Alert DC Creating New Streets

Photo courtesy of
‘Rialto #18’
courtesy of ‘Chris Rief aka Spodie Odie’

Just a moment ago, Alert DC sent out the following message to subscribers: “Traffic is severely disrupted in area where 14th & 15th Sts NW intersect J-M Sts, due to ongoing police activity. Avoid this area.”

But the real news here isn’t that there is police activity downtown, it’s that J Street has officially (at least according to Alert DC) been put back on the map!  You may remember that J Street doesn’t exist because of similaries between letters back in the 1700s (and not because L’Enfant held a grudge), so this is major breaking news.  Has anyone in the area seen the elusive J Street yet?

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at)!

7 thoughts on “Alert DC Creating New Streets

  1. I noticed this right away, and I wanted to bring it to someone’s attention. So glad that you took care of this. J street!

  2. I totally noticed this because J Street was (and still might be) in the student center at GW, and we all learned that there wasn’t one in the city. Hilarious!

  3. This does not surprise me at all. Can someone please investigate who posts for Alert DC? They have been doing a terrible job. I keep getting weather reports when nothing’s happening at all. I don’t need to be alerted to a partly cloudy day. It’s inexcusable.