Dear PoPville – Terrible Smell from Brookland to the Capitol

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“Dear PoPville,

As I was driving into work this morning from Brookland, I smelled a terrible smell. It lasted all the way down North Capitol Street, nearly to the Capitol. It smelled like a trash can had dumped over somewhere and the stench was covering a huge part of the city. My husband said he could smell it at the NoMa metro. Anyone else notice this or know what’s going on?”

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  • I thought it smelled like stagnant water. Figured it was just the river.

  • I noticed this as well this morning when driving down N.Cap at about 8:45-9:00. No idea where it originated from

  • The House must be back in session.

  • My office is near the Capitol (Independence and 3rd). I thought it smelled like asphalt resurfacing, but was a little confused because I didn’t see any asphalt resurfacing being done nearby.

  • houseintherear

    Yep- I drove right through that smell while drinking my brownish-colored kale shake for breakfast. :-/ I think it was probably due to the construction there at McMillan.

  • Ask CSX.

  • I know. I live in Navy Yard and drive to Alexandria…the smell was TERRIBLE basically starting in SW and felt like it lasted until I got to Alexandria.

  • Smelt it too from R & N. Cap. NE all the way past Union Station.

  • Sometimes, if there’s a southerly breeze, the stink from the Blue Plains treatment plant will waft over the city. If the smell is over a wide area, like tho sone is, I would guess that it is from Blue Plains.

    • Mug of Glop

      I’m down here pretty close to Blue Plains and it doesn’t smell particularly pungent today. I certainly couldn’t smell it until I was well south from the river. Must be something else.

  • Yeah, smelled it on the red line. It started right after Ft. Totten station and continued through R.I. Ave or NoMA stations. This was at 7:40 am or so.

  • that’s the smell of gentrification.

  • I farted at like 730

  • Weird, I drove up around 9:30 and I didn’t smell anything. (Sorry guys!)

  • Could it be the female Ginkgo trees? When the bloom, it smells like vomit to me.

    • Me too! I thought I was the only one. I literally tiptoe through the ginko berries in the fall for fear that I will vomit if I step on one and break it open.

  • Ginko trees?

    I haven’t noticed anything.

  • Left my home in Brookland at 5:45 this a.m. and kept looking around for a garbage truck but there was none to be found. I’m glad it wasn’t just my nose playing tricks on me because I clearly remember thinking to myself, “something smells like sh*t!”

  • I smelled it on my bike ride in from NoMa to NW. Kept thinking it was a garbage truck near me but didn’t see one. The smell reminded me of NYC in the summer time.

  • Maybe a breeze wafting over from the Ft. Totten dump?

  • Smelled it 8:00 on Taylor NE – awful – really smelled like sewage. Disturbing.

  • I smelled it. Came off NY Ave and turned down NCap the smell hit me in front of Sursum Corda Apts. I thought I was smelling a dead body. At first I thought it was Crab waste from yesterday, but it was too strong and lasted all the way to third street tunnel. I can still smell in my nose.

  • Brentwood Trash Transfer Station. Dirty godforsaken stank pit.

    • +1 that place only gets worse as the humidity and heat rises. I don’t know if that’s what was causing the smell on North Cap though.

  • Yup, I got a whiff too. I thought it was either feces or a dead body or vomit. None of which would have been a shock.

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