Sunday, November 19, 2006

Two Quiet Weekends, One Content Community

(CLICK TO ENLARGE) In a happy photo to accompany two amplifier-free weekends, exuberant kids flash neighborhood signs while waiting for the bus at H and 8th Streets NE on Saturday, Oct. 14. They were returning from a "peace-go" dance held at the Market Lounge in Northeast Washington. Before attending the event, each teen was required to attend non-violence training. The group’s commotion at the bus stop attracted two MPD cruisers and a bike cop, but the police soon left after encountering the festive, safe bunch. (Copyright © 2006. David Klavitter)

Friends and neighbors celebrate two consecutive Saturdays in November without an amplifier at H and 8th Streets NE. Just the simple sounds of city life. People linger outside and chat with their neighbors. Smiles. Buses come and go. A bird chirps and flits away. Laughter. Friends tease each other about the Redskins. A calm envelops everyone.

The amplifier was absent, along with the group that routinely brought it. No indication exists about why the amplified group did not assemble, but neighbors will not get their hopes up.

Still, residents and businesses relished the quiet gift—one not to be taken for granted.


Anonymous Abu Khamr al-Murtad said...

Mr. Klavitter, did this sudden bout of silence get extended to a third week?

If so, herhaps a new noise law was not needed; rather the problem is solved by internal squabbling amongst those who wield the amplifier.

All kidding aside, I realize your goal is to fix the present law (as anyone, irrespective of whether one finds their message salubrious or not, can violate your peace under the current conditions). Nonetheless, keep us updated.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Klav said...

Hi, Abu...the noisemakers returned on Saturday, Nov. 25. Rev. Williams used his amplifier on Sunday, Nov. 26.

12:58 PM  

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