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  • The logic here is comically inept. First of, East Potomac Pool is NOT a neighborhood pool. Unless the income of Thomas Jefferson counts, I think it is a tremendous stretch to put it as a “wealthy neighborhood” pool.

    Second, if we want to talk about injustice, how about noting that one and only one ward in the entire city is pool-less. Yep, while Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 all have (sometimes multiple) outdoor pools, Ward 3 has NONE.

    You want to make some waves? Let’s make some waves.

    • Was going to say the same thing – this is atrocious analysis. East Potomac isn’t a neighborhood pool. Rosedale is on the border of 2 ANCs, one of which is in the bottom quartile of household income. Banneker’s almost across the street from the Garfield Terrace projects.

    • You could argue that only wealthier people can use East Potomac because you have to drive to get to it, but yeah.
      I assumed the closures were based on how many people use the pool, with the less popular ones closing first.
      East Potomac is an exception because it’s used less by kids, who will be going back to school, and more by serious swimmers who will keep doing their laps well after Labor Day.

    • palisades

      I’m sure their reasoning is that Wilson is probably the biggest and nicest pool out of all of them. Also, Volta is basically in Ward 3. IDK. Not that big of a deal. None of this is a big deal.

      • Volta is not “basically in Ward 3” by any stretch of the imagination.

        Wilson is nice, that’s true. But the conversation is not about nice indoor pools. There are 11 indoor pools in the district. Exactly one is west of Rock Creek Park (or the White House, for that matter).

        There are 19 outdoor pools.

      • I think the point of n=1’s comment is to expose the obvious stupidity of the flyer, not to request a Ward 3 outdoor pool.

  • Is this satire?

  • Ummm.. second the East Potomac Park point–not a neighborhood pool.

    Also, Banneker is considered a “wealthier” pool while Upshur is considered “poorer” pool.

    Moving on….

  • Yeah the DC government is DEFINITELY biased against black people and the poorer neighborhoods. Super good analysis.

  • I Dont Get It

    I wish I had this much time on my hands.

  • Yes, the analysis is poor, and you can nitpick one or two of the assumptions, but is the overall conclusion wrong? I think not.
    But I assumed, like a previous poster, that it’s based on use, not on the income of the users. My own neighborhood pool has some of the highest use in the city, and is one of the last to close. And it’s on the “poor” list.

    • Yes. Totally wrong. The person who wrote this cherry-picked the facilities and then divided them so as to support the conclusion s/he wanted to reach. Banneker and Rosedale in wealthier neighborhoods? They’re in Pleasant Plains and Rosedale, which aren’t any wealthier than Langdon or Park View. East Potomac Park isn’t a neighborhood.
      There are plenty of ways poor neighborhoods are treated unfairly. There’s no need to make stuff up about swimming pools.

  • Another reason to toss out East Potomac: it is the only DC outdoor pool (that I know of) with a heater, allowing it to extend the season well past the others. Did these people even bother to ask DPR why they close earlier? Maybe they’ve actually already done, you know, ACTUAL ANALYSIS and determined that the early closing pools don’t get much use once DCPS starts back up.

    • and keep in mind that the pools are largely staffed by teens and young adults who return to school in mid Aug. and leave the system short on staffing.

  • Has this person ever been to the Rosedale Pool? It is far from a wealthy neighborhood at 17th and Gales NE.

  • LisaT

    Gee, Washingtonians do get bored in August.

  • Strange that the info graphic doesn’t say what if any organization is behind the cause. A quick google search shows that Rhys Gerholdt is the Communications Manager for the Global Climate Program at World Resources Institute, but he’s using his gmail account, so I assume they aren’t behind it (and why would they be?). Perhaps this is just Mr. Gerholdt’s personal pet cause, something to do in his free time?
    As others have said, he should work on his analytical skills.

    • He lives in Langdon and is active in its community org, which explains some idiosyncrasies.

    • This started from an email chain about how the Langdon Pool closed early and people might want to write to DPR to request keeping it open longer next year. I think this is more of a personal effort, not backed by any org. I agree with all above commenters that the analysis is deeply flawed and cherry-picked to get the conclusions he wants. I’d love to see Langdon Pool stay open a bit longer but inventing inflammatory info isn’t really helping the cause…

      • I see–a young professional is pissed that his neighborhood pool closed, and so he manufactured a bogus social justice issue. Shame on him.

        • jim_ed

          Give him due credit – he also outed himself as a complete, unabashed moron who doesn’t understand how basic statistics work or have a clue about the fabric of our city even on its most basic level. That’s impressive work for one simple infographic.

          • I would feel really bad about him being outed about something so embarrassing but he put his name and email address right there on it so I guess he was really proud and shameless

          • justinbc

            +1, I’ve seen some really dumb outrage on this site, but this might rank #1.

          • A new popville record!

          • Ouch! True. But ouch!

          • He’s got mad clipart skills too. Although I don’t know why there are flip-flops next to the “poor neighborhood” list. I know plenty of rich people who wear flip flops and plenty of poor people who don’t. Seems like an inaccurate stereotype to put out there.

          • The site was made using Piktochart, which does a solid 90% of the effort for you. All you have to do is produce the (snicker) “content.”

    • I do like his use of icons in the infographic…especially the “take action” banner flanked on either side by a sunhat and bahama shorts. This immediately makes me think the action should entail arming myself with a beer or icy summer cocktail….which is in fact what Im doing at this very moment.

  • jim_ed

    Ah yes, all the wealth over there at Randall pool from the moguls and power brokers living in Syphax Gardens and the James Creek Homes. Nothing but caviar and poolside linen service there!

  • This infographic is clearly trying to create a pattern that barely exists. East Potomac Park is a total outlier that isn’t in anyone’s neighborhood (it’s attached to the golf course on an island on which nobody lives), so it shouldn’t be considered. The poorest neighborhoods on the list (Anacostia and Oxon Hill), are in the first and second tier, respectively, when you drop the outlier.
    And the icing on the cake? “…like Langdon Park Pool and Anacostia Pool…” is a sickening attempt to imply Langdon (where the aspiring data journalist who created it lives) equates with Anacostia in disenfranchisement. The claimed victimization is so transparent.

  • Why not keep all pools open on the weekends through September 30?
    Lets not make it a socioeconomic discussion – rather give us a place to cool off in Sept when it is still warm.
    It’ll give those high school kids manning the pools more income – didn’t Bowser recently try to make a stand on youth unemployment? Lets put your money where your mouth is.

  • Maybe I am being an idiot, but what does he mean by “Park View pool”? Where is that? Is there a pool in my neighborhood I somehow failed to notice??

    • Egad

      There’s a Park View Childrens Pool.

    • I think Park View Pool is the children’s pool at the Park View rec center. Although I have no idea how that’s “low income” and Bannecker ends up “high income” unless you are cherry picking for your cause and want Bannecker in the high income category because it’s open longer.

      • Ah, that explains it – I don’t have any children. Thanks!

        And it seems pretty clear this guy’s “statistical methods,” such as they are, are deeply flawed….

  • I thought this was a joke at first, but apparently it isn’t. It doesn’t even phase me to see the type of shit people cry about these days.

  • The sad part about inventing a fake social justice cause about public pools is that it historically (and even today, see the McKinney, TX pool party this year) is an important social justice issue.
    But not in this case.

  • Hi everyone,

    Thank you for your comments. I’m the one that created the infographic and should clear up some of the issues that have been raised — some are simply semantics. To be clear, I did not cherry pick facilities — I included those that were in DC DPR’s pool closure announcement. By “neighborhood pool” I am referring to a DC outdoor public pool (based on DPR’s announcement) that is within an ANC’s “neighborhood.” I gathered the median household income of the ANC the pool is in, based solely on its street address. These pools were ranked by income and I split the list in half, between wealthier and poorer. I do not claim that certain neighborhoods are wealthy or poor, only where they stand in relation to each other.

    I’m sure my methods for this little exercise won’t satisfy everyone, but they were consistent across the board.

    A reader made an observant point about East Potomac having a heater, which would have been justification for not including it in the analysis — my apologies for that oversight. An imbalance remains, but is not quite as stark.

    I do remain struck that those pools closed first on August 16 were all on the less affluent side of the median. DPR may have reasons for this such as how many visitors historically visit a given pool, but I wonder if that should be the only deciding factor. I think not. As someone else commented, why not keep all pools open on the weekends to a set date — such as Labor Day? We all need a place to cool off in the heat of September.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer everyone.

    • sorry dude. you shit the bed and now you’re lying in it. just give up.

    • As others have noted, there are resources to consider. Teens go back to school. Possibly some expertise is required to perform the shutdown tasks, so they can’t all be closed on the same day. You are awful for taking this as a slight to your “poor” neighborhood and trying to make this a social justice issue when it’s not.

  • The good news is that Doggie Swim Day has an even balance of rich dogs (Francis) and poor dogs (Upshur).

  • if you’re going to include Volta than also include Capper Pool and Watkins, both in wealthier areas and were closed on 8/23

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