08/01/14 4:00pm

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2nd and Maryland Ave, NE

A reader reports:

“A shirtless man was banging on parked cars and it took ~5 cops/Cap police to bring him down. A few minutes later I counted 22 police on the scene – ems, cops, cap police, police on bikes, even one in street clothes with his gun tucked into his waistband. Traffic is getting by ok. Looks like they’re going to load him into the ambulance. They seem pretty jolly out there – some laughter and shaking hands. TGIF.”

08/01/14 3:10pm

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Thanks to a reader for sending the great new mural above:

“At the Eastern Market swimming pool. Looks AWESOME in person.”

From a press release:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray kicked off the 2014 season of MuralsDC with a splash on Thursday, July 31, at the William Rumsey Aquatic Facility at 635 North Carolina Avenue, SE. The event featured a carnival-like atmosphere, made possible by Cirque du Soleil, which included acrobatic acts by the TSNY DC trapeze school, face painting, animal balloons, cotton candy, snow cones and music. More than 100 local children and adults attended the event to celebrate a new mural at the facility.

During the festivities, local artist Aniekan Udofia completed an original work of art on the entrance of the facility. The mural, which features a mermaid-like girl swimming in a sea of color, has already been received with great enthusiasm by the immediate community, say DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) officials.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

07/31/14 12:50pm

816 G Street Southeast

This house is located at 816 G Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“Lump in my throat. Game changer. Conjures cottage, an easy peaceful farmhouse feeling centered in a splintered world. Set-back in balance with its lot stop shopping houses, seek synergy tween work, play and personal lives. You need feeding. Chicken soup for your inner-homebody. Betsy Ross put on her party dress, left pie on the sill, hit the strip chasing men in uniform. See me re steel structure.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $748,500.

07/30/14 4:25pm

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301 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

From a press release:

“Pret A Manger, the quick-serve restaurant and coffee shop known for preparing fresh, handmade food every day, is excited to open up its eighth shop in the nation’s capital this Friday, August 1st.

Situated on the corner of 3rd Street SE and Pennsylvania Avenue, the new shop will be catering to the offices and residences of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The location will feature 4,300 square feet of space and offer two floors of indoor dining space, along with an outdoor seating area.

Following their continued commitment to helping the hungry, Pret will donate unsold food at the end of every day to Thrive DC.

To celebrate this new store opening, Pret A Manger will host a full day of fun at the new shop, traditionally known as Guinea Pig Day (the day before the official opening) on Thursday, July 31st. Starting at 8am, locals can enjoy an array of free drinks, goodies, and other giveaways! Be on the lookout for Pret’s team members, who will be giving out vouchers for a free lunch in the morning. Customers can stop by in the afternoon between 12-2pm to redeem their lunch. Available only while supplies last!”

07/29/14 5:08pm

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“Stella went missing today from 1st and D SE at 12:45pm on July 29th. Her home is at 15th and F NE. She is fairly shy, particularly towards men, but sometimes will answer to her name. She is about 60 lbs and 2 1/2 years old. She is brown, black and white with one blue eye and one brown eye.

If you see her, please call Steven at 630-200-6485 or send him email at stevenbaghdad(at)gmail.com or go here.”

UPDATE: Found!

07/29/14 10:20am

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705 8th Street, SE

More exciting new for Barracks Row – 705 8th St, SE had this exciting sign on the front door of the former Hello Cupcake space which closed back in March:

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I spoke to a worker on site who said it will be a second retail spot for The Sweet Lobby whose first spot is up the block at 404 8th Street, SE. He said this space will be a different concept and should open in mid-September or early October. Updates as they get closer.

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749 8th Street, SE

And in other sweet Barracks Row news, last week we learned District Doughnut was real close to opening – it sure looks it:

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07/25/14 4:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user gerdaindc

From an email:

“Climate change means out summers are getting too hot. So let’s cool off. Next week, The Climate Reality Project is giving away free Ben & Jerry’s in DC (and in three other cities) to raise awareness for climate action.

From July 29-31, the EPA will hear from the public on the proposed Clean Power Plan – a rule that attempts to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. One of the hearings will be here in DC.

These ice cream trucks will not only be handing out free scoops, but also serve as climate action centers that will raise awareness and gather support for climate action and the proposed EPA rule.

You can find the trucks on:

Monday, July 28 from 11am-4pm at the Capital South Station
Monday, July 28 from 4-8pm at Union Station
Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30am-1pm at the EPA Headquarters (William Jefferson Clinton East Building, 1201 Constitution Ave, NW)
Tuesday, July 29 from 1-6pm at the Freedom Plaza.”

Full press release after the jump. (more…)

07/25/14 10:50am

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. 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: 130 10th St SE
Legal Subdivision: Capitol Hill
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Capitol Hill
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Street Basement: No Ownership: Fee Simple
Square Footage per tax record: 1872
Original List Price: $869,000.
List Price at Contract: $869,000.
List Date: 5/29/2014
Days on Market: 9
Settled Sales Price: $845,000.
Seller Subsidy: $10,000.
Settlement Date: 7/15/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

This Capitol Hill rowhome close to Lincoln Park was on the market in February listed at $799,000., only to be removed from the market a week later. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the reason for the short initial listing period, but remember all that snow we had this winter? The home listed again in the Spring, $69,000. higher than previously.

There was some discussion in the comments on the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) post about the note in the listing that the property is being sold “AS IS”. Although often seen on distressed listings, having a seller explicitly state that they prefer an AS IS sale does not necessarily equate to something being materially wrong with the property. In a market with less than two months supply of active listing inventory (six months is generally considered a balanced market), it is not unusual for sellers to negotiate this term.

An AS IS contract on a property usually allows for a General Inspection Contingency. The General Inspection Contingency differs from the full blown Inspection Contingency in that the purchaser still conducts an inspection and the expectation of further negotiation over items requiring repair is removed. Following inspection, the purchaser either chooses to continue with the contract or walk.

The listing agent was Jenn Smira of Lindsay Reishman Real Estate, Inc. There was no buyer agent information reported for the transaction.

07/23/14 11:20am

“Dear PoPville,

I have an issue with a dangerous dog in Capitol Hill (at least 2 documented attacks on a toddler and my dog, both required medical care) and Animal Control is failing to label the dog dangerous.

My dogs and I were walking out of my building and the other owner’s dogs were down the block, and when they saw us, the dogs lunged (dragging the owner behind them) and launched themselves at my dogs as we were backing away as fast as we could. Luckily several runners came down the block and helped us pull the dogs apart but not before one of my dogs sustained a deep puncture wound. The dog that bit him was an Old English Sheepdog, and the owner’s second dog that also attacked but didn’t break the skin is a brown Standard Poodle, and they live near 6th and Independence SE.

I posted to our Cap Hill listserv seeking the owner and she responded, admitted fault, reimbursed me for my vet bill, and swore that she never walked her two dogs together because she admitted that she does not have the strength to control both of them at the same time since they’re both aggressive and large. She said that when the attack happened on my dogs, it was the only time she walked them together and that she would never do so again. I believed her at the time.

I then heard from a mom on our listserv that these same dogs had attacked and bitten her 5 year old child (requiring a hospital visit!) prior to the attack on my dogs. Also an unprovoked attack, they were just walking by, and it was also the Old English Sheepdog that caused the wound. The mom urged me to report my attack and I did. Investigator Daniels of Animal Control came to see my dogs and he mentioned that there were several attacks on record for this specific owner and that he would have a stern talking to with the owner. I assumed Animal Control would take the necessary steps at that point. This was all back in December.

Then months later in April, I started seeing the owner walking both dogs by herself, un-muzzled, all the time, knowingly putting others in danger. So I reached out to Animal Control again to report this and to my shock, discovered that her dogs are not officially designated as “Dangerous” or even “Potentially Dangerous” under D.C. statute. And despite what Investigator Daniels told me when he visited my home, that the owner had several dog attack citations against her, he then wrote in an email to me that he believed, “There’s no indication that the dogs pose an ongoing threat to public safety.” Seriously? What about the many previous attacks, at least two of which required medical care?

Since April, I have emailed Animal Control, the Department of Health (Shakira Richardson as well as the main email address), and Tommy Wells’ office about this and have been completely ignored.

I emailed again this morning after we came out of our building to find the owner walking her two dogs on my block (exactly where our attack happened back in the winter). I reacted much quicker this time, and we were already out of reach by the time they saw us, although her dogs immediately started barking aggressively. I also started Googling again and that’s when I found the past PoPville posts about Animal Control acting in cases similar to mine so I’m sort of wondering what gives with the complete inaction in this case?

Attaching a picture from my dog’s wound (after the jump) in December so you can see that this isn’t just a scratch we’re talking about – he had severe bruising and a deep puncture wound. I don’t know how bad the little girl was bitten, but her mom did tell me she had to go to the hospital so it wasn’t nothing either. So I’m wondering if you could post this to 1. warn people in the Capitol Hill neighborhood and 2. to see if anyone has suggestions for getting Animal Control to take action here. Thank you so much.” (more…)