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Complaints about blight in Ward 8 are nothing new. But one advisory neighborhood commissioner is placing some blame on Mayor Adrian Fenty—and not just in a general sense. Anthony Muhammad, who represents a district in Anacostia, says that Fenty’s old campaign banners, still hanging, are eyesores.
Particularly egregious, Muhammad says, is an enormous green-and-white Fenty for Mayor banner that cloaks a storefront on Good Hope Road SE, at the entrance of the Historic Anacostia commercial district. Muhammad claims the outdated banners once displayed all over the more affluent parts of town have all been taken down. And that’s what irks him most.
“It’s blight,” he says. “For it to still be up four months after the election, it’s pitiful.”
According to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, political campaign materials are to be removed no later than 30 days following the general election. Muhammad says the sign first appeared last September. According to Fenty spokesperson Mafara Hobson, the Fenty campaign says there’s no particular reason that the sign wasn’t removed. “It was just an oversight,” she says.
After making a call to campaign workers in the field, Hobson promised to get the banner down. “We can get someone over there to take it down this week,” she says.
But Muhammad says that when he spoke earlier with one of “the mayor’s associates,” it was suggested that he take the matter into his own hands: “He said I could take it down myself.”