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  • I think this is a great effort, and I hope the city moves forward with turning more alleys into livable spaces!

    But there are a number of alleys in the city that could use basic pothole repair, police presence, sweeping — you name it. I like the idea of making all alleys as nice as Naylor Court, but I think the city would do well to do the bare minimum as well. I’ve stopped counting the number of times I’ve requested sweeping of the alley near my place in Columbia Heights, only to see nothing happen at all.

  • I wonder if the city even knows about all the alleys it has. I’m aware of a few that are almost completely undetectable from the outside streets, accessed by passageways that would be too small for any modern motor vehicle. They are fascinating, secret worlds.

  • this is fascinating reading

  • Kim Protho Williams will speak on the Alley Buildings of Capitol Hill Wednesday, May 21, 6:30-7:15 p.m., Ebenezers Coffee House (downstairs), 2nd and F St. NE. Williams is an architectural historian and the National Register coordinator at the D.C. Historic Preservation Office. Her talk will be on historic alley buildings of Capitol Hill and is the result of three years of researching and identifying surviving alley buildings in the “old” city (the L’Enfant Plan) and Georgetown. The presentation will provide some background on the history of alleyways in the city, the rise of alley dwellings and other building types within those alleyways, and then a review of the findings on Capitol Hill. The presentation will thus highlight some of Capitol Hill’s “best,” or “oldest,” or most quintessential historic alley buildings.

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