A blog for the Bloomingdale neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Some of us don't have kids.Erik on 2nd.
Or like kids.
i think it's a fantastic idea! there are positive comments over on the in bloomingdale blog.
Some of us who do have children have been made to feel very unwanted at Crispus Attucks Park by dog-owners who unapologetically let their dogs wonder freely without leashes. The dog-owners typically gab on cell phones oblivious to the fear their dogs inspire in young children.
I think this is a great idea and fully support it. It's a bit reminiscent of my own third grade campout at school with parents and teachers many years ago -- it taught us that we could do neat and imaginitive things by coming together as a community. I don't have kids of my own, but it seems you've done good due diligence and I imagine this could be a nice example for nearby neighborhoods too.
I think it sounds really cool but like Erik said, some of us don't have kids.
We don't have kids, but we're planning on showing up. No reason adults can't have some bonfire camping fun too
ANV on Rhode Island Ave NWWe don't have kids and we are looking forward to being there. I think it's an absolutely fabulous idea, haters be damned.
My boyfriend and I do not have kids, but we still plan on attending! We were very excited about this idea and we are looking forward to hearing more details about it on the listserv!I don't take my dog to the park since dogs can only use a tiny section of it... and she's never off leash because she might run away!However, I'd love to bring her to sleep in the tent. As long as she's leashed, could she come too? She's part of the family and just loves children!-S Street resident
Well, I don't have kids, but I must admit that I would not participate if I did. I'm not trying to disparage the idea or discourage people from attending. Just for me, a city park overnight provides neither great safety nor great camping. If I was going to go camping with my family, I'd head for the woods. If I was going to participate in a community event with my hypothetical kids, there are other daylight activities that can provide the same benefits in terms of community socialization.
Please know - you don't have to have kids to come. You don't have to have a partner, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or such either. You can come by yourself, pitch your tent, or just join us around the "borrowed from the neighbors" portable firepits (early plug...if you have one, can we borrow it?)
I'm down with camping in the park - with friends - sign me up!
I think its a great idea. I was just waiting for more details. It didn't sound like support was needed to make it happen and there weren't really any next steps or calls to action around the announcement so I think many people were just hanging back waiting to hear more.I don't think we'll come though as our daughter will only be 10 months at that time, and that may be a little bit too young for the city camping. Totally would depend on the weather really.
I think there is a Chris Rock joke about this . . . What do you call camping in the city? Being homeless. QF
Great idea! amanda
I think two things.Great idea. And its very sad that this was a prospect that was simply too dangerous for a whole generation of our neighbors kids.So yeah, bring it on.
The anti-family residents in the neighborhood are those who will ultimtely impede the progress of the neighborhood. Bloomingdale must be a nurturing place for young human beings in order for the neighborhood to truly thrive. Dogs? they aren't necessary.
I don't like adults who don't like children. Can we ensure that none of "those" people will be there?
Sorry, but I didn't see a date or even a target month in the original post. Maybe if I knew when it was I might know if I could go??Details please!Eli
@Anonymous, who said that "dogs aren't necessary" for the progress of the community. Sadly, your kind of attitude is what will keep Bloomingdale from progressing - because you think you can decide what kind of people make a better community and what kind do not. The truly great communities embrace differences and try to bridge gaps and reach out to neighbors, not draw lines in the sand.
What is fascinating about the comment above is the fact that it is critical of a comment promoting the importance of children and stating that dogs are superfulous to the real concerns of the neighbborhood.Yet the anti-child comment near the beginning of the comments section goes unquestioned.Again: fascinating.Here: "I don't like dogs" Oh my goodness! I'm tearing the neighborhood apart!
"Or like kids." (I don't like kids)---"Dogs aren't necessary"Which of the above comment draws ire? The anti-dog comment. 'Nuff said about priorities.