“Dear PoPville-

On Monday evening, I arrived home from work to find the attached document on my front door. I’ve lived in DC for 14 years and I’ve been a Columbia Heights Resident since 2008 and I’ve never seen or heard of anyone getting a citation like this.

My roommates and I were doing some spring cleaning and placed the lamp outside last week, along with some other household items that we no longer wanted, in hopes that someone less fortunate would be able to make use of our wares. We have done this in the past multiple times, and we are always sure to take anything unclaimed back for trash removal. (Coincidentally, Tuesday is our trash night, so I was planning on bringing the lamp inside Monday evening, ensuring that it was removed with Tuesday’s trash removal.)

As I’m sure you are aware, this is common practice in the neighborhood. I’ve seen lots of great free stuff available curbside, as well as terrible curbside eyesores curbside for weeks at a time.

While I admit we placed the lamp curbside for a few days, I do not think we should be fined $75 for it. Had we received a warning, we would have immediately removed the lamp. The inspector who generated the citation took the pictures on 4/15, reinspected the property on 4/17 and returned on 4/20 to deliver the citation. This seems like a huge waste of resources. Had we been notified on 4/15, we would have gladly complied with removing the lamp from the curbside and saved the inspector (and the city) the time and effort from returning 2 more times to our property. We are good neighbors and we live on a beautiful block; we want nothing to do with degradation of our street scape.

Can you tell me, has anyone else in the PoPville community seen this? Is this a new regulation? Is this an old regulation that is gaining momentum in enforcement? If so, perhaps the city should do some PR to inform the residents that this is no longer an acceptable practice. We want what’s best for our neighborhood and our city and this doesn’t seem like the best approach to addressing a common practice. We do not want to pay this fine and wonder if anyone can give us any advice to assist us in abatement of the fine.”

DC8599977 - Exterior (Front)

This unit is located at 3039 16th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spectacular Condo in Heart of Columbia Heights. 97% Walk-ability Score! 2 Levels, 2 BR, 2 Full BA. Loft Style Condo with Walls of Windows and 18′ Exposed Ceilings, Bamboo Floors, Freshly Painted. Gourmet Kit, Granite, SS. Direct Elevator Access in to the Unit. In Unit W/D & Extra Storage. Rooftop Deck w/Amazing City Views. Master Suite w/Walk-in Closet. Next to Metro, Shopping, Restaurants.”

3039 16th Street Northwest inside

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This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $659,000 ($485 monthly fee.)

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit have announced an arrest has been made in connection with the Kidnapping, First Degree Sexual Abuse and Robbery offenses, which occurred on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at approximately 6:50 am, in the 1400 block of Clifton Street, Northwest.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2014, 24-year-old Glenvert Leon Green of Southeast, DC was arrested and charged with Kidnapping, First Degree Sexual Abuse, and Robbery.”

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection with the Kidnapping, First Degree Sexual Abuse, and Robbery offenses which occurred in the 1400 block of Clifton Street, Northwest.

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at approximately 6:50 am, an adult female was walking in the 1400 block of Clifton Street, Northwest when she was forced to the rear alley of the location by an unknown male subject who robbed and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’11” in height, medium to dark complexion, wearing a black jacket, black pants, and black and white sneakers.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any assault committed in the District of Columbia.”


A reader reports at 11pm last night:

“There is a man who was screaming on the 1400 block of Harvard St NW. No one knows what he was screaming but multiple neighbors called the cops and one neighbor, who is a doctor, stabilized him. 911 hung up on my cousin who called to let them know there was a man unconscious on the street, then took 11 minutes for them to get here. I started directing traffic down the alley instead of through the people.”

Alleged package thief in the 1400 Block of Girard St NW

“Dear PoPville,

This guy got into our building in the 1400 Block of Girard St NW on Friday April 17th at approximately 12:10 pm and was able to hide in the building for about 10 minutes. He ripped apart the boxes you see after taking them to the back of the building. He stole one of the packages.

It’s most alarming that he hid in the building upstairs while people exited/walked through the lobby. The cop said he was clearly a pro because of the hat and backpack but that he really lingered carefully looking through packages, which is unusual.

We’ve filed a police report. Some of our residents were able to identify that he’s wearing ironman gear. Any leads are appreciated.”


“Dear PoPville,

Very sad… At the Panera in Columbia Heights when you enter, there’s an RIP picture posted of Quanika LaBoard, one of their employees. People have been double takes as they come in. She was one of the most well-known and energetic employees they had, so it’s been a real shock to everyone. Her passing was sudden, tragic, and completely unexpected; she’s left behind 3 young children, and unfortunately, no immediate family.

Panera is helping out, and I wanted to let everyone know that the family has also started a fundraiser to help with her homegoing service.”