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DDoT Survey on 15th Street Bike Lane, Traffic, Safety


Borderstan 15th Street bike lane DDoT

The 15th Street bike lane is on the west side between the curb-sidewalk and parked cars. (Borderstan)

The DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) has just put out an online survey on the 15th Street bike lane and traffic configuration. There are 48 questions and it will probably take about 10 minutes to complete the survey; there are also numerous places for written comments. The questions cover the bike lane as well as current traffic conditions and general safety on 15th Street, especially for pedestrians.

Paper copies are also being distributed to residents on live on or near 15th Street between Massachusetts Avenue and U Street NW.

The contraflow bike lane was installed last November after extensive studies about what to do with the 15th Street traffic pattern—one of the options was to make 15th Street two-way, adding southbound traffic.

The final option—not one  that was originally proposed and still billed as a test—was to put a southound bike lane on the west side of 15th Street (it’s a northbound street north of Massachusetts) between the curb-sidewalk and parked cars. This protects cyclists from the northbound traffic. There is also a share lane on the east side of 15th Street for cyclists riding north to share with cars.

The bike lane opened to great fanfare last fall with Mayor Adrian Fenty, an avid cyclist, and Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) both on hand to cut the ribbon.

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The DDoT introduction and background information, along with another link to the survey, is below the fold.

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | news, politics and government | , , , | Leave a comment

Are You an Immigrant? 24% of Readers Say “Yes”


Luis Gomez Photos immigrants Borderstan reader poll

May 1: Protesters on the north side of The White House during a rally against the recently passed Arizona law pertaining to illegal immigrants. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Last week’s reader poll asked, “Are you an immigrant?” It turns out that about one in four of the Borderstan readers who responded is an immigrant, 24% to be exact. More specifically, 14% of poll respondents are naturalized citizens and 10% are legal residents. In addition, 17% have at least one parent who is an immigrant.

A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants in the DC metro area at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.

Here is the breakdown from responses to our reader poll:

Are you an immigrant?

  1. No, native born: 58%
  2. No, but one or both my parents are: 17%
  3. Yes, a naturalized citizen: 14%
  4. Yes, a resident of the U.S.: 10%
  5. No, a foreigner just visiting: 1%

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Crimes of Note: Your Expensive Phone is a Target


The past week’s tally of notable crimes: 6 robberies (1 with a gun), 1 assault, 2 burglaries (1 armed, which is unusual) and 3 stolen autos. The notable geographic pattern is that 3 of the robberies and the 1 assault were in the western end of the Borderstan area.

However, the more notable pattern is what muggers and thieves are targeting: your expensive smart phone, such as iPhones and Droids. MPD Second District Commander Matthew Klein sent out this statement yesterday:

Although the number of robberies in the Second District is still lower this year compared with the same period last year, we’re seeing a recent spike in several areas along with some noticeable trends. Recently, a large number of these robberies (cases where someone is “mugged” on the street, or has an item snatched from their hands) involve Apple iPhones. This ubiquitous, expensive device appeals to criminals because it can be easily reprogrammed, or erased, and sold for quick cash.

We’re seeing folks having phones snatched from their hands as they walk down the street, or taken from tables while sitting at restaurants. Although the vast majority of these offenses do not involve physical harm to the victim, this is a disconcerting trend that deserves attention.

As always, I’m asking folks to be aware of their surroundings, especially while walking down the street and talking on the phone (try and avoid doing that if you are walking alone at night). Do not leave your phone lying on a table while dining out as this may also attract would-be thieves.

Yes, readers, it is a bad idea to talk on your cell phone or listen to your iPod on a quiet residential street after dark… totally unaware of your surroundings. Doing so makes you an easy target for muggers. The same warning applies for night-time joggers.

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

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , , | 2 Comments

ANC 1B May Meeting: Rumble at the Reeves Center


ANC 1B, which includes the U Street corridor, meets monthly at the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U NW. (ANC 1B website)

Alex Baca will be writing about community and development issues for Borderstan, including occasional reports on local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. She also writes for the Housing Complex blog at Washington City Paper.

The famously sprawling ANC 1B (Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Pleasant Plains, Shaw/U Street, and University Heights) held its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 6, at the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW.

Amongst the slew of liquor license applications and renewals, the evening’s agenda also included the public safety report and design reviews of the African American Civil War Memorial Museum.

The United Negro College Fund’s agreement to occupy the site between S and T at 7th Street NW started the meeting on a high note.  The Shaw space was intended to house Radio One, which backed out in February. UNCF’s forthcoming move elicited quite a few smiles from the commissioners—as well as a unanimous move to write a letter to the City Council supporting a potential $1.5 million tax abatement for UNCF.

Liquor License Requests: Masa 14’s Rooftop Deck

But things heated up as representatives from local establishments came forth to request liquor licenses. Masa 14 had their request protested in the name of “parking, peace, and quiet” alongside potential neighborhood newcomers GII and The Florida Cafe. The commission, as is typical, recommended that the businesses attempt to reach a voluntary agreement with the neighborhood associations before coming before the ANC.

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May 12, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , , | 1 Comment