07/21/14 11:15am

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“Dear PoPville,

One of our neighbors is running an unlicensed BBQ business in an alley near Kennedy Street and 8th NW. He has a giant smoker in his backyard, which runs most days (always on Saturday and Sunday) from 10-5 or so. Cars come and park, blocking the alley. Trash overflows from the cans in his backyard, attracting vermin. We have witnessed the owner and patrons relieving themselves in the street (not at the same time, fortunately). But worst of all is the smoke, which comes in our window and makes our entire place smell. We have complained to the DC police and our city councilperson multiple times. DCRA knows about it, and claim that the owners have even been fined once, but the grill just keeps on going. Any ideas? (And no, we have not tried the meat.) Thanks!”

07/21/14 10:20am

5501 14th Street, NW

Finally a bit of info on the long anticipated restaurant coming to the former Colorado Cleaners at the corner of 14th, Colorado and Kennedy Streets, NW. Thanks to all who sent emails. A recent liquor license placard posted out front says:

“New Tavern. Serving American Cuisine. Occupancy load is 295. Sidewalk Cafe

Hours of operation are listed as Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am – 3 am.

This space has huge potential – updates as construction progresses and more info is known.

looking south

07/14/14 9:34pm

From MPD:

“Units were called to the 1300 blk of Missouri Ave NW for a shooting around 8:45 pm. Two victims were located suffering from non-life threatening apparent gunshot wounds. This is being reported to have occurred inside a residence. Lookout is for two BM’s, one tall and one short, dk complx. Detectives are on the scene investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

05/12/14 2:10pm

Anyone know what’s going on at intersection of Military and Georgia?

“For the past few days, this intersection has been a mess (more than usual): cars turning left onto Military from Georgia are getting stuck in the intersection and the intersections around the school on Military are getting gridlocked. Anyone know what’s going on? Is it a light timing issue?”

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03/06/14 8:23am

From MPD:

“Units received a call for a traffic accident at 9th and Madison St NW around 8pm. Several vehicles are involved. A male subject was located inside one of the vehicles suffering from an apparent gun shot wound. He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced. Detectives with the Homicide Branch are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”


“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 1200 block of Madison Street, Northwest.

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at approximately 7:51 pm, police officers from the Fourth Patrol District responded to a call for the report of a vehicular accident in the 900 block of Madison Street, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound inside the vehicle in the 900 block of Madison Street, Northwest. After a comprehensive investigation, it was established that the offense occurred in the 1200 block of Madison Street, Northwest. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where an autopsy will be performed to ascertain cause and manner of death.

The victim has not been identified at the present time.”

02/27/14 1:30pm


“Dear PoPville,

I just learned that another funeral home is coming to Kennedy Street. This funeral home is located at 502 Kennedy Street NW next to the Target Liquors. I believe that makes 5 funeral homes on Kennedy Street from 3rd St NW to GA Ave NW. That’s a lot. Why are there so many funeral homes on Kennedy Street?”

I once asked this as a Friday Question of the Day back in 2007 – at that time a reader explained one possibility:

“This is not uncommon in predominantly African-American neighborhoods everywhere. African-Americans were long denied access to most professions (still are, in some). There were only a few professions — and by that I mean not blue collar work — at which African-Americans could succeed: teaching (although usually in underfunded, undersupplied schools); some medical professions like nurses, dentists and doctors, so long as they didn’t stray out of the black community; and mortician, because everyone needs to be buried. Teaching and medicine are tougher to get into because you needed the money to go to college; you can pass on the mortician’s art from generation to generation, and all you need to do is get a license. Lots of African-Americans with aspirations to middle-class and possibly upper middle class life opened funeral homes, which over the decades passed from generation to generation. So what it comes down to is the high concentration of funeral homes is a vestige of segregation.”

02/07/14 4:40pm

Update on Brightwood’s Safeway from Council Member Muriel Bowser:

“About an hour ago, the Safeway located at Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road, NW has re-opened after correcting violations cited by the Department of Health.

The Department of Health has released their official report about the Safeway that can be found here.

I’m highly concerned with the observations made in this report. My priority is to ensure that only quality produce and groceries are available to the residents and families in our neighborhoods. I will be meeting with Safeway officials to demand and guarantee that they meet the standards that our community deserves.”

From the DoH official report:

“Location is infested with vermin, mice and rats. [continue reading at your own risk] (more…)

02/06/14 3:42pm


From Council Member Muriel Bowser:

“Earlier today, the Safeway located at Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road, NW was closed because of Department of Health code violations. Our communities rely on grocers such as Safeway to provide them with fresh produce and groceries. Ensuring the utmost quality and safety of any food consumed by our families should be the number one priority of any grocery in Ward 4. I have serious concerns about this closure and I’m committed to work with government officials and Safeway representatives to provide our community with a safe and healthy solution.

I will continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide updates as I receive them.”