“The Department of Public Works today announced its decision to postpone the start of the 2014 residential street sweeping season to Monday, March 10, due to a heavy snow storm predicted for Monday, March 3. The employees who drive the sweepers are the same employees who drive snow plows and until the streets are clear of snow, the sweepers will be ineffective.
“In the District, the start of the street sweeping program is as much a harbinger of spring as jelly beans and crocuses,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “We are disappointed that winter snow is forcing us to delay cleaning those streets that haven’t seen a sweeper since October 31.”
Director Howland suggested motorists use this extra week to familiarize themselves with the signs that designate which streets have restricted parking during sweeping hours. Signs are posted that identify the days of the week and hours of the day when parking restrictions will be enforced so the sweepers can clean the streets effectively. Parking enforcement of residential sweeping violations will begin Monday, March 10.”
Ed. Note: Wait, jelly beans are a harbinger of spring?
To attempt to atone for last week’s unforgivable omission of Rock Creek Park – here are the 13 greatest outdoor spaces in DC (excluding the Mall and anyone who has a roof deck). This list was in no way influenced by the consumption of FEW Rye Whiskey:
13. Rock Creek Park, obviously, but also the streets that surround her in Forest Hills and Crestwood especially
12. Smaller parks – Meridian Hill Park, Lincoln Park, Crispus Attucks Park
11. All the circles but especially Grant and his gorgeous tree, of course
10. St. Elizabeth’s Campus and the view from the nearby Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
9. That little grotto by the Capitol
8. Haines Point
7. Hillwood and Dumbarton Oaks Gardens
6. Kingman Island, Teddy Roosevelt Island
5. By our rivers – Yards Park, Georgetown Waterfront, SW Waterfront river trail
4. Franciscan monastery
3. Rock Creek Cemetery, Congressional Cemetery
1. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
Regular weekend service; trains will bypass Metro Center
Red Line trains will run on a regular weekend schedule throughout the weekend.
Metro Center closed this weekend: On Saturday and Sunday, Metro Center Station will be closed to allow for signage and lighting upgrades. All Red, Orange and Blue line trains will pass through the station without stopping. Free shuttle buses will operate between Federal Triangle, Metro Center and Gallery Place.
Last Train Information: Red Line trains will depart stations at their normal times. Exit at Gallery Place and use free shuttle bus service to Federal Triangle for transfers to the Orange or Blue lines. (more…)
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please shoot me 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 3-4 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.
“Miniature pinscher/ basenji mixed dog, Kai, visiting the Capitol from Adams Morgan”
“Cricket playing snow frisbee in Hill East”
“Lucy, a Korean Jindo expat, getting some exercise in Kingman Park, NE.”
“Thank you for your support for the 14&U Farmers’ Market. It looks like we will be able to stay at our home on the Reeves sidewalk for two more market seasons and I hope we will be able to return after the Reeves Center is renovated or replaced.”
“Great location just a block from Bloomingdale! BRAND NEW First floor apartment! Wood floors, ceramic, brand new bathroom with qualitiy fixtures and features! Kitchen granite, stainless and more. Driveway parking space available for an additional $75.00 per month, otherwise street parking. Security alarm service included in rent. Wash/Dryer in the unit. Great place!”
“I’ve been entertaining this idea that I might like to start commuting to work by bicycle. I work fairly long hours and I love seeing daylight in the mornings and evenings; additionally, I’d love to incorporate more exercise into my everyday life.
However, a few things are getting in my way. One, I am not familiar with bike-riding in the city and after reading RRRR, I’m terrified I’ll be killed by a rogue car. Two, I live in Park View and work in Crystal City. I mapped the commute and it’s about 7 miles, including crossing the Potomac. For someone who is fairly out of shape, this seems rather daunting.
Does anyone out there have any advice on how to start this kind of lifestyle change?”
“Any suggestions for local half marathons or ten milers that accommodate walkers? I currently can’t run due to health issues but would love to work towards a spring weather challenging walk….for charity or otherwise.”
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I am currently living in an apartment managed by a slumlord in northwest DC. In less than a year I’ve experienced numerous housing code violations, multiple rodent infestations (including a raccoon), and a ceiling that caved in at one point. I’ve talked to neighbors who have the same landlord and they have had similar issues with their units.
I am worried about retaliation but want to stand up to the landlord. The landlord preys on people who don’t have the means, financial or time, to challenge him.
What steps have people taken against negligent landlords in DC? I’ve looked into DCRA housing inspections — what comes next? I know there are also tenant petitions and small claims court. I’d be interested to know what your readers have done to stand up for their legal rights as tenants and how they succeeded.”
“Luxury abounds in this truly stunning 4,100+ sq.ft. penthouse w/ over $3M+ in high-end updates & sweeping 180 degree views of the Potomac River. A masterpiece featuring gourmet chefs kitchen, master suite w/ his/hers BA & walk-in closets, 2nd BR w/ en-suite BA, 2.5 additional BA, grand living room/dining room w/ sweeping views of river, maids room, almost 1,000 sq.ft. terrace, & 2 car parking.”
“Just thought I’d let you know it looks like another Quiznos has bitten the dust. This one was on Connecticut Avenue in Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park, next to Italian Pizza Kitchen. I was in there on Friday and they barely had anything in stock. Walked by on Saturday and the signs were taken down and people were loading up a trailer. The location’s been removed from the Quiznos website. There is a Potbelly and Subway a couple blocks away (and a Panera in Tenleytown), so it’s not a huge loss, but the folks who worked there were always pleasant. RIP Quiznos in DC?”
I think there is still a Quiznos alive in Chinatown at 750 I St, NW. Any others still kicking?
4434 Connecticut Ave, NW
Nearby there is also some nice progress at the new bakery, Bread Furst: