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“Dear PoPville,

Last evening I had an experience that I’m curious if others might be familiar with. My pregnant wife and I were walking our dog along Illinois Ave. at Farragut just about a block from our home and as we pass a house with two 50-something year old African-American guys out on the front porch, we hear one of the guys start muttering under his breath and then gradually raising his voice into a yell for the whole neighborhood to hear.

What was he saying? Well he was fairly accurately describing what WE were doing, albeit in a really racist way: “WHITE A$$ CRACKER MFer WALKIN HIS MFing DOG ALL PREGNANT ON THE SIDEWALK LIKE A WHITE A$$ CRACKER…. WHITE SUPREMACY…. WALK THAT DOG MFer… UP HERE ALL PREGNANT WITH THAT WHITE SUPREMACY… WALKIN THROUGH THIS MFing NEIGHBORHOOD MFer… WHITE A$$ CRACKER…”

This went on in various combinations of these phrases basically as long as we were in his view. The other guy on the front porch just chuckled.

So what am I supposed to do in this situation? We just assumed the guy was drunk so we just ignored it and kept walking, but it’s very disturbing and discouraging and bothered me the rest of the night. Do you call the cops? Do you say something to the guy?

Some might say casual racism is par for the course in a gentrifying neighborhood, but I don’t accept it.”

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line to pick up free cannabis seeds back in March

New law leads to definitive answer to the controversial post My Elderly Neighbor Won’t Stop Smoking Pot and our Apartment Reeks. On the MPD 5D listserv a resident asked:

“Now that marijuana has been decriminalized, is there any recourse for us? We live in a semi detached house on Taylor Street NE. Our next door neighbors (who we share a wall with) smoke pot a lot. We can smell it through the walls frequently. It’s disgusting, Is there anything we can do? They rent the house.”

MPD responded:

“It is not illegal to smoke marijuana in a private residence.

For more information about marijuana, please visit www.mpdc.dc.gov/marijuana.”

And there you have it.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw

From an email:

“Walk Score just published its most walkable cities of 2015 report. DC came in at No. 7, with an overall Walk Score of 74.1. Baltimore also made the list, coming in at No. 10 with a Walk Score of 66.2. Walkability is often tied to affordability and quality of life for a city’s residents. It’s also important in creating safe and desirable neighborhoods, which in turn attract more residents, businesses and overall development.

To calculate the rankings, Walk Score analyzed over 10 million locations and computed more than 2 billion walking routes for 2,500 U.S. cities. For the second year in a row, the Walk Score ranking uses the Street Smart Walk Score algorithm that incorporates walking routes, depth of choice, pedestrian friendliness, population and neighborhood data.”

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8th and H St, NE via google maps

“Dear PoPville,

In August 2013 when I opened up my store on H street with the hopes and dreams that every entrepreneur has. I wanted to be successful, I wanted to give my customers a quality product at a great price and I wanted to be a part of the H Street community. I had scouted the location out for months. I loved the busy street and I thought that the bus stops were great because it dropped customers off directly in front of the store. Unfortunately immediately after I opened up I realized that there was a problem. My problem was the 10-20 regular loiterers that hung out directly in front and to the side of my store.

There was a lot of drug dealing and drug use. On a daily basis drunk or high people would come into the store and yell at me and my employees. They would threaten us. They would get in our faces. These men would sit on the two steps leading up to the front doors and they literally wouldn’t get out of my way or my customers way. They would stand in the handicapped ramp leading up to the store or sit on the handicap railing. They would also sit on the window sills running down the 8th street side of the building. I sent letters to Lt. Godin and commander Hickson at MPD. Lt. Godin really tried to help me. He visited often and did the best he could. In the end the police department is seriously outnumbered. There was only so much they could do. I begged my landlord to please help me but they did nothing. The people loitering outside made it clear that this was their neighborhood and we weren’t welcome.

They proved it in words and in action. I can tell you countless stories from my seven month pregnant employee being assaulted in the store to my own pregnant wife being intimidated. One employee quit after two days another quit after 7 days. I opened the store so I could make more money to support my growing family. Just before Christmas 2014 I asked the landlord to terminate my lease. They said that they wanted to work with me but because of the coming holidays they were short staffed and we could reconvene after the holidays. On January 13, 2014 my wife went into early labor by six weeks. It was a life changing moment. We had our first child, a boy and we named him Benjamin. We call him Benji. With the business costing me about $12,500 out of pocket to run a month it soon became apparent that we couldn’t afford daycare and I watched Benji as a stay at home dad and brought him to work with me. The daily barrage of intimidation and not knowing what would happen next really took a toll on all of us but especially my employees. (more…)

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You can see the pepco outage map with estimated restoration times here.

“Any traffic signals that are out or flashing should be treated as a 4-way stop. Be courteous as this situation is remedied.”

Update from Pepco:

“Shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday we experienced a dip in voltage in the Washington D.C. area. This was caused by an issue with a transmission line.

There was never a loss of permanent electric supply to customers.

The dip in voltage caused equipment at some customer facilities to transfer to their backup systems.

The momentary outage occurred because of customer equipment responding to a dip in voltage.

We are currently working to repair the transmission equipment fault in Charles County, Maryland. We have crews on site investigating the cause.” (more…)

Dated #1: Is it DC??

Posted by Dated on Monday, March 30, 2015

DATED is a docuseries about dating in DC, following one man’s trials and errors. Craig’s been single for nearly 4 years and he’s starting to think there’s a reason for it. So, what’s he doing wrong?

Share Craig’s journey with him as he exposes dating life in the nation’s capital. The struggle is real.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love

“Dear PoPville,

Last night (Thursday) I was on the circulator towards McPherson from Mt. Pleasant just after 8 PM. The driver was actively engaging a vision impaired rider to see where she was going. He offered her detailed instructions to assist her. He kindly helped her off the bus at her stop in Columbia Heights and pointed her in the right direction.

Then, as we were driving away, it became clear she was disoriented. He pulled the bus over in traffic, got out and ran about half a block to turn her around and show her to her correct bus stop and she was obviously very grateful.

He then got back on the bus and resumed his route. In the obsession of smart phones, I’m not sure who else noticed.

It was circulator bus number 1147 and the driver’s name was Kieran Prospere.

Hopefully you can share his kindness.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

From a press release:

“DC Water reminds customers that lead sources are different in each property and urges residents to eliminate lead pipes and plumbing materials in their homes. Recent results from the utility’s required lead testing program mark the lowest lead levels measured in the last decade. Levels have continued to decline since 2004, when the water treatment process began including a corrosion control additive to reduce lead release in water. Since 2003, DC Water has replaced more than 19,000 lead service pipes on public property, representing the removal of nearly 115 miles of lead pipes that connect public water mains to household plumbing. DC Water replaces lead service pipes during water main upgrades or when customers choose to replace their portion of pipe on private property. (more…)