City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: How Well Do The Police Respond The Day After A Shooting?

Georgetown Metropolitan reports that JFK's first house in Georgetown is up for sale: "From 1947 to 1949, then Congressmen John Kennedy lived at 1528 31st. St. with his sister Eunice Kennedy. Most recently it has been the home of Republican Whip Roy Blunt. He has announced that he’s running for Senate in Missouri next year, so perhaps this sale is part of that effort. It is listed for $1.595 million by neighbor Nancy Taylor Bubes of Washington Fine Properties."

Ward 3DC takes on the traffic calming debate, speed bumps, etc.: "The issue of traffic calming seems to have reared its head again in the Ward. Earlier this spring, there was consternation when speed humps were installed on Newark Street in Cleveland Park without ANC or community discussion."

Frozen Tropics reports that construction work has begun on a German-themed beer joint on H Street. Is H Street becoming the Epcot of D.C.? The blog writes: "Expect about 12 beers on tap, and a full menu of German staples."

Barry Farm (Remixed) is thinking about the police and a recent shooting. They write:

"This week has been a bit rough for the residents in the Birney Place/Eaton Road corridor and community members may have felt a bit forgotten when it's only after the fact that the lights and the sirens appear. But this post isn't about the crime (which happens no matter where you live), but the response to it. And I have to give credit where credit is due. For one, the police department was very quick to respond to Tuesday night's shooting. I had just hung up the phone with 911 when sirens blared down MLK and appeared at the end of the street. But more importantly, the next day, when I emailed some key players in 7D and requested a better police presence in the late night hours, they listened. Tonight I got home rather late from dinner with friends, and as I drove through the neighborhood, I saw two patrol cars along the strip. I was pleased by 7D's response to my request and really felt that it solidified their commitment to the community and that the police do hear our voices and do take us seriously. We are a vital part of the community, as are they, and it is imperative we work together."

The New Teacher On The Block wonders why nobody really gives a shit about teachers. It can make teachers feel bad about their job choice:

"I definitely have felt that when I tell people I teach, many of them view the job as not good enough. Many young people in education feel the need to justify their choice by saying "Oh, but I'm a Teaching Fellow" or "Oh, but I'm TFA." I have even caught myself doing this, especially as I come from a family chock full of doctors and lawyers and, upon hearing this, people assume that my parents must be disappointed that I ended up in a job with less social status than theirs (they're not- my parents are awesome and very proud of me). I have heard of people who were demeaned for becoming teachers; my AP Environmental Science teacher in high school was a fresh-faced Duke grad who admitted to us that she had started lying to people at Duke about her chosen job because she had been ridiculed so much for her choice (she never intended to stay in education long-she is now a lawyer. And it was a college prep charter school full of upper-middle class kids, so its not like we were high need)."

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