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Fighting NIMBYism

“I went to a civic association meeting last night, and it seemed like everybody there was universally opposed any dense development for fear that it’ll block people’s sunlight and/or increase traffic for residents (who apparently drive around their own neighborhood for some reason?). Simultaneously, they lament when businesses close because of high rent and lack of customers.

I believe dense development, if executed responsibly, is the key to getting people out of their cars, lowering real estate costs, and increasing customer- (and tax-) bases. The opposition is irrational and vitriolic. My wife and I want to be civically engaged, but I don’t think we want to make a habit of arguing with roomfulls of people that just aren’t going to get it.

Is there any organized force against the NIMBYism? Should we go it alone and just write dissents to our ANC, CM, and the zoning board? Is this an especially effective strategy? It’s a shame, because it’s easy to sit back and let the developers take on the fight themselves, but it seems like their buildings are constantly being trimmed down and scaled back because of community opposition, and we probably only have one chance to rebuild these neighborhoods!

I’m specifically talking about the Edgewood/Brentwood/Brookland/Langdon area, where there’s a lot of development activity, but I’d be happy to join a District-wide urbanism effort as well.”

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What’s the going rate for storage in your apartment or condo building?

“My building is adding storage units in a dry, secure basement room. Bins are approx. 5x5x8 feet tall and 5x5x4 feet. What’s the going rate for storage in your apartment or condo building? Uhaul self storage charges about $90 for the large sized storage bin. ”

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National Chicken Wing Day

“Does anybody know of good bars (and good deals) for National Chicken Wing Day on July 29?”

Ed. Note: Aren’t chicken wings always on special? Anyway I’d look at Bon Chon in Navy Yard. Not sure if Kochix are participating and they’re more of a take out anyway. Where are your favorite bars that sell wings?

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Looking for an accountant in DC!

“I’m a recent first time homeowner, and soon-to-be first time wife, getting married at the end of the summer. My fiancee and I are looking for a qualified, yet affordable, accountant to advise us on various tax issues for our 2015 taxes. For example, whether to file jointly or separately for the year, various condo-related questions, etc. If anyone has a good referral for someone who is well-versed in these issues, please send him/her my way. Thanks!”

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Property Manager question

“Can anyone give me a really rough estimate of what a property manager costs in DC? I could try to get an online quote, but I’m really just curious how much I’m saving my landlord by doing the job myself. It’s a single rowhouse with 3 apartments. Thanks!”

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Landlord Nightmare

“Hi all, my landlord has been an absolute nightmare since I moved into my place in November, but we have gotten to the last straw. There are now mice is our walls and running through our apartment. We have tried blocking all the holes we can find with bricks and have laid poison and traps, and the problem persists. The landlord refuses to send an exterminator or help in any way, even though the building is in violation of a dozen items in the DC housing code. This morning, she sent me 65 texts detailing “natural ways to get rid of mice” including leaving used, urine-soaked cat litter or snake poop around the house to “deter the pests.” I scheduled an exterminator to come and informed her I will be deducting the cost from our rent check. I am afraid, however, that I will somehow be left on the hook for this, even though it is illegal to have mouse holes and rodents in a tenant’s property. Any advice on dealing with this situation professionally would be appreciated. It is difficult to deal with her because she seems to have some kind of personality disorder and does not respond to interactions in a predictable way. And for anyone who remembers the apt on Cap Hill with the “slumlord” for rent sign – this is that house. Thanks.”

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Were you almost hit crossing S of 15th/RI Ave on Friday July 17 around 5:10pm?

“Hi – I’m looking for a white guy medium build wearing shorts walking two dogs across the striped crosswalk just south of Rhode Island and 15th NW on Friday July 17, 2015 around 5:10pm. He was crossing legally in the crosswalk with two dogs, one of which was fluffy. Two lanes of traffic stopped for him. A forest green Mercedes SUV pulled out of the middle lane and zoomed up in the left lane to get around the stoppage, narrowly missing hitting the guy and the dogs. I believe the guy jumped out of the way (may have twisted his ankle) but it seemed that he had to drag/pull one of the dogs to safety. The SUV didn’t stop and the guy yelled after it. I was a few cars behind the SUV when it pulled out, and I subsequently ended up following behind it up 15th St to 16th St. I wanted to make sure you and your dogs are ok and say that I have the plate number for the SUV if you need it to file some kind of claim (either for your own injury of that of your dog) or report. If you can reply to this message with contact info I’d be happy to share it with you.”

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how do you start a dog park?

“Brightwood park at the corner of 5th and Missouri would be an awesome location. Any thoughts on how to get something like that started??”

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Dance Lesson Suggestions? To pop music?

“I was curious if anyone had any suggestions for a class/location where I might be able to learn/practice partner dancing to pop/contemporary music?

I’m super interested in taking formal lessons for partner dancing but would prefer something a little more contemporary than what I’ve found on my own – mostly classical ballroom dancing. I’ve found the swing lessons near Meridian Hill that are somewhat close to what I’m looking for. Other ideas?”

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Out of Town Rideshares

“Any good ideas for sharing rides out of town on the weekends besides Craigslist or renting a car? I’m particularly thinking of cities that are not as accessible by train or bus, but that are very expensive for the short flight they would take (Albany, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, etc.).”

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