Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

It seems like the city’s phone-based system for having Christmas trees collected and composted is a bit overwhelmed. I think it’s curious that the city rolled out its 311 app but doesn’t have a way for residents to use it to have their trees picked up.”

From DPW:

The Department of Public Works will continue to collect holiday trees and greenery until January 31, 2020.

Residents can dispose of their trees and greenery in three ways: Read More

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Florida Ave, NE at Staples Street, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Here’s a pic of what the building that collapsed looks like this morning. There were crews out late trying to stabilize the building and clean and secure the area especially front bordering the Florida Avenue and the sidewalk. You could feel the bricks and beams falling down last night. It was also pretty dusty this morning. I heard The Fringe Arts building was not damaged by the collapse so that’s good news.”

Jason E Burkett; ANC 5D06 replied to initial post yesterday @PoPville with:

“I reported this building to @dcra few weeks ago after a resident complaint and supposedly an inspection was scheduled 1/9. How was this not avoided! #ANC5D #TrinidadDC @dcra has some explaining to do.” Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser and Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio awarded over $2.3 million in Fiscal Year 2020 Great Streets Small Business Grants to 48 local small businesses. The investment continues Mayor Bowser’s effort to support local businesses, create new job opportunities for DC residents, and grow the District’s emerging neighborhoods.

“Small and local businesses are the heart and backbone of DC’s economy – they hire DC residents, circulate DC dollars, and support the culture of our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “I’m particularly proud that this year’s grantees represent such a diverse group of businesses in all eight wards. When we make these types of strategic investments, there’s a ripple effect: we support the businesses and the businesses, in turn, support our residents and empower our neighborhoods.”

The announcement was made at Dudley Beauty College, a 2018 grant recipient on the Rhode Island Avenue corridor in Ward 5. Like many other Great Streets grant recipients, Dudley Beauty College used their grant funding to make improvements to their business, including storefront signage and advertising. The FY20 grant recipients continue to showcase the diversity of the District’s business community. Awardees include businesses ranging from optical retailers and barbershops, to childcare centers and fraternity and sorority apparel stores.

The Fiscal Year 2020 grantees include: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I recently moved into an english basement of a tenant occupied rowhouse. Since the property was originally designed for a single family, there are 2 small trash bins and one larger recycling bin (it’s too small of a street to use the supercans). These are clearly insufficient for use by two families, and it means one of the units is often having to wait (up to a week) with trash or recycling in their units as the cans are full.

Has anyone had luck getting an answer from DC on if an extra can is allowed in situations like this? The website is less than helpful, and not surprisingly, calling hasn’t returned any answers.”

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Photo courtesy of Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

From the Mayor’s Office:

“On the heels of Saturday’s anti-Semitic attack in New York, Mayor Muriel Bowser met with local religious leaders to discuss immediate and long-term solutions to combatting anti-Semitism. In addition to religious leaders, the Mayor was joined by members of her Interfaith Council and leadership from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), and the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs.

The Mayor has charged MPD with increasing their presence at synagogues as well as taking other, less visible, measures to protect DC’s Jewish community. Additionally, the Mayor has directed DC HSEMA with assisting congregations with reviewing their security plans. Both agencies will support congregations in updating their plans as necessary. Following the meeting, Mayor Bowser released the following statement: Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

Thanks to A. for sending “Too Soon?” Well, given our track record

From DPW:

“Holiday Trees and Greenery will be collected December 27 – January 31. Residents in DPW-serviced households are asked to call 311 to make an appointment to schedule their collection between December 27 – January 10.

Trees and Greenery should be placed in front of residents’ homes or taken to the drop off locations where they will be composted and made available to residents at no charge. Please remove all ornaments and lights and do not place trees and greenery in bags. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering whether anyone has had success applying for DC Water’s LPRAP – Lead Pipe Replacement Assistance Program – which went into effect in October?  I submitted paperwork back in mid-October but it seems to have gone into a black hole.  If folks have had their application successfully submitted can they provide the name of the contractor they used and how much the whole project cost?  The name of the contractor is particularly useful because the process does require a certain amount of paperwork on their end as well, which is not something every contractor is willing to do.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I purchased a 3-bedroom townhouse Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) in NE DC as a single person in 2011. After 7 years of ownership, I made the decision to sell my townhouse and purchase a market rate home. Per the restrictive covenants attached to my ADU property, I contacted DC’s Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to request the maximum sales price be determined. This is where my nightmare begins. Read More

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From Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie:

“Neighbors,

In response to a spate of recent violent incidents in Ward 5, last week I shared that I would be providing a more detailed update, as well as hosting a series of community conversations around public safety. I called upon Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to increase patrols and have been working with both MPD and Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) to confront recent challenges. Please find below specific actions taken by MPD and ONSE in response to my requests.

Finally, I want to invite all residents to attend and participate in one of three upcoming community conversations on public safety taking place this Saturday, December 14, Monday, December 16, and Wednesday, December 18 (full details below). While I understand the notice for these meetings is relatively short, I did not want to delay these important conversations.

In service,

Kenyan

Update from the Metropolitan Police Department:

The Fifth District Crime Suppression Team is targeting all of Brentwood, Langdon, Edgewood, and Brookland neighborhoods on a daily basis, 7 days a week.

Additional officers and beats: Read More

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