Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Neighbors Analyze Intel for Adams Morgan Noise Disturbance

Quest for Quiet activists are reviewing new intelligence they hope will help determine the best Adams Morgan location to launch a non-commerical amplified speech assault from 3-5 p.m. this Sunday.

The effort is part of the group's Second Annual Amplified Free Speech Day, which is meant to demonstrate how unlimited amplified noise can harm residents and business alike. Such unreasonable behavior is allowed in the District of Columba, which provides no decibel limits on such speech anywhere in the city between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Unidentified operatives in Adams Morgan supplied the report, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity. See the complete unclassified intelligence report below.

Meanwhile, D.C. labor unions formally mobilized against a bill that would protect all D.C. residents against excessive noise. The union groups also are rallying labor representatives to testify July 9 against Councilmember Tommy Wells' common sense health and safety measure.

Councilmembers Mary Cheh, Kwame Brown and David Catania also support the legislation.

I have seen this sort of demonstration done once before at the intersection of 18th and Columbia, on the turn to Adams Mill Road, in front of Adams Mill Bar. It is truly the heart of Adams Morgan, on the large island in the middle of the intersection, next to a kiosk. It was the most annoying racket imaginable--a rapper and a drum player shouting about [REDACTED INFORMATION], blah blah shout shout. People were so mad. If demonstrating among the sidewalk café people is your goal, you will be at a great spot. There's a very active Starbucks right across from it, bars adjacent, and on the path from all main roads into Adams Morgan.

Directly across from that area is a plaza where you might find more room and have the same terrible effect (ahem, I meant to say, make your point). It's a brick courtyard (address is the same) diagonal to the where there's a Suntrust bank. I think you have a lot of people so this might be better for you... there may even be a power source there for your little torturous noisemaking device.

There are 2 other locations that come to mind. A park on 18th street just up from the intersection with Columbia--across from the Safeway and next to CityBikes. And then there's a school that has a courtyard right on the street where you could get your amplified noise on--it's on Columbia, where "Western Market" takes place every Saturday. I'd say this last suggestion is my least suggested venue, but you will be sure to have an impact on our neighbors there too.

Finally, there's a very nice park on 18th & Kalorama--and there's also the park on Connecticut in front of the Chinese Embassy. A demonstration at these 2 final locations will affect the more affluent members of Adams Morgan.

Hope this helps!

Your eyes in the sky,

The [Adams Morgan] Peoples


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