Author Archive for Laura Bolt

Neighborhood News Roundup: Fast, Dirty, and Out of Control Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.

Take a Sip: Shepherd Park residents had a chance to cool off from the heat with a good old-fashioned lemonade stand, advertised on the community’s email list Monday morning. Impressively (and enigmatically), the lemonade was to have been [...]

Today in D.C. History: Anthony Williams Forced to Run Write-In Campaign

Mayor Anthony Williams’ campaign for re-election hit a major snag when the validity of signatures on his petition to get on the ballot was called into question. On July 15, 2002, Dorothy Brizill, Gary Imhoff, Mark Sibley, and Shaun Snyder filed a joint challenge to Williams’ petition, claiming that 9,250 of 10,102 signatures were “defective,” [...]

Today in D.C. History: Nativist Know-Nothings Riot at D.C. Polling Places

On June 1, 1857, members of the American nativist Know-Nothing Party carried out one of the District’s more unusual election day tactics, placing a cannon outside a polling station at the Northern Liberties Market, where the City Vista condos at 5th and K streets NW stand today.
The Know-Nothing Party was fiercely anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant, established [...]