On a year-over-year (YOY) basis, total crime in the 14th Street area was down 24% in April from last year. There were 29 total crimes in April 2009 compared to 22 last month. However, the April 2010 is still slightly higher than April 2008 when there were 22 total crimes in the 14th Street area.
Detailed numbers are below the fold and are from the MPD Crime Database.
Declining property crime. The decrease in total crimes in April YOY in the 14th Street area was due primarily to the 26% in property crimes. These account for the huge bulk of all crime–91% of all reported crimes last month were property crimes, as opposed to violent crimes, which were 9% of the total.
The decrease in property crimes was due to the decreasing number of thefts from autos (“smash and grabs”), which declined to 7 last month compared to 16 in April 2009. But, the total number of property crimes in the 14th Street area is still higher than two years ago when there were 16 property crimes.
Violent crime stable. There were 2 violent crimes last month in the 14th Street area–2 robberies without guns. This is the same as April 2009 and similar to April 2008 when there were 2 no-gun robberies and 1 no-gun assaults. There were no gun crimes last month in the area; gun crimes are robberies, assaults and homicides committed with a gun.
The 14th Street corridor crime reporting area (see map) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 14th and QU NW–an area that roughly runs from 15th Street on the west to Vermont Avenue/Logan Circle on the east and from S Street on the north to Rhode Island Avenue on the south.
Detailed crime stats for the 14th Street Corridor in April 2008, 2009 and 2010 are below the fold.
As of Tuesday evening, approximately 150 to 200 people had voted in the Borderstan poll, “14th St NW: What Do You Want More Of? This is an approximation as voters could select as many of the 12 choices as desired.
A total of 912 votes were cast for 11 choices plus Other to the question, What kind of stores and businesses do you want more of on the 14th Street NW corridor… between Thomas Circle and Florida Avenue NW? You can pick as many as you want.
My initial read on the results, below, of this very unscientific poll, is that respondents tend to want more food options in the affordable range (lower-priced restaurants and delis) along with places to hang (coffee houses). In addition, people would like to have more general shopping options, including clothing stores.
Noticeably, there was no excitement among respondents to this poll for more furniture stores, art galleries or clubs/lounges.
Here are the results:
- Lower-Priced Restaurants: 17% (155 votes)
- Delis & Food Stores: 16% (150 votes)
- Coffee Houses: 11% (103 votes)
- Apparel Stores: 10% (93 votes)
- General Retail: 10% (89 votes)
- Upper End Restaurants: 9% (79 votes)
- Theaters: 6% (58 votes)
- Clubs & Lounges: 6% (52 votes)
- Art Galleries: 5% (48 votes)
- Furniture & Home Stores: 4% (38 votes)
- Other: 2% (21 votes)