Thursday, September 28, 2006

Beautiful Wednesday

Yesterday was the perfect early fall day. I took time to attend a self prescribed meeting at Langston Golf Course. Besides enjoying the sun, breeze and green grass, I was reminded again of something that we often forget. There are beautiful things here in NE. One of my favorite buildings in DC is the Charles Young School. It is so majestic and scholorly. The architechture is great, and it is a testament to earlier days.

The sounds of football practice wafted down to me on 7, 8, and 9th tees. It just was a perfect topper to a beautiful Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Unsweet Sound of Progress

This morning I was roused not by the sound of mourning doves, a single beam of sunshine through the window or the din of school children on way to class. No, it was the wonderful sound of a jackhammer plowing into the street bed on Todd Place. WHAP WHAP WHAP.

Usually the idea of the District making progress in street repair in this little hamlet within NE would be cause for celebration. I mean usually this kind of treatment is reserved for the fancy folk of Gtown, Foxhall or Cleveland Park.

A little over a month ago U st NE was paved, taking a large hunk of my pear tree with it. But it is nice to have the street fixed. Hopefully Todd Pl will be equally nice. But do they have to start damn early?

Note: Apologies for neglect of the blog. Posting from work is not a good idea for me, so I will have to pick and chose my opportunities from home. Since the last post there have been lots of activies; Elections, more crime, and a reimergence of the St. Martins issues. I would also like to thank K. from the Eckington Listserv for the computer monitor. Many thanks!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Eckington Shorts

I just reviewed the posts for the month and realized that the focus has been almost exclusively on crime. How did that happen? On the way to work this morning there were a half dozen cops between RI ave and the Harry Thomas Rec Center standing in the rain. One was a Lt. that was at our PSA meeting, who seems to be a good cop.

Visit this great post by Velvet in Dupont on several of her interactions with MPD and 311.

Here is a note from Miss Cleopatra Jones:

Dear Constituents/ Neighbors;

Smile you are on camera! Hard work has benefitted the community. Surveillance cameras to deter crime are up on the corner of Lincoln Road & R. Street, NE. The community will be getting more cameras installed, I will give you an up-date as cameras pop -up.

I just hope that these cameras are as effective as the proponents believe they will be.

Election season blues. I am saddened to see that once again we have very little choice in the mayoral race. Wouldn't it be great to have seriously talented candidates vying for the top spot? Instead we have an inexperienced young lawyer who has been admonished twice for being inept; and a woman who has been part of the problem for the last 20 years.

How are Fenty or Cropp really going to change the city for the good? Have either of them been a positive influence on the city during their tenures in City Council?