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From an incident on H Street, NE earlier in the week

The week started with a serious dirt bike accident in Columbia Heights, followed by scenes of 100+ ATVs and Dirt Bikes spotted all over town and ends with, as predicted by many, a very serious incident injuring a pedestrian.

WJLA reported:

“[The driver of the motorbike] popped the wheelie and I guess her shirt or something got caught on his handlebars and he lifted her into the air with the bike and somehow the bike threw her off, right in front of my car,” he recalled. “I seen her, like a bullet comes toward my car, so I stepped on the brakes.”

Cheek said he found her partially underneath his car, not moving. Her injuries were extensive – a broken pelvic bone, broken tailbone and a left broken leg, among other injuries.

In the meantime, her cousin said the biker crashed as well – but she said he stood up, looked back and laughed before jumping on the other rider’s bike and escaped.

Read the full report here.

After reading that story a reader writes:

“After last night’s incident, which could have in all likelihood killed this victim , I would like to know how we as a community can ban together and get some serious changes to the laws and enforcement. We cannot sit back and watch these people terrorize our neighborhoods and streets any longer without consequence. Why does it take a near fatal hit and run to bring about change?”

Another reader shares a conversation they had with MPD after the earlier reports posted here. MPD responded:

“I understand your frustration and don’t agree that we are more concerned about illegal riders than residents…we are acting within our scope of policy and safety for all ….we will continue to use surveillance via the helicopter and try to identify the perpetrators/arrest when we can …. Also seize those vehicles that are on public space when able to do such safely .. This is a challenge for all of law enforcement.

you may call 911 and MPD would respond to this however we will not pursue them/chase them around the streets.”

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A reader wrote in asking:

“For avid readers, who would like a relatively quiet place to read, yet in a somewhat amenable location for eats and coffee, where are good locations in DC?”

I’d def. be curious to hear folks recommendations but I’d also like to expand a bit – where are the places you go to unplug in DC – if you just want to relax and breathe? Besides my go to Meridian Hill Park, when I’m on the Hill I love the Bartholdi fountain and the nearby Botanic Gardens. Where are your favorite spots to just chill (indoors and outside?) And of course for folks who like to read/study away from home – where are your go to spots?

And here’s the view from those seats pictured above:

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Bartholdi Fountain near the Capitol.

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“Dear PoPville,

We live in the Capitol Square Place development, south of 395 between 7th and 9th Streets SW. Road work on 395 has steadily moved east from the river all summer long. Because it was around the bend of the road, we were rarely bothered by it. However, now that the main work site is directly behind our house (see map) we notice it quite a bit, especially because they work 24/7 or close to it. We are used to quite a bit of traffic noise, horns, sirens, etc, but the huge generator they have constantly running plus the hammering, backing up beeping, and other loud construction work has become unbearable. It’s 11 pm as I write this and the generator is drowning out a white noise machine (that normally covers up all the traffic noise but sirens) and a pair of earplugs. It’s almost rattling the window panes!

I’ve emailed my ANC rep, DDOT, and the mayors office. Next step will be to get my neighbors to complain, too. But what is probably the best route? It has got to be a regulation that non emergency road work can’t be done during sleeping hours if it’s within a certain distance from residential properties, but I don’t know how to find out. We want 395 to be safe and maintained, and we DONT want to prolong the traffic impact this work is having either. But it has got to stop from at least 10pm-6am or I’m going to go bonkers.

Help?”

The ATV/Dirt Bike saga continues. A reader sends word last night at 10:45pm that there were 7-8 kids riding at 9th and H St, NE then headed towards K Street with one police car in pursuit. Looked like “one rider was caught at 9th and H” but the others got away. The reader reported that they were driving on both sides of the street crossing lanes of traffic. It’s interesting to note that he saw a police car in pursuit after yesterday’s discussion noting that MPD had previously been directed not to chase.

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“Dear PoPville,

I am aware that residents of busy neighborhoods such as Adams Morgan often “reserve” parking spaces using trash cans or lawn chairs. In those situations I tend to just play along and keep driving. However, today I encountered a situation that took this ploy too far: instead of using a chair, someone used a 10-year-old child.

I was searching for parking in Adams Morgan this afternoon, but spaces were scarce due to the street festival. Finally, I saw an empty space on a crowded side road and happily pulled up next to it. I then saw two (approximately) ten-year-old kids standing in the street near the curb. One moved immediately, but the other did not. When I asked him to move, he said he was saving the space and even laid down in the street. He implied I had run him over and said he had a broken leg! Amused but resolved, I informed him the several people walking nearby could see that I hadn’t hit him, and that he could not save spaces on a public street. After several minutes he eventually moved. There was no cursing and no yelling involved. When I returned to my car 45 minutes later, this note was on my car, presumably from the child’s parent.

I don’t pride myself on picking fights with children (I don’t consider this a fight), but there was no adult in sight and it seemed extreme for a 10-year-old to stand in the street to reserve a parking space (I’m assuming for the parent). Did I go too far in telling this boy to move? How do people usually handle this situation?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I just recently moved into a basement apartment. I moved in slowly while exiting my previous apartment and noticed what I thought at the time were grasshoppers. Turns out they are the Asian Camel Crickets that are invading the Northeast. They were pretty large and there were about 3 that I can remember in different parts of the one bedroom apartment. I notified my landlord and she said its a seasonal thing and they are all over the neighborhood and offered to get home defense spray for the interior perimeter of the the basement. I said I would try it and see how it goes. I also contacted a pest control company that did free home inspection, however, they said they would need the landlord’s permission before they came out to inspect. In the meantime, by now I have completely moved in and I decided to unpack so they had less places to hide. With every box I moved I found more and more, but the end of the week I had killed at least 20 and started documenting with my camera!

Now, I’m paranoid, afraid and walking around my apartment with my boom. When I found three under my bed I was fed up and asked my landlord to do something again. I decided to stay with a friend since I couldn’t sleep comfortably. She responded with the suggestion of getting a stronger spray. At this point, I realize this issue is more than likely not going to go away with spray and not the place for me. I asked if I could find her a new tenant to replace me, she said no, that I can’t sublease, and that she wouldn’t want to start over again.

So I started to do some research to figure out how I can get out of this sticky situation. I’ve called around and spoke to some co-workers and have come to a few conclusions.

1, She is renting the basement out illegally and doesn’t want a home inspection.
2. She will sue me if I decide to leave without completely the 12-month lease.
3. She is too lazy to start the process again and hopes I will just stop complaining until it gets cold and the crickets go away.

Either way at this point I am fed up and just want to find a new place to live….help! What are my options?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Wayan Vota

“Dear PoPville,

What to do about a neighbor who has been running an electrical generator early nonstop since Saturday? It’s definitely a noise nuisance, and I’m pretty sure no one should need to do this if they have power otherwise. Any ideas? This is near the intersection of 13th and Taylor. Finally called MPD last night who said an officer would be dispatched, but it only shut off for some brief period in the night and was back on before I left for work this morning.”

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Noise from El Sauce – Shaw/Logan:

“I am writing this post after having woken up twice by shouting from the crowd in front of El Sauce restaurant. Anyone know what the deal is with this place? I know there was a murder there a few years ago, but it seems strange to have a restaurant with tinted windows that consistently has people yelling in front of it, even on Tuesdays at like 2 am. On the weekends it is an absolute nightmare in terms of noise. Any suggestions on what to do would be helpful!”

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“Dear PoPville,

Here we go again!!! – 6th and Florida Ave, NW

just had to send this picture. i don’t think i am exaggerating when i say this is probably the 30th time someone with a jack hammer has been on this corner this year. this time at 8:00 am on Saturday. there must be something absolutely amazing under that storm drain. and this is just the begging of this corner. I would love to see the city records for the last year and how many times they have had to do work on this corner (and what exactly they are doing) People living around here already have to deal with late night motor cycles and loud street noise. but a fan can’t cover up a jack hammer…”

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From a press release:

“A survey encouraging the 16,000 residents of Adams Morgan to voice their vision of the future of their neighborhood is being conducted by the Envision Adams Morgan Working Group beginning the first week of September 2014.

“We’re currently in phase two of our effort to bring reasonable economic development to Adams Morgan while also maintaining the aspects of our community that attracted residents who live here and do business in our neighborhood every day,” said Ernest Springs, Co-chairman of the Working Group.

“The Envision Adams Morgan Survey is intended to engage public and private stakeholders to identify areas of opportunity for the community to preserve its physical characteristics, enhance amenities, support sustainability, and improve quality of life for the community,” said Springs.

To encourage as many neighborhood residents as possible to complete the electronic survey at www.EnvisionAdamsMorgan.org, the URL will be promoted in local newspapers; on community listserves, and on posters displayed by local business owners. The Working Group will also be present to promote the survey at the ANC booth at Adams Morgan Day September 14, and printed copies of the survey will be available upon request by residents who do not use the Internet.

The Office of Planning will be assisting the Envision Adams Morgan Working Group and the ANC in developing a series of charettes, community meetings and other forums, to solicit the views and opinions of the community beginning this fall. They will include community leaders, residents, and property and business owners. The process centers on shaping a future vision for Adams Morgan for how the community can leverage its assets to preserve its physical characteristics, enhance amenities, support sustainability and improve quality of life for the community.

The survey and the charrettes will provide the community an opportunity to give input to the future of services in the community, including health, education, welfare and public services, including the environment. Local civic organizations have been part of the planning from the beginning and will continue to provide input.

“We hope our neighbors will do their part by completing the survey,” said Springs. “In doing so, they will help us establish a basic premise for how Adams Morgan can grow more inclusively to achieve its full potential as an eclectic retail and entertainment destination and residential neighborhood.”