I’ve written about all the exciting things about living in the DC area. But there definitely is an underside.
The first few weeks of this year we read in the Washington Post about daily killings in a neighboring county. The murders don’t seem so frequent, but we still read of them throughout the area, including one a couple of weeks ago that really upset residents because it was reported at first that some masked men sexually assaulted two women, killed one and left the other bound up in a store in a very upscale business district where no one would ever have dreamed of such an occurence. It turned out the one co-worker killed the other and tried to make it look like a violent attack by strangers.
Many of you have probably heard about the homeless problem here, and sights of people sleeping on heating grates in the winter. I saw a variation of that the other night when I was walking to a Metro stop from a reception: blocks full of people camped out with sleeping bags in front of storefronts. And the wooded area bordering the walking/biking path near my home was found to have a homeless camp set up, and I had real mixed opinions about how neighbors tore it down. It was someone’s home, such as it was, but I understand their concern for kids in the area, too.
Then there’s the political corruption. The new mayor had to hire a top aide soon after he started because of the discovery of a criminnal history. Now that disgruntled employee is accusing the mayor of having promised him the job in exchange for making his political rival in the campaign, who happened to be the mayor at the time, look bad. A council member got criticized for special-ordering an SUV when the city has a fleet already for employees’ use. And thenn there’s the exec of a county bordering the District up on all kinds of corruption charges.