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“Does anyone know what happened with these buildings? How long they’ve looked this way and if there’s any plans to incorporate them into a building project? They’re on the 400 block of 8th Street NW. They look like something from a film studio backlot.”

Ed. Note: We’ve spoken about these buildings a few times in the past – it’s beautification for a utility. Anyone remember – if it’s a pepco station front or something like that?

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vpp

“So DDOT has a new policy in 2017 that in order to obtain a Visitor Parking Pass (VPP), you need to have a valid DC driver’s license or ID card. It used to be that you entered your DC address, and you would receive the pass in the mail, no further identification required.

This new requirement troubles me. I don’t have a car myself, and yet I would need to change my permanent out-of-district driver’s license in order to have visitors. These are legitimate temporary visitors (e.g. housekeeper, my parents, friends) who would use the pass for a few hours at a time, but more than the maximum 2-hours noted on the signs in my Zone 1 neighborhood. (Note that even to get a DC ID card, you cannot have a driver’s license in any state).

I understand the previous system could be abused by drivers who live and/or work in DC, but their vehicles stay registered out-of-district and they use the VPP as a permanent parking pass.

But what about people like me?

Do people feel this is fair? Is there any other way to obtain a VPP that you know of? If I got a DC resident friend or neighbor to give me one (for the appropriate Zone#, of course), would I or they get fined somehow?”

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clap out
Photo by PoPville flickr user Lorie Shaull

“It’s not the official Thanks Obama event happening two miles from the White House tonight, but they plan to start clapping at 7pm. Bring yourself and friends to the Ellipse side of the White House at 7pm and give a final clap for President Obama. Just a casual stroll . . . with some clapping involved. That is . . . if you can pull yourself away from the 3 Doors Down concert a few blocks away . . . .”

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feral-cats
Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“I have 3 feral cats in my alley that are pooping in my yard, chasing birds, and they had a huge fight last night on the porch. One got into my garage last week and scared the hell of out me when i was trying to get my baby out of its car seat. Is anyone else having a problem with feral cats? Do you seen them in the parks as well as alleys? If you do, where are they? Do you have pictures?”

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cold
Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Wolf

“I’m wondering if anyone has had an outdoor reset control installed for their boiler and what the range of quotes were for you. Some places want to charge $75 just to give a quote, which I refuse to do. It looks like my boiler takes a Honeywell Aquareset kit, which costs about $200 online so I’m wondering what a fair installation price would be.

If you’ve had a smart thermostate installed, I’d love to hear what that cost you as well. I know it’s possible to DIY those, but I figured I may not want to take any chances in the cold of winter.”

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fireplace
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“We want install a small, ventless gas fireplace (32 – 36″) in our row house and wondering if anyone has experience to share or vendors to recommend. We have no existing fire place and want to place it on on our front wall between two front windows. We have read the new ventless fireplaces are much safer than they used to be and give better heat (plus no ugly vent in the front of our house). We went to Bromwells and Cyrus Air in VA today. Bromwell quoted as around $2200 just for the firebox — need to set up a home visit before they will quote on installation. Cyrus Air was very knowledgable and helpful but the quotes was really high +$8K, but that would include installation, permits, dry wall, mantel and all finishing. Is that reasonable? Anyone have experience buying their box online and then having a different company install it? Appreciate any and all advice!”

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service
Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfpackWX

“Does anyone know of a good place to volunteer on inauguration day? I’m relatively new to the city and am looking for suggestions of places in the city that will be open and accept volunteers on a one-off basis. Anything would be appreciated!”

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red-derby
14th and Quincy Street, NW

“We’re seeking a cook to join our team. we have a one-person kitchen that operates under the direction of our chef/kitchen manager. one of our three cooks is leaving, and we’re hoping to replace his commitment, energy, and attention to detail. the position is roughly full-time, at approximately 75 hours every two weeks. we’d be interested in meeting you if you have culinary experience — but if you don’t, and you have the desire to learn, we’d be more than happy to train you. please email [email protected] …. with your resume and contact information. thank you — we look forward to hearing from you!”

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bdale-banner

“I’m sitting outside of the bloomingdale dry cleaners on Rhode Island ave and just noticed these street marker-kind-of banners… any idea who manages? How I could get replaced? They’re all sun-bleached and the picture is just row houses (kind of redundant) and a small “BLOOMINGDALE”.”

I would inquire with the Bloomingdale Civic Association. But what do you guys think about the banners – replace them with new ones or go banner-less?

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justice
Photo by PoPville flickr user LaTur

“I was hit by an Uber driver in the bikelane/crosswalk at 9:15am this morning, January 3, at the corner of 14th and V, NW. If you have a camera pointed at that intersection (say from Union Row or Langston Lofts) or witnessed the accident and got a look at the make/model of the car and/or license plate, I would really appreciate you contacting me. The Uber was a black four door car and the driver was a black male in his 50s and I was wearing a yellow and black jacket, black pants, orange helmet and a white bicycle. Luckily I am ok but I was too shaken at the time to get his license plate. Thank you.”

Anyone with info can also email me directly at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch with OP.

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