What's in a name?

What's in a name?

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bowser Constituent Funds pumped full of PEPCO contributions.

Councilmember Muriel Bowser Constituent Service Fund Pepco / Corporation 701 9th Street, NW Rm. 9211 Washington DC 20068 7/26/2007 $400.00 Councilmember Muriel Bowser Constituent Service Fund Pepco / Corporation 701 9th St. NW Washington DC 20068 7/13/2009 $400.00 Councilmember Muriel Bowser Constituent Service Fund Pepco / Corporation 701 9th St NW Washington DC 20068 6/23/2010 $500.00 Councilmember Muriel Bowser Constituent Service Fund Pepco / Corporation PO Box 231 Wilmington DE 19899 5/10/2011 $500.00

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Another stolen Auto while your neighbor was getting gas at a local gas station.

Stolen Auto in and around the council members own home and she is totally silent on the subject of her constituents safety. With yet another armed robber reported at a gas station near Councilmember Bowers own residence this week and there has been no comment or assistance offered from her on this important public safety issue. There have been at least three (3) members of the community at a local gas station filling up their tanks when they have had their cars stolen. Right in the Councilmembers' neighborhood. Yet Councilmember Bowser or her staff have not even mentioned the problem publicly. This further proves her lack emphatic feeling for residents in Ward 4 including those that live nearest to her own home. Public safety is an issue and like many of things in Ward 4 it continues to be over looked, or ignored. Our elected officials are too busy supporting members of the council engaged in embezzlement and dishonesty to be bothered in the daily details of knowing what is occurring in and around the ward in which they are elected to serve. Ward 4 voters need to realize that this is not the representation they deserve.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Updated Information: There are funds allocated for Georgia Avenue Great Street, for fiscal year 2012.

Georgia Avenue Great Streets Update: Fiscal year 2012 Georgia Avenue - Great Streets from Dahlia to Webster on our obligation plan for design in FY2012 $969,000 and construction in FY2014 $6,460,000. The first number is for design and the $6,460,000 for actual brick and mortar, but that number is decreased likely by $800,000 for DDOT's actual oversight of the project. These numbers shared with me today from DDOT. Posted in City Services, Commuity News & Events with tags DDOT, Georgia Avenue corridor, Great Streets on June 11, 2009 by Kent I wish I had more news on this than I do, but I’ll share what I know. Last night, representatives of DDOT came to the ANC1A meeting to give an update on the Georgia Avenue Great Streets project. The only thing that was learned officially is that the money that was initially set aside for Georgia Avenue was used for H Street, NE, construction. The city has since been trying to find ways to replace those funds and thinks that they have nearly been able to do that. It is their hope that funds will be secured by the end of this summer, with a Fall 2009 start date for construction. What is confusing to me, and to others that were at the meeting, is that the representatives at various times reminded folks that there is an upper, middle, and lower Georgia Avenue plan … and then said that those designations no longer applied … only to reverse that statement and state that there are three areas. Lower Georgia Ave. is designated as between Otis and Florida Avenue. When a question was raised about the Otis to Rock Creek Church Rd. section, we were told that that is part of the Middle Georgia Ave. Plan, a Ward 4 project, so we shouldn’t be too worried about it. The DDOT representatives were reminded that south of Rock Creek Church Rd. IS in Ward 1. As confusing as all of this is, information is available from the DDOT Web site, but I’m sure it won’t be any clearer than what was discussed last night as its dated. To get to the DDOT Georgia Avenue documents, go here>>

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bus Barn to be or not to be.............How will Ward 4 be represented?

Today’s actions by Council Chairman Kwame Brown demonstrates exactly how our City Council should not work.  Mid term changes in Chairmanships of oversight Committee’s adds nothing to the playing field but trouble.  With Council in recess until after Labor Day it is clear that there are wounds to heal,  and opportunities for those with new assignments to step up and be noticed. Sadly, the vote 12 for and one opposed was left up to Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells to fend for himself.  I may not always agree with Tommy but rest assured today was clearly not their brightest moment.  Petty egotistical nonsense was the call of the day when the reading took place and the vote was taken.  Left standing alone was probably one of the brightest of current serving members.  Tommy stood his ground and opposed the actions based on the sheer fact that it didn’t serve the residents of the city well. His short work on the Transportation Committee jump started many programs that were left idle or not even thought of before.  Street cars for H Street, NE - improved bus routes, and more bike lanes. To mention a few. But the biggest looser could well be the voters of Ward 4 as our current Councilmember Muriel Bowser will now assume the seat as the Council's representation on the WMATA Board.  This is a great way to start off her campaign for re-election as I see it.  She will no longer be able to ride the fence here in the ward.  But have to take a position and stand on her decision. Just as the be fumbled actions of Chairman Brown were taking place Ward 4 residents had a bomb dropped on them with news that there are considerations to have the Bus Barn on 14th Street, between Buchanan and Decatur  moved to the site of Walter Reed Army Hospital.  As you may be aware the Army is to give about ½ of that property to the District later this year.  With no solid plans on the table,  and community groups working hard to get what they think would be a great array of stores and services brought to the prized area,  Bowser can now no longer ride the fence on the issue.  Already,  late today a hastily prepared press released was put out with the words “Alert” attached announcing that Bowser would not support a new Bus Barn on the Walter Reed site.  Clang, clang, clang went the trolley as the as the bus of opportunity made a pit stop to refuel. This single issue  could serve the community well.  Not just the results but the process itself. As it will clearly be a defining moment in leadership style and a clear opportunity to put a check and balance system into place so we can all judge the current elected for leadership qualities, honesty, integrity, and the ability to bring compromise to the community leaders.  This is a tall order for the little darling of Ward 4 as she is best suited for Ribbon Cutting’s. Showing up smiling and not really knowing how to get into the needs of the residents and to see projects through fruition.  Looking a constituent in the face and solving an issue and being around to hear them say thank you is a tall order for some elected. Her even knowing of on going problems and never offering any assistance is one we experience here in Ward 4 every day. So Council is off for the Summer but Ward 4 is truly gearing up for a continuous race for the coveted Council Chair to represent some of the finest people in the city.  You can bet that I am engaged and connected to the problems and eager to help find a resolve.  Not always the case for our current elected. Does her unity today with 11 other councilmembers help or hurt the prospects?  It clearly places the burden on Muriel to perform,  get off the fence and represent the community.  Which part will soon to be determined. When elected to the Ward 4 City Council seat, I will represent the citizens of Ward 4 first and foremost. I will not ride the fence but stand up for the needs and services that each resident deserves to have. I will honor the oath that I will take and see that Ward 4 has a voice at the table on every issue. I will represent those that elect me to represent them and their concerns. My donations will not come from outside sources vying for my interest ahead of that of the residents of Ward 4. Visit my web site and read more about what I will do when elected. www.keithjarrell2012.com

Friday, July 8, 2011

Update: Family information and what you can do!

Thank you to everyone that has shown some interest in helping our neighbors.
Here is what I have learned:

I have met with two of the families.  Both families were very gracious for the communities efforts and may come this afternoon to the fire station.

Mr. and Mrs. Meadows,  adult male and female.
He looks to be about 5'8 165 lbs.  probably wears a size Medium in a shirt, and 32-34 waist.  Appears to be early-mid 60's.
Mrs. Meadows, appears to be a medium in ladies sizes.  And about the same age.

Ms. Campos and her son we met as well.
Ms. Campos looks as if she would wear a size large perhaps,  About 5'6.
Her son looks much older than he is,  wears a size x-large in mens clothings.  He is 38 in the waist I believe he told us.

The two families and the two that I have not met yet,  basically have little of nothing currently.  It was a total loss.
Clothing items, personal items, anything that they can begin to put in a rental house to start to have a home again I am certain will be greatly appreciated.

Final directions to Engine 24 should include a turn onto Gallatin Street, NW and on the side of the fire house is a set of double doors.  Items can be brought there,  larger items will be placed in a rear building where fire trucks are also stored. The station is most accommodating and will be there to help out.

Additionally,  if anyone would like to volunteer we can always use community members that are generous with their time to show up and help with directions, unloading cars,  and pitching in with what ever may be needed.

Best -Keith Jarrell 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Decatur Street Project

For Immediate Release

On July 1, 2011, District of Columbia Fire Fighters responded to the 900 block of Decatur Street, NW for a report of a fire at 919 Decatur Street, NW.

Upon arriving, fire fighters encountered heavy fire conditions in the rear, extending to 997, 921, and 923 as the fire jumped from porch to porch. A second alarm was requested, bringing additional fire fighters to the scene.

Despite the efforts by District Fire Fighters to contain the fire, a total of four homes were destroyed……along with the contents.

Ward 4 community activist Keith Jarrell is organizing “The Decatur Street Project” ……soliciting donations of articles of clothing and furniture to be distributed to the victims of this tragic event.

The Community Room at Engine Company 24, located at 5151 Georgia Avenue, NW, has been designated as a dropping off point to accept donations.

The Decatur Street Project will run from Friday, July 8 thru Wednesday, July, 13, 2011. 3-7 PM. Supported by members of Washington DC Fire Fighters Association Local 36.   http://iaff36.org/

For additional information on specific needs of the victims or to volunteer your help please contact:

Keith Jarrell
202-288-1867 (cell)

Together We Can Make A Difference

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MPD - Redistricing testimony given today in front of the Oversight Committee for the Judiciary and Public Safety

6 July 2011
Testimony: Council of the District of Columbia
Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
Keith Jarrell
Ward 4

Good afternoon Chairman Mendelson and other members of this committee.  It is an important day for your committee, and the citizens of the District of Columbia anytime we have the ability to speak about how best to improve the safety of every citizen and visitor to our city.  More often than not we might be talking about crime  statistics and victims rights.  How to combat gangs, and drugs and other heinous crimes.  But today,  our objective is a simple one.  How to best realign the current District’s of the Metropolitan Police Department so that the calls for service are spread more evenly.  How to best assign officers to the numbers so that response time is limited to a minimum amount of time.  Assuring everyone that when the time comes that they dial 911,  a police officer shows up as quickly as time allows.  Efficiency is paramount when you are in distress.  Management of personnel, and timing of response is  one of the most important factors in effective policing.

How do we best manage the thirty six hundred or so sworn officers.  Starts first with seeing that they can get to every victim as quickly as possible.  Then to assure that victim that get the help they need.  

Let me first say that today,  the Nation’s Capital has without a doubt the finest Chief of Police,  and senior Command staff that this city has ever known.  Chief Lanier is clearly the best manager of our policing resources that we have yet to experience. She has in place a well balanced system that not only trains our officers to respond to crime but also to project where the likelihood of crime is to occur.  This is all based on data!  Data that must be interrupted correctly,  and then utilized in the management of the policing resources.

The data compiled each day in each district by PSA is virtually a picture of what has occurred and what is likely to occur in and around the same area.  It’s much like a plan based on trends and past occurrences.  

This data allows Chief Lanier and Assist Chief of Police Diane Grooms whos job is Patrol Services to apply manpower where it is most likely to be needed.  No longer do we have to merely respond to crime but there is anticipation, which allows planning and a proactive approach to fighting crime and reducing crime.  The science of which clearly works as we see demonstrated every day.

Response time is the best factual listing of how quickly a police officer arrives at the scene once the call is placed by a citizen for assistance.  Calls are prioritized by Unified Communications / 911 and the call dispatched. Response time is vastly important in many of the situations were one’s immediate safety is or could be jeopardized.   Armed robbery,  assault,  and other heinous crimes where the perpetrator  has fled the scene required an expedient response.  Usually the 911 call taker won’t be certain if there is bodily injury or a possibility of the perpetrator still being in the vicinity.  

According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta police were the slowest to answer high-priority emergency calls among police departments from seven similar-sized cities. The results were part of a survey of police response times. In Atlanta last year it took, on average, 11 minutes and 12 seconds from the time a high-priority 911 call was received until an Atlanta police officer showed up at the scene. The response times reported by the El Paso (Texas) Police Department were only one second quicker than Atlanta’s, with an average of 11 minutes and 11 seconds.
The Denver Police Department posted a response time of 11 minutes flat. According to the Journal Constitution story, police in Tucson, Ariz., responded, on average, in 10 minutes and 11 seconds.
Police in Kansas City, Mo., and Oklahoma City posted average response times of less than 10 minutes. In Nashville-Davidson County, police recorded average response times below 9 minutes.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution compared police departments responsible for similar-sized populations in comparable-sized areas. The cities compared had to have similar-sized police departments and similar definitions for high-priority calls.
The agencies studied also needed technology in place to track response times using the same methodology. Atlanta police Deputy Chief  defended the city’s response time while also saying the department is trying to speed up its arrival to high-priority emergency calls.
“Obviously, we want the times to go down,”

It cited several factors that slow officers down, such as traffic congestion and communication between officers and police dispatchers. Asked to elaborate, the Deputy Chief said he was referring to “getting proper information” from dispatchers to officers.
Criminal justice professor Robbie Friedmann of Georgia State University said that Atlanta’s response time is “not unreasonable” when compared with the other cities.
He added that it takes longer than the public likely thinks to respond to 911 calls.

Chairman Mendelson,  these numbers speak highly to the acclaimed efficiency of our training, management and overall actions of the MPD.  When you compare some other cities response times to what we generally experience here in the Nation’s Capital then it becomes abundatly clear that under Chief Lanier and her Senior Command Staff,  our District Commanders and the rank and file do exceedingly better than national averages already.  Clearly demonstrating that their concern and desire to yet improve on these numbers marks a clear promise and proof that they are engaged in doing the very best for our community.  Chief Lanier has presented a clear and marketable approach to why she needs this redistricting so that effectually the changes that the city has experience and continue to experience will be met with an upkeep if you will in the delivery of outstanding services for every resident and visitor in the District of Columbia.   

Thank you again for the opportunity to offer my thoughts on the proposed redistricting plan presented by Chief Lanier and her staff,  she has my full support.

Monday, July 4, 2011

What it means to be an American, by James Baldwin 2007

“It is a complex fate to be an American,” Henry James observed, and the principal discovery an American writer makes in Europe is just how complex this fate is. America’s history, her aspirations, her peculiar triumphs, her even more peculiar defeats, and her position in the world — yesterday and today — are all so profoundly and stubbornly unique that the very word “America” remains a new, almost completely undefined and extremely controversial proper noun. No one in the world seems to know exactly what it describes, not even we motley millions who call ourselves Americans.
I left America because I doubted my ability to survive the fury of the color problem here. (Sometimes I still do.) I wanted to prevent myself from becoming merely a Negro; or, even, merely a Negro writer. I wanted to find in what way the specialness of my experience could be made to connect me with other people instead of dividing me from them. (I was as isolated from Negroes as I was from whites, which is what happens when a Negro begins, at bottom, to believe what white people say about him.)
In my necessity to find the terms on which my experience could be related to that of others, Negroes and whites, writers and non-writers, I proved, to my astonishment, to be as American as any Texas G.I. And I found my experience was shared by every American writer I knew in Paris. Like me, they had been divorced from their origins and it turned out to make very little difference that the origins of white Americans were European and mine were African — they were no more at home in Europe than I was.
The fact that I was the son of a slave and they were the sons of free men meant less, by the time we confronted each other on European soil, than the fact we were both searching for our separate identities. When we had found these, we seemed to be saying, why, then, we would no longer need to cling to the shame and bitterness which had divided us so long.
It became terribly clear in Europe, as it never had been here, that we knew more about each other than any European ever could. And it also became clear that, no matter where our fathers had been born, or what they had endured, the fact of Europe had formed us both was part of our identity and part of our inheritance.
I had been in Paris a couple of years before any of this became clear to me. When it did, I, like many a writer before me upon the discovery that his props have all been knocked out from under him, suffered a species of breakdown and was carried off to the mountains of Switzerland. There, in that absolutely alabaster landscape, armed with two Bessie Smith records and a typewriter, I began to try to re-create the life that I had first known as a child and from which I had spent so many years in flight.
It was Bessie Smith, through her tone and her cadence, who helped me to dig back to the way I myself must have spoken when I was a pickaninny, and to remember the things I had heard and seen and felt. I had buried them very deep. I had never listened to Bessie Smith in America (in the same way that, for years, I would not touch watermelon), but in Europe she helped to reconcile me to being a “nigger.”
I do not think that I could have made this reconciliation here. Once I was able to accept my role — as distinguished, I must say, from my “place” — in the extraordinary drama which is America, I was released from the illusion that I hated America.
The story of what can happen to an American Negro writer in Europe simply illustrates, in some relief, what can happen to any American writer there. It is not meant, of course, to imply that it happens to them all, for Europe can be very crippling, too; and, anyway, a writer, when he has made his first breakthrough, has simply won a cruel skirmish in a dangerous, unending, and unpredictable battle. Still, the breakthrough is important, and the point is that an American writer, in order to achieve it, very often has to leave this country.
The American writer, in Europe, is released, first of all, from the necessity of apologizing for himself. It is not until he is released from the habit of flexing his muscles and proving that he is just a “regular guy” that he realizes how crippling this habit has been. It is not necessary for him, there, to pretend to be something he is not, for the artist does not encounter in Europe the same suspicion he encounters here. Whatever the Europeans may actually think of artists, they have killed enough of them off by now to know that they are as real — and as persistent — as rain, snow, taxes or businessmen.
Of course, the reason for Europe’s comparative clarity concerning the different functions of men in society is that European society has always been divided into classes in a way that American society never has been. A European writer considers himself to be a part of an old and honorable tradition — of intellectual activity, of letters — and his choice of a vocation does not cause him any uneasy wonder as to whether or not it will cost him all his friends. But this tradition does not exist in America.
On the contrary, we have a very deep-seated distrust of real intellectual effort (probably because we suspect that it will destroy, as I hope it does, that myth of America to which we cling so desperately). An American writer fights his way to one of the lowest rungs on the American social ladder by means of pure bull-headedness and an indescribable series of old jobs. He probably has been a “regular fellow” for much of his adult life, and it is not easy for him to step out of that lukewarm bath.
We must, however, consider a rather serious paradox: though American society is more mobile than Europe’s, it is easier to cut across social and occupational lines there than it is here. This has something to do, I think, with the problem of status in American life. Where everyone has status, it is also perfectly possible, after all, that no one has. It seems inevitable, in any case, that a man may become uneasy as to just what his status is.
But Europeans have lived with the idea of status for a long time. A man can be as proud of being a good waiter as of being a good actor, and, in neither case, feel threatened. And this means that the actor and the waiter can have a freer and more genuinely friendly relationship in Europe than they are likely to have here. The waiter does not feel, with obscure resentment, that the actor has “made it,” and the actor is not tormented by the fear that he may find himself, tomorrow, once again a waiter.
This lack of what may roughly be called social paranoia causes the American writer in Europe to feel — almost certainly for the first time in his life — that he can reach out to everyone, that he is accessible to everyone and open to everything. This is an extraordinary feeling. He feels, so to speak, his own weight, his own value.
It is as though he suddenly came out of a dark tunnel and found himself beneath the open sky. And, in fact, in Paris, I began to see the sky for what seemed to be the first time. It was borne in on me — and it did not make me feel melancholy — that this sky had been there before I was born and would be there when I was dead. And it was up to me, therefore, to make of my brief opportunity the most that could be made.
I was born in New York, but have lived in only pockets of it. In Paris, I lived in all parts of the city — on the Right Bank and the Left, among the bourgeoisie and among les misérables, and knew all kinds of people, from pimps and prostitutes in Pigalle to Egyptian bankers in Neuilly. This may sound extremely unprincipled or even obscurely immoral; I found it healthy. I love to talk to people, all kinds of people, and almost everyone, as I hope we still know, loves a man who loves to listen.
This perpetual dealing with people very different from myself caused a shattering in me of preconceptions I scarcely knew I held. The writer is meeting in Europe people who are not American, whose sense of reality is entirely different from his own. They may love or hate or admire or fear or envy this country — they see it, in any case, from another point of view, and this forces the writer to reconsider many things he had always taken for granted. This reassessment, which can be very painful, is also very valuable.
This freedom, like all freedom, has its dangers and its responsibilities. One day it begins to be borne in on the writer, and with great force, that he is living in Europe as an American. If he were living there as a European, he would be living on a different and far less attractive continent.
This crucial day may be the day on which an Algerian taxi-driver tells him how it feels to be an Algerian in Paris. It may be the day on which he passes a café terrace and catches a glimpse of the tense, intelligent and troubled face of Albert Camus. Or it may be the day on which someone asks him to explain Little Rock and he begins to feel that it would be simpler– and, corny as the words may sound, more honorable — to go to Little Rock than sit in Europe, on an American passport, trying to explain it.
This is a personal day, a terrible day, the day to which his entire sojourn has been tending. It is the day he realizes that there are no untroubled countries in this fearfully troubled world; that if he has been preparing himself for anything in Europe, he has been preparing himself — for America. In short, the freedom that the American writer finds in Europe brings him, full circle, back to himself, with the responsibility for his development where it always was: in his own hands.
Even the most incorrigible maverick has to be born somewhere. He may leave the group that produced him — he may be forced to — but nothing will efface his origins, the marks of which he carries with him everywhere. I think it is important to know this and even find it a matter for rejoicing, as the strongest people do, regardless of their station. On this acceptance, literally, the life of a writer depends.
The charge has often been made against American writers that they do not describe society, and have no interest in it. Of course, what the American writer is describing is his own situation. But what is Anna Karenina describing if not the tragic fate of the isolated individual, at odds with her time and place?
The real difference is that Tolstoy was describing an old and dense society in which everything seemed — to the people in it, though not to Tolstoy — to be fixed forever. And the book is a masterpiece because Tolstoy was able to fathom, and make us see, the hidden laws which really governed this society and made Anna’s doom inevitable.
American writers do not have a fixed society to describe. The only society they know is one in which nothing is fixed and in which the individual must fight for his identity. This is a rich confusion, indeed, and it creates for the American writer unprecedented opportunities.
That the tensions of American life, as well as the possibilities, are tremendous is certainly not even a question. But these are dealt with in contemporary literature mainly compulsively; that is, the book is more likely to be a symptom of our tension than an examination of it. The time has come, God knows, for us to examine ourselves, ut we can only do this if we are willing to free ourselves of the myth of America and try to find out what is really happening here.
Every society is really governed by hidden laws, by unspoken but profound assumptions on the part of people, and ours is no exception. It is up to the American writer to find out what these laws and assumptions are. In a society much given to smashing taboos without thereby managing to be liberated from them, it will be no easy matter.
It is no wonder, in the meantime, that the American writer keeps running off to Europe. He needs sustenance for his journey and the best models he can find. Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy. And we have what they sorely need: a new sense of life’s possibilities.
In this endeavor to wed the vision of the Old World with that of the New, it is the writer, not the statesman, who is our strongest arm. Though we do not wholly believe it yet, the interior life is a real life, and the intangible dreams of people have a tangible effect on the world.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

NEW Diplomatic Campus proposed for a portion of Walter Reed remake.

Housing Complex

With New Diplo-Campus at Walter Reed, Space Will Open Up on Embassy Row

Tentative boundaries from March, which may be out of date.
Over the last few weeks, the District and the Army have been hashing out a final agreement about who gets what on the grounds of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, after sketching out new boundaries back in March. Over the next few months, D.C. will re-start meetings to decide what should go where on the land that it gets.
But the District isn't the only one moving forward with plans for the site. The State Department, which will be getting the northwest corner, is working on putting together a new center for between 10 and 20 chanceries, similar to the one on Van Ness Street NW just west of Connecticut Avenue. That secluded enclave was created in the 1960s, and leased to the American outposts of 22 nations including Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Jordan. The U.S. required each country's building to reflect its native architecture, which resulted in what the 2006 American Institute of Architects Guide to the Architecture of Washington called "dreadful pastiches of pseudo-vernacular forms."
Neighbors aren't just worried about ugly buildings. And they aren't even just worried about traffic. This time around, they fear the creation of another closed-off compound that won't benefit the surrounding community—a "bunker," as one citizen member of the Local Redevelopment Authority Committee put it last night. State is already talking about having a 50-foot setback between its buildings and the District's property, which made Office of Planning director Harriet Tregoning raise her eyebrows.
Of course, the level of security will depend on the requirements of the countries that opt to locate there. In response to a question from D.C. City AdministratorAllen Lew, the State Department rep said that most would be relocating from elsewhere in the District—many of them from Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue, where some buildings just no meet a modern chancery's needs. But most people don't require the kind of fortification that a foreign country's physical presence in America does these days, which means that at least a dozen or so of those buildings could become available over the next several years to interested parties, substantially weakening the area's statist character.