I live on the eastern side of Shaw, where there are a dearth of grassy parks that my 7-month-old baby can crawl around on. I noticed a potentially nice space near the playground at Kennedy Rec Center at 7th and P NW with tall trees, winding paths and lots of grass. Yesterday, we tried it out. The only other group was a triad, sitting by the fence, chatting, surveying the park and giving me a suspicious look.
I set the blanket out, kicking away bottle caps, bandaids and pieces of glass. When we looked over to the other group, we noticed a man stumble up, hand over some cash, and take a little baggie from them. Lots of weary side eye was directed our way.
Needless to say, we felt a little unwelcome. My husband later pointed out that the glass may have been intentionally thrown around to deter the likes of me.
So, what to do? Should we forget about the park, leaving the space for the group to conduct business? Should I keep coming back, but mind my own business? Should I round up my parent friends and have a ‘baby sit-in’? What’s the protocol here? What do other neighbors think of that space?”
My car has been the victim of a hit and run while parked on the street three times since moving to DC three years ago, twice in the past 6 months alone! Has anyone else experienced this frequently in DC?
I don’t use my car to commute to work so it doesn’t get used every day, but I still use it at least once a week and leave it parked on the street in my neighborhood. This isn’t in just one neighborhood either – the first one occurred in October 2012 in Woodley Park, the second in February of this year in Mount Pleasant, and the third last week in Adams Morgan. All three times there was no note or anything, just me arriving at my car to go somewhere and finding it a wreck. I’m sure my insurance company hates me by now.
One of our neighbors is running an unlicensed BBQ business in an alley near Kennedy Street and 8th NW. He has a giant smoker in his backyard, which runs most days (always on Saturday and Sunday) from 10-5 or so. Cars come and park, blocking the alley. Trash overflows from the cans in his backyard, attracting vermin. We have witnessed the owner and patrons relieving themselves in the street (not at the same time, fortunately). But worst of all is the smoke, which comes in our window and makes our entire place smell. We have complained to the DC police and our city councilperson multiple times. DCRA knows about it, and claim that the owners have even been fined once, but the grill just keeps on going. Any ideas? (And no, we have not tried the meat.) Thanks!”
A bunch of hipsters decided it was really cool to burn the American flag on the 4th of July.
It was around 7ish and the alley between Fairmont and Girard was in full party mode with loud music and BBQ. Then about 10 to 15 individuals, a mixed group with black and white in their late 20′s early 30′s came out on the deck over the garage with a flag upside down and then set it on fire. The property is a rental with constant change and the owner lives in New York.
The flag took a long time time to catch on fire and eventually caught the attention of the many parties going on in the alley. Many people started yelling at the flag burners. The flag burners then started shouting about US imperialism and suppression of the blacks. Somewhere in the yelling there was also comments from them about how bad Obama was. Eventually, the flag caught on fire and started blowing chunks of flames very close to the cable and electric wires. At this point I called 911.
Eventually 911 sent police over and at which point the flag burners went inside except for about two of them who then denied setting the flag on fire. Most of the neighbors came out and a rather heated argument ensured. I am not sure what occurred after but the flag burners went inside.
I am quite aware one allowed to burn the flag as freedom of speech. It was ironic that they decided to do it in the alleyway to incite the local crowd and then run in when the police came.”
Yesterday at around 6:45pm during the downpour near the EEOB, the kindest man swooped in and, upon seeing me soaking wet, walked me to the bus stop a few blocks away with his umbrella. It was such a nice gestured in and of itself, but it came on the heels of a day where I needed extra reminder of all the goodness in the world. I thanked him but I can’t imagine that he knows what it meant to me and how much I appreciated it. So, to the White House switch board operator: thank you for being such a spectacularly kind and thoughtful human, please know that I will pay it forward.
I wanted to warn people who walk/bike/drive or park along 2400 block of 11th Street NW, east side in front of Garfield Terrace Apartments.
Yesterday evening, 6:30pm, I witnessed several times pedestrians, bicyclist, and drivers going north on 11th st NW get peppered by fireworks thrown on them by a tenants from the balconies of Garfield Terrace. The main perpetrator was an African-American male, shirtless and wearing only flip-flops and grey jogging pants and he was lighting fireworks and throwing them down on unsuspecting victims and then dashing inside. He was doing this from 3rd floor balcony, closest intersection is 11th and Clifton St NW, and working with his young neighbors in adjacent balcony by throwing firecrackers simultaneously.
I also witness the same shirtless man bring out a child in diapers while doing this and I called 911 and gave them all the description and my information. I was with my son on the westside 11th st NW, sidewalk going uphill next to Cardozo HS., when I started to hear fireworks and I was disturbed to see a grown man involve children and even a small infant completely disregard anyone safety. Both MPD and Housing Police showed up but unless they witness they actions all they officers could do was patrol.”