08/21/14 1:25pm

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“My son turned 2 this summer and walked home from a party store near our house with balloons for the party. A few neighbors asked what they were for and my husband invited them to stop over if they could. Two neighbors came by after the party was over each with a card and a gift for my son. I love our block.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

08/20/14 1:25pm

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“I moved into the ‘sketchy’ neighborhood of Petworth three years ago to a row home with two roommates. None of my roommates wanted to go in on a service to mow our lawn (money issues) and I didn’t see the point in buying a lawnmower.

Anyway, I told this to our new neighbors one day after they found me cutting the overgrown grass with hedge clippers, and the next day I come back to see our lawn mowed – free of charge.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

08/20/14 9:15am

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“Dear PoPville,

A new group was created on the Random Reader Rant and Revel yesterday. DC Nurture is geared toward women who have experienced pregnancy loss and/or fertility issues. Some other posters and I found that women facing these issues tend to deal with them in isolation just when support is really needed.

I was thinking was to have some semi-structured meetings in a private, relaxed setting — maybe rotating homes — on whatever schedule people agree on. We could invite professional facilitators, therapists, etc. (or not). It will depend on what people want to do. I am a member of a professional group that runs this way and it’s a really terrific, supportive environment.

I’d be happy to host the first meeting at my house in Shaw.

People can find me/us through this email address — dcnurture(at)gmail.com or through the website DC Nurture.

Thanks for listening!

Beth, DC Nurture”

08/19/14 1:25pm

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“A few weeks ago my 18th month old son and I were walking home from a trip to the playground at Raymond elementary. On our way home we stopped to say hello to our neighbor, an older woman that often sits on her porch with her dog. My son invited him self up onto her porch to pet her dog and I mentioned it was getting close to snack and nap time for the little guy. To which our neighbor responded that “he probably wants some ice cream”, and promptly went inside and came out with two scoops of butter pecan ice cream in a to-go container “in case he wants it after his nap”.

We live in south Petworth, just north of Spring Rd.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

08/19/14 9:10am

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From an email:

“Laundry stacking up because you’re out of detergent? Forget to grab shampoo while at the grocery store? Uber now has you covered.

Today, we’re announcing the latest experiment from the Uber Garage and helping Washingtonians put these problems in the past with the Uber Corner Store!

With Corner Store, users in select areas can request toiletries, baby supplies, medicine and more through the Uber app, on-demand. This limited-time-only experiment will run for a few weeks, but may extend with growing demand.

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08/18/14 1:44pm

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“We purchased a home on Hawaii Ave. NE two years ago. For the neighborhood queens, the area’s called “Pleasant Hill” but we trick people into believing it’s Brookland. Anyways, the woman who owned it before us was an avid gardener and had planted a beautiful garden in the front yard and fruit trees in the back. Unfortunately she passed away, which is why it was up for sale. More than a few times I’ve been pulling weeds in the front yard and a neighbor has passed and told me how happy that garden made them and how the previous owner would work in the yard for many hours and even offered lemonade to passers-by. We have worked our brown thumbs off trying to keep the garden alive to honor her memory and continue to bring a little happiness to our corner.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

08/15/14 1:20pm

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“I live on Shepherd Street street in Petworth. Every morning I walk down Kansas on my way over to 14th street by way of Spring Rd. Almost without fail, there is a gentlemen exercising in place on one of the corners of Kansas between Shepherd and Quincy. He is awesome. Other than just exercise he is on a mission to wave and say “good morning, have a good one!” to every single person who walks by. He’s more than happy to yell “good morning” two blocks away. If I’m lucky, my route will take me right next to him where I’ll get a “Looks like you’re ready for another one.” It sounds stupid, but it’s a complete treat. He’s the waving man, and he’s getting it done.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

08/14/14 1:30pm

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“Vol. 3 right here – I bought a place off Benning Road NE recently. I was advised after moving in that people would take anything not nailed down. Being the enfant terrible that I am, I decided to hang some Christmas lights on the house and a wreath on the door. While hanging the lights, an older woman stopped, came into the yard, and told me about how my house, way back in the day, would have the nicest holiday decorations in the neighborhood. She thanked me for helping her to remember a happy time and told me she wants to see lights on my house every Christmas from now on.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

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The famous 11th street fowl last caught on film in 2008

“Dear PoPville,

I live between 13th and 14th on Newton st and for the past couple weeks have been woken up every morning by a rooster cock-a-doodle-doo-ing. Is it legal to have roosters in the city limits?”

Actually a topic that comes up every year or so in Columbia Heights. I believe CM Tommy Wells introduced or was considering introducing legislation to legalize some degree of fowl in the District but I don’t think it got anywhere. So at the moment this is not legal. Anyone else hearing the cock-a-doodle-doo-ing?