Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

You gotta unmute the video below for full effect:

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Photo by PoPville flickr user quemac

Sadly not surprised. Maybe surprised we’re not number 1. In August I will have lived in the District of Columbia for 20 years. My absolute least favorite thing about the city I love are the mosquitos.

“Orkin’s Top 50 Mosquito Cities list ranks metro areas by the number of mosquito customers served from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Atlanta
Washington, D.C. (+1)
Chicago (-1)
New York (+1)
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (+8)
Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
Houston (+5)
Detroit (-4)
Charlotte, N.C. (-1)
Nashville, Tenn. (-3) (more…)

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Thanks to Mary for sending the update on the bench divider over the weekend. Unclear if it was a rogue removal or an official removal. Commenters to the original post say: “There is an ANC meeting tomorrow night at the Mount pleasant library at 730 pm to decide what to do about these.”

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UPDATE from DPR:

“The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) would like to thank the community for bringing this to our attention. The installation of the middle dividers was not authorized by the District government. Therefore, at DPR’s request, the Department of General Services (DGS) removed the dividers earlier this week.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Noticed today that there’s some new hostile architecture in Lamont Park: wooden dividers installed on all the benches so folks can’t lie down. I’ve lived on the block facing this park for 7 years and have never found people resting on the benches to be a problem. Anyone have an idea who is responsible for this and how we can speak out against it?”

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3258 Mt Pleasant Street, NW

UPDATE from DPR:

“The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) would like to thank the community for bringing this to our attention. The installation of the middle dividers was not authorized by the District government. Therefore, at DPR’s request, the Department of General Services (DGS) removed the dividers earlier this week.”

loud mad
Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

I live off Kansas and Missouri Ave in N. Petworth/Brightwood Park, and have a unique issue.

Last Saturday, construction workers came super early (not the issue, but annoying) and jackhammered a big hole in the street, presumably to access underground infrastructure. At the end of the day, they laid down those big thick metal plates you often see used to cover such sites. They haven’t been back since then, but I assume they’ll be back tomorrow since it seems Saturdays are the preferred work day for this site.

Over the course of the week, one of the metal plates loosened to the point that every time a car passes over it, it makes two loud bangs – one for the front wheels and one for the rear wheels. When a large vehicle (bus, trash truck) passes, it actually causes the ground/house to vibrate, and this is accompanied by a much larger “BOOM.” Missouri Ave. is a pretty major cross-city street with a lot of traffic, so the bangs can be as frequently as every second or two, depending on time of day.

My house is pretty close to the construction site, and the banging is slowly driving me crazy. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

I live at 5th and O Sts NW. I’m done with the insanity every time the weather turns nice and my neighbors go on shooting sprees. They’re not even my neighbors, they’re the people that lost their right to subsidized housing because of their criminal records, who now live in MD. But they drive here to hang out where the 5th and 7th St gangs were and pretend their old “territory” is still theirs – you can see their MD plates filling the parking lots of the housing communities on these blocks. My neighbors and I pitched holy hell two summers ago when there were multiple shootings outside Kennedy Rec until we got a 24/7 police presence on that block. It took 5 shootings and daily phone calls to the mayor’s office to get it done. We have talked to the police, we have talked to the mayor’s office, we have talked to our ANC reps. The problem is tremendously clear. These are repeat offenders who get arrested, but are back on our street within a matter of days. So the issue is the court system. These felons are not being prosecuted, they are being released, and they know they’re going to be released. Our officers are present on these blocks, they engage with the community and they risk their safety, as they did last night, chasing an armed man for multiple blocks on foot until he managed to evade them on our block while his friends shot up 6th and O. I cannot imagine how frustrating it is to do your job, day in and day out, and watch the same people you arrest for blatant criminal activity back on the same block committing these same violent offenses in less than three days.

So where is the breakdown? (more…)

good people
Photo by PoPville flickr user Matt Calvert

“Dear PoPville,

I fainted yesterday morning while riding the green line towards Gallery Place/Chinatown on the way to a doctor’s appointment. I was standing reading my book when I suddenly got very lightheaded and lost consciousness (possibly from motion sickness?). The next thing I know I woke up on the floor of the train with many people around trying to help me. I was probably only out for a few seconds. One person had already gotten on the call box to tell the train operator. Someone gave me their seat. Someone else picked up my book that had dropped. The whole situation was very disorienting; I’ve never fainted before. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

I thought you might be interested in knowing that the H Street Development Corporation recently announced the end of the Wylie Street Garden. Though this property has been for sale for some time, HSCDC CEO Brewer informed us today that we must vacate, due to a supposed sale of the property in the next few months.”

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13th Street just north of H Street, NE

GARDENERS THIS IS OUR NOTICE TO VACATE WYLIE GARDEN. THANK YOU HSCDC FOR THE USE SINCE 2002 & THANK YOU GARDENERS FOR YOUR EXCELLENT CARE OF PROPERTY & NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION.

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The Tenleytown listserv getting, uh, active Sunday/today with:

“Your Dog Sh*t on my Lawn

and I caught you on video tape! Hey ***hole! Its not bad enough that your dog shit on my lawn you looked around to see if anybody was watching.

Enjoy and please let him know he is welcome to stop by and pick up his dog shit whenever he wants!”

Hopefully this voice of reason prevails:

“We’re all adults here…

Could the complaint have been raised more tactfully? Of course.

But the complaint is a valid one, and the owner of the dog should be chastised; it just could have been done in a more PG way. I have little kids that love to play on our lawn and I would be really pissed (no up intended) if some dog did its business on my lawn, much less if the owner left it there. There are laws for a reason.

Anyway, I’d love to propose that we not spend the next 24 hours each chastising the other or picking fights. Tomorrow is the first day of Spring, so let’s all think happy thoughts.”

Ed. Note: But seriously, pick up the poop, man.

SoS
a few days after the snow/ice

Almost made it the whole season…

“Dear PoPville,

I live around the corner from First Seventh Day Adventist Church at 810 Shepherd Street NW. The church’s bordering streets of Shepherd and 8th are literally never shoveled after it snows.

I’ve noticed this is fairly common with churches — no one actually lives there and the congregants don’t live nearby, so no one actually takes responsibility for keeping the sidewalk clean. The church has many visitors every Sunday, parking all over the neighborhood. But when it snows, not one person comes to shovel.

Yesterday, we had freezing temperatures after it snowed, and the sidewalks at Shepherd and 8th are now lined with ice because no one from the church maintained them. This is not only dangerous for the church’s congregants, but for the neighborhood in general. I also find it inconsiderate and disrespectful to the families who live here (everyone else in the neighborhood keeps their sidewalks clean and safe for their neighbors).

Is there anything that can be done? Anyone in the city who can convince them to take responsibility of their property?”