City Paper is not for tourists
A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Trend Coinage: Some fads never die. One Tenleytown resident is still searching for state quarters, and posted a request for his missing states to the neighborhood email list: “The State Quarters program from the US Mint has ended but I am still searching for a few missing quarters. I am missing the following States: 2005 – West Virginia; 2006 – Nevada, South Dakota and Nebraska; 2007 – Wyoming; 2008 – Alaska. … Also I have many extras of most of the other States (and a few DC and some territories) if another collector would like to trade one-for-one.” Though a D.C. coin was not issued as part of the State Quarters Program, one was released in 2009 as part of the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.
Myth Buster: The Georgetown Metropolitan set out to debunk the rumor that the Old Georgetown Board played a despotic role in delaying the opening of the Apple Store. “Georgetown is subject to its share of popular but wrong myths. None is more prevalent–or wrong–as the myth that resident opposition to a Metro stop is why there’s no station here. It persists as a myth because it comports with what a lot of people think about Georgetowners (and in turn reinforces those opinions),” writes the blog. “Well, GM has noticed another myth is starting to take hold: that the oppressive design review of the Old Georgetown Board is why it took the Apple Store two years to open in Georgetown. Like many myths, there is a kernel of truth at the heart of it. Namely, it is true that it took Apple a long time to get design approval for the new building. But first of all, it didn’t take two years, it took 19 months.” However, according to the post, Georgetown asked for a slight revision to Apple’s original design, and it then took multiple new designs for Apple to get it right.
Undercover Helicopter: Shepherd Park residents have noticed helicopters in the area—apparently a strange occurrence in the nation’s capital!—and a few theories of their existence have emerged. “Possible movement of classified documents. If so we will never know,” one resident wrote on the neighborhood email list. Another poster thought slightly differently: “Last night the helicopter was shining a light down so I thought it was the police.”
Dumpster of Alcohol and Drugs: One Brookland resident took to the neighborhood email list to complain about the latest developments plaguing the area and that Brookland is “under siege.” He wrote, “Mardre de Dios … What’s all this …stuff about. We’re being treated like the dumping ground of the city… first Marijuana, now Beer Breweries, what’s next? Nuclear Waste Storage …. HELP!” At the very least, “under siege” is much more poetic than “dumping ground.”