Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.
The AdamsMorgan listserv went unmoderated at the end of October. Since then, writes Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, there’s been rioting in the (virtual) streets. “[I]f someone doesn’t act soon, the same fate will occur here as has occurred in other ward one list serves,” Graham writes. “People just drop off, out of reaction and disinterest. Before you know it, its just a hand full of people—some entirely outside of the neighborhood and even the city—going at each other.” Graham’s attempt to play sheriff generated 18 responses between Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, some lauding his boldness and others wishing he’d keep his mouth shut. By its end, the discussion degenerated into accusations (“you are rather combative”) and shouts (“THIS IS THE POINT”). Graham, for the record, spoke out only after a Nov. 28 post compared him to Saddam Hussein.
Some menacing element has tagged garage doors, tried to steal a van, and even nabbed Christmas ornaments from a front lawn. Paul reminds his neighbors to beware the Grinch: “We are now in the Holiday Season which means that these CROOKS AND CRIMINALS WILL BE WORKING OVERTIME.” He identifies the culprit’s sleigh as a red Taurus with Virginia tags.
During the last nights of November, the neighborhood was kept awake by the noise of construction from the river. Jennifer asked, “Does anyone now what or where the loud rhyhtmic pounding sound is?” Another Jennifer responded: “We were checking out the Anacostia trail on our bikes this morning and ran across the pile drivers that we all heard last night. It was at the very end of the trail, near the cemetery, and it looked like they were working on the railroad bridge.” Kevin asked if a “local politician” could check into it. Peter Jones, Ward 6’s neighborhood services coordinator, took up the challenge. He found that CSX had contracted workers to repair the bridge starting at 4 a.m. until midnight. Since the land is federal, the work doesn’t require a city permit. But the contractors promised Jones they would work only between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. While other posters thanked Jones, David chose to vent: “My suspicion about the apparent failure to secure a building (sic) permit and the odd middle-of-the-night pile driving are related to the several issues AGAINST CSX continuing to run freight trains through the city rather than around the city.”