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.”

UPDATE from MPD:

“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

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“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

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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.”

01/31/14 3:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Madame Meow

From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins today announced that the Local Redevelopment Authority’s (LRA) Homeless Assistance Submission and Reuse Plan for the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center site was approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on January 24, 2014. HUD’s approval clears the path for the LRA to negotiate an Economic Development Conveyance with the U.S. Army to transfer the property, and enables the Army to complete the Environmental Assessment required under the National Environmental Policy Act in anticipation of the transfer and redevelopment of the site. The LRA first submitted the documentation to HUD in July 2012.

“We are now one step closer to executing the vision for this site that has been formulated by the community over many years,” said Mayor Gray. “The redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center will provide vital new housing accommodations for our veterans and seniors and shopping opportunities for our neighbors to reduce retail leakage in the area. It will also create jobs and provide many more amenities for residents, making this one of the premier destinations in the District of Columbia.”

In November 2013, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced the selection of Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden Joint Venture as the master developer for the site. HUD approval represents another milestone in the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, moving the District closer toward site transfer from the U.S. Army. (more…)

01/30/14 3:15pm

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A reader sends from Go Fund Me:

“The Center City Public Charter School Brightwood Campus will be attending their 2nd annual camping trip this Spring. 60 middle school students will arrive at Echo Hill camp grounds where they will spend the night participating in the residential program. Students in Echo Hill’s residential programs become fully immersed in the outdoor environment. These residential programs are designed to complement classroom learning by providing unique opportunities for academic and social growth. Guided by Echo Hill teachers, students learn and interact with peers and teachers in a new and exciting environment.

We are asking that you help us get there!

*Money raised will help students who are not able to pay the full balance for the trip*”

The reader adds:

“Most of the student have never been exposed to the wonders of nature because they live in the city. Nearly every student is on free and reduced lunch and would not be able to pay for this trip on their own so we try to make it a free opportunity for all. Students take science classes at the Echo Hill camp ground, explore nature though guided hikes and participate in team-building and collaborative activities throughout the two days.”

If you would like to support the program you can do so here.

01/22/14 3:15pm

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Photo of Taqueria Distrito Federal at 805 Kennedy St, NW by PoPville flickr user rockcreek

“Dear PoPville,

We know you’ve hosted conversations about new developments on Kennedy Street NW in the past, so we thought you might be willing to share an update about some exciting movement on the street:

We’ve recently formed the Kennedy Street Business and Development Association (KSBDA), an all-volunteer, grass-roots movement of current and prospective business owners, as well as a handful of residents with interest in commercial development on the street.  We’re still in the early stages of forming our identity, but we have all come together because we see the tremendous potential for Kennedy Street to thrive, and we think that together we can make it happen.  The KSBDA hopes to create a unified voice for those interested in seeing Kennedy Street grow; to lead promotions that draw attention to the street’s current businesses and make Kennedy a more walk-able and vibrant strip that attracts new businesses; and to help mobilize resources and expertise that aid existing businesses to better respond to the desires of the community. (more…)

01/15/14 12:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

The first one at 5th and Ingraham [picture above] contrasts greatly from the neighbors in terms of colors and height, but likely won’t be a standout for long.

The second [pictures after the jump] is around the corner on Jefferson just west of 5th. I haven’t seen a conversion like this one in Petworth/Brightwood yet. The sideyard of this once-duplex enables three 3-story units to be accessed separately on the side instead of from a shared front entrance. From the back, you can really see how much massing was added compared with its attached counterpart.

Hope this bodes well for Kennedy’s eventual revival.” (more…)

12/31/13 12:30pm

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Photo courtesy of Simple Bar and Grill, 5828 Georgia Avenue, NW

From an email:

Simple Bar and Grill will be open the for New Year’s Eve! The menu will be very Simple and tasty, we have a fixed menu that will be a 4 course diner but we will be open from 11:30 am and serve are regular menu until 5 pm the kitchen will close from 5 to 8 to prepare New Year’s Eve but the bar will be open for drinks and bar food. The fixed dinner will cost 55 for one person or 100 per 2 and it will start at 7:30 to 8:00 the dinner is a 4 course dinner.”

Simple Bar and Grill is located just south of Missouri and the new Walmart on Georgia Ave.

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Photo courtesy of Simple Bar and Grill