Sidewalks of Shame – First Nominee of 2016 the Inter-American Defense Board

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UPDATE: Inter-American Defense Board (IADB) responds:

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“The sidewalks of the Inter-American Defense board (IADB) where all shoveled and cleaned at 10:30 P.M., 5 hours before the time limit established according to the DC laws and regulations.
The work was accomplished by a Company contracted by the IADB and that work was supervised by staff from this Organization.

The IADB does however welcome your comments and suggestions helping keep the neighborhood clean and safe for all of our community

The IADB also appreciate the positive comments received regarding the care and efforts put in to maintain these areas clean and safe.”

“Dear PoPville,

I would like to report the Inter-American Defense Board for what I think may be violations, but since they are quasi-diplomatic, not certain.

The IADB is located on 16th Street and Euclid Street, NW. In eight years of walking along Euclid Street from west to east and catching the S buses outside of their building on 16th Street, not once have I seen them clear snow or salt around their entire property. They also never pick up any trash along the sidewalk adjacent to their property on Euclid Street between Mozart Place and 16th Street, NW.

Today was no exception. The sidewalks along Euclid and 16th were sheets of ice. Is there anything that can be done about these “bad neighbor” practices? They have a security gate surrounding their property, so I can’t knock on their door. If I call, they will ignore.”

Ed. Note: If you’d like to nominate a violator after the big one – please send an email with a photo and the location to [email protected]

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  • IADB is the Inter-American Development Bank, not the Inter-American Defense Board.

    • FWIW, while the Inter-American Development Bank uses iadb.org, their logo says IDB.

      • For what ever reason they seem to use both acronyms. Most people call it IDB and the logo says IDB, but the website and emails are IADB. Maybe because some chump defense contractor shilling PAC are domain squatting on IDB.org.

        • Not to mention that they also use “BID” in their other three working languages. Leads to sweet double-sided business cards, but it’s a branding nightmare…

        • Since we’re being pedantic, note that this technically an initialism, not an acronym. Acronyms are pronounced like words e.g., NATO or FIFA.

      • But the IDB is on NY Ave, while the IADB (Inter-American Defense Board) is on 16th St, as the OP notes.

    • no it isn’t. the inter american dev bank is the IDB. not IADB. my mother in law works for them

      • If you google “IADB,” the first eight or so results are for the Inter-American Development Bank.
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        The Wikipedia entry says the name is abbreviated as IADB, IDB, or BID.

  • OP, you could try reporting them to 311, category “Snow Removal Complaints for Sidewalks.”

  • They have 24 hours since snow stopped. Not a violation.

    • In DC, it’s “within the first eight daylight hours that the snow stops falling.” Sunrise was at 7:33 today, so they are in violation

      • It’s 8 hours of daylight for businesses and 24hrs for residents.

      • FWIW, looking at the shadows, this photo was taken in the morning, and probably within the first few hours of daylight given the shadow from the car. IDB is on the west side of 16th Street (just above the Dorchester). So, no, it’s actually not a violation. If the fence shadow was over the sidewalk, it would be one because that would be the afternoon.

        But the larger point, this was a nomination for just a dusting of snow? Man, DC needs to man up. This thread is laughable to this New Englander.

  • I got up at 6:30 to shovel my sidewalks and that’s basically what they ended up looking like. It’s pretty hard to get every last bit off, especially if you don’t want to annoy your neighbors with 2 hours of scraping noises.

  • I got up at 6:30 to shovel my sidewalks and that’s basically what they ended up looking like. It’s pretty hard to get every last bit off, especially if you don’t want to annoy your neighbors with 2 hours of scraping noises.

  • Agree w/ textdoc, don’t confuse them with the IADB (the Bank). Anyway, here are direct phone numbers. Instead of being ignored by the front desk, start calling the Colonel who is the Director. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx8yHQ_oK0EwN2tfakpkOFd3Y28/view

    • In fairness, as other posters have noted, this doesn’t actually look too bad (and that it might have been shoveled). OTOH, if as OP says, they’re frequent violators, then call them out.

      • I mean, it’s obvious they tried. You can see the line where they stopped shoveling off to the right. Seems like an odd one to complain about when there are plenty of true violators.

  • Ahhh, smell the sweet sweet odour of diplomatic immunity.

    And, yes, that’s a perfectly reasonable amount of snow to have left after a shovel, so I don’t see why the OP is complaining quite yet.

  • justinbc

    At what amount are we required to shovel? Is there an actual technical definition, or is it just a “reasonable” interpretation type thing? That honestly looks like barely anything to me, but I can understand how when frozen it could cause walking problems.

    • Yea if I had walked by here it probably wouldn’t have crossed my mind that this stretch of sidewalk was un-shoveled.

    • I always assumed that the snow/ice should be completely gone and the sidewalk should be visible.
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      I could sort of understand if a private citizen’s sidewalk looked like this, but an entity like this one should be hiring someone to do it properly.

      • Any tricks for getting this much off? It’s as if it’s permanently fused to the sidewalk. Even worse on a brick sidewalk where the shovel keeps getting stuck on the bricks as you try to scrape and chip it away.

        • I get off as much as I can with a shovel, and then use this enormous ice

          • Do you mean enormous salt (not ice?)

          • Bruno, my post went up prematurely. I was going to say “enormous ice pick/scraper,” but then I decided it wasn’t so enormous after all and gave the dimensions in the full post (below).

        • I get off as much as I can with a shovel, and then use this ice pick/scraper thing — it’s a large blade, maybe 5″ x 5″ square, affixed to a long handle — to whack what remains until it splits and becomes shovel-able.

        • justinbc

          For bricks I just boil water and pour it over the last sheet of ice. I know there’s probably some reason you shouldn’t, and it might freeze later, but if it’s definitely frozen now I will replace the certainty with the possibility.

  • We have diplomatic immunity. We don’t have to clean your stinking sidewalk.

  • DC1

    Best bet is to call and annoy them… reporting them won’t do much due to endless red tape, that includes diplomatic immunity, and many more cards played by international orgs.

  • How about staging a “slip in”… a bunch of people lie on the sidewalk as if fallen on the ice, writhing?

  • What does this quasi-governmental organization even do? Their building and grounds and pretty much a shambles. The rusty BBQ in their large backyard is an especially nice touch. The place looks more like a squat.

    • I periodically saw dudes in military officer uniforms come and go in nice black Benzes and BMWs from time to time. Maybe it’s just an Officers Club for military attaches from Latin American countries…

  • The sidewalks of the Inter-American Defense board (IADB) where all shoveled and cleaned at 10:30 P.M., 5 hours before the time limit established according to the DC laws and regulations.
    The work was accomplished by a Company contracted by the IADB and that work was supervised by staff from this Organization.
    The IADB does however welcome your comments and suggestions helping keep the neighborhood clean and safe for all of our community
    The IADB also appreciate the positive comments received regarding the care and efforts put in to maintain these areas clean and safe.

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