Sunday, April 23, 2006

Rain Washes Away Noise

(CLICK TO ENLARGE) Between rain showers, a man bicycles east on H Street yesterday. The men from of the Universal Practical Knowledge usually erect a small wooden stage between the silver traffic box on the left and the traffic signal and red box on the right, but were absent most likely because of the weather. (Copyright © 2006. David Klavitter)

The residents in and around the 700 block of 8th Street enjoyed an amplifier-free Saturday afternoon after rain apparently washed out a group’s usual assembly at the southeast corner of H and 8th Street NE. It was the Universal Practical Knowledge’s (UPK) fourth Saturday absence of 2006.

And so it goes that crappy weather—when most neighbors are huddled inside from the rain—provides respite from the harassing amplifier, which blares just yards away from residential homes.

The D.C. law allows this nonsense to happen anywhere in the city—from Adams Morgan to Anacostia; from Georgetown to Tenleytown. The D.C. Council needs to fix this broken law. Councilmember Jim Graham said in March that his staff is drafting language, but he did not set a timetable.


Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...

Hey Klav,

I think you better take a closer look at that picture.



12:32 PM  
Blogger Klav said...

A Marshall with the volume knob that goes to "11." Awesome! I suppose if one had a battery or generator to go with that stack, one could nuke a neighborhood with free speech. Do you plug your Dobro into that?

Hey, is Jim Graham your councilmember? If so, he might be interested in your views about the noise. While the fix must come out of Graham's committee, our councilmember, Sharon Ambrose, has been difficult to motiviate.

Cheers back at ya,

1:42 PM  

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