08/25/16 2:05pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

A simple question: how does one actually, practically, protect her/his interests from damage to their home when an adjoining townhouse is being renovated?

I hear people say hire a lawyer, hire a structural engineer, take lots of photos. I would love to know what has been effective, and what kind of cost is associated with this.

What kind of document can a lawyer prepare regarding damage that has happened AND *potential* damage that might still happen? How much does that cost? Have people done this and used the agreement to get damage repaired?

Aren’t structural engineers expensive to have come out ? How much does that run – my assumption is $1000 or more? Do you need an engineer and a lawyer?

A home is being renovated on our block by a developer. Beginning about a month ago, there has been full demo on the interior and one whole exterior brick wall had to come down and will be rebuilt. I think there has been some basement excavation, too. I’m a few doors down, but my neighbor who lives next door to the renovation-in-process has already had some damage occur to their home from the demolition work and is afraid of what might happen in the months ahead. The developer has acknowledged the damage to-date and promised to make my neighbor whole, but there is nothing in writing. The neighbor has taken photos of the damage, but doesn’t necessarily have photos of “before,” I am not sure, but I can see where a person wouldn’t think to take the first photo until something has already happened.

How should a person protect their interest in what is likely their largest asset? I don’t know my neighbor’s financial situation, but let’s assume if one is retired and has to be careful with expenses — is it possible to protect one’s self in this situation without having to spend significant money? How does this all work in real life — beyond just saying “hire a lawyer.”

08/25/16 1:45pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

“Is there a way to look up a No Parking permit based on the posted sign? I can only find the ddot site where you can search by location, but not by permit number. The signs don’t have addresses written on them so someone could get a permit for one location and post it somewhere else. This may be the case on my block and I just received a legitimate No Parking sign for next week.. I need to use this space for moving and I don’t think the current No Parking permit holder is using the right block space.

Basically is there a ddot link where I can search by permit number to see what block the permit was approved for?”

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08/25/16 12:50pm

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“Dear PoPville,

This car had been sitting behind my house clearly a abandon for months. As you can tell by the stack of tickets, the city clearly knows that it’s here. So when do they tow it? I assume there’s a good chance it’s stolen and someone is looking for it.

Also, this dog.”

dog hydrant

Ed. Note: Last time we saw the greatest dog in the world we learned:

This is Rex, the DC Dog Wizard’s pup, demonstrating the “place” command. Rex is a pretty agile dude and Scott is a pretty awesome trainer.”

08/25/16 12:10pm

602 3rd Street SW

This house is located at 602 3rd Street, SW. The listing says:

“LOVELY 3 BR, 2 BA, 3 LEVEL HOME WITH PATIO BACKING TO POOL. MOVE IN READY. ADD YOUR TOUCHES TO MAKE IT YOUR OWN. GREAT LOCATION. BLOCKS FROM WATER FRONT, METRO, DOWNTOWN AND ARENA STAGE. SOLD AS-IS. USE PARKING SPACE #28 IN FRONT OF HOME. OR ON ST. PARKING. SHOWINGS ARE RESTRICTED TO SCHEDULED DAYS AND TIMES WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. OPEN SAT/SUN 1-4 FOR INITIAL SHOWINGS. FUTURE SHOWINGS TO BE POSTED.”

GDon

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2 bath is going for $559,900 ($530 monthly fee.)

08/25/16 11:40am

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

MPD notes: 17th Street NW from R Street to P Street NW will be closed from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday.

17th Street Festival‘s facebook page says:

“The 7th Annual 17th Street Festival, a community-building event celebrating the shops, restaurants, and services of 17th Street, will take place on Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The street festival will include artists, artisans, for profit vendors, politicians, kids activities, and a pet area – rain or shine

The 17th Street Festival will include entertainment all day, including a marching band to open the festival, mariachi band to enliven the day, a Chinese dragon dancer to add some mystery, and a New Orleans jazz band to bring some charm. (more…)

08/25/16 11:10am

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12th and U Street, NW

A reader reports earlier this week:

“I think Buddha B Yoga on 12th and U Street closed. They no longer have a working phone and all their classes online are missing.”

On their facebook they wrote that Sunday was their last day:

“Thank you to all of the YOGIS and Buddha B TEACHERS who have practiced love and compassion — Last day of classes at Buddha B Yoga tomorrow 8/21/2016 OM SHANTI”

08/25/16 10:20am

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1407 T Street, NW

Update from Ice Cream Jubilee:

“Ice Cream Jubilee’s second location will open in September at 1407 T Street, NW.

Two years after opening its first store in Yards Park, Ice Cream Jubilee is preparing to open its second location at 1407 T Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Ice Cream Jubilee will continue to feature creative flavors of premium ice cream made from local, all natural cream, such as Thai Iced Tea, Banana Bourbon Caramel, Marionberry, and Cookies & Cookie Dough. Ice Cream Jubilee will serve its freshly made waffle cones and quarter-pound cookies, and introduce new seasonal flavors, sundaes, and indulgent drinks for the winter. (more…)

08/25/16 9:51am

streetcar

Feels like just yesterday it was ChooChoo7 but it’ll soon be six months!

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the DC Streetcar will begin Sunday service September 18, the day after the 11th annual H Street Festival.

This announcement comes as the DC Streetcar marks its six-month milestone this weekend, Saturday, August 27. The system began passenger service February 27 with more than 8,100 people joining Mayor Muriel Bowser for the inaugural ride on the new system. The start of passenger service marked the return of streetcars to the District for the first time since 1962. (more…)