City Paper is not for tourists
Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.
Brookland The new noise pollution: scooters. On Aug. 6, Linda writes: “I hate to be the sore loser – but I have to be honest – I am constantly waking up in the middle of the night from the noise – the bus, train and ambulance sirens are understandable since we live in a big city – but I find the noise from those ridiculous scooters/mopeds and the people fighting or doing whatever they are doing at 3am in front of my house to be terribly annoying.” She also mentions another urban peculiarity: “I have also read about other folks being attacked.”
columbia_heights In the last year, residents have tasted the fruits of mainstream chains, whether cruising the Nature’s Promise section of the new Giant or sampling the new-release rack at the shiny new Blockbuster. As bodegas get replaced by big chains, residents are starting to grouse about the incoming inevitable: the coffee chain. Few things are as divisive as where you go to buy your cup of joe. Debate has gone as follows: chains bad, indies good—or maybe not as good as you should believe. At least one poster asks whether Columbia Heights Coffee is a truly good-for-the-people operation, and another grouses about minority-owned franchises. This all leads to one poster to say: “Why don’t you experts on coffee shops pool your cash and open one up in the neighborhood and show Columbia Heights Coffee how it should be done? Geesh.”
cleveland-park Residents here are needing: nanny-share organizing, folding treadmill, a financial planner, a wire dog crate, an orthopedic surgeon, and self-defense classes for a teenage girl visiting the District for a year. And, on Aug. 7, Ned posted this: “Wanted: Kids’ backyard elevated “fort”/climbing structure, with or without swings. Will pay for transport.”