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“Dear PoPville,

Why does DCRA insist on requiring electric meters be displayed proudly on house facades? They are ruining the look of DC row homes. Why don’t they just require that the meters be wireless (if they don’t already) so ppl can hide them from sight or at least put them somewhere in the alley. This is just one of hundreds of examples.” Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

This is language from a lease agreement, it seems to give them A LOT of control over my personal information. It has been a while since I lived in a big corporate-style apartment building (I’ve lived in shared houses for a while) and I don’t remember seeing language like this in the past. Is this normal now? Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

11th Street is a known cyclists’ highway, with hundreds of cyclists heading south in the mornings. The place where 11th street meets Vermont Ave is a T-intersection, meaning that southbound traffic coming from Vermont Ave must turn either left or right onto 11th street. This seems to give 11th street cyclists the impression that the traffic light at this intersection can be ignored. When Vermont Ave traffic has a green light, meaning 11th street traffic has a red light, cyclists traveling south on 11th will blow right through their red light, into the intersection while cars and cyclists are trying to merge from Vermont. Almost never do they bother to slow down or even glance over to see if cars (or cyclists!) are coming before running the red light. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I saw a car park this weekend at the end of a block at 3rd and I St NE and get a ticket with 30 min for being too close to the stop sign at the end of the street. That car was then towed away only a few hours later only to have another car park in the “spot” a few minutes later.

DC law is you have to park at least 25 feet short of a stop sign but there is no sign marking the distance or staying no parking in this location. Read More

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Photo by Maitreyi Bordia Das “Touching down to sunrise on #WashingtonDC”

Also awesome from Nanuka:

“Please help me thank a man who saw me finding shelter from pouring rain under a storefront in a long silk dress tonight & said: You look like you need an umbrella, then handed me his and continued his way without asking anything else. You are a hero!”

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m the manager at Martha’s Table Outfitters.

Earlier this week, one of our team members came across an old monogrammed photo wallet in the pocket of a man’s suit jacket that was donated to us. We would love to reunite the item with its owner as it appears to be a lovely family keepsake.

The outside of the wallet is monogrammed with the initials R.L.P. and the inside has two wedding photos and a portrait photo of a woman. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

I’m having a devil of a time tracking down a wedding photographer on an admittedly tight sub-$1,500 budget. I was wondering if any regular readers knew of a local-ish photographer (we’re in D.C., but our venue is in downtown Baltimore) who would be open to spending a couple hours with me, my fiancée, and our families for an evening this coming September.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I need parking help.

I have a zone 6 residential parking pass and park on a zone 6 residential block. However, I have received two tickets in the past two months for “failure to pay the meter.” It’s in MVT where the blocks alternate between meter and residential. I was under the below sign. Am I missing something or receiving incorrect tickets? Is this normal?”

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“Dear PoPville,

I own a unit in a 9-unit NW building that was built in 1908 as apartments and renovated in 1986 as condos. Currently, our only fire system is a manually pulled alarm in the hallway that emits noise. We’re looking to upgrade our building and units to current code with a fire suppressant system, and wondering if anyone has any advice or contractors they would recommend.

Our main questions are around supply (assessing the water main and/or need for tanks/pumps), building requirements, and individual unit requirements.”

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