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Sprucing up


In the past I wondered aloud (on the Internet) whether the crappy stores in my neck of the woods would go out of business, a la Eastern Thrifty Market, or adapt to a more upscale clientele that is undeniably moving … Continue reading

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Shady lenders lurking as the Hill appreciates


They move the people out, raise the value and sell it at a profit. Furious Styles’s monologue in “Boyz N The Hood” was my first explicit notification of the sometimes-nefarious forces behind the “g word” — gentrification. We don’t get a lot … Continue reading

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15th Street rising


When one searches for Hill East on Google, the third result the search engine spits out is an article from 2010 about development in the neighborhood scaling back. That Washington Business Journal article focuses on the stalled grandiose plans for the parcels … Continue reading

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Alley etiquette


You wouldn’t know it, but there is a proper way to speed through an alley in your car. At least, that’s what some of my neighbors think. These aren’t the whimsical ways I waxed poetically about in previous missives, a … Continue reading

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Interesting alleys: South of East Capitol


Fourth in a series Unlike Gessford Court, F Street Terrace and Kings Court, this unnamed alley seems to be neither historically nor economically notable. In fact, I can’t even identify a name for it. We’ll go with East Capitol alley for … Continue reading

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Chipotle coming to Barracks Row


Casual chain dining is embracing Barracks Row. With a committee vote down and a full zoning commission vote impending, it appears the Chinatown-ification (and not the previously loathed Adams-Morgifying threatened last year by the area’s ANC) of Capitol Hill’s main … Continue reading

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Interesting alleys: Kings Court


Third in a series Alleys are the city’s backstage. In just the past few days, I have seen kids shooting craps and listening to music, people fixing cars and legions of Hill East alley cats in the often unique passages … Continue reading

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