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'Real World' Cast Is Pretty Neighborly

This mansion at 2000 S St. NW in Dupont Circle is temporarily home to the cast of MTV's reality show "The Real World." (Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post)

Washington has coexisted with the cast and crew of MTV's "The Real World" for 10 full weeks now, and we can report that ... they're not causing nearly enough trouble.

Oh, there's the occasional reported argument on the street among the Dupont Circle housemates, but generally the problem is that the unfamous-for-now reality stars are not arguing loud enough for bystanders to hear what they're saying (then Twitter about it).

Otherwise, the housemates seem to be quietly interning (the Blade newspaper, the Washington Capitals) or bartending, albeit with a cameraman or two in tow, and not troubling nightspots where they're not wanted.

Some neighbors of the reality series's home base at 2000 S St. NW tell us they're irritated that the show seems to randomly lay claim to parking spots around the house, with city-9issued bags over the meters. But Josh Friedman of the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and TV Development says it's all legit: The "Real World" reserved exactly seven metered spaces for the duration of the production -- via "the same process that other film projects follow" -- and if they seem to come and go, it's because "people steal the bags on the meters, and the city replaces them."

Honestly, he swears that the whole production, expected to linger in Dupont well into the fall, is far less invasive than most short-9time movie shoots that come to town, bringing huge crews, bright lights and tons of trailers, and causing street closings.

How boring is "The Real World D.C."? So boring that after weeks of vigilance, the pioneering "Anti-Real World DC" blog hasn't posted anything in nearly a month. Still on the case: local freelance writer Chris Wiggins, whose obsessive RealWorldDCNEWZ Twitter feed still produces some fresh sighting/rumor/musing about the cast every hour or so -- recently with fevered speculation that the cast member known as Erika is taking leave from the house and the show.

True? "I hesitate to say 100 percent because I haven't gotten a report that she's landed in Ohio," he said -- but he's watching for it.

By The Reliable Source  |  September 10, 2009; 1:04 AM ET
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