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Street Sweeping/Towing

“After parking and forgetting about my car over the weekend, I went looking for it on Tuesday morning to find it had been towed for being in the Monday street-sweeping lane. My fault for sure, but there’s both a $45 ticket for being in the lane and a separate $100 ticket issued half an hour later. Is this legit? It seems like the $100 ticket (which has no information in the ‘violation’ and ‘comments’ section. The pink tow slip that accompanied it is completely blank as well.) should trump the $45 one?

Also while the signs do mention that the lane is a tow-away zone, it seemed worth including that the DPW site only mentions the possibility of a $45 ticket.

Thanks for your help! At this point I’ve paid so much in parking tickets I may as well have just bought a parking spot at my building…”

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Periodic explosion/boom in Columbia Heights?

“Has anyone else heard the sudden, huge booms happening in Columbia Heights over the last few days? The first time it happened it set off car alarms on my street, but I never hear sirens or anything afterwards. It happens in the middle of the day and the middle of the night.

Anyone have any idea what it could be? It scares the shit out of me every time! Especially the ones at night.”

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Seeking local acoustical engineer for noise control inside rowhouse

“My DC rowhouse was built in the 1890s. Since then, the adjacent house has been converted to apartments, such that the living room of one neighbor’s apartment abuts my bedroom, which is located in the back of the house. Unfortunately, this neighbor holds late night parties, making it impossible for me to sleep on weekends. Also, in the many, many years since I moved into the house, the neighborhood has developed into a nightlife destination, making it unworkable to move my bedroom to the front of the house.

I’ve pretty much exhausted the tools at my disposal to address the late-night noise situation (talking it over with neighbor, waiting for neighbor to move out, calling the police, etc.), which have not been effective. I’d prefer not to litigate. I now seek to engineer around the problem. I have researched various options, including different kinds of insulation and soundproof windows. Sound mitigation, however, is tricky and can be expensive. I therefore seek an expert’s opinion before I start spending money and ripping out plaster.

I’ve already reached out to companies listed on the National Council of Acoustical Consultants Web site, but they generally are large companies that don’t do residential work, or their consultants are based in other cities and request travel reimbursement. My usual go-to for home improvement and maintenance issues, Angie’s List, is not much help in this area.

If anyone can recommend a local acoustical engineer who advises homeowners, and, preferably, has experience with historic properties, I’d be very grateful.”

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Harassed on H Street NE by Uniformed DC EMTs

“Late last night/early this morning (~1:40am) [June 13th], my roommate and I were walking on H Street NE and were harassed by two DC EMTs while they were driving an ambulance.

As we headed west, the two misogynistic cretins driving the ambulance approached us driving east and at first, leaned on the horn of the ambulance as they came to a stoplight at H and 8th–the move was clearly directed at the two of us, as we were walking alone. Not understanding why an emergency vehicle would honk at us, we looked back, confused, at which point the two decided to leer at us openly. In response, I walked into the street to take a picture of the license plate (DC special police/fire/EMT plate 8206).

Though we thought we were safe because the ambulance sped away (made left turn onto side street) and called 911 to report the incident, the EMTs came back around and followed us down the street for half a block, leaning on the horn at us while we walked.

Has anyone else experienced this type of blatant harassment? I attempted to rectify the issue by calling 911 and placing a non-emergency call to the dispatch station (ineffective) and by leaving a message with the DC Fire personnel line, but am wondering if there is anything else I could do to report this absolutely unacceptable behavior.

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Bring a popup beer garden and playground to Petworth!

“I’m no entrepreneur, so I’m putting this out there in the hopes that a person with real business sense can run with it.

I live in Petworth, which is fast becoming THE PLACE for young families. The parents in these families love to day-drink because, come 7pm, the kids are fast asleep. This concept perfectly lends itself to a beer garden. Now that summer is here, what we really need is a beer garden that includes a playground. Can someone make that happen?”

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Gutter Cleaning Recommendations?

“I noticed water collecting in my gutters, and think it’s time for gutter cleaning. Does anyone have recommendations for reliable gutter cleaners servicing DC?

Thanks in advance.”

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Architectural embellishments for a ho-hum row house?

“I live in a decidedly plain looking row house without any of the fancy brickwork or architectural flourishes that I really love about some of the older row houses in DC.

I’ve been wanting to figure out what kinds of things I could add to make it look just a little more fancy. Stuff like adding onlays above the dormer windows or those “teeth” that some houses have just under the roofline. Does Popville know of any people who do this kind of work? Or a resources where I could actually learn the names of all these little accents?”

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Tree box fence/preventing bicycle parking on a young tree

“Does anyone have any recommendations for a good company/contractor for a tree box fence? We have a really young tree and despite “no bicycle parking” signs there is always some idiot who padlocks their bike to the tree. Since the tree is so little, this means that it ends up tilting – we have already had to pay a landscaping company once to come, dig it out, and straighten it.

Suggestions for preventing bicycle parking also welcome!”

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Lost Shoe

“Writing on the off chance that anyone might have picked up, seen, or heard anything about a lost shoe (Reebok CrossFit Nano sneaker, Women’s size 7.0, mint/white with gray shoelaces), unwittingly dropped approximately one week ago from an accidentally unzipped bag, somewhere along 14th St NW between Rhode Island and R St.

The solemate of the sneaker pictured here is missed very, very much, and its owner would greatly appreciate it if anyone might have any leads. No questions asked if returned!

Please email pairminusone@gmail.com with any information.

Thank you in advance!”

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advice for a newbie medical marijuana user in DC

“I’m a new user of a medical marijuana pharmacy in DC (chronic pain). I had never used marijuana before. After seeing a physician you are required to chose one of three medical marijuana pharmacies in DC. You are required to only use that pharmacy. What I’m finding is that the pharmacy I chose is often out of the product(s) I use. I’m hearing this from others users of this pharmacy as well. And I don’t know how I find out if these other two pharmacies have and keep in stock the product that helps my pain. Are there others out there using one of the pharmacies and if you don’t mind mentioning which one that would be helpful and your experience w/ availability of products. It sounds like some of the pharmacies have their own growers while one of them does not. It would be good for patients to know this prior to having to sign up for one pharmacy.

Also, is there a forum where this type of information is shared and can you share it with us. I keep thinking about switching pharmacies but I would first want to be assured that they have and will keep the product I need in stock. It sounds as though you can’t even get inside the other pharmacies to ask a question if not assigned there.

I’ve been reading that there is a shortage in DC but is it with all three pharmacies or just the one that does not have an affiliation w/ a grower. There needs to be more transparency so that clients can make an intelligent decision prior to signing up. I could use advice. The product is the first in eight years that has helped my severe chronic pain. Thanks for any help you can provide. Hope this email makes some sense. ”

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