Crime, meetings, whatever

Well I may have my BACA meeting notes up sometime this week. Maybe.
Quick recap though. 1- I got there late. 2- A Capt. from the 5th District was speaking and handed out a list of adult arrests. The list has all sorts of useful info like full names, address arrested and residence of arrested persons. There was a spirited discussion about the role of the police department kept going by two persons I don’t regularly see at the meetings. And the meeting ended with a question of where are we and what do we call ourselves.
I have to make mention that over at ANC2C & You, there is an excellent video entry of an interview with the property manager of Gibson Plaza on 7th St., regarding the recent shootings. The gangs are not afraid of the police and will do a drive by knowing there are police officers yards away.
The ‘whatever’ in the title goes back to the question of what do we over in the eastern section of Shaw call ourselves. Um, not late for supper. First there is a problem with the various names for place and the odd idea that if a place has one name it cannot be part of another name. Where I am is in the Bates Area, in Truxton Circle, in Shaw, in Old City II, in Washington, in the District of Columbia in the United States of America. Why is that difficult to grasp? How many times do I have to point out that Shaw is a big honking neighborhood and within that big honking hood are other subneighborhoods and smaller niches. And what’s with the mindset that if you associate yourself with the smaller niche you’ve been voted off the Shaw island?

4 thoughts on “Crime, meetings, whatever”

  1. its totally easy! sort of I live in mount vernon square, a sub neighborhood of shaw (depending in which map you look at) which is part of Old City II..woo hoo!

    now the residents who live in both the chimney but on the east side of NJ, they are in both MVSQ and TC…

  2. Yeah, I get tired of the “no multiple neighborhoods” rule. I live near 10th and M Streets, and people from Shaw tell me I’m too far south, people from Mt Vernon Square tell me I’m too far west, people from Logan Circle and Downtown tell me I’m too far east, and no one’s ever heard of Blagden Alley as a neighborhood. So I’m not quite sure what neighborhood I can claim to be a member of, so I usually list all of them and just get a kind of blank stare.

  3. that one is a bit of a challenge…definitely blagden alley in shaw in old city II. and your neighborhood association would be BAA – blagden alley association.

  4. Yeah, I’ve gone to a couple of BAA meetings, and I know it’s definitely the “offical” neighborhood for me. It’s just funny when I’m introducing myself to people from other parts of the area. I start by saying I’m from Blagden Alley and get blank stares and then end up going into a long description of where I live, describing it as between Shaw, Logan Circle, and MVS.

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