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From the Mayor’s Office:
“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the launch of Crime Cards – an interactive public crime mapping application that can assist DC residents and visitors by providing easy-to-understand data visualizations of crime locations, types and trends across all eight wards. Crime Cards, which is located at crimecards.dc.gov, will replace the DC Crime Map.
“With our community-based approach to crime and violence prevention, we are building a safer, stronger DC,” said Mayor Bowser. “By improving our crime mapping application to be more user and mobile-friendly, we are providing DC residents with the tools they need to stay informed and building trust and transparency in our community – an essential part of combatting crime across the District.”
A collaboration between the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), and community members who participated at the #SafterStrongerSmarterDC roundtable design review, Crime Cards is a redesign of DC Crime Map. While Crime Cards will continue to use the same data as the DC Crime Map, the new application is mobile-enabled, more user-friendly, and offers enhanced search options with a modernized design. Additionally, the layout also makes it easier to visualize multiple data formats at once, and users can search the last eight years of data by Police Service Area, police district, geographical area, crime category or type, and date.
With DC Crime Map being a decade old, its software needed modernization to properly work on mobile devices, which currently accounts for half of Crime Map users. Key improvements in the redesign include: (more…)
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share for the regular fix please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. AdoPtville is run by two volunteers who compile these pets weekly from local shelters.
Hi my name is Corrine. I am just getting use to “living the life of luxury” in a foster home, thanks to the pawsome folks at Homeward Trails! I am house trained, however, in somewhere new, I will probably need a few reminders where is the right place to take care of business. I may seem scared when I first meet someone but I really am a sweet, energetic, and fun dog. Once I get to know you I really like to go, go , go – I would be great for someone who likes to run or take long walks, perfect for spring! I do like to investigate everything with my mouth but I am learning toys are wonderful, specially the squeaky ones that are soft. A game of tug with my other dog friends is fun, but I am slow to warm up to them. When you take the time to get to know me I really like snuggling up and enjoy lots of kisses. You can find out more about adopting me by emailing my friend Audrey at [email protected] or check me out here.
A cool dude just like his namesake, Manfred is talkative, affectionate, and playful lap cat. He loves his ball, his toy pretzel, catnip sticks, and looking out the windows. Manfred is well-mannered in all the kitty functions, and he uses his scratcher for his manicures. Manfred was rescued as a stray in Northern Virginia, and he is very glad to be inside safe from the cold. He loves to cuddle with his foster humans, but he badly wants his own forever family. He gets along very well with other cats, but he is afraid of dogs. We estimate that Manfred is about 5 years old. He is microchipped, neutered, up to date on all his shots, and tested negative for feline leukemia/FIV. This handsome and loving boy would be a wonderful addition to your home! Please email [email protected] to find out about adopting Manfred, or check out his webpage here.
7th and New York Ave, NW
From a press release:
“On Monday, March 19, The Capital Burger will officially open its doors in Mount Vernon Square, elevating how Washingtonians experience the burger ritual, and leverages the steak and wine expertise of The Capital Grille. The Capital Burger believes that the classic American burger, when well-crafted, is as fine a dining experience as any. To celebrate opening day, the first 100 guests to dine for dinner will receive a gift bag as a thank you. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user ambyrglow
Seeking recommendations on home security systems.
This spring we’re planning to move from a condo into a house in DC and we’re wondering about home security systems. We’d like to keep costs down, but want a quality system. We’d be open to both self-installed (as long as not too complicated) and professionally installed. We like the idea of a couple video cameras as either part of the system or as a supplement. Any recommendations?”
This rental is located at 700 Jefferson Street, NW. The Craigslist ad says:
“$1500 / 1br – 553ft2 – Charming unit for rent in sought after Brightwood Park
This 1 bed/1 bath condo in Brightwood is now available for rent. The unit features hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, washer & dryer in unit, walk-in closet, and a ton of natural light throughout. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Pablo Raw
After three and a half years together, my boyfriend and I recently started looking for an apartment – our first shared space! – around Lanier Heights to build a home in for the medium term. We were very charmed by a one-bedroom unit at the Argonne, a recently renovated interwar building at 1629 Columbia Road NW, listed on both third-party websites and management company CIM Urban Real Asset’s own site at $2198. After a showing during which the agent consistently repeated this same amount, we decided to move ahead with the application process.
$340 in fees later, a surprise came buried in some pre-lease documentation which CIM is required by law to provide: the official rent for the unit was recorded at $3267, a grand and change more than the number which had been represented to us. I did a little digging to find out what might be lurking here: fortunately, owing to an excellent set of online resources and firsthand accounts from people who have been taken advantage of (including a 2015 PoP post) I didn’t have to search long.
The rent discount/concession scam has gotten enough press in the last few years that I imagined CIM might show some flexibility if we ask specific, informed questions that showed we had no illusions about what was going on. Instead, we were met with dishonesty and misdirection. The agent told us that the $3267 was a “maximum rent” level supplied by the city, characterizing it is as a bureaucratic or bookkeeping device out of the company’s hands. The lease we were forwarded made it clear this was not the case: $3267 was, on any plain reading of the main lease and “Lease Addendum for Rent Concession or Other Rent Discount,” in fact the official rent for the unit, modified by a $1069 “discount” offered by the company as a discretionary “consideration for agreement to remain in your dwelling and fulfill lease obligations.”
Being neither rich nor stupid, and having read about the nightmares of others who’d lost money and homes to the concession scam, we made our case carefully. (more…)
By: Mimi Montgomery
Photo by Flickr user slgdc1433
FRIDAY, MARCH 9
MILLENNIAL WONDERLAND: Okay,so it opened last week, but what would an event roundup be without mentioning the Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Bar? This year, there are 90,000 blossoms and 1,300 butterflies in the space, not to mention an actual smoke-blowing Godzilla. Yes, the line will be long, but think about all the Instagrams posting you can do from inside. (1841 7th St. NW, 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., FREE)
S’MORE IS S’MORE: Get your sweet fix while warming up at the Navy Yard’s Osteria Morini today and tomorrow. The waterfront Italian restaurant will have its outdoor fire pit going, and there will be all the fixings needed to make some kickass s’mores. And we’re not talking Hershey bars and stale crackers – these will all be made with bittersweet chocolate, homemade marshmallows, and graham cracker macaroons. (Osteria Morini, 5 – 9 p.m., FREE)
WHERE’S THE MEAT?: It’s Grills Gone Wild at Rocklands today! Aside from your usual order of barbecue, the spot will be serving not-so-typical meats like camel, ostrich, goat, and buffalo. Supplies are limited, so if you’re an adventurous eater, get there sooner rather than later. (Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., prices vary)
TAKE IT UNDERGROUND: Party with at Dupont Underground tonight. As part of the Kennedy Center’s Direct Current program, which celebrates interdisciplinary, modern art, the Washington Chorus will perform a mashup with DJ Justin Reed, complete with lighting and projection accompaniments. Stick around – there will be drinks, too. (Dupont Underground, 10 p.m. – 12 midnight, $10)
MORE: DIY Junkestra: Instrument-Making Workshop (The Kennedy Center, 7 – 8:30 p.m., $15), Feel the Charm Presents: Girl Talk (Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House, 6 – 10 p.m., $10), Literary Cocktails: Kindred (Petworth Citizen, 7 – 12 midnight, prices vary), The Wiz: Preview (Ford’s Theatre, 7:30 – 10 p.m., FREE), The Room (E Street Cinema, 11:59 p.m., $9.50 – $10)
Photo by Brandon Kopp
SATURDAY, MARCH 10
GO GREEN: Eat your greens while keeping it local – Little Wild Things City Farm will be hosting a pop-up at Shope Made in D.C. today. Come check out the urban farm’s collection of microgreens, edible flowers, and pre-made salads while learning about farming sustainably in a city. (Shop Made in D.C., 1 – 5 p.m., FREE)
SINK IT: If you want to relive your glory days, enter Buffalo Billiards’ District Pong Showdown today. That’s right – 64 teams will compete against each other in a single elimination beer pong tournament to win $1,000. Sure, there may be more productive ways to spend your Saturday, but where’s the fun in that? (Buffalo Billiards, 12 noon – 5 p.m., $70 to enter) (more…)
The weather might not be warm, but at least it’s not a Nor’easter–and the weather is definitely good enough to go check out some of these open houses. To see the entire DC Open House List click here.
- 2715 P Street NW — $2,400,000 — Georgetown
Open Sat. 3-7 PM & Sun. 1-3 PM — Daniel Llerena & Erica Collins
A ‘Pop-Up Art Show on P Street’ is not your typical open house.
- 1311 Delaware Avenue SW #S-331 — $314,000 — Southwest Waterfront
Open Sun. 1-3 PM — Steven Dean
If you can envision this property without all of the owner’s stuff, a 2 bedroom near the Waterfront at this price is hard to pass up.
- 1721 21st Street NW #T1 — $424,900 — Dupont Circle
Open Sat. & Sun. 1-3 PM — Gene Sung
Prime location with a Walk Score of 98.
- 900 11th Street SE #311 — $779,900 — Capitol Hill East(ish)
Open Sun. 1-3 PM — Craig Souza
“New construction, boutique building of only 49 residences.”
- 1670 Montello Avenue NE — $590,000 — Trinidad
Open Sun. 1-3 PM — Stacey Barton
From the outside, this row home looks a bit small, but that opinion quickly changes once you see the inside.