Dispatches from the Mean Streets of Some of the District’s Sketchiest Neighborhoods Vol. 3

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“Vol. 3 right here – I bought a place off Benning Road NE recently. I was advised after moving in that people would take anything not nailed down. Being the enfant terrible that I am, I decided to hang some Christmas lights on the house and a wreath on the door. While hanging the lights, an older woman stopped, came into the yard, and told me about how my house, way back in the day, would have the nicest holiday decorations in the neighborhood. She thanked me for helping her to remember a happy time and told me she wants to see lights on my house every Christmas from now on.”

Ed. Note: We hear a lot about crime in certain neighborhoods. This is the other side of the coin. If you have a story/experience from your own mean streets please send a brief description in an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dog)com and include what neighborhood you live in.

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  • Please correct the tag. Trinidad is west of Bladensburg Rd which is where Benning Rd ends. This neighborhood is perhaps Carver Langston, Kingman Park–Mayfair or even Benning depending on how far east.

  • Emmaleigh504

    sweet 🙂

  • What a fantastic idea, POP! I havent seen the first two postings, but I think this is awesome. The next debate will be, what are the “sketchy” neighborhoods 🙂

  • That’s really cute. What a sweet memory of the older woman to have

  • This is one of my favorite posts. Heart warming

  • Older woman probably was casing the house. Move out immediately.

  • We purchased a home on Hawaii Ave. NE two years ago. For the neighborhood queens, the area’s called “Pleasant Hill” but we trick people into believing it’s Brookland. Anyways, the woman who owned it before us was an avid gardener and had planted a beautiful garden in the front yard and fruit trees in the back. Unfortunately she passed away, which is why it was up for sale. More than a few times I’ve been pulling weeds in the front yard and a neighbor has passed and told me how happy that garden made them and how the previous owner would work in the yard for many hours and even offered lemonade to passers-by. We have worked our brown thumbs off trying to keep the garden alive to honor her memory and continue to bring a little happiness to our corner. This story made me think of the woman who owned the house before us and how she touched the neighborhood in her own quiet way.

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