by Tim Regan December 6, 2016 at 3:50 pm 2 Comments

They call him “Mr. Holiday.”

At least eight times a year, Dupont resident Greg Nelson beautifies his 16th Street home and front yard with an absurd amount of holiday decorations. Around Easter, the house has colorful flowers and bunnies. Fourth of July means red, white and blue. Fall, naturally, brings pumpkins and scarecrows.

But Christmastime is perhaps Nelson’s favorite season. Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, he lugs candy canes, twinkling lights and Santa Clauses out of storage and into his front yard.

Setting up takes about three days, Nelson said, but creates a dazzling yuletide display that draws crowds of curious onlookers every year.

“Our electric bill goes up about 400 percent during the month of December,” he said. “It’s thousands of dollars. I don’t like to think about it.”

It’s a tradition that Nelson and his partner, Jose, have carried out for roughly a decade, and much to the delight of the surrounding neighborhood.

“We have people who come for every holiday,” Nelson said. “We have had people use it for their holiday card. We have people who’ve dropped off a bottle of wine.”

People often come by and ring the doorbell. Once, Nelson found a group of women sitting in his living room. They thought it was a hotel.

“They don’t know if it’s part of the church, if it’s an embassy,” he added. “You get people who ask, why do you do this?”

But when people do ask, Nelson responds it’s because he’s just glad to bring a smile to his neighbors’ faces.

“Life is better with a theme,” he likes to say.

Earlier today, Nelson came home from the dog park to find a note taped to his front door. The letter was from a boy who passes the house on his way to and from school. The boy, with the help of his mom, asked Nelson questions like, “where do you get your decorations?” (Ebay, post-Christmas sales at Home Depot) and “did you grow up in a house that decorated like this? (Nelson grew up in Minnesota, “where decorating for Christmas is basically a rite of passage.”)

Upon seeing the letter, Nelson said he nearly cried.

“It’s [nice] to spread some Disney pixie dust on a city that all too often takes itself too seriously,” he said. “That’s what I try to achieve.”

To keep up with the home’s latest decorations, follow Nelson on Instagram at MrHolidayDC.

by Andrew Ramonas April 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm 1 Comment

16th and S streets NW (Photo via Google Maps)Police have apprehended a 29-year-old man suspected of flashing a knife and robbing two men a few blocks south of U Street NW last night, according to authorities.

Christopher Bernard Wise was arrested in connection with the armed robbery, which happened at at 16th and S streets NW about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. Cops found him in an alley on the 1300 block of S Street NW shortly after the robbery.

Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.


by February 21, 2013 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

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


ANC Commissioner Kishan Putta, 2B-04, and Metro’s Director of Bus Planning Jim Hamre. (Rachel Nania)

Metro’s Director of Bus Planning Jim Hamre and five additional Metro employees joined ANC 2B Commissioners Noah Smith and Kishan Putta, and a handful of local residents on Wednesday night to present potential solutions to the overcrowding on 16th Street buses.

Wednesday night’s meeting was the second meeting Metro attended to work with local residents on the bus-crowding problem. Hamre presented three options to attendees, all of which include additional short trips between 7:35 and 9:15 am on weekdays.

“We need something short-term until we can come up with some long-term solutions,” said Hamre, who also mentioned that adding buses will be a part of the long-term solutions due to the District’s population shift and recent boom in development.

According to Hamre, Metro sees a 3:1 commuter pattern ratio, meaning most commuters travel on the same days and during the same hours, compared commuters in other cities.

Below are the proposed options, as presented on Wednesday night.

Metro’s Proposed Plans

Option 1A

  • Extra short trips every 15 minutes from U Street NW to H Street NW.
  • Bus layover at U and 15th Streets NW.
  • Annual additional cost: $130,000.
  • Requires two additional morning peak buses.

Option 1B

  • Extra short trips every 15 minutes from V Street and 14th Streets NW to H Street NW.
  • Bus layover at 15th and V Streets NW.
  • Annual additional cost: $130,000.
  • Requires two additional morning peak buses.
  • Will not cover any additional stops than covered in 1A.

Option 2

  • Extra short trips every 20 minutes from Euclid Street to 16th and K Streets NW
  • Bus layover at Euclid and 16th Streets NW.
  • Requires two additional morning peak buses (going to a 15-minute frequency would cost $195,000 and require three additional morning peak buses).
  • 15th Street NW becomes one lane north of W Street, potentially causing delays if street is blocked.
  • Would not cover stops at Lafayette Square and McPherson Square that are covered in Option 1.

Residents at the meeting took a straw poll — more residents were in favor of increasing the frequency of buses than increasing the area covered (as described in Option 2).

“Residents may be in disagreement about one option, but there is total agreement that we want to see one of these in place,” said ANC 2B-09 Commissioner Noah Smith.

Hamre said he and his employees will take the response from the meeting back to headquarters and begin to work on implementing the change. He expects the changes could take place as early as mid-March.

Putta and Smith will work with local residents to conjure up additional support from residents in the form of a letter to send to Metro, as well.

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