good people
Photo by PoPville flickr user Julian Ortiz

“Dear PoPville,

I was on a bus going up 16th St last evening and the traffic was crawling. Coming close to Columbia Rd I saw one reason for the slowdown – a car being pushed up the street by two people. No easy task in rush hour, and in today’s heat and humidity. Vehicles were making room for the car to be pushed over until it was in the curb lane.

Then I saw a pedestrian step off the curb, get behind the car and start pushing. A few feet up the street someone else got behind the car and started pushing the car. A few feet more, another person joined in to help push the car onto a side street and out of heavy traffic. The people who helped push the car then walked off in different directions. A random act of kindness, as seen from an S2 bus.

With all that happens in our sometimes not-so-fair city, there are also times when the kindness of strangers shows up in unexpected places.”

burned library

There’s been some terrible shit happening these last few weeks, and though it’s no secret I love Little Free Libraries, I realize this is not on par with the other awfulness we’ve seen but we can’t deny there are serious issues unresolved. Serious issues. A reader reports:

“Little free library set on fire right next to the North Columbia Heights Community Garden in the alley between Park, Sherman, Lamont, and 11th.”

Update from another reader:

“I reported the arson to the MPD this morning. Two very nice officers came and informally looked at the damage. However, they didn’t take a formal report because I don’t own/run the Little Free Library. They said they would take a formal report from whomever owns/runs the library. I’m not sure who that would be. Maybe a PoPville reader knows?”

Another follow-up: I want to commend the MPD and the six officers that came by and investigated the burnt library this evening. One of the officers also took statements from me and one of my neighbors. They’re trying to contact the community organizations in charge of the Little Free Libraries.”

bike stolen

“Dear PoPville,

My beloved bicycle was stolen last night out of my garage on the 1300 block Spring Rd. It was a pretty amazing bike that I had custom built a few years ago in Amsterdam, road it to Paris, and then shipped it back to DC. It’s a black WorkCycle crossframe; pretty unique looking so I simply ask that my neighbors please keep an eye out for it. It was obviously a cherished possession. I’ve filed a police report, but am not expecting a miracle.

Please email Matt at [email protected] or call 215-669-4892 if you see it! Thanks!”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department’s Narcotic Enforcement Unit and Gun Recovery Unit have announced recent arrests that have been made in cases in the District of Columbia.

Narcotic Enforcement Unit Arrests:

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, members conducted an operation in the 2900 block of Knox Place, Southeast. CCN: 16-106-953. The following people were arrested:
25-year-old Kevin Johnson, of Southeast, DC, for Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance
21-year-old Demetrius Carroll, of refused address, for Distribution of a Controlled Substance, Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance

On Wednesday, June 29, 2016, members conducted an operation in the 1400 block of Park Road, Northwest. CCN: 16-106-871. The following people were arrested:
23-year-old Quenton Burgess, of Southeast, DC was arrested for Distribution of a Controlled Substance
35-year-old Michael Dudley, of No Fixed Address, was arrested for Distribution of a Controlled Substance (more…)

1423 Newton St

This rental is located at 1423 Newton St, NW. The listing says:

“PARTIALLY FURNISHED, bright and sunny, spacious 1br/1ba in Columbia Heights. This fantastic condo is in a small building, away from street noise, only 3 blocks from metro, 2 blocks to Giant, and 4 blocks to the 11th St. restaurants and bars.

Central air, new floors throughout, with new Elfa closets! SMALL PETS ARE OK — building has own private/gated dog park in the back of the building. Washer and Dryer are in the condo. Secure key fob entrance to building with call box. Off street parking is available at an additional cost.”


You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,000/Mo.

bike lane
Photo by PoPville flickr user sssdc1

“Dear PoPville,

I/m writing to let you know about a current hazard to bicyclists heading northbound on 11th St NW.

Yesterday when heading home from work (around 6 PM), I noticed multiple large piles of shattered glass (approx 6-7 piles in total) in the northbound bicycle lane on 11th St NW, all between Irving and Monroe streets. The piles of glass were very large– they each appeared to be from multiple broken bottles (large shards of green, brown, and white glass – larger than what you typically see from a smashed car window). Also, every pile of glass was in the bike lane, none in the road or sidewalk on that stretch from what I was able to observe. In hindsight I wish I had stopped to take a picture of one or more of the piles, but at the time it was not my first thought.

When I got home I immediately called 311 to report the issue, and the operator confirmed that she would send someone out to check it out and clean up the glass. Sadly, when riding southbound on 11th this morning, I was able to observe that most (if not all) of the piles from the previous afternoon were still there. Any suggestions on how we can get this cleaned up? (more…)