Dear PoP

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” So you may know this but I thought this an odd little fact, I was getting some google directions and this is what came up for T Street NW:

Turn left at Duke Ellington Ave/T St NW

You are out and about the city all of the time, any idea when that happened?”

I had heard that Duke Ellington lived on T Street at one point (the residence pictured above is from 13th Street). But I hadn’t known they renamed part of T Street after him until I read your email. So I did a bit of searching around and the great Washington Post writer, Marc Fisher, found the answer back in Oct. 2007. He writes:

“D.C. Council member Jim Graham is proposing to rename two streets in Shaw for Duke Ellington and Chuck Brown, creating the possibility that you could one day, as a prelude to a kiss, or if you just need some money, head over to the corner of Ellington Avenue and Chuck Brown Way. That would be at the current intersection of Seventh and T streets NW.”

Super cool.

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