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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2013 at 10:00 am 32 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr member caroline.angelo

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

  • Rant: shooting a block away 2:30am.
    Revel: moving in a few months

    • Anonymous

      Alexandria had no homicides last year. We’ve already had 3 in the last couple weeks. One last night. DC’s shooter control program clearly has more work to do.

      • D

        1) Alexandria is a long ago gentrified suburb with 20% of DC’s population. 2) I believe the homicide on Georgia Ave last night was the second in the city this year. 3) What is a shooter control program?

        • D

          It was the third…sad either way.

          • Anonymous

            One every 3rd day is not a good performance metric.

        • Anonymous

          They need to tell us. Something they did got it below 100, what will it take to get closer to zero?

      • Anonymous

        Are you comparing DC to Alexandria? With that logic, why not Butte, Montana? Or New Rochelle, NY?

        • Anonymous

          Right, because Butte, Montana and New Rochelle, NY are right across the river and part of the same metropolitan area. There is most certainly much to be learned from neighboring jurisdictions that seem to be doing something right.

          • Anonymous

            Attracting rich white people. Kinda the same thing Butte, Montana and New Rochelle, NY are doing.

      • Anonymous

        I’m surprised, honestly. I used to live in Alexandria and there were definitely pockets of it that were very sketchy. But I guess they don’t get a lot of crime that ends in murder.

    • Do you live near H St NE? Gunshots woke me up around the same time last night, but I never got a police alert about what happened…

    • Anonymous

      Newtown CT had a bunch just a few months ago… It happens everywhere. There is no way to avoid that. If you’re moving to avoid that kind of incident it’s a futile effort. The difference is that in this area, gun violence is usually part of gang or random crime where most of the victims are perps. Pretty safe statistics relative to non-city areas.

      • Anonymous

        Not where I live (Capitol Hill).

  • Anonymous

    Rave/Rant: Inauguration!?

    • PeachyKeen

      ^^^what he/she said

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Trash collectors making an absolute mess of our alley in Petworth. It’s gotten really bad with broken glass and trash bins everywhere every trash day. I am shocked there’s no audit for this to not happen and it’s expensive when glass cuts my car tires.This would not happen in Georgetown.

    • GreenThumb

      Oh but it does happen in DuPont/Logan and here in the U Street/Meridian Hill neighborhoods as well. One of the crews working our neighborhood is excellent. The others seem to empty more trash and recycling onto the pavement than into the back of the truck.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yes it does! I live in Georgetown and usually come home to find our trash cans tossed out in the street instead of left on the curb.

      Also I’ve noticed people on my block just leave loose bags of trash out on the sidewalk, which attracts rats that chew through the bags and leave food spilled out on the sidewalk. It’s pretty gross. I don’t understand how people live in multi-million dollar townhouses but leave their trash right out on the sidewalks for the rats.

  • Anonymous

    It seems the trash has to be wrapped like a gift for the trash collectors to take it. I live in Columbia Heights and every time after trash day I have to call 311 to request an alley cleaning.

  • Anon

    Rant: Went to The Coupe. Roast pork sandwich was a disgusting mess of vegetables and mayonnaise. Service was lackluster. I am not giving them any more chances.

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      Rave: You get a table immediately now, instead of having to wait an hour for bad service and bad food.

      • I read a lot of bad reviews about The Coupe, but decided to go ahead and give it a try anyway. i must have been there on an off night. The service was very good and the food, while not great, was good too. It was on a Wednesday night and not busy, but not empty either. I didn’t find the food or service to be any better or worse than most places in DC.

    • dcd

      Lackluster service?!?! Wow, you really hit the jackpot! That’s a marked improvement from what I received the 4 or so times I tried to go.

      Completely agree with a poster below – there’s just no reason to go there for lunch or dinner given the other options in the immediate vicinity. I’m still torn about breakfast – other than IHOP, where can I get breakfast (not brunch, breakfast) in CH if I want something more substantial than pastries?

  • Anonymous

    Agree on The Coupe. Went yesterday tried the new chicken wings, completely flavorless and greasy as hell. A hamburger was served on a old bread, and the fries had been cooked hours before. Sat at the bar which was totally empty yet had to flag down one of the two bartenders to get an order in. This place is such a disappointment.

    • Anonymous

      So’s The Diner and Open City. What the heck happened, Constantine??

    • DF

      That place is the laughing stock of 11th St. Why go there when nearly every other restaurant blows it out of the water in terms of food and service?

  • anon

    Rave: I don’t have to hear the words “President Romney” for the next four years.

    • anonymous

      Rant: I have to hear the words, “President Obama,” for the next four years.
      Rave: Somehow the U.S. will get through, this… I think.

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Saw a *DOG* caught on a sloping tile roof on Calvert right near Columbia on Friday night. Poor puppy! Who in their right mind let the dog out up there?!?

    Rave: DC’s finest (fire, police) came to the rescue. A large cheer went up from the crowd when they got the dog off the roof.

    • That building has a door to the roof on the back that people use frequently. I don’t think it would be difficult for a dog to slip out.

      I was rather impressed with the police I saw during this incident (I saw all this from the back of the building). They scaled the high fence in the back and were practically on the roof before I could blink! Then word came that the dog was rescued. Good job police and firemen!


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