Author Archive for Alex Baca

A Song for Michael A. Brown

Tough loss, buddy.

Cocktail-Napkin Sketch: Black Squirrel

From about 20 minutes ago.

What the Examiner Should Have Written About Capital Bikeshare

Things Examiner reporter Liz Essley could’ve written about in today’s Examiner, based on the statistic that there are more driver-biker crashes given the rising number of cyclists in D.C.:

Why more cyclists on the road mean more crashes, but also mean roads are safer
Whether better education is needed for drivers and cyclists
If there's a critical [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Your Mom Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Slow Your Roll: In response to Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy's latest inflammatory column—which suggests that speed and red-light cameras impede drivers from indulging in fast rides—a member of the East of the River email list writes, "The abuse [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: In the Garage Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Generation Gap: "The other day a 29 year-old resident of our neighborhood was beaten so savagely that he has lost the power to speak," reports a member of the New Hill East email list. "Some citizens attended a meeting [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Very Hungry Caterpillars Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Parsing Caterpillars: In a thread titled "Parsley caterpillars," a member of the Brookland Kids email list asks, We recently got back from vacation and today I went to clip some parsely. There is barely any leaves left and [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Ornamental Tree Pruning Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Of Cats and Men: On the LeDroit Park email list, a member writes, "Does your cat fly into murderous rages when mice are present? Is it sweetie-pie safe around small children, but a mighty killer of mice?" She continues, [...]

Uniontown Bar & Grill Shut Down After Not Paying Rent

Total, but not surprising, bummer: Uniontown Bar & Grill, the only place in Anacostia to get a cocktail and a burger and dance to a DJ's playlist and watch a football game, has closed. Reports the Washington Post's Mike DeBonis:
In April, the company owning the restaurant was sued in D.C. Superior Court for more than $18,000 in [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Dog Urine Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
How Bizarre II: "This scam drug addicts have been using at least 20 years to strong arm people into giving them money," writes an MPD 4D member, in request to a query about a stranger knocking on another member's [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Very Upset Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
In Georgetown, Camera Finds You: "Help solve a mystery," reads the title of a post on the Georgetown Forum email list. In the message, a member explains, "I was walking home from CVS when attached to a telephone pole [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Bizarre Occurence Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Rerouting: "I thought this had dissipated with the the new double lines, but last week at dusk a car entered under the bridge on Aspen heading toward Blair Road and pulled into the left hand lane. We [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Lackluster Vegetables Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Shabby Tomatoes: Of the neighborhood's farmers market, a member of the Adams Morgan email list writes, "I'm an avid fan of the area's farmer's markets, and I live literally down the street from the one in Adams Morgan, but [...]

Are U Street NW Restaurants “Swagger-Jacking?” Maybe, but Our Conversation Needs to Go Deeper

Are establishments like The Brixton and Busboys & Poets guilty of "swagger-jacking?" That's what Stephen A. Crockett Jr. accuses them of today on The Root D.C.—and along the way connects their allegedly pilfered vibes to broader changes in the District:
It’s an inappropriate tradition of sorts that has rent increasing, black folks moving further out — sometimes [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Tomato Aficianado Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Stop Traffic: On the Tenleytown email list, a member reports, "I was driving this evening at around 8pm on 43rd Place near the intersection with River Road when I noticed a woman taking a photo of my [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Post It to YouTube Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Poop Panopticon: Dogpiles continue to plague members of the Tenleytown email list. Writes one, "We are having a major problem with people not picking up after their dogs in the alley behind our house. I just came home and [...]

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