We usually run “Crimes of Notes” on Wednesdays, a roundup of notable crimes from the previous week: robberies, assaults, burglaries, stolen autos, sex crimes and [rarely] homicides. This week we are doing something a bit different. Following is a snapshot of violent crime trends over the past two years in the three crime reporting areas we report on here at Borderstan.
The numbers are from the MPD Crime Database and each set of numbers is for the previous one-year period, i.e., April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010. For each of the three crime reporting areas—14th Street, 17th Street and U Street—there are three sets of numbers.
Overall, violent crime in the three reporting areas has is either unchanged in the past two years or has gone up. The exception is the 17th Street area where violent crime is down over the past two years. But for all three areas, gun crimes are up over the past three years—from 34 gun crimes last year to 53 gun crimes this year, 56% increase.
Crimes for All Three Areas
For the three reporting areas (14th Street, 17th Street and U Street), there were the following number of violent crimes and gun crimes by year (gun crimes are robberies and assaults committed with a gun):
- April 19, 2007 to April 19, 2008: 147 violent crimes (40 gun crimes)
- April 19, 2008 to April 19, 2009: 150 violent crimes (34 gun crimes)
- April 19, 2009 to April 19, 2010: 154 violent crimes (53 gun crimes)
Violent Crimes and Gun Crimes in Each Area
Following are statistics for violent crimes, and gun crimes, by area. Continue reading
Today is Earth Day 2010, the 40th Anniversary of the first Earth Day. The Earth Day 2010 Action Center has a list of events in the DC area. Closer to home, here are some Earth Day events in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area on Thursday.
Socialize Better is holding “Historic Green,” an Earth Day Happy Hour at Stoney’s, 1433 P Street NW, 6 to 9 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Historic Green, a zero carbon community being built in the heart of New Orleans. Donation is $3, but Socialize Better encourages the donation of “an old electronic: “In the spirit of recycling we will be accepting old unwanted electronics- phones, PDAs, mp3 players, laptops, digital cameras etc, all those things you don’t quite know what to do with once you’re done with them, to be professionally and eco-thoughtfully recycled.
Green Hour at Busboys and Poets, 5 p.m. to midnight. All three locations, including 14th and V Streets NW. B&P is offering “sustainable spirits.”
Urbana (in Hotel Palomar) at 2122 P Street NW is holding GreenDrinks DC Official Earth Day Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Hat tip to Free in DC, where you can always find listings of things to do that are either free or cost less than $10 and are Metro accessible.)
One of the local governmental institutions that seems to generate the most confusion among Washingtonians, especially newcomers, is that of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, or ANCs.
This is ironic since ANCs are actually the unit of government closest to DC residents. For example, each single-member district of ANC 2B-Dupont has about 2,000 people—governmentally, that is as local as it gets in a city of 600,000.
In the Dupont-Logan-U Street area, ANCs tend to be newsworthy when a restaurant or bar wants to open or expand or have outdoor seating. But, what do ANCs do? What is their role in DC Government? If you don’t know, you are probably in the majority in DC.
This is part one of a two-part series—today is the basics, the mechanics of ANCs. On Friday we will have Q&A with four ANC commissioners from the three ANCs in our neighborhood: ANC 2B-Dupont, ANC 2F-Logan and ANC 1B, which includes the U Street area. Continue reading