From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) filled more than 16,500 potholes during the 8th Annual Potholepalooza campaign, which ended May 13, 2016. Launched April 1 by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Potholepalooza expedited roadway repairs reported by District residents and commuters from the normal 72 hours to 48 hours.

During the six-week campaign, DDOT received more than 2,000 service requests for pothole repairs. Crews successfully repaired more than 85 percent of the reported potholes within the 48-hour time frame. In the current fiscal year, DDOT has filled more than 52,000 potholes citywide.

Residents and commuters are encouraged to continue reporting potholes by contacting the Mayor’s Call Center at 311 in any of the following ways—calling 311, visiting online at 311.dc.gov, or by using the DC311 smartphone application.”


From DPR:

Today, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that all outdoor pools, spray parks and Park View children’s pool will open for the summer on Memorial Day weekend (May 28, 29 and 30) from 12 pm to 6 pm; and will operate on a weekends-only schedule (Saturday and Sunday) through June 12. Starting June 18, all outdoor pools will operate on their individual summer schedules.

  • All spray parks will open for the summer on Saturday, May 28 and will operate daily, from 10 am to 7 pm, for the entire summer season. Spray parks will close on Monday, September 5.
  • All DPR’s administrative offices, indoor aquatic facilities, recreation and community centers will be closed on Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday. All permitted events will take place as scheduled and all fields will be open.

For a complete listing of DPR’s outdoor, children’s and spray park pools, pool admission fees & proof of residency documents and pool rules & safety guidelines, visit Aquatic Facilities webpage.”

emergency response
Photo by PoPville flickr user Rebecca R

From a press release:

“District first responders will participate in a multi-location, full scale emergency preparedness exercise on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The exercise, which is unrelated to any recent events, was planned in collaboration with CSX, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Center, and the American Red Cross, over the course of several months. It will simulate a train collision with a vehicle that causes a train derailment and a hazardous chemical spill. As part of the exercise, the District will also be testing our ability to shelter the residents of a neighborhood that could be affected by the hazardous chemical spill.

Exercise play will take place at multiple locations: (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

The Washington Post reports:

“Council Chairman Phil Mendelson released legislation backed by nine of the council’s 13 members that would jettison roughly half of the sites the mayor wants to lease from private landowners.

Instead, the city would build five shelters on public land and empower the mayor to purchase or use eminent domain to take control of two others.”

The reported proposed sites are 2105 10th St, NW in Ward 1; nothing in Ward 2; 3320 Idaho Ave, NW in Ward 3; 5505 5th St, NW in Ward 4; 326 R St, NE or 1700 Rhode Island Ave, NE in Ward 5; 2nd and K St, NW in Ward 6; 5004 D St, SE in Ward 7; 6th and Chesapeake St, SE in Ward 8.

Updates when the mayor responds.

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From DC DMV:

“Residents of the Washington, DC Metropolitan area are cautioned to be aware of a phishing scam to collect money from past due tickets. With this scam, customers receive an email that has “Notice of Overdue Parking Violation(s)” in the subject line. In the email, customers are asked to pay the past due fines and a late fee immediately with the threat of their vehicle being impounded; then, they are directed to a dot com website.

DC DMV contacts customers via email if they have registered for DC DMV’s email ticket alert system. Then, they will receive an email notifying them to log into their account when there is an update. (more…)

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) invites you to a public meeting to discuss rehabilitation of the Monroe Street Bridge located in northeast Washington, DC. DDOT will present design plans and a schedule of work for the upcoming project.

What: Public Meeting for the Rehabilitation of the Monroe Street Bridge
When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 | Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Where: Brooks Mansion/DCTV 901 Newton Street, NE Washington, DC 20017″

Boarded Up Houses 9th St from 2009

Thanks to a reader for passing on the press release from CM Bonds’ office:

“Rightfully, there has been significant media attention paid to apartment buildings and rental units throughout the District that have landlords who appear to have purposefully neglected their properties, putting the health, security, and well-being of tenants in jeopardy. These unscrupulous owners are commonly known as “Slumlords.”

Today, May 3, At-Large Councilmember Anita Bonds, Chairperson of the Committee on Housing and Community Development introduced legislation that will strengthen the District’s ability to combat this neglect and provide the legal tools to efficiently and quickly go after slumlords.

The “The Rental Housing Accommodation Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2016” allows the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, the DC Attorney General, or any community-based organization to file an action in the DC Superior Court to terminate, instruct, or prevent any rental housing accommodation that has operated in a pattern of neglect for a period of 30 consecutive days that constitutes a health, safety, or security hazard to the tenants. Additionally, the bill authorizes the DC Attorney General to issue subpoenas related to nuisance properties.

“Tenants deserve a quality place to live and we must use every available mechanism to protect housing accommodations to ensure safe and quality living conditions for all DC residents,” stated Councilmember Bonds at the bill’s introduction.

Many problems of these substandard living conditions include unsecured doors, broken heating and air conditioning, infestation, vermin and trash, dim lighting, faulty plumbing, and vacant units that were being used by outsiders for illicit activity.

The legislation was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Evans, Cheh, Todd, May, Orange and Grosso.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love

“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if anyone has received a bogus ticket for failure to stop in Petworth/Columbia Heights and how you resolved the issue. I drive the same route Monday through the Friday, part of which includes crossing Georgia Avenue at Park, Morton, or Lamont going eastbound. Many of you that live and drive in the neighborhood know that 1) the police substation is on Park between Sherman and Georgia; 2) the officers that cannot find parking on Park, park their cruisers on Morton; and 3) 95% of the time there is cruiser parked by the post office during morning and afternoon school hours to ensure children walking to school are given the right of way to cross in the numerous cross walks between Lamont and Park. Last many of you know that where Morton and Lamont intersects with Geogia are “blind intersections” because there are usually several cars parked along the southbound lane of Georgia. (more…)