Sunday, September 10, 2006

ECCA Meeting Monday 9/11; Town Meeting on Crime 9/14

The East Central Civic Association (ECCA) will meet on Monday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Third Baptist Church (5th and Q). The area covered by the ECCA is roughly bounded by New Jersey Ave., Rhode Island Ave., 7th, and N. Meeting are normally on the first Monday of every month, but this one was delayed a week due to the Labor Day holiday.

The follow-up Town Meeting on Crime organized by Councilmember Jack Evans will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:00 at the United House of Prayer for All People (6th and M). Chief Ramsey is supposed to be there as well as representatives from city agencies, including DCRA. This meeting was intended to gauge if there have been positive results since the first meeting held in June.

4 Comments:

At 9/11/2006 7:39 PM, Blogger dcfyi said...

Well, I went to the ANC meeting tonight at 5 and Q and I must say, what a waist of time. A small group monopolized the meeting in an effort to talk about how “new comers” to Shaw are trying to push the black residents out -not true.

My favorite comment of the night came when one person stood up and said that “the kids don't have a place to go because of gentrification” -ridiculous! If the kids don't have a place to go it's because the ANC reps are not doing their job!

By the way, asking the kids to keep the music down after 1100 pm is not an attempt to change the culture of the neighborhood or the kids that live in it. Last I checked, playing music and throwing fireworks into the streets well past midnight is just rude in any culture.

Shaw is a great place to live, and the unintelligible ramblings of the narrow minded few won’t change that.

 
At 9/11/2006 8:37 PM, Blogger richard said...

the real property taxes are pushing the old folks out. y'all can thank the city council, they raise the taxes.

 
At 9/12/2006 9:59 AM, Blogger Mari said...

The old folks need to figure out the old folk's real estate tax or other tax credits. People need to learn to use the programs set up for them instead of throwing their hands to heaven and crying woe is me. Retirees need to learn about what various local, federal, and non-profit programs exist to assist them in various parts of their life.

 
At 9/12/2006 12:31 PM, Anonymous Scotttac said...

dcfyi it was a Civic Association meeting not an ANC meeting. I went as well and it was a slightly more caustic atmosphere than usual. I think change in general scares and angers people and people really don't like it when people different from themselves bring the change.

When I arrived someone was telling the police about the fireworks and loud music I think this is what set the small group off, because to put it in context 4 months ago we were discussing what to do about drive bys at the same corner (and believe it or not, not everyone thought that was a problem) so I think for people to hear that firecrackers and music needed to be reported to the police put them on the offensive.

ECCA meetings are a trip, and I kind liken them to going to the gym. Do I really want to go each month? Not really. Do I see progress every time I go? Nope. But in the long run engaging is the only thing that makes a difference if you really want to improve the neighborhood you have to become involved. Even if it sucks and kills your Monday night.

 

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