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Public Safety August 22, 2014 at 9:14 am

Stolen from Rhode Island and N. Cap- 1970s women's 3 speed bike

My bike was stolen from in front of my condo building on Thursday sometime. It’s a maroon 3 speed, with orange letters (that look very 1970s) on the middle bar. White handlebar grips. new wire basket on the front. My grandma gave me this bike last year, after keeping it for more than 3 decades (she bought it the year I was born). It’s not a great bike and likely not worth much, but it means a lot to me and it does to them, so I’d love to get it back. Will pay reward with no questions asked.

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Home and Garden August 21, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Contractor Recommendations

I’m looking for a contractor to do work on the back of our house, potentially removing the stucco and replacing it with siding. Has anyone had experience with this and/or have recommendations?

Announcements August 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Rent Prices, what to charge?

POP, I will be out of the country for approximately 4-6 months and I am strongly thinking about renting out my home in my absence. The issue is, I am unsure how to price it. The price is going to include a fully furnished home, washerdrier/cable/wifi/utilities ,and weekly maid service. The home is fully automated and can be controlled from a Smartphone. Only the master bedroom suite(a full floor) and a den will be part of the rental including all other areas of the home. Only one room will be locked and used as storage. In short it’s a 1 bed + den 1.5 bath 1600sqft row house with a deck located in Ledroit park.

See the picture enclosed to view the style of the home. your feedback is appreciated

Announcements August 20, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Help! My Bike Was Stolen! + A Love Letter

…I know this might be a futile effort, but just hoping that the good of the internet can help keep their eyes peeled.

I left my bike locked in front of my office (M st Between 16 & 17) last night because I left my bike lights at home and I didn’t want to ride home in the dark. This AM my good ol’ faithful was missing — the Ulock had been cut by a person with superpowers or some nefarious device. Perhaps it was poofed like the 3% of the earth’s population on HBO’s The Leftovers. But I’m just not willing to accept that.

This. The bike that got me through years of art school, the bike that got me from downtown to my home in midtown one-hundred-million times, the bike that took me from Georgia to North Carolina on the dirty, shittily paved roads of the southern stretches of 95. The brakes are loose and the gears are a little weird by now, but hell, I’m so pathetically in love with the thing I’d even buy it back. “Just shut up and take my money,” I’ll say.

I’m sorry I always talked about how I didn’t like your sporty appearance because I do. I’m sorry for that one time that I rode you around the coastal highways too much and you got rust from the salty air. I’m sorry I left you behind that weekend and cheated on you with another bike, but mostly I’m just sorry that your gone. Please come back.

PS. I love you.

The bike is a Specialized green and white “Vita” hybrid, 27″ spoke wheels, thumb shift, quick release, gel seat for anyone who cares to help! I would GREATLY appreciate it.

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Real Estate August 20, 2014 at 12:31 pm

DCRA and Basement Apartments, again

I am in the middle of a Pro-Active Building Inspection on a basement apartment for which I have had a C of O for 24 years and a current Basic Business License. The Inspector claims that my two bedrooms are illegal because there is not sufficient fire egress, yet what he cites is the DCMR 14 (which just deals with maintenance – keeping the egress clear) and the International Residential Code (for which he gave me copies of the rules). But the IRC, as I understand it, deals with new buildings and/or buildings with two units or less. My building has of C of O for three units (they don’t do Pro-Active Inspections on two-unit buildings). This is covered by the International Construction Code and its Fire Code and Existing Building Codes, as modified by DC. The Fire Code section on Egress says that bedrooms in basement apartments meed the requirements if they have doors that open directly onto an Exit Path, which mine do.
Now the Codes are very convoluted, with numerous revisions and cross-references (and some of the cross-references have not been updated to reflect revisions). Both the Inspector and his boss told me to find a contractor who knows the rules and let him get the permits, letting the permit inspectors sort it out. I talked to an old friend who had been a building inspector for a long time (now retired) and he said, “you can always appeal”.
My contractor has had a designer and permit expeditor who is supposed to sort this out, but they are not returning phone calls from him or me.
Has anybody had similar experience with basement egress issues or can recommend a knowledgeable expert?

Food and Dining August 19, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Restaurant on Girard and Sherman

Seriously, what is going on with this place? There was supposed to be a restaurant in the red building opening October 2013. It is now mid August, and we have seen no progress. Does anyone have any info on this place?

Public Safety August 17, 2014 at 3:14 am

Police taser man at New York Ave./Museum of Women in the Arts

Does anyone know more about the incident that took place on Friday, August 15? It took place around 6 or 6:30 pm, I think, on the west side of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, at the intersection of H St, NW and New York Ave.

I didn’t see how it started, but I saw about a dozen police officers in a semi-circle, surrounding a man on that side of the museum. There were several police cars nearby. The police had shut down the intersection temporarily, even though it was still rush hour (or maybe a little after). The man appeared to be African American, maybe homeless. He was not wearing a shirt, but he was wearing pants of some sort. I was too far away to see more details and I couldn’t hear what he was yelling.

The police seemed very concerned. The officers in the semi-circle distracted the man as another officer approached with a taser. The man still wouldn’t quiet down. The the officer tagged him with the taser. The man became as stiff as a board and fell over into a large streetlight/pole.

A crowd of onlookers had gathered across the street, with at least a few people filming the scene with their smartphones. People in nearby buildings could also see the confrontation. I’ve spoken with several people who saw part of the incident. But no one saw what started the standoff, or why the police were so concerned. I don’t believe the man was armed, but he could have been making some sort of threat, or going after pedestrians. Or maybe something happened inside the museum? He was standing in front of the side exit. This is all speculation, since I didn’t see what happened before the police arrived.

None of the local news sites have any info about the incident. Surprising, considering how many people saw it (at least 20-30 people) and some people took video with their phones.

Announcements August 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Stolen 1970s-era Yellow Peugeot Bike

I had my yellow Peugeot bicycle stolen this afternoon. It was parked in an alley near P and Marion St.

Its a shot in the dark, but I’d appreciate any info/tips regarding its whereabouts.

Attached is a picture of me and my Peugeot in happier times.

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Food and Dining August 15, 2014 at 12:19 am

The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

I have been living in Columbia Heights since 2008 and take pride and comfort in the neighborhood vibe of our establishments. I am now six months pregnant (with twins, and so I look a bit bigger!) and have a new-found appreciation for this vibe – Room 11 and The Coupe have been particularly wonderful, e.g. bringing orders that they normally leave at the counter to where I am sitting.

Which is why I was shocked by The Heights’ response to me asking to use their restroom last Saturday during a trip to the farmers’ market. No, I wasn’t patronizing the place – I do go there often enough, but I don’t think being a regular is the issue. The issue is honoring and accommodating mothers-to-be. I respectfully asked the hostess if I could use the restroom (I wanted to tell her that I did go around 4 times before I left my home, but that I drank a lot of water because I had calf cramps…but decided that was TMI). The hostess asked me if I was sitting outside on their patio and when I said no, she gave me a fake “I’m so sorry.” I was in such disbelieve that I just mumbled, “are you kidding me?” before walking out. When I told my partner, he immediately went in to talk with them. He spoke with the manager, who told him that they had a recent experience with a pregnant women who they let use the restroom, but who made a mess.

What?!?!

When the manager started apologizing to my partner, he asked if she was sorry enough to actually let me use their facilities. She reluctantly acquiesced.

The Heights is not obligated, of course, to let a non-patron use their restroom. And in fact, we can say that this is a perfectly valid business decision. But it is really? The Heights brands itself as a progressive, neighborhood spot– distinct from the chain establishments on 14th street. I don’t think their response to a desperate pregnant woman’s modest request is becoming of this image.

Life and Society August 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Public Safety August 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Announcements August 14, 2014 at 3:01 pm

City Dogs Rescue: Dining Out with the Dogs Fundraiser

Please make a reservation for dinner on Monday, August 18th at one of these amazing DC restaurants: Logan Tavern, Commissary, The Heights, Grillfish, and The Pig. When you do, City Dogs Rescue will receive 15% of all of your dining dollars for that night!

PLUS! This year, kids 10 and under will eat free from the kids menu (one kid entree per each adult) if seated by 6:30PM!

http://www.citydogsrescuedc.org/eatwell.html

General Discussion August 14, 2014 at 11:47 am

Found Cat

Found this guy on the 1400 block of First St NW. He’s friendly and calm but has obviously been without food and shelter for a while. He’s also pretty chatty. He is neutered but not ear tipped, and I haven’t seen him around with the regular alley cats, so I’m wondering if he bolted from his home and ended up here.

He’s living in my spare bedroom for a few days in hopes we can find his home, old or new, before we’ll need to turn him over to a rescue group. Anyone recognize him?

Update: Little guy’s owner has been located. Hooray!

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Real Estate August 14, 2014 at 9:44 am

Can somebody explain the difference between a bedroom and a "den"?

My SO and I are renting a 1BR+Den apartment. We’re not planning on moving or taking on new roommates, we’re just curious how 1BR+Den apartments compare to 2BR apartments. Does anybody know? Are there legal/safety code reasons why my landlord is calling that second room a “den” and not a bedroom? It has its own walk-in closet, two windows, wood flooring (the bedroom has carpet), a 1/2 bath, and french doors that shut it in from the living room. Any thoughts?

Home and Garden August 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Help me pick kitchen tile and countertop!

A few people on this site like to say that the house renovations don’t have any “soul” or something similar. We’ve suddenly gotten the opportunity to do new countertops and tile backsplash and I’d love to see what people are liking. I prefer a clean, modern look but appreciate any ideas that you share. Thanks!

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Stolen from Rhode Island and N. Cap- 1970s women's 3 speed bike

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Contractor Recommendations

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Rent Prices, what to charge?

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The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

The Heights are totally within their rights to deny you entry to their bathroom. But totally stupid…
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Help! My Bike Was Stolen! + A Love Letter

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The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

As3500 I agree with your tenor if I understand you correctly. I have been living in this neighborh…
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DCRA and Basement Apartments, again

I am in the middle of a Pro-Active Building Inspection on a basement apartment for which I have had…
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Restaurant on Girard and Sherman

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Restaurant on Girard and Sherman

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What is wrong with people in this city??

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Police taser man at New York Ave./Museum of Women in the Arts

Does anyone know more about the incident that took place on Friday, August 15? It took place around…
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The Heights' lame "I'm so sorry" to a pregnant woman

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