Archive for the Petworth Category

Police Helicopters Wednesday Night

Posted in Crime, Petworth with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by Kent

pollice helicopterFor those of you that live in northern Park View or southern Petworth, you may have wondered what was up with the police helicopters last night. It’s my understanding that a liquor store on Georgia Ave. was robbed there was a robbery and the helicopters were part of the police response.

If anyone knows more about this incident, please share what you know.


Then and Now: 519 and 521 Rock Creek Church Road

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Then and Now, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 1, 2009 by Kent

Moore & Hill, Inc. Ad May 29, 1910Then: 519 and 521 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, newly completed and offered for sale in this ad from May 29, 1910. Ranging from $4,950 to $6,250, the only major differences in these homes besides the price is the size of the lot and the choice of smooth stucco, textured stucco, and red brick.

519-521 rock Creek Church RoadNow: 521 Rock Creek Church Road sold on March 26, 2009, for $525,000. It was originally listed nearly a year earlier for $703,500, if memory serves.

Get Your Fireworks!!! While They Last

Posted in Holidays, Park View, Petworth with tags , , , , on June 30, 2009 by Kent

The firework stand on the corner of Rock Creek Church Rd & New Hampshire Avenue is finally open for business … so get them while they last!Fireworks stand open

Washington Fences

Posted in Park View, Petworth with tags , , , on June 29, 2009 by Kent

They say fences make good neighbors, and I’ll tell you, if I had this fence between me and my neighbor I think it would be an improvement. You just can find anything this nice anymore. If I recall correctly, this is on the 700 block of Rock Creek Church Rd.
Fence on Rock Creek Church Rd
Fence on Rock Creek Church Rd

WASA Water Valve Replacement Nearing Completion

Posted in City Services, Petworth with tags , , on June 23, 2009 by Kent

About a month into the WASA project at 5th and Quincy, NW, I asked how long one of these projects is supposed to take. It looks like I finally have my answer. After about two months or so, it looks like the only thing left is new pavement.
WASA construction at 5th and QuincyAnd speaking of paving, the road roller was brought in this morning, so I’m expecting some serious progress by the time I get home tonight.road roller

Heated Driveway and Steps … Nice!

Posted in Petworth with tags , on June 22, 2009 by Kent

Driveway getting tubing to heat it in winterI thought this was an interesting idea. The residents on the corner of Randolph and 5th Streets, NW, decided to replace their driveway and sidewalks/steps into their home. This isn’t all that amazing in and of itself … but they went another step further and installed tubing beneath the concrete that will contain heated water in the winter and keep the concrete snow and ice free. You can read some more about heated driveways here>>

Considering that we tend to get a lot of ice in this area, I think this idea is brilliant. Ice is hard to shovel, and freezing rain happens enough that it is definitely a nice feature to have.

Wayan Vota also caught a shot of the installation in progress which you can see below.
I'm getting too old to shovel snow

Now, both the sidewalk and driveway look like any other example in the neighborhood.Newly poured heated sidewalk

Coming Soon: Fireworks!!!

Posted in Holidays, Park View, Petworth with tags , , , on June 22, 2009 by Kent

Firework standConstruction of the firework stand outside Sweet Mango, across from the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro, started last Friday and is essentially complete except for signage, bunting, and actual merchandise.

I expect that to be accomplished this week — especially since the Caribbean Festival is next weekend, and there is no reason for them not to literally cash in on that business.

Every year this stand arrives announcing the start of Summer with a bang. For weeks the neighbors will be regaled with fireworks of every kind. This is no mere firecracker and sparkler store … they sell some serious stuff!