“Dear PoPville,

On the north side of the 1200 block of Girard Street NW. The PODS company made three separate trips to their “Pod” to try to collect it and to inflict the catastrophic damage to this tree. When confronted, the driver of the truck just got in his vehicle and drove off.

I have included photos of the damage all around the “pod” and the contact info for the person who obtained a public space permit for the “pod” in the first place.

I have reached out to DC’s Urban Forestry to come out right away to try to cut away the damaged limbs and save this tree.

But what about this company and their cavalier destruction of city property and an undeniable public good like a young and growing street tree? Is this PODS company criminally liable for their “smash and run” destruction? (more…)

courtesy Community Foodworks

From an email:

“Community Foodworks is pleased to announce that the Columbia Heights Farmers Market and Brookland’s Monroe Street Farmers Market will open this Saturday, April 22.

The Columbia Heights Farmers Market, now entering its seventh season, will bring fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, coffee, meats, eggs, cheese, and prepared food to the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza from 9am to 1pm every Saturday through December. Swing by this Saturday and say hi to your favorite farmer, pick up some tacos or dumplings, and stay for the joyous jams of Lady Hatchet!

Entering its fourth season, Brookland’s Monroe Street Farmers Market will bring neighborhood favorites and a crop of new faces to the Arts Walk and Plaza. You can expect to find fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, pickles, coffee, teas, and prepared food. Opening Day activities are scheduled for every hour of market! Join us for yoga with Bluebird Sky Yoga at 9am, face painting and balloons at 10am, a children’s theater performance by Only Make Believe at 11am, and a Hula Hoop class by Dance Place at 12pm. We hope to see you there! (more…)

11th and Lamont St, NW

Thanks to Michael for sending just after 7pm.


And from Twitter:

hiatt place

A reader reports Sunday evening:

“Yesterday evening I received a call from a friend asking me if I could come to her family’s restaurant and check out her uncle (I am in the medical field). I went over there and found out that her uncle, who is visiting here on vacation from Vietnam, was walking around 7pm on Hiatt Place (between Park rd and Irving St). He was approached by 4 young African American males and out of nowhere was knocked out by a punch to the face. He was further injured by hitting the concrete. Someone called 911 when they saw an unconscious man on the street. Before the police arrived he woke up after being unconscious for an unknown amount of time. He had a period of amnesia while walking around afterwards and was found near the restaurant. The only thing taken from him was an old phone (his money and wallet were not taken).

The assumption is this was a case of young men playing the “knockout game”. The victim did not know the men and had not spoken to them, The police filed a report and I personally drove him to the hospital to get a head CT for a possible epidural hematoma. (more…)

columbia heights dog park
11th and Park Road, NW

From a press release:

“This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM the staff of Patrick’s Pet Care alongside considerate neighborhood volunteers plans to clean up the Columbia Heights dog park. Located at the corner of 11th St and Park Road in Northwest, the popular park has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

Patrick’s Pet Care owner, Patrick Flynn, says the project aims to draw attention to the need for improvements and the importance of the dog park to its community. He hopes this clean-up will provide modest improvements while signaling that a permanent solution is needed to raise the Columbia Heights dog park up to DC standards. (more…)

Photo by PoPville flickr user Elvert Barnes

“Dear PoPville,

I am a DC Police Officer and I am trying to find the nice couple that paid for our food earlier today [Thursday] at approximately 1600 hours, in the Mi Cuba Cafe restaurant at 1424 Park Rd. NW. The waitress said the couple that was sitting at the bar had paid for our food. The couple left without us knowing who they were and be able to thank them. Thank you.”

mi cuba cafe popville
1424 Park Rd, NW

3435 Holmead Pl

This house is located at 3435 Holmead Pl, NW. The craigslist ad says:

“$1499 Comfy & Bright w/ All Utilities Included in Columbia Heights

Now offering a generous discount for a live-on courtesy police office, please call for details.

Nestled in the heart of Columbia Heights, Holmead Apartments has the best of both worlds. Enjoy all the perks of Columbia Heights at a price you can afford. Living here places you just steps away from Giant, DC shopping and an eclectic host of restaurants! The community is located 1 block to the Yellow and Green Metro lines, making getting around a breeze. Come and meet your new home today!


To apply please bring your Photo ID, 2 most recent paystubs, 45 Application Fee and 150 Reservation Fee (goes towards your first month’s rent) in check or money order (more…)

3306 11th Street, NW

Lots of readers have been reporting:

“I noticed yesterday that the laundromat and Chinese carryout on the corner of 11th and Lamont were closed. Any word of what might be going in there or why they finally closed?”

Now all businesses on this little strip are closed (including El Latino bakery that closed back in 2015.) When I posted about the laundromat closing last month, I got some tips that a big development was coming but no real details. Anyone hear any scuttlebutt? I imagine it’s going to become something like The Coupe building up the block with a restaurant on the ground floor and condos/apartments on top. Stay tuned.

11th and Lamont Street, NW