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A reader alleges:

“So, there is someone in my street that is in law enforcement that decided to ignore chief Lanier’s instructions regarding saving street parking spots after clearing the snow off the vehicles, and not only did he use chairs to save his spot, but also he used OFFICIAL “Police Line Do Not Cross” tape to do so!

Do as I say, not as I do?….”

6128 Georgia Ave, NW via Desta’s Facebook

A reader reports:

“I noticed this new restaurant on Geogia and Rittenhouse. Looks like they just opened. Nice to see new restaurants coming to that area. If you have any info on it, that would be great!

Looks like they opened up December 11th:

“Desta Ethiopian Restaurant will be open Tomorrow for lunch..everyone is welcome….!”

Their facebook page also says:

“Desta Ethiopia Restaurant welcomes you to taste our exotic flavors of Ethiopian Lounge.The exotic flavors are the veg combo and special,Tibs, kornis,kitfo.”

Anyone stop in for a taste?


Hipchickindc (aka Suzanne Des Marais) is an associate broker with Bediz Group, LLC at Keller Williams Capital Properties . Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 6445 Luzon Ave NW #205
Legal Subdivision: Brightwood
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Brightwood
Bedrooms: 2 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Cooperative Square Footage per listing: 1000
Monthly fee: $826.31 includes utilities (electric, heating/air conditioning), may include real estate taxes and underlying mortgage due to cooperative ownership structure

Original List Price
: $205,000.
List Price at Contract: $205,000.
List Date: 05/16/2015
Days on Market for this listing: 195
Settled Sales Price: $150,000.
Seller Subsidy: 0
Settled price per square foot: $150.
Settlement Date: 12/14/2015
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

In 2015 to date, there have been a total of 501 units in cooperatively owned buildings transferred in DC, so District residents are no strangers to this form of property ownership. Generally, the experience of owning in a co-op building is similar to owning in a condominium. The primary difference is that technically, each individual co-op owner holds claim to a portion of an entity that collectively owns the building. (more…)

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A reader reports:

“Around 10:30pm last night, my wife and I woke to the sound of an explosion. We looked out our bedroom window, onto the alley behind our house, and saw a car on fire (Audi SUV). We, along with many of our neighbors, called 911. The fire dept. quickly showed up and extinguished the fire.

We live on a quiet street in Brightwood. As far as I know, no one claimed the car — some suspected it was a stolen vehicle and intentionally destroyed.”


A reader sends from around 7th and Peabody Street, NW.

The Washington Post did a big article over the summer on the 78 year old, Milfred Ellis, who posted these signs:

“The 78-year-old retired analyst for the Bureau of Labor Statistics views his Brightwood community as a waning example of a strong middle-class black neighborhood. He wants to draw attention to the plight of black residents in the District, even if it means chiding white residents who already have moved in.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Newman

From MPD on Sunday:

“Around 10:30 a.m. a citizen transported a hand grenade they had in their possession to the 4th District Police station for disposal. The follow roads are closed pending it’s safe recovery:

5900-6000 blocks of Georgia Avenue NW
900-1000 blocks of Peabody Street NW

The businesses and residences have been evacuated as well to include:

4D Police Station”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Brightwood neighbors – today, a resident arrived at 4D Police Station on Georgia Avenue NW to turn in a grenade they found. As a precaution, Georgia Avenue was closed. MPD has been in touch with federal partners who will take possession of the device. Please stay clear of the area this afternoon and follow instructions of public safety officials if you are in the area. At this time, no injuries are reported. We will post an update as more information is available.

Mayor Bowser”

MPD later wrote:

“At this time the suspicious package in the 900 block of Peabody Street, NW has been declared safe and all closures have been reopened.”


“According to the reporting person, her deceased husband had been in possession of the hand grenade for many years. It had been given to him by his grandfather.”

Remember when those old grenades were found during a Columbia Heights row house renovation?

“Dear PoPville,

Once again I was hit by yet another package thief (a pair of them in this case).
I work from home so I don’t usually have an issue when couriers leave the packages out on my porch, the problem is that the drivers for UPS and ‘LaserShip’ just plain refuse to ring the bell once they deliver a package, so, many times packages just sit there for a bit until I notice them. I actually walked out to pick up the packages (on this video) not even 2 minutes after the thieves stole some of them.

Funny thing is that the packages they stole only contained acne cream and other ‘beauty products’… judging by the video, they’re teens, so the acne cream might suit them well.

Sometimes I think I should take matters into my own hands and set them up and confront them… any thoughts on this PoPville?”