2pm Friday

“Dear PoPville,

I have two friends that live in Shaw (declining to give specific address) and figured this story was worth sharing with a clip of the perpetrator included. The two women live across the street from each other, and were both in one of their front yards on Friday 4/18 afternoon. The neighbor was getting ready to leave and walk across the street to go home when she paused because she saw a man walking down the street in front of her house, squat down with his hands in his pants in front of her house, and then proceed to throw his own feces at her front door. She yelled at him, and he yelled back and continued on his way. The cops showed up quickly and were obviously flabbergasted. Video of crap thrower at 0:15 in clip.”

Ed. Note: Whoever is reading this should thank me for not the posting the photo. I’m coming off of a vicious 24 hour food poisoning (I can tell you stories about my day posting yesterday) and looking at the photo gave me the exact same feeling…

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“Dear PoPville,

The guys who blatantly deal drugs on a daily basis at 14th and Meridian NW were just involved in some sort of altercation. Here’s the scene [Saturday] with EMS responding. One of them is yelling threats at the police while in handcuffs, which is a somewhat regular occurrence here. He will surely be right back out there tomorrow. Neighbors are encouraged to contact [email protected] if they would like MPD to finally clean up this corner.”

street harrass
Photo by PoPville flickr user Paul Sirajuddin

From a press release:

“In partnership with the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) Vision Zero Initiative, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and Age-Friendly DC are pleased to announce the Zero Street Harassment Public Art Project, a new public art and placemaking campaign designed to discourage and abate street harassment of residents, workers and visitors in the District of Columbia.

ACCORDING TO THE STOP STREET HARASSMENT (SSH) NONPROFIT:

In 2014, SSH commissioned a 2,000-person national survey in the USA with surveying firm GfK. The survey found that 65% of all women had experienced street harassment. Among all women, 23% had been sexually touched, 20% had been followed, and 9% had been forced to do something sexual. Among men, 25% had been street harassed (a higher percentage of LGBT-identified men than heterosexual men reported this) and their most common form of harassment was homophobic or transphobic slurs (9%).

The project partners have identified two (2) locations within the District of Columbia for consideration.  We are asking for proposals that demonstrate how artistic and design interventions would help to deter street harassment, as part of an anti-street harassment campaign in high visibility areas throughout Washington, DC.  Activation sites include: 14th & U Streets, NW and 1st & Columbus Circle, NE

For full details on the application process, please click here.
Application Deadline is Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST

tabard inn
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

“Dear PoPville,

I proposed to my girlfriend Friday evening at the Tabard Inn restaurant. It’s our favorite spot for special occasions and didn’t disappoint Friday, out on the patio with perfect weather, candlelight, ambiance, and delicious food and drink. We were having a wonderful time even before the proposal, which prompted even more smiling, laughing, hugging, etc. Just when things couldn’t get any more awesome, we learned that one of our fellow patrons had asked to pay our bill for us. My girlfriend’s – (whoops! fianceé’s) – parents have not been supportive of us (I’m a woman) and my own parents passed away before we met, so we’ve been kind of missing that whole feeling of someone ‘breaking out the bubbly’ to say congratulations. The table asked to remain anonymous and in our stunned state, we’re not sure we really conveyed to the staff how thankful and appreciative we were for the thoughtful and amazing gesture.

If you’re reading this, generous stranger(s), we just want you to know how moved we were by you wanting to share in the happiness of our decision to spend the rest of our lives together. Thank you for making us feel special. Your gesture meant so much more to us than you probably knew. Thank you!”

anti loitering

“Dear PoPville,

I walked by and the city installed metal spikes around all the sit-able spots on the outside of the Reeves Center (specifically 14 and V corner). Helluva message to literally tack on to Barry’s building that roustabouts and folks experiencing homelessness aren’t welcome in this part of town anymore. Makes me furious at the city.”

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14th and V Street, NW

Colunbia Road Sidewalk Closing 2

Paul passes on a note he sent to the Council:

“I don’t know how DC can call itself a walkable city when obstacles like the one in the two attached photos just show up in the middle of a busy sidewalk.

Now, I am able-bodied enough just to be able to walk along the curb as these other folks did, but what about the fellow who rolls up on his wheelchair and suddenly learns he needs to go back to the previous street-corner.

My solution for him was to rip down the tapes so his wheelchair could go on through. He was grateful. But why can’t the council insist that contractors provide walkways when their construction work blocks the sidewalk?

Same problem has been the construction on the Hilton along Florida Avenue. The sidewalk on the north side of the street is completely blocked off. Pedestrians are just expected to walk along the other side of the street.

It doesn’t have to be that way….

Paul Alan Levy”

Ed. Note: Paul explains “This was the scene on my way to work both today AND yesterday – actually the wheelchair guy was yesterday, it was only this morning that I had the wit to take the photos.”

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