Archive for January 8, 2009

Banner Day for Trees and Boots

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Eckington, Park View, Petworth on January 8, 2009 by Kent

The City seems to have given us our money’s worth today. There was a remarkable amount of activity in booting cars with outstanding fines. On the positive side, new trees were planted on 3rd St., NE, and on New Hampshire Ave. on either side of Georgia Ave. Its going to be nice watching the trees mature.


Posted in Unrealized Dreams, Washington Monument on January 8, 2009 by Kent

A proposed but passed over design for the Washington Monument, this one in the Gothic Revival style.


Obama to Get a New Limo

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Presidential Limousines on January 8, 2009 by Kent

Obama’s brand new presidential limousine is a modified Cadillac that is capable of withstanding roadside bomb blasts and could survive a sustained battle involving gunfire and RPGs. It is more like a rolling tank with no gun barrel. According to the Detroit News, the new limousine also has “run-flat” tires, bulletproof glass and a completely sealed interior to protect the next president in the event of a chemical attack. It also has encrypted electronic communications equipment. You can read more about it at The

Virginia Essentially Cut off from the City on the 20th

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Inaugurations on January 8, 2009 by Kent

Good luck trying to get into the District from Virginia on Inauguration Day. As of this posting, the following closings are planned for January 2oth.

  • I-395 and Route 66 will be closed inside the beltway
  • George Washington Parkway will be closed from Alexandria to I-495
  • The 14th Steet, Theodore Roosevelt, Key, and Memorial bridges will be closed
  • Soft closings will begin at 3:00 a.m.
  • Hard closings will begin at 4:00 a.m.
  • Roads will begin to open again at 9:00 p.m.
  • Hard barriers will be removed overnightwashington-road-closings4

Then and Now

Posted in Downtown, Lost Washington, Residences, Romanesque, Then and Now on January 8, 2009 by Kent

Since President-Elect Obama and his family will be staying at the Hay-Adams until Blair House is available, I thought that would be a good subject of a Then and Now. hay-adams-mansionshay-adams-hotelThe first image ca. 1900 is of the residences of Henry Adams and John Hay. The second image, on the same site, is the namesake hotel today.

The 54th Washington Antiques Show

Posted in Antiques Shows, Auctions, & Flea Markets on January 8, 2009 by Kent

The Washington Antiques Show, starting today and running through the 11th, is one of the longest running antiques shows in the country. The show features forty-four premier dealers from the United States and Europe who offer a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, and architectural garden accents. Click here for more information.

This Date in History

Posted in January, People on January 8, 2009 by Kent

January 8, 1867: Congress grants black males the right to vote in DC elections.