Georgetown, Burleith hit by rash of grafitti

Photo by The Georgetown Dish
Grafitti behind houses in the 3500 block of R Street NW
Grafitti behind houses in the 3500 block of R Street NW
Graffiti hit Burleith and Georgetown last week, a shocking addition to standard holiday cards and seasonal greetings. List-servs reported unwanted decorations in alleys in behind the 3500 to 3700 blocks of R and S Streets in Burleith and in Rose Park and on Dumbarton St. in Georgetown.
A tree next to Rose Park (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) A tree next to Rose Park


“It is highly unusual for this to happen in our community and I've never seen it before,” wrote Lenore Rubino, president of the Burleith Citizens Association.   “We’ve never had something like this before, especially this deep into the community,” echoed Ed Solomon, the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Burleith.   
 
The alley behind the 3500 block of R Street was one of the hardest hit. Black lettering with the words “MOE,” “STAMP,” and “SMR” was painted on fences, walls and garage doors.

Dr. Joan Razi's property suffered damage. She points to a surface that was power-washed after being hit. (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Dr. Joan Razi's property suffered damage. She points to a surface that was power-washed after being hit.
The alley runs in back of the house where Dr. Joan Razi’s has lived for over 20 years.  While she has a front yard sign to “OPPOSE GU’s Campus Plan,” she is quick to say she has “no idea” who the vandals might be.  In fact, she points out that she did her residency at Georgetown University and “loves the university and this neighborhood," adding, "Georgetown is part of it.” She is opposed to the additional students GU is proposing because she fears it will lead to more of the existing neighborhood problems, such as trash and noise.

The incidents have been reported to MPD and the Department of Public Works for clean up.  According to Solomon, MPD will analyze the marks to determine if the tags for “run-of-mill vandalism or gang-related.”  A DPW crew was spotted in Burleith on Friday morning.
Tags on garages in the alley in back of the 3500 block of R Street, NW (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Tags on garages in the alley in back of the 3500 block of R Street, NW

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David Abrams

Thank you for reporting on this tagging episode. When I saw the vandalism in Rose Park Thursday morning of last week, and not knowing how wide spread it was at that point, I contacted my contacts at Dept. of Parks & Recreation and they had the graffiti removal crew from DPW out that same morning. They missed one spot, but they were out in the park again this morning. They responded quickly and did the work efficiently.
David Abrams
Friends of Rose Park

Everard's Clothing

We were hit as well with this graffiti. Everard's Clothing had white lettering spelling "MOE" on our front window at 1802 Wisconsin ave.