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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

“Dear PoPville,

So I just wanted to alert you to something that happened tonight that reminds me of just how great DC is.

I was with my girlfriend and we were driving a couple of friends home after dinner on Barracks Row. Around the corner of 15th and Kentucky Ave SE, we saw a man bleeding on the ground and a woman kneeling next to him. She flagged us down and said he had fallen on the ground.

Within minutes, more neighbors had come out to help. One person ran to get towels to apply pressure to the wound and give him aid. A couple people tried to track down a friend of his. Others helped direct traffic. And another person called 9-1-1.

Not 3 minutes later, 4 police cars, an ambulance, and a fire truck were on the scene and he was quickly given aide. Since we were unable to track down the man’s friend, the police decided to drive straight to the person’s house while the EMTs put the man in the ambulance.

People love to mock DC and say we are ruining America. And I hate that. DC is a great place. We are a community. Tonight was just another reminder of that. A bunch of random people came together to help a person that none of us knew.


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The newspaper above the urinal at the Black Rooster Pub is the A section. Not the sports section (though you can find it on another wall), not the style section – the A section. Awesome.

I think this is what bothers me so much about the new President and many of his defenders. 1+1 does not equal 3. We know this in DC. 1+1=2 is not fake news. We know this in DC. It’s maddening to have an argument with someone who insists 1+1=3. If you want to say 1+1=4-2 fine. We can argue about how we get there. But 1+1 simply does not equal 3. So God bless The Real DC for putting the A section over the urinals so we can prepare ourselves for proper debates.



Thanks to Jen for sending this killer sunrise this morning:

“Caught this out of the corner of my eye this morning- looks like the sun rising directly up R St! (Is that even possible?) Taken from the intersection of New Hampshire and R at 7:16AM.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

From a press release:

“After mobilizing over 130 local service establishments to donate a portion of their inauguration profits to organizations supporting the DC community, All In Service DC reports that participating venues donated over $80,000.

“DC’s service community made All In Service DC a huge success,” says service industry veteran and All In Service DC co-founder Alaina Dyne. “This affirms what we have always understood about our local service community. DC service establishments have a stake in the health and vitality of our city, and we are surrounded by capable partners in this effort.”

The fundraising event was the brainchild of Amanda Carpenter, a DMV native who has worked in DC’s service industry for a decade. “All In Service DC was a natural response to a unique moment in Washington. It was clear that our industry needed a positive outlet for the tension mounting in anticipation of inauguration weekend. We wanted to create an event that would raise our community consciousness and still allow us to act in accordance with the values of hospitality–to welcome all,” says Carpenter. Read More

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Next best thing to those little free libraries! Embracing education, literature and thoughtful discussion – more great examples of the real DC. Thanks to a reader for sending from the Petworth metro.

For those not familiar with Books on the Metro:

“Lucky you! You found a book! Read it, tweet about it and make sure to return it to its Metro home.”

If you’d like to submit a cool message/sign/scene that you’ve passed please send an email with ‘The Real DC’ in the subject line to [email protected] and include the neighborhood.



“Bravo to whoever came by and put the Pussyhats on the Barbies (and the Kens). Yes, Barbie is NASTY!”

Speaking of which, from the Women’s March:

“In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman.”

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