Author Archive for Sudip Bhattacharya

Income Segregation Up in D.C.

The Pew Research Center released a report yesterday on income segregation in 2010, and the news isn't good—neither nationally nor in D.C.
Pew used a set of criteria called the Residential Income Segregation Index (RISI) to determine how separately the rich and poor live in a metro area, on a scale of 0-200—200 being the [...]

Video Visits Not So Popular With D.C. Jail Visitors

When Mayor Vince Gray cut the ribbon on the D.C. Jail's new Video Visitation Center last week, he said the new building would be more convenient for visitors. But when the center actually opened on Wednesday, visitors weren't convinced.
René Saunders, 41, couldn't even "visit" her fiance because his cellblock mates were protesting the new policy [...]

Longtime Post Columnist William Raspberry Dies at 76

39-year Washington Post opinion columnist William Raspberry died today in Washington. Raspberry, who was one of the first black columnists writing for a mainstream newspaper, was 76.
Raspberry came to prominence covering the 1965 Los Angeles Watts riot for the Post. A year later, he started his column, which he used  as a voice for the [...]

Congress Heights Residents React to Shooting of Children

After two children and a counselor were shot Monday in the Village of the Parklands in Congress Heights, City Desk headed down to the neighborhood to see how residents were reacting to the shooting.
“It’s terrible that people are going around with guns and don’t consider that children are around,” said Sandy Hairston, 19. “Police are just [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: A Good Brushing Edition

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

Call the Right Number: On the Columbia Heights email list, a member writes this request to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham: "Since you are on the Metro Board can you get Metro to clean the area around the South entrance [...]

Fojol Bros., Vincent Orange: Choosing D.C.’s Next Statue

Frederick Douglass was born a slave but died as one of the world’s greatest fighters for social justice. And if a bill working its way through the Senate passes, he will soon represent D.C. in Congress's Statuary Hall. Next up would be a statue of Pierre L'Enfant, but he's already got an entire city for [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: Mixed-Use Like Crazy Edition

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

What’s That Over There?: JDLand reports, "Back in March I wrote that something was afoot on the block just north of Nationals Park where Nats Parking Lot F resides, and new confirmation of that is a filing with the Zoning Commission for [...]

Marion Barry’s Apology Goes Slightly Awry

Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry held his second meeting with members of the Asian-American community today in a Baptist church off Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, where he was expected to apologize for his previous remarks disparaging Filipino nurses and Asian owned businesses.
Unfortunately, we can't tell you firsthand whether he actually did, since he [...]

Neighborhood News Roundup: The Clean Team Has Politicized Street Cleaning Edition

A regular summary of irregular news and notes from neighborhood blogs and email lists around the District.
Graham on the Streets: For a member of the Adams Morgan email list, the reinstatement of Councilmember Jim Graham's beloved Clean Teams is too politicized. “Have you ever spoken to a Clean Team member on the street? I have [...]

Why MPD Changed Its Rules on Turbans

Last week, we noted that Sikh-Americans can now become Metropolitan Police Department officers without having to take off their turbans.
It’s a big win for the Sikh advocacy group that helped get the new policy off the ground—even though there’s currently only one Sikh-American MPD trainee, and no active Sikh officers—because it makes D.C. the first [...]

Trent Franks on Abortion Bill: “D.C. Is Not the Issue”

We caught Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) after his subcommittee’s hearing yesterday on a bill he sponsored that would ban abortion in D.C. after 20 weeks.
“District of Columbia is not the issue here,” he told us, stepping into an elevator. “It’s the pain of the child, and when people make the District of Columbia the issue [...]

Religious Freedom On The Way For Sikh Officers

Real Sikh-Americans (by "real" we mean: "not employees of fake and indeterminate Asian and East African heritage who've been hired by Fojol Bros.") will be able to wear their turbans and maintain religious customs as police officers in the District, reports the AP.
Despite what a certain food truck would have you think, someone who is from [...]