Thanks to some of the organizers for passing on the update from American University:

“The School of International Service (SIS) is pleased to announce the official endowment of the Matthew C. Shlonsky Memorial Fund for the District of Columbia in honor of late SIS alumnus Matt Shlonsky, SIS/BA ’14, who fell victim to gun violence in Washington, DC, on August 15, 2015.

Nearly one year ago, in partnership with Matt’s family and friends, SIS Dean James Goldgeier announced efforts to endow a memorial fund to support SIS students working with faculty in collaborative research that addresses challenges that face the city of Washington, DC. Over the last year, Matt’s closest friends, many of whom are American University alumni, and Dean Goldgeier have shared Matt’s story and legacy through events and fundraisers to endow the fund.

“Matt loved DC. He loved the politics, the people, the culture, everything. I think this fund will allow him to continue to have a presence here in DC, a city he loved, even though he can’t be with us today” says Ben Matek, CAS/BS ’12, a friend of Matt’s who helped endow the fund. (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

It comes with great sadness that our outdoor cat and everyone’s best friend in mt.p has been killed by a hit and run speeding vehicle at 1656 irving st. No tags were able to be witnessed. It happened around 745 am 8am…my wife jennifer and I recieved a call from our next door nieghbor…I went outside to the scene and asked my wife not to come out.

He was a foot into the bike lane on irving when he was deliberately struck. It has been very hard for ourselves as well as the nieghbors. Hobart st. Threw him a huge block party 1year ago and the children had a banner competition for the hobart st. Block party. “We love guillermo!!!” Was the banner..

We loved him…..and his sister marmalade is still waiting for him to come home.”



Thanks to a reader for sending from the argyle convenient store at 17th and Mount Pleasant St, NW.


Another reader sends from Ogilvy Washington at 1111 19th Street, NW.

“The installation, constructed solely of post-it notes, reads “Pride Love Unity Orlando” in a vibrant array of colors and features a heart and rainbow, symbolizing both love and support for the LGBT community.”


memorials for future
Neighborhood Memorials
Team: Amy Young, Milton Young

From the National Capital Planning Commission:

“The top finalists for the Memorials for the Future ideas competition will be named on June 8 at the National Archives’ McGowan Theater. Immediately following, an expert panel will examine what might influence and shape the next century’s commemorative landscape, considering issues of identity, memory, and place-making. Panelists include Artist Janet Echelman, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Brent Leggs, and noted commemoration scholar Edward Linenthal. Jason Schubach, Director of Design Programs at NEA, will moderate.

Proposals from 30 semi-finalists were unveiled on May 26 by NCPC, the National Park Service, and Van Alen Institute, the competition partners. Over half of the finalists based their proposal at specific sites in Washington. Others proposed flexible or mobile formats for commemoration, uprooting the idea of a memorial as a singular object tied to one place. Many proposals used technology and public engagement to shape content and design.

June 8 Program Details and RSVP