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Neighborhood News Roundup: Such a 1970s Question Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

Neighborhood News RoundupGayborhoood: Borderstan has the results of this year’s “Where’s the Gay Neighborhood in DC” survey: Logan Circle takes the cake for the third straight year. Here’s the breakdown: 38 percent Logan Circle, 13 percent Dupont Circle, and 9 percent each for Shaw and U Street. A significant number of responders were reluctant to designate a specific neighborhood as the epicenter of the District’s gay culture. “Everywhere and Nowhere” got 18 percent—second place to Logan Circle. A similarly minded 7 percent of responders chose “This is such a 1970s question.”

Giant Mistake: New Columbia Heights rants about the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza. Basically, that’s what the space called. “Here's something that's been bothering me a bit lately: the triangle at the intersection of 14th, Park and Kenyon is called the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, but I've seen lots of other names floating around: Tivoli Plaza, Kenyon Plaza, Columbia Heights Triangle, various things with fountain in the name and so on. It's a nice place, let's call it by one name. It'll be a lot easier than ‘you know, the triangle plaza place with the fountain near the Giant and stuff,’” huffs the blog.

Bad Service: Someone stuck a fake court summons on the door of an MPD-4D resident. The “summons” reads, “’District Court Service…We have attempted to deliver Legal Documents and or Court Summons for…(unknown name inserted)…You must call 888-896-9689…Extension 4809…Failure to comply will result in an Evasion Affidavit.’” MPD confirmed that the note was a hoax.

Superfreak: A supercan thief is on the loose in Chevy Chase. On the neighborhood email thread, one resident writes, “Our supercan disappeared a few weeks ago, also on Monday, trash collection day. I am certain DPW denies taking them; what does it want with them? Nonetheless, whomever is taking or stealing them seems to do it the same day DPW collects our trash. No matter who is at fault, we are on the hook for $62.50 to pay for a new one. This gets expensive, particularly if a can disappears more than once, as has happened to us.” Someone else had a similar problem: “About half-an-hour after the trash was picked up, I went to retrieve our 2 trash cans. One was missing. I called the city, and was informed that they would not provide a replacement. Only option was to purchase a new one! The woman who took my call asked me if I actually saw the Trash collectors take it. Well, no, I didn't — I feel I can trust the city to do its job without supervision. I was surprised at this question! Seemed like I was being trapped. Or perhaps, taking trash cans and forcing residents to buy new ones is a way to generate revenue.”

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