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Pepco Working on Northern Park Place

Posted in City Services, Park View with tags , , , on July 28, 2009 by Kent

Pepco parking restriction signPepco started work on Park Place yesterday between Quebec Place and Rock Creek Church Road. Based on the signs, they estimate the work to require about a month.

The work they are preforming is to supply a heavy up to the property on the southwest corner of Park Place and Rock Creek Church Road. The work will not impact Rock Creek Church Road.

The work will impact parking during the day, especially during alternate side enforcement on Thursdays and Fridays. Let’s hope work progresses smoothly.Pepco equipementPepco team cutting concrete

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Evacuation Routes Confusing

Posted in Random Observations with tags , on July 16, 2009 by Kent

I noted back in April that new evacuation signs had hit the streets, and wondered if anyone really would know what to do in an emergency. Unlike coastal areas where one or two routes may exist — with them headed away from the shore — when you mark routes in a metropolitan area that isn’t on the coast, planning for an event that isn’t weather related, and install signs with no direction indicated … how can you expect anyone to know where to go?

Added to this ambiguity, what do you do when you are at an intersection like the one below at K and Connecticut? Both are marked Evacuation Routes. Do you go north, or west, or east, or ????. Without manning the routes with emergency response personnel, there is no hope that this system will work.
Confusing Evacuation Route signs

Trees in New Hampshire Median Need Your Help!

Posted in Columbia Heights, Park View, Plants & Gardening with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by Kent

The trees along New Hampshire Avenue between Georgia and Sherman Avenues are in horrible shape, being stressed due to lack of water. If you live along this stretch of road and would be willing to help keep them watered … the neighborhood and the trees NEED YOUR HELP!

The good news is that Casey Trees will be watering them tomorrow morning.

The bad news is that I alerted DDOT to this Sunday night, and they quickly indicated that they would contact Casey Trees. It wasn’t until the last 12 36 hours, starting with Wayan Vota last night and me this morning that Casey seems to have gotten wind of the problem.

While we have a small victory that the trees will be watered tomorrow, Casey Trees is looking for a neighborhood solution. So, if you live in the area and are willing to assist, please speak up.

You can see from the photo below that Wayan Vota supplied how rough the trees have gotten.
Thirsty Trees in New Hampshire Ave Median

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Uneven Pavement

Posted in Downtown, Random Observations with tags , , , on July 9, 2009 by Kent

Really, nothing more than a sign I liked. It looks like the work on K Streets going to involve a certain amount of repaving.Uneven Pavement

New Hampshire Median Work Expands

Posted in City Services, Columbia Heights, Park View with tags , , , on July 6, 2009 by Kent

I was very relieved to see that the installations of medians on New Hampshire Ave. wasn’t going to only be between Georgia Ave. and Grant Circle. About a week ago they started to do the work below, which is between Georgia Ave. and Sherman Ave.

What I like about it so much is that there won’t be a gap between the streetscaping they are planning to do on Sherman and Georgia Aves. Also, who wouldn’t like some hot pavement replaced by grass and trees. They add so much to a neighborhood.
New Hampshire Ave Median work

Old Soldiers’ Home Repairing Fence

Posted in Petworth, Wrecks, Collisions, & Accidents with tags , , , on July 3, 2009 by Kent

Old Soldiers' Home fence repairOne day shy of a year, the fence is being repaired at the Old Soldiers’ Home along Rock Creek Church Rd.

On the evening of July 4th, 2008, a SUV lost control and hit the fence. Until now, it’s been nothing but a pile of scattered brick and bent ironwork.

Old Soldiers' Home Fence repairI noticed the iron fencing is gone. I presume it is being straightened and restored for installation.

But, the stone and brickwork is currently being restored. In talking with the guys from P and P, they had to rebuild everything because the mortor was no longer holding.

From what I saw of their work, it is very good and historically accurate.

I thought it was also a good sign to see P and P doing the work. They have a good reputation in town and generally do good work from what I’ve seen and heard.P and P

It Doesn’t Pay to Fight the City

Posted in City Services, Park View with tags , , , , on July 2, 2009 by Kent

New no parking on Thursday signBack on May 18th I posted my frustration that the street sweeper had come along and due to operator error, issued me a ticket. Well, as is typical me, I pointed the error out to the Director of DPW, William Howland. He assured me that I was correct and that I should just be patient because an administrative void had been entered into the system.

Well, after being patient and waiting over 4 weeks, not to mention getting a notice in the mail letting me know that my ticket was now $60 rather than the initial $30 because it was over 30 days, I threw my hands in the air and wrote a formal letter denying the ticket. Exactly what I didn’t want to do on a regular basis.

Well, I guess DPW showed me. Tuesday they came out and posted no parking signs for Thursday street cleaning days. There was never a need or problem prior to the new street sweeper cameras. Apparently, its just easier to install signs rather than train sweeper operators.

Well, on the bright side, the situation couldn’t be clearer now, and I know where I can and can’t park on Thursday mornings.

As a side note, I wonder just how official the work order for this stretch of road was, considering that it wasn’t on any of the printed sheets, but rather hand written on the back of one of them (Gents, you might not want to leave the paperwork behind next time).
DPW Work order
DPW work order?