Mike DeBonis was spot on regarding the solidarity east of the Anacostia River [“Solidarity for Anacostia restaurant after owner’s drug arrest,” Metro, Nov. 16]. As a resident of Anacostia, I witness this community spirit every day, which is one of the main reasons I moved there. Frankly, it’s one of the only places in the District where you can find a real community. My neighbors, many of whom have lived on my block for more than 30 years, look out for me, ask about me, take care of me and call me when I’ve been out of town simply to check up on me. It’s one of the best parts of my day.

Unfortunately, too few people on the northwest side of the Anacostia ever cross the river to realize this. I’m amazed by the psychological barrier, despite how close Anacostia is to downtown Washington. And I’ve noticed that Anacostia is often the last place served when it comes to basic services, such as snow clearing, restoration of power after an outage and the delivery of city-issued trash cans.  

This needs to change. There’s too much of a good thing going on east of the river for the northwest to neglect it for much longer. 

Michael Shank, Washington