

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A reader reports:

“Shooting in SW DC on 3rd between L and K. One young man taken away by ambulance with a chest wound…looked like a teenager.”

From MPD:

“On Thursday, August 27, 2015, at around 10:08PM, First District officers responded to the 200 block of L Street, Southwest, in reference to the sounds of gunshots. During a canvass of the area, the officers discovered a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by DCFD for treatment.

This case is currently being investigated by the First District Investigative Unit.”

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