• Anonymous

    Who puts a bus stop in the underbelly of a scary public housing project on a dark desolate street where out of towners have to walk several scary blocks to get to Union Station? Ski masks and guns, the kids sure are well equipped these days. Must have been after the duffel bag boy coming in from NYC.

    • Anonymous

      thanks detective.

      • Anonymous

        A follow up shooting in NE, what a night of celebration.

        • Anonymous

          I hope the follow up wasn’t more violence near H St…

    • Anonymous

      I assume you’re referring to Sursum Corda, which is not public housing, it’s a co-op. The public housing (Temple Courts) that used to be there was torn down and replaced by the bus parking lot. Please make a note of it.

      • Marcus Aurelius

        There you go again – responding to a rant with “facts.”

    • Clarissa

      Housing project residents also need to use public transportation. Should they be denied a bus stop near there home?

      • JD

        Megabus is not public transportation. Or are you purposely being this obtuse?

        • Clarissa

          I haven’t traveled by bus in 7 years, so you’re right, I didn’t know. I pray that God and society can forgive such an oversight. The snarky nature of your response was 100% warranted.

  • steve

    i blame big bear cafe. never should have got that liquor license

    • H Street Landlord

      Ha. Best post of the thread.

  • Erik

    Damn it now im going to have to spend all that money I was saving with Megabuses’ $1 fares on kevlar!

  • Dino

    Swampoodle be hood for evah!

  • ProfChris

    Megabus “terminal” has floodlights and an armed guard, cops driving by. Still, it’s scary and if you need to walk to Metro to go home after you arrive from NYC, you are taking a big chance. I’m shocked this hasn’t been a City Paper feature.

    Swampoodle has always been like this. Back when free blacks where the gentrifiers and Irish immigrant were the project scum, it looked like Five Points in Gangs of New York.

  • Justine

    I am dreading the summer months with 90 degree weather and lots of people outside enjoying the weather. I don’t want to become a prisoner in my apartment, but I try not to come out after dark. I am aware of my surroundings and on guard 24/7 because criminals tend to stay one step ahead of MPD and law abiding citizens.

    • anonymous

      wow, you don’t come out after dark? what neighborhood do you live in?

    • Trixie


  • Vinnie

    With all the street robberies and other crimes, should Mayor Gray call in the National Guard to patrol our neighborhoods? Just a thought!

    • ontarioroader

      It’s been done here before. We had National Guard Humvees with huge stadium light-towers parked at 17th & Euclid in the middle of a particularly blood-soaked summer about 15 years ago. Don’t think new residents would go for it, and Gray would probably never do it for image reasons alone.

      • Anonymous

        i would welcome the american invaders as liberators.

      • Anon

        And because violent crime is still down across most of the city since last year.

  • Anomynous

    I’ve heard that if you say “Sursum Corda” three times in a mirror, bad things happen.

    • Sully


  • J

    Why aren’t the gang names / members well publicized? The police must know…

    • ontarioroader

      Yeah, the police & courts/DYRS know, but because 90% of them are juveniles who are protected, they’ll never be publicly ID’d.

      • Anomynous

        That’s right folks. The criminals have more protection than the citizens. Now there’s something that needs looking into.

        • T

          It’s not more protection it’s a different kind of protection. Even if they ID them then what? if you don’t catch them committing a crime or plotting one then…

          Gang names? You mean neighborhood names? Look at a map of DC neighborhoods. Ones with high crime normally name themselves after the actual neighborhood.

  • Anomynous

    The police want to keep the criminals out of the limelight. They feel that there will be more crime if they are publicized. That, and you can’t disclose the names of minors.

  • spookiness

    If you aks me its a bit warm out for a ski maks.

    • Nick

      A couple months ago I was biking home and saw 2 young black males, one of whom was wearing a ski mask walking around Mt. Pleasant near 18th and Lamont. It was 60 degrees out. I probably should have just called the cops.

      • LisaT

        About a month ago there was a guy hanging around near our alley–wearing a ski mask. We called the cops. It’s infrequently cold enough in DC for ski masks, but definitely not in April.

  • Sully

    I don’t know what the city was thinking by putting the busdrop there. Daytrippers are definately not going think the best of DC getting dropped off here.

  • spookiness

    It was the businesses decision not the city.

  • Chris

    Yeah, I always thought the Greyhound station was about the worst “welcome to DC” possible. Guess I was proved wrong.

    Whoever proposed this location, the city or the company, really has some explaining to do? How could anyone ever have thought this location was a good idea for a bus stop? To say nothing of its role a tourist gateway.

    • ontarioroader

      Pretty sure this was DDOT’s decision. They’re usually real responsive to questions/emails – maybe someone wants to follow up with them?

  • joswiftitus

    Nice to see mention of SWAMPOODLE in the above thread. You should check the big event down at the old Uline arena on 1st and M outside the NY AVE Metro. Its going to blow open the whole neighbourhood – in a good way!

  • joswiftitus

    Starts this Friday – only running for a week. Its where Malcolm X lectured the Nazis – oh and the Beatles played their first ever US event there.


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