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3200 block of O St.

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Alley Fight Foreshadows San Fran Dustup

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that a couple recently purchased the street of an exclusive enclave in a tax auction. Yes, you read that right. They bought the street. It’s a private road in the center of a gated home owner’s association with multi-million dollar homes right next to the Presidio. It’s not clear what the couple hopes to achieve with the purchase, but a similar situation in Georgetown could hint that they’ll end up disappointed.

As you may remember, two years ago Kebreab Zere, having acquired ownership of the lots that made up the alleyway between Potomac and 33rd, south of O St., moved to block residents’ access to the garages on the alleyway. He had acquired the lots through tax auctions over the course of several years. Having obtained all of them, he requested permission to put up a fence at the end of the alley. It was an obvious shakedown. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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1300 block of 33rd St.

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When Deliveries Are Not Properly Planned For

Above is a common sight at the intersection of Wisconsin and O. It’s a supply truck unloading various high fructose corn syrup/nicotine delivery vessels for the 7-11. It’s about 5:30 pm on a weekday and that lane is not a parking lane at that hour. This is not legal, but it happens all the time, causing back-ups for blocks.

Convenience stores need a lot of deliveries to keep the shelves stocked. That’s why it’s important to plan for that need. The 7-11’s plans clearly involve not giving a damn about the law or the impact on congestion. It would make more sense to park along O St., but that’s somewhat inconvenient because due to truck restrictions, the only way for a truck to get to that block is to drive via 35th st. Much better, it seems, to simply set up shop on Wisconsin whenever. Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by John Weiss.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Like all things these days, the canal now too has an app.
  • Now the speculation is that Capital One will turn the Nathans building into a “Capital One Cafe” which, frankly, is even worse than if they just opened a damn bank instead.

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3200 block of M St.

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