“Dear PoPville,

I’m curious if anyone has ever filed a claim against either the DC of Virginia government for damage to their car caused by a pothole. I struck one Sunday and blew out a tire because of a pothole on the Roosevelt Bridge coming into DC on 66. I’m hopeful that there’s no larger damage to the suspension that I haven’t yet noticed at this point. Any thoughts would be appreciated.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Julia

Ed. Note: If the owner of the scooter wants to talk to OP please email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch.

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday, watched two guys steal a neighbor’s scooter before sunset and with multiple people around and, in one case, literally walking by.

Watched for over five minutes while giving the 911 dispatcher a play by play as these guys somehow managed to a) free the scooter from a serious chain lock and b) start the scooter and ride off. Not owning a scooter myself I have no idea how either of these things happened.

So to my neighbor on Kalorama Road in Adams Morgan, I’m really sorry. Looked like a nice scooter and wanted you to know I tried to be helpful by calling and staying on the phone with 911. They didn’t dispatch the police until it was too late. To everyone else who owns a scooter, not sure what to say. These guys weren’t deterred by a big chain lock so good luck.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Claire Uziel

“Dear PoPville,

Our next door neighbors (row house in Petworth) started building an addition onto the back of their house with no permits. They are doing the work themselves. They’ve been working outside legal construction hours, including on Sundays and as late as 10:30 pm, doing loud drilling and hammering. The addition/work site is inches from our bedroom window. A stop work order was issued, but they are ignoring it and still doing construction. I’ve now noticed that the roof on the addition likely hangs over our property line (Our house has an addition in the back that is more narrow than the front of the house/property line). DCRA has told us that the property line issue is a “civil matter” and that there’s nothing they can do about it. Is this true? Do we have any recourse? Is the property line encroachment going to make it hard to eventually sell our house? Any advice would be much appreciated!”

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

“Dear PoPville,

I live in a multi-unit (4) building which recently switched management companies. For the 4 years prior to this new management company, the old company maintained the shared living spaces like the front and back yards. Since the sale of our building, our yards have significantly overgrown and now resemble an unwanted and gross tangle of weeds and such resembling a jungle.

After complaining about the yards and asking for it to be explicitly written in our lease that the owner will take ownership over the maintenance of our shared lawn, the new management company– which actually is just a liaison between the tenants and the overseas owner (the owner has opted not to use their services for anything other than leasing and communicating with us)– recently informed us that they will not include it in our lease because it is a “courtesy” that the owner maintain the lawn. Is this normal, especially for multi-unit building of renters?”

metro singer
Photo by PoPville flickr user Patrick Thornton

“Dear PoPville,

I am hoping the community can help me learn the name of the amazing female singer/guitar player who is sometimes at the Dupont and Archives metro station. She is a young black woman with short hair who often covers Top 40 songs. I spoke with her for a bit today, asked if she was selling CDs (not yet), and put my name on her mailing list, but in the midsts of my fan-girling I forgot to ask her name. I am hoping someone in the PoPville community knows who this singer is?”


“Dear PoPville,

We have a 1930 rowhome and have been experiencing issues with our basement rear entryway. Although we do not seem to have any moisture issues in the basement itself, the entryway always seems to collect moisture and the bricks on all sides of the entryway appear wet at all times at the very bottom.

Does anyone have any ideas as to why this occurs? Could it be a drainage issue? Or perhaps an issue with the pitch of the backyard?

If anyone has any experience with this issue and what solutions they were able to find to mitigate the problem, we would greatly appreciate it.”


“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to solicit advice on this situation, which has now occurred three times in three weeks. It seems our place has been listed on craigslist as a vacation rental. Three times now, there is a random ring on our doorbell, and we open the door to find families that are expecting to stay at our address for a week’s vacation. They explain that they have already paid money via wire transfer from their bank accounts. Two of the families were from St. Augustine, FL, and had driven the whole way. They showed us an official looking lease arrangement with our address shown. It’s heartbreaking to have to be the one to tell them they’ve been scammed- not to discount how the families must feel, of course.

I called the police, but they said that I was not being scammed, so I had nothing to report; that the families would have to report the crime. But this is bothersome. We emailed craigslist to report the scam, but who knows if that will work. I’ve become somewhat on edge, fearing that in the middle of the day, on any day, I may have to go break more bad news to people at my door. And what if they become angry? I don’t know what recourse we have. Apparently, this is a common scam. Has anyone else experienced this?”

Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love

“Dear PoPville,

My wife and I recently closed on a house in Woodridge. During each walkthrough, we saw a sheet of metal on the floor that we assumed covered the access to a crawl space under the house. After closing, we decided to move the metal and discovered a room approximately 200 sqft and 8 feet deep. There are no access stairs or ladder and the previous owners didn’t mention it during closing. It’s completely underground and seems to be completely dry. The walls look to be constructed of concrete block.

secret room

We were wondering if anyone else has heard of such a thing in DC and know what this space could have been used for. This may be irrelevant but we were told the house used to be owned by a Billy Stewart (a blues singer from the 60’s).”

mosquito bag

“Dear PoPville,

We are getting hit hard by mosquitos already. They seem to be concentrated around our front door, however, there are no visible pools of water or any other insect-attractors. Any thoughts from PoPville community on how to deal? Is anyone else experiencing unbearable mosquitos? It’s too early to have mosquitos inside and outside of the house!”