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Neighborhood Watch: Rally to Save Rodent-Infested Safeway on Rhode Island Avenue NE

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The Issue: Edgewood neighborhood residents will rally at 11 a.m. Monday at Safeway at 514 Rhode Island Ave. NE to prevent the grocer from moving out March 6. The “rally is geared toward stopping Safeway from moving out so quickly,” says local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) commissioner Debbie Smith [UPDATE: Smith is a former ANC commissioner. City Desk regrets the error]. The D.C. Department of Health briefly shut the store last month after an inspection found health violations–rodent droppings and dried blood, among them. Safeway has not made an official announcement, but word of the closing spread from employees, Smith says; the store apparently is no longer viable financially. Safeway’s departure leaves residents without a nearby grocery store.

Mosey On Out: “Safeway sucks–IMHO,” writes neighborhood resident Jason Hawke in a listserv. “We don’t need to rally to save them; we need to rally to demand respect from corporate stores." The parent Safeway hasn't provided the local store—which Smith says suffers from a slew of sanitation issues and bad produce and foods—with the necessary upgrades to effectively serve the community. Some residents would rather see a Wegmans or Trader Joe's move in, says resident Jacqueline Young.

Not So Fast!: Safeway’s immediate departure has other local residents up in arms—notably the large senior population. Many have been shopping at the Safeway for years—and change is difficult, Smith says. Safeway’s Edgewood closing “would cause a devastating blow to our already underserved community,” wrote Michael Clark, Sr., president of the Edgewood Civic Association in an ECA Resolution Letter to Safeway.

What’s Next: Wegmans moving in? (The excitement is insurmountable). If Safeway does go, the community plans to bring in “a grocery store that is nice, friendly, clean, well-lit, well-stocked and provides an array of foods. And Wegmans has been a hot item on the listserv,” Smith says. Good riddance to rodent droppings–seems like Safeway's doing the neighborhood a favor.

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Comments

  1. #1

    What whiners! Go shop at the fucking Giant 3 blocks away!

  2. #2

    They're living in a fantasy land if they think Wegmans will ever plop a store down there. The company has explicitly stated its prerequisites for opening a new store, namely gigantic tracts of land so it can build gigantic stores with gigantic parking lots. That's just not going to happen on that stretch of Rhode Island.

  3. #3

    I suspect Safeway is cheaper for those on a fixed income.

  4. #4

    kim: debbie smith is not an ANC member. she used to be, though.

  5. #5

    Harry Thomas has good intentions, but the fight to "save" this rat hole is misguided. There is, in fact, a Giant three blocks away, so there's absolutely no reason to save this store, much less provide them with more tax abatements (as Thomas has foolishly proposed) to stay.

    RI Ave is hopelessly under-retailed, although the RI Ave redevelopment plan recently released by DMPED shows some promise. Let's hope that a developer seizes this opportunity to bring a grocer that provides better quality goods AND jobs to NE.

  6. #6

    Brookland is low on the list of concerns for Safeway, especially when The Social Safeway is briskly under construction. For years Brookland has had Poor quality Produce & DIRTY display bins. Long lines & Few cashiers. Over Staffed Cust Svc Desk/Office w/SAFE observation booth. And now a rally to save them....how about a rally for Improvements in Cleanliness, Quality Foods, Customer Focused Staff and Proactive Management Otherwise, shop at the Giant!

  7. #7

    The RI Ave redevelopment plan is crap. It calls for trashy arts development along the corridor which will be financed by taxing the residents along this corridor. What a waste of money! Never, ever put anything in the hands OPM (DC's Office of Planning and Management). The need for sanitary and healthy shopping is evident if you've ever been stopped at this shopping plaza. It even has a Subway, CVS, Popeyes. All selling non-nourishing food. Kick 'em all out! And, Debbie Smith has a big mouth and needs to shut up!

  8. #8

    how about we support our Councilmember and neighbors that want Safeway as a neighborhood amenity. Edgewood is home to senior citizens that may not want to cross the ever busy Rhode Island Avenue to shop at Giant. All residents should have the option of where they want to shop. As savvy residents we should not only help them save Safeway but demand better services when we are successful in keeping the store.

    If we the residents to stand up and help our neighbors, help our Councilmember, and help ourselves Safeway, Weggmans,Giant, and the like will decide the fates of our communities. They pay their lobyists to fight for what they want. What is our motivation as residents and neighbors of DC? What do we stand for?

    Hope to see you all at the rally on Monday. I know your sick of being in the house.

  9. #9

    This is par for the Safeway course in how to do business in Washington DC neighborhoods that they have deemed as being less affluent. Where in Safeway practices Retail Redlining (http://www.consumerequality.org/pubs/05_retail_redlining.pdf).

    Only to demand TIF funds and/or other financial incentives to improve and/or replace the very stores that they have allowed to fall into disrepair with the threat that they will leave the neighborhoods/communities in which they have undeserved with these stores.

    Just take a tour of Safeways located in the following neighborhoods:
    Petworth
    RI Ave, NE
    Maryland Ave, NE

    Now compare that with Safeways located in the following neighborhoods:
    L St - City Vista
    Connecticut Ave NW
    Virginia Ave NW

    The City Council members that represent these communities need to get off there asses and and demand that Safeway invest in these store or get out of these communities. (Maybe a council hearing in needed) There are stores that are willing to invest in communities that are undeserved, it just takes the Council members to show the type of leadership that they were elected to provide.

  10. #10

    Um, there's a perfectly nice Giant on the other side of Rhode Island Avenue.

  11. #11

    Councilmembers by themselves cant do all the fighting alone. What good does it do if the retailer doesnt feel it. Why dont we picket all Safeway stores until we see stores of equal quality all across the city. And same thing with Giant or any other store.

    Why dont we get off our asses and help our elected officials?!

    Again, when do we stand up and lobby for ourselves, our needs, our quality of life.

  12. #12

    wanting and thinking something will happen are two entirely different things. that article and other comments elsewhere on blogs make it seem like neighbors are deluded into thinking they can force anything they want into a spot. we all know that isn't the case, but that doesn't stop us for hoping, and trying to envision and dream.

    people do not realize that there is a large elderly community very close to this safeway that rely on it. and it has been there far longer than the giant. plus its less expensive and the lines are much faster.

    so when you say "um there a giant 3 blocks away" you're not thinking very deeply about the issue.

    so all you detractors and haters dashing what we want in our community, go blow yourself.

  13. #13

    I live in Eckington and I never go to the Safeway or the Giant because the stores are crappy and both are terribly located for pedestrians. I do not wish to hike up either hill and cross the busy parking lots and then haul myself and purchases back down.

    I agree that the Giant sucks for the elderly, but the fact is both shopping centers (at 4th & RIA and 9th & RIA) are uninviting and poorly planned. Both are geared toward drivers and are difficult to shop on foot. So either you live real close or you drive.

    But who chooses to drive to a lame store over any number of nicer stores within a 2-3 mile radius? This is the reason the Safeway failed: because anyone with any other option goes shopping somewhere else.

  14. #14

    @eli I agree and only frequent either store when completely tired. But there are residents that don't have options like we do or are afraid to venture to new unchartered areas of the city. We can't leave those residents disenfranchised. We have to help them. The residents in the lower economic areas are taken advantage of and we need to join with them to educate and help them and then fight with them.

    See you at the rally on Monday. We have to stand up with our neighbors. We have to start looking at this as OUR CITY!!

  15. #15

    Please gather all of your information about the safeway closing prior to making a decision for or against it. From what I understand the health dept didnt shut the safeway down it was the E A C,the envornmental action comm and not only did they shut down safeway for infestation but it was the entire shopping complex for 1 day. Safeway is moving out because the owners REFUSE to do anything about the Infestation in all those stores in this complex so who are we blaming safeway 4 getting the hell out or the property owners for not doing what needs to be done in a inner city bldg.WHO ARE THEY

  16. #16

    And by the way we all know no matter how clean your house is your area and neighbors can still attract RODENTS its not only a safeway problem people all the stores have this same issue think about that..........

  17. #17

    This place (from other stores) place old food meats bread * so on that does not sell, and puts it right on the shelf

    the produce is always rotten or GREEN & the over all junk for a store needed shut down years ago

    They prey on those less fortunate to buy this crap with food assistance cards(welfare) knowing these people mist likely cant go somewhere else. The lines are long the clerks cuss if they think you should be in a checkout line that is smaller! no smoke break i guess'

    The new Giant is cheaper & always has a lot of courtesy drivers

    close that dump! And note: the reader who post large parking lots will not be able to be there HUH! There is one now mostly filled with druggies purchasing!(Not milk & bread.

    Close this EYE-SORE

  18. #18

    Wow jim I have oftened shopped the Rhode Island safeway and never have I encountered a cussing employee nor green meat true this safeway is out dated, I have been in the giant and I will say that i have been ignored and asked a few employees questions to be given the wrong information and honestly the newer shinier giant does not impress at all i would rather shop safeway where i have always recieved very good customer service and yes while there are long lines sometimes i would rather spend my money where employees realize that i am a customer and if we demanded more across the board from safeway or giant maybe they would at least think about solving their issues with hiring more cashiers and as a matter of fact i truely have noticed that home depot, giant, and safeway have this problem so maybe its just the decision makers saying that they dont have to make theur prospective stores more customer friendly by hiring cashiers.

  19. #19

    Wegman's food costs are the same as Giant or Safeway. They also carry specialty items that run a bit more, but for any regular item that you can buy at Safeway or Giant the cost will be the same! However, I am sure that Danny Wegman would never consider openi ng shop in the crappy soon-to-be-former Safeway plaza location, anyway.

    As for walking three blocks to Giant...There are tons of elderly people with limited mobility and no cars that 3 blooks would be a real problem... Anyway, we definitely need a new store to come in--Giant cannot properly accommodate everybody in all of Brookland/Edgewood.

  20. #20

    If you think that Safeway is bad, the Soviet Safeway on 17Th and Corcoran Streets, NW (IT'S CALLED THAT FOR A REASON) is just as bad. I went in there this past Friday and the store was filthy and I'm not talking about the floors. No food in the meat, dairy and produce cases which is due to the storm, I can live with that, but if there is no one stocking the shelves than why not have them CLEAN-UP the store.

    The milk case stinks to high heaven with spoiled milk as well as the produce section with rotten produce all over.

    There were 20 employees standing around doing nothing that day, standing with their thumbs up there asses, hey here's a novel idea have them clean the store! It must be a union rule for no cross working!

    Is there a MANAGER here?

  21. #21

    I can't wait for the Harris Teeter in NOMA to open. I really hope they are able to overcome the horror that so many of the supermarkets in DC become and maintain the same high standards that their stores in VA display.

    I have no problem paying a little more for polite employees and stores that are not filthy and loaded with spoiled food.

  22. #22

    Wegman's is the gold standard in supermarkets and they are thinking about opening in DC, this is after they pay the DC Govt. shake-down money!

  23. #23

    The Safeway at Georgia Avenue, NW and Piney Branch Road, NW and Georgia Avenue, NW and Randolph Street, NW in Ward 4 are both dumps. Both stores are dirty with long lines and rodents inside. I have to admit, I saw a mouse in the Giant on Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring where I shop last year, but they do keep this Giant in good condition. The Safeway on Davenport Street, NW in Ward 3 is a dump too. I am surprised the upscale residents in Ward 3 have allowed this dirty looking Safeway to remain open in their neighborhood.

  24. #24

    Wegman's will move to Rhode Island Av NE right after Tiffany's and Bulgari. And the tanning salon. Also.

  25. #25

    DC should get a Walmart to move in. This would be a perfect location. The neighborhood demographics support a Walmart, Walmart would demo that entire eyesore and build a nice, clean, modern store. They could do a 2 story type with underground parking, much like the Target. I've actually seen Walmart stores in Toronto that fit into the urban model.

    I know a lot of people shudder when they think of Walmart, but they would best be able to provide real competition to corrupt, union run Safeway and Giant. Think about it, when Walmart opened in Landover, Safeway organized a protest. The best way to get back at Safeway for running such a shitty store and redlining our community is to let their biggest real competitor come in and open up shop and show them how to run a store properly. Most Walmart detractors probably would never cross over to NE anyways. And a Walmart store would provide jobs to those that desperately need some kind of work (I know minimum wage is not a lot, but it is a hell of a lot more than no wage at all).

  26. #26

    Brookland Resident, if a WalMart were to move to D.C., I prefer it being a Super WalMart grocery store like the one in Severn, Maryland I shop at. I don't want a tacky ghetto looking WalMart like the one in Capital Plaza where a bunch of low class blacks and Central Americans shop acting like "savages" with no class with their loud screaming children running all over the store. I shop where the whites shop in nice areas. One thing about whites with class and education, they will demand law and order in their neighborhoods and where they shop.

  27. #27

    I found out from a very, very good source that Wagman's is looking to build from the ground-up a new store in SW near National's Park.

    Also Walmart wanted to open a store in the shopping center were the Home Depot is but the so-called community activist cried thia social justice crap, saying that "what about the small corner stores owned by mom and pop, Walmart would put them out of business".

    Lets see they must be talking about the corner stores who price gouge the neighborhood!

  28. #28

    P.S. It's mostly Central American children always running around in WalMart loose without supervision. It must be a cultural them with them, but I wish they would leave and go back to El Salvador, Mexico, etc., because they are breeding children like rats and getting WICK and other government assistance for all these anchor babies.

  29. #29

    MISTAKE! (activist cried THIS social).

    Also is anyone having trouble accessing the CITY DESK?

  30. #30

    Yes Rick, I am having trouble accessing the City Desk. I can not pull up past articles.

  31. #31

    Apparently City Desk changed its format. At the bottom of the most recent blog is a link to the previous blog. Then you have to go to the bottom of that blog and hit link to one before that, and on and on. Makes it very difficult/time consuming to scroll through earlier blogs. Maybe they'll change back to the previous format if enough people complain.

  32. #32

    WOW WOW WOW Ward4dc and Rickmangus are exactly what is wrong with this city racist bigots and dumbass ignorants. You have so much and think so little of the people that shop and live in your same neighborhoods the ones that sturggle on minimum wage to try to keep their families together the ones that spend money on unfair prices because the neighborhood they can afford to live in is high crime the poeple that work everyday and teach their kids fair play. I am so pissed right now words can hardly express my contempt so build a fucking wegmans a damn walmart whatever your infestation will NOT go away and by the way WALMART if u didnt see the movie refered its employees to the welfare system when those employees complainewd about salaries so you really think WALMARTis gonna solve the clean area issue when it does not give a DAMN about its own employees. THANK GOD FOR ACTIVIST AND UNIONS just to tick the 2 of OFF

  33. #33

    kyletyknox, fuck you and those low life "savages" who don't have any manners, education, or class. You can kiss my brown ass bitch.

  34. #34

    Why would they build an upscale store in this neighborhood for black "savages" to destroy it and the same thing goes for Georgia Avenue, NW in Ward 4. Who do you think are committing these crimes in these neighborhoods Kyletyknox? It's the low life people you are defending. It's their children and grandchildren that's doing this shit. Once someone asked me, why don't they build a Best Buy on Georgia Avenue, NW? I told them, for what, because these "savages" living west of the Park would destroy it. Yes, I am educated and I prefer not to live around this low class savages acting like they don't have any dam manners. Let's face it, the whites living in D.C. are more upscale and educated and they don't destroy their neighborhoods, because they act like people with sense and class. Sometimes the truth hurts doesn't it Kyletyknox?

  35. #35

    Kyletyknow, no one is telling these illegal or legal Salvadorans/Mexicans to continue to breed babies like rats in the United States expecting the government to take care of them. This is why the United States is becoming a third world country. Diverstiy sucks and all the political correctness bullshit that comes with it. I am tired all these dam Salvadorans/Central Americans destroying my neighborhood with their third world customs. How in the hell can 6 to 10 people live in a studio or one bedroom apartment? This is unsanitary and I am tired of seeing this happen in Ward 4 and my property value going down.

  36. #36

    Hey!, 'kyletyknox' I am going to explain this the best I can for your limited education level that you have displayed.

    First, you and other dumb asses like you think WalMart is so bad, you want social justice but you and others in the community will pay inflated prices at a corner store. Mom and Pop store, more like stores owned by people who don't live in DC. But I can see why they charge these high prices because the so-called good people of those neighborhoods rob them blind, day in and day out.

    Second, You can't see that liberals and espically Democrats want to keep Africian Americans DOWN. You allow pro choice proponents to slaughter thousands and thousands of your youth each year and never mind teaching social responsibly to those men and women, no they would rather keep everyone on welfare and poping out more babbies so they can control you.

    Third, Our popular culture is teaching the youth of today that it's cool to be stupid and ignorant. You want proof look at MTV or VH1 where rap singers are nothing more than dumb ass street thugs being used by white coporate music executives just to make a buck, but I don't hear and cry from the black community about this or any so-called community activist.

    Four, If you have children keep them close and find out what they are doing and who they are seeing, get involved in their lives you are there parent not their friend. like my father use to say, "While your under my roof, this is a dictatorship not a democracy.

    Five, People in certain neighborhoods in this city know about crime, see crime and do nothing about it, WHY? These are the same people who say the police do not care, or they do nothing about crime, but these are the same people who when asked by the police for help turn there backs and say nothing!

    Six, People who use the term RACIST are usally RACIST themselves, so 'Kyletyknow' if you really want to see a RACIST, go look in the mirror!

  37. #37

    To add to my comments, a friend of mine work for Macy's / Hecht's for over twenty years. She was layed off while other people in her department with less tenure stayed on.

    The fucking UNION DID NOTHING FOR HER!!!!!!

  38. #38

    On Walmart, I've seen the movie, but I just don't buy their arguments. So Walmart doesn't pay a living wage... Newsflash people, you can't live a cushy lifestle stocking shelves at any store. If you want a better lifestyle, educate yourself and get a job that pays what you want to earn. What Walmart would give would be an entry level job to people that have probably never worked a day in their life. It's not a career but would be a starter job they could move on from in a year or two. A lot of people in the Edgewood area need a starter job like this.

    And yes, the so called mom and pop stores run by people that aren't from the neighborhood need to go away. Except Brookland hardware, they're great people that provide a real service. If they survived Home Depot, I don't see Walmart being a problem.

  39. #39

    Rick Mangus, I hope that ignorant liberal socialist Kyletyknox can comprehend your comments. I am tired of the "no snitch" policy in black neighborhoods. The police is dammed if they do and dammed if they don't. If I were a police officer, I would ignore calls to these types of neighborhoods and let these "savages" kill themselves and their neighbors who condone this type of behavior. I am tired of some blaming the white man for all the ills in their life's. The Democratic Party have pimped blacks for over 40 years with their welfare socialist programs. Both the Republican and Democratic Parties suck. I have a low tolerance of liberals and their bullshit. For the record, I am not a conservative/Republican to the haters out there. I am a registered Blue Dog Democrat soon to be a Independent after the D.C. primary is over for mayor. I want to remain a Democrat in order to vote in the 2010 primary to get Fenty's ass out of office. After Fenty is gone, I will become an Independent.

  40. #40

    Where is my buddy SEDCDUDE? I know, I will take some heat from him for making some of my comments, but I can handle the fire in the frying pan. LOL

    I can't imagine an upscale store moving into this location after the Safeway closes? These hoodlums would rob and break into the place. When I was a child, we lived in public housing, but blacks in those days taught their children to have class, show respect, and they would whipped their kids asses if they got into trouble. My wife and I taught the same to our 3 black male sons who happen to be college graduates. Your neighbors could whip your ass if you did something wrong and tell your parents. Then your parents/grandparents would whip your ass. Today if you say anything to one of these hood rats, they will pull out a gun and shoot you. If you tell their parent (young mothers), they will curse you out or possibly fight you. I live in a middle class black neighborhood in Ward 4 D.C. and I have a sense of community pride. The "savages" moving into Ward 4 mostly from El Salvador don't have any regards for community or the lifelong or longtime residents. Because someone is poor or working class, this doesn't mean they shouldn't take pride in their neighborhoods and keep their homes/apartments clean.

  41. #41

    Corrrection:

    The "savages" moving into Ward 4 mostly from El Salvador don't have any regards for community and for the lifelong or longtime residents. Because someone is poor or working class, this doesn't mean they shouldn't take pride in their neighborhoods and keep their homes/apartments clean.

  42. #42

    Being a resident of Eckington, I do not shop at either the Giant or the Safeway. I may go to the Giant if I seriously need to, but I agree with other posters-- they both SUCK. I understand the elderly can't get around, but what has our council or the owners of that horrid shopping center done to improve it? Oh, sorry, a Forman Mills moved in. What the hell is a Forman Mills???? I mean, isn't the one at Iverson Mall going out of business?? The little star market on 4th is OK if you need something like beer and sketti sauce-- but it looks like a prison. Wouldn't be so bad if the owners did some improvements. We have that store, three liquor stores all within a block of each other. IF 'the community' wants to protest, then they should have done it years ago and demanded the stores clean up their act. Bitchin about it now is a tad too late. I'd go for a Wegmans, and I could tolerate a Walmart, even though to this day I wont step foot in one.

  43. #43

    I don't think everyone in this area is a hoodlum. I live in Brookland too, and everyone I've met, regardless of race or national origin has been a very respectful person. I know the neighborhood demographics worsen as you cross to the south of RI ave into Brentwood and also Edgewood. Most of Brookland and Michigan Park to the north is very middle class or even upper middle class. Plus, you have Catholic University and their student population. Edgewood and Brentwood are more impoverished, and I agree that new development could really give the area a shot in the arm.

    Face it folks, the Edgewood area is way too transitional for a Wegman's or anything remotely upscale. I know customer service can be lacking, but the Home Depot is always crowded and does a great business. And it attracts customers from other parts of DC that would otherwise never step foot in NE. We have to take smaller steps towards improving the area. The Home Depot was a great step in the right direction, a Walmart would be a great fit. Foreman Mills, I'm not so sure about. I guess it's better than an empty store.

  44. #44

    Here, here! Brookland Too.

  45. #45

    It is nice to that I have raised the ire of rick and ward it warms my heart, and yes rick I may lack higher education but I understand bs VASTLY and had I known that I would be graded on sentax and stucture I still would'nt care because the message is about caring for people and jobs of a society of folks that for the most part have been ignored in this city so I can honestly say no i'm no literary genius but you and bigot got my point . It is truely nice to know that the 2 of you care about ALL of the residents of this multiculture AND FAIR CITY. IT is also nice to see that the people with an higher education and deeper pockets help raise the level of teaching helping and developing our less fortunate folks so thank you for your comments and hatred because i am strong enough to take it like the man my parents raised me to be.

  46. #46

    'kyletyknox', you're lame attempt raising ire and sarcasm did't work, nice try!

  47. #47

    kyletynox, did you take your medication on today and did St. Elizabeths let you out too soon? You are a idiot!!!! Your having bi-polar doesn't excuse you from being a complete asshole.

  48. #48

    Kyletynox, you need to learn how to spell and write a complete sentence in English. What did they teach you in the D.C. Public Schools?

  49. #49

    ward4 your ignorance is astounding spelling aside dc public schools or not I can tell your parents are proud of the bigot you have become

  50. #50

    Kyletyknox, please look at the sentence structure of your last comment. You start a sentence by using capital letters. Please explain to me, how can I be a bigot for speaking the truth about some bad behavior in the black community? I am sure, you are one of the people who supports the "no snitch" policy in the black community. Not only are you bi-polar and ignorate, you are a loser.

  51. #51

    Ward4NDC, your grammer is just as bad as Kyle's spelling. You used the word "a" before idiot. That should be an "an". An "an" is used before words that start with a vowel. Also, it is not necessary to use the word "on" before today, like you did above.

  52. #52

    English Teacher, go fuck yourself! You are not an English teacher and stop living in a world of fantasy.

  53. #53

    I didn't know this was an English class on this blog. Most bloggers use bad grammer and sentence structure, including English teachers.

    I wouldn't shop at any Safeway that had a serious rodent problem. However, the Safeway on Columbia Road, NW isn't all that great either. In neighborhoods where most residents live like pigs/animals, they tend to not care about their neighborhood or their neighborhood grocery.

  54. #54

    WARD4DC For all my ignorance and bad sentence structure,All my misspelled words the fact remains that you have no respect for people of differing backgrounds to call a group of people savages and refer to latinos as rabbits to bleed our welfare system is just proof of your bigotry and i am happy you live in ward 4 with fenty because the 2of you seem to have the same view. THANK GOD this is his LAST YEAR.

  55. #55

    Safeways suck in general. Even the new or recently remodeled ones.

  56. #56

    Kyletyknox, please quote me correctly. I stated, illegal alien and legal Salvadorans/Central Americans/Mexicans breed babies like rats/rodents. I didn't lump all Latinos together which represents over 24 different countries, cultures, and races. Illegal aliens have no right to be in the United States nor should they be getting any type of government assistance. Klyetyknox, you must be an illegal alien who's getting welfare, WICK, etc. Did I hurt your feelings by speaking the truth?

    Both you and Fenty can go to hell. I don't like either of you assholes.

  57. #57

    It will take gentrification to get an upscale grocery store in this neighborhood. Well educated individuals with higher income tend to take care or show pride in their neighborhoods. I agree with others, I don't foresee an upscale grocery coming to this ghetto. Where there are a bunch of low life blacks and Hispanics, they play their music loud, throw trash on the streets, and act like uncivilized humans. I am glad lower class people are being pushed out of the District of Columbia. Why are they contributing to this city? The only thing they are contributing is poverty. I rather live in an apartment building paying $1,700.00. My building is nice quiet and my neighbors respect one another by acting like they have class. I don't have to worry about low life animals moving into my building and destroying it.

    Kyletyknox, many of your people living at 4th & Rhode Island Avenue, NE (Negroes) don't give a dam about this neighborhood. Many black men hang out on the corners selling drugs/pimping/unemployed and at like "animals". The Democrats have brained washed the coloreds for generation to vote Democratic. Many young black males are lazy and don't want to work. I will give the illegal alien Mexicans/Central Americans credit, they will work and have a strong work ethic. Take a ride around D.C. or in any city large or small on the East Coast, you will see thousands of black men in their late teens up to their sixties hanging out on the streets during any work day.

  58. #58

    WARD4DC I happen to be born and raised in dc not illegal and own 1 home in DC and one in NC I have operated a business in downtown DC for 26 yrs so YOU can never step on my anything lol or in my anything like i said bad sentence structure and spelling dont even equall stupid and by the my kids graduaed from college right here and it wasnt UDC so you can just stop that thought now.

  59. #59

    And as for Jesse Helms return to your clan if you dont like the NORTH.

  60. #60

    Kyletyknox, are you sure you didn't attend UDC dummy? You are an ignorant fool! The District of Columbia is located in the South, not the North. Did you study Geography in school? What did they teach you down in the Carolinas or in D.C. Public Schools? I am a 4th generation Washingtonian and I attended Mackin Catholic Senior High, Howard University, and Georgetown University. My sons attended Columbia University, Cornell University, and Howard University. All 3 are members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. My parents are college educated too and they are in their seventies.

    Since you have roots in North Carolina Kyleyknox, why don't you go join Jesse Helms in his grave down in Raleigh, North Carolina, because you are a bleeding heart liberal Socialist Democrat? Jesse was a segregationist, therefore you might not want to visit him in his grave. Have a good day fool and don't send any more responses to me.

  61. #61

    WARD4DC your a wannab howard SNOB so you and your EDUCATED family can KMBA do you understand that.

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    WARD4DC YOU jack--- Helms represented SOUTH CAROLINA know it all FU--

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    Kyletyknox, you are so dumb and you proved it by saying the late Jesse Helms was from South Carolina. Jesse Helms represented North Carolina and he was born in Monroe, North Carolina. Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. (October 18, 1921 – July 4, 2008) was a five-term Republican United States Senator from North Carolina who served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1995 to 2001.

    Kyletyknox, I am not a snob, but I do take pride in my neighborhood by being a productive and civic minded. I am a former 4A ANC Commissioner in Ward 4. I don't come outside my home and throw trash on the ground nor do I do it anywhere in our city. Because someone is poor, this doesn't mean they should live like a pig and don't care about their living environment. I have family members who prefer to live like pigs, sell drugs, and indulge in bad behavior, but I don't associate with them. I was taught by my parents to have respect, morals, and to take pride in my community by not trashing it. Good night dummy, I have to go to the gym and work off the stress from the office and dealing with uninformed fools like you.

  64. #64

    Kyletyknox, you might be thinking about your uncle James Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) was an American politician who served as the 103rd Governor of South Carolina and as a United States Senator.

    Strom Thurmond was a former Senator from the State of South Carolina and he father a daughter out of wedlock by a black woman. Please learn your history before coming at me.

  65. #65

    WARD4DC Hit a SNOB nerve I see booj

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    Corrrection: Strom Thurmond was a former Senator from the State of South Carolina and he fathered a daughter out of wedlock with a black woman. Please learn your history before coming at me Kyletyknox.

  67. #67

    I welcome professionals with higher incomes into our city regardless of race or sexual preference, but I don't want to see longtime hardworking senior citizens being taxed or pushed out of their homes or the District of Columbia.

  68. born and raised washintonian not you fake bumfuc egypt middle american unexposed assholes bland cockholes
    #68

    To miss ward4 and to all you other hateful racist ass bitches. I was in the army and served in OIF and OEF and it just reaffirms how I feel about humans and humanity. All of you people are hateful and spiteful, close-minded, and ignorant! That's why we can't evolve as the human race. I hope God or an asteroid comes down and destroys all of you people and wipes the face of the earth clean. It's never cut and dry, read between the lines, it's called sociology, the psychology of a group of people. We are made in America and we are the products/byproducts from the poor to the rich, to the good Samaritan to the serial killer. It's people like you who keep the world turning in a fucked up circle. It's called capitalism, which impoverishes people, along with racism and a fucked up school system for minorities that goes back hundreds of years ago. You are so ignorant, lame, stupid, deaf, dumb, and blind! I hope God punishes you and I hope you burn in hell with the likes of Hitler ,Napoleon, Caligula, James Earl Ray and all your other like-minded people! poor white people are more ignorant dirty and under exposed than poor blacks and if you take white people and put them in the same situation they would be just as bad if not worst throw some fast illegal money depression and despair and guns they would kill each other to look at prohibition in the 20's and 30's black peoples blood line has been here longer than 90% of white people most white people came hear through ellise island and were able to assimilate quicker because of there color but you cant tell me that racism is alive and prevalent would you give me as a black man a job and dont lie to me or yourself I guess you guys won and turned me as ignorant and hateful as you all I guess you could say Im a reversed racists a product of all the hate I received and now I cant stand you pig skin fuckers even though I got a white girl I know the truth and you fake weak,self serving selfish, lying, sneaky, caniving ,hateful white people dont impress or fool me nor does your way of life impress me damn near everything you do touch or create defy the law of nature destroy the earth and a slap to god in the face. For a race of people to steal the knowledge and secrets of the universe from africa and egypt and to take the knowledge of good and evil and use it for malicious purposes and to try to control the world like pinky and the brain and every other diabolical mastermind. If you take a people strip them of there family,history give them propaganda for them to self hate and not know there history get the world to hate them not give them a fair shot or education fill them with dispare and on all movies and media show pretty white people being the hero and blacks as ignorant what do you get europe only got out of the dark ages after they were conquered by the romans who got there knowledge from africa and egypt europe just got out of the dark ages like a 1000 years ago and africa had thriving cultures and there renosance 4 to 8000 years before that up until a hundred years ago in europe it was still doctrine to take 1 bath a year and they were all pagans and barbarians until the romans brought Christianity living filth and scwoller (the black plauge).

  69. born and raised washintonian not you fake bumfuc egypt middle american unexposed assholes bland cockholes
    #69

    white people go back to where you came I know this was your city at 1 point in time but you left it to us and you ran to the suburbs go back I hate you bland ass think your gods gift to the world walking you dog cracker and you guys make the worst nieghbors no sense in community your trying to take are sense of community and make it your own go back to the burbs we dont want you here thats right you dont like dc its ghetto than leave your making dc so white and lame I hate all these out of town police and people moving here go back we dont want you I hate the fact that your taking over you guys suck big black balls I hate you go back to where the fuck you came middle america or virginia or where ever just go and you can go to ward$ im sorry Im acting racsist but you all made me like this sorry product or by product of the nations capital whatever you wanna call me I am the product of america to be more specific Washington,DC and I dont speak for all people of color just me and I have a white girl and I still dont like yall how ignorant is that

  70. #70

    Damn!!!! That's a lot! Well I'm white and educated, I do have to agree that WE ALL ARE RACIST! Each and every one of us live with some sort of prejudice/racism! I just wish we could all get along, but it looks like some of us will always stay the same....

  71. #71

    God bless each and every one of us! We sure do need it.... Badly!

  72. #72

    Punctuation. Heard of it? Try using it.

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