City Paper is not for tourists.
Many commuters appreciate the vendors outside Metro entrances. They provide umbrellas for the rain, gloves for cold hands, and flowers for evening dates. Cornell Jenkins has gotten his share of thank-yous for the goods he sells outside the Farragut North station, as well as some arguments and a few police visits. For the past few months, Jenkins has been selling Shame on Bush 2001 calendars, which include colorful, hand-drawn images of the president-elect surrounded by kilos of cocaine next to an African-American man strapped in an electric chair. Jenkins says that the calendar has been selling quite well, though “younger, less subtle” people seem to prefer his “Fuck George W. Bush…and his stupid supporters” calendar. He and two friends, who have formed what they call the Urban Ingenuity Coalition for Democracy, created the calendar art. Jenkins says he’s gotten some trouble from Golden Triangle Business Improvement District employees who’ve been instructed to call police, but the cops haven’t really bothered him or his business. “We’ve been getting lots of requestsespecially from womenfor John Ashcroft posters,” says Jenkins. “We’re working on that one right now.”