City Desk

Shovel Patrol: Clark Ray

Washington City Paper embarked Sunday afternoon upon an SUV-assisted inspection of various notable persons' sidewalks. Did they comply with their civic duty to clear walkways for pedestrians within eight daylight hours after the snowfall ended?


Clark Ray

Position: at-large council candidate

Address: 1613 Webster St. NW (Crestwood)

Observations: Ray, owner of a classic blond-brick Crestrood row house, completely cleared his front stoop down to bare concrete. But the front walk, while indeed shoveled, exhibited some ice in places. Get this guy a bag of salt!

Grade: B

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  • Truth Hurts

    LL, the photo of sidewalk in front of his home is a bit close in, but appears he spent hours on his personal property (steps/walkway to front door) while pretty much ignoring the public walkway. If true, grade should be C- at best, especially considering he's running for public office.

  • Joel Lawson

    Now, now, TruthHurts, I shoveled my walk repeatedly, but still have some ice patches too that I'm dealing with. And I know my friend Clark has been busy helping neighbors, esp. seniors and special needs. I'm subjective, but I'll say he gets an A+ as a neighbor in SnowMyGodden.

  • Truth Hurts

    JL, like I said, the photo was too tight in to be sure. But if he's really been busy helping others as you say, I'll change his grade to B+.

  • Mike DeBonis

    The other issue is that his stoop faces south and thus gets more sun. The walk is east-west and obscured by snow shadows. Coulda been wider, but not enough foot traffic on that block to really ding him for it.

  • Joel Lawson

    (Actually, I've been hesitant to put chemicals or salt on my ice patches, out of concern for so many pets on my block; I'm hunting a small bag of sand. Remember the paws, folks.)

  • Clark Ray

    I am surprised you made up my street! You get an A just for making it up Webster - nothing like a 24 inch snow packed street! Next time you drop by - knock and come in for a visit - if you had peered closely you would have noticed three bags of "Pet, Lawn, Enviro friendly salt (no lie - the bag states it!)on the porch! We "Salt" every morning and early evening. I am happy to report that we are "Ice" free as of this post!

  • Joan

    I'll take Mendo's integrity and principled leadership over slick and sleazy Clark Ray any day.

  • Anonymous

    LOLOL... maybe Clark will give you one of his bags, Joel.

  • Downtown rez

    That's nice, Joan. Where would you take him? If the price is reasonable, I'd like to help kick in a few bucks for the one-way ticket.

  • ChinaDC

    Gosh Joan, don't you think it's time you gave up? Everyone knows you're a Mendo supporter. Maybe you can actually contribute to what the post is about.


    I didn't know Clark Ray lived in King Fenty's neighborhood of Crestwood. I will not be voting for Clark Ray nor King Adrian Malik Fenty in 2010. I give Ray Clark a grade B+ for shoveling his walkway.

    16th Street Heights
    Ward 4 D.C.