I’m writing in response to “Bottled Fury” (3/14). As a 10-year resident of the 1300 block of Constitution Avenue NE, I question both the objectivity and the depth of your reporting. First, Stew Harris and Karen Currie have been powerful and committed leaders in our community. They founded the Northeast Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, which has sponsored community clean-ups, organized tutoring and planned Halloween block parties for the neighborhood kids, held meetings between the police department and neighborhood residents, and made sure our interests as a community have received political and media attention. Any community in this city or any other would be privileged to have them as neighbors.
Did your reporter know that four of the people quoted are related (all with different last names) and share the same household, which was the site of a police drug search a few years ago? Did your reporter know that two of the four people quoted were incarcerated as a result of that raid? Did your reporter bother to interview any tax-paying long-term residents of this block? Did your reporter attend any meetings of the Northeast Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association to really determine both the extent of problems we’ve had as Trants’ neighbors and the racial composition of the association? This is not a black/white thing; it is more an issue of those who are doing a thriving business outside Trants versus those who value the children and safety in our neighborhood.
As a resident of this neighborhood, I request that Washington City Paper do a follow-up article with an apology to Stew and Karen. I am outraged that a paper of your tenure would produce such a shabby piece of journalism. You have provided evidence for all those whose excuse it is to not get involved. The world needs more people like Harris and Currie, not fewer.
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