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15th & Corcoran NW: No Injuries in 10 PM Truck Fire


A Maryland couple were able to evacuate their SUV after it caught fire at 15th and Corcoran Streets NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Note: This is a firsthand account.

At approximately 10 pm a Maryland couple was driving their 1995 Isuzu SUV north on 15th Street NW when they noticed flames coming ouf the truck on the driver’s side. They stopped the truck at the northeast corner of 15th and Corcoran and got out before the truck went up in flames. No one was injured and the fire did not spread to surrounding vehicles or buildings.

DC police officers on the scene verified the details of the incident.

Luis Gomez Photos 15th Street Borderstan Truck Fire

Click to enlarge: Photos of the truck fire tonight at 15th and Corcoran NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The fire and sounds of melting plastic and glass caused loud popping explosions that could be heard for several blocks. Police arrived on the scene and blocked off 15th Street NW. However, it was an estimated 8 minutes (the estimated time is confirmed by reports from several people on hand) before the DC Fire Department arrived.

The vehicle was burning out of control when the fire trucks arrived, but the fire was easily extinguished. The couple driving the SUV were able to move safely away from the vehicle and were giving a report to DC police.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | news | , , | 4 Comments

ANCs Part 2: What Do Commissioners Do?


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Three Advisory Neighborhood Commissions serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area: ANC 2B, ANC 2F and ANC 1B. (Image: ANC 2B website)

Last week we looked at the function and role of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) in DC government (“What Exactly Do ANCs Do?”).

This week is a Q&A with four ANC commissioners from the three ANCs that serve the Dupont-Logan-U Street area; we asked each commissioner the same four questions.

The Q&A with these four commissioners is below the fold:

  • Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B04, which is the single-member district (SMD) on the east side of ANC 2B-Dupont, running from 15th to 17th Streets.
  • Peter Raia, ANC 1B02, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 1B, which serves the U Street area and encompassing parts of both U and 14th Streets.
  • Charles Reed, ANC 2F01, which is an SMD on the west side of ANC 2F-Logan, including part of the 14th Street corridor. Reed is also the chairman of ANC 2F.
  • Mike Silverstein, ANC 2B06, which is an SMD on the south side of ANC 2B-Dupont, south of the Circle. He is also the chairman of ANC 2B.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , , | 2 Comments

Deals for Deeds Buying Website Launches


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Deals For Deeds held a kickoff event at 14th Streets's ACKC Cocoa Bar on Tuesday night. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Deals for Deeds founders Josh Hoffman and Harrison Miller at Tuesday night's kickoff. The site went live this morning. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Deals for Deeds is now up and running following a launch party last night at ACKC Cocoa Bar—the first deal is already posted this morning. The group buying website is similar to LivingSocial and Groupon, but supports community nonprofits in the process.

Deals for Deeds will offer “one huge daily deal on the best things to do, see or eat around the city… and a portion (at least 5%) of every deal is donated to one of three local non-profits that rotate on a regular basis.”

On the business side, they have already partnered with ACKC, Arganica Farm Club, Tango Mercurio and Carafe Wine Makers. On the nonprofit side, Deals for Deeds has lined up Washington Animal Rescue League, Food & Friends, and Habitat for Humanity of DC.

April 28, 2010 Posted by | news | 2 Comments

Crimes of Note: Stolen Autos, Purse Snatchings


One of the crime trends of the past 10 days in the Borderstan area is nine stolen autos: five were stolen last weekend, four on Saturday and one on Sunday. There were another four reported between April 17 and April 21. Most of the cars were stolen in the western part of Logan Circle neighborhood or near the U Street Corridor; the list is below.

In addition, there were 11 reported robberies between April 16 and April 26, two of them committed with guns (the robbery of Nellie’s Sports Bar and resident Kal Penn) and one with a knife. Three of the robberies are categorized as “snatches” or “pocketbook snatches” and they occurred between 1300 and 1500 U Street NW.

Following are the crimes of note for the past week—robberies, assaults, burglaries and stolen autos—that occurred in the Dupont– Logan – U Street area. The area is covered primarily by Police Service Areas (PSAs) 208 and 307 with a small slice of the Borderstan area in PSA 305.

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

June Opening for Room & Board; Arts Overlay Update


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14th and T NW: The lights were on last night as Room & Board prepares for a June opening. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Room and Board

According to DCmud, Room & Board is set to open in June. Construction has been underway for months at the southwest corner of 14t and T Streets NW in the old Taylor Motor Building. DCmud has a great description of the planned interior with photos of work underway.

Arts Overlay Cap Upped

In other 14th Street news, the DC Zoning Commission voted to increase the available linear frontage for restaurants and bars inside the arts overlay district on the 14th and U corridors. The action increases the available frontage to 30% from the current 25%. There are plans to increase the linear frontage to 50%, a process that will take several more months. The immediate 5% increase should allow several projects already underway to proceed. Check out the Washington Business Journal for more information. (Hat tip to dcist.)

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