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Dear PoP – Old School Street Rails from 14th St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth April 8, 2010 at 12:10 am 16 Comments

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“Dear PoP,

I was walking home today along 14th St. in Columbia Heights and noticed this pile of steel in the middle of the road where demolition of the street is taking place.

It appears this is the old streetcar track from the line that used to run up 14th street during the first half of the 1900’s

As someone who loves old photos of neighborhoods, and any urban archaeological relic that speaks of a time gone by, this was a goldmine for me.

It made me a little sad to see them there, as I was the only one even looking at them, and thinking about how important they were when they once linked this part of the city to downtown D.C.
People drove by, horns were honking, a fire engine came blaring through, people strolled along with their headphones on, and others just gazed straight ahead without even glancing over to wonder what this discarded pile of junk even was.

I rushed home to get my camera and snapped some photos.”

Super cool. I look forward to their new cousins on H St, NE and later Georgia Ave, NW to become active!

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