Could you remind folks that the key is in the name: Speed cameras. Which means that they will not snap a photo if someone is driving the speed limit, therefore it is not necessary to slam on one’s brakes at the first glimpse of a “Photo enforced” sign and slow down to 5-10 miles below the speed limit. I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents near cameras because of people who feel the need to drop to a crawl. I’m not sure what the trigger speed is for cameras in the District–I’ve heard 5 mph over but that seems like a low threshhold. In MD I believe the trigger is closer to 11 mph over the limit. In either case, if you’re driving the speed limit then there is no reason to hit your brakes for the cameras.”
The renovated Cardozo High School has a playground on the east side at Clifton and 11th. But it’s gated off. Is it for a daycare center within the school for children of faculty? Or is it supposed to be a neighborhood playground?”
Has anyone ever frequented the fitness center at the Columbia Heights Recreation Center (1480 Girard Street, NW)? Good, bad, hit or miss? Not too many reviews online. Also, if I’m a resident of a different ward, would I still be able to use the facility?”
I live a block from the new buildings going up on 8th and Florida. They’re doing something that creates bursts of rhythmic banging, for about a minute, then taking a short break and doing it again. They do this for at least half an hour every day, often more.
Annoying, but it’s construction, what can you do? The problem is that those bangs shake my entire house. It’s like a series of little earthquakes. About a second after each bang, the floor moves up an down, I can feel it through my feet. Liquid moves in glasses, pictures rattle on the walls, the cat gets scared.
I told my landlady and suggested she try to talk to the neighbors, DCRA, and maybe Jim Graham. I’ll talk to the neighbors myself. These are historically designated 100 year old houses, I’m worried about structural damage. Oh and I’m sure this is breaking some sort of quality of life law.
What are the benefits and drawbacks of self managing a condo? Our condo is a 6 unit rowhouse conversion and we wanted to hear others’ thoughts about their experience, benefits, drawbacks, the process, things to consider etc. With the rise of small condo buildings it might be something that others in the DC area are considering and/or are currently undertaking.”
I am the President of the Condo Board at a building on the 1400 block of Columbia Rd. Our trash and recycling are located in the alley between Irving and Columbia. We have been slammed over the past few months with recycling fines including the “not enough bins” fine and the “mixing recycling and trash” fine. The best part is that the fines are always delayed in reaching us and then we get charged late fees, as well. While, of course, my building should do a better job of recycling, I can’t help but feel we are are being targeted. Are other buildings in the area or outside of the area receiving an increased number of fines?
I wish I could say our fines are helping to beautify or clean up the alley, but sadly the alley has litter all over the place and always smells like urine, especially near the 14th St. entrance. Draining the money from a condo association to feed a budget surplus does not seem smart or good for the city.”
I am a female professional in my mid-20′s who just moved to Columbia Heights (around 14th and Newton) and I love it so far but have heard conflicting things about the safety of the surrounding blocks and my area in general (even during broad daylight). Do you have any tips for young women living in the area in terms of safety? And areas/blocks to avoid in particular?”
Living anywhere in the city, it is important to have general street smarts. MPD (police) remind us over and over again not to use our smartphones distractedly (or even at all in public or on metro). But definitely don’t walk with your head down while texting etc. Also, don’t walk home by yourself, especially if you’ve been drinking, late at night. Basically try not to make yourself a target – be confident, be aware of your surroundings and you will be fine. Crime happens all over the District and it can happen even if you are aware of your surroundings but it is not likely. I also think it is important not to obsess over it either. Be smart and you’ll be fine. Have fun and enjoy the great neighborhood!
Do any women who live in the area have other advice to offer?
On my walk to the metro this morning, I noticed that all the walk signals had stopped the countdown feature. That is, they were all just flashing either a white walk sign or an orange stop — see picture above. (This was along Park between 18th and 14th). Any idea what’s going on?”
Hmm, I wonder if has to do with the malfunctioning countdowns we spoke about in June. Will tweet to DDOT and update with their response. Anyone else notice the countdown disappearing from other parts of town?
For those with security concerns about the letter – From the OP:
“The action is over and everyone is back to base. The emails from base are vetted – even to family. So he would not have been able to send it if it had any tactical information. And clearly he is not mentioning any positions – just slogging up and down mountains and getting shot at. There is no mention of the number of troops involved, specific units etc. nor any of the US weapons or tactics used. They are not allowed to tell anyone anything about where they are about to be sent or what they are about to do, but after an action it is allowed, again without compromising specifics.”
As we’ve been obsessing about the govt. shutdown here, it might be interesting to get a glimpse of the world outside – far outside. I just got this email from my nephew. He’s 25, on his 3rd tour in Iraq and Afghanistan. Written in such a plain, “just the facts” tone, you have to take a minute to think about what this whole experience was really like. Most of us have only experienced altitudes of 9,000 feet on a ski vacation, carrying little more than a sandwich and a water bottle. We complain about the noise of early construction work, not incoming mortar rounds.”
Hey Dad! It was very nice to talk to you yesterday, and thank you for the lowdown on the home front, it is much appreciated. Here is an update of just our last week here in Afghanistan. As you know we returned to Shank a few days ago, however on our trip back we took a little detour. We conducted one of the largest and hardest missions physically of my career, in a valley known as the Tenga. It is top 5 most dangerous places in the world. The Afghan National Army had a mission to clear the entire valley. Our platoon went on a 12K movement into the mountains on the southern side skirting the valley to set up an over watch position of the valley to support the Afghan Army. I am 1st Squad Leader so therefore led the Platoon with my squad to the OP. It was hands down the most challenging thing I had ever done physically.
The land navigation proved simple more or less, however we were at about 9,000 feet and had to climb over mountains with over 140 pounds worth of gear to reach our final position. We were completely physically and mentally exhausted. Upon reaching our spot we received incoming 82MM mortar rounds and 50Caliber machinegun fire witch were set up in offensive positions intended for the Afghan Army. Our JTAC immediately called in for air assets, he dropped a lot of bombs so to say. We ended up killing multiple Jackpot key Taliban leaders and took out a key HIG weapons Cache witch had a lot of enemy weaponry. We took 0 casualties. We walked out of there rucking back over 8 1/2K, to DSP Saidabad, also known as DSP Alamo. My previous home with the ODA Special Forces. The mission was a huge success. The HIG and the Taliban ended up fighting each other due to the fact they both though one of the other had told U.S. forces where they were set up to attack the Afghans. Any way that’s just a taste of what I have been up too.
I am back at FOB Shank now witch is a huge relief, I no longer have to be shot at or hear rockets and mortars whizz over my head. We should be returning back to fort Stewart around the 13th of November. I can not wait to see you all at Thanksgiving.
Does anyone in the DC area have recommendations for a pest control company that can remove squirrels and/ or other wildlife from a DC row house attic? Any best practices to know about? We’ve lived in our Shaw row house for 5 plus years now and this is the first year we seem to have issues (or at least loud scratching coming from the attic).”
I’m about to start a job working from home for a company out of state. I’m a little nervous about staying focused and getting bored at home. For anyone else who works at home, where else do you go to do work? I live on U Street. Thanks!”
I own a grouphouse in Columbia Heights and am in the market for a 4 unit property in the Capitol Hill. If I acquire the four unit in Cap Hill, is my grouphouse considered a 5th unit whereby forcing me to abide by rent control laws? Or, would I simply own two rental homes, one of which has four separate apartments.”
I’m curious if you know anything about a man who sits on the 15th Street side of McPherson Square each morning and says good morning to everyone. I bike by ~6:45am most mornings and get a very nice “good morning, biker!” that never fails to make my day. In any case, thought somone might know something about him and I would love to know his story.”