Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Save the Date - October 12

Presumptive Mayor-elect and Chairman (PMAC... for short) Vince Gray will be hosting a town hall in each of DC's eight wards. Click here to submit questions or comments to PMAC Gray prior to the Town Hall. The Ward 7 info is below

Ward 7 Town Hall
October 12, 2010
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Sousa Middle School
3650 Ely Place SE

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Should I hold my breath?

Well, yesterday morning ANC Commissioners Yvonne Moore (7B03) and Richard Evans (7B06), and I met with Jackson Prentice, who is the property manager for Fairfax Village. We discussed the following:
  • Trash: I expressed concern about the litter at the shopping center. I emphasized that Fairfax Village condos also struggles with non-residents littering on our property. Despite the nuisance, we still pay to have someone pick up the litter daily. Mr. Prentice assured us he was working to get a new contractor to ensure the place stays clean.
  • No Loitering Signs: We discussed the constant loitering problem at the shopping center and how many women who live in the immediate area will not patronize any of the businesses. Commissioner Evans stated the problem was at the bus stop. FAIL. I had to correct him. Men loiter at the liquor store, Danny's and the stairs next to Papa John's all day long. Mr. Prentice stated he will have signs put up at those three locations.
  • Hedges: I explained that the hedges make it difficult for cars exiting the lot to see pedestrian on the street. Mr. Prentice stated that DDOT was going to remove them as part of the Great Streets Project. Since DDOT isn't scheduled to get to our end until early 2011, he's going to see if DDOT will do it sooner.
  • American Flag: Mr. Prentice is going to get a better quality flag and see how long it lasts. The other option is removing the flag all together.
  • Retail: Commissioner Evans was asking Mr. Prentice about the zoning issues related to Wings to Go. We commended Mr. Prentice for the addition of the new stores (Wings to Go and Penn Way Market). He mentioned that the Davita Center spent $2 million to upgrade their space and it is really state of the art inside. There is a potential vacancy and Mr. Prentice mentioned the addition of H&R Block. FAIL. Miss V stated that tax services though needed are seasonal and there are plenty of programs offered by DC government. I promised to send Commissioner Evans a copy of the compiled list of retail the community would like to see.
  • PEPCO Redux: Mr. Prentice stated that he would love to move the pylons that protect the raised area of the parking lot. PEPCO has transformers under there. Mr. Prentice stated that the property owners would have to pay PEPCO $35-50,000 to make the area at-grade, because PEPCO has its transformers in the public right-of-way. Since PEPCO is involved I don't see this being addressed any time soon.
I want to take this moment to say I heart Commissioner Moore. Mr. Prentice mentioned the type of retail he wants to see at the shopping center. Commissioner Moore asked him if he ever asked the community what they want. Mr. Prentice answered that he does when the community contacts him. FAIL. Commissioner Moore didn't let that slide and requested that Mr. Prentice engage the community.

All-in-all, it was a mildly useful meeting. I'm glad I attended.

Column in East of the River

Monday, September 27, 2010

Ward 7 loves pets

This is a photo of my furbabies, Joanie (left) and Roxie (right). Bring your Furbabies and even scaley ones to St. Timothy Episcopal Church for a blessing the of animals.

St. Timothy's Episcopal Church
10:00 AM, Saturday October 2, 2010
3601 Alabama Ave SE

In addition to the blessing of the animals, St Timothy's will be accepting new and gently used blankets and/or towels to be donated to the Washington Humane Society to keep animals warm this winter.

All the transportation you can stand

On Saturday morning Councilmember Alexander hosted her monthly Ward 7 Leadership Council. The meeting started late, so the agenda ran behind schedule. As a result Miss V was unable to stay the entire time due to another engagement, but I was able to stay the first two hours. (yes, two hours). I was publicly admonished for not staying past two hours. **shrug** Anywho...

Before the meeting started I had an opportunity to talk with my twitter buddy, Councilmember Tommy Wells. One of the things I love about CM Wells is his passion for multimodal transportation. To my knowledge he is the only elected official that uses public transportation. (Please let me know if there are others). He asked me what I thought about the Capital Bikeshare program. I told him that a missed opportunity is the triangle property located at 38th St, Penn Ave and Alabama Ave, which of course is the large bus shelter near Fairfax Village. I also told him about the lack of bike racks in Ward 7.

CM Wells opened the meeting talking about the need to connect the neighborhoods in DC through modes like streetcars, circulator buses, and bikes. He mentioned that he started the Pedestrian Advisory Council to tackle issues of pedestrian safety, which by the way is such a big issues that there is a dedicated blog and twitter using the pen name Struck DC. CM Wells then excused himself to attend the H St Festival.

The second speaker was Jim Hamre, Director of Bus Planning, from WMATA. He provided an overview of recommended enhancement to bus lines service Ward 7. The annual operating costs for all improvements in Ward 7 is estimated at $8.8 million. For more information about the studies, please visit WMATA's Metrobus Studies site: If we are serious about some or all of these improvements we need to be sure our Councilmember knows so she can lobby on our behalf. In addition, during budget time WE need to attend the budget hearings to ensure Ward 7 doesn't get okie doked, hoodwinked, bamboozled... you get the point.

The final speaker was from DDOT to talk about the Circulator. As I mentioned earlier, I missed this presentation. Special thanks to all of those involved in making this discussion on transportation possible.

Friday, September 24, 2010

SOS = Save our Substation: How else can we say it?

The message from yesterday's MPD-6D Substation was loud and crystal clear from all the witnesses: KEEP THE SUBSTATION AT 2701 PENNSYLVANIA SE!!! Since I had to leave early, I watched the entire hearing this morning online. As an aside I thought I got rid of my Jersey accent, but I clearly pronounced "cost" as "cawst". I guess you really can't take the Jersey out of the girl. Anywho, enough about me.

Here is the link to View Hearing. You'll need Windows Media player to view. A total of eight members of the community provided testimony to keep the MPD-6D Substation at its currently location. Witnesses included:
  • Mr. Paul "We demand Class A services" Savage,
  • Ms. Barbara "How many times do we have to tell you" Morgan,
  • Mr. David "Public safety first "Kilpatrick,
  • Commissioner Yvonne "Our lives are important" Moore,
  • Commissioner Robert "By any means necessary" Richards,
  • Mr. Graylin "Don't even think about closing it" Presbury
  • Mr. Greg "Think about the long-term" Stewart,
  • Ms. Veronica "It's all dollars and common sense" Davis, and
  • Commander Robert "I keep it cool" Contee
All of this witnesses expressed concerns with with closing the station and the community was pretty clear that Penn Branch Shopping Center should only be an "if all else fails" option citing issues with lack of visibility from Pennsylvania Ave SE, poor access in and out of the parking lot, and lack of availability of parking during the operating hours of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Several of us suggested the City should purchase 2701 Pennsylvania Ave SE. ANC 7B07 Commissioner Richards went as far as to suggest eminent domain. Miss V raised her brow at that suggestion considering Councilmember Alexander is working on eminent domain legislation for all retail properties on Pennsylvania Ave SE from the Sousa Bridge to Southern Ave excluding Penn Branch Shopping Center.

Commander Contee disclosed that two hours prior to the hearing, Department Real Estate Services had submitted a letter of intent to landlord for 6th District Substation to remain at 2701 Pennsylvania Ave SE for an additional 2 year lease with 1 year option after that and rent credit up to $200,000 for any repairs made by the agency. Cmdr Contee does not have a projected response time from the landlord. The hearing ended with Mendelson requesting MPD work with DRES to look into the viability of purchasing the building.

All-in-all it looks like a temporary victory for the residents living in PSA 605, 606, and 607. HOWEVER, WE CANNOT REST ON OUR LAURELS!!!!! The fight isn't over yet. If DRES doesn't purchase the building or enter into a longer-term lease, in 2 years we'll be back at the Wilson Building providing testimony to keep the Substation open.

I strongly encourage everyone to submit written testimony to the Committee, even if it's just one sentence that says "I support XYZ position". You can email it to Ms. Deborah Kelly at until 5pm on October 7, 2010.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

SOS = Save our Substation: Hearing today @4pm

Today is the public hearing on the MPD-6D Substation. Miss V is number 4 on the witness list. Unfortunately, since my condo association has our annual meeting tonight, I will not be able to stay the entire hearing. If you want to attend to watch or testify, come down to the Wilson Building. Bring a photo ID to get in the building.

Thursday, September 23, 2010
4:00 PM, Hearing Room 412, Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW

For those of you that can't make the hearing, you should be able to watch it live on Channel 13 or online at: Select "Room 412"

For more information about submitting testimony, see my previous post.

Be my neighbor

Hot off the Twitter press, Roland Martin and his beautiful wife will be moving to DC. See @rolandsmartin tweets below:
It's official: After 6 years living in Chicago, wifey @jhoodmartin and I are moving to Washington, DC. This is necessary due to my TV 1 show

I'll be in DC by the end of October. This will cut down tremendously on travel, and allow me to do more things for Washington Watch.

You can also expect a lot more appearances on CNN as a result. So I go from steppin' to go go! LOL

I don't know if they have purchased or leased a home yet, but Miss V is hoping they'll at least consider Hillcrest. I know we have our share of challenges, but I must point out that Police Service Area 606 has relatively low crime compared to other parts of the City (NOT just East of the River). We have some beautiful homes, like this gem located on the exclusive Westover Drive that is currently on the market.
Located at 3125 Westover Drive, Miss V has seen this property first hand on the Hillcrest Garden Tour. The landscaping is absolutely breathtaking. According to, it's a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on the market for $650,000. With 4420 square feet of space, the Martins will have plenty of room for Chicago stepping or hand dancing, which is popular with the Presumptive Mayor-elect and still Chairman Gray.

Westover Drive is located off of Pennsylvania Ave SE which is currently undergoing a massive transformation from a urban blah to a Great Street. Around the corner on Alabama Ave SE, our library is being reconstructed into world-class architecture. By next year this time, the Martins will be able to enjoy a quiet moment reading a book on the balcony of our library while enjoying Fort Dupont Park. In addition, the Martins will be a stones throw from the Presumptive Mayor-elect and still Chairman Gray and not to mention me (not that I'm a DC VIP or anything).

It may be a long shot, but I hope the Martins will at least do a drive-by window survey.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Hot to trot

DCist has uncovered the Presumptive Mayor-elect and still Chairman Gray's 1964 yearbook photo. Let's just say all the 20 and 30 something women on Twitter are drooling.

Wednesday Stew: What's Cooking

Street Repair - Part I - The street repairs on the 3800 Block of W street are COMPLETE!!! Miss and her neighbors are happier than pigs in slop. No more off-roading down the block.
Fairfax Village Shopping Center -
DPW removed the litter this weekend. For the first time in a loooooooooooooooong while, the litter was raked from out of the hedges. Given the amount of litter we pay to have removed from my condo associations property, I know this won't last long. Even though the hedges are still there and there still are no "No Loitering" signs, Miss V is going to take it off the Open item list for this week while we relish in this victory albeit temporary. I also wanted to know what I feels like to see the Fairfax Village Shopping Center in the Closed Item section.... Feels good.

Special thanks to all the people that made this happen. (Photos courtesy of my neighbor)

Street Repair - Part II - The pavement on Fort Davis St was marked and cut when DDOT was working on the 3800 Block of W Street. There has been no action since. Miss V isn't sweating it too much, since the worse part was addressed (Note to readers: the 2000 Block of Fort Davis and 3800 Block of W Street are contiguous). However, we are still waiting for the rest of the repairs.

Public-Private Partnership Possible - I don't even feel like talking about it. I wish the Community Association had some visionary leaders.

Vacant Lot on 38th - Still vacant and still a hot mess.

Zip Cars - Still waiting...

As a side note: I use the word "still" and "waiting" a lot...

Under Construction: Francis A. Gregory Library

Miss V decided to walk my dogs by Francis A. Gregory Library to clear my head and to check out the deconstruction process. Deconstruction as opposed to demolition is a slower process. Demolition you just come in and bulldoze the building and keep it moving. However, with deconstruction you take the building apart with the intention of salvaging as much of the building material as possible so it can be used on another project.

While we wait for this phase to be complete, check out DC Public Library's website for some great renderings of how fabulous the library is going to look once it's complete.

Monday, September 20, 2010

SOS = Save our Substation: The more you know...

Dear neighbors.... Originally scheduled for tomorrow's DC Council agenda was Bill 18-220, which would provide business in Union Station a permanent tax abatement starting in FY 2016. Miss V will deferred to DC Policy Institute and Greater Great Washington for a detailed analysis of what this all means in dollars and cents. For now the Bill has been pulled from tomorrow's agenda, but there is a short video prepared by DC Policy Institute at the bottom of this blog post.

What does this all have to do with the Substation? Miss V's position is the City should purchase the Substation. A detailed justification to come later this week. The tax assessed value of the building is $1.5 million. Even if we escalate for market value and upgrades, the total cost should still be well under $5 million. Is $5 million to much to ask, when the City was prepared to consider giving nation chain stores a permanent tax break? As you all prepare your testimony for the MPD-6D Substation hearing, please keep this whole boondoggle fresh in your mind.

SOS = Save our Substation: Hearing this week

As a reminder, Councilmember Mendelson Chair of the Committee for Public Safety and Judiciary will be hosting a public hearing on the MPD-6D Substation. The info for the hearing is below:
Thursday, September 23, 2010
4:00 PM, Hearing Room 412, Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW

For those of you that haven't been to the Wilson Building before, you can take the Orange line to Federal Triangle. Get out at the 12th Street exit and walk 1/2 block toward White House along Penn Ave SE.

For those of you that can't make the hearing, you should be able to watch it live on Channel 13 or online at: I strongly encourage everyone to submit written testimony to the Committee, even if it's just one sentence that says "I support XYZ position". You can email it to Ms. Deborah Kelly at until 5pm on October 7, 2010.

The interesting thing about this issue is that it seems everyone is on a different page. At the ANC 7B meeting, CM Alexander mentioned the City is working to relocate the Substation to Penn-Branch Shopping Center. During the Primary Election on Tuesday I bumped into Mendelson at my precinct (P110) and he stated that he wants to keep the Substation at its current location. In talking with some of the Presidents of Civic Associations some are okay with Penn-Branch Shopping Center, while others are fighting to keep it at the current location. The hearing should be interesting to say the least. Miss V will definitely be there and I will definitely be testifying. I promise to share my testimony with you prior to the meeting.

If anyone else wants to share their testimony with my blog readers, please email me at Make sure to let me know if you want to be identified by your real name or an alias.

Friday, September 17, 2010

How I'm feeling

After last night's ANC meeting and everything else that has been happening behind the scenes, Miss V is frustrated beyond belief. The one thing about me (which probably would make me a horrible politician) is I'm a straight shooter. If I'm asking a question it's because I want the answer. I'm not trying to make anyone look bad nor do I have a hidden agenda. Miss V is very much a what you see is what you get. I don't BS anyone and I don't take BS from anyone.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Le Booo

Le Boo is French for "BOO" for those of you that may not be multilingual. I just got an disappointing email that the Property Manager for Fairfax Village Shopping Center will NOT be in attendance this evening. Not quite sure who dropped the ball. I will still be attending the meeting, but I won't be happy.

Best believe I'll be there

Miss V will definitely be at the ANC meeting this evening. Fairfax Village Shopping Center is on the agenda and as I said yesterday I wouldn't miss this for the world. For over a year we've been trying to get the property manager to make small changes like adding "No Loitering" signs, cut the hedges along the sidewalk, keep the property litter free, and replace the American flag. We'd also like better quality retail, but if they can't fix the little stuff I don't have high hopes for the big stuff.

Here are some blog post from last year:

Please come and join me to make FVSC better. The meeting is tonight at Ryland Methodist Church (3200 S Street SE) at 7pm. The meeting agenda is below:

7:00 Call to Order, Roll Call

7:03 Treasurer’s Report

7:06 Police Reports (PSAs 605, 606, 607) and Neighborhood Watch Reports

7:13 DC Fire Department

7:18 Approval of Minutes –March 18, 2010, April 15, 2010, May 20, 2010, June 17, 2010 and July 15, 2010 Meetings

7:25 ANC 7B Secretary Position

7:30 Recorder for ANC 7B Meetings

7:33 Community Concerns

7:45 Speaker: Management for Fairfax Village Shopping Center

8:00 Speaker: Betty Ann Kane, Public Service Commission

8:25 Commissioners’ Roundtable

8:45 Committee Reports/Standing Reports

-- Skyland Update
-- Pennsylvania Avenue Construction Update

8:55 Announcements

9:00 Adjourn

Housing Workshop this Saturday

There will be a housing workshop this Saturday in Deanwood for ALL residents East of the River. I know sometimes, because we live in Hillcrest (aka the Georgetown of the East) we may think these programs are applicable. I've walked around this community enough to know that we do have some houses that need plenty of TLC. Encourage your neighbors to attend. The agenda is below

10:00 am – 1:00 pm INFORMATION BOOTHS

Representatives from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of the Environment (DDOE), the Office on Aging, and the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will be available to discuss resources and programs available to District residents.


Representatives from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Department of the Environment (DDOE), the Office on Aging, and the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) will briefly discuss resources and programs available to District residents as part of a panel. Following the presentations, time for questions and answers will be available.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm SESSION ONE: Home Rehabilitation Resources 101
Programs to be discussed include Lead Safe Washington and the Single Family Residential Rehabilitation Program, particularly roof repairs, senior programs, and the Handicapped Accessibility Improvement Program.

Frederick Hill has more than 16 years experience in construction and project management. He currently administers several home rehabilitation programs in the Residential and Community Services Division at the Department at the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm SESSION TWO: Housing Resources for Seniors
Information on resources available to District senior citizens through the District Office of Aging will be presented by Mr. Courtney Williams of the Office of Aging. Information will focus on housing resources, but other senior programs will also be discussed.

Courtney Williams has more than 20 years of academic and professional work experience in the fields of public administration, urban planning, and aging (gerontology). As the Community Planner for the D.C. Office on Aging, he is responsible for researching and writing reports in support of Office's policies. He represents the Director of the Agency at neighborhood meetings and functions concerning senior issues.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday Stew: What's Cooking

Fairfax Village Shopping Center - Heavy sigh. Miss V sent an email to the property manager two weeks ago and I received no response to date. The property manager is supposed to be one of the speakers at the ANC 7B meeting this Thursday. I wouldn't miss this for the world

Street Repair - Street repairs are FINALLY underway, although DDOT is moving slow as molasses. The have cut and removed pavement on W Street. The pavement on Fort Davis St has been cut, but not removed.

Public-Private Partnership Possible - Miss V has concluded that the Fairfax Village Community Association lacks the leadership and vision to make this happen. I'm trying not to give up hope, but the immediate future looks bleak.

Vacant Lot on 38th - Still vacant and still a hot mess.

Zip Cars - We are still waiting on our site visit.

The real winners of DC Primary

Miss V would like to send out a congratulations to all the candidates that won the Democratic Primary yesterday this morning. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning until the results came in (I was also working). The results reflected pretty much what everyone expected. However, Miss V must point out the REAL winners last night: Ward 7. Yes, Ward 7 is well on our way to occupying the two most powerful elected positions in the city. We can use this power for good and get REAL change in Ward 7 or we can remain disjointed and allow four years to go by with elected officials from Ward 7 with no record of accomplishment specific to Ward 7.

Miss V can think of 5 burning issues that need to be addressed in Ward 7 sooner rather than later
  1. MPD-6D Substation and 6D HQ
  2. Placing PEPCO power lines underground as part of Great Streets projects
  3. Circulator to move people throughout the Ward
  4. Eminent Domain Bill to purchase commercial properties along Penn Ave SE
  5. Holding commercial property owners accountable for the appearance of their buildings
"We the people" of Ward 7 need to coming together to determine our UNIFIED position on these issues and others. We need to speak one message with multiple voices. We need to not sit back and wait for our elected officials to do for us. We need to tell them what we want them to do and what position we want them to take. If we fail to come together and four years from now we are in the same boat we are today, we only have ourselves to blame.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Transformation in the East

Usually when we think of a neighborhood transforming, we immediately assume it needs to be some big development like the DC USA center in Columbia Heights or the Verizon Center in Chinatown. This morning Marvin Gaye Park located in Ward 7 is getting some attention from Washington Post and Park and Recreation Magazine (page 40-47) for its transformation from "Needle Park" to a place where kids can play.

Marvin Gaye Park is a linear park along the Watts Branch stream. It spans the Deanwood, Hillbrook, Capitol View, Burrville and the nebulous Northeast Boundary neighborhoods in Northeast, DC. The Park is rapidly becoming a center for cultural and education with events like the annual Capitol Hip Hop Soulfest, summer Read Out in the park, and Farmer's Market. The park has become an oasis in the midst of a neighborhood in need of revitalization of bordered up homes and businesses in empty storefronts. It got me to thinking, can a park be a catalyst for neighborhood transformation?

Here is a short video produced by Washington Post:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

For Reals

I snapped this picture with my blackberry while walking the dogs. I'm 99% sure it's Air Force One maybe Air Force Two. This plane was clearly taking off from a location East of Fairfax Village. The only airfield that close to the East is Andrews Air Force Base, which is about 5 miles away.

Note to self: start carrying digital camera when I walk the dogs.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Countdown to D-Day

We are in the final days until the Primaries in DC. Miss V has spent the large part of this election cycle undecided in the Mayoral and Chairman races. I feel like I'm settling in both cases. My guest blogger today reminds me that we all have to make the best decision we can with the choices we have.

Whom to vote for if still undecided and a resident of Ward 7? Interesting question I would say so let's look at things on the ground before we make any decisions and ask certain questions.

1. What happens if I decide to vote for Fenty?
2. What happens if I decide to vote for Gray?
3. Does Kwame deserve the keys to the vault?
4. Who is Vince Orange and what does he know about Ward 7?

And if you do not know which Michael Brown is running then maybe you should not even have the right to vote. The internet works and it is not difficult to find out about any candidate. I have NO recommendations as YOU as an individual have the right to vote for any one you feel deserves your vote that is your right. However, the question becomes NOT which is the better candidate,but which candidate provides you yes YOU the voter with the most benefit.

We are talking services, (dog parks yes I went there) speed bumps, trash pick up and removal, number of police assigned to your area, transportation options etc. all of these things are decided by YOUR vote for the Mayor and Council Chair so think and chose wisely. Also consider which combination of Mayor and Chair will be most effective they will work as a team to some extent.

One of the ships will sail on(the victor and the one in power)and one will be sunk (the loser and with absolutely no power). Unfortunately there is no sitting this out. It is only 2 games with 2 opponents each so any boycott vote or abstaining effects YOU the voter not them as you have made a decision as to which team you support and which team supports you.

Choose wisely...

Mr. Precint 96

Monday, September 6, 2010

Ms. Jackie Remix

Ward 7 has a lot of hidden talent. Ms. Jackie did a election DC remix to the Luther Ingraham song "If Loving you is Wrong."

If Voting GRAY Is Wrong

If voting GRAY is wrong THEY don't wanna be right
If being right means being with FENTY
THEY'd rather live a wrong doing life

TELEVISION ads say it's a shame
It's a downright disgrace
THEY don't care what the media say
FENTY tells THEM there's no future
VOTING for this BARRY'S era man
But if THEY don't get FENTY out right now
Who knows when the hell THEY can

If VOTING GRAY is wrong THEY don't wanna be right
If VOTING GRAY is wrong THEY don't wanna be right

ARE THEY wrong to throw all THEIR support behind you
And ARE THEY wrong to WONDER
IF YOU'D MANAGE THE CITY with a gentle touch
ARE THEY wrong to give their VOTE
And ARE THEY wrong tryin' to hold on
To the last CHANCE they'll ever have

If VOTING GRAY is wrong THEY don't wanna be right
If VOTING GRAY is wrong THEY don't wanna be right
THEY don't wanna be right

THEY don't wanna be right
THEY don't wanna be right
If it means YOU PROMISE to put RHEE on a FLIGHT
THEY don't wanna, THEY don't wanna
THEY don't wanna never, never, never be right

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Calm in the midst of Chaos

Yesterday I was standing outside of the Center for Green Urbanism on Benning Road NE and saw this little guy. It's a Monarch Butterfly in the middle of Ward 7. It was there just flapping its wings unaware of the police arresting someone across the street or the roar of the metro or who is running for mayor. This little butterfly is a gentle reminder that some times we need to take a break from the chaos.

Have a great vacation and Miss V will be back on Tuesday.