1709 3rd Street, NE Photo by PoPville flickr user cb nworks
“But the mural isn’t intended to honor Lincoln. That image, in tones of gray, black and white, is almost an afterthought.
Muralist Garin Baker said that the foreground features African-American men quarrying the white Georgia marble used to build Lincoln’s statue, as well as a poem by Frederick Douglass.”
From an email:
“The WABA Trail Ranger coffee hour is tomorrow! Join us for free coffee, ice and maybe donuts at 4th and S St NE on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
7:30 am – 9:30 am
4th and S St NE
August 11th (every second Friday of the month)”
Photo by PoPville flickr user Matt Calvert
“The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the design-build construction of the next phase of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The Fort Totten section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail will connect from where it currently ends on John McCormack Drive in Brookland, to the Fort Totten Metro Station.
“This is the next major milestone in the District’s commitment to completing the construction of the Metropolitan Branch Trail,” said Leif Dormsjo, DDOT Director. “A design-build approach will help us engage the creativity of the construction community to bring their ideas to the final design and construction.”
The Metropolitan Branch Trail is an 8-mile multi-use trail that connects Union Station in the District of Columbia to Silver Spring Maryland. The new trail will provide a direct off-street route for bicyclists and pedestrians through the Fort Totten area.
The trail will include LED lighting, security cameras, and wayfinding signage. (more…)
Photo courtesy Washington Area Bicyclist Association
From an email:
“Stop on by 4th and S St NE pocket park on the Metropolitan Branch Trail this Friday for our monthly coffee hour – the WABA Trail Ranger team will be out handing out free coffee and trail updates!
Its a great chance to chat with the trail community and looking at the weather [fingers crossed], it should be a delightful morning to be outside. We will be setup 7:00 am – 9:00 am.”
A reader reports around 6:30pm yesterday:
“Right as I was coming down from the RI Ave pedestrian bridge a few mins ago, a car hopped the curb from Forman Mills and sped north on the MBT at about 40 MPH. Obviously lots of cyclists and runners out this time of day, so I hope nobody got hurt!”
Yesterday a resident reported, on theBrookland listserv, encountering a man masturbating on the MBT around 11:30am. The following description of the 911 call could be even more disturbing:
“Where are you?”
“RHI metro bridge on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.”
“Oh are you in the metro?”
“By Foreman Mills.”
“What’s the cross street?”
“Rhode Island Ave. I am on the MBT.”
“But where on the MBT.”
“Just south of the 2.1 mile marker.”
“Mam, that doesn’t help me.”
“I thought the whole point of the mile markers was to help us tell you where we are?”
“Where are you again?”
“On the Metropolitan Branch Trail, just by the RHI Bridge Steps across from Foreman Mills.”
“What is the cross street?”
I lost it then. This is redic.
“WHAT IF I WAS BEING RAPED? Could you find me then?”
“I will send someone out there now.”
I am so frustrated, and I feel unsafe.”
I emailed OP this morning who said she heard from the 911 office today and “They are re-training everyone about the MBT.” Given the number of incidents reported on the MBT let’s hope this training is done post haste. And is thorough.
Thanks to a reader for sending.
Maybe a good opportunity to also discuss the recent article in the New Yorker Is Gentrification Really a Problem?
“The MPD is investigating a report on the Metropolitan Branch Trail as follows:
Misdemeanor Sex Assault Metropolitan Branch Trail (Mile Marker 1.9)16103150
C1 was assaulted when S1 grabbed her buttocks at the listed location. S1 was last seen north towards 8th and Edgewood. S1 was described as a hispanic male, with short hair, wearing an orange shirt and carrying a green backpack.
Questions, concerns, and information regarding this matter should be addressed to the Sex Assault Unit at 202-727-3700.”
Not sending this to start another conversation about safety on the MBT, a trail I use almost everyday, but to ask you/readers to keep an eye out for a woman on a motorbike in the area — or on the trail itself.
Yesterday, while riding home on the trail from work, this woman entered the trail at NOMA. I let her know that it was a bike and pedestrian trail only (even though it’s clearly marked, some think it’s an access road), but she kept going. I decided to call 911 – clearly on a nice day, or any day for that matter, with runners, children, and dogs, a trail is no place for a motorbike. I was on with 911 for a few minutes until I saw that bicycle cop on the trail had stopped her at S Street NE, so I hung up thinking the cop was handling the situation.
She must have recognized me or overheard my conversation, because the moment I passed by, she sped off and headed west off 4th. Moments later I heard the bike’s engine come up behind me while I was riding north on 4th in the bike lane. As she passed by me, within inches of my bike, she slapped/sucker punched me across the left side of my jaw (there were two witnesses to this — one was a lovely woman who turned her car around to make sure I was okay). Shaken, I rode back to find the police officer on the trail and filed a report. He indicated that she was arguing with him about who could use the trail — she suggested that she could because people were also pushing baby strollers.
I’m asking you all to keep any eye out for her, but unfortunately I don’t have a good description of her. African American woman. Small (not quite a Vespa, but not a motorcycle either), black bike, red/reddish orange helmet, sunglasses. The back of the bike was also rigged with a square storage system. If you see anyone matching that description, I would appreciate you letting the police know.”
From a press release:
“The NoMa Parks Foundation, an affiliate of the NoMa Business Improvement District, announced today that it will acquire its third parcel, an approximately half acre site at the intersection of R Street, NE, and the popular Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT). This acquisition has been accomplished through a collaboration with Foulger-Pratt Development and with strong support from Pepco from whom the parcel was acquired. No funds from the Foundation’s original $50 million NoMa Parks grant will be required to close on this important parcel. Instead, Foulger-Pratt will donate the parcel and will also provide the NoMa Parks Foundation with certain design consultation rights as well as other community benefits. Ultimately, the new park will be transferred to the District of Columbia Government.
This acquisition of additional land to improve the MBT and provide additional park space was first envisioned in a joint study of the MBT executed by the NoMa BID, the Metropolitan Police Department and the District Department of Transportation in 2015. That study recommended straightening the “Z-turn” at R Street as an important public safety measure, among other things. “Adding this new land is so important to improving the MBT and assuring another fabulous park experience for the residents of the NoMa neighborhood and all of Northeast. We look forward to partnering with the community to plan this new green space,” said Robin-Eve Jasper, president of the NoMa Parks Foundation.
Foulger-Pratt will be developing a residential and retail project on the balance of the property bounded by the Foundation’s previously-acquired 2-acre park to the south, Harry Thomas Way on the west, and R Street to the north. (more…)