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A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Nickel and Dimed: Congress Heights on the Rise reports that Anacostia has begun installing parking meters along Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE. The author of the post fears that this will be a detriment to a neighborhood that historically free parking: “Residents were not amused. One of the few really cool perks of living and working in Anacostia was not having to pay for street parking. It was one of the really nice draws of hanging out on main street Anacostia.” Congress Heights on the Rise also reports that D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry was unaware of such additions and disapproved of paid parking in the area. The author added, “Word on the street (and by that I mean Mr. Jimmy) says that Councilmember Marion Barry was not aware of the plans for the new parking meters and was not amused by their arrival. I guess that makes sense, the new parking meters are directly in front of Barry’s Office of Constituent Services. Add “dodging the meter maid” on Barry’s already long ‘To do’ list.”
Wishful Thinking: One Burleith resident left Foggy Bottom to avoid the noise generated by students at the George Washington University—and is now complaining about the same problem near the Georgetown University campus. The resident took the GU Campus plan debate to the scientific level on the Burleith email list: “Prefrontal brain development continues until the early to mid 20’s. Undergraduates cannot control impulses. Lacking continuing adult presence and values leads to very unfortunate behavior — drinking until unconscious, drugs, fighting, getting mugged, unwanted pregnancy, STDs, creating bad relationships with neighbors. Their brains are not ready for responsible behavior on their own yet.” Another list subscriber responded with the quip, “I find it simply amazing that people would buy a house 1/4 to 1/2 of a mile from campus, and be totally shocked to find students living there, including some students who might make noise. It makes me wonder if they were ever 22.” The respondent was shut down by a third party: “Don’t you have homework to do?”
Fat-Pellets: After a weekend of Halloween festivities, District email lists have provided an influx of information as to how to dispose of extra Halloween candy. One member of the Brookland email list suggested composting the candy: “I’m going to try composting what we didn’t give away. If it won’t even rot, then that’s a pretty good sign that it’s not too good for you. Somebody called in and suggested sending it off to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m not so sure that’s a good idea: avoiding IEDs now and being set up for MRIs and stents later?” And a member of the Tenleytown email list suggested using an organization that will collect extra candy and send it overseas to U.S. troops. The subscriber wrote, “So get all of those extra fat-pellets out of the house, and help those far from home…what could be better than that?”
Dangerous Chevy Chase: Some members of the Chevy Chase email list are outraged at the commercial development on Wisconsin Avenue NW. One woman wrote, “Along with the expanding businesses, came the traffic, came the increase in crashes, and pedestrian accidents (we’ve witnessed all manner of horrific scenes on a regular basis). We do everything possible to avoid Wisc Ave (using residential streets, alleys, anything to avoid the traffic). My four children were never allowed to surface-cross Wisc Ave; they were required to take the underground Metro tunnel, for safety’s sake.” Another subscriber chimed in, “Whatever zoning and regulatory framework has produced the uninspiring, patchwork urban landscape of upper Wisconsin Avenue, on what should be an absolutely world-class thoroughfare, just ain’t workin’.”