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“Can you commit to coming out and getting this pile of trash cleaned up and citing this and very illegally and unsafely kept rental property via DCRA?”

by Prince Of Petworth January 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm 28 Comments

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Alley behind Simms Place, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Kenyan, you committed to my neighbor on the other side of this property to having this cleaned up last week. She has since reached out on Twitter and you have stopped responding to her.

This garbage has been in this alley for MONTHS behind the north side of Simms Place. The District continues to fail proactive homeowners that want basic services. Multiple 311 requests to Mayor Bowser’s call center have all been closed out as “completed” without any action having been taken.

Not only does that do a disservice in the short-run when trash isn’t picked up, but it cheats reporting. Any honest review of City services can no longer be accurate, closing out these requests so quickly without any action having been taken makes the reporting deceptively prompt and falsely successful. You are setting the Mayor and her administration of services up as a success when in reality nothing is getting done.

The District’s continued neglect of basic services on blocks like this, when residents ask and ask and ask for a fair share of their tax dollars be applied to basic services, is probably why there were multiple shootings in broad daylight on this block last year. Clean up some trash and start enforcing blighted and abandoned buildings. Clean up slums of properties whose landlords have let slide into unsafe and structurally unsound condition.

This is an easy fix!! Can you commit to coming out and getting this pile of trash cleaned up and citing this and very illegally and unsafely kept rental property via DCRA?

Is anyone able to help get this trash moved and this property owner cited? We have given up hope of action from DC 311 and our Council Representative’s office after multiple conventional and unconventional attempts.”

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