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17th Street Area: Stats Show YOY April Crime Decline


MPD dc crime Borderstan Dupont Circle 17th Street NW

Click to enlarge: There were 3 violent crimes in the 17th Street area in April. All were robberies and the 1 committed with a gun was on Q Street. (MPD Crime Database)

On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 17th Street area was down 35% in April from last year. There were 23 total crimes in April 2009 compared to only 15 last month. There were also 23 crimes in the 17th Street area in April 2008.

Detailed numbers below the fold are from the MPD Crime Database.

Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 17th Street area was due primarily to the 37% decrease in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime—80% (12 crimes)of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 20% (3 crimes) of the total.

The decrease in property crimes was due primarily to the decreasing number of burglaries. The number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 6 last month compared to 7 in April 2009. But, the total number of property crimes in the 14th Street area is still higher than two years ago when there were 16 property crimes.

Violent crime stable. There were 3 violent crimes last month in the 17th Street area—all robberies and 1 was committed with a gun. This compares to 4 violent crimes in April 2009 and 6 in April 2008 for the area.

The 17th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 17th and Q NW—an area that roughly runs  from 18th Street on the west to 15th Street on the east and from S Street on the north to O Street/Massachusetts Avenue on the south. The crime reporting is in Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which is part of MPD’s Second District.

Detailed crime stats for the 17th Street Corridor in April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.

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May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | Leave a comment

Restaurant Profile: Masa 14


Masa 14 Alejandra Owens 14th Street restaurants Logan Circle

Wagyu Beef and Pork Meatballs. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens, One Bite At A Time

Well… wasn’t that first Restaurant Profile fun? HA! I think we can all rest assured that Masa 14 won’t be leaving us anytime soon. Touting one of the longest bars in town and a mish mash of flavors, dishes and drinks, Masa 14 is a popular gathering place.

Here’s our assessment of the basics, but what do you guys think? I’ve heard folks wax poetic about the wings—anything else on the menu a favorite?

Masa 14

Where Am I Going:1825 14th Street NW, just south of U Street.

When Am I Going: Monday-Thursday, 5 pm to 2 am; Friday, 5 pm to 3 am; Saturday, 11 am to 3 am; and Sunday, 11 am to 2 am. Continue reading

May 10, 2010 Posted by | food & drink | , , , | 5 Comments

All Hands on Deck: Safety Check at 15th & R NW


Saturday, 15th and R NW: Officers from MPD units were checking every third car for registration and driver seatbelt use. It was part of the weekend's All Hands on Deck operation. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DC MPD ran its first All Hands on Deck operation of the summer this past weekend. AHODs typically run from 6 am on Friday to 6 am on Sunday.

MPD says, “During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel will be on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This will include increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up with victims, and recruits passing out specific crime related information.” There were 10 AHODs in 2009.

May 10, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 1 Comment

This Week in Borderstan


Saturday: Cork & Fork owners Anne and Dominique Landragin at the opening of their newest store, 1522 14th Street NW. Store hours: Saturday-Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm; Monday-Friday, 2pm to 10 pm. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Monday

The Middle East Festival begins at Theater J (DC Jewish Community Center) with the Voice of the Woman as the focus. Address: 16th and Q Streets NW. (From Free in DC)

Wednesday

ANC 2B-Dupont meets at 7 pm at the Brookings Institution, 1772 Massachusetts Avenue NW. With Mike Silverstein stepping down as chair, the commission will elect a new head from among the nine commissioners. Also on the agenda are a resolution to propose honorary naming of a street after Dr Franklin Kameny… and a resolution for Mayor Adrian Fenty to rescind a Certificate of Appreciation to Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays. Regarding that mistaken certificate to the Ex-Gays group: there is a group on Facebook, “Un-Invite Mayor Fenty from Capital Pride Unless he Meets These 3 Demands.”

Voting ends at midnight on Wednesday for the Washington City Paper’s 2010 RAMMYS with results announced June 6. You can vote for your favorite restaurants in four categories:

  1. Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Two 14th Street establishments, Cork and Bar Pilar, are among the five nominees.
  2. Power Spot of the Year
  3. Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year: Birch & Barley – Church Key and Masa 14 are the local spots on the nominee list.
  4. Your Favorite Restaurant: Write in your pick.

The monthly Logan Circle Community Association membership meeting is from 7 to 9 pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle, N.W. Tentative agenda items include discussion of upcoming projects, including branding and marketing the Mid City Arts District and planning and implementing the Logan Circle Heritage Trail. We anticipate success in funding these projects with external financial support.

Thursday

Greater Goods at 1626 U Street NW hosts a free talk about energy efficiency. (From Free in DC)

Ganymede Arts has produced a local version of Naked Boys Singing and it’s at 1409 Playbill Cafe, 1409 14th Street NW. Times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 6 and 8 pm, and Sundays at 5 and 7 pm. Naked opened Friday and runs through June 13.

Sunday

The 4th Annual “Blessing of the Dogs” at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle, 10 to 10:20 am. From National City: “All dogs – big, small, young, and old – and their companions are encouraged to attend the blessing. During the twenty-minute service, staff from Dogs by Day, a doggie daycare and boarding facility located on 14th Street NW, will be on hand to make sure all dogs and their owners are well-behaved, comfortable, and content. Each dog in attendance will receive a special certificate commemorating the occasion, and a photographer from National City Christian Church will be on hand to capture the event.”

May 10, 2010 Posted by | marketplace, news, politics and government | , , , | 1 Comment