06/11/14 10:05pm

rock_creek_park
Photo by PoPville flickr user jiconoclast

“Dear PoPville,

Sorry for the depressing subject line, but I’m wondering if you’ve heard anything more about this news story [from the Washington Post]:

“Two people on Friday morning discovered the body of a woman near the William Howard Taft Bridge in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police.

The cause of death remains undetermined, and Officer Araz Alali, a police department spokesman, said detectives have not yet identified the victim.”

It seems wild that they found a dead body in Woodley Park last week, especially so close to the running trail, but there’s been absolutely no follow-up by the MSM.

My friend and I happened upon the scene when we were running the other morning. It was really disturbing, and made me wonder about trail safety.

Do you know what’s going on?”

Ed. Note: An inquiry with MPD has not (yet) been replied to.

06/11/14 12:55pm

DC8369461 - Exterior (Front)

This house is located at 2142 Cathedral Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“You’ve never seen anything like this. Unique, lavishly livable, Woodley Park. Transfer your artistic , alternative bent here, or make it a new personalized space with the vision and inspiration of your dreams. Either way, entertainer deck, 7 parking, elevatr..(poss 5th level rooftop deck?) Walk into equity and grace at the same time. Worth the look? Reclaimed wood walls, Lava rock structures…”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/4 full bath/2 half bath is going for $1,850,000.

06/04/14 4:45pm

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
Photo courtesy Friends of the National Zoo

From a press release:

Tickets are now on sale for the National Zoo’s annual Brew at the Zoo event, held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Friends of the National Zoo, more than 60 breweries from around the world will travel to D.C. for the beer tasting extravaganza, all in support of wildlife conservation. Local favorites such as Port City Brewing Company and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will be joined by popular microbreweries including DC Brau Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, and New Belgium Brewing Company. (more…)

06/04/14 12:55pm

3102 Cleveland Avenue Northwest

This house is located at 3102 Cleveland Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“CLASSIC COLONIAL BEAUTIFULLY UPDATED WITH OPEN KITCHEN/ FR DESIGN FEATURING CENTER ISLAND W/ BLUE PEARL GRANITE COUNTERTOPS AND FULL PICTURE WINDOW SURROUND. LARGE LR+ SEP DR. FOUR FINISHED LEVELS. PRIVATE FLAGSTONE PATIO/ TERRACE W/ TIERED UPPER LEVEL GARDEN. HEART OF MASS AVE HEIGHTS.”

You can see more photos here.

This 5 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,895,000.

05/30/14 3:55pm

2602 29th Street Northwest

I just happened to see this in the real estate section, it’s a year old but still active. The listing says:

“RENOWNED ARCHITECT TRAVIS PRICE, DESIGNED THIS INCREDIBLE CONTEMPORARY HOME TO BE BUILT IN THE HEART OF MASS AVE HEIGHTS FOR CURRENT OWNER. THIS EXTENSIVE SET OF PLANS PLUS BUILDERS BIDS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE FUTURE OWNER. $10 MILLION IS THE BUDGET FOR THE LAND + CONSTRUCTION, BUT BUYER CAN ACQUIRE LOT FOR $3.5 MILLION (INCLUDING PLANS) AND CHOOSE ARCHITECT/ BLDR OF CHOICE.”

The lot is located at 2602 29th Street, NW. The potential 7 bed/6.5 bath is yours for $10 million. Think anyone will go for it?

05/13/14 1:23pm

photo 2

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful day for a great free concert at the National Zoo to benefit the Sumatran Tigers, but the show was quickly ruined when a fan was forcibly and wrongfully arrested for standing and clapping at the show.

Sure, he was asked to sit down by one officer and booed by other concert goers for standing in the first place, but nobody came to the guy’s defense when 5 200 pound cops took down a 100 pound kid for enjoying the music he was there to see. What I have seen on twitter, instagram, etc., are a bunch of people cheering on the cops (which happened at the show) for arresting him, yet the park director or even the band never even asked people to remain seated during the show. When the kid first stood up, one guitarist thanked the kid for his crowd participation, but then stayed tight lipped when he was hauled off, only to later joke “that’s what we get for hiring the Hell’s Angels to do security.

I understand the issue of common courtesy, but again, this was no “majority rules” as some people claim – or at least I was not asked to vote – and it was never announced that it was a seated only show. I am not one to encourage protests or start riots, but I think it is appalling that my peers, fellow concert goers and supporters of music and Saving the Tigers! just sat there and cheered as someone was arrested for standing at a concert.

Open to any feedback, as I know many disagree. Thanks for reading.”

Ed. Note: DCist quotes a Zoo spokesperson’s response:

Last night at the concert, where guests were sitting on the lawn, one person stood up and was blocking the audience’s view of the band. He was repeatedly asked to sit down and resisted the requests. He was removed when he didn’t cooperate and was turned over to MPD.

14176041202_c3785008e0_z

14178701625_6b6011910d_z

05/03/14 6:40pm

shooting_national_zoo

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department announced today an arrest has made in connection to the shooting that occurred in the 3000 Block of Connecticut Avenue, NW

On Monday, April 21, 2014, at approximately 5:17 pm, an individual fired a handgun multiple times outside of the zoo striking two individuals who suffered non-life threatening injuries. An in-depth investigation has indicated that a lone gunman was responsible for this offense.

On Saturday, May 03, 2014, Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department arrested a 14-year-old juvenile male from Southwest, DC and charged him with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).

Today’s arrest demonstrates the ongoing commitment of the dedicated men and woman of the Metropolitan Police Department and its partners in law enforcement to aggressively pursue these types of crimes. Gun violence in our city is unacceptable. As a team, we will continue to methodically investigate these types of crimes and protect our city. Particular to this arrest, the use of firearms in a violent act will not be tolerated in the District of Columbia. The Metropolitan Police Department has worked tirelessly on this matter to ensure the perpetrator would be apprehended and were assisted by the Metro-Transit Police, the Zoo Police, Prince George’s County PD, several other government agencies, and citizens. The Metropolitan Police Department along with the close cooperation of its citizens will not relent in bringing to justice those who wield illegal guns and carelessly risk the public’s safety. This arrest should serve as a reminder to criminals that law enforcement will continue to pursue individuals engaged in violent criminal activity.”

04/21/14 5:55pm

image

“I saw a teen being arrested, horses bikes helicopters, huge police presence!”

A reader also tweets us just before 6pm:

“Pop pop pop” at the zoo. Hoping it’s fireworks. Police helicopter and units suggest otherwise.”

Confirmed by MPD:

“Shooting_1752 hrs._2300 Connecticut Avenue NW”

From MPD:

“This afternoon at approximately 5:17 pm, two individuals were the victims of non-life threatening gunshot wounds while walking in the 3000 block of Connecticut Avenue NW. At the time of this offense, there was a large crowd of people patronizing the National Zoo and there may be witnesses to this crime. Anyone with information on this offense is encouraged to contact the MPD Crime Information Center on 202-727-9099. The police report numbers to this case are 14-055-269. You are not required to provide your name, address, or other pertinent information.”

Ed. Note: We spoke about gun shots in Woodley Park on Mon. 4/14 here.

04/03/14 1:15pm

bao_bao_climbs_tree_dc
Photo: Nicole MacCorkle/Smithsonian’s National Zoo

We knew Bao Bao might venture outside this week – suffice it to say – she’s digging it. From the National Zoo:

“Tall tale of the day: Bao Bao climbed a tree this morning. It was the highest she’s been yet!”

“The trees all have metal collars around them, which prevent Bao Bao from climbing to any height that could be potentially dangerous. Bao Bao has climbed up and down the tree in Mei’s yard successfully several times today. Although Bao Bao is enjoying her time in the tree, our keepers want to be sure she comes down before the end of the day. As part of her training, first they will call her to see if she will come down on her own. If she doesn’t respond, they will use a ladder to retrieve her. Bao Bao is perfectly safe and exhibiting expected cub behavior.”

1981924_10152304434187902_1368045919_n
Photo: Smithsonian’s National Zoo