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TODAY at gallery plan b: “Persona Grata” Exhibit Opens


gallery plan b Borderstan 14th Street NW Logan Circle

"Persona Grata" opens today at 14th Street's gallery plan b; the artist reception is Saturday evening. (gallery plab b)

A new exhibit, “Persona Grata,” opens tonight at gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW (between Church and Q). The artist reception is this Saturday, March 13, fom 6 to 8 p.m.

“Persona Grata” runs through April 11:

An exhibition of figurative works in painting, photography and sculpture by Timothy Johnson, Shelley Laffal, Keith Clark, Gordon Binder, Chad States, Robert Dodge, Melissa Widerkehr, Andrew Criss, Joshua Hughes, and Massimo Righini.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

March 10, 2010 Posted by | arts & entertainment | , , , | Leave a comment

Readers Give Tough Marks on City’s Snow Removal Efforts


We ran a reader opinion poll last Wednesday, “Poll: Grade DC’s Snow Removal Efforts this Winter.” We asked readers to grade the city’s snow removal efforts for the entire winter:

How did the DC Government do in its efforts to remove snow from the city’s streets this winter? When giving your grade, consider the December snowstorm as well as the back-to-back storms in February that comprised Snowpocalypse.

A total of 129 readers responded. The city got Excellent or Good marks from 34% of readers while 41% gave Poor/Failing marks. In the middle were 25% of readers who gave the DC government a fair mark for snow removal efforts. Here is how Borderstan readers graded the effort:

  • A/Excellent – 8%
  • B/Good – 26%
  • C/Fair – 26%
  • D/Poor – 25%
  • F/Fail – 15%

March 10, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , , | 3 Comments

U Street: Snowpocalypse Pummels Would-Be Criminals in February


U Street corridor dc crime

There were 2 robberies in the U Street Corridor area, between 9th and 14th Streets, in February. Statistics in the chart below are for the area shown above. A more detailed description of this geographical area is at the bottom of this post. (MPD Crime Database)

We are doing something new here at Borderstan with crime stats. In the past we reported monthly crime numbers for an area around the 1600 block of 15th Street NW and occasionally for Police Service Areas 208 (Dupont) and 307 (Logan). Starting this month we will run postings with crime stats for areas that are hubs of three of the main business and commercial corridors in the DupontLoganU Street area: 12th and U NW; 14th and Q NW; and 17th and Q NW. These are approximately the centers of the U Street, 14th Street and 17th Street commercial corridors.

Why the switch? The area’s commercial strips are centers for neighborhood life—and as a result they can also be crime magnets. All three of the reporting areas listed above will encompass surrounding residential areas as well, as shown in the map above for the U Street corridor.

The first posting is for the U Street corridor, centered at 12th and U Streets NW. The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW—an area that roughly runs  from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south.

Summary of February Crime Stats for U Street Corridor

  • Due to the major snowstorms and severe weather, crime was down throughout DC (See “DC Crime Plummets During Snowpocalypse.”) This was evident in the February numbers for the U Street corridor: 13 total crimes this year compared to 33 in February 2009 and 40 in 2008. This is a 61 percent drop from February 2009 to February 2010.
  • There were only two violent crimes the entire month of February 2010, both of them robberies (one with a gun). This compares to 6 violent crimes the previous February and 4 in the same month of 2008.
  • As for property crimes, the blizzards and cold temperatures deterred would-be thieves. The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) plummeted to 7 in February of this year—this compares to 13 in February 2009 and 19 the year before that. In fact, there were no reported stolen autos in the area for the entire month of February 2010. The total number of property crimes in February of this year was just 11, which compares to 27 in 2009 and 36 in 2008.

Total crime stats for February 2008, 2009 and 2010 below the fold.

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March 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 4 Comments