Archive for February 13, 2009

Then and Now

Posted in Capitol Hill, Then and Now on February 13, 2009 by Kent

tunnicliffThen: Built in 1795, Tunnicliff’s was located on the southwest corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and 9th Street, SE, until it was razed in 1931.

BPNow: A BP gas station is located on the site.

An Additional Expense at the Market?

Posted in City Services, Food on February 13, 2009 by Kent

grocery-bagI’m not sure how I feel about this. The majority of the D.C. Council supports legislation that would effectively impose a 5 cent fee on all grocery bags, paper or plastic. The Council is hoping to raise additional money, while encouraging people to be more green.

While elderly and low-income shoppers would be given reusable shopping bags for free, the rest of us would be required to purchase bags at about $1 per bag … and this would apply to all vendors, including street, convenience, and drug stores.

The legislation will be officially introduced to the Council on Tuesday.

Lost Washington

Posted in Anacostia, Lost Washington, Street Cars on February 13, 2009 by Kent

The Washington Railway and Electric Company (WR&E) was the larger of the two major street railway companies in Washington until 1933. At that time, it merged with its main competitor, the Capital Traction Company, to form the Capital Transit Company. washington-railway-electric-company-anacostia-and-potomac-car-house

The WR&E car barn, one of the components of Washington’s large system of streetcar service that is no longer in existence, was located in Anacostia near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and V Streets, SE.

chs-1237031These images are of the front, rear, and interior of the Anacostia car barn taken in 1914. They give some idea of the size and scale of the service provided to the city. chs-1237032

(Images courtesy of Historical Society of Washington, Washington Railway & Electric Company Anacostia and Potomac Car House. General Photograph Collection, #CHS 12370.30, CHS 12370.31, & CHS 12370.32)

Electric Cars, Things of the Past?

Posted in Automobiles, Capitol (The) on February 13, 2009 by Kent

pan-american-issueUse of electricity to power automobiles has been a hot topic in the last few years, but in truth, its a return to an old idea. In the early years of car development, different methods of generating power were tried. In addition to the gasoline engine, steam and battery power were also explored.

The stamp to the right was issued May 1, 1901, in honor of the Pan American Exposition being held in Buffalo, N.Y. The four cent stamp portrays an electric automobile, or more appropriately an “Electric Vehicle Service” as illustrated in the turn of the century Baltimore and Ohio Railroad flyer from which the engraving of the stamp was based, complete with Capitol Dome in the background.

Lunch at Rumors

Posted in Downtown, Food, Restaurants on February 13, 2009 by Kent

rumorsRumors is a very middle of the road eatery as far as I’m concerned. To its credit, its low key, casual, and has a good selection of comfort food. Additionally, prices are moderate and the food is consistent. Both are good things.

I get a sense from the decor that where Rumors really shines is during happy hour, but I haven’t checked that out yet.

I’ve never had to wait to be seated there, and service has always been good. While Rumors isn’t usually my first choice, it is a good selection and I’ve never been disappointed by my experience there. For more information, go here>>

Our Metro Stations

Posted in Brutalism, Metro on February 13, 2009 by Kent

U Street Metro StationTruthfully, I just really like this photo. That said, it is a good example of Brutalism, as are all the original Metro stations in our system. Too bad the newer stations like New York Avenue don’t continue the theme.

New Look for Lincoln Penny

Posted in Presidents on February 13, 2009 by Kent

Yesterday, appropriately, saw the introduction of four new designs for the reverse side of the penny in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday. The designs are shown below. To find out more, go to the U.S. Mint Press