Archive for February 17, 2009

D.C. United — Will They Move to Prince George’s?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2009 by Kent

dc_unitedD.C. United seems to have finally found a permanent home, and it doesn’t look like its going to be in the District. According to the United’s Website, club executives joined state and county officials at a crowded press conference announcing new legislation to build a soccer-specific stadium in Prince George’s County, Maryland, yesterday.

Yet, despite all the optimism and hoopla, there is still a chance the United may not move to PG. Maryland needs to show them the money, and if funds fall short, a stadium in Maryland may not materialize. Personally, I think it would be good for the City to keep them here, and it would be great for Anacostia and give them a much needed development boost.

I guess only time will tell, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the United end up staying.

More about the United here>>

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Lost Washington

Posted in Art Deco, Lost Washington, Penn Quarter on February 17, 2009 by Kent

greyhound-bus-terminalYesterday, the Greyhound Bus terminal was featured on the Then and Now section. I thought it would be good to give more information about it.

The terminal was designed in 1938 by W. S. Arrasmith. Appropriately enough, the location at the southeast corner of New York Avenue and 11th Street, NW, was the former site of the Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis Electric Railway depot (used between 1921 and 1935).

greyhound-bus-terminal-planThe building was built of reinforced concrete. The front facades were faced with buff Indiana limestone trimmed in black terra-cotta.

In addition to the bus terminal, the building also house a restaurant, soda fountain, bookstore, drugstoe, and newsstand.

The building was at first remodeled in 1976, and then scheduled to be razed in 1979. Fortunately, it was saved and restored in 1988. It now functions as the lobby of the office building behind it.greyhound-terminal

Old Soldiers’ Home Development Delayed

Posted in Park View, Petworth, Real Estate on February 17, 2009 by Kent

soldiers-home-development1The Post reported today that officials at the Old Soldiers’ Home were apparently still planning to move forward with plans to build a hotel, supermarket, medical offices and housing on its grounds, but, because of the declining value of land and real estate have decided to pull back from the project and terminated their relationship with the developer Crescent Resources.

Random Observations

Posted in Automobiles, Random Observations on February 17, 2009 by Kent

Car with bootThis might be a rhetorical question, but then again, someone might have a good reason for this. BUT, does anyone else see a problem with the boot on this car?

If you don’t see it right away, look at the detail shot below. The boot is on wrong side out. So … how hard is it to boot a car?boot

Zoo’s Baby Gorilla is a Girl

Posted in Zoo on February 17, 2009 by Kent

The National Zoo has been able to determine the gender of its newborn gorilla, and its a girl. For video of the newborn with an interview with Amanda Bania, the National Zoos Great Ape Keeper, see below.ape-video

507 9th Street, SE

Posted in Capitol Hill, Real Estate on February 17, 2009 by Kent

507 9th StreetI knew this house would be on the small side based on its street presence, but after stepping inside I discovered that size was the least of its worries. The heavily stained carpet indicates that the owners had a pet, and while the carpet can easily be replaced, that’s an added expense and you never know what you’re going to find when you tear it up.

The floor in the kitchen was a little soft, and I have no idea how that can be easily fixed. It was nice that there was a full bath off the kitchen in the back, though.

Perhaps the most obvious problem was the missing stair banister, which is a clear safety hazard. Yet, everything I saw could be largely cosmetic or repaired. I can see that if you gave this house some TLC, it could be cozy.

Its never going to be a big house, but it is a good neighborhood and close to a few good restaurants and Metro.

Initially I thought the asking price of $549,000 was reasonable, but after seeing the place and factoring in how much it would cost to fix it up, I’d have to think long and hard about what would be reasonable.

See listing here>>

Unrealized Dreams — The Capitol: part 2

Posted in Capitol (The), Unrealized Dreams on February 17, 2009 by Kent

Charles Wintersmith’s unsuccessful entry in the Capitol design competition of 1792.wintersmith-capitol-plan