“Dear PoPville,

I walk by this gorgeous house every other day. I posted a pic of this house on Instagram and called this projection a cupola. My friend disagreed. We’re not sure what this architectural feature is called. If it is not a cupola what the Helen of Troy is it? Any historical significance? What’s the practical reason for this type of addition?”


“Dear PoPville,

Please see the attached photo of the front steps of my building on the corner of Mt. Pleasant and Lamont. This is at least the 3rd time I have seen this in the past few weeks. It’s strange for a few reasons: 1. Nobody takes the trash out the front door, so it’s unlikely that this fell out of someone’s trashbag 2. What are the chances that only the used coffee filter always ends up on the top of our stairs? 3. There’s been an increase in the number of stolen deliveries/packages inside the building and this isn’t an issue we’ve had in the past.

It’s all very, very strange and we’re beginning to wonder if there’s any secret message behind these “coffee filter bombs”. Are they code for something? Are they just marking a location? Is it a very strange coincidence after all? I’m wondering if anyone else has seen these or is experiencing something similar? Would appreciate outsourcing this!”


A reader reports:

“Over the last week, I have watched as two enormous stages have been erected in the grassy area north of the monument. The whole area has been fenced off and there are generators and trailers everywhere. Finally curious enough about what was happening, I looked on the internet and saw this is part of a giant religious revival event which organizers claim will draw more than 350,000 people.

Be one of a million standing for Jesus on 7.16.16.”

Looks like they are expecting a whole lot of people. The footprint is enormous. And someone said the pope is going to be speaking to the crowd via video? Unconfirmed. Unsurprisingly, the music from the stage was really bad. Even more than other places, the Mall is packed with people playing Pokemon Go. If you can handle the crowds, the people watching on Saturday could be amazing.”



obama studio theater
1501 14th Street, NW. Photo by Laura Hayes

Another mystery solved! Been getting tons of emails/tweets about the scene outside Studio Theatre, like this one from Jennifer Darland:

“what’s being filmed at Studio Theatre on 14th? Trucks have been there for two days”

Nolan DiFrancesco with the answer:

Obama town hall on race is being broadcast from there tonight on ABC/ESPN

copter dupont

Kristin (and many others) tweeted us last night:

“@PoPville loud helicopter has been hovering at a total standstill over Dupont area for over 10 minutes- super creepy”

N Wyre replied:

“there was a training exercise scheduled for yesterday… Not sure if this is it. 20 mins over our heads is long enough!”

MPD confirmed the military exercise though they said operation (not sure if that’s just semantics):

“My understanding from our command center is that it is a military helicopter conducting some sort of operation. They should be gone shortly.”