trash truck trouble
Photo by PoPville flickr user Beau Finley

“Dear PoPville,

I am a neighbor on the 1100 block of H street NE and every morning a trash truck from Bates Trucking and Trash Removal number 175 or 176 comes to remove the commercial trash at 420-430 am. The truck is removing the trash from 1118 H Street NE (H&Pizza) who has their dumpsters located on public property without a public space permit. I’ve filed multiple official complaints with DCRA through the Trash Truck Noise Program as well as emailing and calling DCRA but they will not enforce the law in this case. Do you have any other suggestions?”

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hunted house
510 H Street, NE

Over the past few months, there have been reports on the closing of four independent furniture stores. We’re now sharing news about the upcoming closing of Hunted House on H Street NE. It’s not simply another sad ballad — it’s just as much about a store and our retail sector shifting gears. We built ATTIC partly as a response to these types of changes. We’ve also just launched ATTIC Fashion, which seeks to make shopping from DC’s independent clothing boutiques, vintage shops, and DC area designers easier too. Ultimately, we’re concerned about a future where DC has little more than the same chains you can find in other cities. We hope you enjoy our reports and think about the city you want for the future too.

Tarek Anandan
Founder, ATTIC DC

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The following is an interview with Mark Johnson, owner and shopkeeper of Hunted House, a vintage store specializing in mid century modern furniture and home decor currently located on H Street NE.

Let’s start out with the big news. You’re going to close the Hunted House store on H Street at the end of February? Why?

Well, our four-year lease is up. The landlord is going to take over the space to meet their expansion needs. The Design Army firm owns the building, and they already use the two floors above the store.

So does that mean you are looking for a new space?

Another permanent brick and mortar space just doesn’t necessarily seem like “the way to go for stores [like ours]” right now. Instead, we’re excited about the idea of doing pop-ups. There’s no obligation, no long leases and no triple-net rents. Plus, it allows us to move around a bit and try out other parts of the city.

On a personal note, I won’t mind being a little less present. I’ve enjoyed running the store for the past ten years, but it’s a lot of work and there are some other things I’d like to spend some time doing. With a brick and mortar space I spend a lot of time trying to make sure we have four to six new pieces every week. I’ve had so much fun doing it, but it takes a lot of time and energy.

A Hunted House Pop-Up? Tell Us More. Anything Soon? (more…)

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One of many similar emails I’ve received:

“I live off H St NE and this is my back yard… The alley is too small for a plow and it’s about 25-30 yards each way of knee deep and higher snow! Snowzilla strikes again!”

Ed. Note: In February of last year DDOT and DPW reminded residents “that as a policy the District does not plow alleys”.

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A reader reports:

“Precious plowing resources being used to plow the streetcar tracks and 3rd and H, NE.

DDOT contractor has just piled up the snow from the tracks in the middle of the street and started to plow in my already passable street until I started to take pictures. When I protested that they were plowing in an already passable street, the guy said, “I have to do what I have to do.” Nice. They are plowing for a mode of transportation that does not even have passengers. Using precious plowing and taxpayer resources irresponsibly, again.”

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“end result”:

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1025 H Street, NE via google maps

Big pizza news from the Washington Business Journal this morning:

“Funky New York pizza chain Two Boots is headed to D.C., with its first area location planned for H Street NE. The pizzeria, which offers a fusion of New Orleans and Italian fare, aims to open in May at 1025 H St. NE”

Check out their pizzas here and their backstory here: