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December 24, 2006

cleaning up and taking names

After a nice workout on the day of Christmas Eve with my new weekend workout partner Martini Gurlatalova, I went home to clean up the dead plants in my front yard, and some of the garbage in front and behind my house. There's been an awful lot of litter in the area for some reason, maybe because it's cold or something, but I got tired of looking at it so I picked it up myself.

The contant piles of illegally-dumped garbage in front of the derelict property at 1819 10th St., NW (I call it "The Cat Factory") is getting out of control too. Since no one lives there, more than a few disreputable neighbors and passers-by tend to dump anything they don't want to deal with there, instead of calling for large-item pick-up or bagging it themselves like they should. I caught one resident dumping his old computer printer and called him out on it. In DC, you cannot put boxes out on the curb, as the DPW will not pick it up. They won't pick up unbagged printers, vacuum cleaners or old window unit air conditioners either. They will only pick up bagged garbage that is put in the Supercan trash bin that everyone is provided. And if you don't already have one you can get one from DPW for free.

Earlier last week I noticed someone had dumped several large boxes out in front of The Cat Factory. Of course it wasn't picked up, and by the end of the week either a dog or a homeless person went through the boxes and spread it all around. Then it rained and turned all the garbage to mush. When I came home, either from the MetroRail station or from a workout, I had to look at all that crap, and I just didn't feel like looking at it any longer. So I picked it all up, bagged most of it, and took some notes.

Judging by some of the shipping labels on the various boxes of satellite dishes, furniture and other items, it seems that the following neighbors are lazy-ass mofos who feel entitled to let other people pick up their crap. Here are the guilty parties:

Lawrence Theodore Greene
937 Westminster St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Herschel & Dorothy Bagley
936 T St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

Not only am I going to make a formal complaint about the owner of 1819 10th St property about excessive trash and debris on private property to the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) (202) 442-4610, but I'm also going to call whomever I need to to report illegal dumping. I kept 5 of the shipping labels and forms as proof, and took some pictures:
Garbage left on the curb outside the derelict 1819 10th St., NW property, known by me as "The Cat Factory."
1819 10th St., NW DC
The Cat Factory at 1819 10th St., NW DC, 20001.
Dorothy Bagley's Garbage
Miss Dorothy and husband Herschel leave their garbage out someone else's curb for other people to deal with. They live at 936 T St., NW Washington, DC 20001.
More Dorothy Bagley's Garbage
More of Miss Dorothy Bagley's garbage. See also Lawrence Theodore Greene at 937 Westminster St., NW DC 20001.

The photos were taken on Christmas Eve 12/24/2006.

Posted by jimbo at December 24, 2006 5:25 PM


Jimbo, you rock! I foresee a mystery series about a furry, rugby-playing, occasional drag queen hotster- valiantly righting wrongs and having make out sessions with thankful scruffians.

Posted by: homer at December 26, 2006 1:03 PM

(Came here by way of In Shaw...)

My goodness, how I feel your pain. I live right by that place and in fact walk by it almost everyday to the gym. I usually see people poking around the plywood that's up on the garage of that place, probably looking for a place to do no good. Keep up the good work!

Posted by: lh at December 26, 2006 9:44 PM

that is hotness beyond measure.

wait until you own property - your impatience for other people's bullshit will increase tenfold!

Posted by: johnny at December 27, 2006 12:12 PM

If you live in Ward 1, Joe Martin is the Ward 1 Neighborhood Services Coordinator for the Mayors office. He is amazing at getting things done. After you have placed a request with 202-727-1000, email Joe (Joseph.Martin@dc.gov) with the service request #, and info about the problem and I guarantee he will make sure things happen!

Posted by: Mike Larson at December 27, 2006 12:17 PM

That sounds like a great story for a local tv reporter. Call up Channel Seven and tell them to look at your blog.

Posted by: Mikeprov1 at December 27, 2006 2:47 PM

I am going to file a complaint against the club "Liv" in Bohemian Caverns... Every weekend our lawn ends up totally trashed from their patrons eating Greek take-out and leaving the leftovers on the lawn... grrrrrrrrr

Hey did you get our Xmas card? I never realized I didn't know your last name!

Posted by: TOS at December 27, 2006 3:05 PM

So you won't be collecting animal dung in a paper bag and lighting it on fire on their doorstep then?

Posted by: copperred at December 27, 2006 6:03 PM

With regards to the Cat Factory Jim...

A David Swain bought the property on 5/19/2005

47298 WESTWOOD PL; STERLING VA20165-2494

Amazing is that he spent $810,000 on it and has let it sit for 1 1/2 years. The good news is that it is classified as a vacant property in tax class 3 which basically makes them pay 5x the property taxes on it.

The bad news.... It doesn't appear that the property has been assessed properly as it is only at $307,000. Now, I just don't get this in the District. The office that handles assessments has to be the most inconsistent office -- other then the Historic Preservation Office -- in the City. How can someone pay $810,000 for a structure/lot and then only be assessed $307,000 -- Makes no sense. If this was assessed at the purchase price then the taxes would be $40k+ instead of the current $14k. If you want some movement I would suggest trying to get the assessment cleaned up.

We have worked hard on our corner with the property at 902-904 T ST NW. The city bought it last year for $750k but has just sat on it since... GrrrrR!

We should meet up sometime, it's nice to see another concerned neighbor in the neighborhood

Posted by: Dave M at December 28, 2006 11:32 AM

I just clicked over to your site from the DC Blogs link that I originally found on The Cords of Billroth. I too am fighting an uphill battle against trash on our street (7th and Florida NE) and have recently discovered the Consumer Affairs hotline. We are similarly trying to get someone to take care of an abandoned and filthy (rat-infested) property on our street, not to mention trying to find creative ways of guilting our unresponsive neighbors into pocketing their trash instead of dropping it wherever they happened to be standing. I feel your frustration and commend your efforts to publicly shame people! WHOO-HOO!

Posted by: Maya at December 29, 2006 1:29 PM