by Borderstan.com February 12, 2010 at 8:16 am 1,416 4 Comments

Good morning, Borderstanis. Life is beginning to return to something approaching normal and regular in DC–and normal and regular never looked so good. Here is a quick status update. So, back to work, but remember that Monday is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday!

  • Alert DC. Remember to sign up for alerts with Alert DC, which will give you updates on what’s happening with the DC Government and other important information for DC residents; you can have alerts sent to your email or cell phone.
  • Federal Government. OPM says the Federal Government is open today… but opening two hours late. However, employees can take unscheduled leave.
  • DC Government. The DC Government is open today, with offices opening at the regular time.
  • DC Public Schools. It is a non-school day for students as today was already a professional development day for teachers and staff. Administrative offices are open. Schools are also closed Monday for Presidents’ Day.
  • Trash Collection. The DC Department of Public Works has announced it will collect trash today from the front properties of those homes with a Friday collection day. Residents are asked to place their trash in dark colored plastic (not paper) bags and place the bags at the curb for collection. But, there is no recycling pick up today.
  • Mail? I haven’t heard yet whether the Post Office will deliver mail today. We didn’t get any mail yesterday, so let’s hope conditions permit our route carriers to be back on the job today.
  • Metrobus and Metrorail. Metrobus service is opening on limited routes and Metro hopes to add more routes throughout the day. Metrorail is open aboveground at a number of locations, but not all. Best advice? Get the details at the Metro Web site. Remember that you can sign up for Metro’s eAlerts for updates on Metro service.
  • Circulator Bus. DDoT is resuming full Circulator bus service today–but there may be detours and longer than usual waits between buses.  Get updates via Twitter at at http://www.twitter/DDOTDC.

by Borderstan.com February 11, 2010 at 12:30 am 1,114 2 Comments

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Click to enlarge: Scenes from the ongoing Snowpocalypse in Dupont – Logan. (Luis Gomez Photos)

These posts are starting to write themselves. Here goes again, a quick round up of what’s open or closed… happening or postponed. If you have more information, please post it in the comments.

  • Alert DC. Remember to sign up for alerts with Alert DC, which will give you updates on what’s happening with the DC Government and other important information for DC residents; you can have alerts sent to your email or cell phone.
  • Snow Emergency. The snow emergency is still in effect in DC. Remember the rules about parking your car on certain streets.
  • Government and schools closed. The DC Government and the Federal Government are both closed as are DC Public Schools.
  • Mail? I haven’t heard yet whether the Post Office will deliver mail today.
  • Metrobus and Metrorail. There is no Metrobus service again today. Once more, all above-ground Metrorail service is suspended; there is only limited underground rail service today; details at the Metro Web site. You can sign up for Metro’s eAlerts for updates on Metro service.
  • Circulator Bus. DDoT is resuming limited Circulator bus service at 10 a.m. on two routes with longer than normal waits between buses. The two routes are Union Station-Georgetown and Woodley Park-Adams Morgan-McPherson Square Metro. (A detour is still in effect on the Georgetown-Union Station route with buses not operating on Wisconsin Avenue north of M Street. Georgetown is being served westbound on lower K Street and eastbound on M Street.) DDoT may add more buses and routes throughout the day, weather permitting. However, Circulator buses may also have to stop service early depending on conditions. Check out the Circulator Web site for more information. Get updates via Twitter at at http://www.twitter/DDOTDC.
  • U Street Neighborhood Association. The U Street Neighborhood Association Meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday, February 11, has been postponed.

by Borderstan.com February 10, 2010 at 8:18 am 1,025 0

A quick round up of what’s open or closed… happening or postponed.

  • Blizzard. As of 9 a.m., we are in a blizzard warning, which is way beyond a snow emergency. The wind gusts are very strong.
  • Alert DC. Remember to sign up for alerts with Alert DC, which will give you updates on what’s happening with the DC Government and other important information for DC residents; you can have alerts sent to your email or cell phone.
  • Government and schools closed. The DC Government and the Federal Government are both closed as are DC Public Schools.
  • No mail. The Post Office will not be delivering mail today.
  • Metro and Circulator. There is no Metrobus or Circulator bus service today. All above-ground Metrorail service is suspended; there is only limited underground rail service today.
  • Snow Emergency. There is a snow emergency in effect in DC today. Do you need to move your car?
  • No Trash Collection. There is no DC trash collection today.
  • ANC 2B Meeting Postponed. Due to inclement weather, Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B’s meeting on February 10 has been postponed. ANC 2B hopes to reschedule the meeting for next Wednesday, but is not sure of the availability of a meeting room for that night. Check the Web site for more information.
  • LCCA Meeting. The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) has moved its monthly membership meeting to Wednesday, February 17, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Washington Plaza Hotel. (Their new Web site looks great.)
  • Dupont Snowball Fight II. There is a follow up Dupont Circle Snowball Fight today, scheduled for 2 p.m. Hope the blizzard-like conditions let up.
  • U Street Neighborhood Association. The U Street Neighborhood Association Meeting, which was scheduled for Thursday, February 11, has been postponed.

by Borderstan.com February 10, 2010 at 12:30 am 4,022 25 Comments

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Monday evening at 17th and Corcoran NW: An unshoveled stretch of the block.

When is DC going to start enforcing the city law on shoveling sidewalks? It is a matter of safety as well as necessity for residents. I realize the city, all of us, have been overwhelmed by the unexpected and abnormal amounts of snow over the past few days. But sidewalks are a vital part of residents’ transportation, just like roadways.

This is especially true in downtown neighborhoods such as Dupont, Logan, U Street, Shaw, Adams Morgan, etc. Many residents don’t own cars and many of us don’t use them unless we must. This is downtown, not the exurbs and the carless pay DC taxes just like car owners. Moreover, sidewalks are a form of mass transportation–especially when Metrobus and Metrorail are close to being shut down due to snow.

Here is the DC law. From the District of Columbia Snow Guide 2009-2010:

Residents are responsible for clearing sidewalks
District law requires property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, handicap ramps and steps abutting their property within the first eight daylight hours after the snow, sleet or ice stops falling. This applies to all property owners – residential, commercial, federal, and municipal. If ice cannot be cleared without damaging the sidewalk, then property owners may spread sand or salt to make the sidewalks safe. Property owners also must clear snow from the ADA-curb cuts; these are part of the sidewalk. Property owners are asked to clear snow from catch basins and storm drains to prevent flooding during snow melt.

Note: In December the Prince of Petworth did a post, “Sidewalks of Shame” on this issue as did 14th & You yesterday, “14th & You PSA: Please shovel your walk.”

by Borderstan.com February 9, 2010 at 7:40 am 2,879 8 Comments

The joy of last weekend’s snowstorm may be gone, but there is one positive aspect to the city’s near immobilization: crime was down dramatically in DC for the February 4-7 period when compared to the previous two years. This trend included the DupontLogan area.

For the entire city, there were 157 crimes for the Feb. 4-7, 2010, period; this compares to 350 in the same time frame in 2009 and 351 during Feb. 4-7, 2008. This is a 55% drop from 2009 to 2010.

In Dupont-Logan, there were 11 reported crimes in the two Police Service Areas (PSAs) that cover Dupont Circle (PSA 208) and Logan Circle (PSA 307) neighborhoods for the February 4-7 period. This compares to 48 crimes for the same period of 2009 and 36 crimes in 2008. The huge drop was in both violent and property crimes, especially thefts and thefts from autos.

Crime is also down substantially when compared to the same three days of the previous week, January 28 to 31. There were 219 total crimes in DC for the January 28-31 period compared to 157 for February 4-7–a 28% drop.

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by Borderstan.com February 8, 2010 at 11:45 am 2 Comments

Saturday near Dupont Circle: A transportation option? (Luis Gomez Photos)

Have you lost your mind yet from the tedium of being semi-immobilized by the snow? Count your blessings that you live downtown and can walk to what stores are open.

Imagine if you were in the midst of outer suburbia (and more than a few outer DC neighborhoods) where you can never walk anywhere to get or do anything.

Transportation in DC

The transportation options are better today, but still not great–and a long way from being back to normal. Your transportation options today are:

  • Connector bus service is up and running with normal hours and free rides. (it’s run by DDoT, not Metro).
  • Metrorail has limited underground operations. WMATA has the details. There is no above ground rail service.
  • Metrobus is running on a limited schedule on a few routes. Details here.
  • The city’s snow emergency is still in effect and that means no parking on snow routes. The list includes 16th Street NW.

Trash Collection

  • DC Department of Public Works says that trash collection this week is from the front only; no collection from the rear/alleys. Residents are asked to place their trash in dark colored plastic (not paper) bags and place the bags at the curb for collection.
  • Recycling collections are suspended this week; residents are asked to hold onto their recyclables until next week.
  • No bulk collections today.
  • Street trash can collections are suspended through Tuesday; collections are expected to resume on Wednesday.

Alleys

  • Remember that the District does not plow alleys due to “lack of resources and space constraints for the plowed snow,” according to DC Public Works.

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm 1,967 0

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Click to enlarge: These guys built an Igloo on the 1600 block of 15th Street NW. It is still there today. Lupe thought it was very interesting. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Click to enlarge: Two of our neighbors built an incredible snow fort at the corner of Corcoran and 15th Streets NW. Part of it remains today. (Luis Gomez Photos)

We ran into two great pieces of snow sculpture Saturday evening. First, there was the the snow fort. Then later in the evening several guys were constructing an igloo. Both are pretty amazing and took a great deal of work.

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm 0

Check out the photos at Borderstan’s flickr group, Snowpocalypse: February 2010. We already have close to 400500 700 photos from almost 40 56 63 group members. Thank you to everyone who has joined the group so far and contributed photos (all you need is a flickr account to join). There are lots of great photos from around the city, especially the Dupont – Logan – U Street area. The URL is http://www.flickr.com/groups/snowpocalypse2010/.

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2010 at 1:32 pm 1,011 2 Comments

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Noon today: Looking south at 15th and Corcoran NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

It’s a beautiful day, a stunningly sunny Sunday. Since we may get more snow on Tuesday, get out today. But, except for limited Metrorail underground service, your best bet is to walk. You can try driving (if you can dig out your car), but what will happen to your on-street parking spot? Moreover, even the main streets remain in not-very-good condition.

On the other hand, you can stay home and watch the hours of pre-Super Bowl programming followed by the actual event.

There is no Metrobus or Circulator bus service again today. As for Metrorail, the schedule remains limited underground service only:

  • Yellow Line – Pentagon to Crystal City
  • Red Line – Medical Center to Union Station and
  • Glenmont to Forest Glen (not reflected in the service map)
  • Orange Line – Ballston to Stadium-Armory
  • Green Line – Fort Totten to Congress Heights
  • Blue Line – Ballston to Stadium-Armory

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2010 at 10:25 am 0

Remember that the DC Department of Transportation has a Snow Response Reporting System, which is built on Google Maps. I discovered it during the December snowstorm and it allows you to check the condition of major roads in DC. When you use the tool, you have to click on Traffic Cameras; it appears to be the only option.

Have you used it?  How do the results you are getting compare to what you see on your block?

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2010 at 9:23 am 1,138 3 Comments

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Saturday in Dupont Circle: Someone came to the Snowball Fight wearing a panda costume head. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Check out the photos at Borderstan’s flickr group, Snowpocalypse: February 2010. We already have more than 200 photos from 27 group members.

Thank you to everyone who has joined the group so far and contributed photos (all you need is a flickr account to join). There are lots of great photos from around the city, especially the Dupont – Logan – U Street area. The URL is http://www.flickr.com/groups/snowpocalypse2010/.

by Borderstan.com February 7, 2010 at 8:30 am 2 Comments

Saturday afternoon: A large tree on New Hampshire Avenue fell onto a parked car around the corner on R Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Click to enlarge: This car on R Street was hit by tree branches. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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Click to enlarge: There is a Mercededes underneath there. (Luis Gomez Photos)

DupontLogan is full of beautiful, mature trees. However, when heavy snow and ice storms hit, they can become agents of destruction. Downed trees and broken branches were not an uncommon sight on Saturday.

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