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Relatively Quiet Restaurants:

“My parents are coming into town in the next couple of weeks and my boyfriend and I are taking them to dinner the night they arrive. My mom has been here many times over the years so I’m not looking for anything particularly DC. The main problem is that they are both very hard of hearing, which doesn’t mix well with a lot of restaurant noise, so I’m looking for recommendations of restaurants that are relatively quiet and moderately nice in the downtown, U Street, Columbia Heights, Admo area.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!”

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Burglary in Mt. Pleasant:

“On the afternoon of Thursday, 9/25 two guys broke into our home through our front window. Our neighbor saw them walking up our front steps and loitering on our porch. She called me, I remotely turned on our alarm system, and she called the police. They had about 4 minutes in the house during the phone call and me figuring out how to turn on our alarm. Once the alarm triggered, they left.

In those few minutes they took three iPads, an expensive watch, a baby monitor, and some money.

They entered through a cracked and locked front window. The lock is a plastic latch which they broke.

My neighbor videoed them and I was able to extract a close up of their faces from the video – police have both.

If you see these two, contact police.”

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Cost of a pop-up in Columbia Heights?

“Does anyone have any idea how much it costs to do a pop-up on a regular CH row home? I’d like to get an idea as to cost for the basic construction/electric/AC work of adding a bedroom and a bath – no bells and whistles. Thanks!:

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Man w/ Machete on New York Ave:

“Shortly after 10pm last night [Sunday, Sept. 21st] on the 400 Block of New York Ave NW in front of Yale West Apartments are man was running up the sidewalk with a machete. I thought surely someone would call the cops or I would see a report online somewhere. So far, nothing. Anyone else see or hear about this? I hope everyone was safe.”

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Moped Insurance:

“I recently bought a moped to hope around town after selling my car at the beginning of the summer. I’m looking for insurance and haven’t been successful. My car insurance doesn’t write motorcycle insurance in DC and the other companies I called don’t insure mopeds. Does anyone have suggestions on insurance companies to call and an average price I can expect to pay?”

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Side note:

“I parked my Vespa on 13th for 2.5 hrs, before it was even dark, and it was still stolen. This is the 2ND Vespa I’ve had stolen this summer! The police seem to think there’s a group of kids around Florida & 11th that are causing trouble, and they’ve been finding abandoned scooters and motorcycles all around there. They joy ride until they run out of gas, then dump it. I’m trying to stay optimistic that my scoots is still out there and ANY help would be appreciated.”

Garages with motorcycle parking rates near 14th & H NW / metro center?

“I’m looking to commute to work by motorcycle a few days a week. I’ve asked about daily, occasional and monthly spots in a couple garages, but so far everyone wants me to pay as much to park a (small) motorcycle as a car.”

Anyone have any leads on MC friendly garages in the area?

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Suggestions to move air conditioning unit about 12 inches?

“Does anyone have suggestions (DIY or contractor) to move an air conditioning unit about one foot? We’re installing a rain barrel, and the ac unit needs to be moved over just a tad. We’re hoping it won’t cost hundreds of dollars to do, but if that’s the only choice, so be it. We’re already committed to moving forward as we installed a downspout. Thanks for any ideas!”

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How long is too long to leave a dog alone?

“We have a tenant who regularly leaves her dog alone for very long stretches- regularly 12-16 hours but a few 24+ hour times. I love animals and do not have a dog myself because I know I am not home enough to give a dog the care it needs. I feel awful knowing there is a dog next door who is alone that much. I am trying to to determine if I am being overly concerned/nosy or if this is something that needs intervention. I read the DC regs on animal neglect and there are no clear definition around leaving an animal unattended. But it seems if he has access to food and water and is inside out of the elements, it’s not technically neglect. I have offered several times to let him out or bring him to my place when she is not home, but she has never accepted. So then I am just the nosy landlord, or is there something more I should/could be doing?”

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Removing Utility cables from the exterior of a house:

“Has anyone had experience with (or know of a good professional for) removing old utility cables and hardware from the exterior of a home? I moved into a townhouse in Petworth over the summer, and the house has accumulated a pretty unsightly collection of cables and wires along one side of the building. Some of this is connected to an unused satellite dish, but I have no idea what the bulk of it is for and don’t want to start blindly removing or altering something that might be important. Any advice would be much appreciated.”

Water walking/running at Wilson Aquatic Center:

“Hey, PoP-ers who swim at Wilson Aquatic Center: just curious, do pool-users ever do deep-water running there? I haven’t seen anything about it specifically on the DPR website, and I can get over looking like a weirdo compared to all the swimmers…but I know deep-water running has a somewhat different “flow” than lap-swimming, and when lane-sharing it would probably be awkward and not very feasible to have a runner in the lane knocking the swimmers out of whack. (I enjoy both laps and water-running, but most of the water-running I’ve done was in a small town where some relatives live and where residents have access to a gorgeous, huge pool at the local high school that hardly anyone seems to use, so I always had a lane to myself. But I know from experience at basically every other pool that getting a lane to oneself is a luxury, and next to impossible during peak times at the average pool.)”

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Rooftop sunroom?

“We have a townhouse in Logan with an awesome rooftop deck, approximate 15 feet square. Husband just came up with a great idea to look into turning the deck into a sunroom/solarium. The deck is all concrete and very structurally sound – with concrete 4 foot high walls. It was built when the developer flipped the house 15 years ago, and everything was done up to code. We want glass walls (above the existing concrete half-walls) and a glass roof. We would probably only use 2/3 of the deck so we could keep some of the outdoor deck, and have bi-fold doors between the two. We know it will be expensive, but we’d love to add a useful room to our otherwise small condo. Has anyone ever looked into this?”

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Idea for Reducing Parking Congestion:

“I’ve been living in DC for the past two years, but didn’t have a car until the past few weeks after my commute changed. (I’m currently in Columbia Heights.) I’m not familiar with what DOT has tried to reduce parking congestion (other than discouraging vehicle ownership), but I thought residential areas could benefit from this idea that I haven’t seen discussed here.

Most of the time, when I’m looking for a spot, I’ll notice that cars are poorly spaced. Often, enough so that one could fit 2-3 additional cars on a block if the cars were properly spaced.

I’d propose that DC paint lines or even short markers (~ft long) from the sidewalk out to mark parking spots sized appropriately for a normal length vehicle like this:

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Most people will try to fit somewhat in the lines, which would help to reduce the likelihood that one or two poorly spaced cars eliminate spots.

Anyone have any thoughts or criticisms of the idea?”

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