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Car Break-in on 11th and U:

“Just wondering if anyone has noticed increased car break-ins in the area? I have some video footage from the cameras that were on the house my car was parked in front of, and I’m wondering if it might be helpful. Around 2am on 11/14 my window was smashed and my computer was stolen (I know, I know, it shouldn’t have been in there, but I will say, it was NOT visible.. on the floor under a pile of gradebooks. Lucky thief). Any leads would be appreciated.”

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Handyman & Electrician Recommendations?:

“I’m looking for a handyman who can come to our house for one day a month and do some general projects as well as help install new light fixtures. Does anyone have any recommendations?”

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Early Morning Spin Classes:

“I’m a member of the YMCA on W Street. They just got rid of all the 6am spin classes and that’s the only thing that gets me to the gym. I’m looking for another gym or spin studio that offers spin classes at 6am on Mondays and Wednesdays. Any suggestions?”

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Anacostia- Would you move there? Which parts?:

“I don’t know much about Anacostia other than its reputation [to some] – dangerous, isolated, etc. But, looking at homes, it seems like there are some beautiful homes for reasonable prices on that side of the river. Are there parts of Anacostia that are better than others where it might be smart to target a housing search?”

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Wedding Photographer:

“I’m in search of a photographer for a wedding next fall. The last post I could find asking for recommendations from PoPville was from 2011, so I would be grateful to hear some current recommendations from the community. Many of those listed in the last post have outdated websites or have since moved out of the area. My budget is near the lower end of the spectrum, so I’d also be open to recommendations for some lower-priced options who may be relatively new to the business.”

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Knocking on ground floor apt windows:

“This is probably a strange question but I just relocated to DC (a few blocks south of the Georgia Ave/Petworth metro stop) and I’m in a ground floor apartment. I’ve been here for about three weeks and haven’t had any problems being on the ground floor but today every hour and a half or so someone was knocking on my windows.

It was a deliberate knock, like how someone would knock on a door, and the ground floor windows are tall and narrow like doors from the outside but the person would stay for a few minutes and keep knocking and then presumably leave. But this has been four or five distinct times now today and I’m not sure what to do. I’ve gone to the window a few times with the intention of just yelling for the person (by the voice, I’m pretty sure a man) but by the time I get the curtains and blinds open there’s no one there.

There’s night time security in the building but they’re not here until 6 and if this was a weekday the super would be on site and I would call him but I’m not really sure what the proper reaction to this is. I don’t really feel threatened, more annoyed and nervous and not really sure what to do, it’s just a weird situation.”

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Concrete Repair:

“My husband and I recently noticed that the outdoor stairwell leading to our basement has developed some cracks (that are growing). We think water might be getting in, which is causing the cracks. Anyone have a recommendation for someone who does concrete repair work? Not sure if this is a bigger more serious water issue, or if the contractor who flipped the house two years ago just did shoddy work. Thank you!”

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Hardwood floors:

“I found old forum posts on the subject but looking for updated recommendations for companies that do hardwood flooring. Wanted to get the bedroom carpet removed and have hardwood floors put in — we have a condo, relatively new building. Thanks in advance.”

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Digging out Basement Next Door – What do we need to know/do?:

“The rowhouse next to us was recently purchased by a group that is renovating and flipping it. Upon closing they immediately got to work, and we could see that they were digging massive amounts of dirt out of the basement. Long story short, they received a stop work order two days after beginning. Fast forward almost a week later, and we received a note in our mailbox that they need to meet with us to sign paperwork for underpinning the basement next door.

We’ve met one of the guys from next door once and found out this is their first home in DC. It appears they’ve mostly done work out in Chantilly, VA. I think it’s fairly safe to assume this is their first ever basement dig out. He also mentioned they’d be done in 2 months, which from what I can tell about both gut renovations and especially full basement dig outs seems extremely ambitious/naive. In addition, their first impressions haven’t been stellar. They don’t have business cards, and they leave sloppy hand written notes in our mailbox. On one, the email address given had the guy’s last name spelled incorrectly. I only figured out it was wrong by cross referencing with the previous note they sent.

We’ll probably be meeting up with them in the next day or two about the paperwork, which we don’t intend to just glance at and sign. We’re doing some research, but does anyone have experience with this and have advice about what we need to know, can ask, should look out for, etc… Understandably, I think, we’re pretty concerned about the lack of experience and knowledge of the people working next door and want to make sure we’re both safe and looking out for signs of problems.”

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No Parking Signs outside of Cardozo High School:

“I’m posting this to make others aware of the new no parking signs on Clifton St outside of Cardozo HS, and also ask if/where I can file a complaint about them.

I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 3 years (13th and Clifton), and have never had trouble finding parking. I parked, as usual, in the 1200 block of Clifton outside of Cardozo last week on a Sunday. When I went to use my car 3 days later, I had been ticketed 3 separate times for parking in a restricted zone. At some point between when I parked and when I got the first ticket, the city had posted no parking signs in front of Cardozo, decreasing parking on the street by at least 40%. The entire block is now restricted. To make matters worse, the no parking signs are tiny, do not specify restricted hours, and could be very easily missed by anyone (including those of us who have been residents for a while, apparently). The entire block was parked up by residents, and all of us had multiple tickets.

Anyone know who I can contact to complain about this? Surely we should have been given some notice of the parking changes, and surely the signs could limit parking within school hours, while allowing residents to park over the weekend or in the evenings.”

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