Edmund Burke School shooting, one year later: April 22nd was the anniversary of the Van Ness sniper attack, and The Washington Post and ABC7 checked in on the school security guard who was badly wounded and endured a long recovery. “I went through depression, anxiety, questioning God why something like this happened to me?” Harris told ABC7. “I finally had to get to a place where I knew what happened to me wasn’t personal.” Harris attended an April 21st ceremony at Burke, and the following week, he returned to full-time work as a security guard at another private school.
Connecticut Avenue twists and turns: We thought of trying to sum up the various (and at times contradictory) reporting and comments from local officials over the past month on Connecticut Avenue safety redesign. Then Jerry Malitz did it, and did it well, in his May 1st “Chevy Chase News & Notes” newsletter. His headline sums it all up rather nicely too: “CONN. AVE BIKE LANE STATUS-YES, NO, MAYBE, NEW DESIGN, WHEN? MANY QUESTIONS STILL LOOM”
You can read the whole thing here. To further sum up, DDOT has set a longer timeline for the planning and completion of what it’s now calling the Connecticut Avenue Multimodal Safety Improvement Project. How long? As many as three years longer than it had previous projected. “We’re not going to rush on this,” DDOT Director Everett Lott told the Council on April 10th. Lott also said planners were considering a two-way bike lane on one side of Connecticut and parking on the other side. (Watch Ward 3 Council member Matt Frumin question Lott about the project during the DDOT budget hearing. That portion of the video begins at 1:49:00.) Yet on April 20th, The Post reported: “Officials said the city probably will stick with its original plan of a bike lane in each direction, with adjustments that include better loading access and parking alternatives.”
A mid-century home makeover: When Alice Rivlin died in 2019, the Post referred to her as a “budget maestro.” She was the first director of the Congressional Budget Office, had served as the vice chair of the Federal Reserve and as President Clinton’s budget director. She also headed the DC Financial Control Board. But to us, she was a neighbor and friend. Her 1958 home on Chesterfield Place was modest by today’s standards. That’s not how we’d describe it now. After a major renovation that added two floors to the single-story home, the house went on the market in April for $6.7 million.
Social media mentions
Diagram of safe speed limits for Connecticut Avenue, as determined by the National Bureau of Standards in 1930 pic.twitter.com/Hth0y4QYUi
— Neil Flanagan (@jg_bollard) April 12, 2023
Friday Moment of Zen: Peirce Mill Dam in Rock Creek Park, Washington DC pic.twitter.com/SP0WPY9itI
— C on the scene (@Conthescene) May 5, 2023
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Blue jay brunch pic.twitter.com/iLp1JfcYVY
— C on the scene (@Conthescene) April 26, 2023