As a member of Flexcar I was so happy I almost fell when I saw a Flexcar parking sign outside the Shaw metro. Up until now the closest Flexcar would be at R and 14th (yes there is the U St SUV, but I don’t want to deal with an SUV). Now I envision all sorts of fun. Buying heavy things at Giant, oh joy!

So happy, I’m so happy.


MONTHLY Meeting Notice


Invited Guests Include Representatives from the Following:

Third District, Metropolitan Police Department

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

DC Department of Parks and Recreation

Monday, November 3, 2003

Mount Sinai Baptist Church

3rd and Q Streets, N.W.

Rooms 1 and 2

7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

For more information regarding the meeting and/or the Association,

contact J. Berry at (202) 387-8520

Alcoholic Beverage Control License Renewals in the Neighborhood:

The licenses to sell beer and wine at two corner grocery stores in our neighborhood are currently up for renewal before the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration of the D.C. Government. Specifically, the stores in question are Bates Market, 301 P Street, N.W., and Steve’s Market, 1501 First Street, N.W., respectively. If there is a reason why you believe the license for either of these establishments should not be renewed for a two year period, please come to the meeting and share your concern(s) with

the group. In the alternative, you may call (202) 387-8520 to express your concern by telephone or you may transmit your concern in advance of the 11/3/2003

BACA meeting.

Holloween in the Hood

I grew up poor & lower middle class (dad self employed really depended on how business was going), but if we bothered going trick or treating we at least had a cheap K-mart costume. Some kids showing up at my door didn’t even bother. SLACKERS!!



Monthly Forum

Invited guests include representatives from the following


Metropolitan Police Department

Howard University

re. their proposed Middle School for Math and Science

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

re. their interest in locating a field unit in Ward Five

Where: Trinity College

125 Michigan Avenue, N.E.

When: Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.


Monthly Meeting

Where: Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church

605 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

When: Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Time: 7:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Water, water and more water

The sump pump which is VERY LOUD has been going off in my basement for several days now. The first day, when it rained cats & dogs, it was going off every 10 minutes. After that a little less often.

Yesterday my neighbor noticed water in his basement, no sump pump though. I told him that it’s probably coming up through the floor.


Logan Circle and Adams Morgan need more 40s. Right on with attacking volunteer agreements, they present a burden on to the small store owner who wants to boost profits by selling fine malt liquors and value priced wines, like MD 20/20. Who are these people who are in these so called “neighborhood groups” telling us how we should run our business. If we want to sell single beers, that’s our business, not theirs. They don’t have to buy 40s if they don’t want to. We are just saying we should be able to sell to those who appreciate kickin’ back on the corner, or walking down 14th St. with a 40 in their hand and a buzz in their head.

Ghetto Mart trying to get mo’ ghetto

The ghetto mart is trying to add more ghetto points according to the grapevine. The ghetto mart has a few ghetto points for the clerk in a box, now it is aiming for extra points by applying (so rumor has it) for an ABC license. If they get an ABC license they can then stock your 40s and MD 20/20.

New Deal in Housing

I glad for the folks featured in the Post’s Housing Program Chalks Up Win (washingtonpost.com) but this is still shiny and new. Hopefully they will be able to keep up the maintenance and keep it a desirable place for both the public assistance and the market rate renters.

What does this have to do with Shaw? Nothing directly. Indirectly it is a housing issue, and Shaw has housing issues. There are a few public housing projects around and about Shaw and housing projects tend to be the targets of these new ideas.

The question I have about these type of mixed income projects that never show up as an answer is what’s the long term view? They don’t give too many examples of previous mixed income projects that have been around for a long period of time. I wonder will the market rate people stick around after the newness rubs off, as market rate people have more choices and opportunities. I think of Boston’s Harbor Point/Columbia Point, not far from the JFK Presidential Library where I interned one summer. Of course, this was a nice waterfront housing project, stuck in a somewhat questionable (according to some Bostonian friends) neighborhood. That is usually pointed to as a success.

Another thing about the Post article was a brief mention of programs for tenants. There was another Post article a week or so back about apartments in Eckington/Brookland area where it no longer looks like a projects building, that also had programs for tenants. This, I believe, is very important. People need real jobs, the training to get and keep those jobs, and programs to keep them from falling. Change the decor all you want, but without jobs you’re not doing a thing to combat poverty and poor conditions that helped the environment to go down. Also in the creation of mixed income housing, those low income folks who can possibly move into mid-income (easier said than done, I know) levels, may have a greater chance of staying in the new development. If Harbor Point is a model, then 2/3 of the tenants must be mid-income. If it is one-for-one replacement or less, with those ratios the low income residents will lose spots in the new project.