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A reader reports:

“Major house fire this afternoon on Madison between 16th and 14th. Never saw flames but tons of smoke coming out of every window. Firefighters cut holes in the roof. Unsure if anyone hurt or how it started.”

@IAFF36 tweeted:

“Update 1400 block Madison St NW fire in the basement is out. Firefighters still checking for extension in the walls on floors above”

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This rental is located at 1314 Delafield Place, Northwest. The listing says:

“Magnificent ~Grand Dame Victorian~has been lovingly preserved featuring beautiful hrdwds, high ceilings, untouched woodwork, gracious country KIT, Stone walled fireplace, fully finished basement with bar, 2 car garage, detached garage, and a deck off of the kitchen. Blocks to Carter Barron, Rock Creek Pk & Public Transportation. Come home to another era full of relaxation & elegance.”

Ed. Note: Isn’t that bungalow?

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You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $3,950/Mo.

A reader reports last night:

“At 6:25 p.m. I came out of my house on the 5200 block of 14th St NW and turned north. I noticed a kid on the ground a few houses down and another kid turn and run away (turned east down Ingraham in direction of 13th Street). At first it appeared like kids rough playing but as I got closer and asked if he was okay, I quickly realized he had been assaulted and robbed. In fact he was pistol whipped right along the side walk of 14th Street in rush hour and next to the Ingraham bus stop. He seemed like a really good kid, just 15 years old. His phone, wallet and shoes were stolen but he remained composed. The police and EMS came, cleaned him up and took him away. An hour later police returned to photograph the crime scene. I hope he is okay. Just a reminder to be vigilant regardless of time of day or neighborhood.”

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“Dear PoPville,

A few weeks ago the city finally responded to public concerns about the unclear lane markings and unsafe pedestrian crossings along Arkansas between 16th St. and Georgia Ave. by painting tons of parking boxes along every empty curb. This has helped organize traffic and slow the pace of Maryland drivers racing up Arkansas through a residential neighborhood, past a busy dog park, to get to Georgia Ave, but the way it was done seems very sloppy and in some places it seems to have created more problems.

First, on either side of 14th St., while going north on Arkansas, there are parking boxes VERY close to the intersections, yet cars that are not turning left are expected to get to the right to continue straight. This leads many drivers to drive in the parking box, and is just asking for a side-swipe or other collision.

Second, this new congestion has led to a serious backup down Piney Branch that didn’t exist before these parking boxes were added. At this point I don’t know if this is the responsibility of DDOT, the Park Service, MPD, Mayor Bowser, or someone else. It seems to have created more problems than it solved and adds time to everyone’s commute. Councilwoman Bonds’ needling of DDOT seemed to get some action on this issue a few months ago. Any chance the Ward 4 candidates would bother to pay attention to something like this?

Any ideas on how to get smart traffic engineering instead of just tons of random parking boxes?

I think they need to take out the parking spots closest to the intersection with 14th St. The one lane of traffic coming up Arkansas gets stopped up by cars turning left to go up 14th, and cars that want to continue north on Arkansas end up stuck because the area to get around the turning cars is very small, in part because of the parking box close to the intersection. It just seems like someone told DDOT to go out and put in parking lanes to calm traffic (as people have been calling for) but they didn’t think it through. “

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From an email:

“Reminder to please join us at the first Heights Community Soup tomorrow, Wednesday, 1/21.

What is it? A community dinner where neighbors gather, and for a $5 donation share dinner including soup and bread (made and donated by owner of El Chucho, Jackie’s and the upcoming Little Coco’s) and creative ideas for the neighborhood, and vote to fund one of four proposals presented that night with the dinner’s door proceeds.

Details below:

Wednesday, 1/21, 6:30-8:30
4411 14th St in the AKA Sorority building.
Doors open at 6
Presentations start promptly at 6:30
Dinner starts by 7:30
Winner announced by 8:30

This is modeled after Detroit Soup, through which residents have gathered and voted to micro-fund many creative projects across the city.

Proposals would benefit communities surrounding the upper 14th St area bounded by: Georgia Avenue (East), Rock Creek Park (West), Spring Road (South) and Missouri Ave (North).”

4914 Arkansas Avenue Northwest

This house is located at 4914 Arkansas Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautifully Renovated Home! 3 Finished Levels, Gorgeous Hardwood Floors, Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite, 4 Full Bathrooms, HUGE Master Bedroom with Fireplace, Dual Sinks, Kitchenette in Basement, Build-in Speakers, Wired for Internet/Data throughout house, Security System, Solar Panels for Reduced Utilities, Quite Street. Available furnished for $4200/mo”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/4 bath is going for $3,500/Mo.