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Blizzard Over, Digging Out Underway

January 25, 2016

The Blizzard of 2016 has come and gone … and while the official snow total for DC may never really be known … we do know that it left a lot of snow that will take a while to remove.

Two cars on Rock Creek Church Rd, where a single clear lane required cars to back up to allow passage.

Two cars on Rock Creek Church Rd, where a single clear lane required cars to back up to allow passage.

As of Sunday, a walk around Park View north of Park Road indicated that Georgia Avenue was reasonably clear. Streets like Warder Street, New Hampshire Avenue, Park Road, and Rock Creek Church Road (one presumes Irving and Columbia Road as well) were plowed for one lane of traffic. I personally observed how even this was inadequate for those who ventured out, as a single lane on Rock Creek Church Road often lead to cars meeting head on in the middle of the 600 block requiring one driver to drive backward to the next intersection to solve the impasse.

Other unsafe road conditions included vehicles traveling northbound on Park Place and youth on ATVs driving around the neighborhood during the afternoon.

Many side streets as of last night had been entirely unplowed —  with good examples being the 700 block of Newton Place and the 600 block of Quebec Place. Yet the snow-filled streets offered the occasional opportunity for fun and playfulness among those digging out as the snow puppy carved from a snow drift on Newton Place shows.

IMG_0075(Snow puppy created on the 700 b/o Newton Place, NW)

One area that was plowed extremely well was the 600 block of Morton Street, where the DC Housing Authority was on top of keeping the street and sidewalks around Park Morton clear, not only before the storm reach full blizzard conditions but also throughout the storm and during clean up.

(Intersection of Princeton Place and Warder Street just before noon on January 23, 2016)

All in all, after the first full day of digging out most residents and businesses did a fairly good job of clearing sidewalks or helping out those that needed assistance. More shoveling is sure to continue today as not all walkways were clear.

Below are a few photos showing conditions around the northern section of the neighborhood on Sunday.

Quebec Place(Looking west on Quebec Place from Park Place, January 23, 2016)

Newton Place(Looking west on Newton Place from Georgia Avenue)

Warder Street(Looking south on Warder Street from Rock Creek Church Road)

Georgia Avenue(Looking south down Georgia Avenue from New Hampshire Avenue)

DC Snow Emergency Begins at 9:30 am, Friday — Parking Available at DC USA

January 21, 2016

Mayor Bowser has declared a snow emergency starting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, January 22. This means starting at 9:30 a.m. parking will be prohibited on emergency snow routes in the city (see map below), which include Georgia Avenue, 16th Street, U Street, and parts of Park Road, Kenyon, Irving, Columbia, Harvard, Florida and 9th in Ward 1.

Once the Official Snow Emergency goes into effect on Friday, then DC USA will allow nearby residents to use the parking facility for the price of $1 per day. According to DPW, upon arrival residents will receive a ticket and have their name and license plate information recorded by a U Street attendant. On their departure, the resident will present the same ticket received in order to get the discounted parking rate. Once the emergency has been lifted, any residents still using parking in the garage will be charged the difference, at the standard rate, for the time they were in the garage.

Snow emergency route map

Snow Closes Area Governments & Schools, But Not Early Voting

March 17, 2014

The Federal and District Governments are closed today due to the snow, as are DC Public Schools. This was also supposed to be the first day of early voting but I haven’t heard if it’s been delayed or not. The closures will not impact early voting. The Board of Elections announced before 7 a.m. that early voting will begin at 10:00 a.m. today at the lone voting center at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW.

When you shovel today, be aware that the snow is wet and heavy. Take your time, consider shoveling smaller scoops, and if you have any neighbors who may needs assistance, lend a hand.

Below are a few photos of Rock Creek Church Road and Quebec Place taken around 7 a.m. this morning.

Quebec Place

Rock Creek Church Road

Shoveling Rock Creek Church Rd

Story for the Day … Snow!

February 13, 2014

With everything shut down today due to the snow, the only thing one can do is shovel the walkways, perhaps go out and play with the kids, and stay safe and warm inside. If you have any seniors or neighbors in need of assistance today, please consider lending a hand or checking in on them.

Below is a photo I found in the Library of Congress collection showing snow clean up in Washington, probably from the 1920s. While the vehicles have changed and we now have plows on the roads, most of us still rely on shovels, muscles, and determination to clear our sidewalks.

Af Am men shoveling snow

What’s the Best Way to Address Snow Removal at Public Spaces?

January 31, 2011

The sidewalks at Reserve 321-A as a snowy mess

While I know the city doesn’t officially clear sidewalks and leaves it to residents to shovel the walks in front of their homes, there must be exceptions to this rule. Not all property in the district is in front of a residence or business (and even those that are don’t all get shoveled).

For instance, Reserve 321-A on the south side of Rock Creek Church Road just west of the old Soldiers’ Home is a small park. It has a Metro bus stop on the property, the District paid to put in new sidewalks this past summer, and the city also mows the grounds. Is snow removal at this location something the city should take responsibility for, or is this something we residents should take ownership of?

Crews clearing sidewalks along the Soldiers' Home (Photo courtesy of ANC 4C10 Commissioner Rob Mandle)

A similar situation exists along the south side of Rock Creek Church Road east of Park Place. Here, after the Ward 4 representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services were contacted, crews cleaned the sidewalks along the Armed Forces Retirement Homes.

I took a different approach with Reserve 321-A. Seeing that the temperature and sun had softened a lot of the snow on Sunday afternoon, I chose to shovel the sidewalk along Rock Creek Church Road. While I was fortunate to have some help, I didn’t have it in me to shovel the sidewalk along Park Place.

While it would be nice if the city could take care of this property during snow events, my sense is that they have all they can handle just trying to keep the streets clear. The most direct method I can think of would be if members of the community would be willing to adopt the park and share the responsibility of clearing the sidewalks. Living next door to this green space, I see children and a lot of dog walkers enjoy the benefits of the park … is anyone willing to help me keep the sidewalks clear?

Sidewalk at Reservation 321-A after my snow removal attempt on Sunday

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Then and Now: Snow Plows

December 27, 2010

Snow plows ca. 1925Snow Plows at RFK Stadium by DDOTDC, on Flickr

District snow plows, then and now. Left: Ford Motor Company snow plow equipment ca. 1925 in front of the District Building. (Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress collection). Right: DDOT snow plows in front of RFK stadium, November 5, 2010. (Photo from the DDOTDC flickr pool).

The image below is also from the DDOTDC flickr pool, and shows a Caterpillar Industrial Loader used in snow removal efforts from February 9, 2010.

Snow Removal

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Is it Time for a Neighborhood Clean Up?

March 8, 2010

Litter and debris left after melting snow, corner of Park Place and Park Road

While its nice to see that most of the snow is finally gone, one thing that isn’t nice is all the trash that is left behind.

When the plows and scoops got the snow out of the streets, they apparently also scooped up all the trash and left it in the snow piles as well.

Now that it’s getting warm enough, is it time to organize a community clean up to get things nice and tidy again? Does anyone have any ideas on where the biggest trouble spots are? Additionally, has anyone organized one before?

I know we can all pick up the trash in front of our homes without making  a day of it, but it just strikes me that it would be more enjoyable if this were a community event and I know there are some areas that aren’t any particular person’s responsibility.

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