Councilmember Wells to Lead Walk-Through

Posted April 18, 2007 at 4:50pm

In response to a recent rape in the H Street Northeast neighborhood, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells and representatives from key government agencies will lead a “Community Walk Through” in the corridor tonight. Metropolitan Police Department 1st district Cmdr. Diane Groomes also will take part in the event.

The walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 14th and G streets Northeast and will end at the same location at 7:30 p.m.

“Public safety is a key concern for all Ward 6 residents, but the need for this Community Walk Through was brought to a head with the recent sexual assault that occurred in the 1300 block alley between G and H Street, NE,” Wells said in a statement. “I hope residents in this neighborhood will join us for this very important event.”

The walk will begin with a discussion on the progress of the investigation into the sexual assault.

D.C. Walking Tours Offered This Weekend

Cultural Tourism DC will hold more than 60 free walking tours throughout Washington, D.C., on Saturday and Sunday, many of which will be on Capitol Hill.

Learn about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered history of the Hill in a tour that will take participants through the birth of women’s clubs, the first gay “super” clubs and the local drag shows. The tour starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday outside of Mr. Henry’s at Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast. Another tour will visit one of the city’s only remaining hitching posts and Capitol Hill alleys to tell the history of alley living. It starts at noon on the northeast corner of Third Street and Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast.

Other tours include a bike ride along the Anacostia River, a history of the National Mall and a tour of African-American landmarks around the Hill. All tours are listed on www.culturaltourismdc.org.

As part of the event, the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. also is holding a few free tours on Sunday, where participants can learn about Poplar Point, Kingman Island and the Hill East Waterfront. More information can be found at the AWC’s Web site, www.anacostiawaterfront.net.

— Daniel Heim and Emily Yehle