Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

This is an open letter the NoMa BID just released on the homeless encampments under the passway. TLDR it is pretty much a call to action on public to contact DC Gov for help on this issue after attempts by NoMA BID.

In light of the discussion on the Columbia Heights Plaza I’d be curious on PoPulace feedback to NoMa situation. Unlike Columbia Heights, NoMa has a BID that has tried for years to address the issue of the homeless encampment with their resources and funds. As a NoMa office worker I see the NoMa BID street team cleaning the underpass between the scheduled cleanings that DC DPW (?) handles on top of their daily work to keep the NoMA streets and public spaces clean.

If an organization like NoMA BID that has the manpower, resources, funds, and presumably connections with DC Govt can’t grapple this issue what hope do we have for Columbia Heights that doesn’t have help in the form of BID and what will it take to address & at least alleviate/improve this issue in the short term.”

Full letter from the Noma BID: Read More


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“Sully is originally from Texas, but now considers himself a city boy. He lives in Columbia Heights with his mom and dad and will do anything to hang out with his friends at 11th & Bark. He loves green beans, belly rubs, tennis balls, and long car rides.”

“Here’s Copper feeling the shame of the cone in Southwest”


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.”


Awesome – thanks to all who passed on.

This isn’t the first time the President visited The Coupe in Columbia Heights and hopefully won’t be the last.

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The GreenWrench Technical Assistance Program (GreenWrench) provides free pollution prevention guidance and training to District of Columbia automotive mechanics and auto body shops.

There are four ways shops can choose to be involved in the GreenWrench program, and they can sign up for as many or as few ways as they would like. The program’s goal is to provide businesses with compliance assistance for environmental regulations, protect the environment and improve its participants’ bottom lines.

DOEE offers four ways to participate in GreenWrench:

Technical Assistance Visits — Receive free technical assistance with a customized pollution plan, training and troubleshooting with confidential in-person visits by the GreenWrench consulting team.

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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?


Real Estate Fresh Finds is a weekly selection of newly-listed properties in the District, brought to you by Real Living At Home.

Featured Property of the Week: 620 Oneida Street NE

Built in 1951, this 4 BR/2.5 BA semi-detached brick row home has been renovated by the current owners for the past 2 years. The improvements include all redone bathrooms, new exterior and interior doors, new windows, a completely replaced basement, new systems and a bevy of other new features. The home has remote-controlled in-floor mood lights, a Ring doorbell, Nest thermostats and other smart home features that puts this home firmly in the 21st century, despite the home’s classic charm.

In the back is a beautifully landscaped garden and yard with plenty of room for a dog, a grill and for relaxation. While the home retains the traditional feel of the original rowhome, it’s firmly cemented in today’s generation with all of the upgrades that make this home truly shine!

Other Notable Fresh Listings:


Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

I’m not crying, you’re crying!!

From the National Zoo:

“By the end of August Bei Bei will be another year older! He will receive a panda-friendly frozen cake specially made by the Zoo’s Department of Nutrition Science the morning of Aug. 22. Visit the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat to celebrate with us.

Now that Bei Bei is turning four years old, he will move to China as stipulated in our breeding agreement. Read More


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