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A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

Flower Thief, Brookland Edition: “Something happened to me that absolutely shocked me. I put one of my plants out on my porch as I usually do this time of year and it was stolen. I couldn’t believe it. Has anyone else experienced anything like this. The plant was given to me by very special person…. even though it’s only a plant, it had sentimental value.The plant didn’t have any value to them and what’s really strange is, they took the plant, but not the plant stand. So, now I’m reluctant about putting plants out on my porch…..what a shame!” writes a member of the Brookland email list. Another sympathizes: “It has also happened to us on quite a few occasions and it is a shame. We’ve had hanging plants stolen from our porch and we have also had plants DUG out of our yard and taken :(” But one has a suggestion: “Happened to us a few years ago. They took the planters off the front porch. Now are planters are bolted down. :)”

What’s Up, Pussycat? In response to one member’s notice of a stray cat—”There is a small black and orange cat that frequently visits my back yard. No collar and it seems very underfed. If nobody has any information on it I will contact the Humane Society. I have photos of the cat if anyone thinks it might be theirs”—others on the Georgetown email list have gone frantic with suggestions of what to do. “Please do NOT call the Humane Spoiciety. They kill animals if no one adopts them in a week! Let the cat be or if you must you can get in touch with the Animal League, I think that is their name on Oglethorpe St who do not kill animals,” urges one. But another says, “Do NOT let this cat be. If no one seems to own this cat, it is far better to get it off the street into a shelter where it at least will be safe and fed. Leaving a stray on the street has all sorts of bad outcomes, including pumping out unwanted and uncared for kittens, getting hit by cars and either killed or worse, not killed but severely injured, getting poisoned, getting frostbite in the winter, flea infestationg, untreated illnesses and injuries, etc. Humane euthanasia is far better than a slow agonizing death on the streets!”

No Longer Neglected: In response to a query posted on InShaw, Renew Shaw reports on the building next to the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA, at 915 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Along with a few other details, Renew Shaw says, “According to this listing, the building has 9,600 square feet available for rent.” Of the building, InShaw muses that it  “has looked vacant and unused since before I lived in Shaw (11 years) and has had part of it’s front shaved off. This gives me hope as it is one of those buildings that seemed to have resisted any improvement during the housing and development boom years.”

What If, East of the River Edition: Congress Heights on the Rise asks readers what they’d want east of the Anacostia if they could have just about anything in the world. The speculation game is particularly fun in areas where there aren’t an overwhelming number of amenities to begin with, so answers have run the gamut. One commenter says, “Street sweepers, everyone a job, drugless street, Trader Joe’s, Everyone that sits near the park at the intersection of Malcolm X and MLK to find somewhere else to congregate., Activities for the people that sit in front of St. Elizabeth’s, prosperity, Education.” Another writes, “I love these ‘what if’ questions. If I had a Bill Gates Black Card: Everlasting Life (I love that place), Place another metro between Pennsylvania Avenue and MLK (i.e. Good Hope Road Stop), Food Coop Training Program and sustainable grocery store, UDC or Community College Southeast Campus (all Southeast teens get free tuition.), Progressive Beauty/Fashion/Arts Institute for creative youth in Southeast, Wide Wilson Bridge style bike lanes on Penn Ave Bridge and Fred Douglass bridge, Recycling Center, trash cans and campaign. I could go on for days…”