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A reader reports Sunday afternoon:

“I came across 4 dead chickens and a cluster of sage wrapped in a red ribbon with a note in the 100 block of N St. NW right across from Dunbar High School. It is by a tree outside of the fence to the softball field in the New York Ave playground. The attached photos are not of the best quality but they show the chickens with the red ribbon wrapped sage bundle in background and then a close up of the note. We found the whole thing to be very disturbing and creepy.”

The authorities have been contacted and the case is being investigated. Graphic photo after the jump
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“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday around 3pm I was in my car waiting at a red light at the corner of Florida Avenue and North Capital Street when 3 men circled my car and started yelling obscenities and cursing at me. One of them came up to my drivers’ side window and repeatedly cursed at me before trying to break my window with a knife or some other thing with a blade. Fortunately I had decided to keep my windows up because of the heat, and he did not succeed in shattering my window and merely scratched it.

This is the third time this past week that a man, in some way, has harassed me on or near this area/intersection. The first, I was walking on Florida Ave near 2nd street NW and a man on a bike made sexual comments to me. The second time was when shortly after that encounter, I met a friend at Bistro Bohem; we sat outside on the corner (we were the only ones seated outside) and while we were waiting for our food, I could see a different man from my peripheral vision approaching us and holding a Solo cup. He entered the seating area, stood within an inch of me and stood there looking down at me without saying anything. I asked him what he wanted and he asked me for change; I told him I had no change (which I didn’t) and he continued to stand there for 10 seconds just looking at me before walking away; I was honestly preparing what my next move would be in case he decided to hit me because that was the kind of posturing he was demonstrating.

If you are a (female) biker or pedestrian, I would avoid the aforementioned intersection and the blocks leading to it; if you are driving through, might be best to keep your windows up, too. I don’t plan on sitting outside at the neighboring businesses anymore if I’m the only person or one of a few, and don’t think that’s a bad idea for others, either, since no one inside the restaurant saw what had happened. I’m not a naive alarmist who doesn’t know how to take care of herself in cities; I’ve grown up and lived in large cities my whole life, and have been frequenting and living in this particular neighborhood cumulatively for the last 3 years without any aggression from anyone. These experiences in succession in such a short span of time may just be coincidence or bad luck, but they could also reflect that something more insidious might be occurring in our neighborhood.”

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide of an adult male victim that occurred in the 1500 block of First Street, Northwest on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at approximately 1:00 am.
Additional information regarding the incident will be released as it becomes available.

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.”

@DCPoliceDept tweeted:

“Shooting: 0105 hrs in the 1500 block of 1st Street, NW. No lookout”

A reader tweeted us:

“Hey @PoPville at least 6 shots fired at 1st and Q, NW in Truxton Circle”


“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide that occurred in the 1500 block of First Street, Northwest on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at approximately 1:00 am.
Fifth District officers responding to a call for the sounds of gunshots located an adult male victim suffering from a gunshot wound in the block, unconscious and unresponsive. The decedent was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The decedent has been identified as 27 year-old Lawrence Alonzo Carter, of Northwest, Washington.

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.”


From the mayor’s office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser reopened O Street Northwest between 1st and 3rd Streets as a “Green Street.” This newly opened roadway will support the Mayor’s commitment to sustainability and clean energy by capturing thousands of gallons of untreated stormwater, which protects local waterways. The green street is adjacent to the newly modernized Dunbar Senior High School, which also has several energy and sustainability features.

Originally closed in 1977, this part of O Street now has 5,732 square-feet of bioretention area installed in the form of 33 individual cells, or “rain gardens.” The District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) estimates that the volume of water equivalent to a 1.28-inch storm of runoff from a 1.6-acre drainage area will be retained through this project. The stormwater technology will prohibit significant amounts of stormwater runoff from reaching the District’s combined sewer system, and ultimately, the Anacostia River. All bioretention areas are landscaped with plants native to the District.

The Green Street project includes newly planted street trees in large tree boxes along O Street, where the stormwater will be collected to avoid sewer backups. Native plants that are a part of the O Street landscaping include: purple coneflower, switchgrass, inkberry and river birch. In addition to enhancing the ability of the bioretention cells to absorb stormwater runoff, these plants provide important habitat for District wildlife.”

@MayorBowser tweets:

“After nearly 38 yrs, #DCProud to reopen O St NW btwn 1st & 3rd as a #DCGreenStreet.”


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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1333 1st St NW
Legal Subdivision: Old City #2
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Old City #2
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Basement: No Parking: Street Ownership: Fee simple
Original List Price: $899,000.
List Price at Contract: $740,000.
List Date: 11/24/2014
Days on Market: 190
Settled Sales Price: $735,000.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 06/30/2015
Transaction type: Standard

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here
: here.

Despite being well into the swampy DC summer, the downtown real estate market continues to move at a fast and aggressive pace. Many listings are seeing multiple pre-inspections, followed by escalated prices on multiple offers with minimal, if any, contingencies. On the surface, it all seems so easy…for sellers.

The down side of a market like this is that it makes pricing (which is already tricky in DC) extremely challenging. On the flip side of the escalating, non-contingent offers, are listings that have been priced a bit (or maybe a lot) over optimistically. For buyers who are not in a position to compete, or who simply can not bring themselves to get involved in all that, it might be useful to consider searching properties above the intended price range that have more than 30 days on market. A seller may not always be in a position to take an offer negotiated below list price, but it is an alternative way of approaching rather than waiting to pounce on the next newest open house.

This particular home is located in the Truxton Circle neighborhood, in close proximity to NOMA, Shaw, and Bloomingdale. It is near the newly built Dunbar High School. This is an area that was largely ignored during the previous renovation boom of the early and mid-2000’s, and is beginning to see some significant development and sales activity.

The listing agent for this sale was Jasmyen Porter with Exit Bennett Realty. Jocelyn Vas with American Realty Group represented the buyer in this transaction.

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From a press release:

“What: ANXO, DC’s first cidery and pintxos bar opening in Truxton Circle in late 2015, presents diners with a taste of what’s to come at ANXO Sighting, a four-course dinner event at the Dolcezza Gelato Factory on Monday, July 27th, 2015.

ANXO is the child of five founders including Managing Partners Sam Fitz and Rachel Fitz. The team focuses on strong relationships with its cidermakers, both locally and internationally, yielding a highly curated selection of cider. Its also home to DC’s first recipients of the Certified Cicerone® title (Sam Fitz and beverage manager Tim Prendergast), and the fermentation process of ANXO’s house-made cider will result in an incredibly unique Mid-Atlantic cider. Executive Chef Brad Walker (of Boundary Road) “will honor the Basque culinary traditions of honesty, simplicity, and quality by showcasing local producers’ best efforts.”

The night will begin with a patio pintxos hour with assorted fare such as Bev Eggleston’s Vir-Scuitto with Apricots, Boquerone and Smoked Bluefish, and Porcini and Royal Trumpet Mushrooms with Herb Salt and Garlic Puree, all offered with a welcome cocktail and pour of cider.

The four-course family-style menu features items such as a Ciderhouse Ribeye, Grilled Octopus with Espelette, and a dessert collaboration between ANXO and Dolcezza Gelato’s Robb Duncan. Each courses is paired with a cider from a different region of the world.

When: Monday, July 27th, 2015

7:00 p.m. – Cocktail Hour
7:45 p.m. – Dinner

Where: Dolcezza Gelato Factory and Coffee Lab
550 Penn Street, NE, Washington DC 20002

Details: Tickets are $85 per person, all-inclusive of all food, beverage, tax and tip. Reservations are limited and must be made at”

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“Dear PoPville,

Had a Question I can’t find an answer to that I thought the PoPville community might be helpful with. As part of the Dunbar High School reconstruction DC rebuilt O street between 1st and 3rd streets NW. The high school and the street have been completed for months but O street continues to be blocked on both ends by construction fencing. Any idea on when the city is going to reopen the street?

An article about the reconstruction of the street is here.”

Ed. Note: I inquired with an ANC rep who said they don’t know when it will reopen either and would also like the question answered.