Washington, DC


2nd/3rd Mass. and H Street, NW

Lauren asks: “Anyone know the history on this building? On the corner of H & 2nd NW.”

We used to get this question like clockwork but were last asked back in 2015.  We’ve previously learned that this is a ventilation shaft for the 395 highway tunnel below. The artist responsible for the awesome mural, Val E. Lewton, passed away in 2015.

Others have commented that: “It’s been known unofficially for years as the Nixon Memorial.”

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Talking Tea


Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

Katherine asked us on Twitter and got a pretty passionate response: “Any recommendations for tea places in DC? Asking for myself.”

The most were given for Calabash, Ching Ching Cha, Teaism, Sidamo, The Wydown, Grace Street Coffee and The Line Hotel.

Any other good spots out there?

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley

“Dear PoPville,

Are noise complaints about trash trucks worth filing? Every few weeks an incredibly loud trash truck shows up at a nearby building around 6:30 a.m. and moves a dumpster back and forth for an hour. I’m thinking of filing a complaint with the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs because it’s before the 7 a.m. legal start time, but not sure whether anything will happen and curious what proof would be most useful (a video?). If it matters, this is in a mixed residential and commercial block near Thomas Circle. Thanks!

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Update from Events DC:

“We have heard the concerns from the community and will make arrangements to install water fountains in the facility this fall. Upon request, guests may receive complimentary 5oz cups of water at each concession stand.”

“Dear PoPville,

We went to a Mystics game in their new home at the waiting-for-a-named-sponsor Entertainment and Sports Arena. It was a great game, with the Mystics scoring 107 points and a record-setting 18 three-pointers. While I enjoyed the cozier feel on the new stadium, I was shocked when I went to look for a water fountain and was told that there were none. Read More

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1739 Connecticut Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

No one, and I mean NO ONE, seems to know what this shop with a great window but not much more (e.g. it’s never open) is all about. Do you? It’s on the east side of Connecticut Ave north of the circle between R and S. Any ideas?”

Aaron writes (and sends the photo above):

“There’s a new business there that is either DC’s newest and most secret speakeasy, or DC’s weirdest retail experiment. It purports to be “Capital Microscope Supply Company”, but how many microscopes do you have to sell to walk-ins to pay rent on the 1700 block of Connecticut?? Even better, they have rotating teaser signs posted on the door – this week it’s “Summer Hours now in effect”.

This has got to be some kind of bar or secret restaurant.”

Back in June we spoke about it and learned: Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Bill Herndon

“Dear PoPville,

I live in Brightwood in a typical Wardman rowhouse and recently received quotes from 2 different door companies – both affiliated with MAJOR nationwide companies, mostly known for windows – and 1 of them tried to add $750 for a DC work permit. Let’s call them Company A. I expected that the door would cost somewhere between $2500-$4000 since we wanted a quality door and the frame had to be replaced, and both companies provided a quote in that neighborhood. I was shocked that Company A tried to tack on an extra $750 for a work permit while the other company didnt see the need to have a permit at all. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

I’m selling my house. My realtor is encouraging me to get rid of/stash my cats elsewhere while it’s on the market. Problem is, where does one stash cats? I am nervous about leaving them with friends (they are adorable, ruinous little creatures that claw, shed, and occassionally pee on rugs). Curious what people think–would they not buy a house if they saw two cats in it? Would they lower their bid?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user C JRCook

“Dear PoPville,

I never learned to swim properly when I was younger and as an adult, I think its high time I learned how. Looking to see if the community can recommend adult swim lessons (group classes are fine; evening preferred) in the West End/Foggy Bottom/Dupont area or at a metro accessible location nearby? I did look into offerings through DC Parks and Rec and didn’t see anything offered at the closest pool in my area (Francis Park Pool).”

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