Archive for February 21, 2009

Arrest Expected in Chandra Levy Case

Posted in Crime on February 21, 2009 by Kent

This is kind of weird, but I was just talking about Chandra Levy last week at work, and now I’m reading on WJLA that Chandra Levy’s parents said Friday  that police called them and told them an arrest was near. Levy’s father told The Associated Press that the police chief of Washington called his Modesto home late Friday and said there would be an arrest in a few days. Robert Levy and his wife, Susan, declined to say whom they believe will be arrested, nor when an arrest warrant might be issued.

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Then and Now

Posted in Downtown on February 21, 2009 by Kent

army-navy-clubThen: The original Army and Navy Club, located at the southeast corner of Eye and 17th Streets, NW. Built in 1891, it was razed in 1962.

p1010003Now: The rather boring building is currently on the site. Why do I have the right to call it boring? I used to work in it.

Marble Threatens Capitol Visitors

Posted in Capitol Hill, Government Buildings on February 21, 2009 by Kent

USA9 reported yesterday that the deteriorating condition of the Cannon House Office Building, Russell Senate Office Building, and Supreme Court Buildings is to such a degree that visitors to these buildings may be at risk.

Hunks of marble are crumbling away, some of them fist size. A spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol insists they’re acting quickly — before anything bad happens.

Takoma at a Glance

Posted in Real Estate, Takoma on February 21, 2009 by Kent

The Takoma neighborhood was featured in the Washington Post back on June 7, 2008. If you missed it, you may want to check out the article Its Name Lacks a ‘Park,’ but  Not Its Vibe. The Post summarized the neighborhood in the following manner.

BOUNDARIES: In Northwest Washington, with Georgia Avenue to the west, Tuckerman Street to the south, and Eastern Avenue linking the two in a triangle.

SCHOOLS: Takoma Elementary and Coolidge High schools

HOME SALES: Forty-four houses sold in the past year, including a damaged shell for $215,000 and the rest between $230,000 and $950,000, according to Dan Metcalf, an agent with Long & Foster. Fifteen condos and co-ops sold, for prices between $135,000 and $419,000.Twenty-four houses are listed for sale, at prices between $275,000 and $699,000. Four condos and co-ops are for sale, at prices between $174,900 and $408,500.

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: Safeway, CVS, Walter Reed Armey Medical Center, the Takoma Metro station, downtown Takoma Park and Takoma’s commercial strip inside the District.

WITHIN 10 MINUTES BY CAR: Downtown Silver Spring

This Date in History

Posted in February, Washington Monument on February 21, 2009 by Kent

February 21, 1885: The Washington Monument was dedicated on a wintry day before George Washington’s birthday. The celebration lasted into the night, and ended with the first ever fireworks display to be held on the grounds. The monument would not open to the public for another three years, however, to allow for the completion of the interior stairwell and elevator.momument-dedication