“Whose streets? Our streets!” is a frequent rallying cry in D.C., as residents take over the streets in ways both permitted and unpermitted. Last Saturday, there were two different permitted uses of the streets that drew thousands to different areas – the Georgia Open Streets initiative and the Women’s March.
Georgia Open Streets
Cars were banned from three miles of Georgia Avenue, and lots of people came to enjoy it – by foot, scooter, rollerblades, bicycles – any mode of transportation except cars.
Many people enjoyed the freedom of dancing in the street.
There was music on some porches, and other entertainment along the street.
It was a fun day, but the free Covid vaccine station was both useful and a reminder of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, over on Pennsylvania Avenue —
The 2021 Women’s March
This year’s Women’s March went from Freedom Plaza to the Supreme Court. Leading it, as usual, were the wonderful percussive rhythms from Batala.
There was a banner at the front of the march, and signs set up along the way.
There were participants of all ages:
Many women had signs or masks in honor of Justice Ginsberg, who died last year.
A fulfilling but ultimately tiring day for all: