2013 will bring significant changes to our neighborhood, especially after Walmart opens its Georgia Avenue store at the end of this year. Speaking of Walmart, during the holidays the multinational retail company presented gifts — a poinsettia for each FGC unit. Most members seemed appreciative of the good will, but that does not negate the fact that many still resent the intrusion of the company and some consider the gesture as Walmart’s attempt to placate us. Nevertheless, the FGC board on behalf of the co-op thanks Walmart for the flowers.
It is expected that construction as normal will resume after today, and the rumbling trucks and noise returns. Occasionally, when the heavy machines are drilling and pounding, I can feel the floor vibrating underfoot and I wonder how much damage is being done to the structure of our old buildings. So far, we have had two windows in two different units implode as a result of the construction. Nevertheless, plans are still underway to give the FGC buildings a facelift. Sometime within the next few months members will see new facades installed on each building, new carpeting on the front stoops and a new intercom system; all the more reason why it is important that you pay your monthly carrying charges on time.
Speaking of paying carrying charges — let’s talk for a moment about sticker shock. On November 27, during the NBC4 5PM news it was reported that, according to apartmentratings.com, the average monthly rent for a two bedroom unit in Washington, DC is $2000. FGC members count your blessings, and if you are an atheist cross your fingers and toes, because we never know what cards could be dealt in the future by the hand of fate.
There is much discussion on the community listservs about robberies in the neighborhood and theft of packages left in front of doors by UPS and the USPS mail courier. FGC has a slight advantage over the people living in houses. Our packages, if left in front of our unit door, are behind a secured lobby door, but that is no guarantee that an intruder in the building will not steal your package. That is unfortunately the world in which we live. If you are expecting a package, and you know that your next door neighbor is usually at home during the day, ask that neighbor to get the package if she/he sees it in front of your door and hold it until you return home. That is just one of many advantages to being a friendly neighbor.