Archive for June 11, 2009

DDOT Invites Residents on Urban Tree Walk

Posted in City Services with tags , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

Street treesI know trees are something that a lot of DC residents care about, so when I got this announcement from DDOT I knew I had to share it. I also think its a great opportunity to get to know both trees and neighbors better.  The Urban Forestry Administration lists the schedule here>>

Summer Series Kicks Off This Saturday in Palisades

(Washington, D.C.) Join the Department of Transportation’s Certified Arborists for an Urban Tree Walk every Saturday this summer.  Bring your children or a cup of coffee for an informal discussion with the experts from the Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) who care for all of the street trees in the District.  Continue reading

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The Colony Theater

Posted in 16th Street Heights, Petworth, Theaters with tags , , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

The last of Harry M. Crandall’s string of theaters to break grown, construction on the Colony Theater began the week of July 19, 1925. The site chosen was the southwest corner of Georgia Ave. and Farragut Street, NW.

Considering the location, it is interesting that the building was designed as a mixed use structure. In addition to the theater, the building contained six stores on Georgia avenue and 21 apartments of four and five rooms each.Colony Theater

The theater had a seating capacity of 1,400 on one floor. The entrance was on the corner of Georgia avenue and Farragut and was surmounted by a marquee. Exits from the auditorium opened onto Farragut street. Continue reading

Sharing More Neon

Posted in Neon with tags on June 11, 2009 by Kent

I liked how blue was used for both the steam and the chopsticks.  Open we delivery

Shepard Fairey: Toxicity Inspector

Posted in Shaw, Street Art with tags , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

I found this Fairey deep in an alley off of P Street near 14th Street.Shepard Fairey: Toxicity Inspector

Columbia Heights Public Realm Project Taking Shape

Posted in Columbia Heights, Parks with tags , , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

The fountain focal point of the Columbia Heights Public Realm Project has a lot of the plumbing installed. Lets hope this means that they’ll be able to get the plaza at 14th Street and Park Rd. back in order soon. While I like the idea of a fountain, I already miss the trees they removed after a few short years.Columbia Heights Public Realm fountain

Georgia Avenue Great Streets Update

Posted in City Services, Commuity News & Events with tags , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

I wish I had more news on this than I do, but I’ll share what I know.

Last night, representatives of DDOT came to the ANC1A meeting to give an update on the Georgia Avenue Great Streets project.

The only thing that was learned officially is that the money that was initially set aside for Georgia Avenue was used for H Street, NE, construction. The city has since been trying to find ways to replace those funds and thinks that they have nearly been able to do that. It is their hope that funds will be secured by the end of this summer, with a Fall 2009 start date for construction.

Middle Georgia Ave. PlanWhat is confusing to me, and to others that were at the meeting, is that the representatives at various times reminded folks that there is an upper, middle, and lower Georgia Avenue plan … and then said that those designations no longer applied … only to reverse that statement and state that there are three areas.

Lower Georgia Ave. is designated as between Otis and Florida Avenue. When a question was raised about the Otis to Rock Creek Church Rd. section, we were told that that is part of the Middle Georgia Ave. Plan, a Ward 4 project, so we shouldn’t be too worried about it. The DDOT representatives were reminded that south of Rock Creek Church Rd. IS in Ward 1.

As confusing as all of this is, information is available from the DDOT Web site, but I’m sure it won’t be any clearer than what was discussed last night as its dated. To get to the DDOT Georgia Avenue documents, go here>>

Early Health Care in DC

Posted in Hospitals, Jobs, Employment, & Work with tags , , , on June 11, 2009 by Kent

I thought this was an interesting image of Sibley Hospital’s nursing staff outside of Robinson Hall sometime after 1912. Sibley Hospital nurses group