by Tim Regan August 3, 2015 at 10:00 am 0

Nadeau on safety walk, photo via acebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

Columbia Heights residents will be able to join D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau on a public safety walk tonight.

The walk will last from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and begins at the intersection of 14th and Girard streets NW. Specifically, the walk will leave from the spray park next to the Domino’s Pizza.

The public safety walk comes amid debate over several recent violent crimes in the area.

Last Thursday, a man was shot and killed in Park View. The following night, another man was forced into a van at gunpoint and sexually assaulted in Columbia Heights.

Nadeau said in a statement last Friday that she’d like to curb loitering and public drinking and drug use to help combat violent crime.

“In our public safety walk at Georgia and Lamont last week we heard from many residents who were concerned about loitering, drinking and drug use in the area,” she said.”When I was an ANC, the Council attempted to pass anti-loitering laws. Unfortunately, there was no path for them, given the fact that the courts would strike them down. That said, MPD has the tools to address illegal activity such as drug use and public drinking without anti-loitering laws.

During the walk, residents will have the chance to address safety concerns with employees from the Metro Police Department, Department of Behavioral Health and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

This is one of several public safety walks that Nadeau is organizing across Ward 1.

Photo via Facebook.com/BrianneKNadeau

by Borderstan.com October 4, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,273 0

"Bike"

Bike safety in Borderstan: Lanes, lights and signs. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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

Last Thursday, the ANC 2B/Dupont and ANC 2F/Logan Advisory Neighborhood Commissions ANCs held a joint meeting to discuss bicycle safety (Dupont-Logan Bicycle Safety Meeting Thursday Night). Dupont ANC 2B Public Safety Liaisons Kishan Putta and Noah Smith and Logan Circle ANC Crime and Public Safety Chair Chris Linn provided Borderstan with this recap of the meeting.

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Residents told transportation and police officials that bike lanes need to be smoother and safer and that more enforcement against unsafe biking on sidewalks is needed, at a Dupont-Logan bike safety meeting last week.

The meeting, attended by more than 50 residents, was the first of its kind in Borderstan and was organized by Dupont Circle ANC safety liaisons Kishan Putta and Noah Smith and Logan Circle ANC liaison Chris Linn.

Putta and Smith held a general community safety meeting in June, where bike safety concerns were aired (Dupont Safety Forum: Homicides, Bikes, Smartphones, Bias Crimes) and that led to last week’s robust discussion.

According to Putta, “It is instructive that the number of neighbors who attended increased from our first general safety meeting.  This points to the importance of pedestrian and road safety on the minds of our neighbors and they can count on us to work to address their concerns.”

Mike Goodno and George Branyan from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) explained what the transportation agency is doing to improve road safety pertaining to bicycle-related issues, such as new bike lanes on N Street NW, 13th Street NW, New Hampshire Avenue NW, L Street NW and a potential lane on M Street NW that requires further study of the other lanes.

The DDOT officials were asked about the heavily used 15th Street NW two-way “cycle-track” and said that it is possible that the city could repave it if there was enough interest and concern. Yolanda Strachan, a meeting attendee, said, “I really hope Kishan [Putta], Noah [Smith], and Chris [Linn] will help us get the 15th Street lanes smoother. Right now, the southbound lane is so bumpy that I’m always switching lanes – but that’s not safe for the northbound bikers.”

Some residents raised concerns about bikers riding on sidewalks, especially where bike lanes are available. Police Service Area 208 Acting Lieutenant John McDonald clarified that biking hazardously on sidewalks is illegal everywhere, but otherwise, District law allows sidewalk biking in neighborhoods outside of the Central Business District. He admitted that “what is hazardous” is a subjective determination.

Shane Farthing, president of the Washington Area Bicycle Association, said that his organization “takes the long view” on these issues, and said that the recent biking boom in DC is going to take adjusting by all parties:  bikers, pedestrians, and drivers.

Strachan (the attendee) said she believes Putta, Smith, and Linn “have a real opportunity to improve community safety if they keep listening to residents and getting them involved and working with the District to make changes.”

Putta, Smith, and Linn said they plan to follow up with their ANCs later this month and then start working toward next steps on both bike and pedestrian safety issues this fall and winter.  All three are running for ANC seats on their respective commissions.

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by Borderstan.com October 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm 0

MPD shield.

MPD shield.

  • What: Second Borderstan Neighbors public safety meeting. Follow up to first meeting on August 6; postings here and here.
  • When: Thursday, November 13 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Who: Borderstanians, representatives of MPD, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, ANC representatives.

by Borderstan.com September 28, 2008 at 8:25 pm 1 Comment

"Nightfall on Corcoran Street" by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.

“Nightfall.” Looking west on 1500-block of Corcoran Street NW (photo by Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day).

In case you have ever asked yourself, “Am I the only one who reads this stuff on Borderstan.com?” the answer is, “No.” The average number of views or hits per day is around 100. For a small, new blog that focuses on a limited geographic area with a very specific focus, I would say this is “not bad.”

Remember that the primary purpose of Borderstan.com is disseminate public safety information to Borderstanians. Our secondary purpose is to provide neighbors with information about their community. Finally, we also aim to amuse and entertain from time to time (it’s also a good way to get you to read the public safety info).

Borderstan.com Traffic

Each week ends on Sunday at 8 p.m. Average views per week over past 7 weeks: 740. Average views per day: 106.

  • Sept. 28: 1,006 views
  • Sept. 21: 744 views
  • Sept. 14: 502 views
  • Sept. 7: 827 views
  • Aug. 31: 614 views
  • Aug. 24: 804 views
  • Aug. 17: 686 views

by Borderstan.com August 26, 2008 at 7:04 am 2 Comments

From MPD Third Disrict discussion group on Yahoo! Groups… there will be a personal safety training class TONIGHT at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, at 7 p.m. More details from the posting:

Earlier this summer a neighborhood watch was formed in PSA 303. Tomorrow night we are sponsoring a personal safety training led by Samantha Nolan, a native Washingtonian, Chair of 2D’s MPD Citizen Advisory Council, and a Neighborhood Watch Director. All are welcome to attend this free training.

  • What: Neighborhood Watch / Personal Safety Training.
  • When: Tuesday, August 26 at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave, NW – Map Room (Terrace Level)

by Borderstan.com August 19, 2008 at 8:43 am 0

The Metropolitan Police Department PSA 208 Community Meeting is TONIGHT, Tuesday, August 19, at 7 p.m., at the Third District MPD headquarters at 1620 V Street NW. (Yep, at 3rd District even though we are now in the 2nd District.) The PSA 208 meeting is the third Tuesday of each month. Representatives of the Dupont Circle Public Safety group also attend. Remember if you live west of 15th Street that PSA 208 is your PSA — but East Borderstanians are always welcome and your input is helpful.

by Borderstan.com August 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm 1,367 3 Comments

Borderstan Crime Statistics Report: 10-day period from August 5 through August 14. The second column is for the period in 2007 and the third column is for 2008. The final column shows the percentage change between 2007 and 2008. These stats are from the D.C. MPD Web site. The address used for the stats is 15th and Corcoran Streets NW (around 1620 15th Street), which is the geographic center of Borderstan.

Crimes that occurred within 1,000 feet of 1620 15TH STREET NW between August 5 and August 14, 2007 and 2008.

Number of Crimes that Occurred Between
Crime Type 8/5/2007 to 8/14/2007 08/05/2008 to 08/14/2008 % Change
Homicide 0 0 N/A
Sex Abuse 0 0 N/A
Robbery Excluding Gun 1 0
decrease 100
Robbery With Gun 2 0
decrease 100
Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW)
Excluding Gun
0 0 N/A
Assault Dangerous Weapon (ADW) Gun 0 0 N/A
Total Violent Crime 3 0
decrease 100
Burglary 1 1 No Change
Theft 3 2
decrease 33
Theft From Auto 1 0
decrease 100
Stolen Auto 1 0
decrease 100
Arson 0 0 N/A
Total Property Crime 6 3
decrease 50
Total Crime 9 3
decrease 67
How the results are calculated:

Percent change = Number of crimes that occurred within search period minus number of crimes that occurred between the same dates the previous year divided by number of crimes that occurred between the same dates the previous year.
If the number of crimes that occurred between the same dates the previous year is 0, the percent change cannot be calculated and N/A is displayed.
Note:
This report and accompanying maps only include offenses where MPD has provided map coordinates that can be displayed. Since January 1st, 2006, this limitation excludes 752 out of 89466 total crimes (approximately 0.84%of the data). The ability to view the map is removed if there are more than 750 offenses.Data Disclaimer:
All statistics presented here are based on preliminary DC Index crime data reported at least two business days before today’s date. The data do not represent official statistics submitted to the FBI under the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. All preliminary offenses are classified based on DC criminal code and not the FBI offense classifications. Because the data is preliminary, all statistics are subject to change.

by Borderstan.com August 15, 2008 at 11:28 am 1 Comment

Following are the crime stats that were presented by Borderstan reps at the August 6 public safety meeting at the 15th Street Presbyterian Church. These stats are from the D.C. Government Web site.

Crimes that occurred within 1000 feet of:15TH STREET NW FROM CHURCH STREET NW TO Q STREET NW, located in the Third and Second Police District(s) between June 5 and August 4, 2007 AND June 5 and August 4, 2008.

Crime Type

June 5 to
August 4, 2007

June 5 to
August 4, 2008

% Change

Homicide

0

0

N/A

Sex Abuse

0

1

N/A

Robbery Excluding Gun

4

10

increase 150%

Robbery With Gun

2

2

No Change

Assault Deadly Weapon (ADW) Excluding Gun

0

0

N/A

Assault Deadly Weapon (ADW) Gun

0

0

N/A

Total Violent Crime

6

13

increase 117%

Burglary

13

8

decrease 38%

Theft

14

16

increase 14%

Theft From Auto

19

31

increase 63%

Stolen Auto

3

11

increase 267%

Arson

0

0

N/A

Total Property Crime

49

66

increase 35%

Total Crime

55

79

increase 44%

by Borderstan.com August 8, 2008 at 9:07 pm 0

Not only, Where is Borderstan?… but more importantly, Why in the hell does this place even exist?

The idea of Borderstan is to bring together the neighbors in a small section of the city who want to work together on public safety issues. It is not a marketing idea and no one wants to rename any neighborhoods. Borderstan is about people in a small area working together to solve some issues around public safety.

Here’s why.

The beautiful land of Borderstan is the crossroads between Dupont Circle and Logan Circle… between NoMa/downtown and U Street/Shaw. Our eastern border is 14th Street NW and our western border is 16th Street NW; our southern border is P Street NW and our northern border is S Street NW.

You may visit us every day — you just didn’t know it.

The “Main Street” of Borderstan is 15th Street NW, which is also the dividing line between two city neighborhoods, Dupont Circle to the west and Logan Circle to the east. In addition, the eastern half of Borderstan is part of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F while the western half of Borderstan is in ANC 2B.

Adding to the fun is the fact that 15th Street is the dividing line between two Police districts. West Borderstan (remember that’s west of 15th) is in the 2nd Police District and PSA 208. East Borderstan is in the 3rd Police District and PSA 307. Oh, yeah: PSA 208 used to be called PSA 306 when it was in the 3rd Police District.

This is why we exist: we had issues in the past with coordination of city services, including police patrols, because of all the city boundaries that run through the middle of our land. Now that we have our own autonomous region, life is becoming happier in Borderstan.

by Borderstan.com August 6, 2008 at 5:24 pm 0

Please plan to attend the Borderstan public safety meeting this Wednesay at 6 p.m. at the 15th Street Presbyterian Church (15th and R) in the basement (entrance on R Street, the polling place). Asst. Chief of Police Diane Groomes, Council Member Jack Evans (Ward 2) and 3rd District MPD Commander George Kucik will attend. There will also be representatives from the 2nd Police District as well as ANC commissioners from 2B and 2F: Jack Jacobson, ANC 2B-04, and Charles Reed, ANC 2F-01.

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