10/02/15 2:10pm

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Changes to the #63 bus?

“1. Does anybody else ride the #63 between the GA Ave Metro and downtown?
2. Have you noticed that it’s way more crowded and moves more slowly than it previously has?

This bus was a godsend – a metro bus that moved quickly downtown and in which 60% of the riders offloaded before I boarded. Now it’s yet another standing-room-only bus that takes 45 minutes to go 2.5 miles. I figured kids going back to school would slow things a bit, but I don’t recall the bus being as crowded back in the springtime. Was there some change to another nearby route that’s resulted in new riders on the #63? Maybe people are shifting their transit choices from metro to the bus?”

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10/02/15 1:40pm

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“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 2-4 with service adjustments on five of six lines beginning at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

This weekend, Red & Green line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals. Orange, Silver, Blue and Yellow line trains will operate every 20 minutes.”

10/02/15 1:15pm


And in pork news, back in January I broke the news of Chipotle’s pork shortage. An update from the chain:

“Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) today announced that it has restored most of its pork supply and is again serving Carnitas in 90 percent of its restaurants. The company expects to have Carnitas back in all of its restaurants by the end of November. (more…)

10/02/15 12:45pm

This unit is located at 1390 V Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Be wowed by this 14th St Penthouse! Floor-to-ceiling windows provide southern exposure and expansive views of Washington. Entertainers will enjoy the private balcony, granite counters, full-sized stainless appliances and designer Italian cabinetry. Laundry in unit! Rental parking available on-site. Steps to metro, restaurants and boutique shopping. Truly a rare opportunity. OPEN SAT & SUN 1-3 PM”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $400,000 ($315 monthly fee.)

10/02/15 12:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

I was just wondering if we could get an update on the recommendations made by the Task Force on Emergency Medical Services developed after Rosenbaum’s death in 2007.


The Mayor seems to be capitulating on actually reforming DC FEMS and looking for quick fixes that pad private sector wallets.”

From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser presented a plan to the DC Council to reform the emergency medical response system. Year after year, the District’s Fire & Emergency Medical Services (FEMS) Department has experienced a significant increase in calls and inadequate investment in training and equipment. Annual calls have increased by nearly 28% since August 2011. Increasing call volume – setting a record in each of the last three months – and a lack of sufficient investment in training and equipment over the years is straining response and quality of care.

In order to reform the EMS system, FEMS will overhaul training for emergency medical responders, improve system processes, and enhance communications, which will ensure that the right resources are dispatched on every call. In addition, the Mayor will propose emergency legislation that will enable FEMS to work with third party providers to transport lower acuity patients. The emergency legislation will put more ambulances on the street by authorizing FEMS to contract with third party service providers to transport low-priority calls (e.g. cold symptoms, ankle sprains, and general non acute sick calls).

While emergency medical responders are dutifully serving the District, they have an aging fleet of ambulances that is unreliable. That is why, in Mayor Bowser’s first budget, the Administration invested $8 million to improve the District’s ambulance fleet in the coming year. However, the ambulances FEMS is purchasing, refurbishing and leasing only maintain the status quo as demand rises. In short, current resources are outpaced by the unprecedented demand for ambulance transport.

“My emergency legislation represents a pragmatic solution to a very real and pressing challenge,” said Mayor Bowser. “Once we have these EMS enhancements in place, FEMS can better train our providers, maintain our current fleet, and improve our dispatch and deployment. My team has looked at all the options, and this is the best way to improve quality of care.”

Emergency procurement will be open for 120 days, followed by a long-term competitive bidding process. FEMS will continue to respond to ALL 911 calls – and will determine when to request a third party service provider for transport. If a patient being transported by the service provider deteriorates and becomes a higher priority call, the provider will be required to call 911/FEMS.

“This legislation will help FEMS ramp up our ambulance availability in a short period of time,” said FEMS Chief Gregory Dean. “This will free up our current fleet for scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and will enable FEMS to improve our EMS service delivery overall and to better train our team.”

Third party providers will have to meet high performance requirements, including response times – and will be regulated by the Department of Health, just like all transport companies that currently operate in the District for special events.”

10/02/15 11:40am

Photo courtesy Pete’s

From a press release:

“October might signal fall for some, but for pizza lovers, it means one thing: National Pizza Month! Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza will celebrate National Pizza Month throughout October long with “31 Days of Pizza.” Each day of October, Pete’s will offer $2 slice specials on a different “pizza of the day” ranging from its popular and eponymous clam-topped New Haven pie to the Metro-North topped with slow roasted pork and housemade pancetta. With more than 20 different specialty pizzas and countless customizable topping options, guests can explore and expand their pizza horizons. (more…)

10/02/15 11:10am

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: 1509 U St SE
Legal Subdivision: Anacostia
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Anacostia
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Basement: Unfinished cellar Parking: Driveway/Off Street
Ownership: Fee Simple
Original List Price for this listing: $399,000
List Price at Contract: $399,000
List Date: 07/30/15
Days on Market: 11
Settled Sales Price: $368,000.
Seller Subsidy: $11,040.
Settlement Date: 09/24/15
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Ten years ago, in “needing cosmetic updates” condition, this detached single family home in Anacostia, a few blocks from the Frederic Douglass National Historic Site and Anacostia Arts Center, sold for $170,000. In 2009, in what appears from the pics to be about the same condition it is in now, the home sold for net $291,000.

As housing in other parts of the city continues to see a decrease in affordability, prices east of the river remain relatively lower, but have also been heating up. Although there were fewer homes sold in Anacostia in 2015 year to date than in 2014, the total sales volume was up. The current median sales price in the legal subdivision of Anacostia has increased from $190,000. for the same year to date period in 2014 to $267,500. for year to date 2015 (up 41.79%). For the same comparison periods, days on market have decreased from an average of almost two months on market to about three weeks. Months of supply (based on inventory and absorption rate) has decreased from a balanced 5.4 months of supply to a more seller-weighted 4 months of supply.

You can see current active house listings in Anacostia here. This snapshot of available fee simple inventory includes homes listed in a range from $165,000. all the way to $800,000.

The listing agent for this sale was Reginald Francois with Property Specialists Realty. Aty Biswese with Nid Group, LLC represented the buyer.