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for a Safe, Lively, and Livable Dupont Neighborhood

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Abigail civic citizen

Abigail remains active in the neighborhood, particularly in alcohol regulation and good government [public financing of DC elections and rank-choice voting]. 

For ANC2B actions, contact the new commissioner Randy Downs  randy.downs@dupontcircleanc.net

Events

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Jul 12. ANC2B monthly meeting, Brookings  Institution,  1775  Mass Ave.  visit   dupontcircleanc.net.


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News

Jun 10.  Robbery Snatch at 0410 hrs in the 1600 block of 18th Street  

Jun 8. 3 SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY AND PROPERTY RECOVERED [from] ROBBERY at 0200 HRS in the 1500 block of 17TH ST NW. 

May 29.  Construction ongoing at St Thomas church rebuild. 

Money for Stead Park, 1625 P St. NW, the mayor’s April budget proposal allocated $1 million for designing an expansion of the rec center in fiscal year 2020; $7 million to begin construction in 2021; and $3 million for final construction in 2022. But the park’s friends group and other neighborhood leaders urged the council earlier this month to fast-track those funds. Advocates say the dilapidated, cramped structure doesn’t have room for community meetings or family-friendly events, and it hasn’t been renovated in more than a decade. [Dupont Current, May 24]

May 22.  our house was burgled early this morning, 14th St between Taylor & Upshur. The man just walked in the front door (forcing the lock with a pocket knife) walked into our home and took a laptop. Our dog barked and woke me up, but I didn’t realize anything was missing till 2 hours later. ...  we miraculously recovered the laptop 4 hours after the burglary via the ‘find my mac’ feature.  [Popville, May 22, 17]

May 20. WashPo published Abigail's letter to the editor concerning a story about Chris Otten's helping DC residents:  Thank goodness for the Chris Ottens of the District. Few residents have the stamina required to fight the dismissal of their concerns by the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. Whether it is nightlife noise, seemingly continuous construction or overdevelopment that diminishes their quality of life, the residents I work with generally lose when they expend time and money to ask the D.C. government to implement the plain language of the law. 

May 15 Robbery  900 block, 17th St.; 10:29 p.m. (with gun).

May 14 Assault with a dangerous weapon 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:07 a.m. (with knife).

May 8  DC Library Express opens with Adult Literacy Resource Center, the Center for Accessibility and a small browsing collection of books and public access computers. Temporary services until MLK re-opens.

May 5  temporary closures of Lafayette Park in staggered phases for planned irrigation system, turf upgrades, and fountain renovations until November 30.

Apr 30  Assault with a dangerous weapon 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; 1:32 p.m.

April 29  Robbery 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:26 a.m.

April 29  Robbery 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:56 a.m.

Apr 25  Assault with a dangerous weapon 1400 block, P St.; 8:16 p.m.  (with knife).

Apr 23 1600-1699 block, Q St.; 5 a.m. (with gun)

 April 22 Burglary 1500 block, Q St.; 2:24 p.m..

Mar 31 Robbery Snatch at 0105 hrs in the 1400 block of K Street NW

Mar 24  Assault with a dangerous weapon Scott Circle; 8:28 a.m. (with knife).

Feb 26, 2017  Robbery, at 0032 hrs in the 1100 block of Connecticut Avenue

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2016 Goodbye Old Year

Dec 20.  DC Council passed a new Advisory Commission law that among other "improvements"  requires   ANCs    to    provide  advance  notice  to  businesses  and  residents   directly   affected   by   upcoming agenda items, but real-life commissioners say  the notice requirement will be difficult to carry out, given that volunteer commissioners already have a lot to do. Dupont Current writer Mark Lieberman notes that John Fanning, chair of ANC 2F (Logan   Circle), thinks   the   new   notice  provision  would  also  allow  lawyers representing alcohol-serving establishments to dismiss ANC protests of license applications “as a   procedural   technicality.”  Which could deal resident objections out-of-order on alcohol license objections - a long time goal of the alcohol bar.  DCCA  president  Robin  Diener  called  the  bill  “garbage.”  ANC  2B  voted  unanimously against the amendments.


Dec 21, 16. Gotcha. The ABC Board denied a group of residents a second chance to file a protest that they did not understand during the protest period. The placard for Rito Loco on Florida Ave said summer garden which meant, to the business, a roof deck with music.  But to the residents, who did not know the nightclub business, it raised no alarms. When they discoverd the true meaning, they tried to enter a protest, but the biz and its lawyer would have none of it.  Lesson: don't trust a placard to tell you everything you need to know. Ask your nearest lawyer friend to read it, too, for key alarm words.  Now the neighbors, if bothered by the music, a distinct possibility, will have to rely on ABRA to honestly and promptly investigate and prosecute complaints, for which ABRA has a business-friendly record.

Mar 30.  ABC Board opens Georgetown alcohol licenses for all but taverns and nightclubs, which remain limited by DC law.  Next moratorium up for renewal in East Dupont along 17th Street. 

Mar 21.  Apartment fire at 1 Scott Circle. Confined to one unit by fast fire dept appearance and tossing any possible fuel items out the window. Owner absent but appeared about two hours later, who then found no room at the nearby inns filled with cherry blossom tourists.  Saved by what she called an angel who offered a night's sleep. Present at the scene were about eight firefighters, three fire trucks, Eva Lewis from Mayor's office, and Commissioner Abigail. Owner could retrieve highest value items from the lawn and secure them in the apartment which was still partly functional. Desktop computer out the window, laptop still in apartment apparently still working.

Mar 3.  Police arrested a second man in connection with a stabbing death that occurred at Barcode in January. [Borderstan]
 
Feb 17.  The ABC Board shut Midtown's roofdeck at 11PM on weekdays and midnight on weekends because its music was disturbing residents of two nearby condo buildings. After a long delayed protest hearing on the license renewal. Read the Board Order.

THANK YOU to all who helped with preparing for and cleaning up after the Snowzilla.


Jan 12. Zoning Board green-lighted St Thomas Condo-Church project at 18th & Church

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2015 Goodbye Old Year

Oct 21.  ABC Board long postponed hearing on whether to renew alcohol license of Midtown club 1219 Conn Ave. Midtown said they're doing everything right with new acoustic enginering of roofdeck.. Residents said acoustics show two big obvious flaws of excess music in the nieghborhood, and owner shows inappropriate behavior as owner of nearby Dirty Martini club pouring loud music for at least two years into neighborhood as evidenced by complaints from Palladium condominium residents with no enforcement action by ABRA on every one of 31 complaints. Decision expected in 90 days.

Oct 9.  Proposed renovations and additions for 1514 Q St as another fill-in project comes before ANC2B on Oct 14 as a prelude to review by  Historic Preservation Review Board.  See drawings overall scheme and page one and page two of the project. If these do not load properly, e-mail abigail.nichols.anc2b@gmail.com for e-mail delivery.

Sep 30. Popville reports that the YMCA National Capital branch [17th & Rhode Island Ave] will be put up for sale (or is it already up for sale?)

Sep 21. Decision deferred.  Committee Chair Orange decided that the new ABRA-recommended bill has enough questions that it needs a public hearing, set for Oct 26, before the committee is ready to vote on its acceptance. He did say that the Restaurant Association objects to the bill's provisions; we also know that the Live Performance Coalition opposes it.  Although we see resident sleep as an established right in DC law, the businesses prefer the liberty to attract customers however they choose for purely profit considerations.  The committee members applauded Orange's move. 

Jul 9, 2015.  Hearing on proposed Nightlife Noise Regulation law. Abigail and several other ANC2B people, especially the DC Nightlife Noise Coalition, testified in support. ABRA proposed a modified new law with a "audible sound" standard and a steeper fine schedule for violations. Details at the DC Nightlife Noise Coalition website.

See News Archive for older News stories.  

St Thomas Church Re-build

Feb 20, 2017. construction began

May 13, 2016. Abigail voted with the ANC2B majority that the revised concept still does not meet ANC's criteria.

Apr 1. The D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board approved concept plans for a newly designed and rebuilt [St Thomas] church facing 18th Street, attached to a new residential building on Church Street, with the current parish housenext door also converted into housing.   [Elizabeth Wiener, Dupont Current]
 
Mar 11, 2015.  ANC2B conditionally OK'd a design for both a proposed new St Thomas Church at the corner of 18th and Church Streets and a condo building which together would fill the present park and church hall space.  The case goes again to the Historic Preservation Board.  Whatever its architectural merits, it proposes a massive override of a quiet green park.
Longer discussion by Dave McAuley.

Oct 2, 2014. Abigail memo to Jack Evans to delay HPRB hearing on St Thomas Church.  Evans's reply: I plan to convene a group of neighbors on Church and P Streets, representatives from the church, the development team and the ANC to continue strong community dialogue to refine the plans for any development. ...  Unfortunately, it’s not possible for the District to purchase the park land.

Sep 29. Proposal for Eleanor Roosevelt Trail with park at 18th and Church Streets by Sarah Peck

Sep 24 Abigail letter to the editor in Dupont Current: 

A win-win for church and city in Dupont.  St. Thomas’ Parish in Dupont Circle has waited 40 years to replace its Gothic church that burned in 1970. Selling land would finance a new church to house its growing, vibrant congregation. But a proposed condominium raises community fears of congestion, loss of historic ruins and incompatibility with its neighborhood. A new round of government reviews begins Sept. 29 with a special meeting of the Dupont Circle advisory neighborhood commission.   But must there be a condominium? St. Thomas’ wants a church. The community wants a church and park, but not a church and condominium. And other new housing nearby is already increasing demands on infrastructure,  including a need for parks.  What if we could gather enough public and/or private money to rebuild the church and preserve a park? St. Thomas’ could use the park for weddings and children’s play, and the community could continue to enjoy the beautiful, restful stopping place that St. Thomas’ has generously provided for 40 years. A statue of former parishioner Eleanor Roosevelt could inspire us to take up her advocacy of human and community building. The park already draws visitors from beyond the immediate area.  As a friend of St. Thomas’ since 1983 and an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Dupont Circle, I seek a win-win where the  church is satisfied and the community saves rare open space in Dupont Circle.   

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Eat, Drink, Enjoy

Newly open:

Bombay Express in the former House of Kabob space  1339 M Street.

Halal Guys 1331 Connecticut.

Siren by Robert Wiedmaier within The Darcy Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island

Decades (by Barcode owner) nightclub into Midtown Partyplex space 1219 Conn Ave.  Nightlife noise challenge for neighbors, especially coming 70 condos at 1745 N St.

Mirabelle 16th & I St contemporary celebration of American and French, in building replacing brutalist church.

Le DeSales, DeSales St, classic French cuisine with a modern twist.

Red Apron burgers taking GBD vacated space at 1323 Connecticut 

NAZCA MOCHICA Peruvian to 1633 P St where Skewers and Cafe Luna were.  a cebiche bar, tapas bar, Pisco bar.

Buredo 1213 Conn Ave, claiming a unique, fresh lunch option of handheld, burrito-size sushi rolls, former space of Pinkberry FroYo

Brick Lane restaurant to 1636 17th St, where Salon Rouge was.

DGS Delicatessen  Little Sesame [hummus lunch shop] on the lower level of its flagship in Dupont Circle.

Malbec
Argentine restaurant  1633 17th St

Pret a Manger
1800 M ST 

Radiator, at 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW. featuring contemporary American small plates with global influences  

The Little Beet in the former Pei Wei space 1212 18th Street.  100% gluten-free it says

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Future feasts

1331 Connecticut formerly Kababji. full-service sports-themed restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a full bar. Requesting an Entertainment Endorsement.

Five Guys coming to 1140 19th St, former Noodle and Company space

Compass Coffee 1776 I St replaces Dickey's Custard

Lawson's Deli 17th & M moving from 15th & L.


Duke’s Grocery’s Proper Burger was #5 of the best 100  burger palaces in the country, satys Thrillist's food critic.  [Popville.com, May 25, 17]

Apr 14, 2016.  Midtown PartyPlex 1219 Conn Ave closed for good after the ABC Board cut its late-night hours.

May 8, 2014  Dupont residents settlement agreement for peace, order, and quiet with Rosebar on noise (music).  Rosebar keeps the loud music it wants inside with excellent sound absorbing walls and downward aiming the sub-woofers.

For the breakfast eaters.  From Aparna Krishnamoorthyin or next to 2B05:  Luna Grille, Trio, Java House, Commissary, Beacon Bar & Grill, Tabard Inn (upscale), The Chickery 1300 Conn, sandwich breakfast at Bub and Pop’s 1815 M Street.  Also in residential places with good reviews:  The Federalist, The Jefferson (upscale), City Place Cafe.  e-mail Abigail with any great discovery. 

Good neighbors. Restaurants on Conn Ave that respected their backdoor 18th St neighbors' right to reasonable quiet by restraining their night outdoor operation: Luna Grille, DGS Deli, Mad Hatter

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311 ■ Minor property crimes, such as thefts and car break-ins, unless the incident is in progress or just occurred ■ Lost or found property valued at $5,000 or less ■ Noise complaints ■ Questions about emergency services ■ Non-emergency city service requests mpdc.dc.gov ■ Lost property  ■ Lost vehicle tags ■ Thefts and car break-ins ■ Destruction of property ■ Damage to property ■ Use only when you’re certain no police follow-up is needed

Police watch commanders  ■ 24/7 hotline to reach a supervisor in a particular police district with an urgent complaint regarding police services received  ■ 1st District, 202-437-7632  ■ 2nd District, 202-438-4421  ■ 3rd District, 202-276-7462 ■ 4th District, 202-391-7177
More MPD non-emergency contact information on the department’s website, mpdc.dc.gov

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Crime Scene

Thieves never quit. an alert that the copper downspout thieves are out there and active again.  If you see anyone on a ladder, or by a house removing downspouts, make a note of any details (license numbers, clothing) and call 911.DO NOT CONFRONT THEM.

If your car gets bumped from behind - beware of a scam that steals your car IF they can drive it. What to do ----  Take Your Keys and Lock Your Doors.  If the bumpers than skedaddle, try to get the license number. Do not confront them. If in any doubt, call 911. [police reminder from PoPville]

The Dupont/Logan smash-and-grab crime wave culprit got a 36-month sentence after forty arrests.  

Police Lt Porter  at ANC2B meeting warned that bike thefts are endemic, and that the MPD has about 200 unclaimed recovered stolen bikes. Likewise theft from auto is common and warned to keep interior clear of anything that looks valuable. He also urged that "if you see anything, call the police immediately".

Street Crime. Occasional robberies, some with violence, mostly after dark in commercial parts of ANC2B and West End. Get instant e-mail police reports from DCAlert.   Some tips on avoiding crime  travel with others in lighted areas and don't display anything worth grabbing.

my advice is (A) not sit down on a bench while waiting for a metro. By the time I had stood up and grabbed all my grocery bags, the teenagers already had a 45 second lead on me; and (B) don’t check your iPhone while on the metro platform. [cellphone snatch victim on Metro platform on PoPville]

Crime is falling. Some crimes have all but died out. Last year there were just 69 armed robberies of banks, building societies and post offices in England and Wales, compared with 500 a year in the 1990s. In 1990 some 147,000 cars were stolen in New York. Last year fewer than 10,000 were. [The Economist, Jul 19, 2013]

Street Crime Incidents:

May 15 Robbery  900 block, 17th St.; 10:29 p.m. (with gun).   May 14 Assault with a dangerous weapon 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:07 a.m. (with knife);  Apr 30  Assault with a dangerous weapon 1100 block, Vermont Ave.; 1:32 p.m; April 29  Robbery 1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:26 a.m.; April 29  Robbery 1300-1699 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4:56 a.m;  Apr 25  Assault with a dangerous weapon 1400 block, P St.; 8:16 p.m.  (with knife); Apr 23 1600-1699 block, Q St.; 5 a.m. (with gun);  April 22 Burglary 1500 block, Q St.; 2:24 p.m.; Mar 24  Assault with a dangerous weapon Scott Circle; 8:28 a.m. (with knife);     /////Dec 18. Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) 1800 block, Mass Ave. 5:12 a.m;  Dec 5 robbery 1200 block 18th St, 2 PM; Nov 19.  Robbery 1700 blk P St 8:38 AM.;  Nov 12.  Robbery at 2158 hrs in the 1300 block of 14th Street, NW;  Oct 30. Assault with a dangerous weapon  1200 block, Conn Ave 4:15 a.m;  .Oct 16 Robbery 1200 block, 18th St. 4 AM;   Oct 11  Robbery force & violence 19th & N Streets 8:30 PM;  Oct 7 Stabbing 1400 blk N Street   2:15PM;  Oct 7 Assault with a dangerous weapon 1400 block, N St.; 5 PM ; Burglary at 0212 hrs in the 1500 block of Mass Ave NW;  Sep 15 Burglary 1222 block, 17th St.  9AM;  Sep 15 Burglary 1500 block, Q St. 3 PM;  Sep 10 Assault with a gun 1300 block, Connecticut Ave. 5AM; .Sep 8. Burglary 1600 block, Q St.; 8 AM;  Sep 2  Robbery 1-7 block, Dupont Circle;  5:16 a.m;  Aug 21. Assault with a dangerous weapon 1000 block Connecticut Ave 10 PM; Aug 18 Motor vehicle theft  1500 block, 16th St. 9 PM;  Aug 17 Motor vehicle theft 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave.; 8 PM;  Aug 13.  Robbery 1600 block, Rhode Island Ave. 6: AM;. Jul 31. Assault with dangerous weapon 1200 block Conn Ave  4AM;  Jul 28  Robbery 1400 block, K St.  9 AM; .Jul 9 Robbery (w knife) 1500 block, P St. 12:10 AM;   Jun 25 Assault with a dangerous  weapon 1200 block, 18th St. 1AM;  Jun 21 Robbery (w gun)  1400 block, 17th St.  6 AM;   Jun 19 Burglary 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave. 9 AM; Jun 18 Assault with a dangerous weapon  1200 block, Connecticut Ave.; 4 AM;  Jun 15 Burglary 1500 block, Rhode Island Ave. 1 AM;. Jun 13 robbery  1400 block, P St  2PM ;  Jun 11. Robbery at 2105 hrs in the 1400 block of K st NW;   Jun 3 burglary  1600 block, Rhode Island Ave. 4 AM;   May 24  robbery  1400 block, P St.  7 PM; . May17. Robbery Hold Up Gun  9:45 AM,1000 block of G Street, NW, nr MLK Library;  May 16 Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) 1800block, M St.  3 AM;   May 15 Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) 1700 block, L St.; 8AM; May 5. Confirmed Robbery 0246 hrs in the 1700 block of H Street NW.;   Apr 14 Robbery 1300 block, 15th St.  6AM;  burglary 1700block, N St., 11PM; Apr 13 Robbery (gun) 1500-block, Rhode Island Ave.; 2AM;  Apr 13 Burglary 1700, N St. 5AM;  Apr 12.  Robbery Gun, 2249 hours, 1500 block of Rhode Island Avenue;   Apr 11 Burglary 1500 block, 17th St.  9AM;. Apr 7. Robbery Force 8:25 PM 1700 block of Church St NW; Apr 3 Robbery 1700 block, Mass Ave. 1 AM;  Apr 3 Burglary  1000 block, 16th St.  10 PM; Apr 3 Robbery (gun) 1600 block, K St. 11 AM;  Apr 2. Robbery F&V  2253 hrs 1700 block of Mass Ave NW'  Apr 1 Robbery 1600 block, K St. 10 AM;  Mar 19 Motor vehicle theft  900 block, 17th St.  8 AM;    Mar 18 auto theft 1600 block, Rhode Island Ave. 6 PM;  Mar 16 Burglary 1500 block, 17th St.  2PM;   Mar 14 Motor vehicle theft 1200-1221 block, 17th St.  2PM;   Mar 13 Assault with a dangerous weapon (gun) 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave. 6 AM; Mar 4 Assault with a dangerous weapon  1800 block, N St.  noon;   Feb 20 Motor vehicle theft  1200 block, 15th St.  11PM;  Feb 17 assault w dangerous weapon  1100-1199 block, 15th St. 6AM;  Feb 16  robbery (of establishment) 1600blk of K St 8PM;  Jan 29 Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) 1300block, Connecticut Ave.10 PM; Jan 28  Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) 1700 block, Rhode Island Ave. 3 AM; Jan 26  Robbery (gun) 1600 block, Massachusetts Ave.noon; Jan 24 burglary 1500 blk M Street  3AM;  Jan 21 burglary 1700 blk N Street  10 AM and noon ; Jan 19 burglary 1700 blk N Street  3AM;   Jan 15 Burglary 1100 block, 16th St. 10 AM;  Jan 11 Assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) 1200 block, 18th St.  10 PM;  Jan 1 Assault with a dangerous  weapon 1218 block, Connecticut Ave.5 AM


See Crime Archive for older crime stories.

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Alcohol Moratoriums

May 1, 2015.  Study committee for West Dupont moratorium extension recommends ending the moratorium.  ANC2B to decide its position on May 13.

Nov 20. The ABC Board voted to renew the East Dupont Circle Moratorium for a three-year period with significant modifications, as recommended by ANC2B. It ended the licensing cap on restaurants, multipurpose facilities, and off-premise retailers. It continued to allow the issuance of two licenses to taverns; prohibit the licensing of any nightclubs; and exempt hotels. Board Decision.

Abigail testified in writing to the ABC Board Oct 24 hearing on a 120 day extension of the East Dupont moratorium, arguing for time to collect and analyze pertinent business data.

ABC Board accepted the DCCA request for a 120 day extension of the 17th St moratorium and scheduled a public hearing for Oct 24, 9:30-11:30 at Reeves Bldg. Submit request to speak and written testimony by COB Oct 18. 

Go, go, U Street, you never had it so good, explained ABC Board Member Mike Silverstein, in denying the moratorium petition by Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance in a 4-0 vote.  In legal language the  complaints of the neighbors for peace, order, and quiet did not rise to the standard for a moratorium for over-concentration of alcohol licenses. The dominant influence was the legal requirement that the Board give great weight to the opinion of the affected ANCs (1B, 2B, 2F, and 6E) who cumulatively voted 28-1 against the petition. Silverstein told the history of U Street rising from destruction after the  riots to the opening of the Metro station to a lively prosperous strip of high and rising property values. The Board’s complete 31-page opinion.

Aug 14. ANC2B voted 4-4 (with the Chair's vote deciding) to adopt a resolution that recommends that the ABC Board retain a modified 17th Street moratorium for three years that removes any restriction on restaurants.  It was free market champions against neighborhood guardians. Abigail voted for the resolution after her two alternative proposals were defeated 7-1. The next and final decision is the ABC Board hearing followed by an order at a future date.

Aug 14. Abigail introduced two proposals for dealing with the expiration of the East Dupont alcohol moratorium. First, petition the ABC Board for an emergency extension of 90 days for further study of the pertinent facts and build a consensus.   Second, a work plan for further data collection.  Considered a good thing to do but not urgent enough to delay the main vote.  She further proposed development of guidelines for future ANC2B policy on new and changing licences.

May 22. Borderstan. The ABC Board heard about 30 testimonies from residents, groups, ANCs, and alcohol businesses on the proposed 14th & U Streets moratorium. A fair report by Dave McAuley.

ANC2B voted 6-1 against the proposed 14th & U Moratorium, May 8, with Abigail voting for. That makes all four affected ANCs voting against it even though three Citizens Associations voted for it. 

See more on the moratoriums: rules, history, and coming events.

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Bicycles, bicycles

May 2017  DDOT Bicycle Program Specialist Mike Goodno says plans to improve 15th St from E St to NY Ave maybe by summer. Restripe the faded pavement markings; Move the existing “Stop for Peds” pavement markings farther away from the crosswalks; Remove a flex post in both directions near each crosswalk and replace with a “Stop for Pedestrians” pylon;  targeted traffic safety enforcement.  [Greater Greater Washington, May 10]    

May 5, 2016.  In late April, Dutch cycling experts met with DC area planners, engineers, and feds to look at cycling conditions in the West End neighborhood. They all teamed up to draft a plan that would build connections to trails and add new segments of on-street bikeways, all with the goal of creating a safe, easy-to-use cycling network. [Tracy Low, Greater Grater Washington]

Oct 21, 2014. councilmember Jim Graham wants to make it illegal to ride a bicycle or ride a Segway on the sidewalk along roads when there is a bike lane going in the same direction, except for children 12 years and under.   [David Alpert, GrGrWash]

REMINDER: no bikes on sidewalks S of Mass Ave. must use bike lane on bike lane streets.

A new study in Portland finds that 94% of bicyclists stop at red lights there.   A 2012 analysis of DC cycletracks found 60% of riders stopped at red lights on the 15th Street cycletrack.   [David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington, July 1]

Don't bike to the Capitol?: It's now against the rules to park a bike at the Capitol, even on bike racks, without a permit. Capitol Police say they won't enforce the new rules against visitors, but that could change. (Roll Call) 

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2013 Goodbye Old Year

See News Archive for older stories.

A mile in their (cycling) shoes: Starting next year, Edinburgh will require city truck drivers to take cycling lessons, to help them empathize with cyclists. London has tried the opposite approach, inviting cyclists into the cab of a truck. (Scotsman) [from Greater Greater Washington ]

Nov 19. Everywhere (almost) Capital Bike Share announced its 300th bike rack.

Close calls on L Street cycletrack: A cyclist with helmet cam catches footage of near misses on L Street cycle track, despite ample signs, barriers, and painted lanes. Will narrowing the cycle track keep vehicles out?...As Daniel Duane explains in the [New York] Times, most crashes involving a cyclist never lead to any charges or other consequences,  But studies  in Arizona, Minnesota and Hawaii suggest that drivers are at fault in more than half of cycling fatalities.  [David Alpert, Greater Greater Washington , Nov 12]  Wars over territory get ugly.

Oct 25  More bikes, more often. After a lengthy trial process, San Francisco BART will allow bikes on all its trains at all times,  after a test period public support was quite high. Crowding did not get worse, and 79 percent of riders wanted to see the ban lifted entirely.[Dave Edmonson, Greater Greater Washington]

Sep 18 "Zebras" get go-ahead for Pennsylvania Ave bike lanes. Drivers making illegal U-turns on Pennsylvania Avenue are a danger to cyclists in the bike lanes, but a small physical barrier called a Zebra (a striped hump) could stop them once and for all.

Capital Bike Rentals  still popular and expanding, bicycle lanes still developing.   

If bike lanes are good, why not.... The Los Angeles city council recently voted to fund an initial redevelopment of Broadway into a legitimate pedestrian plaza — reducing six lanes of road down to three. [Eric Jaffe, The Atlantic Monthly]

Jul 10  A DC Council committee unanimously approved a series of bicycle safety measures, The Bicycle Safety Amendment Act, sending them to the full council. [story by Bradie Holt, Dupont Currect, Jul 10]  

Bikes and controversy on M Street. The District’s public meeting May 15 on its plans to build a protected bike lane on the north side of M Street brought out about 100 people to hear the Department of Transportation’s plans.  ... DDOT is committed to raising the percent of trips by bicycle from 1% in 2000 to 5% in 2015.  For more details, see Dave McAuley story.

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Dupont Circle World

what's DC's most livable urban address?   14th & P says Greater Greater Washington's Dan Malouff , Dec 12, 2013

Club Central. Noise and other late night rowdiness for 18th Street and Jefferson Place. See DC Nightlife Noise Coalition 

Fast cash. District collecting serious cash on K Street and New York Avenue and others from traffic speed cameras. $82M since 2011. WaPo story May 28 by Ashley Halsey

Tracking DC gov.   DC gov has two websites where citizens can find how gov is doing in a variety of areas.  track.dc.gov for the performance of various agencies and access information about budgets, spending, news, and performance indicators for siome agencies. data.dc.gov for figures for crime incidents, purchase orders, building permits, and housing code enforcement.    More details

 DMV no longer issues driver’s licenses and identification cards over the counter, instead providing 45-day paper documents and sending cards in the mail. [Dupont Current, Oct 16, 2013]

(new) Early 20th Century style: Doctor makes house calls .  home, office or hotel room,  mobile medical care and physician house call services, 24/7. Note: not an endorsement, and not a substitute for emergency care.

DDOT fills thousands of potholes during the annual post-winter Potholepalooza campaign.   Report your favorite pothole:  Call the Mayor’s Call Center at 311;  Online Service Request 311.dc.gov ; Send a tweet to twitter.com/DDOTDC ; E-mail Potholepalooza

Zoning: up for grabs  Smart growth; city is re-examining how to accomodate more residents and businesses comfortably and safely. 

Gentrification.  a marvellous uplifting of the east Dupont area, especially residences on 16th and businesses on 14th and U Streets. new eateries, retailers, condos, etc.  In other parts of the city, particularly around NoMa, building construction is so widespread that traffic crawls. ...  the Urban Land Institute found DC to be the most financially secure and rapidly growing city in the US, in a 2011 study requested by the DC Public Library Trustees, says DCCA.

Welcome to my world, says Ramon Estrada about the boom at 14th & U Sts. the development along 14th Street from Logan to Cardozo-Shaw and I tell observers that the planning for this development occurred 10-15 years ago and what they are seeing is the result of a lot of money being directed and invested in our neighborhood. Ramon was ANC Commissioner for the area and is now president of the DCCA. And lives within hearing of the pounding late night music.

How high is enough?  DC Building Height Master Plan Study. get auto e-mail     visit ncpc.gov/heightstudy.  The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) fully supports the HBA the way it is and feels that any loosening of its restrictions takes us down a slippery slope.   ....  The National Capital Planning Commission and D.C. Office of Planning unveiled a few images from their modeling study of what the District would look like under various changes to the law. Pictures of the city with a 300 foot ceiling. [City Paper, Aug 2]  ....  a private organization IMBYDC condemns the study on August 14 by arguing the failure of the three governing principles of the study:  The first principle basically excludes changing much of anything. The second necessarily requires a height restriction low enough to encompass several miles of development. The third is too broad to have much meaning on its own. None were subjected to serious cost-benefit analysis before deciding that they are worthwhile principles to guide future policy in the district.

No issue is too small or too complex, we are committed to helping residents navigate through our government’s agencies and getting results in a timely, efficient and satisfactory fashion. We are results oriented and accountable to the residents directly, says Francisco “Paco” Fimbres, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement (ONE).  Has anyone any stories about dealing with ONE?

Intellectual stimulation. A bounty of lectures and discussions (some with lunch) listed on LinkTank.

Legit Theater: Theater J (Q St); Source (14th St); Studio (14th St); Keegan (Church St) modernized.

Pedestrians awareness. "more people cycling, and more elderly walking,''  "both distracted driving and walking—drivers focused on their smart phones at the wheel and pedestrians doing the same on foot."  [DC pedestrians] "cited drivers running lights, speeding or failing to stop for pedestrians"  ... [for DC] More cameras are planned, and education campaigns have been directed at pedestrians and drivers, [Donna Bryson, Wall Street Journal, Jul 30]

Feb 28, 2014. Mayor Gray is planning to establish a "technology corridor" stretching from 7th Street and New York Avenue NW to Georgia Avenue and Kansas Avenue NW as part of a new "Digital DC" initiative..... includes a venture fund to provide training and resources to early-stage D.C. entrepreneurs to establish a pipeline and clustered ecosystem of tech talent near the District’s existing tech hub. [Washington City Paper]. Note: the country teems with Silicon Valley wannabes handing out tax breaks and other money to dreamy promises. But a few apps shops won't create permanent jobs.

Logan Circle Heritage Trail  1.5- mile self-guided tour of Logan Circle with 15 poster-sized signs, depict the rise, fall, and revival of the neighborhood, traces various phases of Logan Circle’s past — its Civil War camps and old churches, its intellectualism and activism, its prostitution and crime — before its evolution to today’s upscale arts district [story from Katie Pearce, Dupont Current, Jul 10]

Need to refill water bottles? find businesses that provide free tap water to anyone with a reusable container. The free TapIt Metro DC app .  more than 200 locations in the District  To download  www.mwcog.org/environment/water/cec.asp

Trees.  citywide effort for greenery. Urban Forestry Administration aiming for 40% canopy. Plant or adopt a tree

DDOT will deliver free watering bags for every young tree — planted in the last three years — adopted through the “Canopy Keepers” program. The Gatorbags wrap around the base of the trees, and volunteers must fill them with 20 to 25 gallons of water per week, which slowly drips into the soil. visit ddot. dc.gov/canopykeepers. 

Jul 17. The D.C. Council has tentatively approved a major expansion of no-smoking zones in the city to include areas within 25 feet of any playground, private or public school play area, recreation center or Metrobus stop. The only caveats are that private homeowners or tenants who live within the 25-foot limit could still smoke on their own property, and that the bill won’t cover federal parks. [from Elizabeth Wiener, Dupont Current]The Republic of India bought 1438 U St. to construct a “state-of-the-art cultural center”.

Dupont to New York. Deluxe Bus from Conn Ave at Q St.  BestBus from Mass Ave at Dupont Circle.

National Trust for Historic Preservation building, 18th & Mass, being sold to AEI, with easements to preserve the historic interior. Story in Dupont Current, Jun 5.

Dupont Forum Yahoo group.

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