“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know the story of the huge, empty, white stone building on the Old Soldier’s Home property at the corner of Rock Creek Church Road and Harewood? It faces the Soldier’s Home Cemetary and Rock Creek Cemetary. There is an old unused gate at the corner, and the building looks like it has been vacant for many years.”


A reader reports:

“Several gunshots were fired on NH between Quincy and Georgia NW around 2:40pm. 911 was called and all details reported. Several fire/police vehicles parked in front of the metro and a victim (alive) was seen being strapped onto a gurney and taken away in an ambulance.”

DCAlerts tweeted:

“Shooting in the 3700 b/o Georgia Ave NW. LOF an unknown male and female. Suspects in a dark colored SUV.”


family foods market

Family Foods Market is located at 807 Rock Creek Church Road, NW. The listing says:

“Prime location, at corner of Georgia and New Hampshire ave. Grocery store, one bedroom apartment on the second floor and another unit currently rented as church on Rock Creek Church Rd,.back side of the property. Grocery store business with Beer & Wine License is sold separately. Please contact Listing agent for more information. Showing by appointment only.”

It’s going for $1,250,000.


Thanks to Vann-Di M. Galloway, DTM, Commissioner, Single Member District 4C06 for sharing:

“The Department of Parks and Recreation has plans for the property bound by 13th Street, Kansas Avenue and Quincy Street, NW. The District proposes turning the rarely used triangular plot into a ‘Zen Garden Space’ with a north-south permeable walkway and a recessed circle with a stone wall for sitting.

Check out the full PDF of the plans: DPR-Zen-Presentation


This is a painful horse’s ass nominee, from ANC Rep Jonah Goodman, with it’s own website:

“Welcome to 414 Shepherd St

This is the story of what happens when development goes wrong and the District of Columbia is unable to respond. This is all happening right now at 414Shepherd Street, NW, Washington DC.

View the full Property Information Verification System Report (PIVS).

The current significant issues are:

Structural damage to both neighboring properties
Erosion under neighboring properties and in neighboring yards due to both lack of foundation and lack of soil retention
Standing water in the basement of the property
Large hole / hazard in the front yard only mitigated by one piece of caution tape
Health issues / concerns to pregant neighbor as children of neighbor
Open property in front and backyard used to dump trash
General neighborhood blight”

Read the full correspondence with DCRA here.

pain two

“Dear PoPville,

My friend has recently passed away and a car was broken into with some of his belongings at the CVS at the corner of Georgia and Princeton. A black backpack was stolen at around 730pm last night. It contained 1 Samsung phone, 1 iPad, 1 laptop (maybe a dell), 1 MacBook, 1 wallet with a Maryland state drivers license.

Given how busy that street is at that hour I’m hoping someone saw something. They can contact the fourth district sub station at 2025768222 or email me at [email protected]


Wayan on the scene with the details:

“May 10 – For Immediate Release – Grant Circle, Petworth

At 1am on Tuesday morning, an unidentified driver achieved a new inadvertent parking record for Grant Circle. While speeding southbound on New Hampshire Avenue NW, they were surprised by the appearance of Grant Circle, an established neighborhood landmark, and instead of proceeding around the Circle, attempted to bisect it.

While they we unsuccessful in creating a new shortcut through the Circle, they did achieve a new distance record, almost reaching the inner sidewalk before stopping.

Sadly, they killed a tree in the process, cutting short a life of promise. Area residents were shocked by the loss and have vowed to badger the National Park Service for a replacement, hopefully with reflective bark.

DC parking enforcement arrived shorty after the police, noting that Grant Circle is a No Parking Zone. [Yes, I swear that really happened!]”

828 Upshur Street, NW courtesy Cappy’s Crabs

Some sorely needed good news this morning. We now know what’s coming to the Crane & Turtle space after ANXO pop up concludes – Crabs!!!

From an email:


A Summer-Only Crab Shack in Petworth

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day at Crane & Turtle

Paul Ruppert and his team at Warehouse Industries are launching a neighborhood crab shack on Upshur Street in Petworth.

CAPPY’S CRABS will open on Friday May 27th at noon to kick off the Memorial Day Weekend, serving blue crabs and pitchers of beer – plus a small menu of sides and specials. Jumbos, Large and Mediums will be available by the dozen. Or buy a half-bushel of steamed crabs for your back-yard party. Spend the summer eating crabs and drinking beer on the patio at Cappy’s Crabs!

Designer Nick Pimentel will transform Crane & Turtle from elegant French/Japanese dining room into a Chesapeake Bay crab house. Picnic tables, hot crabs, happy hour specials, loud music, National Bohemian and Orange Crush!

Chesapeake watermen are expecting the best crab season in years. Enjoy the bounty of the Chesapeake without leaving your neighborhood.

Menu includes: (more…)

4500 block Illinois Ave, NW

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 4500 block of Illinois Avenue, Northwest, on Tuesday, May 3, 2016.

At approximately 3:57 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for a shooting. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to an area hospital where all lifesaving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 21-year-old Josiah Jones of Northwest, 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”

A reader later reported just after 8pm:

“Shots at 8pm @ just south of 8th & Decatur. A burst of 8, then a burst of 6-7. No one hurt. Massive police presence here.”

Commenters reported shots fired around 6pm near 5th and Farragut. (more…)