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Lights out, where the sun never sets


Sometimes, the intensity of D.C. just saps my own energy. Often the best way to re-absorb the city’s vibe is just to take a walk and soak it all on. The garishly painted rowhouses, alley cats, friendly and (unfriendly) people … Continue reading

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Interesting alleys: F Street Terrace and the Archibald Walk


Second in a series To the west of the Anacostia River, there is no F Street SE. There is however, an F Street Terrace, a one block alley that runs in the same direction as the city’s numbered streets and … Continue reading

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New basketball court coming to Capitol Hill


I have been frustrated. Emails have been sent to Councilman Tommy Wells and the D.C. Parks department. Questions have been asked of the neighborhood kids and construction workers installing a breathtakingly nice football/baseball/soccer field. When is our basketball court at … Continue reading

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Argument for a Capitol Hill Historic District takeover?


I inspected pretty closely: This house on Independence Avenue SE has only one electric meter — I am 95 percent that this is s single-family home. Your average (pretty attractive, if you ask me) rowhouse has spawned an additional rowhouse … Continue reading

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In D.C. parks, take a seat; just don’t get comfortable


There is a fantastic little triangular park bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, 17th and C Streets SE, complete with a playground, views of exquisitely painted rowhouses and the most uncomfortable damn benches in the world. Our society seems overly concerned with … Continue reading

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Visualizing just how narrow those rowhouses are


City-dwellers are¬†accustomed¬†to tight spaces. Squeezing through a crowded club, trying to jam a queen bed through a basement door or inching into the world’s smallest parking space. It’s just the way it is. Cramped conditions result in creativity. And no … Continue reading

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Can D.C.’s corner store dinosaurs evolve?


Just East of Capitol Hill, corner stores play more into the rhythm of daily life than the big-box stores, CVS and groceries of more commercial areas in D.C. But 15th St., straddling Northeast and Southeast, might be the winner of … Continue reading

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