Washington, DC


11th and Lamont Street, NW

“Dear Popville,

A few weeks ago, it was encouraging to see the western sidewalks of 11th St NW btw Lamont and the infamous $2M+ dog park covered w a construction walkway for pedestrians. In going past today, though, I noticed that walkway was taken down and no construction done to the former Chinese restaurant and laundromat. Upon closer inspection, there’s a stop work order for an unsafe worksite, but also a permit for a 14-unit mixed residential retail building after razing the existing structureRead More

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“Dear PoPville,

Ever since reading about pawpaws last year on PoPville, I have tried but failed to locate a source for buying them. Any chance you could ask your readers for suggestions? I think they are or are about to be in season.”

You are in luck!! Casey Trees and DPR are hosting Washington DC’s First Annual Pawpaw Party:

You’re Invited to…

Washington DC’s Pawpaw Party!

Join DC Dept. of Parks and Recreation in celebrating North America’s largest indigenous fruit at Oxon Run Park on Saturday, September 14th! Read More

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Thanks to Sylvia for sending on Friday:

“They are repaving swann between 16 and 17 NW. Today was dig up the road day. This car didn’t move and instead of towing it they just left the car on its own little piece of street and dug around it. It doesn’t even have tickets on it! How do I get this treatment? If I am 2 min late for street cleaning, my cars already been towed 3 blocks away.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

“Dear PoPville,

PSA, any one else experiencing census people casing your building? My DC condo building last night had a person with an iPad spending a lot of time in the hallways documenting units and I confirmed with my front desk staff that she provided ID and was allowed access to the building free-range beyond the lobby. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

“Dear PoPville,

I live in a small condo building (~20 small units) and we’re looking into installing exterior security cameras. Our building is on a busy one-way street (4 bus lines, near major roads, and close to emergency health services). We don’t have a huge budget at the moment so we’re hoping there are options that don’t cost several thousand dollars. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

“Dear PoPville,

I was hoping readers could help with suggestions for a construction nuisance we’re dealing with in my building.

Our building has ~16 spaces along the backside of it, with traffic in the alley. On a daily basis, construction vehicles for a project on the next street over use the alley for access to the construction site, and block the entire alley. Most days it’s with their work trucks, on special days we get cement trucks that are completely immovable. The reality is that I’ve been late to doctor’s appointments, other residents can’t get to work, etc.

The issue we’re running into is, of course, enforcement. Read More

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Clif Burns

“Dear PoPville,

The house my husband and I rent changed ownership, and property management, a couple months ago. We came home from work yesterday to find our water shut off. We’ve since learned from the new property manager that the prior owner/property manager hadn’t paid (or transitioned) the water bill for many, many months. They’ve now paid DC Water and we are told the water will either be turned back on today…or Monday. Read More

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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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