The Girl Without a Bike

I saw the pictures in the District Extra about bikes being given away in the Shaw neighborhood ["Day of Delight and Disappointment," July 14]. I was struck by the photo of the little girl crying over not having a new bike and wondered, since I have two kids who love their bikes, if I could buy her one. Does someone at The Post know how I could go about this? Many thanks in advance for any assistance you could provide.

Susan C. Hughes

Friendship Heights

Editor's note: District Extra received numerous expressions of generosity like this one from readers offering to buy a bicycle for Doretha Curry. She is a 7-year-old girl who did not get a bicycle during a neighborhood block party, because all of the bikes available were too large for her. Fortunately, Leroy J. Thorpe Jr., organizer of the Red Hats, a citizens crime patrol organization in Shaw, said arrangements have been made to secure a bike for Doretha. Those who would like to provide bicycles for other children still in need can reach Thorpe at 202-387-1596 or 202-391-3762, or 1704 Fifth St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Giving Credit for Skyland

I was dismayed at the distortion of history in the District Notebook article about the city's latest move to redevelop the Skyland Shopping Center ["Target or Bust," July 14]. To give credit to new council members Kwame R. Brown (D-At Large), Vincent C. Gray (D-Ward 7) and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) for the latest progress while blaming former council member Kevin Chavous for failure to get the job done is simply not fair.

Although the three new council members support the project, and council member Gray in particular deserves credit for monitoring it these past six months, it was well underway when they began running for office. Progress to date can be attributed to strong community backing, the leadership of Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D), hard work by the National Capital Revitalization Corp., and support by the D.C. Council, particularly former council members Chavous and Harold Brazil, and council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2).

Brazil, Chavous and Evans laid the groundwork by introducing several bills on funding for the Skyland project and the use of eminent domain, all of which were strongly supported by the community and passed by the council. Credit should be given where credit is due.

Kathy Chamberlain

Vice President

Hillcrest Community Civic Association