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What follows are e-mails I've received from two readers in the past 24 hours. I'm posting them so that perhaps the Powers that Be might see them and also to give other readers a chance to weigh in.
First, a noise complaint (one that isn't restricted just to the south of the freeway, since I've heard it too):
* "Can you tell me about the parties going on under 395 near Garfield Park this summer? I used to live on the other side of the park, and I remember the 'Friends of Garfield Park' were very strict/vigilant about use and maintenance of the park. This summer, on the Fourth of July and today, there have been big parties with LOUD music that go on for hours. Then, typically, the park is trashed the next day. Is this a new trend that we've got to live with? I'm sitting here in my apartment on the 4th floor of CHT with the windows closed, and it's just too loud to relax. I've placed a call to 311, but to whom else can I complain?" [Note from JD: I'd get in touch with Tommy Wells's office.]
As for this next one, I post this as a cat owner who has, if you'll pardon the pun, absolutely no dog in this fight. So you all duke it out without me:
* "I am a dog owner and have found it more and more difficult to find place for my dog to use the bathroom. The reason behind this you may ask? Is there is a ton of ton of dog poop all over the place now. And it is getting progressively worse. I take the time to clean up after my pet making sure there is now traces of her reliving herself. I recycle my grocery bags ans invest in the special doggie poop bags. The reason I do this is that my mother would smack me for not doing it, it's polite and the right thing to do (nothing worse then stepping in dog poop!) It's made the neighborhood look and smell dirty. It attracts RATS! And DC police can write you a ticket it for it also. My old building put out this huge packet about cleaning up after your pet. [I]n all seriousness it takes 2 second to clean up after your pet. It is one of responsiblties of owning a pet, as is feeding them."
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OnyxAptGuy says: (9/6/09 10:30 AM)
I just moved next to the stadium from Reston, VA. We had the same problem, but only targeted police presence and doggy poop bag stations seemed to work. All it takes is some pre-thought before you head out the door with the pooch. I just hope the owner puts any thought into the care of their dog.


Ed says: (9/8/09 8:33 AM)
I'm also curious as to what that party under the overpass is. I walked by it saturday night around 6 and there must have been 300-400 people out there listening to music and skateboarding. I've never noticed anything going on down there before. what is it?


JM says: (9/8/09 12:37 PM)
There is some type of "skate park" down there if you want to call it that. I've noticed some concrete ramps, etc. down there and some teenage hoodlums hanging out down there.


Sophia says: (9/8/09 1:24 PM)
The teenagers who frequent the skate park don't seem to have much to do with the big parties. In the kids' defense, the older ones actually clean up and paint over the graffiti under the overpass. I'm more comfortable walking under the overpass when they're there than when they aren't.

I have heard that the 4th of July party was hosted by former residents of Cappers / Carrollsburg. This could have just been another [massive] holiday weekend celebration.

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