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Photo by PoPville flickr user Julia

Ed. Note: If the owner of the scooter wants to talk to OP please email me at [email protected] and I’ll put you in touch.

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday, watched two guys steal a neighbor’s scooter before sunset and with multiple people around and, in one case, literally walking by.

Watched for over five minutes while giving the 911 dispatcher a play by play as these guys somehow managed to a) free the scooter from a serious chain lock and b) start the scooter and ride off. Not owning a scooter myself I have no idea how either of these things happened.

So to my neighbor on Kalorama Road in Adams Morgan, I’m really sorry. Looked like a nice scooter and wanted you to know I tried to be helpful by calling and staying on the phone with 911. They didn’t dispatch the police until it was too late. To everyone else who owns a scooter, not sure what to say. These guys weren’t deterred by a big chain lock so good luck.”

AdMo

This unit is located on a “Quiet street in the heart of Adams Morgan.” The listing says:

“Charming top-floor unit in former embassy, flooded w light & a stunning Palladian window. MASSIVE PARKING SPACE! Well-proportioned rooms, central AC, custom wood paneled MBR closet, & updated kitchen. Includes free laundry in the basement & an extra deep separately deeded parking space. Quiet street in the heart of Adams Morgan. Walk score of 97. Walk to metro.”

GDoN

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $475,000 ($348 monthly fee.)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

Ed. Note: There had been a string of recent burglaries in Adams Morgan/Lanier Heights recently.

From MPD:

“At approximately 12:45 today [Monday], members of the Third District responded to the 1900 block of Calvert Street NW in reference to a reported burglary. A witness provided the officers a lookout for 2 subjects that were seen exiting a residence. After canvassing the area, 2 subjects were located and detained pending investigation. During this time, a second call was received for another burglary in the 1800 block of Calvert Street NW. Through the investigation it was determined that the subjects stopped were in possession of property that had been stolen from the second location. 2 Adult males were placed under arrest for Burglary in the Second Degree.

Third District detectives are working on this case to determine if these subjects are responsible for any of the recent burglaries that have been committed in the PSA 303 area. This arrest would not have been possible without the assistance of the alert witness and the quick response of the officers.”

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From an email:

“4Daysx3Nights x 30Kids x 20Years = A Million Memories

Every year for the past 19 years on the first Monday after school lets out, the staff and friends of Madam’s Organ Blues Bar in Washington D.C. take 30 kids from the tougher side of Adams Morgan to Dewey Beach, Delaware. A big swimming pool, boating excursions, clamming and catching crabs, cook-outs, surf, sun and a beach bonfire? It sounds like everyone’s dream!!

And for 4 days every year the kids are living that dream!!”

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2461 18th Street, NW

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2339 18th Street, NW

Last week I mentioned that no matter how hard you try you can not stop the winds of change. And sometimes that’s OK. Owners Patrick and Kim have been operating the bar and restaurant for coming on 23 years. And 23 years in Adams Morgan, surviving all the ups and downs is really 46 years. As I said last week, this place was really special to me. And it was really special to many others. It was a neighborhood bar for a neighborhood that didn’t really have a neighborhood bar (no offense to Millie & Al’s, RIP) when they opened in ’95 (Little Fountain opened a couple years earlier in ’93.) Anyway why was this spot so special to me and many others? Like any good neighborhood, it is because of the people. And the people came because of Patrick and Kim.

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Patrick looking wistful remembering the good times and the tough times but mostly the good times

Now this may sound a bit ridiculous – but Patrick is a little bit like ‘the most interesting man in the world’ from those beer commercials. And when you’re incredibly interesting you attract an incredibly interesting clientele. And bike messengers. I kid, I kid. But seriously some of those bike messengers were crazy. Hell almost every regular in that place was a bit crazy. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

Now that summer is here, we seem to be having an increase of Dirt Bike drag racing on Columbia Rd and 18th in Adams Morgan. Now, I normally hear the sound of motorcycles and other loud vehicles often times, but this is unique because 1) They are drag racing in the middle of the night, 2) This has been a common occurrence not only weekend nights, but also nights in the middle of the work week. I heard in the past that the police have had problems with dirt bike riders, and disturbing the peace and making loud noises in the middle of the night is not something to be proud of. Plus, people riding the bikes could get seriously hurt. I want to see if any Adams Morgan residents have heard the same things, and if so maybe we can band together and ask the Police to do something about it.”

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2339 18th Street, NW

And so the wind continues to blow. Doesn’t make it any less sad to hear though. And this one stings a lot for me. When I first moved to the District in 1997 this was my very first home away from home. But more on that when this is finalized. Suffice it to say I and many others have had lots of fond, fuzzy and crazy memories at one of the best true, and not used tritely, neighborhood bars – Angles. And Little Fountain Cafe of course has been one of the best “hidden gems” for years. They’d be celebrating their 23rd anniversary next month. Welp, the rumors have been swirling for a while and all I can say is – it’s true. It’s not a done deal yet but the owners are indeed in very serious negotiations to sell the building. Nothing has been finalized as of today but I’ll be updating with more details when it is official.

I’m now going to listen to Tom Waits for a few hours and hopefully stop weeping by this evening…

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18th Street looking northwest towards Columbia Road