Tom Goss is a gay singer-songwriter who lives in D.C. If you were at the 17th Street Festival last September, you might have caught his performance. A native of Wisconsin, he moved to the area in 2004 to enter Catholic seminary. He later abandoned his quest to become a priest and began performing in local coffee houses in 2006.
Goss is also still program manager at Charlie’s Place, an organization that works with the homeless; it is based at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 1830 Connecticut Avenue NW.
Today, he is a successful musician with two full-length CDs, two LPs, a live DVD and four music videos. Next month his latest CD, “Turn It Around,” releases, which will be followed by a 10-week, 50-city tour. For more information about Tom and his music, visit his website.
Borderstan: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
Goss: I describe my music as Acoustic pop. Lots of folks call it singer-songwriter but I try to really focus on writing pop songs more in the vain of The Beatles rather than folk songs. People often compare me to Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, David Gray or Dave Matthews.
Police Alert- ROBBERY (GUN) ESTABLISHMENT_NELLY’S SPORTS BAR: 900 U ST NW: 2B/M’S LAST SEEN IN A WHITE VEH UNKNOW MAKE AND MODEL DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20100197796
Nellie’s then confirmed the robbery and that a gun was involved.
Crime Stats: Large Rise in Gun Crimes
A quick check of MPD crime stats shows the following numbers for the area around 12th and U Street NW¹ for the past one year compared to the prevoious one-year period. As you will note below, the number of robberies in the area has gone down from 55 to 47–but the number of those robberies with guns has doubled, from 12 to 24.
In the meantime, the number of assaults has almost tripled from 6 to 17 on the U Street corridor, which includes surrounding side streets to both the north and south.¹
Combine assaults and robberies and the number of such crimes has increased from 61 to 64 in the past year, a 5% increase. The number of gun crimes (robberies and assaults with a gun) in the U Street area has increased from 12 to 28–a 133% increase. There was one homicide in each of the years in the defined U Street NW reporting area.
Violent Crime Trends in Area
Robbery Excluding Gun
04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009: 43
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 23 (43% decrease)
Robbery with Gun
04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009: 12
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 24 (100% increase)
Assault with a Deadly Weapon (without gun)
04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009: 6
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 13 (116% increase)
Assault with a Deadly Weapon (with gun)
04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009: 0
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 4
¹ The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW–an area that roughly runs from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south. This area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which is part of MPD’s Third District.