Video of the Meridian Hill snowball fight! Also check out more photos of U street on my Flickr photostream.

This morning when I saw that the Federal government was open with ONLY an unscheduled leave policy, I was pissed. DC had received 3-4 inches overnight, and did they REALLY think that the roads/sidewalks would be clear in time for the morning rush? I was pretty unhappy, I thought a 2 hour delay was clearly in order.

Yet, color me super surprised as I walked out of my building’s door and saw that nearly all of the sidewalks had been shoveled at 7:30 am. I live on a residential street, I wasn’t expecting much. Then the roads: 14th and U look great. The only downside, nearly all of the southern block of 1300 U was unshoveled. For shame, clearly everyone else got out early to shovel their sidewalks, you could too.

Is DC becoming a hardened northern city? The behavior I saw this morning was more in line with what I expect in my home state of Massachusetts than DC. Don’t you remember last year in March when it snowed a few inches and the government gave a 2 hour delay? Or Valentine’s Day of 2007? I had an interview that morning and the city had come to a stand still for maybe 3 inches. Can DC really handle snow on par with a northern city, or was this morning just an anomaly?

Snow near U street, courtesy of Matt Ortega (Flickr)

By the skin of my teeth, I made it out of the area and made my flight from BWI to Boston this morning (it was pretty touch and go for a while if we were going to be able to leave). Now I’m on the Internet reading twitter and facebook updates about the snow in DC (it’s supposed to hit Boston later tonight and not be nearly as severe) and wondering what y’all are doing. How many inches? Anyone surfing down 16th street or attending the guerrilla snowball fight on 14th and U? I might be a bit jealous, it’s not often you see this much snow in DC and I’m missing it (but man, am I thankful I was able to make my flight).

And as a side note, since I did make my flight today I’ll be out of the area until next week. Email me (ustreetgirl@gmail.com) and let me know about anything happening in the ‘hood.

Instead of writing individual posts about a few incidents that have happened in the U street area, I’ve decided to do a quick round-up of the crime in the area:

  • DCist reports on a rash of hold-ups on U street-area Chinese take out restaurants. I can’t say I’ve ever actually eaten at any of these places, but I hope that the businesses are able to recover and no other restaurants are hit.
  • MPD’s 3rd district listserv reports on a police-related shooting on 16th and Kalorama, right near Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. A police officer shot a suspect after he assaulted the police officer. The suspect is at a hospital recovering from a single gunshot wound and the police officer is in the hospital recovering from a head wound sustained during the incident. The Washington City Paper is reporting that the suspect was mentally ill. This is following the police-related shooting death of a mentally-ill man yesterday near H Street NE.

Also kids, it’s slippery out there, be careful where you’re going. I almost wiped out a few times on the short walk to/from the metro, and I’m from up North where we’re used to this kind of weather 6 months a year. Or something.

Holiday display, courtesy of WBUR (Flickr)

Holiday display, courtesy of WBUR (Flickr)

… from snowy, rainy, wet, strangely warm Massachusetts.

We’ve gotten a lot of snow the past few days up north. It’s been snowing non-stop since Friday until it finally decided to take a break today. I went into Boston a few days ago at the height of one of the storms, tried to take some pictures, but a lot came out pretty blurry (it was also pretty cold). Here are some of the best shots:

Christian Science Building with the snow, in Boston

Christian Science Building with the snow, in Boston

Prudential Center, Boston at night

Prudential Center, Boston at night

From the MFA, Egyptian ruins

From the MFA, Egyptian ruins

An iconic image of Boston, courtesy of Brian Lewandowski (Flickr)

An iconic image of Boston, courtesy of Brian Lewandowski (Flickr)

Just a note: I will be traveling home to the Boston area for the holidays. I will still be blogging regularly, and will still be covering everything U street-related, but understand that I will only have the power of the Internets to help me while I’m 500 miles away.

Meanwhile, there will be plenty of snow (a white Christmas, for sure), family, food, and maybe a few gifts up north.