Archive for January 21, 2009

White House Blog

Posted in Presidents on January 21, 2009 by Kent

Among the changes at the White House yesterday was the initiation of a White House Blog. While it is still in its infancy, it may be worth watching. Its stated objectives as listed in its first post are Communication, Transparency, and Participation. It includes a call for comments, so if you have any ideas on what would be of value to you from the White House, now is a good time to express your ideas.

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Federal Triangle — As It Could Have Been

Posted in Downtown, Unrealized Dreams on January 21, 2009 by Kent

proposed-buildings-pennsylvania-aveHere are two views of the Federal Triangle area as originally planned in response to the McMillan Commission. The first image is facing east toward the Capitol, the second facing west up Pennsylvania Avenue.

In 1901 Congress adopted a resolution directing that a plan for the improvement of the entire park system of the District of Columbia be prepared and reported to the U.S. Senate. Senator James McMillan, as chairman of the newly created Park Improvement Commission of the District of Columbia (better known as the McMillan Commission) was responsible for this charge. For support in this endeavor, Senator McMillan enlisted such renowned experts as Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. for the landscaping aspects of the plan and Charles McKim and Daniel Burnham for the architectural aspects. The McMillan Commission restored and expanded the open spaces and parks introduced by L’Enfant as leading elements in the federal identity of the national capital.

proposed-government-buildingsThe central feature of the McMillan Commission’s plan for the National Capital was itself an open green space. The Mall was reconfigured to frame and emphasize the formal link between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Reinforcing L’Enfant’s themes, the McMillan Commission further highlighted the relationship among the grand axial streets and avenues, and the groupings of major public buildings along the Mall.


(The above exerpt is from the National Capitol Planning Commission Web site. The entire text can be found here)

Exodus Continues

Posted in Inaugurations on January 21, 2009 by Kent

Judging from the amount of luggage on Metro this morning, Inauguration visitors are still leaving the city. Its also clear that most of these folks were either able to visit our city for a while, or really don’t know how to pack. To their credit, most seem to have learned to stand on the left of the escalators.

Then and Now

Posted in Petworth, Then and Now on January 21, 2009 by Kent

re-190 Then: Southwest corner of Upshur and Rock Creek Church Rd, NW. Photo taken on June 23, 1927. (Image courtesy Historical Society of Washington, D.C. View over Reservation 213B, #RE 190).

upshur-and-rock-creek-church Now: Same building. Instead of a drug store, its now a restaurant. I forgot to get the name of the establishement, so if you know, please let me know.

Timeless Beauty

Posted in Fashion, First Ladies, Inaugurations on January 21, 2009 by Kent

michelle-obama Yesterday, Michelle Obama wore a sparkling lemon grass sheath dress with matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo for the Inauguration. I loved that she completed the ensemble with green gloves from J. Crew and Jimmy Choo green patent pumps. The choice of materials and colors seemed more sophisticated that most.

I thought her appearance was instantly classic. The lines were graceful and simple, accentuating her natural beauty. Generally, I’ve enjoyed that Mrs. Obama has tended to select simple lines in her clothes, opting to add sparkle with the fabric’s weave or print. I’m looking forward to watching Mrs. Obama over the next four years, and truly hope that her impact on American fashion lives up to its potential.

I’d be interested to hear what others think.

This Date in History

Posted in January, Sports on January 21, 2009 by Kent

January 21, 1928: The Catholic University Courtment routed the George Washington Colonials, 40 t0 20.catholic-basketball-team-ca-1920