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From a press release:

“The American Planning Association (APA) today announced that Adams Morgan has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Neighborhoods in America, and Pennsylvania Avenue has earned the designation as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2014.

APA’s Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners.

“Recognizing these special places highlights the role planning plays in adding value to communities,” said William Anderson, FAICP, president of APA. “Planners, working with others, help build better communities in a variety of settings, from urban to rural; the result – better neighborhoods, cities, and regions. We applaud these efforts and congratulate this year’s designees.”

Since Great Places in America was launched in 2007, APA has designated 230 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces. Places are announced annually and represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow.

New this year, APA is seeking input from the public for the “31st Great Place Designee.” Interested citizens can nominate their Great Place by commenting on APA’s Facebook page or via Twitter using hashtag #mygreatplace.  The “31st Great Place Designee” will be announced on Friday, October 31, 2014.

PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE in WASHINGTON, D.C.

Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., is often called “America’s Main Street” due to its symbolic role in the country’s development. Since the first inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1805 to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s second inauguration, Pennsylvania Avenue has been the site of many historic events, including presidential inaugurations, state funerals, protests, marches and celebrations. Pennsylvania Avenue has also served as the backdrop for the fights for workers’ rights, women’s suffrage and civil rights. The original L’Enfant Plan in 1791 called for Pennsylvania Avenue to serve as a one-mile “grand avenue” to connect the “Congress House” to the “Presidential Palace.” While the visual connection between the White House and the Capitol was interrupted by the construction of the Treasury Building, the view of the Capitol has been preserved and enhanced by the buildings on either side, which are significantly set back from the street. Today, Pennsylvania Avenue contains a mix of civic spaces, public buildings, monuments, parks, local government, residences, hotels, theaters and museums. To learn more click here.

ADAMS MORGAN in WASHINGTON, D.C.

Adams Morgan is a vibrant neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., known for its historic row houses, lively nightlife and cultural diversity. The international shops, restaurants, annual festivals, weekly farmers markets and nightlife draw visitors from all over the District and its suburbs, particularly on weekends. The neighborhood is incredibly pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, particularly with the completion of the Streetscape Project in 2012. This 17-month, $6.8 million project upgraded public spaces and infrastructure, widened sidewalks for pedestrians, added shared bike lanes, planted 59 new trees, installed 71 new bike racks, installed new outdoor globe lighting, improved pedestrian crosswalks for safety and made other critical infrastructure improvements. Adams Morgan contains approximately 700 historic properties, and the D.C. Office of Planning’s Comprehensive Plan in 2006 reiterated the District’s commitment to protecting the neighborhood’s defining row house fabric and architectural character. To lean more click here.

In addition to Pennsylvania Avenue and Adams Morgan in Washington, DC being designated a Great Street and a Great Neighborhood respectively, the following nine other streets and nine other neighborhoods were also recognized: (more…)

From MPD:

“At approximately 10:30 p.m. [Friday] the Third District Crime Suppression Team was conducting an operation in the area of 4th and Bryant Street, NW. The Crime Suppression Team observed a suspect operating an ATV and drinking a bottle of alcohol.

The suspect was arrested for Operating a Recreational Vehicle on Public Space and Drinking and Public.”

Ed. Note: Last week we learned about a new Scooter Tactical Unit and an arrest was made at 14th and U St, NW. Though this arrest was made by a CST – a reader shares an email with MPD confirming that there is a new unit has been created to deal with these issues: “We have recently started a Scooter Tact Unit to look into matters just like these. [However] It is our policy not to chase these ATV because of the dangers that it poses to innocence citizens.”

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Black Hebrew Israelites at Columbia Heights Metro in 2009

First a reader reports:

“At 6pm, the Black Hebrew Israelites were preaching in the CH metro plaza. Someone walked up and took issue with their posters – there were very graphic pictures, talking about abortion and the KKK. A fight broke out between them and another bystander, and the first guy was hit in the head and knocked to the ground. Not too much bloodd, but the assailant took off – police and EMS were there within 2-3 minutes.

The crowd had a real problem for the next half hour as well with the Israelites; it looked like the police eventually asked them to leave because people were starting to yell at them for causing the fight.”

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Another reader reports:

“Motorcyclist hit at the corner of 3rd and K St NE about 10 minutes ago [5:45pm]. Looks like the driver of the car stayed on the scene.

Also, during the 5pm afternoon commute on the red line headed to silver spring- Farragut North riders were met by a group of teenagers on the last car of an 8 car train throwing eggs. The inside of the car was covered in egg yolk/shells and people on the platform were also hit. The kids got off at Metro Center. Metro Police was notified, but I’m not sure if the kids were caught.”

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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.”