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Rendering via The Parks at Walter Reed

Beautiful words from the Washington Business Journal:

“Officials from the Rochester, New York-based grocer were in town Thursday to tout its soon-to-open Alexandria store. Talks between Wegmans and the Hines Interests LP team chosen to develop the Walter Reed campus are still taking place, spokeswoman Jo Natale said.”

Ed. Note: You can read about the plans for the Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden Group team to redevelop Walter Reed here.

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14th and Colorado Ave, NW

We’ve been waiting a long time to see what the heck is going on with the old cleaners at 14th and Colorado Ave, NW. Brightwood Bar and Restaurant out – Swampoodle in! Their Facebook page says:

“Hey ‪#‎DC‬! We are working hard to bring you an exciting new restaurant to the area! Follow along as we bring you updates from the ground up. ‪#‎new‬ ‪#‎localfood‬ ‪#‎comingsoon‬”

“We are eager for you to come join us at the bar for brunch! Delicious food and brunch cocktails await you.”

“On a bright and sunny DC day you and your family will love enjoying a meal on our outside patio!”

“Although it may not feel like it today, Spring is here and that means we are that much closer to opening our doors! We can’t wait for you to sit in our chairs and have a burger at Swampoodle DC!”

Nevermind that Swampoodle was an old neighborhood name nowhere near here (by Union Station today) – this sounds promising! Stay tuned.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

Ed. Note: You can add your name to this letter here.

“Dear Mayor Bowser,

In view of the recent shootings, we would be grateful if your office could share a specific plan for addressing gun crime in our neighborhood. A list of gun related crime in the Brightwood/Petworth neighborhood over the last three months is listed below—this list should be considered conservative rather than comprehensive since MPD does not alert citizens to many incidents of “shots fired”. I am certain you agree that this level of violence is unacceptable.
At the end of December, when you “toured” Ward 4, you promised additional resources would be coming to the neighborhood.

Have these resources been deployed? Can you provide us with more information on what these additional resources are? Do you think the existing strategy is working, and might you consider other options? Are as many MPD resources being dedicated to our Ward as possible? (Side note: there are routinely 3-5 squad cars being used to direct traffic in the Costco parking lot in NE. Surely these limited MPD resources could be better used elsewhere, even if not re-directed to Ward 4).

While your attention to the situation in December was appreciated, residents would feel more reassured by a precise strategy—not ambiguous letters to the neighborhood, “tours”, and calls for us residents to be “mindful of our surroundings”. One of the shootings last Thursday was in broad daylight at 2:30PM; what is the suggestion for being “mindful” of this kind of violence? In December you said that “no resident should expect to live in fear in Washington, DC”. You are right. We need more information from your office about the action plan for “stop[ping] violence before it starts”.

• March 16, 2015—Multiple shots fired, 3rd and Upshur, NW
• March 12, 2015—Shooting, 5300 Block of 4th Street, NW
• March 12, 2015—Shooting (Homicide), 8th and Jefferson, NW
• February 23, 2015—“Car shot up”, 400 Block of Kennedy, NW
• February 16, 2015—Multiple shots fired, Illinois and Farragut, NW
• January 25, 2015—Multiple shots fired, South of Petworth Metro Station, NW
• December 28, 2014—Multiple shots fired, 700 Block of Varnum St, NW
• December 26, 2014—Shooting, 13th and Gallatin, NW
• December 25, 2014—Shooting, 700 Block of Emerson
• December 24, 2014—Shooting (Homicide), 3900 Block of 14th St, NW
• December 23, 2014—Shooting (Homicide), 900 Block Delafield, NW
• December 23, 2014—Shooting, 9th and Jefferson NW
• December 18, 2014—Shooting, Georgia and Quincy, NW
• December 15, 2014—Multiple shots fired, 9th and Quincy, NW
• December 14, 2014—Shooting, 800 Block Emerson, NW
• December 14, 2014—Shooting, 4600 Block of 9th St, NW
• December 12, 2014—Shooting, Georgia Avenue and Park Rd, NW”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced an arrest has been made in the homicide that occurred on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at approximately 1:33 am, in which 20-year-old Christopher Adams of Northwest, Washington, DC was shot at the intersection of 8th and Jefferson Streets, Northwest.

On Friday, March 13, 2015, at approximately 2:30 pm, 24-year old Glenn Rashaun Walker of Northwest, Washington, DC was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with First Degree Murder while Armed in connection to the death of Christopher Adams.”

From MPD:

“On 3/12/15 at around 1:30 a.m. MPD responded to the sound of a gunshot in the area of 8th and Jefferson Street, NW. Officers arrived on the scene and discovered the victim, an adult male, seated in a car suffering from a gunshot wound. DC FEMS arrived on the scene to render medical assistance but determined that the victim did not have any signs of life. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.

If anyone has any information regarding this crime, please call the MPD CIC at 202-727-9099 or text at 50411.”

@alanhenney tweeted us:

“HOMICIDE – MAN SHOT IN HEAD EXECUTION STYLE IN VEHICLE, 800 blk Jefferson St NW, DC.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred at the intersection of 8th and Jefferson St. Northwest.

On March 12, 2015, at approximately 1:33 am the Fourth District Patrol Officers received a radio run for the “sounds of gunshots.” Upon their arrival on the scene, the decedent was located in a vehicle; suffering from gunshot wounds. The decedent has been identified as 20 year-old Christopher Adams of Northwest, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

From MPD:

“Shortly before 7 PM on March 11, 2015, MPD units received a radio assignment for a male subject stabbed in the 5400 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. Units responded and located an adult male stabbed in the torso. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The lookout for the suspect is for a black male, approx. 25-35 years old, 5’10” – 6’ tall, wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, and blue jeans. Anyone with information regarding this stabbing is asked to call (202) 727-9099.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I can’t possibly be the only one wondering this…

Behind the McDonald’s (across from Walmart) on Georgia Avenue & Peabody Street NW, stands a brick apartment building on Piney Branch Road. I sometimes need a Happy Meal when I get a migraine, and I first noticed this building several years ago when I was sitting in the drive through waiting to order my medicinal nuggets. What I wanted to know is, does anyone know what the deal is with the names bricked into the building above the two entrances: “Jay Joe” and “Barry”? The building looks like it is being renovated, and I bet they will eventually cover up ol Jay Joe and Barry forever. I think they are such odd names for building entrances.”