Archive for April 14, 2009

Lost Washington: Northern Liberty Market

Posted in Lost Washington, Markets, Mount Vernon Square on April 14, 2009 by Kent

The Northern Liberty Market, later known as the Convention Hall, was begun in 1874 and completed in a record 6 months. It replaced the former structure at Mount Vernon Square that Gov. Alexander R. Shepherd had ordered closed in August 1872.convention-hall

Located on the east side of 5th Street, NW, between K and L Streets, Northern Liberty Market was the chief competitor to Central Market, located where the National Archives now sits. Continue reading

Neon Parking Sign

Posted in Neon, Penn Quarter on April 14, 2009 by Kent

park-hereI have a soft spot for neon signs. I know that neon is still used in public signage, but it seems its hidden behind a lot of Plexiglas these days.

This one is on 11th Street across from the old Woodies.

NCAA Frozen Four Tournament a Success

Posted in Sports, Universities on April 14, 2009 by Kent

2009-frozen-four-logoI thought this was great news. I read in yesterday’s Express that many who were involved in this years Frozen Four hockey tournament thought that Washington was the best experience, or among them, that they’ve ever had with a hosting venue — that being the Verizon Center.

Jack Parker, coach of Boston University’s hockey team, went so far as to go on record stating “This is the best NCAA tournament I’ve brought my team to.” Incidentally, the winner of this years tournament was Boston University.

The teams of the NCAA definitely want to come back, but the earliest that could happen would be 2013. Kudos to the Washington Capitals and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance for a job well done.

Plymouth Belvedere

Posted in Park View, Vintage Vehicles with tags , on April 14, 2009 by Kent

This car looks like it could use a little TLC, but its still nice to see it on the road after 45 years. It appears to be a 1964 Plymouth Belvedere, and I found it just off New Hampshire Avenue a few blocks south of the Georgia Avenue intersection.Plymouth Belvedere

Tidal Basin Before 1936

Posted in Potomac Park (East & West) on April 14, 2009 by Kent

Here’s an old postcard that shows the south side of the tidal basin and East Potomac Park prior to 1936, when they broke ground for the Jefferson Memorial.washington-harbor

Filmfest DC Starts Thursday

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Film on April 14, 2009 by Kent

filmfest-dcThursday marks the start of Washington’s 23rd annual Filmfest DC which will run through April 26th.

If you have the time, you may want to check out some of the films this year. From what I’ve seen in years past, there is usually much of interest, and its nice to see films that would otherwise not be seen here.

Kicking off this year is the film Departures (Japan), which will follow the opening night Gala at the Harman Center for the Arts.

If you haven’t been before, I strongly suggest you try it. You can get a complete list of this years films and more information at the Filmfest DC website.

Another Brouhaha Over Nats Ticket Between Fenty, D.C. Council

Posted in D.C. Government, Sports on April 14, 2009 by Kent

nationals-parkJust when you thought it was safe to go back to the ball game, the D.C. Council and Mayor Fenty are at odds over Nationals tickets … AGAIN!

According to Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, the city’s agreement with the Nationals gives the Council and Mayor the use of Suite 61 for their own and constituents enjoyment. Gray insists that the tickets for the Suite are to be split between the Mayor’s office and the Council.

However, Mayor Fenty’s administration insisted last year, and now again this season that all 86 luxury seats go to his office for disbursement. This is causing quite the stir as Fenty has been accused of only giving tickets out to members he likes, and so far this year, to no one. The Post covers this in more detail.

I’m scratching my head and wondering if there isn’t something, anything, more pressing than baseball tickets that both the D.C. Council and Fenty can’t be concerned about, working on, or trying to improve.

These are baseball tickets, for crying out loud. Just split them and be done with it. Nothing says you have to go to every game. In fact, if anyone involved in this dispute has the time to go to every game, I suspect they aren’t really doing the job they were elected to do.

So in the true spirit of sportsmanship … shake hands, call it a day, share the Suite … And Play Ball!!!

This Date in History

Posted in April, Senators on April 14, 2009 by Kent

April 14, 1910: A ripple of excitement ran through the large crowd that assembled to hear the arguments in favor of and against the passage of the Gallinger-Bennet bill to regulate the traffic in spirituous liquors in the District. After 2 1/2 hours had past, former Senator John M. Thurston, of Nebraska, rose and told the members of the Senate committe on the District of Columbia that the bill was a covert attempt to force prohibition upon the people against their will.john_mellon_thurston

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