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by Prince Of Petworth October 17, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to apply for a BBL for my short-term rental- (additional bedrooms on Airbnb)
The licensing department of dcra told me that I need to go through the following steps: register my ssn with Tax and Revenue, Have a Clean Hands Certificate, and get a Certificate of Occupancy. The problem is that dcra does not issue CofO for single family homes. They told me that I can apply for a Home Occupation Permit- but that will require a “change of use” of the property to a Bed and Breakfast. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0


Photo by PoPville Flickr user Brian Mosley

“Dear PoPville,

I found a set of keys on H street NE and stared at them, torn, for a while. Do I leave them there in case the person comes back or retraces their steps? Do I take them and try to find the person? What does the PoPville world think is the best route here?

In other news, I have a set of keys that does not belong to me. If you lost some keys and want them back, tell me about them at [email protected]

(Spoiler alert: I took the keys. I left my info with two semi-identifiable locations on their keychain but no callbacks yet)”

by Prince Of Petworth October 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0


Photo by PoPville Flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

What do you do when you see a used needle on the side of the road? I pick up trash around the block where I live on Georgia Ave. I saw a used needle on one block. I don’t want to put a sanitation worker at risk by putting into a regular trash can. (I’m not a medical professional and don’t know what it was used for.) “

by Prince Of Petworth October 11, 2018 at 1:40 pm 0


Photo by PoPville Flickr user wolfpackWX

“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to reach out to the popville community to see if anyone knows if there are homeless shelters in the area that use amazon wish lists or other online shopping lists to direct those looking to contribute? I’d like to send a few items along when I can, but would prefer to buy things they need.”

by Prince Of Petworth October 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user LaTur

“Dear PoPville,

I have been renting a rowhouse around Petworth for the past three years along with two other roommates. It’s an old house and the rent is relatively cheap, so I try not to complain about a lot of minor infrastructure issues and interior aesthetics. But due to some serious leakage (initially from the rooftop/upstairs bathroom old window, now to a lesser extent from an old bathtub with broken tiles/flooring upstairs), our property manager has notified us that they want to do a complete renovation of the upstairs bathroom.

This work will “take about a week” to complete, and will obviously put our bathroom out of commission. We have a half bath downstairs, so there is no other shower option available. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 4, 2018 at 1:45 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Rich Renomeron

Ed. Note: At this point I assume every single phone call is a scam. When my mom calls, I’m like “Oh yeah mom, what’d you buy me for my 12th birthday? Faster, faster. SCAMMER.” Click. But that’s just me.

“Dear PoPville,

I just wanted to submit a warning to fellow DCers. Today, I received a phone call from a legitimate 202 number (I didn’t know the number and normally wouldn’t answer, but did in case it was a work call). When I answered, they asked me to verify my name (I did), told me that I was under criminal investigation, and asked if I knew anything about it. I said no.

I will preface the rest of the story by saying that I have a very common name and am a bit paranoid about identity theft (it’s happened to several of my family members). I only stayed on the phone as long as I did (12 minutes!) so that I could confirm that my identity was not actually stolen.

Anyway, the woman on the phone told me that they found an abandoned car that was registered under my name. She described the car, gave me two addresses that were associated with it, and asked if I was familiar with any of these. I said no. She then proceeded to tell me that drugs were found in the car and that the addresses were already under investigation for drug trafficking. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 3, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

Dennis Junius reported just before 8am:

“another accident at Taylor and 13th place NE. How many more until we get a traffic pattern change or someone gets killed? Been happening for years now with no action.”

Chris Baronner also reported just before 10am:

“@kenyanmcduffie Are we going to wait until a child walking to school at 8:30 in the morning is killed at the intersection of Taylor St NE/13th Place before making 13th Pl one ways or at least a 4-way stop? @PoPville Too many accidents/way too many near misses on daily basis!”

by Prince Of Petworth October 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0


Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

Sometime Saturday afternoon our house in Eckington was burglarized. An HP laptop, Acer aspire laptop, nikon d7100 camera and 2 lenses, plus iPad mini stolen. What’s most disturbing is that we were likely home when it happened- we batten down the hatches when leaving the house and there were no signs or evidence of a break in, just noticed that all my electronics in that room had vanished. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth October 3, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

After one of the many recent significant rainstorms this season I noticed a sink hole appeared in my front yard in NW DC. We’ve owned since 2015 without any sign of issues. After re-filling with loads of dirt and replanting grass I thought I had the problem fixed. After another torrential rainstorm unfortunately the problem clearly remains. DC 311 has not had any good options. The more worrisome issue is that this occurred near the gas line that runs through my entire block in everyone’s front yard. Any reader recommendations on who to contact in the city to get this looked at?”

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