07/31/15 9:45am

Person First Project is a photo blog that seeks to give those currently or formerly experiencing homelessness in D.C. the chance to share their stories. In doing this, we hope to reduce the barriers that separate people in D.C. and spark a dialogue. The Person First Project aims to connect us – and to make us all feel a bit more human.


“My father raised me my whole life. He was a very smart man and very responsible, he just had a bad drinking problem. It’s what got him sick and broke down his immune system. He had sepsis. It’s an inner infection – it starts in your bloodstream and starts killing your nerve endings in your limbs, it starts deteriorating your inner organs… the first time, he was in a coma for about three months. When he woke up he could only lift one finger.

My father passed away when I was twenty-nine. He was fifty-three. We were best friends. It was pretty hard to make the decision I did, giving the doctor permission to take the respirator out of his mouth. That kinda hurt.


I like cooking, man. My ex fiancé, she would see commercials for Applebee’s or something and want to go out to eat. I’d say, ‘Tell me what you like, anything you see, I can cook it.’

I kept going into deep depressions after my father’s death and she wasn’t supportive. My drinking went from a couple beers with dinner to getting a fifth every other day. She gave me a choice. She said, ‘Either it’s the bottle or it’s me.’ It didn’t help when I asked her, ‘Don’t the bills get paid? I’m functional.’ But I guess she got tired of it. I think it was the drinking, but that’s just my guess. I just lost my mental stability after my father died and then I lost her. She changed her Facebook, her e-mail address. It messed me up. We were together for eight and a half years before we got engaged.

My depression and anxiety’s been bad lately. I’ve been up all night walking, just walking, walking, walking. My anxiety attacks will sometimes have me stuck. It’ll be like a hole in the top of my head and I’ll look around all lost, and sometimes it’s a lot of racing thoughts. It’s crazy.

[Right now], I’m staying at Central Union Mission. I need counseling. I dwell on the past too much– it holds me back.”

– Nick

Author’s Note: We met Nick on North Capitol Street, Northeast. He is currently experiencing homelessness.

07/31/15 9:29am

Photo taken in Adams Morgan by PoPville reader Heidi Walters

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07/31/15 9:13am


Thanks to all who emailed and tweeted us updates – @Jhauganiii tweeted:

“Police activity at Georgia & Lamont. Passerby said shooting. Also saw police tape at morton&warder”

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the homicide that occurred on Thursday, July 30, 2015, at approximately 9:25 pm, in the 3300 block of Georgia Avenue, NW.

Members of the Third District responded for a call of a shooting. Upon their arrival, they located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. The decedent’s remains were later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 24-year-old Derrick Black of Northwest, D.C.”

a reader expresses the mounting frustration felt by many:

“not a good night for Park View, first one at Lamont and Georgia is a homicide, then an hour later shooting at Manor and Warder, 2ish blocks away while there were tons of cops both on Georgia and and cruising the neighborhood because of the first one. Again we literally had a meeting last night with police, a rep from our council member, a rep from the Park-Morton redevelopment task force. This meeting was literally less than 100 feet from the bus stop and we talked at length about needing to police this stop and whether we could have the bus shelter taken away because it added an heir of legitimacy to the people hanging out there.”

Update from Council Member Nadeau:

“In response to shootings last night in the Park View neighborhood, Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau released the following statement:

“This is a terrible thing that happened in our community, despite all the additional attention and resources we’ve brought to this location over the past few weeks including more police presence in the immediate area. This increased visibility and deployment will continue. An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the shootings is encouraged to contact MPD at (202) 727-9099.

“In addition to increased police presence, we are working to address long-term public safety issues in the area. In our public safety walk at Georgia and Lamont last week we heard from many residents who were concerned about loitering, drinking and drug use in the area. In my conversations with area businesses, they share residents’ concerns. Many of them are in the process of implementing measures recommended by MPD – cameras, no loitering signs, and barring notices to prohibit specific individuals from being near their property. In addition, MPD made several arrests related to drug use and public drinking in the last week.

“When I was an ANC, the Council attempted to pass anti-loitering laws. Unfortunately, there was no path for them, given the fact that the courts would strike them down. That said, MPD has the tools to address illegal activity such as drug use and public drinking without anti-loitering laws.

“The other partner in this is the Department of Behavioral Health, who is working with us to address chronic alcoholism. We’ve had them pass through recently to offer services, which can take longer to have an impact but ultimately is more successful than simply asking people to move along.

“In addition, the Neighborhood Development Company is leading a local task force on public safety focusing on the Georgia Ave and Lamont St block. This is a grassroots and collective approach for bringing together residents, businesses, property owners, and city representatives to help troubleshoot these issues and proactively improve neighborhood conditions. ANC Commissioners Bobby Holmes, Rashida Brown and Kent Boese have been active members of this task force. I am working in partnership with this group to coordinate on action steps from our recent public safety walk. I encourage you to join in that discussion. Please reach out to my office if you’d like more information.

“While we have made progress in the past couple weeks, last night’s shooting was a terrible thing, and I hope our sustained efforts can prevent more like it from happening.”

07/30/15 10:22pm

friday question
Photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Wolf

I saw this question was on PoPville about 3 years ago. I know DC has changed a LOT since then, and a neighborhood I could afford in 2012, is probably no longer in my price range. I was able to buy a house on the edge NoMA 4 years ago and would like to buy another house in a neighborhood that will experience that same sort of change. I’m working with about 400-500k.”

Despite the fact that DC is apparently sinking, without a doubt I would buy in historic Anacostia or anywhere relatively close to the waterfront east of the river. I’m feeling very positive about long term action when 11th Street Bridge Park gets built.

07/30/15 10:05pm


From Metro 2025:

“This program provides improvements and expansion at high ridership stations to ensure safe and efficient operations and facilitate passenger movements from street to platform and transfers between lines. The proposed stations, most of which are in the system’s core, already experience crowding or would reach capacity by 2025. Proposed improvements vary from adding escalators and stairs to building pedestrian passageways connecting platforms within a station and between stations.

Purpose and Need

Station capacity is the maximum number of passengers that can safely travel through facilities
within a station. Expanding capacity at high ridership stations ensures safe and efficient movements of passengers and trains throughout the Metro system. The strong ridership growth Metro enjoyed since opening has already placed strains on some stations, where travel demand exceeds the designed capacity, especially in the system’s core. Metro 2025 identifies a group of stations that urgently need significant capacity expansions to alleviate current and anticipated congestion and support a strong economy and sustainable development in the region.”

Read more about the proposed planshere.

@KevDC tweets:

“Expect 15-20 year delays in both directions due to routine track maintenance.”

07/30/15 10:02pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

Congrats to PoPville pick You Street with:

“This now-petrified sailor never made it to the war, due to track work on the green line. Archives metro station, 1947.”

Congrats to PoP pick AnonG with:

“Don’t forget to tag on me on Instagram”

Honorable mention to areesha with:

“Not this guy again…”

Winners can pick up shirts next Thursday at the PoPville Happy Hour 5-9pm at DC Reynolds.

07/30/15 4:30pm

3628 Georgia Ave, NW

Well it only took me two months to plan, not too bad! So if you are a caption contest winner – now’s your chance to pick up your shirt. I’ll be at DC Reynolds (block south of Petworth metro) from 5-9pm, incidentally that is also when DC Reynolds features Buy One Get One free drinks – purely coincidental… Also for those who’ve been looking for the onesies – I’ll bring a bunch with me as well. Nevermind the heat I’ll be on the back patio. Hope to see many of you a week from tonight!