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by Prince Of Petworth February 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm 47 Comments

Update on Brightwood’s Safeway from Council Member Muriel Bowser:

“About an hour ago, the Safeway located at Georgia Avenue and Piney Branch Road, NW has re-opened after correcting violations cited by the Department of Health.

The Department of Health has released their official report about the Safeway that can be found here.

I’m highly concerned with the observations made in this report. My priority is to ensure that only quality produce and groceries are available to the residents and families in our neighborhoods. I will be meeting with Safeway officials to demand and guarantee that they meet the standards that our community deserves.”

From the DoH official report:

“Location is infested with vermin, mice and rats. [continue reading at your own risk] (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm 0

From the National Parks Service:

“To protect and restore native plants and promote healthy and diverse forests, Rock Creek Park is announcing its deer management window of operations starting Nov. 20, 2019, through March 31, 2020.

Extensive safety measures will be in place to protect park visitors and neighbors during operations. Biologists, who are also highly trained firearms experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will be working under the direction of National Park Service (NPS) natural resource management specialists and in coordination with U.S. Park Police and local law enforcement to conduct reduction actions at night when the park is normally closed. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth November 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPille,

Do you know if they’re ever going to reopen the bike path through the zoo that was closed last year? I hate going through the tunnel on Beach Drive.”

Jenna shared with us from the Rock Creek Park Facebook page:

“As you may know, Rock Creek Park and DDOT are embarking on the next phase of restoration work along the multi-use trail from Rose Park in Georgetown to Broad Branch Road at Beach Dr. In addition, there will be an installation of a new trail along the north side of Piney Branch Parkway to Arkansas Ave. and over to 16th Street. In the area just south of the Zoo tunnel, a new pedestrian bridge will be installed and the trail that loops around the Zoo tunnel will be repaired.

The good news is that all of the necessary compliance work and construction documents for this ambitious project have been completed. Earlier this spring, DDOT advertised the project for bids with the hope of starting construction in October (with a two year construction schedule). Unfortunately, we have been informed that the bids have come in well over the estimated cost for the project. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown


“Metrobuses now get the green light ahead of other traffic at six key intersections in the District of Columbia. New “bus only” traffic signals allow buses to proceed through the intersections before the standard traffic signals turn green, allowing the bus to proceed ahead of other vehicles. The technology, known as “queue jump,” is part of a package of improvements designed to speed bus trips and keep service on time.

The new signal system gives priority to transit vehicles by displaying a short “proceed” indication on the “bus only” signal before providing a green light to other vehicles. The system enhances safety allowing the bus to pull away from the bus stop without relying on other motorists to yield to the bus.

“This is a major step forward to provide faster, safer, and more reliable bus service for thousands of daily Metrobus riders,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld. “I want to thank our partners at the District Department of Transportation for their support of the program, and we look forward to expanding this technology to other intersections in the future.”

“DDOT is committed to improving the transportation network across the District and under Mayor Bowser’s leadership we’ll continue to support more reliable bus service for residents by embracing technology as a way to reduce congestion and improve bus times,” said District Department of Transportation Director Jeff Marootian.

The six locations where the new signals are active are: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth December 26, 2018 at 10:45 am 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation today announced plans to implement new safety improvements at intersections across the District to support Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative to end all traffic related fatalities and serious injuries.

The safety improvements, prohibiting right turn on red and installing left turn hardening infrastructure, are both focused on improving pedestrian safety in intersections. Mayor Bowser directed DDOT to look for locations to ban right turn on red and implement other safety improvements at a CapSTAT on Vision Zero earlier this fall.

“As we strive to build a safer, stronger DC, we are committed to exploring all options that can protect our residents and visitors,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “These locations were selected using data and recognized best practices to yield the greatest safety improvements.”

Left Turn Hardening
By the end of December, DDOT will complete the installation of new roadway infrastructure designed to reduce motorists’ speed and prevent cutting across crosswalks and lanes of traffic while making left turns at five intersections across the District. DDOT will install similar infrastructure at a total of 85 intersections over the next two years.

The left turn calming pilot infrastructure is being installed at the following locations:

7th Street and T Street, NW
9th Street and M Street, NW
11th Street and I Street, SE
14th Street and Columbia Road, NW
13th Street and I Street, NW

No Turn On Red
Starting in February, DDOT will begin installing no right turn on red signs at approximately 100 signalized intersections across the District. All signs are expected to be installed by the end of July 2019. A complete list of intersections where right turns will be prohibited is available here: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth September 28, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.

detail from documents DDOT handed out at the meeting

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 1D/Mount Pleasant voted to endorse a plan to repave and restripe a section of Park Road NW, from the bridge over Piney Branch Road in Rock Creek Park to just past the intersection with Walbridge Place. The plan, as presented at the September 25 ANC meeting by a representative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), would eliminate several on-street parking spaces in the neighborhood, which brought some local residents to the meeting to object.

The ANC’s resolution to urge DDOT to proceed with the plan includes a suggestion to refrain from putting a “Stop” sign and a “No parking” sign at the corner of Park Road and Pierce Mill Road, which would create a new 40-foot long area (about 2-3 car lengths) where parking would be unambiguously not allowed. Apparently, parking occurs there now, but Emily Dalphy, DDOT Transportation Engineer, said that parking in this area might already be “technically illegal”. (more…)

Featured Events This Weekend

by PoP Sponsor September 21, 2018 at 4:30 pm 0

Happy Tuesday! The following is a list of featured events for the upcoming week, as submitted to our event calendar.

Lights Out Gym Wear Party!
Friday, September 21 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.
L8 Lounge, 727 15th Street NW

Join us for our first Ball with our Special Guest Mother Elektra from the hit show “POSE” and DJ’s Dani Toro & X Gonzalez. Are you fierce enough to snatch a trophy for your house? Assemble your squad, grab your gear and get ready turn up!

Restore Rock Creek for National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 22 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Piney Branch Tributary at Ingleside Terrace NW

Celebrate National Public Lands Day, a day to connect people to public lands in their community, inspire environmental stewardship, and encourage the use of public lands for education, recreation, and general health. Volunteers will continue a summer-long restoration project at the Piney Branch tributary.

by Prince Of Petworth September 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

Ed. Note: I think it’s just a shortcut to the construction site staging area on Piney Branch. Or is it something more nefarious?

“Dear PoPville,

Just moved to the bottom of the hill on 14th and Taylor. Been seeing TONS of men go in and out of the woods off of Piney Branch where Rock Creek, Taylor, Arkansas all converge.

Not sure what they’re doing, doesn’t ever seem sexual or violent. Hated to do this, but called the cops when I saw one (when he was solo) looking through my bathroom window from down below in the woods.

Just now, I saw three men coming out of the woods from the same spot in my back alley off of Shepard.

What is this? Drugs? Prostitution ring? Homelessness? Mental illness?”


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