Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

The car in this picture was outside the CVS on Calvert. We did manage to find these owners and gave them our info. They filed a police report eventually.

It was very frustrating to see. The police response was certainly underwhelming as well. We saw 3-4 taggings, I was also able to tell the Police exactly where the kids were headed. The police were disinterested or, more likely, focused elsewhere. My wife and I swung by the top of 18th and sure enough, the kids were sitting there and no police in sight. Apparently the boundary line is right around there which added to the complexity of “who responds to this call.” They also “can’t do anything” until the property owner files a report. Not helpful.”


Connecticut and Cathedral Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Saturday night’s shooting happened right in front of our building in Woodley Park. Our coop sent Mary Cheh, Jimmy DuBois (our ANC), and MPD District 2 Commander Duncan Bedlion the following letter. This is the most serious incident in recent memory, but it’s not the only problem we’ve seen with the District’s inexplicable lack of preparation for Zoolights year after year.” Read More


via google maps

A reader reports at 8:40pm:

“3-4 guns shots off Connecticut Avenue NW at the corner of Cathedral Avenue and Connecticut”

From MPD around 9:36pm:

“Alert: Shooting, Connecticut Ave & Cathedral Ave NW, No usable lookout at this time.”


“On Saturday, November 30th, at approximately 8:35 p.m., Second District Officers were in the 2800 block of Connecticut Avenue, NW, when they heard the sound of gunshots. Shortly thereafter, Officers located a juvenile male, in the same block, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Approximately 30 minutes later, another juvenile male was located in the 1900 block of Calvert Street, NW, suffering from a gunshot wound. Read More


Photo by Hanart Culture

From the National Zoo:

“Visit the Smithsonian’s National Zoo for its annual holiday lights festival, ZooLights, powered by Pepco. For this free event, half-a-million environmentally friendly LED lights will illuminate the Zoo for 31 nights–Nov. 29 through Jan. 1, 2020–from 5 to 9 p.m.

This year, guests can expect dazzling new attractions, including dozens of large animal lanterns all crafted in China. Pandas, monkeys, zebras, elephants and more will be beautifully lit from within. Also new is a dreamy art installation, Entre Les Rangs, from Montreal. Walk through this award-winning exhibit, a beautiful field of lights. Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown


“Metro will make it easy for riders to get to the Smithsonian National Zoo to say bye-bye to Bei Bei, the zoo’s beloved giant panda. Free shuttle buses will drop-off and pick-up customers at the zoo’s entrance while three Red Line stations (Cleveland Park, Woodley Park and Dupont Circle) are closed for major lighting upgrades this weekend. Read More


courtesy Joshua MacDonald

From MPD:

“This evening around 6pm, First District Officers heard sounds of gunshots coming from the 1200 block of Potomac Ave SE. Upon canvassing the area, officers located three shell casings and a weapon.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact the First District Detectives Office at 202-299-2025.”

On the other side of town a reader reported at 2:15am:

“Tonight from my apartment in Adams Morgan there’s been a helicopter circling for over 40 minutes now, flying so low that items on my bookshelves were shaking and woke me up. Curious if some sort of police activity or perhaps military drills, and if anyone else has sent you word of this too.”

Alan Henney reported:

“MANHUNT FOR ROBBERY SUSPECTS- Woodley Rd and Connecticut Ave NW-DC in the Woodley Park Neighborhood. Falcon (DC police helicopter) is searching the surrounding area for the suspects.”


undated photo of 11th and E Street, NW via Whitlow’s

“Dear PoPville,

I’m looking for tips on researching the history of our 20-unit building in Woodley Park. I’m pretty sure (but not 100% sure) that the building turns 100 years old next year, and it would be nice to do something to commemorate the occasion. It would also be cool to learn about the building’s history and if there have been any interesting occupants. Where should I start?”

Ed. Note: I’d say head to DCPL’s Washingtoniana location in Van Ness.


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