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From MPD:

“To combat robberies in the District, Chief Cathy L. Lanier and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have designated three Exchange Zone areas. These areas will serve as a safe place for residents and visitors to exchange and complete transactions of online purchases.

Several individuals in the District have been targeted after using mobile marketplace applications to buy or sell items. Suspects have used these online platforms to lure victims to meet them at locations to purchase or sell an item and when the victim arrives, a pre-staged robbery occurs.

“The Exchange Zone will deter many of these robberies by providing well-lit areas that are near police stations, giving Washingtonians a safe place to purchase or exchange property,” said Chief Cathy Lanier. “The community can do their part by safely buying, selling and trading online goods at our designated locations.”

The three Exchange Zone locations include:

Special Operations Division’s Harbor Patrol/ 550 Water Street, Southwest,
Third District/ 1620 V Street, Northwest,
Sixth District/ 5002 Hayes Street, Northeast

MPD would also like to remind the public of these safety tips when selling or purchasing items from strangers: (more…)

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From MPD:

“Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division have announced that an arrest has been made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon offense that occurred on the 295 interstate on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

At approximately 3:45 pm, a complainant and an off-duty police officer in his personal vehicle were involved in an altercation while driving on the interstate. Both parties stopped their vehicles, exited, and the officer drew his service weapon. The complainant drove off and stopped a second time before dialing 911. After being confronted by the officer, a physical altercation ensued where the complainant sustained minor injuries.

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 46-year-old Michael Minor of Temple Hills, MD, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

“The ability to wear the MPD badge and serve in the District is an honor and something we hold sacred,” said Chief of Police Cathy Lanier. “To learn that incidents like this have occurred is nothing short of disturbing and only fractures the relationships that we have built in our communities. In light of this officer’s actions, we will continue to hold our members to the highest of standards and remain focused on service, integrity and fairness.”

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From a press release:

“At today’s DC Council legislative meeting, Councilmember Charles Allen introduced the End Taxation Without Representation Amendment Act of 2016 to update the District’s standard motor vehicle license plates.

In 2000, the District of Columbia added the phrase “Taxation Without Representation” to DC license plates as a way to raise awareness about the disenfranchisement of our residents. This phrase, while recognizable, lacks a call to action. The residents of the District of Columbia fulfill all obligations of citizenship, yet Congress continually denies us the accompanying rights and privileges. (more…)

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From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting in Ward 4 to kick off the Rock Creek East II Livability Study on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Petworth Neighborhood Library (4200 Kansas Avenue, NW).

At this meeting, DDOT will introduce the project and provide opportunities to give your ideas for improving your neighborhood through interactive activities.

The purpose of this study is to identify opportunities for safer travel for residents and visitors to the neighborhoods of Petworth, Crestwood, Brightwood Park, and 16th Street Heights. The goals of the study are to enhance the community quality of life through improvements to transportation safety, connections to destinations, green infrastructure, and sustainability.

DDOT will work with members of the community to Identify specific opportunities to improve accommodations for people walking, biking, riding the bus, driving, and making deliveries. At the end of the study, DDOT will provide recommendations such as: (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

My fiance and I were walking home around 9:30 Saturday night and while waiting to cross 16th St NW on Columbia Rd we heard a metal tinkling- then a nail landed at my feet! There was a mangled box of nails right in the middle of the intersection and nails were flying everywhere. I called 311 and immediately got a lovely person on the other end (Jessica I think). She said “Oh, wow!” and put in a street cleaning request but those usually take two weeks so she put me over to the department that clears large items from roadways. I immediately got another great person and after a short conversation he also said “Oh, wow!”. They sent someone out and when I passed the intersection again Sunday it was all good! I feel for the folks who got punctured tires- but happy 311 was so understanding and responsive! I felt like a good citizen for reporting, too!”

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The infamous battle concludes…?

“Dear PoPville,

Last night the DC Zoning Commission handed neighbors a rare victory against untrammeled development when it voted 5-0 to grant a petition, presented jointly by Lanier Heights neighbors and ANC 1C, to downzone the bulk of Lanier Heights from R5B (which allows multi-unit apartment buildings) to R4 (which allows only row houses with a maximum of 2 units absent an unusually large lot size; normally, this means a home of several bedrooms along with an English basement).

The residents of Lanier Heights had overwhelmingly supported the proposal both out of revulsion at a series of ugly popups, which had overshadowed their row houses and deprived their gardens of light and air, and concern that breaking row houses up into apartment buildings of four or even more units meant that fewer families with children would be able to live in close-in neighborhoods. The neighbors testifying at the hearing elegized the mixed character of Lanier Heights, which has both apartment buildings and family-supporting row houses, while decrying the impact that popups, popbacks and cut-ups posed to the area’s diversity. (more…)

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“The DC Jail will be having an Open House on Saturday April 23rd from 10a-4pm. This includes tours of the facility. You can find details here. Not sure if they’ve had one previously but seems like a unique opportunity.”

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11th and Girard St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I was happy to read about the positive response from emergency workers and bystanders after the four-car accident at 11th and Girard yesterday. As someone who lives nearby I find myself wondering why the obvious underlying cause of most accidents at this problematic intersection hasn’t been addressed: the lack of a four-way stop.

This is the only intersection on this stretch of 11th where there’s not a four-way stop or traffic light, which causes confusion for drivers going in all directions. Drivers on 11th will sometimes anticipate a stop sign that isn’t there and get rear-ended, and drivers crossing on Girard think there’s a four-way stop and often just drive out into oncoming traffic. There are frequent fender benders, near misses involving cars/cyclists/pedestrians, and every several months a major accident like the one yesterday. A car flipped at this intersection just this past November.

It’s not as if adding a four-way stop would have some major effect on traffic flow since there are lights or stop signs on every other block, and installing one seems like it must be cheaper than repeatedly sending emergency response teams.

I’ve put in a request for a new stop sign using DC’s service request site under Sign New Investigation. Has anyone used that service with any success? Any other advice on getting DDOT to install stop signs at dangerous and accident-prone intersections?”