“Dear PoPville,

I’m hoping you could bring attention to the enduring issue of grease spills in the rear of 1116 H st NE, ie the alley in the back of this property of Taylor Gourmet.

Yesterday afternoon they spilled more grease and it’s been tough to get the city to take any real action to prevent further incidents.

I would also highlight that even though the business has been reopened for three months, It remains in a state of disrepair in the top two floors. See a photo taken this morning attached below.”


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Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

“Dear PoPville,

In a couple months I’m moving to Cleveland OH and can’t afford a moving company for the trip so I’m looking to only contract help moving the items from my apartment into a U-Haul truck. Wondering if anyone may be able to recommend a local DC company where I can hire a crew. I don’t want to go to craigslist for obvious reasons.”

bespoke suits lgbtq
Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

“Dear PoPville,

My partner and I (both ladies) are getting married this fall and my partner would really love to wear a bespoke suit – and I would love to make that happen for her. Sadly, the most obviously lady-catering, queer-friendly bespoke suit companies seem to be in NYC (namely Bindle & Keep). As we are trying to put a majority of our funds towards the wedding itself, traveling to NYC for a weekend on suit business may not be realistic.

Does anyone have suggestions or first-hand experience with any bespoke tailors in DC who are fabulous with suits for women and are also queer friendly?”

Photo by Danny Harris from his People’s District post on Georges de Paris.

“Dear PoPville,

Looking for recommendations on best places in the city to get a suit for my upcoming wedding in June. My plan had been Suit Supply in Georgetown, but the experience left me feeling like that wasn’t the place for me. Anyone in popville world have some success stories?”

Ed. Note: You can see some recommendations from 2011 here.

trash pile
1605 New Jersey Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Our neighbors moved out last week and left a glorious pile of junk, trash, and waste behind for us. The rats have joined the flies and birds over the 2 days this pile has been in our lives. The tenant committed to removing the garbage but he seems to be operating on a far different timescale than his former neighbors.

I’ve filed 311 complaints with Sanitation (for the junk) and Health (for the wildlife) but I am curious if there is a more immediate step I can take to get this pile removed or, at the very least, a citation of the tenant or landlord. If other folks have dealt with this, I’d love to hear how they handled things. Unfortunately I don’t have contact info for the tenant or the landlord.”

georgia ave
Photo by PoPville flickr user Rich Renomeron

“Dear PoPville,

There is a a growing problem on Georgia Avenue that authorities have not taken action. There is a group of men that are loitering outside what seems an abandoned home in the 5800 block Georgia Avenue NW on a 24 hour basis.

They stay in the front steps and porch drinking, doing drugs and having sex in public. Since it’s not a lit area, the group has grown from a couple to individuals to a sometimes crowd. Not only are they littering and damaging a neighborhood that is looking to improve, but they actively harass the public that walks by or parks on the street as patrons of the few business on the block. In some instances even having drunken individuals laying passed out on the sidewalk, hanging personal clothing garments on the parking meters and signs and even threatening local neighbors. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Me and my friend saw this super sexist and creepy sign for the bathrooms at Proof DC.

We asked a woman working there about it and she said they got more complaints about it after Trump’s election. She also said they have gotten some complaints, and after one woman got really upset they took it down but then put it back out. We told them we would suggest they take it down permanently. Either way, it’s a crazy picture to instruct people where the bathroom is.”

Update from yesterday’s discussion about the above sign:

Max Kuller, owner of Proof says: “We want to apologize for offending anyone with an inappropriate sign for our restrooms at Proof. The sign has been up since we opened our doors almost 10 years ago, and when it was put up, was only meant to be tongue-in-cheek, never to offend or indicate that Proof is anything but a safe and respectful place. Our restaurant has always been an avid supporter and fundraiser of equal rights for all. We have removed the sign and apologize for any offense we have caused.”

hosting marchers
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

I feel I can and should do more for some of the issues that I want to support. For the Women’s March, I hosted a bunch of college students (basically just gave them a place to sleep and shower and store their belongings while marching). But I had a friend of a friend of an organizer situation there. There is a host/activist matching service that is associated with the climate march called peoples housing (dot) com.

Have any PoPville readers used this service, or does anyone have any advice? (more…)