by Jared Holt July 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm 0

A throng of people gathered earlier this morning and cheered in celebration at the sight of the Cuban flag waving in front of the country’s newly reopened embassy at 2630 16th Street NW

Diplomats lined the front wall of the embassy and cheered as decorated guards raised the red, blue and white banner.

Like most political ceremonies, the event included some protestors, too.

One man stepped out of his brown leather shoes, peeled off the top layer of his shirt and sprinted across the busy street. He then hopped a row of sidewalk barricades, ran toward the embassy gate and covered himself in fake blood. Officials detained the protestor at the gate.

Others held up banners and chanted anti-Cuba slogans.

Despite the jeers, most locals attending the ceremony seemed to welcome their new neighbors.

Alejandro Sánchez Nieto, who works a few blocks away, said he thinks the embassy will bring new people to Meridian Hill.

“You’ll have more people coming to the embassy for visas, which means they’re going to know the area and the other embassies around here,” Nieto said.

“Now that the embassy is restored to full potential, hopefully in 2016 during Embassy Day you will have the Cuban Embassy open to the public, which would be a big opportunity for people to visit this community,” added Nieto.

by Jared Holt July 15, 2015 at 10:05 am 1 Comment

A man was filmed fighting off two would-be robbers last Friday near Meridian Hill Park.

Officials say the man was walking home last Friday around 1:55 a.m. when two suspects asked him for money. Police say that when victim refused, the two suspects followed him home.

Upon arriving at his residence on the 2400 block of 16th Street NW, the victim again refused to give up his belongings and the suspects attacked him.

A surveillance video released last night by police appears to show the man fighting off one of his attackers.

In the video, a hooded man can be seen punching the victim in an attempt to snatch his backpack. The victim appears to retaliate with a punch of his own.

Police say the assault and robbery ended when a witness stepped forward assist the victim and the suspects fled on foot toward Kalorama Road NW.

The victim received on-site treatment for minor injuries.

No arrests have been made, and police are still on the lookout for the two suspects.

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. 

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

by Borderstan.com June 11, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported an assault with the intent to rob around 9 pm, Monday, June 10. The crime took place on the 1800 block of 16th Street NW, between S and T Streets. The lookout is for one man; details are below.

From the Police Alert: “Assault w/ intent to Rob. UNIT 3011 CONFIRMED A assault w/ intent to rob in the 1800 blk of 16th St NW. LOF a H/M, 30-35 yoa, 5’6″, 150-180lbs, blk shirt with gray pants. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130283308. Sent on: 06/10 21:04.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Assault w/ intent to rob in the 1800blk of 16th St NW. LOF a H/M, 30-35 yoa, 5’6″, 150-180lbs, blk shirt with gray pants.”

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by Borderstan.com May 7, 2013 at 7:00 am 0

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a gun robbery at 11:10 pm yesterday, May 6, at 16th and R Streets NW. The lookout is for one man; details are below.

There is usually a fair amount of foot and car traffic at this intersection at this time of the evening. It is only one block from the 17th Street business corridor, and the large Chastleton condo building is at the northeast corner.

From the Police Alert: “ROBBERY GUN 2310 HOURS 16TH & R STREET NW LOOKOUT FOR B/M, 6’0″-6’2″, 30 YEARS OF AGE, WEARING BLUE JEANS DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT I20130215204. Sent on: 05/06 23:28.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “3D Robbery Gun //16th & R Street NW //LOF B/M, 6’0″, 30 YOA, wearing dark jeans //Last seen walking east //6559.”

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by Borderstan.com April 8, 2013 at 6:29 am 1 Comment

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

DC Police reported a gun robbery at 11:30 pm last night, April 7, at 16th and Q Streets NW. The lookout is for one man, who was armed with a gun; more details are below.

From the Police Alert: “Robbery Gun_2330 hours_16th & Q Streets NW_LOF: B/M, 170 pounds, short dreadlocks, dark complexion, wearing a black and red track suit and armed with a gun DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20130157626, Sent on: 04/07 23:49.”

From the DC Police Twitter feed: “Rob Gun_2330 hours_16th & Q Streets NW_LOF: B/M, 170lbs, short dreads, dark complexion, wearing black & red track suit & armed w/ gun // 8138.”

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by Borderstan.com March 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Running for the bus at 16th and Corcoran Streets NW. (Kishan Putta)

Metro announced last week that it will add nine new southbound “short trips” during morning rush hour in attempt to reduce overcrowding on the S-line buses. The crowded buses have caused problems for residents who board along 16th Street NW.

According to Metro, the additional buses will start service on 16th Street NW at Harvard Street NW, making all S2 stops on 16th Street to H Street NW. At H Street, the buses will turn left and go west to 14th Street NW.

The change came after ANC 2B-04 Commissioner Kishan Putta organized a series of meetings with residents, commuters and Metro employees and planners.

“My biggest issue is that I can stand waiting for the bus for 30 minutes during rush hour and 10 buses — I have counted, not an exaggeration — come by and do not stop. Even if the bus isn’t full because the bus drivers do not make people move towards the back of the bus,” one local resident told Putta.

Another resident experienced frustration after several buses passed and she waited in the cold with her infant.

“The most frustrating is that by the time the bus reaches K Street NW, it is almost empty,” the resident said, explaining the overcrowded situation during rush hour commutes.

At the last meeting, Metro proposed three possible plans to attendees, who voted on their preferred plan. More residents and commuters were in favor of increasing the frequency of buses over increasing the area covered.

Because the buses will start service at Harvard Street NW, passengers at bus stops south of Mount Pleasant should find it easier to find room to board, Metro says.

In December, Metro extended the hours of MetroExtra service on 16th Street to provide additional capacity during the late-evening hours, between 7 and 9:30 pm.

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by Borderstan.com February 7, 2013 at 8:00 am 0

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com.

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Buses in need of parking. (Luis Gomez Photos)

In response to residents’ complaints regarding waiting sustained amounts of time for an S2 or S4 bus on 16th Street NW, ANC 2B04 Commissioner Kishan Putta organized a neighborhood meeting for January 28 at the DC Jewish Community Center.

The routes on the 16th Street bus line have the highest ridership in DC, and many commuters are seeing buses pass, due to overcrowding.

Joining Putta at the meeting was Director of Bus Planning for WMATA Jim Hamre, ANC 2B09 Commissioner Noah Smith and about 30 residents. David Erion and Ann Chisholm of WMATA and Steve Strauss of DDOT were also in attendance.

Following the meeting, Putta authored an article in Greater Greater Washington, detailing the discussion’s results.

In the article, Putta writes:

One possibility discussed with Hamre during the meeting is a rush hour route focused on the morning problem strip: Columbia Road to downtown DC. But one obstacle is layover space–a bus route requires a location for the bus drivers to park, pause, and get ready for an on-time departure. My ANC colleague Noah Smith proposed inquiring about space in nearby neighborhoods.

Putta told Borderstan that Hamre will present some of WMATA’s proposed options to remedy the situation to the public by the week of February 22.

“We deeply appreciate how much Metro and DDOT care about helping our community,” Putta said to Borderstan. “They have been receptive and willing to discuss short-term solutions – and proposed another public meeting soon to present their options. As soon as we get the details for that meeting, we will announce them widely so that we get as much community input as possible. And Metro welcomed that opportunity — we really appreciate that.”

Putta, who is also a resident on 16th Street, will reach out to residents as soon as the next meeting is confirmed.

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by Borderstan.com January 28, 2013 at 8:30 am 0

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How long are you waiting for the bus? (Luis Gomez Photos)

How long is your wait for the S2 or S4 on 16th Street NW? Residents in the area have been sharing their concerns about the long waits and how full the Metrobuses are (or are not) as they bypass bus stops during their morning commutes.

The routes on the 16th Street bus line have the highest ridership in the DC.

Kishan Putta, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for District 2B04, has invited residents of the area to a meeting with  Jim Hamre, director of Bus Planning for Metro today, January 28, at 7:30 pm at the DC Jewish Community Center (16th & Q Streets NW) to discuss this problem and any other transit issues residents may have (14th Street buses, too).

These are excerpts from emails sent by residents to Putta, whose district includes a swath of 16th Street NW:

“Just this week (Tues, Wed, and today, Thurs), it has taken me 45-50 minutes to get from 16th & V to 14th & I, and anywhere from 4 to 6 buses have passed the stop each morning because they are too crowded to accept any more passengers.  (Also, on Tuesday morning, 2 buses that had hardly anyone standing passed us by in the cold).  There are usually 15-20 people waiting at V St in the mornings.  Thanks again for the chance to provide input to Metro.”

 “The bus issue is particularly aggravating for me.  The bus stops immediately outside my building and drops me off a block from my office, but it’s completely unusable.  S2/S4 buses are often full and do not stop, but a second issue is that during morning rush hour, it seems like the majority of the buses go to McPherson Square, not Federal Triangle, which does me (and I’d suspect many other commuters) little to no good at all.”

 “It’s not fair that people who happen to live farther north are able to catch any bus that arrives, while we get passed by bus after bus – some days my commute is 15 minutes, sometime it’s 40 minutes.”

 “Apps like NextBus are useless because even if I track buses and time my walk to catch them, they are usually full and won’t stop.  I often get frustrated by all the buses that refuse to stop that I will just give up and take a cab.”

 “Sometimes the buses are so full that they drop people off, but STILL refuse to take new passengers – it’s a really depressing/frustrating/stressful start to my day.”

“I would note that a big part of the problem is that many buses do, in fact, have room but the drivers do not ask people to move back so it looks like they’re full from up front (nothing is more frustrating than watching a half-empty bus speed by or refuse to open its doors).”

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by Borderstan.com January 16, 2013 at 6:00 am 0

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Rowhouses is by ekelly80 from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, Rowhouses was taken by ekelly80. The photo was taken on 16th Street NW on January 5.

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by Borderstan.com November 8, 2012 at 7:00 am 3 Comments

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Crime news from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

There was an early morning robbery that involved the use of force and violence at 16th and Church Streets NW on Thursday, November 8. The incident involved two men and occurred shortly after 1 am.

From DC Police Alerts: “ROBBERY FORCE AND VIOLENCE. ROBBERY FORCE  & VIOLENCE_0113HRS_16TH & CHURCH ST NW_LOF B/M 20’S,IN A SILVER 2D VEHICLE DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120565570. Sent on: 11/08 01:53”

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by Borderstan.com August 13, 2012 at 9:16 am 1,956 2 Comments

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16th and S Streets NW: Scottish Rites Masons Temple defaced during the weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

One  of the monumental sphinxes at the headquarters of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite Masons at 16th and S Streets NW was defaced with pink paint during the weekend. Workers at temple this morning said they were astonished that someone would vandalize the temple.

According to the National Park Service, the Temple of the Scottish Rite Masons at 1733 16th Street was designed by John Russell Pope, who also designed the National Archives and the Jefferson Memorial. The temple is part of the 16th Street Historic District, and was constructed between 1911 and 1915.  In 1931,  the Association of American Architects voted the structure the fifth most beautiful building in the world. Wikipedia has additional information about the temple and the organization.

The temple has been an important part of the neighborhood. Until last fall, its grounds on the 15th Street side were home to  community garden for 20 years — a local community garden, a haven for city dwellers with a green thumb in search of a place to cultivate flowers, herbs and vegetables for 20 years. The plots were reserved for DC residents who didn’t have a place to garden — giving preference to residents in the 20005, 20009, and 20036 zip codes.

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by Borderstan.com May 28, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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"Memorial Day" was taken by Greg Nelson and sent to Borderstan.com.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Memorial Day” was taken by Greg Nelson on May 26 on 16th Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com April 19, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

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“Remember Me” is by ekelly80 from the Borderstan flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Remember Me” was taken by ekelly80 on April 1, on 16th Street NW. Remember Me is part of the 5×5 Project.

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by Borderstan.com April 6, 2012 at 11:30 am 1,197 0

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

A victim was robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening at 16th Street and Florida Avenue NW. The alert from police came at 6:40 pm. Three suspects with a bike heading westbound on W Street NW were reported. No arrests have been announced.

The Borderstan area — Dupont, Logan and U Street — recorded 17 gun robberies in the first three months of 2012, up from 12 in the same time period in 2011. Citywide, gun robberies are up about 51% this year compared to 2011 numbers. See related posts below for more information.

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by Borderstan.com December 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm 1,864 4 Comments

Republic of Congo Embassy, 16th Street NW, Luis Gomez Photos

16th Street and Riggs Place NW: The recently poured concrete at the Republic of Congo Embassy came up on December 19. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Apparently, the squeaky wheel does get the grease. Or perhaps it often just has a better PR person? At any rate, Dupont Circle residents made so much noise about the decision by the Republic of Congo Embassy to pave their front yard that the embassy relented and began tearing up the concrete on Monday. (See No More Concrete at the Embassy of Congo.)

It took the DC Department of Transportation, the State Department and other local officials — along with neighborhood organizations — to make it happen. But now even the Grey Lady is in the picture. The New York Times story on Wednesday was after the Republic of Congo took corrective action with plans to replace the concrete with “bushes and mulch.”

The Dupont Circle Conservancy gets much of the credit in the article and the president is quoted a few times. The actual protests in front of the embassy were organized by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association.

The coverage of this squabble in the The Times means a few things:

  • First, it is an extremely slow news week leading up to Christmas.
  • Second, enough attention in local blogs can trickle up to the highest echelons of power (I’m talking about the State Department, not the The Times for any of you FOX News lovers).
  • Third, be very careful if you want to build/renovate/alter anything in Dupont Circle.

The money quote in the article from the Republic of Congo’s ambassador, Serge Mombouli: “They asked us remove the pavement, and that is what we are doing,” he said. “I know that that will not look nice, but that for me is as far as it goes. If we are required to do more, we will lodge a strong protest with the U.S. government.”

Merry Christmas to you, too, Mr. Ambassador.

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