by Tim Regan October 23, 2015 at 7:15 am 0

Police arrested three people suspected of shooting a man in a car near Howard University early this morning.

According to police, three suspects shot at a car near the corner of Georgia Ave. and Euclid St. NW around 4:00 a.m. this morning. Police said at least one bullet struck the man who was driving the car. The man then drove to the corner of 7th and S streets NW to report the incident, said police.

Police continued: “Moments later, three subjects were stopped in the 200 block of V St. NW. The three subjects were placed under arrest for assault with a dangerous weapon.”

Third District Commander Jeffrey Carroll said the man sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting. WUSA9 reported that the man was shot in the arm.

by Tim Regan August 25, 2015 at 10:30 am 1 Comment

Leave a dollar, take a tea in Dupont Circle

D.C.’s honesty just got dissed by a Bethesda-based tea brand.

As part of an unscientific quest to find the most honest cities in the country, Honest Tea set up an honor system tea stand in Dupont Circle last month. The instructions were clear: take tea, drop money in a box.

Now, the results are in: Only 94 percent of people in D.C. paid for the tea, making D.C. the 17th most-honest city in the U.S. out of 26.

To add insult to injury, Honest Tea says D.C. was the only city in which people actually stole money from the payment box, a first for the program’s history.

Despite the low ranking, our city performed on par with the national honesty average, Honest Tea says, and stiff competition from Atlanta (100 percent), Indianapolis (99 percent) and San Diego (97 percent) set the bar fairly high.

And it could have been worse: According to the results, the least honest city in the program was Providence, R.I., with 83 percent.

by Tim Regan June 16, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

grosso_nadeauD.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Brianne K. Nadeau will talk with Ward 1 residents about the future of education in the District at the Frank D. Reeves Center tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The town hall meeting, which will be held in the community room on the second floor of the Reeves Center at 14th and U streets, is an opportunity for the residents to weigh in on an education funding plan passed by the D.C. Council in May.

The plan includes the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, a $1.6 million allocation for a new literacy intervention program and new funding priorities for public schools.

Residents are encouraged to RSVP before attending the town hall.

by Tim Regan June 15, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 Comment

Photo via Google Street View

A meeting held this week could be residents’ last chance to weigh in before the city allows the redevelopment of a parking lot at 8th and O Streets NW.

Representatives from the city will hear comments from the public tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, located at 711 N Street, N.W.

The goal of the meeting is to determine whether the plot of land is “required for future public use.” Comments collected at the public meeting will be submitted to the D.C. Council for review.

As part of the redevelopment process, the property must be declared surplus by the D.C. Council. If the property is not found to be required for future public use, the redevelopment may move forward as planned.

The parking lot has been slated since last year to become a retail and residential development.

by Borderstan.com June 25, 2013 at 11:00 am 16 Comments

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

People love this city so much, they even make it permanent. (Luis Gomez Photos)

People love this city so much they even make it permanent. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Most Washingtonians can empathize with my biggest pet peeve. It’s a conversation — And it goes something like this:

New person making small talk (not from around here): Where do you live?

Me: DC.

New person: Oh, like Northern Virginia? (Then they probably mention something about how swell it would be to live near a mall like Tysons, which — purely a reflex — makes my eyes roll.)

Me: No. Like, DC.

Then comes the look of confusion.

“Oh I didn’t know people actually live in D.C…”

When I moved to the area four years ago, I didn’t know people actually live in DC, either. In fact, I was told that no one stays in DC for long.

“It’s a transient city,” I would hear.

Someone once described DC as a layover for the young, well-educated and eager types who want to “change the world” or “dip their feet in politics” before moving out to the suburbs to get married and make babies.

That was only four years ago. And the sad thing is, that sentiment still stands.

What is even more upsetting, is that I often hear that phrase, “transient city,” repeated by people who live in this city that I call “home,” not “hub.”

It’s time to put an end to that misconception. Because DC is not a transient city. It’s an amazing place to live — and especially now.

DC is a city in which one can find a job, start a business and start a family.

District residents can eat at a new restaurant every week, catch live music at an endless number of venues and watch theatre in the same neighborhood where the country’s political theatre takes place.

Without leaving city limits we can kayak on two rivers, cheer on five professional sports teams, go on a hike, take a bike ride and walk among the nation’s monuments.

It’s been ranked as one of the nation’s healthiest and wealthiest cities. And, as we can all attest, one of the best cities for happy hour (interpret that ranking as you may).

DC is rich in history and promises a bright future. It’s creative, it’s vibrant and it’s on the move.

Now, what about that list sounds transient?

In the past, the most “desirable” places to live in the District were often too expensive for those not making millions.

Now, areas formerly viewed as “a little too far from downtown” are attracting younger demographics, along with small and local businesses.

Neighborhoods and communities have always existed in the District. But a sense of community — especially among the young who move here without intentions to stay — is really taking root.

What people used to see as abandoned and disjointed sections of the city are seeing a revival in their playgrounds, their public schools and public works.

It would be naive of me to stand here and say that all of DC is perfect. There are still a lot of problems here. Many neighborhoods in the city need more funding, added jobs, better teachers, access to grocery stores and lower crime rates.

But looking at how much things have shifted in the last several years, I see nothing but hope — and love — for the District.

When I look at this city, I don’t see transient, I don’t see temporary.  I see home.

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by Borderstan.com March 7, 2011 at 5:15 am 1,084 0

Borderstan, Eric Gilliland, Flickr, Capital Bikeshare

Happy Monday, Borderstanis. Time to get back in the groove. (Photo from Eric Gilliland, Borderstan reader pool on Flickr)

From Mike Kohn. Got a news tip for Mike? Shoot him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

1-Year Anniversary: Where Has the Time Gone?

Believe it or not, it’s been a whole year since the District started allowing same-sex marriages. And yet, I haven’t aged a day (10 points if you caught the Sex in the City reference). WTOP reports that gay couples now feel more comfortable buying houses together or visiting one another in the hospital. It’s the little things, ya know?

So Close, Yet So Far…

While the District celebrates the one-year anniversary, just across the border, Maryland is still struggling to pass an act allowing gay marriage to begin with. It’s even more complicated now that one of the original supporters has gone back on his word to back the bill. In what would be a major-major-league flip-flop, Sam Arora (D-Montgomery County) is now planning to vote against the marriage bill, according to Metro Weekly.

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by Borderstan.com November 30, 2010 at 7:54 pm 1,444 0

From Berrak Sarikaya

Gifts for the Homeless

Donate your used clothing this weekend. (Courtesy Gifts for the Homeless)

Clean out your closet and do a good deed at the same time. This weekend Gifts for the Homeless, Inc. (GFTH) holds its annual used clothing drive. Bring your clothes to The Portals III on D Street between 12th and 13th St. SW (map) from Saturday to Sunday. Hours are 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Several hundred volunteers will be coming together to sort, categorize, repackage and then deliver the thousands of bags of donated clothing, blankets, and other necessities to dozens of area shelters to distribute to the homeless. For more than 20 years, GFTH’s annual Used Clothing Drive has distributed tens of thousands of bags of used clothing to shelters in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

There is still time for interested offices, individuals, families, and school groups to donate clothing and/or to volunteer. For more information or to make a donation, visit GFTH’s website.

“The clothing we collect each year is delivered to more than 70 area shelters, from an eight-bed home for men with AIDS to a 1,600 bed facility serving men, women and children,” said Bart Epstein, president of GFTH, which is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization supported by the region’s legal community.

A volunteer with GFTH says, “Anyone with donations literally can drive up on the side of the building (near the Mandarin Oriental hotel) and volunteers will collect the donations curbside, so there’s no need to find a parking spot and that makes it extra easy and quick to donate. Donations also can of course be brought in by hand.”

“Every year, we meet the needs of more and more homeless people and families by delivering warm clothing to increasing numbers of shelters and soup kitchens. We intend to serve every facility in the region that helps the homeless — from emergency shelters to transitional shelters to shelters for battered women and children to soup kitchens. Any shelter or soup kitchen in the area with needs should let us know so that we can do our best to meet their needs.”

GFTH was created in 1986 by lawyers in the district as part of an effort to give back to the city during the holiday season. Over the years, GFTH has grown into a year-round operation that collects used clothing and monetary donations (used to purchase new clothing such as socks, sweatshirts, long underwear, blankets, hats and gloves.

by Borderstan.com June 6, 2009 at 5:50 pm 0

(Image: MPD Web site.)

(Image: MPD Web site.)

From MPD:“Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier Announce Citywide All Hands on Deck Phase II.”

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced the District’s City-Wide All Hands on Deck (AHOD), which began at 6 am Friday, June 5 and will continue through 6 am on Sunday, June 7, 2009.

During AHOD, all available sworn MPD personnel will be on patrol throughout the District emphasizing community policing, focused law enforcement and community outreach. This will include increased foot beats, homicide detectives following up on their cases for new leads, and recruits passing out specific crime-related information.

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by Borderstan.com January 7, 2009 at 9:10 pm 1,032 0

Greater Greater Washington.)

Artist’s rendering of a 1959 design for the National Cultural Center, which would ultimately be called The Kennedy Center. (Image: Greater Greater Washington.)

Just had to share this posting and photo from Greater Greater Washington. (It’s a favorite local blog of mine.) This is a 1959 artist’s rendering of what might have been The Kennedy Center, then referred to as the National Cultural Center.

Personally, I like this 1959 design better. The building is joined with the Potomac River. I have never figured out why the current building is cut off from the water. We seem to deny our waterfront.

by Borderstan.com December 28, 2008 at 8:05 am 1,254 0

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Barack Obama and Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20 on the west side of the Capitol, facing the National Mall. This photo taken during 2008 National Kite Festival. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Washington, DC, needs volunteers to help provide information and support to the huge number of visitors expected for Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on January 20. There is a call for volunteers from Serve DC, whose “mission is to strengthen and promote the District of Columbia’s spirit of service through partnerships, national service and volunteerism.” The following info is from the Dupont Forum listserv on Yahoo! Groups: (more…)

by Borderstan.com December 22, 2008 at 10:24 am 0

A fascinating and depressing story about how some semi-automatic weapons made their way onto D.C. streets. From The Washington Post: “A Lot Of Guns Still Got Away; Convictions Fail to Satisfy ATF And D.C. Police.”

The crime took place about two hours from Washington, on the outskirts of Richmond: Two masked burglars smashed into a sporting-goods store and walked away with 34 semiautomatic handguns.The two novice criminals, college-educated men who had been friends since their high school years in Greenbelt, pulled off the heist in June with plans to sell the guns for quick cash in and around the District. Federal agents and D.C. police arrested them about a week after the theft, but not fast enough to keep the guns off the market.

Read Post story.

by Borderstan.com December 21, 2008 at 11:00 pm 0

Yes, this poll that I conducted here at Borderstan.com (it was open to everyone, not just Borderstanians) is very unscientific and probably representative of very little. Take it for what you will. As of today, 131 people responded to the poll on what they believe will happen in 2009 with street crime in D.C. About 72% of poll takers believe street crime will increase next year in D.C.

Here are the results:

  • Street crime will decrease: 7.6% (10 votes)
  • Street crime will stay about the same: 20.6% (27 votes)
  • Street crime will increase: 71.8% (94 votes)

by Borderstan.com December 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm 1,092 1 Comment

Borderstanians: A new feature for you. Take the poll!

by Borderstan.com October 19, 2008 at 9:24 am 1,045 0

The Wilson Building is home to the D.C. City Council. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)

The Wilson Building is home to the D.C. City Council. (Photo from D.C. Council Web site.)

What

Candidates for two At-Large seats on the D.C. City Council will debate this Monday, October 20, at the Dupont Circle Candidates’s Forum.

Two of the four At-Large seats are being filled this year. The other two seats, plus the Council Chairman slot, are up for election in 2010.

When and Where

Monday, October 20, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Powell Room at the Cosmos Club at 2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Participating Candidates

Click on the candidate’s name to go to his or her campaign Web site.

Sponsors

The debiate is co-hosted by Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) Dupont Circle/2B.

Submit Debate Questions

You can post questions for the debate online at ANC 2B/Dupont Circle–just click here to submit your questions.

Notes

  1. All candidates for the two seats appear on the ballot together. The two candidates receiving the most votes are elected to the two At-Large seats.
  2. At least one of the winning candidates on November 4 for the At-Large seats must be an Indpendent or from a party other than the majority party (the Democratic Party).
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