Archive for Mayor Fenty

Fenty’s Summer Youth Gone Astray

Posted in D.C. Government, Park View with tags , on August 6, 2009 by Kent

Summer Youth program damageMayor Fenty’s Summer Youth Jobs Program strikes again. Yesterday, at the corner of Park Place and Princeton Place, NW, for no apparent reason, youth in the program cut down a crepe myrtle that was healthy and thriving in the area next to the road. That youth in the mayor’s job program are responsible is based on eye witness accounts.

This was one of two crepe myrtles that had been in this location. The other one had been snapped off at the base sometime last week, perhaps also by the same individuals.

Had the youth mistaken them for wild brush needing to be cleared, it would have been reasonable to presume that the severed branches would have been removed. As it is, its nothing short of vandalism.Summer Youth program damage

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Asphalt Alley Paving Narrowly Averted

Posted in City Services, D.C. Government, Park View with tags , , , on July 23, 2009 by Kent

No ParkingYesterday I mistakenly thought the No Parking signs posted in the alley of the 600 block of Quebec Place/Rock Creek Church Rd was for the heavy up Pepco is preparing for around the corner.

In fact, it was DDOT’s intention to pave the alley in asphalt. Fortunately, several of the neighbors were home and quickly put a stop to it. It isn’t that the neighbors don’t want the alley repaired, but it is an old brick alley and was supposed to be restored as a brick alley.

Last year the 700 block of Quebec Place/Princeton Place was restored as a brick alley. This year, the city is using the excuse that there isn’t enough money to stick to the original plan.

As it stands now, no work will be done to fix the alley in the immediate future. Mayor Fenty clarified this morning that brick alleys would be repaved with brick, and non-brick alleys would be repaved in non-brick materials (asphalt).
alley needing repair

Mayor Fenty Visits Park View … Again

Posted in Park View with tags , on June 25, 2009 by Kent

Following up on his visit of  April 23, 2009, Mayor Fenty visited the Park View neighborhood again yesterday to review progress at the Park View Recreation Center and the alleys between the blocks of Rock Creek Church Road to the north and Princeton to the South.
Mayor Fenty visits Park View 6/24/2009

As with before, many of the heavy hitters were with Fenty, including Gabe Klein, Ximena Hartsock, Linda Argo, Chief  Lanier, Jim Graham, and others who  I know I’m overlooking. In general, things have improved over the months since Fenty’s last visit. The alleys are much cleaner, though rat abatement still needs to continue. The two biggest areas of note are:

  1. Park View Rec Center PoolThe Park and Recs Center: it was commented that this was the first time in years anyone had seen the pool in use. Also, the playing field at the back of the property is on the schedule for being redone. Park View Rec Center playing fieldFenty indicated that it was originally planned to resod the property for about $800,000, but the City has learned from other fields it’s redone that sod does not hold up in a multiple use area. Grass, at a cost closer to $1 million, tends to hold up better. Fenty would like grass used on this field.
  2. The alleys of the 600 blocks between Rock Creek Church and Princeton were added to this walk through (absent in the first). The Mayor noticed they were in horrible condition and stated that they needed to be on the list of alleys repaired this summer.

Though not the focus of the Mayor’s visit, MPDs hard work in the area and their recent arrest of an individual responsible for the shooting that happened Monday night were noted and praised.
Mayor Fenty and Jim Graham 6/24/2009