Photo by PoPville flickr user District Shots

Also lots of talk on twitter last night about loud bangs heard in NE:

“alright, NE DC — what were those two huge booms a moment ago?”

“if i had to guesstimate, i’d pin them near NOMA. ~5th or 6th & florida NE.”

“k glad I’m not crazy. Heard them too @ 7th & K”

“I was on 9&H and saw light for the 2nd boom & think fireworks. It looked like 10&H near the alley.”

“sure didn’t sound like fireworks!”

“@PoPville two more loud bangs shaking my windows at 7 and H NE”

“two more bright flashes & loud pops right by 8th & I”

Consensus: Fireworks.

“But…whyyyyyyy? It is November. And 11:30PM. And November.”

“pre-new years? No idea.”

925 Rhode Island Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if anyone can explain why the defunct Shaw Junior High (Garnet-patterson) building recently received a pretty good sized (and very loud) diesel generator? The school has been closed for years. Maybe it’s pumping power into the grid at a weak spot, but I’m certainly not an electric grid expert. (Frankly, I don’t even know if grids have weak spots) I have no idea why it’s there and I’m not sure anyone else is as curious as me.

Curious Shaw dog park enthusiast”


“Dear PoPville,

There is a rubber gasket and significant gap running down 9th street next to the convention center. I believe it extends from N to New York Ave. What is this and why is it here? My best guess is that rather than digging a tunnel for the metro here they essentially built a big platform on top of it for the road and the convention center, so this functions as an expansion joint like you’d see on a bridge. The gap is wide enough for a bike tire to slip into it, which I was unfortunate enough to experience while changing lanes recently.”

Been a while since we’ve talked about these:

“They are expansion joints. Due to changes in weather, hot and cold, materials expand or contract. You will most commonly see these on bridges. The reason why the convention center has these is because of the sky walks over the streets. The expansion joints allow the entire building to move together and prevents cracking.”

free seeds
2435 18th Street, NW

Back in March we saw lines like this and readers again say it’s free marijuana seeds. One reader writes:

“It wraps around the corner into the alleyway (just south of Amsterdam Falafel). They are giving away seeds, actual female seedling plants, smoking supplies, hemp products, and growing tutorial info. Hundreds out there. This is organized by DC Norml. The giveaway is happening at Libertine restaurant. ”