freedom
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

A reader requests:

“I was hoping PoPville could provide some advice to some local parents getting their first extended taste of freedom in a long time. Our kids are FINALLY old enough to spend a week at their grandparents house by themselves, so my husband and I get something we haven’t had in 9 years– a full week in DC with no children. I can’t even wrap my head around it. We aren’t hermits or anything– we get sitters often on weekends and get out of the house. But we don’t get out much during the week so I’m looking for some ideas of what to do on a random Tuesday. I have a couple other friends in the same boat and we’d love to hear from people who are in the know. I feel like there is probably some cool stuff that goes on during the week that I never hear about due to our parental status.”

picnic
Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

Lobbing a softball today (because I’ll be at the beach) but I am genuinely curious where your favorite spots are. I’m stealing this question from the New York Times – so for the District where are your favorite picnic spots? Maybe we can split this into two categories – one with an event like Jazz at the Sculpture Garden or one of the many outdoor movie or concert series and the second category will be just chilling with a picnic with no planned events beyond listening to the birds and cicadas?

VP Pick
Photo by PoPville flickr user Adam Fagen

It’s summer and it’s hot and we live in DC so let’s have some fun today. With Trump’s pick looking like Pence – who will Clinton pick for her VP? To the polls we go! And for the comments (for those into this sport) say who you would like the pick to be vs who you think it’ll be.


favorite local filter tweet

On Wednesday when we spoke about Starbucks coming to Brookland and Filter Coffeehouse had a great reply on twitter:

“@PoPville yup, were pretty “excited” about it. Maybe we’ll put it out of business like we did at 1919 Penn Ave NW… Bring it”

I loved that response and it got me thinking about other locals that I love – thankfully, there are many. So I thought it’d be a fun Friday Question to highlight some of our favorites. It can be a restaurant, bar, coffee house, clothing, artist, really any type of retail – it just has to be local. So who are your favorite businesses born and bred in the District (or inside the Beltway)?

parking
Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

We had made dinner reservations and were having a hard time finding parking. We were five minutes past our reservation time so we decided to just pull into a garage and park. It was an early dinner because of some travel, so a lot of the street parking wasn’t open yet.

At first we didn’t see anyone in the attendant booth at the garage, and then we saw the attendant stand up. He was clearly doing his evening prayers as he bent back down again and so forth a few times. (more…)

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Thanks to all who passed on from DDOT:

“I received this survey via email today and then when I completed it I was able to see all of the current responses. Not sure if that is on accident or in the interest of transparency!”

It’s interesting to see the results. So since we seem to have parking on the brain this week – for today’s question – would you like to see changes in the Visitor Parking Program or do you like it as is? If you’d like changes – what would you like changed? Would you pay for a VPP pass? If so how much would you pay per year? For those who have them now, how often do you currently use them?

DDOT’s original email said: (more…)

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Time for one of my favorite questions (stay tuned for some reading recs soon too) – with a little one grabbing a bit of attention at the home front I’ve fallen way far behind on the movie scene. And I love movies so I’m eager to hear some recommendations for ones I need to catch up on. So let’s say the last 6 months – a year, what movie(s) do I need to see. Let’s narrow it down to top three. Thanks!