Our Morning Roundup: Debating the Trey Joyner Vigil
New Columbia Heights seems to enjoy the opening up of a liquor store at Sherman and Fairmont, writing "it's convenient for folks in that area." This is just interesting. Liquor stores in gentrifying neighborhoods–as well as wine store openings—are accepted, draw excitement even. In other areas, say areas still struggling to get more than one sit-down restaurant, they are a blight. See Congress Heights on the Rise's completely different take on liquor stores.
Frozen Tropics draws some heated debate/angst over the candlelight vigil for Trey Joyner held this past weekend. Joyner was recently shot and killed by U.S. Park Police. The vigil was held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Among the comments:
"What a crock. I'm sorry but candle-light vigils should be reserved for true tragedies – those wherein actual innocents are caught in the crossfire of violence that people like Trey have inflicted upon our neighborhood."
"As of 10 pm, the "vigil" is now a go-go party. There are about 75 people (that can be seen from my angle anyway– there could be even more out of my eyesite) hanging out in the alley with a live band with a LOUD drum set. I fail to see how this honors anyone's death. It is just disrespectful to the families in the neighborhood."
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space opens up a discussion calling for stricter demolition rules: "What the problem is that there aren't adequate remedies in DC law, other than designation as a landmark, or existence of a historic district, to prevent demolition." Don't just read the quote. This is a must-read blog post.
And Now, Anacostia has some sweet pictures of a corner home renovation. The house looks like something out of Disney.
The New Teacher On The Block tries to cope with the closing school year:
"It has obviously not fully hit me yet that I will not be teaching again until August. I am floating around in a surreal world; my life has focused so strongly on my kids for the past 10 months that its hard to think about anything else!
Maybe Thursday, when I'm lounging on a North Carolina beach instead of: lesson planning, doing ABA, managing nap time, taking kids to the bathroom, and trying to sooth chair-throwing temper tantrums, it will become more real...."
Upset the Setup gets nostalgic for the Goodie Mob.