This 1791 topographical map gives a very raw look at the DC landscape before the city had streets. You can see that topography very much defined the original city limits. Boundary Street, today’s Florida Avenue, followed the bottom of the hill that still marks the border between the U St area and Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan.
If you look closely, unmarked buildings appear throughout the city. Another interesting feature is the broad creek running just south of the White House. With the exception of Rock Creek, all of the creeks in the original city limits would be filled in or covered over. Georgetown’s street grid looks very similar to today’s grid. An act of the Maryland Legislature set in motion the building of Georgetown. Surveying was completed in 1752, and by the time of the publishing of this map it had grown into a thriving port of trade.
You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.
“Police say to avoid area of Mass/N-Cap. 3-pedestrians struck. Streets closed in every direction. Now a crime scene.”
A reader writes:
“traffic accident around 8am right on the corner in front of the Dubliner near union station. I was standing across the street and two and possibly 3 people were hit. 2 of the ppl were not moving. I called 911 and the police were there in 2 minutes and an ambulance at 3-4.”
Update from DDOT at 8:55am:
“Police: Mass at North Cap will be closed to all traffic for another 2-hours. DDOT personnel on scene to assist.”
Update from @IAFF36:
“Final on N. Cap – 8 patients transported: 2 to Med Star -3 to Howard – 3 to GW”
This evening [Tuesday] at approximately 10:00 pm, we had a shooting in the 1300 block of 6th Street, NW.
Over the past 2 weeks there have been shootings in the area even with my uniformed police officers nearby. I have increased my uniformed and plain clothes officers due to recent violence. However, these criminals have no regard for public safety or law enforcement. We are asking for the public’s assistance.
In every shooting a dark colored vehicle has been observed by witnesses and officers fleeing the area.
Please report any suspicious activity, vehicles, and subjects to the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099.
@Presence_Is_Now tweeted it was a “drive by shooting at 6th & N NW”
I wanted to let you know that a new restaurant is going in at 606 Florida Ave, NW (next to Bistro Boehm) in the old Reese’s salon … I asked what it was going to be and the owner? said it was going to be a seafood restaurant.
Free of charge, Classic Bluegrass, Old-Time, Fiddle and Country music, takes over the basement of The Pinch! Get there early so you’re sure to see the fabulous flying fingers of DC’s premier up-and-coming acoustic talent!
3548 14th St NW
June 20, 2013 9:00 pm
Ed. Note: You can see all events here and you can schedule your own event listing here.
I am very pleased to provide you with the final copy of the Settlement Agreement negotiated with Brookland’s Finest LLC on behalf of residents in the immediate vicinity of the Restaurant’s location at 3126-3128 12th Street NE. This agreement, which was signed this evening, came about as a result of a meeting of those residents held nearly a month ago, where they brought forth their concerns and proposed ways of addressing them. This led to a series of negotiations with Brookland’s Finest, in person and by email, which culminated in the attached agreement. Residents in the immediate vicinity of the Restaurant were present and provided feedback during all of these discussions. I was also well advised during this process by very competent legal counsel who are experts in DC’s alcohol regulations.
I also wanted to take a moment to commend the Brookland’s Finest team for their amazing cooperation in getting this agreement done. They listened carefully to the residents’ concerns and proposed constructive solutions.
The Bike Rack is offering free coffee (hot and iced) for bicycle commuters Wednesday morning, June 19th from 7:30 until the coffee is all gone. We will be at the corner of 14th and Q, NW handing out free cups of Peregrine coffee as you make your way into work tomorrow morning.
Adaptive Reuse Proposal
Takoma Theatre Apartments is a proposed adaptive reuse project that seeks to creatively convert the historic Takoma Theatre into a mixed-use building with apartment units and ground-level flex space. Working with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, this adaptive reuse proposal will retain the exterior of the historic structure and its vestibule and lobby configuration. In an attempt to retain the building’s historic association as a theatre, the exterior redesign will retain the scale and rhythm of openings and incorporate compatible material. Additionally, theatre signage and marquee will be retained and incorporated into the new design. This proposed new use as an apartment building with flex space will complement the current residential neighborhood and enhance the vitality of the community. In an effort to bring life back to this historic landmark and enhance to the vitality of the community, this project capitalizes on the historic building’s notable design, prominent location, and original mixed-use program.
You can learn more about the project here and more about the history of the Takoma Theatre here.
If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please shoot me an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit.
“Whiskey (a.k.a. Little Miss Whiskey) (top) and Napoleon (bottom) enjoy their new cat shelves.”
“Here’s a pic of Ozzy – a 9 week old Pekepoo pup (half Pekingese / half Poodle) enjoying the view from his Brookland porch.”
“Luke in Pleasant Plains wishes not to be disturbed.”