On Monday, February 18, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will observe Presidents’ Day.
Trash and recycling collections and parking enforcement will be suspended for the day; all services will resume Tuesday, February 19. The details are listed below.
- For those neighborhoods with once-a-week trash and recycling collections, services will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week.
- In neighborhoods with twice-weekly trash collections, Monday and Thursday collections will be made Tuesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Friday collections will be made Wednesday and Saturday.
- DPW will suspend enforcement of parking meters, residential parking and rush hour lane restrictions on Presidents Day.
- DPW will suspend towing abandoned vehicles.
- Enforcement resumes Tuesday, February 19.
The Langston Room at Busboys & Poets was filled to capacity for Tuesday night’s panel discussion: “The Art of Vandalism: A Close Up Look at Graffiti in DC.” The event brought together graffiti artists, art advocates and government representatives in charge of cleaning up graffiti. The purpose of the forum was to better understand graffiti art and find solutions to unwanted graffiti.
The evening also served as a launch for the MuralsDC 2011 program. The MuralsDC programs hopes to create lasting efforts to keep frequently tagged walls free of graffiti by creating owner-approved murals.
Nancee Lyons, D.C. Department of Public Works (DPW) and a panelist, noted the success of the program over the past few years. Of the 34 murals created over the life of the program only three or four have been tagged by graffiti after completion. In the Borderstan neighborhood we can see examples of MuralsDC efforts at 1344 U Street NW and 1507 9th Street NW. A map and brochure about the program shows that most of the murals created in the past are east of Rock Creek Park, with almost no mural projects in Wards 2, 3 or 4.
For the past six years, we’ve tried to get a couple of trashcans on 15th Street NW between P and U Streets. Since I moved to Borderstan more than 10 years ago, the volume of foot traffic has picked up substantially–a wonderful thing. The laws of urban living dictate that more people on the street mean more trash. Hence, the desire for a couple of trash cans on this stretch of 15th Street.
Soon after we began nagging the city, mainly Public Works, two trash cans appeared: one on the southwest corner of 15th and S NW and the other one at the northeast corner of 15th and R by the Presbyterian Church. Well, the one by the church was taken away after about two days. Over the years we worked with our ANC reps in ANC 2B, reps from the mayor’s office, filled out forms online… and so forth.
Wow. First of I have heard of this new device: the sweepercam. Got an email from DC Department of Public Works regarding the resumption of street sweeping on March 23 (for which I am extremely grateful… our streets are gross in the winter). Starting March 7, DPW will test cameras mounted on its city streetsweepers, which will take photos of cars that are illegally parked on streetsweeping day. The new cameras will be used to help DPW and MPD ticket and tow cars that have not been moved on the appropriate day.
Note to the City Council and Mayor: Now, if you would only worry as much about violent crime on the streets as you do trash…
Here’s the memo:
Hallelujah. The DC Department of Public Works resumes street sweeping-cleaning on March 23. Remember to move your car on the appropriate day. From DPW:
Please be advised that daytime mechanical street sweeping will resume in scheduled, signed residential neighborhoods on Monday, March 23, 2009. Alternate-side parking restrictions in these areas will go into effect as well. Parking tickets, which carry a $30 fine, will be issued, beginning March 30, to vehicles parked during street sweeping hours in areas posted with “No Parking/Street Cleaning” signs. Beginning March 30, parked cars also may be towed to allow the sweepers access to the curbside. Generally, parking is prohibited for two hours while sweeping is underway.
DC streets and sidewalks get really nasty in the winter and I wish DPW would figure out a way to sweep the streets at least once every three or four weeks during the winter. It doesn’t get that cold here during an average winter; there must be some way to do it. For the taxes we pay…
Mayor Adrian Fenty announced that starting today Department of Public Works recycling collection crews will accept an expanded list of items for recycling, especially plastics. Now residents can recycle film plastics like grocery, produce, and dry cleaning bags, as well as aerosol cans and a variety of rigid plastic including plastic lawn furniture, toys and flower pots.