The manservant and I are involved in a grassroots community group which began last year as a response to development happening along Georgia Avenue for which there was no community involvment. I don't want to be one of those people who complains after something is built when I have the chance to object to it in the beginning. And there is plenty of development needed – in a stretch of less than 2 miles there are 70 vacant storefronts – boarded or derelict.
The last meeting was held in the E.L. Haynes Charter school which has featured on my blog before because it was built between a liquor store and a strip club.
The school opened at this location in June 2008 – a 46,000sq foot building for 450 students – it is named after Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics. She was a teacher in DC's school system for 47 years, and the first woman to serve as President of the DC Board of Education.
Before the meeting we were given a tour of the building by the founder – everything is super bright, cheerful and motivating.
As we toured one side of the building I realised you could see our house from the large windows. I've told the manservant now that the weather is warmer there is to be no nude sunbathing on the deck – little kids have really good eyesight!