Neighbor Julie on Corcoran alerted us to a TV spot, “Safe. Greener. Smarter. Cleaner.” that promotes the 2010 Washington Auto Show©, which was shot last fall on the 1500 block of Corcoran Street. Julie says she saw the ad earlier this week on Comedy Central–can you find her in the spot? In addition, the Auto Show has behind the scenes photos on its Facebook Page The Auto Show is January 27-30 at the DC Convention Center.
The Who Murdered Robert Wone? blog is providing live updates at 1 p.m. from the case hearing at the courthouse. Go to
The editors over at Who Murdered Robert Wone? offer new information on the autopsy report of Wone: “Lingering questions about what drugs were and were not tested for in the autopsy are now revealed.” More specifically, what paralytic drugs might have been used on Wone prior to his murder? The big question was whether Wone’s blood was tested for ketamine, commonly known as “K” or “Special K.”
Now, it appears it is official. Saw this brief at WaPo DC Wire, which is based on a news release by DC Attorney General Peter Nickles:
“The District has shut down several health spas, social clubs and massage parlors that officials found to be associated with prostitution and illegal sexually-oriented activities, according to a news release from the office of Attorney General Peter Nickles.”
Included on the list is “Wrestling Club at 1618 14th Street NW.” You may remember that the Men’s Parties/Wrestling Club rose to local fame when a man apparently fell down a flight of stairs and then died last October early on a Sunday morning.
Since posting two pieces on DC’s murder rate being 4.56 times higher than New York City’s, there have been some very good comments and questions about the validity of comparing Washington, DC’s homicide rate with that of New York City. Some said that for a more accurate comparison, you should add the homicide rates of suburban jurisdictions with DC and then compare it to New York City.
For the sake of comparisons, I did just that, adding five surrounding jurisdictions to DC. I lumped the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s, and the Virginia counties of Fairfax and Arlington along with Alexandria City in with DC. These six jurisdictions have 3,725,610 people (2008 estimates) with 274 murders 2009. New York City has 8,363,710 people (2008 estimate) with 461 murders in 2009.
The DC Metro area comes out badly compared to New York City. The DC Metro area, as defined above, had a homicide rate of 7.35 homicides per 100,000 people in 2009 (it was 9.88 in 2008). New York City‘s homicide rate last year was 5.51 homicides per 100,000 people (it was 6.3 in 2008).
Bottom line: The DC metro area, as defined here, has a homicide rate that is 33% greater than New York City. If you compare city versus city, the final 2009 numbers show that DC’s homicide rate last year was 4.32 times that of New York City.
Moreover, the range of homicide rates in New York City’s five boroughs was not nearly as great compared to the range in the six DC-area jurisdictions. In New York, the rate goes from 3.28 homicides per 100,000 people in Staten Island to 7.82 in Brooklyn.
In the six DC-area jurisdictions, the rate ranges from 0.95 homicides per 100,000 people in Arlington to 23.88 in DC.
Homicide stats by jurisdiction are below the fold. (more…)
Yesterday, for the fourth time, a water main ruptured at 17th and P Streets NW. Accounts say that Monday’s break was by far the largest; 17th between O and Q as well as P Street between 16th and 18th were closed for several hours.
The initial report is that a contractor working on the 17th Streetscape project hit a 20-inch water main. Greater Greater Washington has a good account of what happened yesterday along with a short video of the water gushing at 17th and P NW. Dcist has more info and photos.
GGW says the previous three water main breaks on 17th Street have been due to “a combination of the cold weather, pipes sitting exposed, and the old age of the pipes.” ANC 2B/Dupont is slated to discuss the problems at Wednesday’s meeting.
We have more information on the Saturday-night shooting of a taxi driver that occurred in front of 1746 T Street NW. Based on additional police information, the suspect in the shooting is a man who rode up to the taxi on a bicycle while the driver was arguing with his passenger over payment. The man on the bike then shot the driver after an argument. The taxi driver is in stable condition. From MPD 2nd District:
Assault with a Deadly Weapon/Gun in the 1700 block of T Street, N.W. (PSA 208), approximately 11:30 p.m. on 01/09/10 – The complainant, a taxi driver, dropped off a fare/customer in the 1700 block of T Street, N.W. Once at that location, the complainant requested payment for services rendered. There was an verbal altercation between the complainant and fare/customer. During the altercation, the suspect approached on a bicycle and an altercation developed between the complainant and suspect. The suspect pulled a handgun and shot the complainant. The complainant was transported to the hospital, where he was admitted for his injuries. The complainant is in stable condition. The suspect was described as a black male. No further information provided.
Note: Found some more info at the local Fox News channel Web site (hat tip to City Paper’s Loose Lips Daily):
Three passengers flagged down the Barwood Cab driver in downtown Bethesda asking to be taken into D.C. The cabbie dropped off one passenger then headed to 17th and T streets N.W. The cab company owner says the driver blacked out and woke up covered in blood. He had been shot in the face.
The Logan Circle area served by Police Service Area (PSA) 307 had a 2% drop in total crimes in 2009 from the previous year. However, violent crime actually rose 9% last year, with total crime declining thanks to a 4% drop in property crimes. Property crimes accounted for 83% of the 974 total crimes in Logan in 2009.
The two major increases in 2009 were in robberies committed with a gun (up 126%) and thefts (up 18%). The major decreases were in burglaries (down 25%), stolen autos (down 23%) and thefts from autos (down 7%).
A taxi driver was found with a gunshot wound to the jaw around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday in front of 1746 T Street NW. Police are investigating the crime. The statement from 2nd District follows (via MPD 2D listserv on Yahoo! Groups):
Synopsis-ADW Gun- 1746 T Street NW
At 2330 hours a call was dispatched for a shooting in the 1700 block of T Street NW. When MPD units arrived they discovered a Taxi Cab doubled parked in front of 1704 [sic] T Street NW. (more…)
The locally owned, “green” salad-wraps-yogurt shop, sweetgreen, will open its fourth location in the hood, at 1471 P Street NW, in the Metropole building.
This brings another eatery to the block that is home to Pitango Gelato, Commissary, Stoney’s and Logan Tavern.
The 14th Street retailer go mama go! is closing its doors sometime in the next few months, according to owner Jonathan Chudnoff. He distributed a press release minutes ago by email.
“The store will remain open until the building’s owners find a new tenant. Normal operations will continue through January, followed by clearance sales of merchandise, furniture and fixtures in February and March. Rotating art exhibitions will continue until the store closes. The actual closing date will be determined once a new tenant is ready to step in.”
Chudnoff’s late wife, Noi, started the store and he kept the store open after her death. In the press release, Chudnoff cited “the twin blows of the general economic decline and the death of the store’s founder, Noi Chudnoff, whose dynamic spirit, creativity and personality were key ingredients in the store’s early success.”
Noi Chudnoff died unexpectedly on November 6, 2007. We still miss her and we will miss seeing Jonathan and popping into go mama go! Both Noi and Jonathan contributed much to 14th Street and the entire neighborhood as well as to a number of charitable and human rights causes. Good luck to Jonathan, and the store’s employees.
Full news release below fold.
14th & You has the goods on last night’s ANC 2F/Logan meeting… its voluntary agreement decisions on Estadio and Cork and Fork restaurant… and some news about seven Neighborhood Investment Fund projects.
ANC1B holds its regularly scheduled meeting tonight at 7pm on the second floor of the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW; agenda online. ANC 1B serves the communities of Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Shaw, Pleasant Plains, and University Heights.
The final 2009 numbers are in for Police Service Area (PSA) 208, which covers the Dupont Circle area. The number of total crimes was flat: 2,310 crimes in 2009 compared to 2,308 in 2008. Looking back at four complete years of numbers, the number of crimes was 8% higher in 2009 than in 2006.
Violent Crime Down 10%
Violent crime was down 10% in the Dupont area from 2008 and down 11% from 2006. In terms of street crime–burglaries and assaults–the numbers were slightly encouraging for the Dupont area. Robberies and assaults constituted 11% of total crimes in the Dupont area in 2009. There were no homicides last year compared to two in 2008.
The number of robberies (with and without a gun) was 177 in 2009 compared to 189 in 2008, 197 in 2007 and 172 in 2006. The number of Assaults with a Deadly Weapon (with and without a gun) dropped more noticeably than robberies, from 77 in 2008 to 66 in 2009.
Gun crimes are robberies and assaults committed with a gun and they dropped ever so slightly in PSA 208 in 2009. There were 41 gun crimes last compared to 42 in 2008–far better than the 60 in 2007 and 57 in 2006.
Property Crime Up 1%
However, property crime increased 1% from 2008 and is up 10% since 2006. Property crimes accounted for 89% of total crimes in PSA 208 last year.
The increases in property crimes in 2009 were attributable to the 11% increase in in thefts, which were 45% of total crimes. Thefts from autos (32% of total crimes) and burglaries (7% of total crimes) were down in 2009. After skyrocketing 38% in 2008, the number of thefts from autos declined 3% in 2009.
A detailed chart with crime numbers by year is below the fold.
Dupont / PSA 208 Total Crime 2006 – 2009
- 2,145 crimes in 2006
- 2,153 crimes in 2007 (less than 1% increase from 2006)
- 2,308 crimes in 2008 (7% increase from 2007)
- 2,310 crimes in 2009 (less than 1% increase from 2008 and an 8% increase from 2006).