Who’s that knocking on the door

Be on the look out for weird people coming to your door. There was a story on I think in the Truxton Circle Dispatch (of which I can’t bring up because the archive is screwy) about a woman knocking on the door of a female resident at night asking about the house next door in a somewhat confused manner. Which in itself is nothing to write about but the knocking woman was also peering through the window of the female resident. Window peeping is off limits.
Then a few days later on the Mount Vernon Square discussion list a resident wrote:

Please be aware of a suspicious person in the neighborhood who may come to your door and ask for Metro directions or money. Today, an individual, white male, thin build, approximately 35 years old, approx 5’6″-5’8″, light hair, mustache, wearing a light shirt and dark jacket, came to my door about 4:00pm asking for directions to the Metro. I know this guy- as I almost arrested him about two months ago after he became belligerent when I wouldn’t give him Metro money in exchange for his “work tools”. At that time, he was extremely belligerent and was crossing the line to attempted assault when I identified myself as law enforcement. Had I not, I’m sure it would have escalated into a physical altercation. His quick change of demeanor made me suspect he was under the influence of narcotics. He claimed to work on one of the construction projects on 6th. Funny that in two months of “working” in the neighborhood, he doesn’t know where Metro is. He just caught me off guard actually coming to my door today at the same time I was expecting someone else. Lesson to all of us to be careful – especially around he

I think I ran into contractor/need help with the metro guy several months ago on 5th St when he asked me for money for the metro. I see he’s making house calls. That is troubling.

NoMa Vision Development Strategy and Action Agenda

via Jim

On this coming Tuesday, December 13, 2005, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., the DC Office of Planning is sponsoring a public meeting concerning the “NoMa Vision Development Strategy and Action Agenda.” This meeting will be held at McKinley Technology High School, 151 T Street, NE, Room 150.

This planning work proposes a walkable, transit-accessible, dynamic and diverse neighborhood with a mix of uses. The plan will coordinate public and private investment and strengthen connections between new development, the new Metro Station and nearby existing residential neighborhoods.

For those of you who don’t know, NoMa stands for North of Massachusetts Avenue. Hence, this meeting represents an ideal opportunity to learn what is being contemplated and what is now being worked on — in terms of economic development activity for this area.


Jim Berry