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A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
No White Flag: The Brookland email list has been lighting up with some previously under-publicized developments in the gentrification debate. The conversation started on the Ward 5 email list and was cross-posted to Brookland with a disheartened disclaimer, “it is a shame that this is the kind of dialogue that comes from those in leadership positions in our Ward.” The dialogue focuses on the familiar concerns of long-time residents who find their neighborhoods in flux. But how to identify the newcomers? One Ward 5 list member chimed in that “most of them [gentrifiers] hang the American Flag [sic] as a code to each other and to the police.” Another Brookland list member responded though he “never noticed the american flag [sic] thing,” he finds “the most accurate indicator of the influx of yuppies (and buppies) to be the sudden appearance of SPPED BUMPS.”
My Bobble Head’s Hat Has Three Corners: Someone in Chevy Chase is looking for a George Washington bobblehead, specifically the “one that was given away at the Nationals game a few years ago.” Any other colonial bobble head would be a poor substitute indeed.
Maisy’s Day Parade: “So will anything ever be done about the 20 or so Christmas Trees that still are laying out on the sidewalk throughout Adams Morgan??” Inquiring Adams Morgan email list members want to know. One suggestion: “Should we [p]ut Shamrocks on top and use them to celebrate St. Pats?” Another list member chimed in, “After we decorate them with shamrocks, we can let the rats parade them up and down 18th street. It’ll be like the Rose Bowl Parade!” The Department of Pubic Works responded to the thread and seems to have gone on a tree-clearing spree. Much to the chagrin of those who live and work in Adams Morgan, there has been no further talk of a parade.
The Canopy of Yore: A member of the Takoma Park email list is concerned that “If the utility companies continue to have their way, the sight of huge, majestic elms, oaks and other such trees towering over our city streets will be a quaint relic of the 20th century.” The issue at hand is tree trimming to accommodate power lines. “PEPCO gets it right, but not always,” the list member writes, going on to bemoan the utility company’s influence over the D.C. Urban Forestry Department, which he says has been persuaded “to plant only smaller varieties of trees under and near utility lines.” It remains unclear which tact irks Takoma Park residents more—aggressive trimming or tall tree replacement. But in short, “the word ‘canopy’ will no longer apply.”