The Eastern Market neighborhood near Capitol Hill was the scene of a remarkable community rescue during a sudden eviction of one of their most colorful residents.
On a recent day when Michael’s possessions began filling the sidewalk under the orders of federal marshals, a few of his neighbors wondered if there was something they could do to help. Michael was nowhere to be seen, but his ostentatious furniture was drawing a crowd: Lurking nearby were people in vans waiting to nab the belongings as soon as the officials exited the area.
A couple of vendors from the local market joined in the vigil and began making phone calls. Then, just when things could have gotten ugly, a spontaneous rescue unfolded with surprising and impressive results. The neighborhood characters each played a role in protecting the dignity of one of their own.
(READ the riveting story in the Washington Post)