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DC Crime Plummets During Snowpocalypse


The joy of last weekend’s snowstorm may be gone, but there is one positive aspect to the city’s near immobilization: crime was down dramatically in DC for the February 4-7 period when compared to the previous two years. This trend included the¬†Dupont-Logan area.

For the entire city, there were 157 crimes for the Feb. 4-7, 2010, period; this compares to 350 in the same time frame in 2009 and 351 during Feb. 4-7, 2008. This is a 55% drop from 2009 to 2010.

In Dupont-Logan, there were 11 reported crimes in the two Police Service Areas (PSAs) that cover Dupont Circle (PSA 208) and Logan Circle (PSA 307) neighborhoods for the February 4-7 period. This compares to 48 crimes for the same period of 2009 and 36 crimes in 2008. The huge drop was in both violent and property crimes, especially thefts and thefts from autos.

Crime is also down substantially when compared to the same three days of the previous week, January 28 to 31. There were 219 total crimes in DC for the January 28-31 period compared to 157 for February 4-7‚ÄĒa 28% drop.

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19th & N NW: A Bus in the Slush


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Monday afternoon at 19th and N NW: The Dupont-Rosslyn Blue Bus gets stuck in the slush as the driver attempted to turn onto N Street. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Monday: Tedium, Transportation and Trash


Saturday near Dupont Circle: A transportation option? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Have you lost your mind yet from the tedium of being semi-immobilized by the snow? Count your blessings that you live downtown and can walk to what stores are open.

Imagine if you were in the midst of outer suburbia (and more than a few outer DC neighborhoods) where you can never walk anywhere to get or do anything.

Transportation in DC

The transportation options are better today, but still not great‚ÄĒand a long way from being back to normal. Your transportation options today are:

  • Connector bus service is up and running with normal hours and free rides. (it’s run by DDoT, not Metro).
  • Metrorail has limited underground operations. WMATA has the details. There is no above ground rail service.
  • Metrobus is running on a limited schedule on a few routes. Details here.
  • The city’s snow emergency is still in effect and that means no parking on snow routes. The list includes 16th Street NW.

Trash Collection

  • DC Department of Public Works says that trash collection this week is from the front only; no collection from the rear/alleys. Residents are asked to place their trash in dark colored plastic (not paper) bags and place the bags at the curb for collection.
  • Recycling collections are suspended this week; residents are asked to hold onto their recyclables until next week.
  • No bulk collections today.
  • Street trash can collections are suspended through Tuesday; collections are expected to resume on Wednesday.

Alleys

  • Remember that the District does not plow alleys due to “lack of resources and space constraints for the plowed snow,” according to DC Public Works.

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15th Street Snow Sculpture: A Fort and an Igloo


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Click to enlarge: These guys built an Igloo on the 1600 block of 15th Street NW. It is still there today. Lupe thought it was very interesting. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Click to enlarge: Two of our neighbors built an incredible snow fort at the corner of Corcoran and 15th Streets NW. Part of it remains today. (Luis Gomez Photos)

We ran into two great pieces of snow sculpture Saturday evening. First, there was the the snow fort. Then later in the evening several guys were constructing an igloo. Both are pretty amazing and took a great deal of work.

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Reader Pics at Flickr “ Snowpocalypse: February 2010″


Check out the photos at Borderstan‚Äôs flickr group, Snowpocalypse: February 2010. We already have close to 400500 700 photos from almost 40 56 63 group members. Thank you to everyone who has joined the group so far and contributed photos (all you need is a flickr account to join). There are lots of great photos from around the city, especially the Dupont ‚Äď Logan ‚Äď U Street area. The URL is http://www.flickr.com/groups/snowpocalypse2010/.

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15th & Corcoran: Sun, Snow, Super Bowl and Slippery Streets


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Noon today: Looking south at 15th and Corcoran NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s a beautiful day, a stunningly sunny Sunday. Since we may get more snow on Tuesday, get out today. But, except for limited Metrorail underground service, your best bet is to walk. You can try driving (if you can dig out your car), but what will happen to your on-street parking spot? Moreover, even the main streets remain in not-very-good condition.

On the other hand, you can stay home and watch the hours of pre-Super Bowl programming followed by the actual event.

There is no Metrobus or Circulator bus service again today. As for Metrorail, the schedule remains limited underground service only:

  • Yellow Line ‚Äď Pentagon to Crystal City
  • Red Line ‚Äď Medical Center to Union Station and
  • Glenmont to Forest Glen (not reflected in the service map)
  • Orange Line ‚Äď Ballston to Stadium-Armory
  • Green Line ‚Äď Fort Totten to Congress Heights
  • Blue Line ‚Äď Ballston to Stadium-Armory

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Saturday: Shoveling Out in Dupont-Logan


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Looking west, 1700 block of R Street NW: Off to shovel. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Click to enlarge: Patrick on 15th.

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Click to enlarge: Candida on Corcoran.

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Click to enlarge: Luke on Corcoran.

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Snow Response Reporting System Shows Road Conditions


Remember that the DC Department of Transportation has a Snow Response Reporting System, which is built on Google Maps. I discovered it during the December snowstorm and it allows you to check the condition of major roads in DC. When you use the tool, you have to click on Traffic Cameras; it appears to be the only option.

Have you used it?  How do the results you are getting compare to what you see on your block?

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Reader Photos at “ Snowpocalypse: February 2010″


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Saturday in Dupont Circle: Someone came to the Snowball Fight wearing a panda costume head. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the photos at Borderstan’s flickr group, Snowpocalypse: February 2010. We already have more than 200 photos from 27 group members.

Thank you to everyone who has joined the group so far and contributed photos (all you need is a flickr account to join). There are lots of great photos from around the city, especially the Dupont – Logan – U Street area. The URL is http://www.flickr.com/groups/snowpocalypse2010/.

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New Hampshire & R NW: A Tree, A Mercedes and Lots of Snow


Saturday afternoon: A large tree on New Hampshire Avenue fell onto a parked car around the corner on R Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Click to enlarge: This car on R Street was hit by tree branches. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Click to enlarge: There is a Mercededes underneath there. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DupontLogan is full of beautiful, mature trees. However, when heavy snow and ice storms hit, they can become agents of destruction. Downed trees and broken branches were not an uncommon sight on Saturday.

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