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Halloween Traffic Restrictions in Effect Tonight

As expected, DDOT is shutting down some roads to traffic tonight in anticipation of Halloween crowds. The restrictions are identical to those last year.

The governing theory is to keep traffic off the side streets (because of the kiddies walking around in the dark) and to push all the traffic onto M and Wisconsin. So even though it would be great for the partiers on M St. to shut the whole road down to traffic as they used to, this is probably a safer plan overall. Plus it has the benefit of allowing partiers to catch a cab on M St. and Wisconsin rather than off on a side street.

Here’s a map of the closings. The red streets are streets that are closed to everyone except residents and employees (if it’s a commercial street). The purple streets allow traffic but don’t have any on-street parking:

The parking restrictions will be in place from 4:00 PM tonight until the early morning hours of tomorrow. The traffic restrictions will start at 6:30 pm. Continue reading

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Halloween and Crime

Last year, back when pre-parenthood GM had significantly more free time, he wrote a long piece on the relationship between street crime in Georgetown and Halloween.

The upshot of the piece was that crime in Georgetown appears to double on Halloween vs. an average day, regardless of whether Halloween is a weekend or not. Here are the averages from 2006-2010:

Theft ADW Robbery Burglary Theft F/ Auto Sex Abuse Total
Normal Day Average 1.57 0.07 0.14 0.14 0.48 0.01 2.65
Halloween Average 2.2 0.4 0.80 0.40 0.40 0.00 4.2

Crime has historically jumped a bunch on Halloween. There are about twice as many total crimes, six times as many robberies and more than three times as many burglaries.

Out of curiosity, GM compared last year’s crime totals to the Halloween averages.

Theft ADW Robbery Burglary Theft F/ Auto Sex Abuse Total
2011 4 0 2 0 0 0 6

Crime was up last Halloween. But there were no burglaries, car break-ins, sexual assaults or assaults with a deadly weapon. At least according to the crime stats. But here’s the thing. Last year even worse in Georgetown than these numbers reveal. A fight between some visitors resulted in a deadly shooting right at M and 28th. For conspiracy minded people thinking the crime stats are cooked, the shooting did eventually show up in the crime data, but not until November 7th, when the victim died. Continue reading

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Halloween Traffic Restriction in Effect Tonight

As expected, DDOT is shutting down some roads to traffic tonight in anticipation of Halloween crowds. The restrictions are identical to those last year.

The governing theory is to keep traffic off the side streets (because of the kiddies walking around in the dark) and to push all the traffic onto M and Wisconsin. So even though it would be great for the partiers on M St. to shut the whole road down to traffic as they used to, this is probably a safer plan overall. Plus it has the benefit of allowing partiers to catch a cab on M St. and Wisconsin rather than off on a side street.

Here’s a map of the closings. The red streets are streets that are closed to everyone except residents and employees (if it’s a commercial street). The purple streets allow traffic but don’t have any on-street parking:

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Halloween, Crime, and Georgetown

 

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At the ANC meeting Monday night, Ed Solomon reported that Georgetown is experiencing a crime spike. GM’s crunched the numbers recently and concluded for himself that, yes, crime did tick up in the third quarter. But he was curious to know whether there’s a particular spike in crime in and around Halloween. So he went back and recrunched the numbers, this time he looked at crime on Halloween weekend (for the sake of clarity he chose the weekend before Halloween when it fell on a Mon-Wed, and the weekend after if it fell on a Thursday or Friday; in either case he looked at Fri-Sun for the numbers). Looking back to 2006, this is what he found out:

Theft ADW Robbery Burglary Theft f Auto Sex Abuse Total
2006 8 1 0 0 5 0 14
2007 10 0 0 0 2 0 12
2008 6 0 3 1 2 0 12
2009 10 0 0 1 2 1 14
2010 8 1 1 1 0 0 11
Average 8.4 0.4 0.8 0.6 2.2 0.2 12.6

Crime has been very consistent in Georgetown for Halloween weekend (dare GM call it eerie?) The total number of crimes barely budges year to year, and averages 12.6. Unsurprisingly thefts lead the way, averaging 8.4, while thefts from auto trail far behind second with an average of 2.2. Robberies have been spotty, but burglaries have been been steady over the past three years. Continue reading

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The Multi-Outfitted Skeleton of Volta Place

This October, GM has noticed that Georgetowners are getting a lot more into Halloween decorations. It used to be just Nancy Taylor Bubes at 31st and Q who went over the top (and she still does), but now a lot more people are investing in giant spiders. But there is probably no house bringing more laughs (and probably some confused looks) than the house of Marnie and Dennis Kenney on Volta Place.

You see, just outside their door lives Mr./Mrs Skeleton (s/he is of indeterminate sex). This Halloween season, Skeleton has been wearing a completely different outfit every day (sometimes more than one a day).

Here he is exploring his French impressionist side:

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Halloween Road and Parking Restrictions Announced

As expected, DDOT announced yesterday a series of road closures and parking restrictions for Georgetown this Halloween weekend. They are similar to what has been done in the recent past.

The governing theory is to keep traffic off the side streets (because of the kiddies walking around in the dark) and to push all the traffic onto M and Wisconsin. So even though it would be great for the partiers on M St. to shut the whole road down to traffic as they used to, this is probably a safer plan overall. Plus it has the benefit of allowing partiers to catch a cab on M St. and Wisconsin rather than off on a side street.

Here’s a map of the closings. The red streets are streets that are closed to everyone except residents and employees (if it’s a commercial street). The purple streets allow traffic but don’t have any on-street parking:

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The Morning Metropolitan

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • John Kelly digs up a couple of great shots of Halloween in Georgetown in the era of Pac Man.
  • Three restaurants in Georgetown closed due to OTR sweep.
  • Georgetown University a good neighbor, according to national study.

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Halloween Street Closures

Georgetown Halloween by ChristyFrink.

Georgetown has long been a destination for hoards of Halloween revelers. This used to lead to general chaos on M St. Over the years, though, the city has come up with a pretty decent plan for handling the huge crowds.

Georgetown used to shut down M St. to traffic. It made it a lot more fun to be down on M St. and allowed for better people watching. The problem with that system was that it pushed a lot more traffic into the side streets. Since Georgetown is popular for kids from all over the city to hit up for candy, there was a particular concern about the increased (and possibly drunk) traffic.

The solution was to keep traffic open on M St. and to restrict it on the side streets. While this makes M St. a lot more annoying to visit, it’s probably safer overall.

The list of road closures is long. Basically just about every road not called Wisconsin or M is closed to through traffic from 6:30 Saturday through the night. In the East Village, the only open roads will be 31st and Q. In the West Village its P and 35th that will remain somewhat open. Plus there’s no parking on most of M, Wisconsin, and K/Water St. Continue reading

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