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Places for a work group

“I’m helping organize a work retreat and am looking for a place around the city to sit with a small group (fewer than 10 people) and talk for a few hours. Obviously, we have a conference room we can use if nothing else fits, but I think a change of scenery would be nice. I have been thinking along the lines of a quiet corner of one of the museums, but I’m not sure anything like that actually exists.

Does anyone have any ideas of a spot that is quiet-ish (but still allows for conversation), free of charge, and maybe has a nice view or interesting architecture?”

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Assigning TOPA Rights

“Our landlord is selling our 8 bedroom, three-unit building. It’s a row house and we are the only occupied unit. It’s in a very desirable area. We are interested in assigning our TOPA rights and are trying to see if there are any developers or individuals out there who would be interested. If you are interested, please leave your email in a response and I can email you more details. Thanks!”

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Locking the door to the Condo Roof?

“Neighbors (some teenage kids) in the building next to ours (a mid-rise condo building) recently discovered that they could hop easily from the roof of their building to our roof, and then discovered that our door to the roof was not locked from the outside, only from the inside and came in to have a look around. Property manager claims that it is illegal for the roof door to lock from the outside (to prevent someone from getting stuck on the roof). This seems absolutely absurd if it is the case. We have asked for some documentation from the property manager for this assertion, questioned whether it can be a keyed lock that all residents have the key for, or anything else. The idea of having a wide open door for anyone who can access the roof to then access the whole condo building is ridiculous. (more…)

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Alleyway Parking/Who “Owns” the Alleyways?

“My house in Shaw backs up to an alley, and then an apartment complex. They have a small parking lot, but apparently have too many cars and not enough spots, so they have created a parallel-type parking spot directly behind our backyard/parking area in the alleyway. This prevents us from using our own parking spot/backyard and also blocks in our car if it’s parked but we cannot get out. They are technically not blocking the alleyway, as other cars could squeeze by, but as it’s right behind us, we don’t have enough room to swing in and out.

When I reached out to them to complain, they said the alleyway is their property and that they won’t be moving this “new” spot.

I’m new to the DC parking scene – can I call the 311 ticketing number the next time it happens, or are they correct in that the alleyway is part of their property? Who owns/is responsible for the alleyways and side streets? It’s a large alleyway that connects all the way around to the main street, and multiple restaurants/bars use it for load in/out as well so it seems strange that it would be part of their property.

Any insight would be great!”

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The real deal with how long you can keep a POD storage container on the street?

“The DC TOPS website states:

The maximum time allowed for a moving container to remain in public space is 5 days…

But I’m sure I’ve seen PODS on the street in Petworth for much longer. There are a couple on 9th & Gallatin NW that have been there for over a week, for instance.

Just wondering if anyone has any first-hand knowledge/experience to pass along on this?

We’re renovating and moving a ton of stuff into a POD. I don’t want to keep the POD out there for months, but more than 5 days (10-14?) would certainly be helpful, and so I’m just gauging my risk / options here.

Minor personal detail: Our POD will actually be off the street, behind our house, but this is still considered public land by DC. I’m hoping this might also give us a few more days of wiggle room, but again, anyone that has personal experience to share, please chime in!”

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Sports massage?

“Does anyone have a recommendation for a good sports or athlete-oriented massage place in the city? Thanks!”

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DC Happy Hours

“Hello! My family and I just moved to the DC area and are looking for a great happy hour spot! My husband and I had a weekly routine where we used to live of going to happy hour once a week (a less formal version of date night). We could use some suggestions! We like good beer and we like good food!”

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DC Trash and Recycling Cans

“I bought a house in DC about a month ago and other than the hassle of moving, so far, so good. However, the house did not have trash or recycling cans when we moved in. I tried for a week to call DPW and no one ever answered the phone and the voicemail box was full. I gave up with that approach and just paid $110 for new trash cans online. I received an automated receipt confirming my payment and saying I’d receive cans in 5-7 days. It’s now been two weeks since that payment and I still have no trash or recycling cans.

Can anyone make any suggestions for how to actually get trash/recycling cans in DC? I’ve e-mailed my ANC rep with no response. I’ve emailed my council-member’s constituent services person with no response. I’ve called 311 and was transferred to “solid waste” who took my information and said they’d call me back. Of course they didn’t.

At this point I’m getting quite tired of piling up trash outside (which obviously attracts vermin) and am in disbelief it’s this hard to get a trash can and a bit terrified about ever needing anything else if obtaining a trash can is this difficult.”

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Update Square Footage with city? What is the process?

“So I bought a house a little over two years ago and I’m pretty convinced that the square footage that the city has is inaccurate. I have a standard DC rowhouse with two additions, a large one on the first floor and a smaller one on the second that were both done decades ago. I know the base measurements from my (identically designed) neighbors houses (without additions), have measured both spaces, and it seems that I have around 120 sq ft more than the city record/sale listing. Does anyone know the process for getting this updated for when I eventually sell/rent the house? Thanks.”

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Recommendations for cabinet doors and fronts

“We are remodeling the kitchen in our NE DC row house and are wondering if there are any local cabinet makers that PoPville readers would recommend for cabinet doors and drawer fronts. We will be buying IKEA cabinet boxes and want to buy the fronts and doors somewhere else. We’ve heard of online aftermarket front fabricators like Scherr’s and Semihandmade but is there anyone local? Thanks!”

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