Archive for January 29, 2009

Jim Graham Voted Chair of WMATA Board

Posted in Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Metro, Mount Pleasant, Park View, Pleasant Plains, Shaw on January 29, 2009 by Kent

grahamCouncilmember Jim Graham today was elected chairman of the WMATA board for the second time. Councilmember Graham has been a member of the board since 1999 and previously served as chairman in 2003. He succeeds Christopher Zimmerman of Arlington County, Va.

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Eastern Market Update

Posted in Capitol Hill on January 29, 2009 by Kent

This is good news. According to WJLA, construction hours are being extended at Eastern Market in hopes that it will be ready to reopen this summer.

DPW Suspends Trash, Recycling, and Bulk Collections Today

Posted in City Services on January 29, 2009 by Kent

I guess I can’t get away from this topic today. DPW issued the following press release last evening:

The DC Department of Public Works announced today that it is suspending trash, recycling and bulk collections today due to the icy conditions.  All collections will be pushed back one day, so residents whose collection day is Wednesday, collections will be made Thursday, Thursday’s collections will be made Friday and Friday’s collections will be made Saturday.  Residents who already put their trash, recycling and bulk items out for collection today, may leave them in place for collection tomorrow.

The District Snow Team (District Department of Transportation and Department of Public Works) has been salting and plowing, where necessary, residential streets since yesterday, but continuing freezing temperatures and precipitation mean icy conditions.  “In our residential neighborhoods, the salt will be more effective once traffic increases and the salt is churned into the ice to break it up,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr.

“We urge everyone to travel with caution, whether walking or driving,” he added.

Property owners are asked to spread abrasives, eg, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, on the sidewalks around their property to help pedestrians keep their footing.

Espalier Magnolia

Posted in Plants & Gardening on January 29, 2009 by Kent

I think this Magnolia is on the SE corner of 15th and Corcoran. I didn’t know that a magnolia could be espaliered before I saw this one, and its huge. I need to go back when its in bloom. 0071

Lost Washington

Posted in Churches, Downtown, Duffey, Matthias ( -1852), Greek Revival, Lost Washington on January 29, 2009 by Kent

St. Mathew’s Church, designed by Matthias Duffey, was erected on the northeast corner of H and 15th Street in 1838. It was razed in 1910 to make way for the Southern Building. (image courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, image #npcc 31580)st-mathews-church

Grafiti — Not in Our Neighborhood DC! Program

Posted in City Services on January 29, 2009 by Kent

Now here’s something I wasn’t previously aware of013. From the Department of Public Works Web site: DPW will clean graffiti from public and private property using paint or non-toxic solutions that are applied then removed with a high-pressure water spray, known as a power wash. The power wash is not suitable for walls with loose or crumbling masonry. Call 311 to request either of these services. A waiver of liability form will be provided, which must be signed by the property owner and returned to DPW before abatement will occur on private property.

More information here>>

Trash

Posted in City Services on January 29, 2009 by Kent

0072OK, here’s one of my pet peeves. There isn’t a week that goes by where I don’t see the public trash cans full of household trash. I haven’t been able to find an answer from the city yet on if this is a violation, or even  how to report it (although I’m trying). Has anyone else noticed this problem in their neighborhood? If so, have you found a solution?

It just seems to me that one of two things are happening. Either city services aren’t matching the need of the neighborhood (which I doubt), or, houses have been chopped into a lot of rentals that aren’t on the books, and people aren’t contracting for their own non-city trash service like they’re supposed to.