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Dumbarton Oaks Park

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7-Eleven Remains Closed Under Nebulous Health Order

Since early August, the 7-Eleven at the corner of O and Wisconsin has been closed by order of the Department of Health. However it is completely unclear what the violation was nor whether the store is attempting to remedy it.

When GM inquired with the Department of Health for information about the closure, he was directed to the agency’s online record database. But when he searched for the order, none came up. There are plenty of orders relating to 7-Elevens around the city, but none are for this particular location. So GM can’t say what the actual violation was, nor any records that indicate that 7-Eleven is trying to fix it.

Browsing records for other stores, it looks like common violations include things like not keeping warming trays warm enough, or refrigerators cold enough. For instance, at their location at 1315 2nd St. NE, they were cited in November of last year for failing to, among other things, “have proper eating, tasting, drinking or tabacco use”, “receive food at proper temperature”, and “wash fruits or vegetables”. That location continued to display some bad behavior during the agency’s follow up inspection three weeks later. But ultimately no further action appears to have been taken.

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A little spritz this morning …
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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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1500 block of 35th St.

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Georgetown Time Machine: Back Into the Woods

This week for Georgetown Time Machine, GM is exploring another Ebay postcard find. Like last week, the subject appears to be trails through the forest that once stood on the northern edges of Georgetown University’s campus.

This card dates from 1905. It shows a road through the woods that is not terribly helpfully titled “Road Through the Trees, Georgetown University”. Given the subject of last week’s card, GM is guess that this too is the Walk (or the Walks). But given the date, it could be any number of possible areas around that once bucolic campus.

The note is a simple and charming glimpse of life pre-telephone: “Dear Papa: We arrived in Washington at 6:30 o’clock so far all o.k. Your son Arthur.” It is dated August 22, 1905.

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Scene at a flea market
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1500 block of 35th St.

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C & O Canal

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Wanted or Not, a New Visitors Parking Pass System is Here

A new online-based visitors parking system has just been rolled out for the city. And for the first time, it will include Ward 2.

As you may know, prior to this new system, every resident of all the Wards except 2 were entitled to an annual visitors parking pass. This paper pass enabled the holder to park their car in the same ANC as the resident for as long as they want. The reason Ward 2 opted out of the program is that the idea of flooding neighborhoods like Georgetown, Dupont, and Foggy Bottom with scores of commuters borrowing or buying the permits was unacceptable.

If a resident of Georgetown had a visitor coming and wanted to let them park for more than 2 hours, they had to travel to the police station and obtain a temporary parking pass. This was obviously a pain compared with the convenience of having an unlimited annual pass, but the shortage of parking supply justified it.

The new system does away with both procedures.

No more will any DC resident simply get an unlimited visitors parking pass in the mail. Nor will residents who couldn’t get those passes have to travel to the police station. Now it is all handled online at ParkDC.

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