Every Tuesday and Thursday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.
Residents mourn the transferring of 2nd District head Andrew Solberg to the police department equivalent of Siberia—something called “security services.” Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey removed Solberg, the King of All Message Boards, from his post after he addressed a forum in Georgetown and apparently told residents to report suspicious activity and allegedly stated that “black people are unusual in Georgetown.” Cleveland Parkers got Solberg’s back. Tamra wrote: “Security Division for what he said at the meeting in Georgetown. A man’s throat was sliced by thugs!” And Bill wrote: “No one has ever accused me of being a racist and I am certainly not one, but if I saw any group of two or more people of any race looking incongruous on any residential street at 2 am I would be alarmed and try to avoid them, maybe report them. If it were Georgetown and they were African American, I would be even more alarmed for precisely the reasons Andy Solberg mentioned.”
A newbie discovers that rats live here too. Kathleen writes earlier this week: “For the first time since moving in a year ago, i have spotted a rat-twice in one week. It was on my deck the first time and i saw it run under it yesterday. Any suggestions as to what i can do to make the outside parameters a ‘no rat’ zone?… I am crossing my fingers that there are no hidden entryways into my home, but i also don’t want to dread sitting on my porch.” On July 12, Victoria piggybacks on the rat issue with her own gripe: “I have a problem similar to this but I know it is coming from my neighbor. They were feeding the birds with bird seed until they saw the the seeds were going too fast. Now they are throwing their garbage out in the yard (some of which ends up in our yard) claiming that they are starting a compost.” And finally, Sharon queries message board the same day: “Is anyone else irritated by the Feng Shui sign in the yard on Aspen.? It’s been up for month and months. Doesn’t this constitute advertising? Is that allowed in a residential neighborhood, not to mention a historic district?”
Signs, signs, everywhere signs. Beware advertisers: Tom doesn’t like your signs messin’ with his mind. On July 11, he writes of his daily mission: “I remove all placards (advertising day care, carpet cleaning, new housing, you name it) attached to poles on my block as soon as they are put up. It is illegal to do this according to DC Municipal Regs. I also take the liberty of removing the yard sale signs after the event, since they are frequently left there. The worst offenders (beyond politicians running for office!) are those advertising for free car removal, and those who inconsiderately nail these signs to trees…”