08/11/14 10:15am

“Dear PoPville,

I wanted to relay an incident that happened to my daughter this morning [Sunday] on Rhode Island Ave just past N Capitol. The two of us were walking down Rhode Island Ave around 8:00 am enroute to a yoga class (carrying only non threatening yoga mats). We were walking behind a male (late 20’s). There were 4 other males standing on the bridge by N Capitol St. The man in front of us stopped and we walked by. We continued past the other lane of N Capitol and I could hear someone coming up behind us. Just as I was about to turn around, the guy we had been walking behind ran up and smacked my daughter on the side of her face and knocked her into the street and then walked down N Cap St. (the other guys on the corner did NOTHING to assist) Neither one of us had a phone (a rarity!) so we borrowed a phone as soon as we could and called 911.

While we were in front the yoga studio waiting for police to arrive, the guy came down to the corner of RI Ave and 1st street, saw my daughter and yelled some insanity at her and then walked down RI Ave. The police came about 15 seconds later and apprehended the guy. Fortunately, my daughter was not seriously injured (swollen lip, cut about her eye from her glasses), but we were both very shaken up. Clearly the guy has mental issues, but it was terrifying nonetheless. I wanted to commend the DC police for their quick action and compassion towards my daughter and stress the importance of calling 911 should anyone witness or be involved in an assault like this. Hopefully this disturbed individual will be off the streets for a good while and/or get the help he needs.

But I really wanted to share how quickly and compassionately police responded and how important it is to call 911 to get the disturbed off the street. And always be aware of your surroundings.”

07/30/14 10:35am

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From DPW:

“The Department of Public Works announced today that weekly mechanical sweeping of certain residential blocks in the Bloomingdale neighborhood will be suspended through the end of residential street sweeping season, October 31 while DC Water’s First Street Tunnel construction project is underway. As a result, DPW also will not issue parking tickets to vehicles that remain parked in these blocks during posted street sweeping days.

The affected area encompasses the northern half of Bloomingdale bounded by and including the unit block of Channing Street, NW on the far north, the 2000-2400 blocks of North Capitol Street, NW on the east, the unit and 100 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue, NW on the south, the 1900-2200 blocks of 2nd Street, NW on the west, the 100 block of Bryant Street, NW on the north, and the 2400 block of First Street, NW connecting back to Channing. Other blocks within that perimeter that will be affected include the 100 block of Thomas, the unit and 100 blocks of U, V, W, Adams, and Bryant, the 1900-2300 block of First, and the 2000 to 2200 blocks of Flagler Place.

07/24/14 12:55pm

5 Adams Street Northwest

This house is located at 5 Adams Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Here is an opportunity to move into million dollar neighborhood for under 600k! This property is perfect for homeowner or investor! The property is zoned R-4 and can be converted into condos or you can build up to 40 feet high as well. Property is being sold as-is.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/1 full/2 half bath is going for $599,000.

129 Florida Avenue Northwest

This rental is located at 129 Florida Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Brand new, absolutely flawless renovation of a classic story book Bloomingdale home with gleaming hardwood floors throughout, chef’s kitchen, w/d, outdoor patio, garage parking, all literarily just around the corner from Big Bear Cafe and the the weekend farmer’s market. Easy to access to every route out of the city with all the amenities of urban living at your fingertips. Pets allowed!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,200/Mo.

07/13/14 6:47am

From @DCPoliceDept at 1:18am:

“5D Shooting, 0118 hours, North Capitol Street & T Street NW. (3) Victims inside of a car. No lookout.”

@jayrano tweets at 8am Sunday:

“North Cap closed both directions at T St with multiple squad cars and crime scene tape”

UPDATE from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide which occurred on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at the intersection of North Capitol Street and T Street NW.

On Sunday, July 13, 2014, at approximately 1:18 am, officers from the Fifth District responded to a call for a shooting at North Capitol and T Streets, NW. Upon arrival, one juvenile and two adults suffering from apparent gunshot wounds were located inside a vehicle. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the three victims to a local hospital where one of the adult victims succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 21 year-old Donchell Thomas of Montgomery Village, Maryland.

**A second victim, identified as 20-year-old Derek Price of District Heights Maryland, was pronounced dead on Sunday evening.

The investigation into this homicide has resulted in the arrest of 36 year-old Jimmie Fleming of Northwest, Washington, DC, who has been charged with First Degree Murder While Armed and Assault With Intent to Kill.”

07/11/14 1:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I snapped this picture on my way to work this morning:

I’m not sure the exact reasons for the sign but it’s clear tension is growing as construction intensifies on the “DC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT First Street Tunnel.”

A project that claims to alleviate flooding in Bloomingdale but based on the DC water work zone plans looks more like preparation for the controversial development of McMillan Park.

I’m sure there are people who are following all of this closer then I am but as a Bloomingdale resident and DC taxpayer it’s unfortunate to see a beautiful neighborhood getting torn to pieces by construction for another unnecessary overpriced luxury apartment building. ”

07/08/14 3:10pm

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Map courtesy Mid City East

From the DC Office of Planning:

“I am very pleased to present the Draft Mid City East Small Area Plan, a framework for conservation, development and connectivity in the neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Eckington, LeDroit Park , Bates/ Truxton Circle, Hanover, Sursum Corda and portions of Edgewood and Stronghold. The plan is downloadable here. Please let me know if you would like me to send you a hard copy for your review.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the Advisory Committee, for your thoughtful approach and feedback throughout this process – you have been integral to shaping this plan. Over the past year, a team of city planners, consultants, agency representatives and community leaders led a comprehensive planning effort that thoroughly examined the study area and engaged its residents in a robust public engagement process that incorporated both traditional and unconventional methods of outreach. The resulting plan is evidence of the impact of teamwork and citizen involvement in generating ideas and setting priorities to achieve the shared goal of making the District of Columbia a more inclusive city and a better place to live. As you’ll note, the plan places a premium on preserving and enhancing neighborhood character and enhancing corridors, especially North Capitol Street.

The Office of Planning will be accepting formal feedback from constituents until Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Public comments will be accepted in writing via email, U.S. mail, or in person at the Mid City East Mayoral Hearing on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 from 6:30-8:30pm @ The Summit located on 116 T Street, NE. All comments in writing should be directed to:

c/o Chelsea Liedstrand
Mid City East Small Area Plan
1100 4th Street, SW Suite 650
Washington DC 20024
chelsea.liedstrand@dc.gov

Prior to the hearing, the Office of Planning will host Office Hours on Wednesday, July 16 from 9-10:30am at the Big Bear Café located at 1700 1st Street NW and on Thursday, July 24th from 4:00-6:00PM at the Rustic Tavern located at 84 T Street, NW. This will be an additional opportunity for the community to view the plan and provide formal feedback via Public Comment form, which will be provided and collected on site. If you would also like OP to come to your organization’s meeting to present draft plan recommendations, please let me know.

As noted, the plan is available online at www.midcityeast.com and at the various locations listed below: (more…)

07/01/14 3:10pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Living in Bloomingdale, I always hear of “Truxton Circle” on North Capitol and Florida Ave that was demolished, and longed for its return. Looking at the old pictures of the park and fountain makes one wonder why it was sacrificed instead of saved like Dupont and others. I was unaware of how many other circles were in DC and were demolished over the years. I ran across a circle in Bloomingdale on an 1887 map of DC that I had never heard of. It was at Rhode Island Ave NW, U Street NW, and North Capitol Street It was called Sedgwick Circle and Rhode Island Ave actually ended there and did not continue on into North East.

In the zoomed in image you can see Lincoln Ave (now Lincoln Road), Ledroit Park, Glenwood and Prospect Hill Cemeteries, Boundary Street (now Florida Ave) etc.

I wonder if anyone has any info on Sedgwick Circle?”

Ed. Note: On flickr an image of the same map uploaded by scenicartisan says:

“Sedgwick Circle DC 1887

This is the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol, currently an overpass. the red lines indicate PROPOSED streets. I assume this circle was never realized.”

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06/27/14 1:25pm

Bloomingdale- Handsy Creep at 3rd and Rhode Island:

“In the interest of protecting other local ladies, I wanted to raise awareness of a potential creep in the neighborhood. Those who live in the area are familiar with the spot on Rhode Island Avenue, between 2nd and 3rd street across from the gas station, where a group of men (and sometimes women) sit and hang out. I’ve walked by this spot more times than I can count, however, while passing the ledge last night, a man (one of three present) made an attempt to grab my backside.

I calmly turned around, told him no, and walked away. He quickly backed off. I would not have interpreted this to be an aggressive situation, but the advance was unwanted. I told a friend today about the interaction and she said something similar happened to a female friend of hers while she was waiting at the Shaw Metro. Regardless if the two incidences are related, I felt this was worth sharing. For those that frequently cross this hang out spot, I’d advise crossing the street if you’re passing after dark.”