Don Bauder 7:39 a.m., May 22
I am sure you can recall the many blogs & tirades about the 'homeless haven' directly across the street from me. Tonight (Saturday) marks the third straight night of quiet emptiness. There is not a single tent or backpack, or makeshift shelter. I did not write about this right away as I figured it was just an anomaly that first night. But, the west side of 9th between E & F, has been devoid of 'campers'. The really surprising thing is that I have not received any communication from 'the usual suspects'. No one is claiming success in moving the homeless from that residential location. I am also aware that I was not the only complainant.
So, THANK YOU, to those responsible for this change. I still find it quite interesting that no one has claimed credit. Have you ever known a politician to eschew an opportunity to take credit for a job well done (even if it means sharing the spotlight with others)? Three straight nights with no arguing, no fighting over space, nobody staring at me when I go out on the patio. It is fantastic. Step up, take a bow, you have some fans over here on 9th.
This is from the Washington Post: " Catholic Church gives D.C. ultimatum The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homeless... "
I think it is reprehensible, a church threatening to cease social programs because of a proposed new law condoning same sex marriage. If they are so adamant about this particular provision, then they can cease to serve that small subset of persons.
The ongoing construction in the apartment complex where I live, has slowed considerably. We (all residents) have lived in this construction zone for a year now and it does not look like it will be completed before the end of the year. Those who had been used to seeing the loverly purple building, may be surprised to see that it is now an unusual shade of what I refer to as puke green!! The color scheme and painting of 'blocks' in black, dark green, gray & puke green gives the building a new modernized look.