Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Crazy new solar powered wifi hotspot, phone charger and bench installed at the Civic Plaza

This is pretty cool: the other day I was strolling through the Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, the triangle at 14th/Kenyon/Park, and spotted this gizmo. It's a bench that has a solar panel that powers a wi-fi hotspot and USB slots for charging your phone.

WTOP reported about it earlier in October, it's called a Soofa bench. The Department of Parks and Rec installed this one as a pilot project for 6 months and if enough people use them and they don't break, DPR will install more around the city.

Pretty neat idea. Has anyone used it?


  1. There is enough daily loitering by drunks and druggies in this plaza. Yah this is nice, but this isn't the proper location. It's a shame we can't have nice things, but until this area is cleaned up, this will only encourage further problems.

  2. There are definitely some drunk people out there, but I don't agree that this will change anything. I think the drunk people will be there whether this bench is there or not.

    I'd suggest you email Brianne Nadeau about the issue.

  3. There's one by Eastern Market now, too. Will have to keep an eye out for how it's used!


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