Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ribbon Cutting : Anacostia Riverwalk Bridge

Ms. V is excited about the opening of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Bridge over the CSX tracks.  This completed bridge on the west side just north of the Sousa Bridge (Pennsylvania Ave SE).  DDOT is also working on a bridge over the CSX tracks on the east side of the river.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
11 am – 12 pm
South entrance of new Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Bridge
1960 M Street SE (just northeast of the Pennsylvania Avenue, SE overpass)
Washington, DC 20036

R.S.V.P. before Friday, April 20 by phone at 202-589-2713 or email at

Event Directions
From Intersection of M Street, SE and 11th Street, SE: Continue east on M Street, SE straight through the rotary at Maritime Plaza 1 until you reach the overpass of the John Philip Sousa Bridge. Flaggers and signs will direct you to appropriate parking locations.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bankruptcy Auction in Hillcrest

Being a blogger, I get random bits of information from time to time. People will google the neighborhood, my blog comes up and then random email. A side note, this worked in my favor one time. A bank had foreclosed on a property in my condo association and they were trying to get in touch with the management company to write a check to clear the lien the condo association had on the property. Any who...

Today's random email is for a bankruptcy sale on the exclusive Westover Driver.  

(photo of property from site)

We want to make sure you are aware of a very special opportunity. We are
conducting a bankruptcy auction in Hillcrest! 
The auction Lots 154 and 155 on Westover Dr SE, Washington DC will be held
on April 24th at 11 am at the property. 
We are offering a 3% coop fee to brokers. Please note that broker forms are
due by 4 pm on April 23rd. 
Complete information packages can be downloaded at

Please call us with any questions at 888-621-2110

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bulletproof glass as a crime deterrent?

Washington Post has an article entitled "Dreaming of a streetscape without roll-down security gates".  Two paragraphs caught my attention:

Bulletproof glass may take a little more time to ban, both in Washington and around the nation, because it’s seen as protecting people, while roll-downs are seen as protecting property, said Rosemary J. Erickson, a sociologist and president of Coral Gables, Fla.-based Athena Research, which specializes in security. 
Erickson has studied the effect of bullet-resistant glass on crime. She asked 1,000 convicted stick-up men to name 14 possible deterrents to robbery. Bulletproof glass ranked low on their lists. “They worry more about escape routes and police presence,” she said. “That said, you do understand the need for the shop clerk’s safety.”

 Curiosity got the best of me, so I googled "Rosemary J. Erickson".  I found her research paper from 1998.  The key findings are the best way to prevent convenience store robberies:

  • Key minimal cash in store
  • Minimize escape routes
  • Interior and exterior lighting
  • Removing obstructions from windows so cash register is in plain sight from the outside
  • Training of store clerks
This is good information to know as we begin to build relationships with businesses in our community.