Removal Of Memorial In Dupont Spurs Outrage | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Removal Of Memorial In Dupont Spurs Outrage

Play associated audio

Alice Swanson was riding her bicycle to work when she was struck and killed by a garbage truck. Swanson was 22-years-old.

Shortly after her death, Swanson's friends and family erected a memorial at the site of her death near Dupont Circle. It was a bicycle entirely painted white, known in the cycling community as a ghost bike. The memorial stood for more than a year.

But on Friday afternoon, workers in the Mayor's office removed the ghost bike, without informing Swanson's family.

L. Morrow is a newspaper vendor who works in Dupont. He says he used to leave a newspaper in the basket of Swanson's ghost bike as a tribute and he's "appalled at the Mayor for taking that bicycle away like that."

The Mayor's spokespeople declined to comment on this story. The Washington City Paper reports that complaints from nearby businesses led to the bike's removal.

David Schultz reports...


Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.

Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

Big-Spending Democrat Faces Off With Koch Brothers In Campaign Ads

Climate change activist Tom Steyer has become the single biggest supporter of Democrats this election. New FEC filings show he gave his NextGen Climate Action superPAC another $15 million. In ads, NextGen is tying candidates in six Senate races to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

Tweets In Hong Kong Put Kenny G In Jam With Communist Party

The saxophone superstar, hugely popular in mainland China, walked into a mine field in Hong Kong. Selfies with demonstrators sparked a response from the government — and Kenny G took down the tweets.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.