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“Dear PoPville,

One of my best friends is having her bachelorette party this weekend here in DC. Since she truly never got over the end of the boy band era, we were going to take her to the 9:30 Club’s 90s Dance Party on Saturday. However, they sold out on Friday before I bought the other half of our tickets because people either lost their minds with Snowzilla and think that Britney Spears is cool again.

Do you have any suggestions on how I can get my hands on 4 tickets? We already bought slap bracelets for crying out loud.”

If anyone has an extra ticket they’d be willing to sell please email [email protected] Thanks.

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if anybody knows the DC law governing signage for parking restrictions, particularity for identifying snow emergency routes? I just got a ($250) ticket for parking along a snow emergency route (400 block of 6th St NW, between D and E). I try to be vigilant about this sort of thing, and I had checked the 2 or 3 parking signs in both directions of my car (about 30 yards in either direction), but it turns out there was one “snow emergency route” sign on the northern end of this very long block. There were at least 10 other cars who had likewise parked and been ticketed, and even more cars continued to park as people vacated their spots (though I warned as many as I could). Perhaps I just need to be more vigilant, but it seems reasonable to survey 6 parking signs spanning 60 or 70 yards before concluding that a block is okay to park, and clearly many others agreed (to the tune of $2500/3000 in tickets within a few minutes). Does anyone know the law on this? I searched the DC parking code for signage requirements and turned up nothing.”

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Also this just in from the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser announced today that citations issued for parking on snow emergency routes on Friday, January 22nd will be voided.

“The Blizzard of 2016 was one of the largest snow events in recent history and we are all working together to dig the District out from this storm,” said Mayor Bowser. “Despite that drivers were advised last Thursday to remove their vehicles from snow routes, I understand that some who received citations that Friday may not have known about the parking restriction, or may have been running errands in preparation for the storm. This ticket dismissal is one small way that we can continue to help each other recover from the storm.”

At 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 22nd, a snow emergency declaration went into effect requiring residents to remove their vehicles from snow emergency routes and prohibiting them from parking along these routes until the declaration expired. 2800 citations were issued Friday, each of which carried with it a fine of $250 fine and fees for towing and vehicle storage.

Unpaid citations issued for violating the January 22nd snow emergency will be voided administratively. Residents who have already paid their citations for violations that occurred on Friday, January 22nd will receive a refund. In either case, all applicable towing and storage fees still apply. Residents with questions about the citation void are asked to call 311.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Nikoo Yahyazadeh

“Dear PoPville,

Anyone have an idea when mail will be delivered again in DC? Is anyone getting mail? We haven’t had a delivery since last week (in Brookland).”

I’ve been getting a lot of these queries on twitter too – so let’s put it all together here – who has or has not gotten mail yet? Please include what neighborhood you live in. Thanks.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend not the same sign – just using to illustrate

“Dear PoPville,

I am in a bit of a parking pickle because of this snow (aren’t we all) and am looking for advice.

Someone’s put up emergency no parking signs across four/five car lengths to make room for a moving truck this weekend. Parking is already tough as it is and this snow has made it a bigger nightmare. There are still piles taller than I am.

My car is parked within the no parking zone, but it is right across the street from my apartment AND I’m leaving the country on Monday and will need to bring down very heavy luggage to put in it. I am willing to incur a ticket if it means leaving my car where it is. Luckily I’m the very last car within the blocked zone and not right in the middle of it.

Worth flouting the sign? Will I get towed? Do you know of any exceptions DCPW is making in light of the snow? Enforcement is so hit or miss with these things. Hate to be a bad neighbor to these new transplants but honestly this week is inconvenient for everyone involved.

I forgot to mention that 99% of the cars on my street are still walled in by snow and the piles on the sidewalk are at least four feet tall. Which would make maneuvering a moving truck and lifting furniture next to impossible.”

Update:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo

“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I have been searching for a financial adviser in the DC/MD/VA area and I’m struggling to find someone. On a lot of sites I’m looking at they say they START working with people who have a portfolio of $250k or $500. We definitely don’t have that, and are looking for someone who can help us get our affairs in order (mortgage, student loans, taxes, etc) and help us start investing in things other than small plate brunches. Any recommendations?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Caroline Angelo

“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing in hopes of finding recommendations from your readers for indoor swimming pools. With the closing of the National Capital YMCA, I’m trying to find a new lap pool in the area but keep coming up blank!

I know the Anthony Bowen YMCA is open but am looking for something a little closer to downtown. I was wondering if any readers might know of some local pools (maybe ones that are part of another facility, like the JCC) or have any recommendations?

Thanks!”

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“Dear PoPville,

This came up at a dinner party this weekend, and I was wondering who has had the same experience in/around DC.

For the past year, I have used Zipcar as a way to get around on the weekends. Having used it at least 20 times, I can honestly say the cars REEKED of pot 16 of those times (I’m talking properly hotboxed for an entire Pharcyde album type-smell).

Other guests at the dinner agreed and one couple even mentioned they stopped using the service altogether because they now have kids.

Zipcar needs to address this problem and come up with solution. I’m not against pot, but I am against paying for a relatively ‘premium’ service that lets me down almost every time because of a nauseating smell I am subjected to.

DC, thoughts?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I have an issue I’d like to get some feedback on. I live in a not-to-be-named large building at 14th and Newton run by a not-to-be-named large property management company. I just reached the end of my 12-month lease at the end of December, and I opted to go month to month. The management company is charging me $250/month to go month to month. The fee would be waived if I signed a lease. Is this legal?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I live in a semi-detached home and the house I am attached to is currently being renovated. On December 23rd, the contractors began demolition and in the process, knocked down an adjoining wall between our houses about 4-5 feet long. While their home is two stories, mine is three and I can clearly see into their home from my basement because they have knocked all the way down through the floor joists and through the wall into my house.

This is concerning due to the possible structural and asbestos issues this may pose to my home as well as the possibility of mice and rodents entering my home from an unfinished work site.

The lead contractor offered to come over, look at the damage and fix it and seemed very concerned about doing everything he could to rectify the situation but he’s not my contractor and I don’t know that I trust them to perform the work under the table.

Besides calling for an inspection and possible structural engineer, does the PoPville community have any advice for dealing with DCRA? The owners have all of the necessary permits (I checked) and this is a quick flip for profit so I’m sure they don’t want to be tied up with stop work orders and insurance claims.”