From Matty Rhoades
For the first six months of 2011, the number of violent crimes in Police Service Area (PSA) 305 jumped 34% from the same period of last year. There were 139 violent crimes in the PSA — which includes most of the U Street corridor — compared to 104 in the first six months of 2010.
Robberies, Assaults Rise
The increase in violent crime in PSA 305 was due mostly to a big jump in the number of robberies (without guns), from 47 in the first six months of 2010 to 77 in the January to June period of this year. The number of robberies involving a gun fell slightly from 22 to 18 on a year-over-year (YOY) basis.
The number of assaults also rose noticeably — from 30 in the first six months of last year to 40 in the same period of 2011; five of the assaults in 2011 involved a gun.
Borderstan asked Lt. Alberto Jova, head of PSA 305 to comment on the numbers for the first half of 2011.
“Year to date, PSA 305 has made significant strides in combating robberies and other crimes within the PSA. We have arrested nine individuals for the offense of robbery. The results have been demonstrable for, in fact, during the last seven-day period, we realized a 100% decrease in robberies. During the last 30 days, we realized a 34% decrease in robberies. I am hopeful that this momentum will continue,” Jova said.
Thefts, Smash and Grabs Drive Property Crime Up
Property crime is also up thanks to a huge rise in the number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”) as well as a rise in thefts. The number of property crimes increased 13% on a YOY basis. There were declines in burglaries and stolen autos.
All numbers are from the MPD Crime Database.
From Scott Leibowitz. Find Scott on Twitter @Lebodome.
The groups of people walking the streets with neon color t-shirts. Your favorite bar turned into a flip cup basement party on a Wednesday. Canceling group dinner plans because someone passed out around 8 pm. Most D.C. residents, at one point or another have been a part of or have been affected by a D.C. kickball league.
I am currently in my fourth season on the same team, so I like to think of myself as a veteran. For me, it’s a great group of people enjoying some easy-going nonsense that is later accompanied by a good evening. Over the seasons I have noticed some trends and some general categories of types of players and behaviors. I could have gone further in depth, but if you were to meet a random selection of five players it would probably look something like this:
Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
Today’s photo, “Summer Storm,” was taken by kilohoku on July 11. “A strike in the sky,” says kilohoku. “The photo was taken from a 7th floor terrace in The Ellington at 1301 U Street NW. To orient you, on the right border of the image you can see the glass roof of Bistro Tabaq (it is pretty dark), the building directly across U Street is home to Pure nightclub and Urban Essentials.”
If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.
What: Special meeting of ANC 2B/Dupont on proposed changes to PSAs in the Dupont area.
When: Thursday, July 28, from 7 to 9 pm
What: International Student House, 1825 R Street NW
Why: MPD has proposed altering the police service area boundaries. The changes include, among other items, the northeast portions of the current Dupont Circle ANC area (PSA 208) going to the Third District and the “Borderstan” area unified under one PSA, drawing in parts of current Logan Circle ANC. This is a forum to discuss the proposed changes and provide community input. MPD leadership has been invited to attend.
From Matty Rhoades
For the first six months of 2011, the number of crimes in the Logan Circle area was steady in most categories compared to the same period of 2010 — with the exception of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”).
The huge rise in this single category drove up the crime rate in the Logan Circle area. Smash and grabs are the most common type of crime in the Borderstan area, so a large rise in this category can easily drive up the overall rate.
Six-Month Numbers for Logan Circle
For the January through June period, there were 62 violent crimes in PSA 307, the same as in the first six months of 2010. Robberies decreased from 45 to 40 for the comparable six-month period. However, the number of assaults rose from 11 to 18. Gun crimes rose slightly from 10 in the January to June period of 2010 to 12 this year. Gun crimes are all crimes (usually robberies and assaults) committed with guns.
There were 308 property crimes in the first six months of 2011 in PSA 307, up from 222 in the same period of 2010. This was due to the huge rise in the number of smash and grabs. There were declines in the number of burglaries and stolen autos while thefts were up slightly.
Three-Year Trend: 2008 to 2011
What does the three-year trend for the January through June period in PSA 307 show?
- 2008 versus 2011: Violent crime down 14%.
- Property crime down 21% from 2008 to 2011 for first six months of the year.
- Total crime — property and violent crime combined — down 20%.
- The number of robberies (with and without a gun) are down 16% since 2008.
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon has is down 18% since 2008.
- Gun crime — robberies and assaults involving guns — have increased 71% from seven to 12 gun crimes.
|Crime in Police Service Area 307: January 1 through June 30|
|Crime Type||2008||2009||2010||2011||% Change 2010 to 2011||% Change 2008 to 2011|
|Sex Abuse||1||3||6||3||Down 50%||Up 200%|
|Robbery without Gun||43||41||36||30||Down 17%||Down 30%|
|Robbery with Gun||5||25||9||10||Up 11%||Up 100%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (no gun)||20||23||10||16||Up 60%||Down 20%|
|Assault with Dangerous Weapon (with gun)||2||4||1||2||Up 11%||No change|
|Total Violent Crime||71||97||62||62||No change||Down 14%|
|Burglary||42||43||26||25||Down 4%||Down 40%|
|Theft||105||165||99||105||Up 6%||No change|
|Theft from Auto||202||240||73||159||Up 118%||Down 21%|
|Stolen Auto||43||38||24||18||Down 25%||Down 58%|
|Total Property Crime||392||486||222||308||Up 39%||Down 21%|
Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, the U Street Neighborhood Association, and the Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association continue a second season of films on Tuesday, July 26 with historical documentaries about treasured entertainment venues in the U Street area.
The evening will feature 930 F Street, about the history of the 9:30 Club, including interviews with several musicians, staff, and fans that frequented the club. The film will be preceded by Howard Theatre: A Century in Song, a television documentary detailing the history of the famed theatre at 7th and T Streets that launched the careers of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, and is currently undergoing renovations.
Admission is free and films will be shown at the field at Harrison Recreation Center on V Street between 13th and 14th Streets, NW. Gates open at 7 pm. Attendees are encouraged to come early starting at 7 pm to picnic in the park, listen to music spun by local DJs. Please note that park regulations do not permit pets on the field. Free popcorn will be provided to the first 100 attendees beginning at 7 pm. Showtime is sundown but exact time will vary. Local food truck vendors will be on site serving food.
There will also be movies in August, September and October. Donations and sponsorships towards the event benefit Friends of Harrison Recreation Center, a nonprofit formed in 2009 that works directly with the Department of Parks and Recreation to improve the recreation center through capital improvements design changes and enhance management and programming of the park, with the goal of making Harrison Recreation Center a better designed, cleaner, safer, and better park in the neighborhood for all to use and enjoy.
“How do you feel about the graffiti in your neighborhood? Is there a place for it in DC? What is your impression of the people who illegally tag? How would you like to see graffiti handled? Join MuralsDC as it launches its 2011 program with a look at the culture of graffiti and discussion with people involved on all sides-former taggers, artists, agencies who clean graffiti, and those who fund public art. Help us achieve a better understanding of graffiti and what we can do to achieve solutions that LAST.”
- What: MuralsDC Panel Discussion on Graffiti
- When: Tuesday, July 26, 6 to 8 pm
- Where: Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th Street NW – Langston Room
- Info: Contact Nancee Lyons, DC Department of Public Works, at [email protected] with questions/comments.
From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.
Some of the biggest news this weekend came from outside the District, but it’s still worth reporting in case you missed it. In less than 60 short days, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will officially be repealed, according to MetroWeekly. President Obama signed repeal legislation back in December 2010, and has certified that the military is ready for DADT to end. The legislation now will go into the “congressional review” period. On September 20, 2011, it’s OK to be out and proud in the military. Get your party heads and Pride posters ready.
Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.
If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group and submit up to five photos per day in the pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.
In cased you missed some of them, here are the stories that ran Monday, July 18, through Friday, July 22 on on Borderstan.com. Remember to meet the Borderstan Team… and take the reader poll on bikes on sidewalks.
- Summer in the City: Protect Your Dog From Heat Stroke
- Saturday, July 23: Charity Dog Wash at Fur-Get Me Not
Photo of the Day
This post from Tori Tyree originally ran on May 26. She has some important advice for how to take care of your dog during these hot summer days: Summer in the City: Protect Your Dog From Heat Stroke.
Fur-Get Me Not Dog Wash at 1722 Florida Avenue NW will host a charity dog wash event this Saturday, July 23. The $20 fee for the standard doggie bath will benefit Homeward Trails Animal Rescue and volunteers will wash your dog for you! Hours are 9 am to noon.
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization that provides pet adoption in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. They find homes for dogs and cats rescued from high-kill animal shelters or whose owners could no longer care for them.
So, whether you have a four-legged friend who needs a bath, or you are interested in adopting one, come out for some good, clean fun for a worthy cause.
From Alejandra Owens. You can find her on Twitter at @frijolita or at her food blog, One Bite At A Time.
I know. You think I’m talking about the heat. But I’m talking about tomatoes. We are slowly rolling into the peak of tomato season here in DC and we’ll all be better for it. Cherry tomatoes, Romas, Heirlooms, Beefsteaks, Red Slicers — you name it they’re out there or they will be soon!
Some quick business before we dive right in: FreshFarm Markets (Dupont is one of them) would like you to take a survey about their newsletter, if you receive it. Looks like they want to make sure you actually find it useful!
Tomatoes By the Boxfull
Also: Let’s say you’re going tomato crazy (you canners, I know you’re out there) and you want to buy the juicy reds in bulk, Robin Shuster of 14 & U Farmers Market has a sale for you! Garner’s Produce is starting their annual sale on 25-pound boxes of field tomatoes. The perfect Primo Reds are $20 a box and the second is $15 a box (that’s 60 to 80 cents a pound!). Email to reserve your box(es) and mention which market will be your pickup (14th and U or Bloomingdale market on Sunday) to [email protected]
Sliced, Diced, Roasted, Canned, Grilled
What to do with a 25 pound box of tomatoes? Well, my favorite preparations include:
A partnership of non-profits is creating a community garden on the grounds of the Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments at 15th and U Streets, NW. The effort is being coordinated by Living City DC 14th & U, the local program of the national Living City Block and DC Greenworks.
Headquartered in Denver, Living City Block works with local groups to create sustainable and resource efficient cities — one block at a time. The Living City Block DC boundaries includes the blocks between 13th and 15th and U and V Streets. DC Greenworks will offer planning and installation guidance. The non-profits will receive assistance from One City Summer Youth Employment Program. Young adults from the program will help build and maintain the garden through the summer months.
In addition to providing fresh produce to the senior residents of the Dunbar Apartments, the garden will facilitate interaction between residents of the Apartment and the surrounding neighborhood. An under-used shuffleboard court on the property will get new life as the community garden. The design of the garden includes raised beds, this method allows easier access for seniors to tend the garden.
Project organizers are seeking assistance from the community on Saturday, June 30 at 10 am to install the garden. Location is the Dunbar Apartments, northeast corner of 15th and U Streets NW. Email [email protected] to volunteer.
The Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments recently joined with Jair Lynch Development Partners to refinance, renovate and ensure the apartments remain affordable housing for several decades. The apartment complex at 2001 15th Street had previously been know as Campbell Heights.
By Michelle Lancaster. You can find her on Twitter @MichLancaster.
“Young Adults” Drive D.C. Growth
Two quick thoughts: one, the term ‘young adults’ seems patronizing, pedantic and befitting R.L. Stine books rather than college graduates with shiny new jobs; two, Courtland Milloy was onto something with that ‘creative class’ diatribe on the growth of young people in the district. Now, the real story — The Washington Post reports that Census data indicates young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s were responsible for almost all of the city’s growth. Shaw and Logan Circle are two areas that attracted the new, younger residents. Apparently, the city is becoming fun! Obvious jabs at the “no, really, we are cool” bit aside, this population shift should mean interesting things as ANC’s and the City Council deliberate decisions that will impact the future of our schools, transportation, housing and businesses.