Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dupont Circle Rat Sanctuary and Sonny Bono Park

This is from Google Maps. The "Dupont Circle Rat Sanctuary" moniker is simply a humorous nod to the fact that D.C. government has done very little to stop rat infestation in Dupont Circle. One problem is there are pet dogs who would get into bait trays, there are a lot of people eating lunch and throwing birdseed, and there are always homeless folks living on one bench or another. D.C. could smoke, poison, and plow the dens, but D.C. government is not that industrious.

Sonny Bono does not really have a statue
, but there is a plaque, and in the middle of the little triangle of land, buried in a time capsule, are a pair of Sonny's congressional cufflinks, the original handwritten lyrics to "I Got You Babe", and a menu to his long forgotten California restaurant. The whole thing was put together by someone who pays the city a fee to maintain this little dirt strip of a park named after their friend.  We should all be so lucky.

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