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Ed. Note: Red Line riders please be aware that Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations will be closed this weekend for installation of cable/communication equipment.

From WMATA:

“Metrorail’s ridership growth trend can now be expressed in years, with the system posting a 4-percent increase in passenger trips for the 2019 calendar year, ending a downward trend that lasted most of the prior decade. Total rail ridership was 182 million trips, compared to 175 million in 2018, a net increase of seven million trips, reflecting increasing customer confidence in Metro’s reliability and on-time performance.

Ridership increased across all days of the week, including a 3.3 percent increase in weekday travel–the equivalent of 20,000 additional trips per commuting day. Metrorail’s average weekday ridership now stands at 626,000.

Notably, weekends accounted for a quarter of overall rail ridership growth, with average Saturday ridership increasing 9.4 percent to 264,000 trips, and average Sunday ridership increasing 6.5 percent to 168,000 trips. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

Why does DCRA insist on requiring electric meters be displayed proudly on house facades? They are ruining the look of DC row homes. Why don’t they just require that the meters be wireless (if they don’t already) so ppl can hide them from sight or at least put them somewhere in the alley. This is just one of hundreds of examples.” Read More

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If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share for the regular fix please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. AdoPtville is run by two volunteers who compile these pets weekly from local shelters.

Circie is even more beautiful in person than in her pictures! Circie LOVES to play fetch and is amazing at it! Her energy level so far has been medium. She likes to run and fetch but most of the time is happy relaxing next to her foster or following her people around the house.

Circie does not jump when excited, although she does give a very warm greeting with tail wags and smiles! Circie gets along with other dogs. She hasn’t shown interest in chewing things that aren’t hers. She sleeps in a crate at night and doesn’t make a peep. Circie is a sweetie and a pleasure to have around!

To learn more about Circie, visit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Hi! Do you have a warm home with lots of snuggles and petting to be had? Or maybe a couple kitty treats with a nice spot in the spot? Any of that sounds good to me! I’m a mature gal who doesn’t need to be taught silly kitty behaviors, but I can still get down for playtime when it’s right! Aren’t I just the best of both worlds? To learn more about Glenda, visit Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

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“Dear PoPville,

This is language from a lease agreement, it seems to give them A LOT of control over my personal information. It has been a while since I lived in a big corporate-style apartment building (I’ve lived in shared houses for a while) and I don’t remember seeing language like this in the past. Is this normal now? Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

It seems like the city’s phone-based system for having Christmas trees collected and composted is a bit overwhelmed. I think it’s curious that the city rolled out its 311 app but doesn’t have a way for residents to use it to have their trees picked up.”

From DPW:

The Department of Public Works will continue to collect holiday trees and greenery until January 31, 2020.

Residents can dispose of their trees and greenery in three ways: Read More

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Some like it hot, some like it cold. It’s the third annual Fire & Ice Festival at The Wharf featuring the WAFF ice house.

Come play in the snow, while you help us raise money to support the Washington Area Fuel Fund — providing heating fuel for our neighbors in need. Sample whiskeys from Catoctin Creek, Elijah Craig, St. George, Miscellaneous, Larceny, Filibuster, Proper No. 12 and Pendleton or grab a ginger whiskey hot toddy at the Johnnie Walker tent.

Play ice shuffleboard or corn hole, sit in the official Capitals ice throne and don’t miss the fire dancers and DJ on the main stage. Plus we’ll be showing the Caps game on the jumbotron at the Caps Campfire.

The event is free to attend. To purchase sampling tickets on-site, you must be 21+. RSVP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheWharfDC.

The Wharf
January 18, 1-4 p.m.
District Pier
101 District Square SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

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5th and K St, NW

Thanks to Daniel and Sherri for the good sleuthing on this tip: “Bartaco is filling the old Busboys and Poets space in Mount Vernon Square.” The Edens website now lists a Bartaco in the CityVista retail. Bartaco’s website says:

“bartaco is inspired by the beach culture of brazil, uruguay and southern california. we are upscale street food with a coastal vibe in a relaxed environment. we are freshly-squeezed juices, specialty cocktails and beer out of a bottle. bartaco evokes a visit to a stylish beach resort and creates an unforgettable experience.” Read More

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This holiday weekend we’ve got 200+ open houses scheduled across the District, with an abundance of various row homes and row home conversions. If buying a home was one of your 2020 New Year resolutions, it’s a good weekend to start. Check out some of our favorites below and to see the full list click here.

  • 430 M Street NW #6 — $389,000 — Mount Vernon Square
    Open Sat. 12-3 p.m. & Sun. 2-4 p.m. — Andrew Norris
    “Experience the opportunity to reside in this spectacular 1 bed, 1 bath condo with private balcony and in-unit laundry located in the heart of D.C. with parking space included in the sale!”
  • 800 4th Street SW #N815 — $510,000 — Southwest Waterfront
    Open Sat. 1-3 p.m. — John Martinich
    2-story top level 1 BR/1.5 BA unit at Potomac Place Tower with an open floor plan, large balcony and an entire level master suite with a den.
  • 4902 Kansas Avenue NW — $600,000 — Petworth
    Open Sun. 1-4 p.m. — Lisa Tucker
    “Classic [3 BR/1.5 BA] Petworth row home! Updated, yet retaining all the period charm and character you crave!”
  • 605 M Street NE — $1,189,900 — NoMa
    Open Sat. 1-3:30 p.m. — Mike Paige
    Beautiful 3-level 4 BR/3.5 BA end-unit townhouse with ~2,400 square feet boasts a fenced-in side and front yard as well as a rear elevated patio overtop of the 2-car garage.
  • 2141 Wisconsin Avenue NW #502 — $359,000 — Observatory Circle
    Open Sun. 1-3 p.m. — Sean Forschler
    1 BR/1 BA unit in a boutique condo building with “brand new hardwood floors, sparkling new windows, flooded with light and a treetop view, private balcony, renovated bathroom, garage parking” and more!
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Photo by Flickr user Luca Ohman

“Dear PoPville,

A somewhat related follow-up to the Cobb/Caesar inquiries: where in DC is the best basic club sandwich? I frequently get the craving for a good, no frills club sandwich, and haven’t found one better than GW Deli in Foggy Bottom (2133 G St NW). I’m talking plain white bread, a little too much mayo, an obscene amount of bacon, turkey, lettuce, tomato. Perfection.

Any competitors around the district?”

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