Author Archive for Alex Baca

Neighborhood News Roundup: Squirrel Chasers Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
SIX (6): On the FairlawnDC email list, a member writes, "A few months back, there was a discussion on the board about DC deploying more speed cameras. Some people supported the increased number of them as traffic calming [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Very Worrisome Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
A Murder: "Today in the early afternoon, my husband and I noticed a large black crow lying dead in the street (on 28th Street between Military Road and Newlands) as we drove by. We both commented on it, and [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: It’s the Principle of the Thing Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Park in My Backyard: The ongoing conversation on the Petworth email list regarding what kind of restaurants the neighborhood needs has devolved, unsurprisingly, into calls for more parking. For example, one member writes, "Since I moved to Petworth in [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: McLean Gardens’ Great Cats Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Reckless Kids: On the Brookland Kids email list, a member reports, "I just wanted to let you know about an incident this evening (9pm). A group of 6 kids (3 female teenagers and 3 male children) were walking by [...]

House Committee Hearing on Relaxing the Height Act: Worth Tweeting About!

The Height Act! We mostly think it is bunk and ought to be scrapped. But that's not happening anytime soon. What could be happening are incremental steps to maybe, kind of, a little bit, possibly adjust one of the more onerous D.C.-related things the federal government has exclusive control over.
Today, during a hearing of the [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: So Beware Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Brain Drain: "The new trees DDOT has planted are wonderful. The watering pans are not," writes a member of the New Hill East email list. "They have 4 or 5 pinholes for drainage that just don't work. [...]

Harriet Tregoning Busted for Unbagged Bike on Metro

You can't take a folding bike on Metro during rush hour unless it's in a bag. Even if you're Office of Planning director and Brompton acolyte Harriet Tregoning.
Tregoning tried to bring her Brompton onto a Metro train last Friday, on her way to a meeting in Virginia Square. Lo and behold:
“I had some hardass station [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: High-Speed Chase Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Drag City: "Can someone from MPD shed light on the high speed chase that occurred on D St NE last night around 8:40 p.m.?" writes a member of the ANC 6A email list. Explains the MPD 1D commander, "Yesterday [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Poop Bag-Handed Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Nice Try, Poophands: "Caught Red Handed... well not red handed. Rather poop-bag handed. A woman with dark brown hair pulled back into a bun, between 30-40 years old just walked past my house walking a blond labrador. In her [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Your Actions Are Thoughtless Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
By Tomorrow: "If you own a Black Pontiac...please move your car from our private spot. We are exhausted right now, but tomorrow you will be ticketed and towed," writes a member of the McLean Gardens email list. "Your actions [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Poor Little Trees Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Cleveland Park Problems: "I'm embarrassed I'm complaining about this, but I know I'm not the only one. My daily Washington Post delivery is routinely in the ivy/bushes — not nearly half-way to our front door. But our New York [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Poop Trees Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
A Funky Kind of Person, Indeed: Last week, a member of the Columbia Heights email list wrote, "Has anyone else been disgusted by the sight of bags of dog poop tied onto tree branches on the 3400 Block of Holmead [...]

Arts Roundup: Architecture, Schmarchitecture

The Building Museum's G. Martin Moeller Jr. on D.C. architecture [Kojo]
TV in D.C. cabs?! Hope you like NBC. [DCist]
The city's novelty food trucks also have novelty soundtracks. Begone, "Turkey in the Straw"! [Washington Post]
An extra helping of rumination on music to accompany dining. [Style Blog]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Persistent Voices for Change Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
New Blood vs. Petition: After several members of the Brookland email list post with their rants about the lack of power, a member sends this message: "OK PEOPLE!!! Let's get this done! We need honest, ethical people who sincerely want [...]

Capital Bikeshare, Unsurprisingly, Gets People to Buy Their Own Bikes

File under logical conclusions: Capital Bikeshare has encouraged at least a handful of people to buy their own bikes. Transportation Nation has a whole bunch of warm- and fuzzy-sounding anecdotal evidence that the system—which encourages casual, utilitarian cycling but also has its share of inconveniences—has nudged users to become proud [...]

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