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Every Tuesday and Thursday Friday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.
In Adams Morgan, the store next to the Starbucks at 18th Street and Columbia Road has been vacant for sometime, and Sid wants to know what’s up. “It has been vacant now a long time. It looks like the have torn down the inner walls but work seems to have stopped,” Sid writes. “Its beginning to look like an eye sore.” Little did Sid know that his neighbors would defend vacant storefronts so vehemently. “That building is one of the handsomest in the neighborhood, and nothing about its exterior upkeep has changed,” Arthur writes. “It’s a part of urban life that buildings sometime sit empty when waiting for new renters. It is far from an ‘eyesore’ and this is not Disneyland.” Sid took it personally. “Your tone suggests I annoyed you…that was not my intent,” he writes. “I didn’t expect that simply addressing disappointment at the emptiness of such a nice piece of real estate (which has large windows into what looks actually worse than a simple eyesore) would turn into a correction of my character!”
The Brookland Heartbeat, a local newsletter, just hit the doorsteps. But residents are wondering why the Heartbeat doesn’t have much to do with Brookland. “Why is the Brookland Heartbeat, p.4, involving itself in the establishment of clubs along West Virginia Avenue (this is not Brookland),” writes Alex on Monroe. “The area in question is a heavily industrial area and not within a block of any housing.…Could it be that it is because these are gay clubs?” Joe on Newton agrees: “Not to mention the article misrepresents the facts by naming the clubs as “new” when in fact these clubs were already in existence and were displaced by the new baseball stadium.” Heather on 15th is upset because a local event (where she volunteered) received no coverage. “I noticed that the Brookland Day Festival was not covered in this issue of the Brookland Heartbeat.” Heather writes. “It seems like a pretty major Brookland event so I’m just curious as to why it was not mentioned at all?”
On the U Street listserv, insults get hurled just as swiftly as referrals for plumbers. Dee thinks things have gotten out of hand. “Is this website monitored in any manner?” he asks his fellow neighbors. “Or can anyone post any racist and inflammatory remark they want with impunity?” One might think the comment would be answered cordially, or at the very least it would be ignored. But Hunter’s neighbors pounce. “You seem to be pretty good at posting inflammatory remarks,” David shoots back. “Perhaps you should start your censorship campaign by removing yourself from this list.…” Jason says Hunter should toughen up. “It’s called freedom of speech? You really need to get that chip off your shoulder and stop assuming everyone who is not on your side is racist. It makes you look ignorant.”