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@sas509 tweets us the photo above:

“What’s up at Columbia & Irving? New bus stop?”

Another reader emails:

“Do you have any information on the construction at the Columbia Heights Metro station this past week? Flower bed areas where people once sat and congregated have been removed, perhaps for no other reason than to push people out of the area around the metro where many once gathered.”

I stopped by yesterday and here’s how it looks now:

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From an email:

“A dash of Iron-Chef with a hint of Project Runway, SCRAP DC presents Rebel Craft Rumble, a live crafting competition, on Saturday, September 27th, 7pm at Columbia Heights’ rowdiest hub, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church . Four teams will take on creative reuse challenges and compete for the Extreme Ultimate Supreme Craft Master title:

Craftaholics Anonymous: Liz Balchin and Alex Chaikin

Harry Wardman’s Rust Wranglers: James Kerns and Noah David

Team Radish: Melina Rauskolb and Laura Bill

Tomato & Asparagus: ChristieLyn Diller and Jill Weaverling

Teams will be judged by the retro and whimsical Artist and Illustrator, Claudine Hellmuth, and DC Ward 5 Councilmember, Kenyan McDuffie. Hosted by improv master, Stanley Seiden, and supported by DC Lady Arm Wrestlers, this event is the first of what will surely become DC tradition. Early bird tickets are $10 through September 21, regular tickets at $15 and are available at online at scrapdcrcr.brownpapertickets.com. More information can be found at www.scrapdc.org. Rebel Craft Rumble supports SCRAP DC’s mission to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior.”

2908 11th Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2908 11th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Enjoy this spacious 2 BR 1 BA unit in Columbia Heights. This sun-filled unit features hardwood floors, exposed brick wall, washer and dryer, large windows and an open floor plan. Just minutes from restaurants, bike share, the metro and shopping.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,300/Mo.

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A reader sends just after 7pm:

“There’s been a serious accident with the motorcycle kids at 11th and Euclid.

They apparently were zooming down the streets all evening. The kids attempted to pass a driver who was going east on Euclid and about to turn left into our alley at the northwest corner of 11th/Euclid. I talked with the driver and got her story, as my house abuts the alley entrance and I just returned from work.

The kids tried to pass her from behind on the inside as she made the turn. The motorcycle scraped along the left side of car, ripped off her side mirror and the kids went flying off the bike. No helmets.

Apparently the passenger and driver are father and son with the son being around 12.

After the bike sideswiped the car, the motorcycle drove up the sidewalk and the passengers were ejected at the part where the lawn meets the sidewalk. The father tumbled onto the lawn head first, while the child fell onto his arm on the sidewalk.

The child’s arm is injured. According to the car driver, the father appeared to be fine for the first few minutes. Then suddenly he started spasming/convulsing and went into shock, eventually laying on the grass.

Some of the friends/neighbors of the bikers arrived on the scene and initially began harassing the driver prior to the arrival of the police.

Overall, a sad scene and the cops are in possession of the bike.”

1104 Euclid Street Northwest

This unit is located at 1104 Euclid Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Original details in this 1910 Beauty such as a 100 year old pocket door, wood FP mantelpiece/staircase railing merge seamlessly with a modern renovation(2006)offering an open light-filled floor plan(1823 sf),3 beds,2.5 baths,HWD FLRS, skylight, rooftop terrace + Lower Deck, Kitchen + island, Maple cabinetry/granite.MB offers bay window, walk-in closet, spa shower.Just updated & painted. Beautiful!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $685,000 ($325 monthly fee.)

Bangkok Golden

“Dear PoPville,

Do you know if Thaitanic II in Columbia Heights is closed for good, or is just doing renovations?”

Closed for good (thought the original is still open in Logan.) Back in July we learned that the popular Laotian restaurant from Virginia Bangkok Golden would be opening up a DC location in this space. You can see their menus here.

From Chef Seng:

“Thip Khao Location Reveal!

Thank you so much for being patient with us, while we got things sorted out and ready, before revealing the new restaurant location. As you already know, the neighborhood is Columbia Heights. We felt it was a perfect area to spread our Lao Food Movement!

So we officially are telling you, dear customers, that the location is:

3462 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010″

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A reader writes:

“Sorry for the poor quality photo from the back of my apt building, but this is on Rock Creek Church Road, by Raymond Elementary.

Around 2am, my husband and I woke up because of a loud noise. A car hit a lamppost and flipped over the curb on its side. Two men got out and walked off, toward georgia ave, abandoning the car. My husband shared all of this information with the police.”

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Thanks to a reader for sending some background on the project:

“I live on 13th and Otis and wanted to let you know about the Mural Project that just happened on our condo building at 3609 13th Street NW.

The three condo units in the building contacted DC Murals to start a project on the wall of the property about a year ago. Nancee Lyons, at the head of DC Murals was very accommodating and we started the process to choose the artist about six months ago.

We all chose the design of the mural, which was a difficult process as all artist entries were exceptional, but we narrowed down on James Bullough, a native DC artist who now lives in Berlin, Germany.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I’m living in Columbia Heights and I suddenly stopped getting packages delivered from UPS. No notes are being left, but online it says they attempted delivery, and when I put delivery instructions to leave it at the door they are ignored. After my fifth call to them, I was told that they recently changed their policies in our area because of too many stolen package claims and they no longer will leave packages, even if you sign for them to be left or put in instructions online.

They also will not deliver to a local store unless you are a My Choice member and pay a fee. There must be plenty of Amazon Prime members in this area, I’m wondering if they are experiencing the same problem? Fedex still leaves packages and we have never had a package go missing, but they claim it’s a neighborhood-wide policy change. Thought getting the word out to the neighborhood might be helpful to deal with UPS to get them to change this new policy, but would also like to hear if others are actually getting packages delivered.”

Anyone else experiencing this in Columbia Heights? Other neighborhoods?

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from twitter:

“@UPSHelp

@jmstovall We still deliver packages to that area. It’s the drivers discretion to leave the package without a signature.”

UPDATE from OP:

“Re: the Twitter response from UPS: On the phone with UPS, I was told that drivers delivering in the Columbia Heights area no longer had the discretion to leave packages and that they have all been instructed not to leave packages, under any circumstances. We put instructions to leave at the door on My Choice and we signed the note the one time they left one. The day we signed the note, we came home to find it still stuck on the door and when we checked online it said there had been a failed delivery attempt that day. We have also had one failed delivery attempt occur when we were home. It’s entirely possible the information I was given by UPS is incorrect, but even if so, something very odd is going on with their service, just not clear what exactly it is.

Also, I asked about getting my delivery rerouted to the store for free as a result of the inconvenience and the lack of transparency about this policy change in our area and they refused. They suggested that I could instead pick up my package for free from nearby Landover, MD.”

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DC USA – 3100 14th St, NW

@mcbyrne tweeted us while we were gone last week:

“NO NO NO NO NO NO! Keep @GAP Outlet out of Columbia Heights. We are not the suburbs. @PoPville”

From Washington Business Journal’s building permit round up:

“3100 14th St. NW: Construction and tenant layout of a new retail clothing store, Gap Factory Store, at DC USA in Columbia Heights. It will be the first tenant to occupy the space (Unit 116).”

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and thanks to another reader for sending the photo above of Old Navy coming soon signs across from H&M above Lunchbox and below Range in Friendship Heights in the Chevy Chase Pavilion [5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW].