We live in Burleith and there’s a bit of an uproar on the local listserv about DPW blanket issuing of $75 fines to those who kept their garbage cans in the alley.
The DPW issued the tickets on the afternoon of our normal garbage day (Thursday, 2/22) during the week of the Presidents Day holiday. Of course, this meant that DPW was essentially conducting a “sting operation” to take advantage of folks’ forgetfulness that the holiday pushes the garbage pick-up back one day. If you put your garbage cans out on the usual garbage day and had your house number on your cans, you got a ticket.
This type of behavior by the DPW is completely unnecessary and just causes more frustration and distrust between citizens and the District government. If there was a serious health issue, I’d be sympathetic to these spot “gotcha” enforcements. But my alley is very clean, I’ve never seen a rodent, and everyone here does their fair share to keep the trash secured and the alley clear for vehicular traffic. It’s basically one of the nicest alleys I’ve seen in DC; pretty damn remarkable.
Furthermore, as new residents (we moved in fall of 2017) we were told by our longtime neighbors to leave our cans in the alley. (more…)
Photo by Kishan Putta
“NOT HERE: this hateful graffiti was found on 38th st nw next to Ellington Field. We can’t allow #DC to succumb to the hateful climate.”
— Kishan Putta (@kishanputta) August 16, 2017
From a press release:
“WHAT: SMITHSONIAN at 8 in collaboration with Francophonie DC and the Embassy of France presents “La Grande Fete”
WHEN: Friday, March 31, 7 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW Washington, DC
Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe. Its closing celebration, La Grande Fete is always magnifique, and this year’s bash is no exception.
Beginning at 7 p.m., guests will launch into a world tour of francophone cultures. They’ll sample food and drink from more than 30 embassies as they explore each nation’s unique attractions and traditions. There are plenty of giveaways to take home as souvenirs, and guests can share their experiences throughout the night on Instagram using #at8enfrancais.
Multi-talented musician Francis Jocky (Cameroon/France) kicks off the night with his blend of jazz, soul, funk, and rhythm and blues. Later, DJ Princess Slaya spins music from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and plenty of destinations in between. (more…)
I thought you might enjoy an interesting new construction project over in Georgetown (intersection of 37th and S street). I am a bit surprised this was all approved given how much bigger the new pop-up is compared to the former building on site.”