Washington, DC

Unit block of N Street, NW

We’ve spoken about these in the past because I freaking love this award. Once a commenter said these were installed so the road couldn’t be used as an escape route for criminal (drug dealing?) purposes. Bottom line is – I love this sign.



Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Update from ‏@councilofdc:

“Updated information on the Barry funeral arrangements, including viewing hours & street closures:

Please note the following updated information regarding the funeral arrangements for Marion Barry:

The body will lie in state for public viewing in the first floor lobby of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW) on Thursday from 9AM to midnight, and Friday from 6AM to 9AM.
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW will be entirely closed between 12th Street and 14th Street from 4AM on Thursday to 10:30AM on Friday. Expect traffic delays.
Those paying respects and attending the public viewing are encouraged to use public transportation. The Metro Center and Federal Triangle Metro stations are located nearby. Many Metrobus lines, as well as Circulator lines, pass nearby.
Large crowds are expected at all funeral events, including the public viewing. Please expect long lines.”

Photo tweeted by @floridaavegrill – “Impromptu shrine to @marionbarryjr at @FloridaAveGrill. Join us for Tribute @AnitaBondsDC @JimGrahamWard1 12/11 6:30p”

and from Events DC:

“Following is a schedule of official celebration activities taking place Thursday through Saturday:

Thursday, December 4

9:00 am: Lie in repose (24 hours)

John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Friday, December 5

9:30 am to 12:30 pm – Motorcade Procession to:

Temple of Praise
700 Southern Avenue, SE

1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Public Viewing

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Community Service – Bishop Glen A. Staples

Saturday, December 6

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Halls D & E
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW

***Enter at Mount Vernon Place***


7:00 am to 11:00 am – Viewing
11 am to 3 pm – Celebration Service

Private Burial Immediately Following

Temporary Road Closures and Parking Restrictions Read More


Photo by PoPville flickr user Carly & Art

Ed. Note: Whatever your feelings, please be respectful today.

Marion Barry (March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014)

From United Medical Center:

“The following statement is issued following the death of Councilmember Marion Barry, Former Mayor of the District of Columbia.

“This morning we are sad to announce the passing of the Honorable Marion S. Barry, Former Mayor and Councilmember of the District of Columbia. Mr. Barry was brought to United Medical Center by ambulance at 12:15am. He was pronounced dead at 1:46am.

United Medical Center’s Board and Staff extend its condolences to Mr. Barry’s family, his wife Cora Barry, his son Christopher Barry, and many other relatives. We also extend our sympathy to the residents of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Barry has had a long history of social and political engagement in the District and across the nation. His advocacy on behalf of the poor, the less fortunate and others will certainly be missed.

Over the years, Councilmember Barry has maintained a strong and heartfelt resolve to keep United Medical Center open for the people east of the Anacostia River. Without his involvement and continued work on our behalf we are certain that this hospital would not be where it is today.

Mr. Barry taught us all so much about fighting for justice; fighting for the people; fighting for the poor – it now becomes our responsibility to keep his legacy alive.

May he rest in peace.”

From Mayor Gray’s office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray expressed deep sadness after learning of the passing of Ward 8 Councilmember and former Mayor Marion Barry. Mayor Gray spoke with former First Lady Cora Masters Barry late Saturday and shared his condolences and sympathies with her, and as well said his thoughts and prayers were with the Councilmember’s son, Christopher.

“Marion was not just a colleague but also was a friend with whom I shared many fond moments about governing the city,” said Mayor Gray. “He loved the District of Columbia and so many Washingtonians loved him.”

Mayor Gray said that he would work with Councilmember Barry’s family and the Council to plan official ceremonies worthy of a true statesman of the District of Columbia.”

From @MurielBowser:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mayor Marion Barry”


Statement by the President on the Passing of Marion Barry:

“Michelle and I were saddened to hear of the passing of Marion Barry. Marion was born a sharecropper’s son, came of age during the Civil Rights movement, and became a fixture in D.C. politics for decades. As a leader with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Marion helped advance the cause of civil rights for all. During his decades in elected office in D.C., he put in place historic programs to lift working people out of poverty, expand opportunity, and begin to make real the promise of home rule. Through a storied, at times tumultuous life and career, he earned the love and respect of countless Washingtonians, and Michelle and I extend our deepest sympathies to Marion’s family, friends and constituents today.”

901 G Street, NW

From an email:

“Author Talk: Marion Barry
Marion Barry will discuss his autobiography “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.,” Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Book signing follows. Presented in partnership with the Oracle Group. Register now.”


A lotta action on former Mayor and current Council Member Marion Barry’s twitter page starting around 9:45 and concluding around 10 this morning:

“It’s really sad that @HBO solicits two white men to write a story about my life, profit therefrom, and has not talked to me once.

@tomsherwood has made a career riding me, and now is working with @HBO & George Pelocanos to further exploit my life. Disgusted.

I’m appalled at HBO, @tomsherwood and Pelocanos. As for you Tom, please don’t ever call me again for anything.You’ve coopted my life enough.

You ought to be ashamed of yourself @tomsherwood. How does it feel to profit off of my life? Off of my service? My struggles?

Does it feel good @tomsherwood to write about my life, to profit from my life? Just because u are asked doesn’t not make it right. #Coopt

Just so u know @hbo, @tomsherwood, U don’t know the half of my life.But u don’t care u just want 2 exploit another man’s life 4 ur own gain

Really @Tomsherwood do think u even know me or my history to TRY to write about MY life? Typical. The lion always wants to tell the story.

Hide behind your contract with @hbo @tomsherwood. But u cannot hide from me your arrogance & exploitation & disrespect.

Some white people really do think they should tell the history of black experiences. Sad paternalists. We can speak for ourselves.”

Ed. Note: The Hollywood Reporter reports:

“HBO Films is developing an untitled television biopic centered on former Washington D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, whom [Eddie] Murphy would play should the project move forward.

Journalists Harry Jaffe and Tom Sherwood have been tapped to consult, along with The Nine Lives of Marion Barry filmmakers Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer. Jaffe and Sherwood penned a book published in 1994 entitled Dream City detailing politics in D.C.”

Washington CityPaper reports:

“Barry says he turned against the HBO project after having dinner with John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave who was attached to the project with Spike Lee as the director. Barry says he was unhappy with how Ridley planned to portray his arrest at the Vista Hotel for smoking crack.”

CityPaper also notes George Pelecanos will be on the screenwriting team.



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