From MPD:

“Just before 3am, units on patrol heard gunshots in the area of 9th and Kennedy Sts NW. Shortly thereafter, three victims suffering from apparent gunshot wounds were located in the 5300 blk of 8th St NW. All victims were transported to an area hospital. One of the victims has been pronounced. The other two victims are in stable condition. This case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”


“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a triple shooting that has resulted in a fatality. On Sunday, October 20, 2014, at approximately 2:43 am, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for the report of a shooting in the 5300 block of 8th Street, Northwest. Upon arrival, they located three adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. The victims were transported to a local hospital, where one of the victims, 29-year-old Jabari Fields of Landover, Md. succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.”


“Dear PoPville,

You know, you posted these photos a while back about the Peep Inn and the old bar on Georgia Avenue. Before it is knocked down (That is what the real estate guy on the sign told me when I called), it would be interesting know if people know anything about the old “PEEP IN” bar — how long ago it was open, what was it like, etc etc etc, what the history is. Was it even called “PEEP INN” or is that recycled glass??

I’ve always been fascinated by this place! Would love to get some insight into its history. I even called the DCRA and liquor license bureau to find out, but nothing came up. Clearly it was a bar.”

4900 block of Georgia Ave


From an email:

“The DCCX cyclocross bike race takes place this Saturday and Sunday, October 18th and 19th at the Armed Forces Retirement Home (Rock Creek Church Road at Upshur St, NW). With over 700 racers already registered for each day of racing, DCCX will once again be one of the biggest cyclocross races in the country. Entry is free.

If you don’t know what cyclocross is, think road bike racing, meets mountain bike racing, meets trail running.

Both days of racing begins at 8:15am and concludes with a “Rookie” race at 5:15pm. The course is centered around the fish pond on the lower grounds of the Soldier’s Home. It is a great course for spectators as racers are visible from almost any point on the course. There will also be a kids race course available throughout the day.

This year Oskar Blues will be on hand with a variety of their craft beer offerings including Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Lil’ Pils, Old Chub and others.  Come enjoy their “can-in-hand” culture as well as some of their special kegs.  The beer garden will be the place to be in 2014. Staples Corner Liquorswill be working with Oskar Blues to once again ensure that your refreshment needs are satisfied.  Come out and pair an Oskar Blues with food from DC Slices, Baja Fresh, the DC Dutch club and Captain cookie & the milkman to help keep the party going.  (more…)

3907 14th Street, NW

Happy Thursday morning!!! Back in July 2013 Rib Pit (the lounge had been closed for years) had closed at the corner of 14th and Randolph St, NW and was for sale.

From the Washington Post:

“The restaurateur duo of Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks (Jackie’s, El Chucho, Bar Charley) have another concept in the works: a casual Italian restaurant opening at 3907 14th St. NW in spring 2015. The restaurant’s working name is Little Coco’s.”

Ed. Note: It’s not clear if Little Coco’s will take up just the former Rib Pit Lounge space or the Rib Pit as well but obviously we’ll have lots of updates leading to their spring 2015 opening – can’t wait to learn more!


“Dear PoPville,

There was yet another crash on the 4500 block of Arkansas Avenue last night. Our neighbor’s car was crashed into by an SUV, pushed 20+ feet off the curb onto the sidewalk and ultimately into a tree.

The SUV that caused the crash fled the scene leaving debris all over the street and police took over an hour to respond to the 911 call. When they did, they were unable to run the license plate due to a broken computer.

This is the latest in an ongoing pattern of crashes on our street made possible by unsafe traffic conditions, which was covered extensively in the news this spring and summer. DDOT made safety recommendations which have not been implemented, and the city has refused to eliminate the rush hour lane which encourages speeding on our residential street. We have been given no support in resolving this issue.

The family whose car was totaled last night has two young kids, and there have been others who’ve been gravely injured. I’m just a concerned neighbor who is trying to spread the word.

More information about our campaign to make our street safer is available here.”

409 Varnum Street Northwest

This rental is located at 409 Varnum Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Renovated Petworth row home FOR RENT w/ ALL UTILITIES + MORE INCLUDED – available NOVEMBER. Upper two levels for rent (basement currently occupied). 3BR/2.5BA. High ceilings, excellent finishes and exposed brick accents. Large master suite w/ 3 closets. Back deck + spacious yard. ONE secure off-street parking space. Petworth Metro nearby (0.6 mi). Rent also incl: yard care, parking, alarm service.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,400/Mo.

843 Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“Willow is celebrating its 2nd Birthday and Grand Reopening after extensive renovations with a bash on Thursday, October 9th at 6:30 pm. Help us celebrate with cupcakes and Chimayo cocktails provided by Cocktails on Call.

The Bash also brings the unveiling of the new menswear line at Willow! DC’s men and women in search of unique finds need look no farther than Petworth. Far from typical, Willow focuses on limited quantities of funky, fashion forward items. They try their best to sell small quantities so you never have to worry about seeing your ‘unique outfit’ walking down the street on someone else. Willow carries a wide variety of outfits – everything from ‘glam night-on-the town’ to ‘spending a rainy day indoors.’

“Being on Upshur Street and in Petworth these last 2 years has been really fantastic. The community is incredibly supportive and it often feels like we are on Main Street in a small town. “ – Owner, Julie Wineinger

Their small town spirit meets high style mantra carries over to how customers are valued during their shopping experience. Custom, attentive and knowledgeable assistance is what Willow prides themselves on – Stylists are always on hand to provide an engaging shopping experience. Willow offers a myriad of unique customer benefits – such as in-store private shopping, group shopping parties, frequent buyer discounts and lots more!

Willow is located at 843 Upshur St NW, Washington DC, 20011 – just off Georgia Avenue. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Thursday 12pm – 7pm, Friday & Saturday 11am – 7pm, and Sunday 11am – 6pm. By Appointment service is are also available.”


“Dear PoPville,

The residents of Hamilton Street would like to make sure our neighbors are aware of a recent mini crime wave that is impact our community. Over the past several weeks we’ve experienced several burglaries in the vicinity of Hamilton/Gallatin/Ingraham Streets between 5th and 8th Streets NW. The burglaries occurred during day light hours–a neighbor came outside Tuesday morning around 9:30 am to witness two young men helping hoist each other up to the porch roof of another home and attempt to enter the home through the upper level windows. A family brand new to our block, living in a home with an alarm system, also experienced a forced entry and property was stolen from their residence.

I’ve lived on Hamilton Street since 2011 and cannot say more about how wonderful my community is. Many neighbors have lived on the street, and in the same homes, for their entire lives and cannot recall a time when there has been such a rash of property crime. It is not typical, and certainly not acceptable to any members of our community. Nothing about choosing to live in a city means that any of us should simply shake our heads when our neighbors are victims of crime.

Many residents of our area attended our local neighborhood meeting last night and asked to speak about the recent crime spurt and learn more about what we, and our city and law enforcement officers, can do to address this. We were told, however, that the entirety of the meeting would be devoted to discussing a new community center. While we all understand that it is important to speak to community services and recreation, the response to our concern over the recent spike in crime was frustrating and absolutely not what one would expect from our community leadership.

We will be circulating a letter of concern through the neighborhood, and directly speaking with our 4th District police, and hope to receive an improved response from our community leadership.”


It has come to my attention that folks no longer know what these are – they’re tires cut and turned inside out to make planters. If you look inside some you can still see the tire treads. When I first moved to Petworth these were ubiquitous. We debated their ascetics once back in the day. As was the case then I still like ‘em. Obviously the ones with plants/flowers are nicer than the ones with weeds :)

Full admission: When I first saw these I had no idea what they were either.