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Georgetown DMV Raided By FBI Updated

Y’know, I’ve always felt that some of the folks that were running the DMV should be arrested. I didn’t, however, expect that the FBI would raid the Georgetown DMV, arresting several people in the location this afternoon. It’s not clear right now if the arrestees are employees of the DMV or members of the public at this time. The District’s website is only saying “law enforcement activities” took place in the facility.

More details as they’re revealed.

[Update 4:39pm] NBC 4 is reporting that it was an identity for sale scheme to sell people DC Drivers Licenses. ABC 7 is reporting that the sale of licenses has been going on for over a year, but that it was found by intradepartmental investigation. Normally, this would’ve been a DC Police matter, but I suspect the nature of ID Fraud puts it square under the FBI’s jurisdiction. Janis Hazel from the DMV responded to our email, to let us know that one person, a DMV employee was arrested, as well as a few other individuals detained.

Hazel also says that the Georgetown location will reopen for business tomorrow at its normal hours.

We Hear You Loud and Clear

We Don't Want It!

Spotted while strolling through the quaint streets of Georgetown a few days ago, this sign gets right to the point.

We hear you.

We feel your pain.

No need to explain any further.

Can we interest you in a copy of The Blade instead?

Jack Bauer Spotted in Georgetown

The only person on the planet who can possibly kick more ass than Jack Bauer is Chuck Norris, but unlike Chuck, Jack is smart enough to never venture into Texas. He prefers to use brains over brawn but isn’t afraid to bust out his glock if one of his hot girlfriends is being kidnapped by terrorists, if his dumb, hot daughter has gotten herself into trouble, or if POTUS asks for him by name in desperate time of need. Jack Bauer is perhaps the most dedicated US citizen to ever serve this great country, and it’s been rumored that he is walking amongst us.

In an effort to add some legitimacy to the show, the producers of “24” have decided to actually film some scenes in DC. After all, the show is centered around the President (who for some reason seems to spend a lot of time in L.A.), so it makes sense to start integrating some DC scenes into the show. I only hope that they don’t try to pull some TV trickery by having Jack run into the Georgetown Metro stop and somehow pop up inside of the White House. DC is watching you, “24”. Let’s try to make this season better than the last or you may be losing your viewership to “Heroes”.

Photo by kmf164.

Georgetown Intro for the Carless DC Noob

Ah, Georgetown! Once I thought of it as “that snooty place I never go to because the rich preppy folk didn’t want a Metro stop*,” but having recently taken a job there, I’ve discovered — and maybe even grown to love — that historic part of DC.

georgetown1900s.jpg This part of Georgetown wasn’t always so swanky — an old friend from church who grew up in 1950s DC regaled me with stories about how none of the kids ever went to Georgetown back in his youth because it was a slum, and the canal stunk up everything below M Street. Georgetown was just recovering from its days as an early 20th Century industrial center at the time, with factories, mills, rendering plants and a streetcar power station dotting the slope down to the waterfront. But then came the Kennedies, and the Watergate went from literal canal “gate to the water” to swanky hotel-condo-office development, and the mills and stacks and rowhouses were closed down and demolished or repurposed into shops and malls and restaurants and bars, and soon the gentrification migrated down, till the Georgetown we know today — stilleto heels and popped collars and all — filled the space from Glover Park and Social Safeway to the theaters and harbor under the Whitehurst.

Walking Washingtonians, don’t let the distance from a Metro stop deter you from paying Georgetown a visit once in a while; it’s actually a lot closer than you think. There’s three ways to get to Georgetown on foot from Foggy Bottom /GWU Metro if you don’t want to wait for the shuttle bus:

  1. GrayPenn.jpg The Pennsylania Avenue Way: If you’ve ever walked over to Trader Joe’s from Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro, you’ve already made it more than halfway. Just keep going up Penn Ave till you pass the Salvation Army building, cross the bridge over Rock Creek, pass two or three panhandlers, and when you see Four Seasons Hotel and a Lukoil gas station, you’ve made it.
  2. KStWalk.jpg The K Street Way: Alternatively, you can go west along K Street to where it meets the Whitehurst off-ramp, where after two or three pedestrian crossings and a down-ramp you emerge near the theaters, but I hate walking there. The interchange makes for a vulnerable crossing and the waterfront under the Whitehurst is anything but picturesque outside of the harbor. It is, however, the shortest walk, but my least favorite.
  3. KeyBridg.jpg The Watergate Way: This is the longest, most roundabout stroll, but it’s nice and scenic. From the metro, cross the GWU plaza and go down New Hampshire Ave to Virginia Ave and the Watergate, then just keep walking down Virginia Ave till you get to Rock Creek Parkway, where you’ll have to push a walk button. The timing of the pedestrian crosswalk light is surprisingly nice to bikers and walkers (probably to the detriment of motor traffic), and you won’t have to wait long for the walk sign. Cross the little bridge over to Thompson Boat House, turn right, and you’ll find yourself walking along the Potomac with a nice view of Roosevelt Island and the Key Bridge. The route to K Street is just a short step up through Washington Harbour.

I hope this helps any fresh carless DC newbies who might feel intimidated by the prospect of trekking to Georgetown, like I did until this year. It turned out to be not so hard; now I do it all week.

See it on Google Maps.

* The truth of the matter, according to The Great Society Subway, is that a Georgetown Metro station would have been prohibitively difficult and expensive from an engineering and legal standpoint, requiring a deep dig under private buildings.

More Fruit in Georgetown


In case you don’t own an Apple product and have been dying to buy one but Clarendon, Pentagon City, Tysons Corner, and Bethesda are just too far away for you, you’re in luck – an Apple Store is coming to Georgetown. According to the Washington Business Journal:

Princeton Investment Corp. sold 1229 Wisconsin Ave. NW to Apple Inc. on Sept. 27, according to a source close to the deal. The French Connection clothing store now occupies the space. Princeton, a European investment group, has owned the property since 1995.

I don’t know about you but I’m going to rush over there to buy a Mac, an iPod, and and iPhone because hey, you’re just not cool until you’ve drank the Apple-flavored Kool-Aid.

Canal Boat Dry Dock

Here’s something you don’t see everyday on the C&O Canal in Georgetown: Lock 3 empty and the Canal Boat Georgetown on dry dock in Lock 2:

DryDock3 Lock3

DryDock1 DryDock2

There’s a sign on the board by the visitor center citing towpath repairs as the reason for not having any canal boat tours for a bit. This, by the way, confirms McMullan’s canal tour conjecture as to what that ribbed structure is. I imagine the Blue Heron of Lock 2 isn’t too happy about this development; I haven’t seen him (her?) around there since the boat took over.

DC + DMV = The Suck

When was the last time you heard someone say, “I went to the DMV today. It was awesome! Boy they really know what they’re doing there. What a top notch, professional operation.”

It amazes me that DMV’s across the country can be so consistently bad and the butt of so many jokes. To compound things, DC has only two main offices to choose from, the inspection center in SE or the office in Georgetown. Either way, you can bank on long lines, Soup Nazi style employees (“No registration for you!”), and something going wrong.

Canal Weeds

canalweeds.jpg Could someone well-versed in the flora and fauna of Mid-Atlantic waterways please tell me what the heck these weedlike plants are reaching up from the depths of the C&O Canal in Georgetown? They are freaking me out with their resemblance to rotting zombie hands.

(Photo by Russell Heimlich.)

Gyros, Mon Cheri

Gyros.jpg So this sign in the window of Mon Cheri Cafe in Georgetown advertises gyros, with a little pronunciation guide underneath saying ‘Yee-ros.’ But when I went in for lunch once and asked for a ‘YEE-RO,’ the guy said “Ok, one ‘JAI-ROW’ coming up!”

Help me. I am so confused.

Mon Cheri Cafe, by the way, while not much for dine-in ambience, does a lovely gyro, heaped with stuff, all for really cheap (well, cheap for Georgetown, anyway). The Greek salad is decent, too, and they’re pretty fast.

Homeless Justice

Yes, some homeless people are straight-up crazy and potentially dangerous. Like the guy I walked by earlier on Wisconsin Avenue who wanted to pick a fight with my dog. However many are sane and there are even some who keep your parks and neighborhoods safer than they would be otherwise.

They don’t do this so much for community service but rather for the sake of their own survival. If they think they have a good thing going in their neighborhood of choice then they do what they can to keep the police out of their hair and tension with locals at a minimum. That means making sure the homeless and criminal element around them keep a low profile.

For example a guy I talk to who has lived on and off around Francis Scott Key Park in Georgetown for sixteen years told me how he did some regulating in his neighborhood. He said how a panhandler snatched a woman’s purse after she had refused to give him money. He said the cops came straight to him, suspecting that either he did it or knew who did.

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