Hill East Residents: “We are afraid to walk down the street, commute to the metro, and take our kids to surrounding recreational parks”


After a recent spate of assaults and muggings some Hill East residents have launched a change.org petition:

“Dear Mayor Bowser and Dear Chief Lanier,

Over the last few months we witnessed an increase in criminal acts in our neighborhood – Hill East, near Capitol Hill. We – citizens – don’t feel protected and safe. We are afraid to walk down the street, commute to the metro, and take our kids to surrounding recreational parks.

The police’s presence is not strong enough! Micro criminality, violent acts, break-ins, and drug trafficking are a constant issue and a matter of concern. We witness on a daily basis fellow citizens getting assaulted by individuals or groups of teenagers, break ins, and different act of violence. Please invest more time and resources on this issue! Please help us fighting this dramatic wave of crime.

Hill East is a changing neighborhood and it contributes to Washington D.C.’s growing economy, we don’t want to be forced to leave the neighborhood and the city as a consequence.”

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  • They should add Shaw/Truxton to the list, where there has been a spate of muggings in Truxton Circle (no less than four within a few blocks of each other in the last two weeks) and several shootings in Shaw and Truxton in the last two weeks.

    Is it just the warm weather causing this perceived uptick?

    • What are you talking about? Didn’t you see our mayor just said Shaw is an example of affordable housing policy working? Apparently neighborhoods with 800k houses surrounded by people getting shot in the street is the future she is trying to build.

    • They should add Petworth / 14th and Kennedy St NW. 4th District Crime alerts have sent alerts for 6 armed robberies in the last couple days by, what sounds like, the same two suspects described as 2 BM’s 18-20 yr old slim, around 5’10 – 5’11 each armed with handguns . The robberies have only been blocks apart

      • A woman was held up at gunpoint in Brightwood at 8:30am this past sunday!

      • Yup I live right there. I am so over this. Between the three armed robberies, muggings, assaults, someone being shot at the Rite Aid, last year’s robbery of Gold Coast that ultimately killed the owner, I don’t want to keep living here with a small child.

      • Agreed! I was robbed at gun point Wednesday May 13th at 930pm on Underwood and 14th by two guys matching the same description. They got my stuff but fortunately I was unharmed. I filed a police report but since I was unharmed I seriously doubt the police can do anything. The perps took off in a car so I don’t think they live in the neighborhood. The only thing of value they got was my iPad, I used the find my iPhone feature and it was turned off an hour after, so these guys know what they are doing…

    • Do you have more info about the increased muggings/robberies in Truxton/Shaw? I’ve seen the shooting and stabbing reports around 7th and N/O, but the rest are new to me.

  • Prediction: the mayor will do exactly nothing. Get used to it. We’re stuck with her for four years.

  • Is the problem that the residents of this community are not safe, or that they do not “feel” safe? Seems like what the residents are seeking from MPD is a peace of mind.

    • I agree. You can post a policeman at each street corner and people will do what they do.

    • It’s not a perception issue. When people are routinely mugged in broad daylight in your neighborhood, the neighborhood is not safe.

    • they want an effective response to real crime. Year over year numbers show 72% increase in robberies from Jan to end of May in PSA 107 (18 in 2014 to 31 in 2015 31)

    • It’s both. But it’s not so much that these areas are getting more violent, it’s that more money moving into the neighborhoods provides more opportunities for the criminal element already there.

      • the “criminal element” is not a major factor in the neighborhood. the neighborhood is easily accessible to areas with more criminal element, particularly along Benning Road NE

      • Ding ding ding! Such is the reason why–at least in the area surrounding H St NE–I see far more reports of muggings and robberies south of Florida Ave than north of it.

  • I posted months ago that community policing would suffer as a consequence of over reliance on cameras. Not even the roads are repaved with camera revenue these days…

    DC has a problem recruiting police officers now because budgets have been reassigned to reactive police technologies. Officers don’t walk the streets because they are intimidated by small-time dealers as well and fears of being liable for their actions. DC police are only equipped to chaparone downtown events (in federal sites) now, and the surrounded communities (that pay taxes to the city) get no support in their neighborhoods, while long-time wealthy property owners throughout DC rent to nefarious tenants in neighborhoods in hopes of driving property values down (so they can buy more for cheap) and they seek to drive gentrification up leading to more residents that get victimized by their lack of street smarts…

    • Fears of being held liable for their actions? Oh no, heaven forbid!

    • dumplingdreams

      This is what folks get for daring to try to make DC a nicer, more livable town befitting of the title “nation’s capital”. It’s the “punishment” by the less-fortunates for more-fortunates building better playgrounds, rec centers, gardens, swimming pools, schools, and generally classing up the place. Of course, this city is full to the brim of FREE stuff for every single resident to enjoy, but that demographic with internalized anger issues, bitterness, and jealousy would rather destroy what so many good people have created.

  • So, has crime significantly increased since the writer moved to Hill East? Did they check the crime stats prior to moving in? Are they under attack? According to the police chief (and the reason behind her enormous salary) crime has gone down SIGNIFICANTLY…. Genuniley confused, absolutely no snark intended. I just wanna know what prompted these statements. Sounds like city crime as usual…:
    The police’s presence is not strong enough! Micro criminality, violent acts, break-ins, and drug trafficking are a constant issue and a matter of concern. We witness on a daily basis fellow citizens getting assaulted by individuals or groups of teenagers, break ins, and different act of violence. Please invest more time and resources on this issue! Please help us fighting this dramatic wave of crime

    • Agree that crime in Hill East has been high…nothing new. But crime has not dropped significantly in DC and the Police Chief never said it did. She only take credit for a big drop in murders, which really has nothing to do with police performance. Crime overall, especially theft is up–way up since Lanier came to office.

      Why not petition the mayor to fire Lanier after 7-8 years of poor performance?

      • I second that vote. She is a shady lady.

      • Because a Bowser hire will assuredly be much worse.

        I’ve been in Hill East for 8 years. Crime was a big problem when I moved here and then after a lot of work by the MPD and community working together, things changed dramatically for a long time. This uptick is a real problem. Muggings are happening to the elderly, women, and during the day.

        The younger people committing these crimes know that there are no or minimal consequences if they get caught. Also, the Mayor doesn’t care about this part of town, there were too many Catania signs.

        • There are of course remedies if they are caught. I think the issue is that they know they won’t be caught, not that there are no consequences.

          • I’m going to disagree with you on that. DC has long been lenient with its criminal element. Council Members via the voters have historically shown a large amount of patience in protecting the criminals over punishing and stopping crime. Just look at the long rap sheet of that guy who recently assaulted the old guy at Eastern Market. He was already on probation for another violent assault that landed a poor man in the hospital before, and he had a series of crimes in his background. The lack of real consequences is especially real for those under 18. We have a lot of protections in place to give these people a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth… chance.

          • My only beef there is whether that is true for black on white crime versus black on black crime. I would guess if you look at that kid’s rap sheet, it is probably more likely his prior record involves black on black crime.

            I am not sure people who get caught mugging white folks in the city are treated the same way.

        • Bowser’s has thus far hired mostly qualified people so there’s really no reason to think she wouldn’t hire an equally qualified police chief. Clearly you Catania supporters are still sore losers about Bowser winning the mayoral vote, but let it go…it’s getting old.

    • FYI I moved 3 years ago and I am not “under attack” we are all “under attack!”..
      I have been aware of the particular situation in our neighborhood since the day I decided to move to Hill East.. but it hasn’t been that dangerous until a couple of months ago (at least in my particular area!). This petition is to bring the community together, increase awareness, and it’s not only about me, but about you too! We have been acting as individuals and not as a community.. hoping and waiting that the Chief or the Mayor will act only because the statistics ask so.

    • Whether or not crime is bad or has gotten bad may depend on the time frame you think withing. I have lived in DC on the Hill since 1994 and from my perspective (and looking at the statistics) crime has gone down A WHOLE LOT since that point. However, people who have moved here since 2007 and on would say we are crime ridden in a way that I just don’t agree with. I would agree with the fact that in the most recent 12 months there has been an uptick but I wouldn’t say I feel less safe than I did 5 years ago and I walk 13 blocks to and from work every day for the last 12 years.

    • There is a real uptick in crime and a real decrease in police presence. It is more than the usual city crime. I’m used to my packages being stolen, iphone thefts, etc. We are talking about elderly folks being attacked and beaten while walking down the street or getting off the metro, women being mugged at gunpoint on a residential street, multiple house break-ins at night while folks are home, sleeping. I am glad I have a large German Shepherd Dog who is very protective of me.

  • Any chance the OP could site some specific locations? I live on 16th and C SE and I’m in complete agreement that there has been an uptick in crime over the past year. Personally, I was wondering which specific areas have been the most trouble for you.

  • I live in Hill East, and feel safe, though there are frequent reportings of mugging/burglary/theft, and I do think more of a police presence on the street might help. I”m not sure petitions are the way to get that, though. Whenever there is an event at RFK there are cop cars all over the place (doing what is not clear?), but there must be somebody assigned to the beat, so to speak, right?

  • I would also add, that prior to dropping 800k on a home ANYWHERE, I would ensure the neighborhood supports that price. Meaning – groceries, schools, crime and transportation options. I don’t live far from Cap. Hill, and I definitely know the neighborhoods that surround that area have never been 800k worth of safe… An expectation of safety should be realistic, however, moving into an affluent neighborhood adjacent to poverty is equivalent to putting your hand in a lions mouth and expecting him not to bite. It’s meat, lions eat meat. To expect the police to babysit your hood because you paid 800k for your house is egregious at best. Do what we did in the 90’s form a visible neighborhood watch and work in conjunction with the police. Take your own block back!!! Technology has made being a block captain easier. We just had walkie-talkies

    • This isn’t a fair assessment of the neighborhood. We live over by RFK, and can walk to mulitple grocery stores, Barracks Row, H street, multiple metros in less than 20 minutes, and most of the neighborhood elementary schools are decent. That’s more than you get for 800K in many suburbs, and our quality of life — even with some street crime — is much higher than it would be in the burbs.. The neighborhood would seem to support the price.

      • I just listed the things I would look for. I paid 220k, and can walk my street in SE DC at any hour without fear of robbery, got my alarm to reduce my home ins. The writer basically said the are fearful of walking in their neighborhood. I reflected on the statement of the writer, Cap Hill has made drastic improvements, however, the current residents should unite and fight the elements causing stress. All I’m saying….

        • You paid 220k. Umm, so obviously you have been out of the DC real estate game for awhile now. No one is even buying a condo in DC for 220k these days that checks the boxes of groceries, schools, crime, and transportation options!

          • Bought in 2014…. Neighborhood is great. There is life outside of NW

          • What SE neighborhood did you buy for that price in 2014? I’m really curious.

          • Yes, I lived in SE for a year and loved it. However, I am skeptical that you bought a place for 220k that checks all those boxes you listed. Where would this be?

          • Must be east of the river… although I wouldn’t feel safe walking around at night in the neighborhoods where homes are $220k. Maybe Hillcrest but that’s more expensive.

          • She/he said further down in the comments (currently last comment) and the neighborhood is Ft. Davis, which yes is EOTR.

          • Yeah….I feel mostly safe at night, sadly, I think our neighbors come to your ‘hoods to commit their crimes, you know that whole “don’t sh@* where you eat” thing. The telltale signs are the occasional abandoned stolen/carjacked vehicles.

    • justinbc

      1) the majority of homes in Hill East are not listed for 800K, it’s rare to even see them in the 700Ks. Most are in the 4-5-600K price range. Not that that amount is inexpensive, but there’s a pretty big gap there between reality and your perception and animosity towards people living in that area.
      2) it’s also unrealistic to believe that all of the crime being committed is perpetrated by neighborhood citizens, rather than people coming in from outside to prey upon them
      3) Hill East has quite a lot of amenities, they just might not be shiny and bedazzled like a Whole Foods

      • @noname apparently cost doesn’t ensure your safety, hence the letter. Also, EOTR ROCKS!!! So proves my tax bill of $800.00 for the YEAR, and sorry that you have only felt safe in Hillcrest, which borders my hood. Venture further you maybe pleasantly surprised.

        • What grocery store can you walk to?

        • I agree that EOTR has a lot of potential, which is why my partner and I bought a house in Anacostia last year. But until it has the amenities of Capitol Hill, and the corresponding foot traffic to make it feel safer, we’re staying put at our current house. I have no problem paying twice as much to live in an area with everything I need (and I do believe Anacostia will get there someday).

    • The problem is the city has been segregated for so long that the housing market is wildly inefficient. Housing in low-crime areas is outrageously overpriced, and this has forced younger buyers into trap neighborhoods like Shaw, Bloomingdale, and Hill East. If a 4-bedroom rowhome in Dupont is on the market for $1.4M, it makes an $800K 4-bedroom in Shaw look relatively cheap.

      At the current housing price levels, people are going to begin relocating to more affordable cities instead of burying themselves with $600K mortgages to live next to housing projects. DC real estate is between 25%-50% overpriced.

      • Pray tell, what affordable cities feature a similar set of amenities to DC? (access to jobs, culture, easy, convenient transit to most places you’d want to visit, etc)

        • Maybe some people don’t need something similar to DC. I have to say it feels like I know a lot of people who have moved over the past year and they’re actually all DC-area natives! They’ve moved to Richmond, Charlotte, Charleston, San Diego. Now San Diego isn’t really cheaper than DC, but the other three cities are cheaper.

          • Those all work… if you love driving.

          • I am a DC native (my mom too) and I plan to relocate. This place has jumped the shark.

          • If it weren’t for my government job, I definitely would not live in DC. And frankly I’m keeping my eyes peeled for an opportunity to jump ship so I can move somewhere more affordable and less East-Coast-stressful.

        • I’m not sure what easy means or what culture DC has or is maintaining but being that you said “Affordable” that would statistically mean any city that’s not San Francisco or NYC, so you have Philly, Chicago and Boston to name a few.

      • There are four bedroom rowhomes for only $1.4M in DuPont?

        I mean, sorry to break it to you, but four bedroom rowhomes in Shaw sell for a million.

      • I also hate to break it to you, but there are housing projects in almost every neighborhood in DC, including Logan Circle. Dupont and Georgetown might be the only exceptions and I’m not really sure that is even true.

        It is not that DC is overpriced. It is that until about six years ago, no one wanted to live in DC (outside of G’town, Capitol Hill, Dupont and anything directly north of Dupont) except gay people. Compare even Dupont and Logan today to what it was a decade ago. It’s a symptom of incredible increase in demand, amenities, etc. that has prompted young professionals to actually live inside the city versus Arlington/Clarendon. There are way, way more young single white girls living in DC than there were a decade ago. Young buyers have never really been able to afford DC. It’s only now that they are moving into the city.

  • I bought my house (near the Argonaut/Rosedale Rec) 10 years ago. I knew what I was getting in to. For better or worse, police (and cameras) don’t prevent crime. You move into an area with section 8 housing (Potomac Gardens, Azeeze Bates, etc), you WILL SEE CRIME. That is a fact of city living. People with lots of money are moving into areas that have long been ignored are targets. Criminals (or criminality? is that even a word?) look for easy targets. And yes, walking around with your iPhone makes you a target. Yes, leaving your big screen TV box for trash makes you a target. Your frustration with the crime is better directed at the courts (juvies and adults are barely processed once arrested) and at the brass within MPD. If you aren’t giving raises to your officers for 7 years and every single move is recorded/monitored, of course officers are going to do the bare minimum work (see Baltimore post the most recent riots). Keep your head on a swivel and you’ll be just fine.

  • Hill East is tough to change. So much of the crime is actually committed by people liviin outside the CIty who prey on neigbhrohoods that are close to major exits out of the City. eg. If you want to steal car, maybe you think twice before sitting in traffic on K Street downtown in a stolen car.
    Gentrification only goes so far. But yes the city must deconcentrate so much low income/public housing. More of it must be moved to upper NW.

    • +1. This has always been the dream of 80/20 inclusive zoning. Concentrated pockets of poverty has been tried and failed. If we need to provide housing to 20% of the population, than we need to spread that burden around. THe displacement will be terrible, but maybe the end result may be best for society. Plus, I can’t wait until 1 out of 5 residents of the Palisades is section 8.

  • It’s shocking to me that condos in Hill East – even the ones directly next to Potomac Gardens – are wildly expensive. For the privilege of living in an converted Salvation Army building next to the projects, you would need to shell out $450K – for one bedroom!

    The community is too mismatched. Row houses near RFK going for 600-800K while DC General, PG, etc. languish. Rather than selling rowhouses on the edge of the ghetto for exorbitant prices to people with no idea how to invest in an “up and coming” community, how about encouraging growth in the middle? Same goes for the Hine School project – some of the most prime real estate in the city will be reserved for low income housing, while a small rowhouse on the same block just sold for 1.3 million. A community with only the extremes is a disaster waiting to happen.

    I wouldn’t feel safe living above 11th St. SE, honestly. Go to Harris Teeter in broad daylight and you still feel like clutching your purse on the sidewalk outside.

    • Re: “I wouldn’t feel safe living above 11th St. SE, honestly. Go to Harris Teeter in broad daylight and you still feel like clutching your purse on the sidewalk outside”:

      I’ve been living at 15th and Kentucky for four-plus years, and, while I’ve seen elements of crime around, it’s not at all as dramatic as this statement. I admit to feeling unsafe when I first moved to the neighborhood, but that was entirely in my own head. I am careful to protect myself and property in whatever way I can.

      The randomness of the muggings and the beatings of senior citizens certainly contribute to an unsafe feeling, but the kids that hang out outside the Harris Teeter have not bothered me or my husband or anyone I know. I’m not saying it doesn’t ever happen, but their presence doesn’t make the neighborhood unsafe.

      I’m proud to live in a diverse neighborhood with a bunch of different types of people. While the crime is disconcerting and needs the community to step up and be more proactive, overall the area above 11th Street SE is neighborly and welcoming. I’m glad to be a part of it.

      • Have you ever actually spent time in Potomac Gardens? People act like projects=crime. I am sure there is crime there, but not everyone in Potomac Gardens is out to rob you. I actually used to volunteer there about four years ago INSIDE one of the actual buildings that was converted to an after school program for the kids in Potomac Gardens. I would get there around 6:30pm and leave around 8:00pm and never had any problems.

        • You’re living in a fantasy world if you think projects don’t increase the concentration of crime in a neighborhood.

          • No, I know there are definitely crimes committed by people in the projects. My problem is that people act like they’re the only ones committing crimes. There are plenty of people from outside neighborhoods that commit crimes. It’s a fantasy world to think eliminating a project will magically make crime go away.

        • I’d second this. I had a family law client who lived there and I was there at all hours of the day and it felt safe and neighborly, though the stale smoke smell was unfortunate.

          • Would you pay 800K to live right next door, though? Probably not.

          • I have no idea who is or will be paying to move into the condos next to Potomac Gardens. Thanks to this fine website, I learned a guy was shot in the head less than a year ago (I think) at 12th or 11th and G only 12 hours before I later biked through that intersection to do my Saturday morning grocery shopping. I’m not around at night, but I’m guessing you’d have noise issues, loitering issues, and a lot of other unsavory stuff going on if you lived here. Plus, would you be ok having your out-of-town relatives step out at night if you lived right next to Potomac Gardens? Seriously, it would be criminal to have my mom anywhere near this place, especially if she is not used to always be “on” like I am.

      • I have lived on 8th St SE for a few years now. I shop at HT multiple times a week. I never said I wouldn’t GO above 11th St SE – something I do quite often, by myself, walking – just that I wouldn’t pay the exorbitant prices one would have to pay to LIVE there.

        As you said yourself, the randomness of the muggings, etc. IS worrisome. The kids outside HT aren’t usually a problem, but one too many “cat calls” and leers puts me on edge. Would I choose to make my home there as a young (non-white, just FYI) female? No, I wouldn’t. But I am certainly glad you enjoy the “diversity” of the neighborhood. The presence of people who make residents feel unsafe — does, in fact, make the neighborhood unsafe.

        • Interesting. I didn’t know there were a bunch of kids hanging out HT near Potomac Gardens. This might be why I specifically reserve my grocery shopping during the early morning hours of Saturday or right after church on Sunday. After nearly being pushed off my bike outside HT on a regular weekday afternoon by a 12 year-old, I decided I would structure my grocery trips during times and days when almost no one that I don’t want to run into is around. It’s a fairly staid crowd on a Saturday morning.
          On a side note, I’m making more grocery trips to the HT on M St. SE. I feel like that place is cleaner and the Potomac Gardens one is starting to go down a bit in quality… I also feel safer going straight down 4th St SE, instead of having to go past Potomac Gardens itself.

      • same – I’ve been at pennsylvania SE & 14th for nearly 3 years and love the neighborhood! Yes, there is definitely crime which I’ve had to accomodate but i do enjoy the area and intend to stay as long as feasible.

    • I am sorry but I live on 13 th and walk to work every day for going on 13 years. I walk to the Harris Teeter and around the neighborhood and pretty much have NEVER felt the need to, as you say “clutch my purse.” If this is really how you feel it seems that DC is not the place for you. I am not being mean but clearly you fear threshold is so low that maybe this or any city isn’t the place for you.

      • You’re stupid if you don’t hold onto your purse and maintain awareness of your surroundings, especially when groups of men leer and call at you, in an area where random crime and muggings occur with some frequency. I apologize for the apparently hyperbolic language of “clutching my purse.” How’s this? I zip my purse up and wear it across my body when I walk in an area with a higher likelihood of getting into a bad situation.

        After getting mugged once (not in DC) you view things a little differently, I guess. DC is my home and I am very happy here – especially with my choice of neighborhood. Have a great day!

        • I too wear a cross body all the time and don’t wander around with my head down in my cell phone so I think I do what I can to imrive situation awareness. Learned a fee things growing up in NOLA in the Crack 80’s. But I also choose not to live all the time assuming I am a constant target – it would drive me crazy.

  • There has always been crime in this neighborhood. The difference is that the victims from 10 years ago were less likely to report crime as they did not want to face the further stigma and other negative consequences of being a labeled a snitch. As the neighborhood improves, victims are more likely to report these crimes to police causing it to appear that crime has increased I don’t know for sure, but I speculate that a good deal of the perpetrators of these crimes wander over the Carver Langston area. Logan Circle is probably the most expensive area in D.C. and folks over there have the same problem with some of the residents who live on R Street between 14th and 15th Streets.

    Unfortunately, D.C. is quite soft on crime. Not only do juveniles get a slap on the wrist for robbery cases, but adults do too. The only thing guaranteed to help is the passage of time. I would guess that a couple of housed in Hill East change hands every month. As older residents leave, their children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren will slowly disappear from the area and things will improve. Just a fact.

    • I am sure that more crime is being reported now than in the past. But one reason why there are more reports now is that there is an expectation that something will be done. One of the mistakes more affluent newcomers to these areas make is assuming that the prior residents did not care about the neighborhood. They cared, it’s just that their concerns were falling on deaf ears.

  • With the exception of the TC Maslin tragedy, I’d be willing to bet that most of this crime is targeted. Generally, people who are alert and aware of their surroundings are not victims. Many of these incidents mentions relate to the activities at Potomac Gardens. Until these massive housing projects are demolished, this will continue to happen.

    • Why does the government still house people this way? It has to be demoralizing and the city shows little interest in maintaining Potomac Gardens. The fence is a mess, the outside of the building is a mess, the grounds are a mess.

      • “Why does the government still house people this way?”
        Because it’s already in place, and there is no consensus on how, where, or with whose dollar to replace it.

      • They have been moving away from this big time in the past 10 years or so. There used to be a lot more of this type of thing all along East Capitol and in SW/SE but it is all gone either replaced by mixed income or in some case condos, townhouses, and highrises. There are some holdouts in wards 7 and 8 for the most part though there are exceptions like Potomac Gardens.

  • @Parkviewres Ft. Davis. I have a yard, more home OWNERS than renters. M6, W4, F14 all take me to 3 different subways. Less than 2m from Harris Teeter. St.Frances School, only thing missing (which a group of my friends are looking to change, but I did NOT list) viable food options.

    • First of all, not sure why having more home owners than renters makes your neighborhood better or worse? Secondly, do you mean St. Francis, which is a private school and costs roughly $5,000 to send one kid? Usually, when people say they bought in a neighborhood because of the schools they mean the PUBLIC schools. If you’re just going to send your kid to private school it doesn’t matter.

      • Homeowners tend to take pride in their property both aesthetically and with safety issues. Renters call landlords for maintenance issues, and dont bear the costs of repairs, so that leaky faucet may leak longer, cause more damage, because it’s not convenient to set up an appointment to have it serviced. Especially if all utilities are included. Honestly don’t know why I said St. Frances, I don’t have children…

  • I live in PSA 704, Henson Ridge to be exact, and I thought that we had a stubborn problem, mostly burglaries, some robberies, pretty much all being commited by teens in the neighborhood and MPD seems to not care.

  • Even in the worst neighborhoods in the city, the majority of residents get up and go to work every day and are living in miserable surroundings because of the activities of a few. It’s ironic that the ridiculous sentencing laws in D.C. and the tendency of judges to give 3rd and 4th chances to violent offenders are seen as a fair way to treat members of a downtrodden community. In actuality, poor people who play by the rules (the vast majority) have to continuously encounter those who victimize them. While crimes against the wealthier segment of society get more attention, the vast majority is committed against those with more limited means. When you continuously let folks off the hook, victims feel that they don’t matter. Eventually, they stop reporting crime because they don’t want to have to live down the street from someone who wants to harm them because they reported a crime to the police.

    • A lot of what you say is true, but there is a resistance to tougher sentencing standards by lower income communities.

  • This is the same breath as, “Cyclists being ticketed for going wrong way on One Way Street the past couple mornings”. Glad the cops have their priorities straight.

  • And if you go back a few years there was a string of violent assaults in the Potomac Gardens area, and I was one of the victims. Broad daylight, completely random, on Penn. Ave and 13th, and I was completely aware of my surroundings and not even carrying a phone. It does happen, and it has happened far too often in many parts of DC without the necessary support of the police, elected officials and judiciary to keep it from happening again.

  • I moved from CoHi/Mt. Pleasant down to the Hill a few months ago and definitely feel safer, I think for the only reason that there’s a solid community that CoHi lacked. People say hello, smile and it’s not so anonymous. When I lived in Petworth b/t 2008 – 2012, it had the same kind of feeling.
    I still keep my head on a swivel every day, but this letter is an example of people coming together. And that, in my experience, never really happened in other places I’ve lived here.

    • Check out the crime blotter for the Hill. We lived on the Hill (still own the place), in a nice part of it, but still a block from H St. I front of our house a guy murdered somebody in broad daylight, on the sidewalk, next to an elementary school. We were in our living room at the time, heard it all, and saw the aftermath. There were lots of violent crimes while we lived there. Every week. And no biggie, but the package thefts were a riot . . .

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