As mentioned in early February the city surprised us with plans to pave over the 5th and Eye lot for a temporary parking lot before development of the Hotel project begins. Commissioner Keith Silver has been organizing small daily pickets at the lot regarding this move by the city.
I received a memo from Silver that Dick Gregory will be joining him at the picket site on Friday March 12th. As noted by wikipedia “Gregory is an influential American comic who has used his performance skills to convey to both white and black audiences his political message on civil rights.” Comedy Central placed him as the 81st on their list of the 100 best standup comics of all-time.
I’ve had my doubts that picketing was truly the right tool for a protest. I think a similar approach to the Park View community “Stop the Lot” campaign would have been more successful. In fact Greater Greater Washington has a recap of Park View’s success in convincing the city to employ temporary urbanism at the site of the demolished Bruce-Monroe Elementary.
All that said I would implore you to stop at the picket site on Friday if you see Dick Gregory (pictured above). He deserves our appreciation for attempting to assist our community.