Saturday, December 5, 2015

Still Think We've Got A Pretty Good Deal Here...Really

Penn Branch may be a little behind the times and short on modern amenities, but we got cars. We can drive, wherever we like.

A major coffee retailer, with a name that sounds something like 'War-bucks', will NOT be coming to Penn Branch or anywhere else in Southeast Washington, D.C. in the Fall of 2011, ..and if you read differently here, and this is a little bit of a letdown for you, I hope you aren't taking the truth too hard. Bummer, huh?

It was all a big April Fool's gag, courtesy of yours truly.

It might be a bitter pill to swallow, but, eventually, we're going to have to swallow it, my friends. The market research for this area (for reasons I won't get into here) is so terrible and nearly impossible to compile, that we are commercially invisible. Besides groceries, gasoline, liquor and a few other things, no retailer can determine, with any measure of certainty, what we are or aren't buying in Southeast or anywhere else, and, without the assurance of nice, cushiony subsidies, aren't willing to take a chance doing business, here. That's our cold, steely reality.

If you think I'm overstating things or being pessimistic, find out what happened to Ben's of Penn Branch. Sometimes, I say 'Ben's of Penn Branch' out loud ..just to amuse myself.

In spite of a few undeniable cultural and eerie aesthetic similarities between our neighborhoods, Penn Branch will never be Chevy Chase, and Fairfax Village will never be Cleveland Park. Skyland will never be Tenleytown, and Anacostia will never be Georgetown or Adams-Morgan. Accept that and see your uniquely appointed neighborhoods, without all the attractive amenities we go elsewhere to enjoy, for what they are - great, if slightly boring, bedroom communities. There are a few I can think of, right here in Middle River East, that are GREAT places to raise your kids, keep a nice lawn, retire and praise the Lord for the rest of your days.

River East may not be what we sometimes dream it could or should be.

God knows I tire of driving all the way to Capitol Hill or Northwest Washington, every time I want to go to a decent restaurant, coffeehouse or see a movie, and I can honestly say that not having those things closer to home keeps me home, more than I like ..or even think is healthy. I'm not twenty-something years old anymore, and I don't feel like somersaulting into my car and driving all over Creation, as much as I used to, and that leaves me out of the loop. It means the New D.C. we keep hearing about - No'Ma, U Street, H Street, Adams-Morgan and rapidly expanding, established areas, mostly in Northwest - is a party you and I aren't invited to, ..but, I still think we've still got a pretty good deal, here. Really, we do.

Really. Seriously...

So, Washington's commercial development revolution continues, ..somewhere else. Somewhere you and I ..aren't? See you at Starbucks ..in Northwest, Forestville, Alexandria and anywhere, but, right here in great, ole Penn Branch.

As you were, Capicostia. Back to your regular programming ..and lousy, instant coffee. Nothing new to see, here.

Go home, now.

Mel Dyer

Thursday, November 26, 2015

In Sincerest Gratitude...

 
For all of you, who're working so hard to make this holiday something special - in your kitchens, stuck in holiday traffic or sweating it out in the diners and big-box stores - for everything you're putting up with, out there, while the rest of us stuff our faces with turkey and Soul-style macaroni and cheese, thank you...God bless you...

And Happy Thanksgiving.

Mel of Seven Bee

Thursday, November 12, 2015

You Answered The Call, And We Are Grateful And Proud

 
The Marine Corps War Memorial from CNBC.com
 
Wishing all of you, who have answered the call to defend our great nation, here in Seven Bee and everywhere...a dignified and respectful Veteran's Day celebration.
 
Mel Dyer
 


Friday, October 30, 2015

D.C. Urban Legends: The Big Bird Witch Of Penn Branch

 
Yes! Penn Branch has an urban legend. That of the Big Bird Witch or Hawk-woman, who haunts our wild, emerald hills...

If you're over 35 and grew up in the Southeast D.C. neighborhood, Penn Branch, in the mid-1960s, ..you've probably seen or heard of this creature, at one time in your life. You probably thought you were imagining things ..or that it was just crazy-talk. You may have even heard that it had a woman's head and white, bulging eyes, ..or that it was a witch. While I don't believe that part, I've seen the creature that might have inspired this urban legend, with my own disbelieving eyes, ..perched menacingly on a rooftop, at Carpenter Street and Highwood Drive!

...One neighbor recently told me that this thing, ..which she described as a witch in black feathers, with a chalk-white face and large, staring eyes, ..glided over a backyard family gathering, back in the mid-70s, and scared the hell out of their guests! An electrician, who no longer lives in Penn Branch, but grew up in the neighborhood, recalls walking up to Highwood Drive's highest point - and not far from where I saw that turkey vulture, a few years ago - when Big Bird, as his friends called it, swooped down, low enough to send his teenaged friends running for cover, ..before soaring back into the afternoon sky...

Hawks fly over Penn Branch, all the time, now - winter, spring or fall...doesn't matter - and, while a majestic thing to behold, I have not seen one that I would mistake for a monster. Comparatively speaking, this bird has to be a little bit larger, than a hawk, and the turkey vulture that I saw, firsthand, on Highwood Drive, and have recently heard about from neighbors, more closely fits the description of our quasi-mythical beast...

And the rest is legend.

I'm really, really sorry that I'll probably never see this bird...the poor animal's got to be long dead, by now. If you've ever seen the Big Bird Witch or Hawk-woman ..or know someone, who has,.. please, please, puh-leez share your stories with us, right here on the blog. We'd love to hear from you.

Anyway, i-iiittt's real...sort of. It's also quite sociable, apparently. Have a look at this Post article from 2014.

[Excerpt from 'Urban Legends: The Hawkwoman Of The Penn Branch Hills']

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Capicostia Heat: The Drive-by, Part Two

Part Two of 'The Drive-by', the second episode in our CAPICOSTIA HEAT video series, takes you back to the streets of Washington, D.C.'s historic Naylor Dupont district ..for an up-close look at the dark, urban labyrinth, between Anacostia and Capitol Hill! This brief tour of Seven Bee, shot in 2012, covers Good Hope Marketplace, Anacostia Park, the Randle Highlands, Fairlawn and rare footage of the now-demolished Skyland shopping center.

What happens, ..when the gritty struggle for survival in this no-man's land reaches its breaking point? Capicostia Heat is back!

 
 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Capicostia Heat: The Drive-by, Part One

CAPICOSTIA HEAT is a video series that will take you straight to the streets of Washington, D.C.'s historic Naylor Dupont district, to talk to the people, who live here. I've just finished editing 'Part One' of a brief video tour of Seven Bee, shot way back in 2012. Covering Dupont Park, Fort Davis, Fairfax Village, Hillcrest, Naylor Gardens and Fairlawn, it is one of the most comprehensive looks at our River East neighborhoods that you will find, ..and here it is.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Spare The Sharks And The Crocodiles...Spoil The Child!

 

I just saw, for the second time, the most facinating and INSPIRATIONAL film on LINK TV, ..and it is ALAMAR, by Mexican filmmaker, Pedro González-Rubio!

In the film, we a fisherman raising his son, on and beside the ocean. We see a father, who involves his child in the immediately relevant work and economy of their family, ..giving his son a TRUE sense of self-esteem, ..in ways an endless string of meaningless, irrelevant, organized activities (Ancient Tibetan basket-weaving, hip-hop yoga, Israelli bagel-painting, etc) NEVER could.  We see a father, who plays in the natural world with his son ..and a child, who never stops being excited about learning. We see a child, who knows his place..and, trusting that it is a cherished, loving and protected place, has no need to constantly and wastefully question and challenge authority, ..growing up without the subsequent uncertainty, insecurity and life-crippling anxiety that so many of our American kids are experiencing (with the highest suicide rates and violent behavior, than ever before).

Suicide, according to Centers for Disease Control, is the THIRD leading cause of death, among young Americans, ages ten to twenty-four years old. That is crazy ..and it is unconscionable.

With all the freedom, leisure and privilege we see so many American parents giving their children - encouragement to think of them as a best friend (as much as parent), permission to call them by first name, to question their every decision, to challenge the authority of teachers and school administrators, unsupervised time at the mall with friends, enrollment in a string of fun, organized activities, expensive clothes and toys...

Why, why WHY are our children SO unhappy?!

In Alamar, we see a devoted father, who, through work and play, gives his son's life order and the value of commitment, ..and a child, who is genuinely HAPPY with his simple, meaningful life. He gives his son's life something sorely missing in the lives of today's young Americans, ..and that's simplicity. It is a simple, beautiful life, as surrounded by water, as by LOVE.

And good, hard work. Not activity. Work.

Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's ALAMAR is a great film for fathers and uncles to see, as much as for mothers to understand what makes willful, curious boys into good, strong men. Blending real-life people and places with improvised situations, it is a docudrama and can't be called a blueprint for raising perfect children, ..but, it might point us to something we seem to have lost, here in the West (particularly, in America).  Alamar is a movie that might show us how we can make more relevant, life-long contributions to our children's lives that I believe will benefit our societies.

See Alamar, here... http://www.fandor.com/films/alamar

Mel Dyer

[Originally posted in 2014]

Friday, October 9, 2015

Optimism Keeps Us Flying!

 
Seven Bee's Laughing Airman, ..my Uncle Stanley!
 
In his life, he was a warrior - a veteran of the Viet Nam War - a scholar and an artist, and he was always there for the people he cared about, when they needed them.  In the 1970s and 80s, he worked, side by side, with a Penn Brancher of long-standing - the late Mrs. Barbara Jean Harvey - in D.C.'s Department of Mental Health, bringing economically challenged citizens closer to the psychiatric care and social services that they so desperately needed to live. After living half of his life in Northwest Washington, he eventually settled into a small house in Marshall Heights and frequently visited us - me, his nephew, his niece, his sister (my mother) and our Coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby [RIP] - and we will always remember how much laughter and wisdom he brought us, ..right here in the Naylor Duponts.
 
I think this photo captures the enduring pluck and ambition of the generation that settled in ANC-7B, back in the 60s! They gave us so much - family values, self esteem, safe, clean streets and the optimism to keep all of that going. We live in a more hopeful, optimistic and proud place, because of them.
 
Their optimism - Sevenbeeism - keeps us flying!
 
Where would our community be, today, without them?
 
[Second Edition]

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Who Do We Think We Are?

Just another day in that fabled, urban war-zone...Anacostia? So scary. Stay away.
 
Who do we think we are?

There are perfectly sensible people living along Pennsylvania Avenue, between the Sousa Bridge and the Southern Avenue D.C. State Line - in Naylor Dupont, ANC-7B - who think that they live in as colorful a scattering of socially and politically diverse neighborhoods, as to be found, anywhere else in Washington. They think they live in neighborhoods, called Greenway, Penn Branch, Fairfax Village, Hillcrest and Skyland, ..in spite of the fact that so many Washingtonians, west of the Anacostia River, persist in dismissively referring to these neighborhoods, as ..'Anacostia'.

There are people living on exlusive Westover Drive, secluded in the emerald majesty of historic Fort Davis Park, where Ohio Representative, Dennis Kusinich, presently resides, who are so removed from the fabled, urban grit of Southeast Washington...they might think they're in Northwest Washington. There's no evidence that they do, but, you would understand, if you were lucky enough to wake up, where they do, ..and they've been there, perennially ignored by the Nation's Capitol, for nearly fifty years.

I am not making this up.

I remember how frustrated and angered my neighbors were by the trashing of this area's only movie theatre, the Hyland (the shell of which presently houses a daycare facility), by Southeast residents. In the 1970s, the Hyland was one of the nicer places, East-of-river - one of the places that reminded Afro-American working AND middleclass residents that they lived in a good neighborhood - that their hardwork had paid off and that the indignities of Jim Crow had not been endured in vain.

Unfortunately, there were those among the Hyland's patrons, who did not feel this way about it - who, I think, saw the Hyland Theatre, its neighboring drugstore and some of our nicer restaurants as gilded toys of an ambitious black middleclass that had abandoned them to crime, poverty and ghettos. The Hyland was not just an auditorium, but, a true movie palace, in the historical sense of that word, and these resentful people did unspeakable things in and to it, ..but, even that did not diminish the aspirations it represented.

For as long as I've lived on what D.C.'s Afro-American middleclass calls 'the Silver Coast', I have understood those aspirations to be something deeply rooted in the cultural identity of our River East neighborhoods. Many long-standing residents of these neighborhoods do not see their communities as stopping at the Anacostia River, but, as being part of the national, international and global experience that is Washington, D.C.  There's something about the way people think in Naylor Dupont - about looking out over the Nation's Capitol from these wild, majestic, opossum-infested hills - that is inherently optimistic, audacious and without boundary, ..and I consider myself truly priveleged to have grown up in the midst of it.

Who do we think we are?

It took a remarkable young lady in Congress Heights, Ms. Nikki Peele - whose tireless efforts to revitalize economic development in River East have inspired a generation - and an equally remarkable gentleman, Mr. Baxter Gee - a retired Marine, who devotes his life to mentoring youth in economically challenged River East and Hill area neighborhoods - to remind me of the hard work and tremendous sacrifices it has taken to make us who we are. We are a socio-politically diverse array of strong, defiantly proud and enduring communities, whose stories have yet to be told or appreciated. There is something special happening, over here...

And it isn't Anacostia.

[Fourth edition. This is largely excerpt from an earlier blog post, entitled 'Capicostia Is Real'.]

Monday, September 28, 2015

Corporate Website Confirms 7-Eleven Opening NEW Store In Penn Branch!


[Third Edition]

This is a NAYLOR DUPONT EXCLUSIVE...

A corporate website, listing local stores, presently available for franchise, solidly confirm that SEVEN ELEVEN will be opening a new store, between Penn Branch Center’s old, broken down escalators and the H&R Block, in a space that will soon be vacated, by Beltway Beauty and Barber Supply - that's just four doors down from the CVS Pharmacy.

Several Penn Branch Center merchants have confirmed the same.

The new store will be a corporate store, meaning that it is owned by the 7-Eleven corporation - not a family or individual - and is listed as "UC" (under construction), at, "3218 Pennsylvania Ave SE...Washington DC...20020". Everyone in Penn Branch is talking about this, but, no one is reporting it. No one. Furthermore, there's nothing posted at the address, in the window of 3218 Pennsylvania Avenue, announcing the new tenant. Not sure why that is, ..but, this isn't a rumor, anymore. This - hot coffee, better donuts than Dunkin's, Jamaican-styled meat pies, subpar pizza and BBQ chicken wings - really is happening.

Furthermore, the opening of a 7-Eleven almost guarantees that PBC will NOT be getting a Seattle's Best, Starbucks, Cosi, Peet's or any other proper coffeeshop, in the immediately forseeable future.

Have a look at the listing for Store #37300, right here on
7-Eleven corporation's list of stores, available for franchise, ..and see for yourself.

Mel Dyer

Friday, September 25, 2015

Penn Branch Square Could Keep Condos Out Of Neighborhood

Union Square at 941 North Capitol Street, NE, currently hosts the Office of Tax and Revenue Customer Service Center (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Since the early 1960s, the once bright and modern shops of Penn Branch Center - bank, drugstore, barber shop, liquor store - have sat at the corner of Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues, in the Capitol Hill area of Southeast Washington, DC. My once very strong desire to see them renovated into a small 'town center', with condos, has ..evolved. There was a time, when I could imagine a new shopping complex resembling newly renovated Fox Chase in Alexandria, Virginia, ..and I still can, truthfully.

Though, I am not sure that would best serve Penn Branch and surrounding areas.

I simply do not think that, with new developments on the horizon, like Capital Gateway (also in Ward Seven), promising to fatten the city's coffers with more annual revenue than Penn Branch can presently generate, that having a stable taxbase of modestly well-off retirees and hard-working, middleclass families will be enough to keep local politicians interested in our concerns.  What's needed at the corner of Pennsylvania and Branch Avenues is a large, important government building and public square, with a few new retail stars added to the list of retail, presently there -Star Pizza, Wells Fargo Bank, CVS Pharmacy and Subway Sandwich Shop.

Imagine the new corner of Penn and Branch looking very much like this.

We need something big and important enough to keep our neighborhoods on the radar with the D.C. City Council and Mayor's Office ..and compettitive with upcoming and evolving developments, east-of-river - Capital Gateway, Southeast Gateway, Uniontown-Anacostia, Minnesota-Benning and nearby Skyland Town Center.  Putting a huge government office complex there -not too high or tall, either- will justify a strong police presence (at least, in Penn Branch) and a consistently reliable public works commitment (power, utilities, etc), ..without the addition of glamorous, upscale shops and [gag...choke] ..condominiums. Furthermore, a large office complex or business center would fall perfectly into compliance with Naylor Dupont Advisory Neighborhood Commission's Small Area Plan of 2008, which asserts that 'any and all...roof structures' should be no higher, than '50 feet' - essentially, that's a five-story building, perfectly suitable for a large office space. Since there really is no other place in that area to put condos, this could slow down unnecessary expansion of Penn Branch and the erosion of this neighborhood's quiet, small town culture, ..which I love.

Penn Branch doesn't need to be gentrified with an increased population of new, affluent people to stay civically and economically viable with the folks, Downtown.  Not sure we need anything down there that area outsiders will be coming far and wide to get to, after five o'clock p.m, either.  We don't even need a 'business improvement district' plan.

An Ethiopian coffeebar that makes irresistible paninis could work, though.
 
Think about it and get back to me.

Mel Dyer

[Second Edition]

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Is Skyland Ready To Be Naylor Dupont's Commercial Center, Again?

All of the speculation about Skyland Town Centre is very exciting. For those of us, who remember when Skyland gave us a movie theatre, a Sears & Roebuck department store, a Safeway AND a Giant, a drugstore, a gentlemen's club, Discount Mart, Gussini Shoes, Blockbuster, law offices,diner...[Sigh] it's especially exciting, because we remember when Skyland was our commercial center! Trust me, ..the excitement and the optimism is justified.

Should this new Skyland be Seven Bee's town center again, and is that neighborhood, ready? Can it be? Here are some selections from our latest poll...

1) The new Skyland should be 7B's town center, and the neighborhood is ready.
 
2) The new Skyland should be 7B's town center, but, the neighborhood is NOT ready.
 
3) The new Skyland should NOT be 7B's town center, and the neighborhood is NOT ready!
 
4) We sheeple of 7B don't need a 'town center' and should continue to dump our consumer revenue into other districts, giving them more influence, Downtown.
 
Hope it makes you think. Hope you'll participate. You'll find it on the right, just under our 'Statehood Fun' poll - have a look!

The Spirit Is Still Pure Capicostia

 
The new name of the blog may be Naylor Dupont, but, the spirit's still pure, unadulterated 'CAPICOSTIA', ..and the same optimism that got us through the worst of times, into these great neighborhoods, still keeps us flying.

We will never forget it.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Naylor Dupont ANC-7B Official Website...Found!

The Santorini Islands, rumored to be lost Atlantis. I looked EVERY-where! [Wikipedia.org]

Since re-focusing this blog, about a month ago, I've been desperately searching for two things: the lost continent of Atlantis ..and the Naylor Dupont Advisory Neighborhood Commission's official website. Neither has proved easy to find; so, this afternoon, I did some digging on ANCFinder.org and made some phone calls about it. I found out that Seven Bee has a new website, and, like Atlantis...

It's not in Anacostia.

Can you tell I am really sick of West Bankers calling us 'Anacostia'? Is that showing, just a little, tiny bit? I sure as hell, hope so.

Anyway, ..have a look.

Hillcrest City, Barrington or Sousa City, New Columbia?

A rendering of Skyland Town Center from SkylandTownCenter.com

MORE STATEHOOD FUN...
 
I am still wondering what will happen to our neighborhoods, if Washington, D.C. becomes a state. Will eight, new counties be created from D.C.'s eight wards? Will the Advisory Neighborhood Councils create exciting, new towns from ANC districts, within those eight, distinct wards?
 
Exciting...
 
Imagine that our own historic ANC-7B, Naylor Dupont, is now an incorporated city in the new 51st state of New Columbia. What should our new, shining city on a hillcrest be called?
 
1. Davistown, New Columbia - taken from historic Fort Davis
2. Hillcrest City, New Columbia - named for historic first neighborhood of ANC-7B
3. Skyland, New Columbia - inspired by what might become Downtown ANC-7B
4. Naylorville, New Columbia - taken from ANC-7B designation, Naylor-Dupont
5. Randletown, New Columbia - named for the first developer of the Southeast hills
6. Sousa City, New Columbia - named for historic John Phillip Sousa Bridge
7. Barrington, New Columbia - for late ANC-7B resident and beloved D.C. First Lady, Effi Barry

I think 'Melville' has a certain classically American charm, but, no need to rush - you have, until CHRISTMAS EVE morning! Just submit your choice in the poll, to the right of this box, ..and see you in New Columbia!

Dyer
 

Southeast D.C. Experiencing A Development Boom? Where?

 
Sprawling, spectacular view of new urbanism in 'Near Southeast'. [Wikipedia.org]
 
Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood - more specifically, the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District or (BID) - truly has a great deal to be proud of. Having taken what was most surely one of the bleakest corridors of the Nation's Capital, one historically blighted by drugs, crime and unemployment, it has created an inspiring example of urban renewal, strategic investment and civic relevance for neighboring areas to follow...

And I applaud them for that.

However, for D.C.'s W-JLA Channel 7 to present Capitol Riverfront as an example of a development boom in 'Southeast' is more than a little dishonest, intellectually speaking. When W-JLA refers to 'Southeast Washington' in its numerous, exploitative crime stories, it is almost always referring to some troubled cluster of streets - not even an entire neighborhood - that most Washingtonians, west of the Big Dirty, have never heard of. Most of the time, it's negative and almost never referring to the big, shiny hotels, bars, restaurants, hotels, stadiums and federal agencies, scattered along M Street, in what Riverfront area bloggers like to call 'Near Southeast'. It is dishonest, because Channel 7 knows where most locals understand 'Southeast' to be...

And Capitol Riverfront isn't it.

Where was Channel 7, after the derecho of 2010, ..when Penn Branchers - many of whom were elderly or retired - having not seen a D.C. Metropolitan Police squad car for THREE DAYS, were forced to arm themselves and patrol their own Southeast, middle-class neighborhood, after PEPCO told them that Penn Branch's power would not be restored for two or three weeks? I was there, in Penn Branch, witnessing, firsthand, the courage and heroism of these proud, East-of-River residents, as they mounted every minivan, sedan and SUV they could find to drive around dark streets, maneuvering around downed trees and power lines, knocking on the doors of disabled senior neighbors, to keep our great, often uncelebrated community safe from looters, vandals, rapists, ..and I didn't see W-JLA, anywhere.

By contrast, in 2012, every blogger, newspaper, TV and radio station in the region, including W-JLA, descended on Penn Branch to mischaracterize the tragic outcome - a fatal stabbing - of an on-going feud, between two long-time residents, ..as a murder "over dog poop". Most of us Branchers knew how this would be reported, before the first TV van arrived, and W-JLA did little to discourage us. On that bleak winter's day, Channel 7 and those other media enterprises, none of whom are headquartered in Southeast, spared no expense, telling the world that Southeast denizens were still doing what they regularly mislead everyone to think we do best...

Killing each other.

So, forgive me, if I get more than a little peeved, when a TV station that routinely sullies the image of our hard-working Southeast neighborhoods - specifically, those east of the Anacostia River - tries to feather its 'fair journalism' cap, with a pretentious story about a development boom in 'Southeast'. W-JLA knows that the Southeast, commonly presented in its relentless slew of sensational crime stories - typically, with sirens, flashing lights and disoriented, African American residents - will not benefit from anything booming on glamorous, new urbanist Capitol Riverfront, and JLA 7 should not get a pass or clap on the back...

For misleading us to think, otherwise.

Every once in a while, the local media lobs one past straight over my head, and this article - originally published on W-JLA's website, back in April - is one of those times. Have a look.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Naylor Dupont's Best Homes - Best Of Main Street In A Condo

[Second Edition]

If you're like me, and you've lived on a side street in the burbs, your entire life, this JEWEL in Fairfax Village will be a refreshing change for you.

As this condo is right on a major thoroughfare, Alabama Avenue, there'll be no more braving snow, thunderstorms and dark of night to get back and forth from your car to your front door, anymore. There's enough on-street parking, here, to put you a short walk from your door, at any hour of the day or night, ..and (for River East) there's an uncommonly present police presence. Since this is a major thoroughfare that police and EMS services need to use in a crisis, you can also expect an equally reliable public works commitment - means you'll never be waiting very long for snow plows, salt trucks and power restoration, after violent storms.

Location amenities?

In Fairfax Village, whether you're renting a townhouse or flat, you're surrounded by private homes, ..which only reinforces that strong police presence, I mentioned. You're literally across the street from a major bus-line that runs straight to Metrorail, with no transfers, ..and the buses run, late, which you will appreciate on weekends. You're half a block from a public library - lectures, cultural events ..and some, with music. You're a block away from shopping - a pharmacy, TWO small markets (one with a deli), carryout pizza and Chinese food AND a post office - all of which you will appreciate, when it snows. You're a one-minute ride from banking at Wells Fargo. Great location...

And the condo is GORGEOUS!

I know, because I rushed to the open house, just a couple of weeks ago and fell in love with this place. Secure building, immaculately manicured grounds, classic Fairfax Village colonial style...and SOLID BRICK, iron and steel infrastructure from the 1940s? What's not to love, here?

Consider yourself lucky that I'm relocating, this year, and that you won't have to wrestle me for this condo - well worth the tussle, amigo. [Sigh] You're welcome.

3711 Alabama Ave SE APT 101, Washington, DC 20020 - have a look.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Naylor Dupont: In Case You Still Just Don't Get It

[Second Edition]

NAY-LOR...DU-PONT. This is where we are, ..and it's not Anacostia.

It's just Southeast for most of us...Juzz Sowfeest for some of us.

It's Seven Bee for the politicos, ..as in ANC-7B.

It's still Capicostia, ..somewhere in the blogosphere.

It's A'not-costia, ..if that helps. I just pulled that out of my...desperation? Stay with me.

It's Naylor Dupont, ..and it's always been Naylor Dupont, ..though I doubt that you'll remember all of that, because we wouldn't be having this one-sided conversation, if that worked for you.

ANC-7B and Anacostia (or ANC-8A) really are two totally different places, ..culturally, politically and socially, and have been for a very, very long time. It's like those realtors, who refer to the Atlas area of Eighth Street, as Capitol Hill. It's just plain wrong, whether you're doing that intentionally or unintentionally, and if you try telling any Penn Brancher of long-standing that he's living in Anacostia, you'd better bring your shotgun. In light of all of that, the good people of ANC-7B are justifiably particular about these regional distinctions, ..especially, if you live on Westover Drive.

Do they even know that's in Southeast? Has anyone told them? Stay with me...

While Naylor Dupont may be quieter and more socially and politically conservative - a little snootier, sometimes - Anacostia is more culturally and intellectually strident, ..with art galleries, bars, café life, live theatre and a more defined sense of its identity. For anyone, who assumes I am making the distinction between Seven Bee and Anacostia, as a put-down, ..you are gravely mistaken.

It might even be a little racist, considering most Washingtonians know that most of the black people in Washington, D.C. happen to live east of the Anacostia River. It's more than a little dismissive to continue to call this whole area 'Anacostia', assuming it's all the same, "...because isn't that where all those poor and working class, black people live?" At the very least, I think it smacks of elitism.

Why does it matter? It matters, when the D.C. City Council is making legislative decisions about what is good for 'Anacostia' and what goods and services 'Anacostia' will have access to, especially in a crisis, ..like the Derecho of 2010. It matters, when the media portays 'Anacostia' as one big, violent, open-air drug market, because that kind of thing follows us, Downtown - negatively effects our marketability for job opportunities, bank loans and other things that we are dependent on Downtown to provide us. It matters, because what is good for Anacostia will not always be good for Seven Bee.

Anyway, ..I'm spelling it out for you West Bankers, so that there are no more misunderstandings about things. This is where we are, Naylor Dupont ANC-7B, ..and that is not Anacostia.

We have every right to be very proud of that. Have a look.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Whole Foods Market Coming Closer..To Tyson's, Of Course!

Must say...I am sorry that the biggest 'Whole Paychecks' (what we resentful peasants call 'Whole Foods Market') won't be going to our future Skyland Town Center, right here in Naylor Dupont. Just the same, I suppose that Tyson's Corner, being so well planned, ..had this coming.

Love that bit about it being 'half a Costco'.

Read more in the Washington Business Journal.

Glitzy Hillcrest Gala Sure To Be 7B District's Premier Event Of The Season

Whatever you do, don't miss this upcoming event in ANC-7B. Everyone, who's doing anything relevant in our district, will be at the Hillcrest Bicentennial Celebration Gala!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Naylor Dupont's Best Homes: Sleepy Sky At Woods' Edge

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I know this street, very well. Right at the edge of the woods and surrounded by the serenity of nature...and look at that pale, sleepy blue! Just imagine the mornings. Literally minutes from shopping and café life on Capitol Hill, ..and it's all yours.

You're welcome.

2937 Fort Baker Drive Southeast, Washington, DC For Sale | Trulia.com

Saturday, September 5, 2015

An Eight-Foot Bull Shark Caught In The Potomac

 
So, SHARKS are being fished out of the waters of St. Mary's County. Let's not pretend that we didn't see this coming. Their ancestral cousin, the bullzjit shark has been sighted, as far inland as Capitol Hill, passing bad legislation...

And knocking back cocktails at Sonoma.

Read about it, anyway. Seriously...like what else have you got to do, in this neighborhood?

An Eight-Foot Bull Shark Was Caught In The Potomac River: DCist

Corporate Website Confirms 7-Eleven Opening NEW Store In Penn Branch!


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This is a CAPICOSTIA EXCLUSIVE...

A corporate website, listing local stores, presently available for franchise, solidly confirm that SEVEN ELEVEN will be opening a new store, between PB Center’s old, broken down escalators and the H&R Block, in a space that will soon be vacated, by Beltway Beauty and Barber Supply - that's just four doors down from the CVS Pharmacy.

Several Penn Branch Center merchants have confirmed the same.

Furthermore, SEATTLE'S BEST COFFEE will not be moving into that space, as previously scribbled on this blog. In fact, the opening of a Seven Eleven almost guarantees that PBC will NOT be getting a Seattle's Best, Starbucks, Cosi, Peet's or any other proper coffeeshop, in the immediately forseeable future.

The new store will be a corporate store, meaning that it is owned by the 7-Eleven corporation - not a family or individual - and is listed as "UC" (under construction), at, "3218 Pennsylvania Ave SE...Washington DC...20020". Everyone in Penn Branch is talking about this, but, no one is reporting it. No one. Furthermore, there's nothing posted at the address, in the window of 3218 Pennsylvania Avenue, announcing the new tenant. Not sure why that is, ..but, this isn't a rumor, anymore. This - hot coffee, better donuts than Dunkin's, Jamaican-styled meat pies, subpar pizza and BBQ chicken wings - really is happening.

Have a look at the listing for Store #37300, right here on 7-Eleven corporation's list of stores, available for franchise, ..and see for yourself.

Mel Dyer

Friday, August 7, 2015

Marketplace Capicostia?

Penn Branch has some problems that won't wait, until 2012 [Movie poster for '2012', above].

I predicted trouble on the horizon for Penn Branch, just a few months back.

In spite of the fact that the good folk of Penn Branch are working very hard to feed their families and struggling to keep a roof over their heads, I fear a greater struggle may be ahead for us.

As Washington, D.C. descends further and further into the dark future of revenue-creating gateway communities rising, east of Anacostia, ..and the emergence of 'Business Improvement Districts' (or BIDs), west-of-River, I fear stable-but-static neighborhoods, like Penn Branch, will see the quality of their services (power, police, EMS) go down. Unlike Penn Branch, the BIDs, according to DC.gov's Business Resources page, "collect a 'self tax' from property owners to provide services and programs to the entire BID...cleanliness, maintenance, safety, promotion, economic development, and other collective business issues", ..and all those services and amenities will have to be taken from somewhere. Here's where the trouble begins.

What kind of priority will City Hall give Ward Seven's request for fourteen more police officers on our streets, if our neighbor, Capitol Riverfront, fully loaded with revenue-creating retail (movies, shops, etc), upscale condos that we don't presently have, wants to bring those police officers to their neighborhood?

I fear the problems on the horizon for Penn Branch will be so directly related to the BIDs (presently Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront, No'Ma, Georgetown and others) and the civic resources they command that some of us will be tempted to move out, if our leaders do not soon address this issue.

That's not a criticism of Councilwoman Alexander; nor is it a criticism of the dedicated firemen and law enforcement professionals, presently working in our communities. However, ..without sufficient funding of resources and personnel, we know they can only do so much, and that leaves us on our own, in some respects.

So, watch yourself out there, Brangler.

Mel Dyer

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Mexicans of African Descent Established Los Angeles on This Day in 1781

A picture of the Old West we're not used to seeing (photo from Face2FaceAfrica.com)

Pride. This Mexican American of African descent - fourth generation in the U.S. - who has never even been to L.A., has nothing, but, pride, over here...

Friday, June 12, 2015

One, Big, Little Living Room That's Big Enough For All Of Us..And Coffee!

There're a lot of empty living rooms in Silver Spring. (Photo from ZedsCafe.com)

I like coffee, and THIS is the BEST COFFEE in the entire WESTERN WORLD!

I wrote a review of Zed's Café and One Big Living Room, many years ago, on a now defunct WordPress blog, and I might have described little else, but, the coffee, ..which is phenomenal. So, this time, while there is much to praise about this legend of Silver Spring hospitality, I don't want to diminish that one, indisputable fact. Phenomenal coffee! Go anywhere else, where you are poured a cup of coffee, and the quality of the coffee that you will find at Zed's Café will surpass it, every time and at every hour of the day. How does proprietor, Zed Mekonnen, do it?

He has a gold standard.

Zed's Café, in Downtown Silver Spring, delivers the promise of what a cafe serves, coffee, and that standard is never compromised. Ever. The quality of the coffee - a cup of Nirvana, every time - and the paninis and wraps and French, Swiss and Italian pastries and the cheesecake (my favorite) is always deliciously, sensually exceptional. What brings me back to Zed's, however, is more than fine coffee and cheesecake and beautiful, Ethiopian and European women. Yes, these are considerations, ..but, what Mr. Mekonnen has created here - what the local press has consistently lauded - is an experience. Zed's Café is an experience, ..and that, in my opinion, has always been the mark of the most celebrated bistros, bars, and restaurants.

The first thing that strikes you about Zed's is the decidedly Bohemian décor, which is classic coffeehouse vibe - a funky, eclectic mix of mismatched steel-frame dinette chairs, vinyl easy chairs, tufted wingback chairs, elegantly appointed mahogany chairs and tables ..and broad, cushy, soul-hugging loveseats. Wi-Fi is free. The genius of local artists is exhibited on the walls, mixed in with small, framed paintings of exotic places, around the world. There are books, everywhere - shelved on every wall, resting on cocktail tables and end tables, between chairs. Between and around the books, there are colorful figurines and other knick-knacks, scattering the scene, ..as if by a favorite uncle. Somewhat on the small and cozy side - it's not a kiosk, at Safeway - Zed's Cafe looks and feels lived in and loved, as if it's been here, forever, ..and welcoming you to drop by, whenever!

Peep in, at any time of the day, and you will find silver-haired friends chatting, yuppies and bootstrappers tapping away on laptops and flawlessly beautiful East African women doing something, ..beautifully. It's where community groups meet. It's where young couples cuddle. It's where new mothers take a break, with their babies. It's where brilliant protest poetry is written and LIVE blues, jazz and indie music is played. It's where college buddies quietly argue over what's going on in a comic book. The 'friend', whose generosity they've all gathered to enjoy, ..more than the ruggedly handsome bloke, quietly pouring coffee, behind the counter, ..is an authentic feeling of belonging and being welcome, in a familiar place...

And that is a stroke of commercial genius.

Whoever you are, you will not be kept waiting for what you came for, because service, here, is consistently fast and efficient - another standard that is never compromised.

More than Starbucks, and with none of the corporate, mass-marketed artificiality of Starbucks's wannabees, Zed's Cafe is an authentic experience ..that can be as brief, intimate, memorable, amusing or lazy and irreverent, as you like. Whether you are sending in kids for carryout coffee, while you're double-parked on Georgia Avenue, ..or you are digging in, with friends, for light eats and live music, ..you leave Zed's, feeling glad that you dropped by.

Isn't that how dropping by a friend's 'Living Room' should feel?

Zed's Café and One, Big Living Room is located at 8225 Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, Maryland, ..at the very gateway of the Downtown district. Go. Linger. Double-park. Carry-out. Taste. Love. 
  

Friday, June 5, 2015

Memorial Park Spring Clean-up In Penn Branch

Bring rakes. Bring bottled water. Bring lawnmowers...and, for God'sake, bring your KIDS.

Give our young Penn Branchers a sense of pride and purpose, the foundation for true self esteem, by enlisting them in the work of keeping our neighborhood clean and beautiful, ..and they will appreciate, as much as we do, what a special place Penn Branch is to all of us. They have a right to feel proud of where they live ..and the hard work it takes to keep Penn Branch worthy of that pride.

I grew up in Penn Branch, ..and I am still very, very proud of that.

Bring your kids to Memorial Park Spring Clean-up. God bless all of you.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fighting racial fanaticism on TWO fronts, while honorably serving our nation in World War II, and THEY never gave up. Their proud standard has been cast in blood, sweat and hope. We are still here, because they never gave up. Neither can we...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Crime Against The Laws Of The Nation, ..Unfolding In Baltimore?

Marcus Garvey believed 'We can', before President Obama. [photo from 'The Guardian']
 
Baltimore City, Maryland has problems. Big problems.

If you have been watching the news or reading the paper, over the past day or so, you may be wondering how Baltimore's government and the people, who live there, will ever solve them. Mixed in with the problems that government CAN solve in Baltimore, ..the disenfranchised young residents, burning everything down, over there, have problems that the government and the mayor cannot solve, even with billions of dollars investment in ..and subsequent development of their communities.

Government can give tax incentives to entrepreneurs, who open businesses in the economically depressed communities, where many of us live. The Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation is offering expedition of permits, tax abatements and workforce assistance to people, starting new businesses in depressed areas of Hyattsville, Maryland.


Government can regulate the racist lending practices of banks, who give loans to white and Asian entrepeneurs, with unremarkable backgrounds, ..while turning down black entrepeneurs, who are equally or better prepared to start and run successful businesses. In the 1990s, the Clinton Administration strengthened the anti-redlining code of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), and Attorney General Janet Reno successfully prosecuted several big banks for racially discriminatory lending practices, as a result.

Starting here, government can begin unraveling the legacy of institutional racism of America's Jim Crow laws ..and clearing the path for the Afro-American economic independence that so many conservatives claim they want to see happen.

Government can do these things. Government can pave the way for progress.

It's also right about here that I find myself asking, what the late Dr. Marcus Garvey, a proponent of Afro-American self-reliance and economic independence, would think about all of this. On July 8th, 1917, the UNIA President called the East St. Louis race riots of 1917, "a crime against the laws of the nation", ..but, what would he make of the violent uprising in West Baltimore, today, ..or the conditions that created it?

When 96.5% of Black America are working for themselves, their families or Afro-American-owned businesses in their towns and neighborhoods, ..I imagine Dr. Garvey, were he still with us, might call that progress. When my nephew doesn't care what you think of his dreds, his sagging pants, his atrocious taste in rap music and his proud heritage, as the son of African survivors of the worst slavery that this world has ever seen, ..because he's been working for his mom's Bohemian cafe-grill and is preparing to run it, when she retires - I think Dr. Garvey would call that true progress! When Black America can tell the world to kiss its natural, black behind, because it's running its own 'thing', ..and without the approval of anyone, but, Grandma and Grandpa, ..maybe, some of us won't feel the need to burn down the neighborhoods that our grandparents worked so hard and sacrificed so much to get us into.

Maybe, the people at City Hall will have a little more respect for our tax dollars ..and the revenue they generate. Maybe, the bad beat cops - most police officers are GOOD ones - will save their 'beatings' for someone else. I think Marcus Garvey would find all of that, very progressive, indeed.

Until that happens, ..I think we're ALL just treading water.

Most people outside Afro-American communities, struggling ones and prosperous ones, are too busy keeping their own heads above-water to be bothered, worrying about how we and our kids are doing. In West African Senegambia, there might be a sense of communal obligation or concern - something called 'Teranga', over there. Here, in the Western World, however...no Teranga. How well we are doing or not doing is our problem, ..and, ultimately, our responsibility.

If truly there can be "a crime against the laws of the nation" - this great nation - in consideration of what is presently transpiring in Baltimore, I think it would be to neglect the work that Dr. Marcus Garvey left us to do - namely, the creation of a sustainable, economically independent reality for the survivors of American slavery and of Jim Crow ..and, we, their descendants. I think we will find something liberating, empowering and optimistic about that work.

Now, read...

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Optimism Keeps Us Flying!

 
Capicostia's Laughing Airman, ..my Uncle Stanley!
 
In his life, he was a warrior - a veteran of the Viet Nam War - a scholar and an artist, and he was always there for the people he cared about, when they needed them.  In the 1970s and 80s, he worked, side by side, with a Penn Brancher of long-standing - the late Mrs. Barbara Jean Harvey - in D.C.'s Department of Mental Health, bringing economically challenged citizens closer to the psychiatric care and social services that they so desperately needed to live. After living half of his life in Northwest Washington, he eventually settled into a small house in Marshall Heights and frequently visited us - his nephew, niece, his sister (my mother) and our Coyote-hatin' Goldiweiller, Kirby - and we will always remember how much laughter and wisdom he brought us, right here in the Naylor Duponts.
 
I think this photo captures the enduring pluck and ambition of the generation that settled in ANC-7B, back in the 60s! They gave us so much - family values, self esteem, safe, clean streets and the optimism to keep all of that going. We live in a more hopeful, optimistic and proud place, because of them.
 
Their optimism keeps us flying!
 
Where would our community be, today, without them?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Will Even The Best Coffee Be Good Enough For Penn Branch?



It looks like another major coffee retailer - this one, named for a famous metropolis in the American northwest - will be setting up shop in quaintly middle-class Penn Branch (Washington, D.C.) in October 2015.

A reliable source tells Capicostia that the world-famous coffee giant's Penn Branch store will be located between PB Center’s old, broken down escalators and the H&R Block, in a space that will soon be vacated, by Beltway Beauty and Barber Supply - that's just four doors down from the CVS Pharmacy.

See you in October.

Mel Dyer

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Getting Started

Much has been made of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign for President of the United States becoming a coronation. Well...coronation-schmoranation!

EVERY presidential election is a coronation to some degree. Ronald Reagan was certainly a coronation of departure from the sociopolitical consciousness of the 60s and 70s - a return to the rugged individualism that America indulged so unapologetically, before the progressive social unrest of the 1960s. If you want Clinton or any other candidate, you consolidate your political power into a voting block, hold your candidate accountable for your issues ..and CORONATE them!

There are other candidates running for that office. When I find one that I think represents what's important to me, I will bloody coronate them...

So, why NOT Hillary?


Friday, April 10, 2015

Capicostia, Again? Are You Serious?!

Why 'Capicostia', again, you ask?

Because, if you're living anywhere east of the Big Dirty - that's the 'Anacostia River' for you, greenhorns - you're probably sick and tired of being referred to as 'Anacostia', ..unless you're actually, propely living in Anacostia. Most of us aren't, and most people don't know that Anacostia is only a small part of the River East area of Washington. There's Twining City, the Randle Highlands, Penn Branch, Fairfax Village, Fairlawn, Hillcrest, Good Hope, Naylor Gardens...all here and all always misidentified, as 'Anacostia'!

We residents of ANC-7B don't hate it, because we hate Anacostia ..or Capitol Hill, ..or being sandwiched between them. We hate it, because we want to be appreciated, as something uniquely our own. We've worked very hard to be, and 'Capicostia' is a way of acknowledging that problem, while creating a new, safe place, east of the Anacostia River, for the world to consider not-Anacostia. Just think about it...

"Oh, that's not Anacostia--it's Capi-costia! We'll be fine!"
"Oh, that's not Capitol Hill--it's Capi-costia! They're sincere!"

We have to distinguish ourselves somehow, and re-naming this blog, Capicostia seems as good a way, as any. Besides, ..people liked the name, that first time around. We-eee're ..back.

Mel Dyer

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Urban Legend: Hawkwoman Of The Penn Branch Hills

 
Yes! Penn Branch has an urban legend. That of the Big Bird or Hawkwoman, who haunts our wild, emerald hills...

If you're over 35 and grew up in the Southeast D.C. neighborhood, known as the 'Hollywood Hills' in the mid-1960s, you've probably seen or heard of this creature, at one time in your life. You probably thought you were imagining things ..or that it was just crazy-talk. You may have even heard that it had a woman's head and white, bulging eyes, ..or that it was a witch. While I don't believe that part, I've seen the creature that might have inspired this urban legend, with my own disbelieving eyes, ..perched menacingly on a rooftop, at Carpenter Street and Highwood Drive. It was a turkey vulture...

Right here, in Penn Branch.

Why not a hawk? Well, ..I have seen the kinds of hawks we have in this area, up close - like, walking around on a neighbor's lawn - and I don't think they are anywhere near big enough to inspire the kind of widespread awe that this 'Big Bird' has, over so many decades. One neighbor recently told me that this thing, ..which she described as a witch in black feathers, with a chalk-white face and large, staring eyes, ..glided over a backyard family gathering, back in the mid-70s, and scared the hell out of their guests! An electrician, who no longer lives in Penn Branch, but grew up in the neighborhood, recalls hiking up to Highwood Drive's highest point - and not far from where I saw that turkey vulture, a few years ago - when Big Bird, as his friends called it, swooped down, low enough to send his teenaged friends running for cover, ..before soaring back into the afternoon sky! Hawks fly over Penn Branch, all the time, now - winter, spring or fall...doesn't matter - and, while a majestic thing to behold, I have not seen one that I would mistake for a monster. Comparatively speaking, this bird has to be a little bit larger, than a hawk, and the turkey vulture that I saw, firsthand, on Highwood Drive, and have recently heard about from neighbors, more closely fits the description of our quasi-mythical beast.

What I saw wasn't just a big bird. It was a bi-iig bird.

Apparently, we've had turkey vultures in Fort Davis Park, which stretches from one end of ANC-7B to the other, since the Sixties, at least. So, my theory about this so-called 'Hawkwoman' is that a large raptor - eagle, vulture or bird of that size - with some kind of unusual marking or missing feathers on its neck, was occasionally seen, flying over the neighborhood. Upon first sight of the unusual markings on its feathers or bare throat, ..kids, not understanding what they were looking at, likely mistook it for a white face, with open, staring eyes. I was told, sometime ago, in a chat with a Park Service officer, that scarring from various bird illnesses ..or from a fight with another animal (likely another bird) might cause such a mark. I think that the combination of this seemingly bizarre feature, with the black feathers and large size of the animal, would have made it very easy for them to think they were seeing a witch, stalking them from the skies...

And the rest is legend.

I'm really, really sorry that I'll probably never see this bird, because, if it was around, long ago, enough to have been called the 'Hawkwoman of Hollywood Hills', ..the poor animal's got to be long dead, by now. If you've ever seen Big Bird or Hawkwoman ..or know someone, who has,.. please, please, puh-leez share your stories with us, right here on the blog. We'd love to hear from you.

Anyway, i-iiittt's real...sort of. It's also quite sociable, apparently. Read this Post article from 2014...

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Barrington, Sousa City Or Randletown, New Columbia?

MORE STATEHOOD FUN...
 
I am still wondering what will happen to our neighborhoods, if Washington, D.C. becomes a state. Will eight, new counties be created from D.C.'s eight wards? Will the Advisory Neighborhood Councils create exciting, new towns from ANC districts, within those eight, distinct wards?
 
Exciting...
 
Imagine that our own historic ANC-7B, Naylor Dupont, is now an incorporated city in the new 51st state of New Columbia. What should our new, shining city on a hillcrest be called?

1. Davistown, New Columbia - taken from historic Fort Davis
2. Hillcrest City, New Columbia - named for historic first neighborhood of ANC-7B
3. Skyland, New Columbia - inspired by what might become Downtown ANC-7B
4. Naylorville, New Columbia - taken from ANC-7B designation, Naylor-Dupont
5. Randletown, New Columbia - named for the first developer of the Southeast hills
6. Sousa City, New Columbia - named for historic John Phillip Sousa Bridge
7. Barrington, New Columbia - for late ANC-7B resident and beloved D.C. First Lady, Effi Barry
 
Please submit your choice in the poll, to the right of this box, ..and see you in New Columbia!
 
Dyer