When you gotta go, I guess you really gotta go

I’m afraid I have some disappointing news to report from the Petworth front. I was walking home from the metro last week going north on New Hampshire Ave and I see this gentleman standing next to a wall in front of one of the rowhouses. Well, nothing wrong with that expect I notice he is taking a leak against the wall. Now I should mention it was like 6:30 at night and only a few houses down from the church. Ok that is pretty bad but then I see that he walks right into one of the rowhouses next to the church. Now what the hell is up with that? Are there no bathrooms in that house? I mean for real, this is one of the little things that is infuriating. Why piss right on the street, when you either live right there or are visiting someone right there? This guy was not homeless either. He was probably in his 50s fairly well dressed. I just can’t for the life of me understand it. Can anyone help me understand this?

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  • While I TRULY understand your frustration Mr. Heid (I could tell you stories!) and I’m sure that your comment had a measure of humor to it (at least I took it that way) I think it’s a mistake to go down the road that ultimately separates people into an “us and them” mentality.

    In response to the question of what to make of this, my guess is that many residents in the District don’t have a sense of ownership of their neighborhoods. I mean, you nor I (nor our visiting friends) would even think of doing something of this nature because we take pride in our neighborhood and our homes. Thus, I think the answer to this and MANY other irritating problems is to invite people to take pride in their neighborhood or, at the very least, ask them not to “piss” in ours. My experience is that people either apologize, scurry away in shame, or completely ignore me. At least I have the satisfation that I did something to protect my neighborhood.

    Just my two cents!

  • I have to be honest, I didn’t say anything to the gentleman because I was intimidated by all the people sitting on the porch. Should I have said something to the offender?

  • I totally agree with you. It’s terribly frustrating!

    In addition to our own individual efforts, I think there has to be a District-wide campaign for a clean city/District pride.

    I noticed that you are from NY – so am I. I might be dating myself but do you remember when NY did something like that in the late 70’s (probably.) It was followed with the whole “I (heart) NY” campaign. DC needs something like that!

  • I’ve lived in Petworth for about 2.5 years now. I live just off Grant Circle. I can say that I have seen exactly what you are describing more than once. I even came home once to find that someone defacated on my back lawn, then wiped themselves about a half dozen times, throwing the used napkins all over the place.

    I’m new to city life, so I’m still quite surprised when I see people behave like this.

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