“Howard University Hospital Sign — Help Get It Fixed”

by Prince Of Petworth October 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm 29 Comments

2041 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The Howard University sign on Howard Hospital has been broken for at least a year. I have emailed the hospital and I have not heard back from anyone. It’s really an eye sore. Any ideas how to help get it fixed?”

It very likely could be a funding issue.

  • JohnH

    It’s an EYESORE? On the list of things to be worried about life in DC, this probably doesn’t break the top 1,000…

    • TJ

      Of course a good sign on a hospital is, well, a good thing.

  • eva

    Why don’t you call their development office and ask to make a donation? That would be the easiest and most direct way of “helping to get it fixed.” Though they may try to gently direct you towards one of their greater needs given their financial status.

    • JohnH

      People are allergic to talking to people these days. A simple phone call can often answer many basic questions…

  • Ross

    If they can’t get that fixed, I have grave concern for those who are actually admitted to the hospital.

    • Kevin


      I’d much rather them spend the money inside the hospital instead of outside. Funny enough, external optics aren’t something I consider when choosing a hospital.

      • Ross

        Yes, really. This hospital does not have a good reputation.

    • Anon

      They have one of the best shock/trauma centers in the region (out of necessity?). The hospital has been hemorrhaging money for years now – so that’s a problem that needs to be dealt with. I wouldn’t worry too much about the sign.

      • AJSE

        They may house a Level I Trauma Center but UMD by far has the best shock/trauma center. I was admitted to Howard University two years ago in a trauma situation and was not even given a concussion check. They are severely underfunded and understaffed.

        • AMS3032


          I got stitches and they fell out within only a few hours because they hadn’t been tied off properly. It was a resident who did it but still.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Washington, D.C.: Home of the Busybody.

    • TX2DC

      And plenty of Gladys Kravitz types!

  • B’dale Res

    “Wive Sity”

  • textdoc

    Jeez. The OP asked a simple question and everyone’s now ganging up on him/her??
    Considering Howard’s failure to maintain the vacant buildings across from the hospital (vacant since at least the late 1990s, and probably earlier), I suspect it places a low priority on “curb appeal.”
    OP, I empathize with you, but I don’t think your quest is going to get much traction.

  • Tsar of Truxton

    Tweet at Nick Cannon!

  • Mojotron

    e-mail Yvette Alexander and tell her that a “Wivesity” is a euphamism for a Sex Barbershop

  • Satinger

    Hmm, as a proud resident of this city, and as someone who was born in that hospital, it’s not crazy to want the sign to function, given the prominence it has in the skyline. Is it something to get bent out of shape about? No. Is it something simple you can want for your city?Sure.

    • anonymous shaw dweller

      Well said and I concur. Thanks for some thoughtfulness in your response. Several of the “Trumpster” responses that precede your comment here are quite annoying, to say the least in this time of bad politics gotten worse.

      • JohnH

        LOL – because I find it ridiculous to refer to this as an eyesore does not make me a Trump supporter. Goodness. If it was simply someone wanting to reach out to help get it fixed – fine. This person sounds like they emailed a few times and didn’t bother even calling someone at Howard.
        Labeling it as an eyesore makes it sound like you’re worried about optics in your trendy neighborhood when your friend from SoHo visits…

        • Kevin

          Calling Howard….LOLOL, let me know how that works out for you.

          Proud of my HU but they move slow as molasses.

          • JohnH

            So they’ll be more responsive to a blog? Mmmmk.

          • textdoc

            The OP wasn’t writing to PoPville on the assumption that HUH administrators were reading PoPville. The OP wrote to PoPville asking for ideas on how to accomplish the goal of getting the lights fixed.
            You’ve been dismissive of the idea that the burnt-out lights constitute an eyesore, and you’ve mocked the OP for e-mailing rather than phoning about the issue. Your position is pretty clear.

  • MarkQ

    The current president at Howard is turning things around, but I agree this looks bad. It’s the little things. You’d think they could just turn them all off. Nothing better than this.

  • I agree with the OP

    I agree with the OP. Everyone saying things along the lines of “is this really what you are worried about???” or “do external appearances matter that much???” is missing the point. Of course we want our city to look nice, and when I drive down 7th/GA Ave and see nearly a block of rundown and abandoned buildings covered in graffiti and trash that are owned by Howard U., I wonder the same thing. Yes, it bothers me, in part because I spend a lot of time to make my house (I live in the area) look nice and I want (expect?) my neighbors to be good neighbors. Yes, I worry about other things in our city (e.g., crime) but I am also an efficient multi-tasker capable of more than one thing at a time. So the OP asks a good question – how do we get a neighbor to do their part and maintain (or even improve) the appearance of the city we live in?

    • JohnH

      Calling Howard University Hospital aka “your neighbor” and asking could be a good first step……..?

      • I agree with the OP

        I have. Believe it or not, and this may seem crazy to some of you, calling and asking for something doesn’t always work. Shocker

        • JohnH

          And you aren’t the OP who turned to a blog to complain about an eyesore in their neighborhood being some burned out lights on a sign….

  • BrooklandResident

    Thanks to the writer for caring enough to send this to Popville. I tweeted the issue to the University’s President. I believe he’s still the head of Howard Hospital. Its other sign, facing Georgia Avenue, needs lighting too. I hope all lights for all letters are changed at the same time!

    This Howard Alumna thanks you again!
    Howard U ’97, UNC-CH ’01

  • BrooklandResident

    You can also email Ms. Marleny DaRosa, who works closely with the University President, Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD. Her contact information is marleny.darosa@howard.edu


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