Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs


Ed. Note: After an exhaustive search, I have selected four interns to join the Prince of Petworth team. Seriously, I was overwhelmed and am grateful for all those who offered to help. The four interns to join the team come from a variety of backgrounds and neighborhoods. Hopefully most have noticed that the site, despite the name, has significant coverage in addition to Petworth including Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant and U Street among others. As such the four interns to join the team reside in, you guessed it, Petworth, Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant and U Street. Some wish to remain anonymous and will be referred to as “our intern in Mt. Pleasant” etc. The interns will provide occasional contributions that will develop over time. So without further ado, below you will find a very interesting entry from our intern in Columbia Heights, Karen.

I was taking a stroll down Columbia Road, right around where Mount Pleasant becomes Adams Morgan, and saw this huge sign hanging outside of The Potter’s House. Simple and to-the-point, don’t you think? My immediate reaction was to agree with it, and then I followed that up with a wave of pride in my politically-minded city. But then I got to wondering why I haven’t seen more declarations similar to this one at other venues. Has anyone else seen other political proclamations in or outside of bookstores, eateries, pubs, coffee shops, you name it? If so, does that add to your enjoyment of said venues? (I like my coffee with a side of civil discontent.) Or do such displays discourage or annoy you?

Also, for all those Washingtonians who’ve been around a bit longer, do you see a difference in how the current anti-war movement and the sundry social movements of the 60s have/had been embraced by DC businesses and/or the community at large?

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  • I’ve seen many “Save Darfur” banners outside churches, including Peoples Congregational UCC up on 13th and…something. Around Arkansas Ave, I think.

    Since The Potter’s House is a chuch-affiliated bookstore/gathering place, I’m not surprised to see that it would have such a banner. I wonder if other businesses might feel like they would lose customers if they took active political stands.

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    This is terrific–and I think very different than the antiwar, 60s stuff… unless you’re a Quaker, war is sometimes wrong, sometimes (for instance, to stop a regime that’s torturing people) right! But torture… always wrong.

  • That really nice apartment building in mt pleasant ( i think ), hung signs over every balcony that said “Peace” in different languages.

  • Hmmm, torture… oh, I guess it isn’t that kind of torture, oops.

  • POP, can you get your web developer to add the author for each post? It’s a simple change and is really easy to do with wordpress. Seems like you will have multiple contributors now, seeing the author will really help.

  • And while you’re denoting authors, you might want to explain to the new intern that Hobart Street & then Irving Street (USPS) or Harvard (ANC) denotes the boundary between Mt Pleasant Adams-Morgan, not Columbia Road.

    Some people care about administrative and political boundaries 😉

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    Thanks Wayan. Of course aren’t you the one who didn’t know that Looking Glass Lounge was in Ward 1? Over compensating a bit are you…

  • In Oakland’s Rockridge District there was this great little boutique (they sold random stuff and offered decorating services too I think), there front windows were always political. And clever and witty. Like HomeRule, but with a more political slant.

  • Stockard, yep, I know the place (definitely in MtP) you mean. I’ve been curious why those signs are there – who owns the building, or who made the call?

    The Quaker Meeting House at Florida just west of Connecticut (admittedly outside of the PoP zone) has multiple signs, a Darfur sign and also a more general sign that asks what your life is doing to remove the causes of war. (Tying into the first comment).

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