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“Dear PoPville,

What’s happening to Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park? This beautiful and unique urban park has been largely closed for over a year. While the National park service is having repairs done to the lower plaza, the rest of the park is open but severely neglected. Walkways are crumbling, weeds are growing out of control. The fountain is again turned off and getting overgrown.”

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photo by Fritz Myer

Almost exactly a year ago we posted “Any idea why the Capitol Stones have been blocked off?”

Looks like there is finally some action, Bloomberg Government reported:

“Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said the Capitol stones, removed from the East Portico in 1958-62 renovations, should be turned into a more formal exhibit in Rock Creek Park, where they were dumped likely in the 1970s. Norton said she’s heard from constituents who like taking their kids to the stones, which have turned into an unsanctioned attraction a short distance from a walking trail in the park.”

From the Office of Eleanor Holmes Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today requested a joint meeting with the National Park Service (NPS) and the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to discuss removal of the Capitol Stones, which were part of the original Capitol building, from Rock Creek Park. NPS recently requested the removal of the stones for safety and preservation, and some are currently being stored in an AOC facility in Ft. Meade without public access. Read More

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photo by Emma K Alexandra

“Dear PoPville,

We’re hoping someone can provide an update about a dog-related incident Sunday in Rock Creek Park. My husband was hiking when he heard dogs barking and a woman screaming. A pit bull was attacking her dog and she was trying to separate them. My husband ran across the creek and managed to hold back the pittie, which enabled the woman to chase after her dog, who had bolted. Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

New sign up at Kalorama and Connecticut, in the little triangle-circle in front of the Chinese Embassy employees’ building.

I figured I’d better take a photo right away, since it’ll be taken out by a car failing to make that corner within a day or two.”

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3600 F Street, SE via NPS

From the National Park Service:

“Grab your chairs and blankets and join the National Park Service for an evening filled with family-fun and FREE, live music at the Fort Dupont Park Summer Event Series. The 50th Anniversary season will kick-off on Saturday, July 30 with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starting at 7 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this year’s lineup of local and national R&B, jazz and go-go musicians. The series starts on Saturday, July 30 with Sirius Company, Be’La Dona, The Soul Searchers and DJ Rico.

“The National Park Service is thrilled to celebrate 50 years of music and gathering with friends and family for summer concerts in Fort Dupont Park,” Tara Morrison, Superintendent for National Capital Parks-East, said.

Save the date for the rest of this summer’s concerts. We’ll announce artists soon for the following dates: Read More

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