Promise Bridge Comes to North Capitol Street

North Capitol Street

The Promise Bridge is on North Capitol Street connecting Bloomingdale and Eckington. Kinda reminds me of the love locks bridges in Paris. Not sure if the promise locks will be as popular.

Love locks in Paris

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  • Art or vandalism? You make the call!

    • Vandalism. I live in sight of here and I don’t want to see that crap. When I walk by I want to look up and see the capital, not locks and notes and litter. No different than the taggers that drive us crazy. Someone decides they want to leave their mark on something that is not theirs………. vandalism.

      • and yes I know it is Capitol not Capital. : )

        • This is why DC is so boring to look at. You like your fine lines and sterile environment. Something like a simple lock gives the bridge an identity and helps build community. When we go to NY, London, Paris and even LA, it’s the the little quirky things that are admired.

          • You’re the first one I’ve ever heard say DC is boring to look at and ugly locks put up by immature hipsters or bored middle schoolers isnt going to change that.

          • Opinions vary. I think DC is a beautiful city with amazing art and architecture.

            Here is the rub, you have no right to make a personal decision about property which is not yours. You can feel free to hang a padlock on your front door, this is America. (Unless it is bothering your neighbors and against condo regulations etc) but “I” don’t have a rite to put a lock on YOUR door simply because I find your door boring. “I” do not own your door or have any group claim to it therefor it is wrong.

            Are you getting that now? If you feel like something should be done to public property to improve upon it then do it correctly, lobby the ANC, neighbors and city council so that it can be discussed and a fair decision that is amenable to all is reached.

            In the big scheme of things this is a small issue. We have murder, thefts, muggings every day in DC. It is this root of right and wrong, acceptable and unacceptable that we have lost in DC that causes the greater issues. We need to take a step back even on this simple blog post and think about what is right for all not what is right for only ourselves. Thinking only of one’s self is what turns street litterers into vandals into thieves into murderers. The slope is slippery, being a first world country takes work, we must strive to be a better person every day, think about others, show kindness and tolerance in the least.

            I think we can change the world only by changing ourselves. Strive to be the best person you can, sooner or later, the world will follow.

            ~The Dali Lama of Bloomingdale

        • The good news for you is that the sign looks like it will be easy to take down and throw into the trash.

  • An innovation on the promise ring?

  • I’ve noticed a few locks on the Brooklyn bridge last time I crossed it… but just a few, nothing that compares to Le Pont des Arts though 😉

  • Lame. How about “make a promise, give me a dollar”?

  • I don’t think you can just declare just any fenced-in bridge a padlock bridge and expect it to instantly be populated with locks. We’ll see if it takes off, I guess.

  • claire

    Hm, this is right near me, might put a lock on there to help get it started!

  • As we all know, this bridge brings a steady stream of Bloomies and possums into peaceful, happy Eckington. I view it as The Bridge Over the River Capitol and it should be destroyed. Madness! Madness!

  • The decorated locks can be cute, but what’s with the attached kleenexes and trash bags? Looks like a place people deposit their dog feces.

  • Who’s this sponsored by, the Master lock company??

  • If something like this sprung up on a bridge organically, it might be cool. But when someone has to put up a sign to get the “promising” started it’s just lame.

  • I think it’s kind of cute! You people are so harsh…

  • So not a serious commitment. If you want to break up with your girlfriend, just find one of DC’s many bike thieves, and “poof” that lock is OFF!

  • Im tempted to go remove this myself before it gets out of control. Its simply vandalism.. nothing more or less.

  • Maybe it would be nice if North Capitol it had a canal backdrop, a few boats, and some nice foliage. Without these things, it will look like vertical trash on a fence.

    I’m going to hang my make-a-wish-used-condoms on it.

  • I don’t know if this is true, but I heard that the city of Cologne had to do some tests on one of its bridges because there were so many locks that they didn’t know if it could support the weight. The locks were there this past spring though.

  • I like it. It’s interesting, creative. What are people protecting? The freeway you have running through your neighborhood is not prize. I don’t see how this makes that concrete jungle look any worse. Why not at least give it a chance?
    What a bunch of curmudgeons. . . and we think the French have attitudes . . . geez.

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