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15th Street NW: Work Underway on Southbound Bike Lane


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At P Street NW: Looking south on 15th Street NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

The rain is gone (for now) and DDoT was finally able to get started on the southbound bike lane on the west side of 15th Street NW. Yes, bikers will ride southbound on a one-way northbound street, between the curbed and parked cars—from Massachusetts Avenue to Florida Avenue NW.

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October 30, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC transportation | , , , | 7 Comments

Men’s Parties… Metropole Sales… 14th Street Restaurants


The Sexist at the Washington City Paper has the latest info on “Men’s Parties” at 1618 14th Street NW. You will find the sign amusing.

The Washington Business Journal reports that two-thirds of the units at the Metropole, 15th and P NW, are sold.

14th & You has two good postings on new 14th Street restaurants, including some great interior photos: Sneak Preview: Birch & Barley and ChurchKey and Masa 14 open for business.

October 23, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC restaurants, local business, Logan Circle, on community, on the blogs | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

15th Street Southbound Bike Lane Installation Starts MONDAY


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Starting Monday, Oct. 26, DDOT will install the south-bound bicycle lane on the west side of 15th Street NW between U Street and Massachusetts Avenue. It will be between the sidewalk-curb and parked cars. (Image: DDOT courtesy of TheWashCycle.com Web site.)

We were just talking about this… we had been wondering if/when the city was going to install the south-bound bicycle lane on the west side of 15th Street NW (which is one-way north-bound). This morning there was a message in the Logan Circle News group on Yahoo! Groups (below).

DC Department of Transportation (DDoT) will begin work on the bike lane—which will run from U Street to Massachusetts Avenue NW—this MONDAY, October 26, and be completed the following Monday. DDoT is distributing a flyer to 15th Street residents today.

About the Bike Lanes

  • The south-bound bike lane on the west side of 15th will be next to the curb-sidewalk.
  • Parking will still be allowed on the west side of 15th, but you will park between the south-bound bike lane and the north-bound traffic lanes.
  • A north-bound bike lane will also be installed on the east side of 15th Street—but the lane will be between parked cars and north-bound traffic, the more traditional type of bike lane.
  • There will still be three north-bound traffic lanes when all work is completed.

For those of you not in-the-know, there was discussion (a lot of it) on whether to turn 15th Street north of Massachusetts Avenue into a two-way street (I personally would have preferred it, many neighbors did not and opinions varied). DDoT kicked around several different configurations for 15th Street and finally decided to implement Alternative 5.

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From DDoT: Continue reading

October 23, 2009 Posted by | D.C. Government, DC transportation | , , , | 5 Comments

Borderstan Crime: A Review of the Year’s First 9 Months


Click to enlarge: There were 21 robberies with a gun in the first nine months of 2009 in Borderstan; there were another 43 robberies without a gun. In addition, there were 4 assualts with a gun, for a total of 25 gun crimes. This is up from 12 during the same period of 2008. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: There were 21 robberies with a gun (shown above) in the first nine months of 2009 in Borderstan; there were another 43 robberies without a gun. In addition, there were 4 assaults with a gun, for a total of 25 gun crimes. This is up from 12 gun crimes during the same period of 2008. (Map: MPD crime database)

One can slice and dice crime stats the same way you can any other set of statistics: a million different ways. Personally, I find the most complete way of looking at crime trends is to get the numbers for the previous year (365 days), and then compare them to the same period the year before. This gives you one full year that takes into account seasonal differences.

Calendar-Year Reporting

However, the city and police department work on the calendar year. For example, you have probably read that the number of murders on a year-to-date basis in DC is down. (DC’s murder rate is down this year and much lower than in the 1980s and 1990s).

Moreover, crime stats are reported to the FBI on a calendar year basis. So, I decided to run the crime stats for the Borderstan reporting area¹ stats for the first three quarters of 2009, the third quarter having ended on September 30. I then compared them to the first nine months (three quarters) of 2008 and 2007. Following is what I found from the MPD online crime database.

Click to enlarge: Of the 64 Borderstan robberies between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009, a total of 43 were committed without a gun; those without guns are shown here. (Map: MPD crime database)

Click to enlarge: Of the 64 Borderstan robberies between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2009, a total of 43 were committed without a gun; those committed without guns are shown here. (Map: MPD crime database)

Total Crime

Total crimes for the January 1 through September 30 period by year:

  • 492 in 2007
  • 514 in 2008 (4% increase over 2007)
  • 598 in 2009 (16% increase over 2008 and 22% increase over 2007).

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October 21, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, MPD, on community, on crime, PSA 208, PSA 305, PSA 307 | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

DC Files Suit Against “Men’s Parties” to Shut Down Operation


A man died early on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1618-A 14th Street NW, site "Men's Parties." The DC government filed suit Wednesday to shut down the operation. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos.)

A man died early on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1618-A 14th Street NW, site "Men's Parties." The DC government filed suit Wednesday to shut down the operation. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos.)

Amanda Hess, The Sexist columnist at the Washington City Paper, has the latest news related to the “Men’s Parties” death on October 4 at 1618-A 14th Street NW:  “D.C. Files Lawsuit Against “Men’s Parties. From her Thursday posting:

Yesterday, the District of Columbia filed suit against “Men’s Parties,” the underground male sex club located at 1618 14th Street NW. The club has operated for decades in Logan Circle the D.C. area—through fire, allegations of unsafe sexual conditions, and most recently, a member’s death from an accidental head injury inside the club.

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October 16, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. crime, D.C. Government, Logan Circle, PSA 307 | , , , | 2 Comments

Dog Park Rules: What Other Cities Do


While the debate over rules and regulations—and how to enforce them—takes place for the 17th Street dog park, a reader went online and found examples from other locales. Thanks to reader Avi for these:

And I will add Fairfax County and Arlington County,Virginia. Their rules are posted at these links.

I have to believe that DC Parks and Recreation, Circle Dogs DC (Facebook Page) and ANC 2B have spent some time studying what other cities and counties have done in terms of dog park rules and regulations.

Also, Shaw Dogs is holding its monthly meeting next Wednesday the 21st at 7 p.m. at Hotel Helix. Shaw Dogs is the group that takes care of the dog park on 11th Street NW (south of R Street). They have a listserv and information on Yahoo! Groups.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Dupont Circle | , | 5 Comments

Wrap Up of Tuesday-Night Meeting on 17th Street Dog Park


Note: Neighbor Julie from Borderstan attended last night’s meeting on the 17th Street dog park at the DC Jewish Community Center. Following is Julie’s report.

Overview

First and foremost, NOTHING WAS RESOLVED regarding issues on the 17th Street dog park. No changes (from the government point of view) are likely to flow from this meeting. Commissioner Meehan, however, seemed eager to get some sort of resolution passed at tonight’s ANC meeting. I don’t believe there was enough of a consensus to make that possible.

Attendees numbered about 35. Emotions were running fairly high. While discussion could be heated, it remained civil. Many issues were brought up for discussion—though due to time limitations and the many points of view—the discussion focused primarily on operating hours of the park and the number of dogs allowed in the park at any one time. It was suggested that a follow-up meeting take place in 1 to 2 months to further discuss the issues and their suggested resolutions. Continue reading

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Dupont Circle, on community | , , , , , | 16 Comments

WEDNESDAY: ANC 2B/Dupont Meets at New Location


ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

ANC 2B/Dupont Circle is one of the largest in the city, with nine single-member districts. (Map: ANC 2B Web site.)

The monthly meeting of ANC 2B/Dupont is this Wednesday the 14th at 7 p.m. Note that the location is now the Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW (between 17th and 18th Streets), 1st Floor, Falk Auditorium.

Agenda is here.

October 13, 2009 Posted by | D.C. Government, DC politics, Dupont Circle | , | Leave a comment

Halo: Political Poobahs Turn Out for Same-Sex Marriage


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DC Delegate to Congress Eleanor Holmes Norton delivered an impassioned plea for same-sex marriage to the crowd at Halo Lounge. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

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Mayor Adrian Fenty and wife, Michelle, outside Halo Lounge. He said he would sign a same-sex marriage bill expected from the Council. (Photo: Luis Gomez Photos)

Luis and I headed over to Halo Lounge around 6:30 on Friday evening for Mayor Fenty’s “big announcement.” We got there a few minutes late, but Luis did get a photo of the mayor with wife, Michelle, as they left Halo. He was there to announce (not surprisingly) that he would sign the same-sex marriage bill that is expected to be passed by the DC Council later this fall.

There were many political poobahs (yes, it’s a word I love) on hand; I spotted Councilmembers Jim Graham (Ward 1), Mary Cheh (Ward 3) and [I think I saw] Phil Mendelson (At-Large). At-Large Council candidate Clark Ray was there as was DC’s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton. Continue reading

October 13, 2009 Posted by | bars/clubs/lounges, Borderstan, D.C. Government, DC politics, local business, on local politics | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Who Will Check the Dogs’ Genitalia?


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Example of a fluffy dog: I have always thought of Chow Chows as unpredictable when it comes to biting and nipping. Good luck checking a male Chow Chow's genitalia. (Photo: Wikipedia.com)

Before reading,  you might want to read the posting directly below, “TUESDAY: 17th Street Dog Park Community Meeting.” From the posting: The Dupont Current ran a front page story in last week’s paper, “Park success may lead to bone of contention.” ANC 2B/Dupont Commissioner Bob Meehan is quoted in the Current story and told the paper that the believes the meeting will focus on hours of operation, the number of dogs in the park at any one time and whether un-neutered male dogs should be permitted on the premises.

Prohibition of un-neutered males in the dog park? I see. Okay…

No disrespect to Commissioner Meehan is intended here; he was one of the ANC 2B/Dupont commissioners who worked very hard to make this dog park reality. And, as a dog owner, I know how contentious these issues can be. I am sure Meehan was just saying what some dog park regulars have suggested.

However, if it is decided that male dogs who are un-neutered are going to be banned from the 17th Street dog park, I have some questions: Continue reading

October 12, 2009 Posted by | Borderstan, D.C. Government, Dupont Circle, Media, on community, on local politics | , , , | 18 Comments