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“Dear PoPville,

The past two days walking home from the metro at around 5 I have encountered more than a dozen drunk men hanging around my neighborhood. It was a little unnerving yesterday to hear them aggressively yelling at each other (on the verge of blows) but I kept my head down and tried to avoid them as best I could. If it weren’t for their age I would have thought I had stumbled upon a tail gate or something, the atmosphere was so similar.

Fortunately, the sidewalks in my neighborhood are mostly clear (there’s a few piles that have caved in from the side of the road) but unfortunately the cleared area is small and only wide enough for one person at a time. Tonight, a man saw me coming and jumped over the snow bank in front of me and asked for money (not a theft, just begging) and when I said no he got aggressive and touching my arm saying “please, please just a few bucks for the store…” He didn’t move aside or stop when I asked, so I had to step into the ice covered snow to get around him and almost fell. Normally I take advantage of the full width of the sidewalk, but with the snow I couldn’t do that. My purpose in sending is just to remind everyone to be aware of your surroundings, and to keep your eyes open for one another. Also, shovel your damn sidewalks more than just one shovel length in width!”

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From WMATA:

“Tonight, Metro and its escalator contractor KONE will begin a project to install the system’s 50th new escalator since 2011, Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld announced today. Over a two-year period, the project will replace the three entrance escalators at Waterfront Station in Southwest, DC.

In the past five years, Metro has installed 37 new escalators at the following stations: Bethesda, Branch Avenue, Brookland, Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, Friendship Heights, Georgia Ave-Petworth, Glenmont, Metro Center, Mt. Vernon Square, Pentagon, Van Ness and Woodley Park.

In addition, projects are currently underway to replace an additional 12 escalators.

Metro owns and maintains 618 escalators in its stations and parking garages, including the longest escalators in the Western Hemisphere at Wheaton Station.

The investments in replacing or rebuilding Metro’s escalators has yielded positive results for customers. In 2015, Metro’s escalator availability rate reached 93.3 percent, the best annual performance in five years.

The work at Waterfront Station will begin Monday night after the station closes. Each escalator is expected to take 35 weeks to replace, including site preparation, demolition, construction, installation and testing. For safety reasons, most of the work will be done during overnight hours.

Waterfront Station’s entrance will remain open to customers during the project with one escalator running up and one running down.”

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at approximately 9:50 pm.

First District members were on patrol in the area when they heard a gunshot. While investigating, they located an adult male unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the 1300 block of First Street, Southwest. DC Fire and EMS transported the victim to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 20-year-old Kwaza K. Blue of Southwest, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. 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.”

Gdon

This house is located at 620 3rd Street, Southwest. The listing says:

“Wonderful opportunity to own tandem unit in popular SW Waterfront. 2 bed upper unit receives abundant light in every room with generous open living area, modern kitchen & oversized balcony. Separate lower level has full bath & kitchen with walk-out rear porch. 2 parking spaces & W/D in each unit. Minutes to the Metro, grocery, restaurants, National Mall, downtown, & incredible new Waterfront dev.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $574,555 ($594 monthly fee.)

800 4th Street Southwest

This rental is located at 800 4th Street, Southwest. The listing says:

“MUST SEE! Renovated, prisintine studio at the Potomac Place Turn key!.Updated kitchen w/ black appliances, and eat in counter. Unit and building fully redone in 2007. Treed views. Walk in closet. Hardwoods throughout. Extra storage space! Utilities included. Building has everything: 2 gyms, community room, bus. center, pool, concierge. 1 Block to metro, new Safeway, and close to new Wharf dev.”

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This studio is going for $1,575/Mo.

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A reader reports:

“The Waterfront metro has had two of its six gates out of service for well over a month, with no sign of repairs any time soon.

One gate broke months ago. The other followed about a month ago. Of the working 4 gates, one is a very very slow handicapped gate. So in rush hour, most commuters have to line up to use the one standard working gate.

Does WMATA have any plan to fix the broken gates? Or is this just the new normal for Waterfront?”

This house is located at 719 Capitol Square Place, Southwest. The listing says:

“EXCEPTIONALLY BEAUTIFUL, LIGHT, BRIGHT & SPACIOUS 3BR/2.5 BA, HUGE FAMILY RM, GARAGE LUX BRICK TH LOCATED JUST STEPS AWAY FROM METRO, SMITHSONIAN,ARENA STAGE THEATER, WATERFRONT AND A MILE TO THE CAPITOL. THIS HOME HAS IT ALL…$20,000+ IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDE: BRAND NEW SS APPLIANCES, CARPET, DESIGNER PAINT AND MORE! POLISHED, PRISTINE AND BETTER-THAN-NEW!”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $865,000.

Boat Home Tour Poster 2015

“Finally, it’s back! After a two-year hiatus Southwest DC’s colorful liveaboard community will open its doors to visitors on Saturday, October 10 from 10 AM to 2 PM. The self‐guided tour at Gangplank Marina takes visitors inside up to 20 of the most fun and unique homes in Washington DC. Owners and docents will also be available to answer questions about the boat‐homes and the liveaboard lifestyle. This is only the fourth time that the homes of Gangplank Marina have been open to the public, and the chance to tour this unique community is not to be missed. (more…)