Maybe so… maybe not. Don’t rush out just yet to buy a chicken coop for your back patio. The question of whether we can raise domesticated chickens in DC as a hedge against total economic meltdown is not settled yet.
Well. What did this mean? What chickens? Chickens in Washington? Has chicken farming become a problem that is bedeviling some Advisory Neighborhood Commission? Is this an issue pitting newly arrived country people against urban sophisticates?
DC At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson is an important player when it comes to crime and public safety in D.C. The reason is simple: he is chair of the Council Committee on Public Safety & the Judiciary.
Mendelson’s office has announced that he will hold three community meetings to talk about crime-related concerns. The closest meeting, and the only one in Northwest, is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13 in Shaw at the Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street NW.
Note: See earlier Borderstan postings on the Omnibus Crime Bill: “Gang Stats from Crime Bill Hearing”; “March 18: Public Hearing on DC Omnibus Crime Bill”; “Omnibus Crime Bill Roundtable Recap”; and “Friday, Dec. 5: D.C. Council Hearing on Mayor’s Crime Bill”.
You can also read Mayor Fenty’s Oct. 3, 2008, news release with his reasons on why he believes the bill is needed.
For more details, see this news release from Mendelson’s office via the MPD 2D listserv on Yahoo! Groups:
April 1 Update: DC Parks and Recreation says that a June ribbon-cutting is scheduled for the opening of this new dog park.
Luis snapped this photo today while walking Lupe. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation is working on the new dog park in East Dupont at the triangle of 17th-New Hampshire and S Streets NW. (Online info and drawings here at DPR Web site.)
I have not heard anything new on the opening date other than “spring.” Anyone know anything more about a specific date?
BTW, what do we call it? Is it the “17th Street Dog Park?”
Very cool. From Greater Greater Washington:
Thanks to WMATA’s recent release of transit information for software developers, DC is now part of Walk Score’s “Transit Time” maps. They show the spots you can reach in 15, 30 and 45 minutes by transit and walking. Update: it looks like this only includes Metrorail so far.
Thank you, Borderstan readers. This blog was listed by Washingtonian magazine as one of 10-best local blogs in the metro area. The April issue has a feature story on Washington-area blogs, “Can’t-Miss Clicks.”
With it is a sidebar article,”All Over the Map-The Best Local Blogs,” which lists 10 blogs in the metro area that focus on a particular neighborhood or area. Borderstan is listed as one of those top-10 local blogs:
BORDERSTAN (borderstan.com). The name of this neighborhood blog plays off the fact that the area it’s focused on falls somewhere between Dupont and Logan circles. The site is about all things to do with its locale, from crime to restaurants.”
Oddly, this particular article is not part of Washingtonian magazine’s online content. Go figure.
There was another attempt at a burglary-via-rooftop… on Saturday at 3:45 p.m. on the 1600-block of Swann Street NW. Yes, broad daylight. Details below, followed by safety tips from MPD.
From MPD 2D: “This afternoon [Saturday, March 28], there was an attempt First Degree Burglary in the 1600-block of Swann Street NW, at approximately 3:45 pm. A suspect was observed on the roof of an apartment building armed with a crow bar and attempting to access the sky light. The residents observed his activityand called the police. The lookout is for a black male, 40s to 50s,bearded and wearing light clothes.”
- Please call the police whenever you observe suspicious activity in your community.
- Also, establish a phone tree with your neighbors, who may call the police when they observe suspicious activity in close proximity
to your home.
Before starting, I figured that since we are such a small mini-hood, an autonomous region of the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, that I would have to include neighboring and nearby winners. After all, our commercial strips are the north side of the 1400-block of P Street NW and the west side of 14th Street NW from P to S Streets.
I was wrong. Businesses in our little enclave between 14th and 16th and P and S Streets NW did incredibly well in the City Paper competition: 10 businesses, one community-based organization, one locale and one individual (a bartender) made the list of favorites from the Readers’ Poll and City Paper Staff Picks. Several businesses were winners in more than one category.
According to the poll results–which are completely unscientific and unreliable–readers of Borderstan.com are not very religious at all, especially when compared to the American public. A large number of respondents do not believe in God or a supreme being, or are not sure. Only 22% of respondents said they were Christian, an extremely low number in an overwhelmingly Christian U.S. population.
I won’t attempt to explain… I will let dcist tell the story:
I saw this posting at dcist from March 19. There is link to video from WJLA-7 TV. Note that this attack happened several weeks ago and very close to home, at Rue 14 Boutique at 1803 14th Street NW (east side, just north of S Street). However, according to the video, a similar attack occurred recently at another 14th Street business. Anyone have any additional details about either attack?
WJLA covers an assault and robbery committed by a group of teenage girls at the Rue 14 Boutique (1803 14th Street NW) a few weeks ago, noting that a similar crime happened at another business nearby earlier this week. They’ve got surveillance video of five young suspects who participated in a grab and run at Rue 14, with one of them staying behind to rough up the store owner while the others got away. Upsetting stuff.
I will be more than delighted to post photos of your dog: Just send them to me, PLEASE! In the meantime, here are some more photos of Lupe, our Border Collie–Cardigan Welsh Corgi cross. Luis took these black-and-white portraits following a portrait shoot for a client. He posed her on a bar stool and began clicking away. Tell me that Lupe is not one of the cutest dogs in Borderstan… go ahead… I double-dog dare you.