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Trees in New Hampshire Median Need Your Help!

Posted in Columbia Heights, Park View, Plants & Gardening with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by Kent

The trees along New Hampshire Avenue between Georgia and Sherman Avenues are in horrible shape, being stressed due to lack of water. If you live along this stretch of road and would be willing to help keep them watered … the neighborhood and the trees NEED YOUR HELP!

The good news is that Casey Trees will be watering them tomorrow morning.

The bad news is that I alerted DDOT to this Sunday night, and they quickly indicated that they would contact Casey Trees. It wasn’t until the last 12 36 hours, starting with Wayan Vota last night and me this morning that Casey seems to have gotten wind of the problem.

While we have a small victory that the trees will be watered tomorrow, Casey Trees is looking for a neighborhood solution. So, if you live in the area and are willing to assist, please speak up.

You can see from the photo below that Wayan Vota supplied how rough the trees have gotten.
Thirsty Trees in New Hampshire Ave Median

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Then and Now: 1222-1232 Irving Street, NW

Posted in Columbia Heights, Then and Now with tags , on July 10, 2009 by Kent

1222-1232 Irving St. 1907Then: Pictured in the March 3, 1907, Washington Times, the paper had this to say about 1222-1232 Irving Street, NW. The homes are built by L. E. Breuninger, after plans drawn by Architect N. R. Grimm. A radical departure has been made in the building of large front porches to the houses. The idea of course not new, having been a popular one years ago, but its revival now shows a return to a feature in house building which is most desirable through the long summer of this area.
1222-1232 Irving StreetNow: Other than many of them being brightly painted, the chief difference I noticed was the missing balustrade along the roof line.

Then and Now: Southwest Corner of Park Road and 14th Street, NW

Posted in Columbia Heights, Then and Now with tags , on July 8, 2009 by Kent

Arcade MarketThen: Photographed ca. 1920, the Arcade Market at  14th Street and Park Road opened for business on December 12, 1910. It was scheduled to be razed in 1948.

DC USA (northern section)Now: The northern half of the $150 million DC USA complex, which opened in March, 2008, is now on the site.

New Hampshire Median Work Expands

Posted in City Services, Columbia Heights, Park View with tags , , , on July 6, 2009 by Kent

I was very relieved to see that the installations of medians on New Hampshire Ave. wasn’t going to only be between Georgia Ave. and Grant Circle. About a week ago they started to do the work below, which is between Georgia Ave. and Sherman Ave.

What I like about it so much is that there won’t be a gap between the streetscaping they are planning to do on Sherman and Georgia Aves. Also, who wouldn’t like some hot pavement replaced by grass and trees. They add so much to a neighborhood.
New Hampshire Ave Median work

Godzilla Wants Waffles

Posted in Columbia Heights, Park View, Street Art with tags , , on July 6, 2009 by Kent

Godzilla gets around. Clearly, this is the same artist that created the Godzilla I’ve seen on 7th Street earlier this year. This version is on Sherman Ave., I think maybe on the intersection of Lamont or Kenyon Streets.
Godzilla wants Waffles

The Things You See When Waiting for the Bus

Posted in Columbia Heights, Park View, Street Art with tags , , on July 1, 2009 by Kent

These two messages are on the curb just south of Park Road on the east side of Sherman Avenue. Both are located just south of the bus stop at that location.Stop the WarSmash Capitalism

Joan of Arc, Meridian Hill Park

Posted in Columbia Heights, Sculpture with tags , , on June 29, 2009 by Kent

Joan of Arc, Meridian Hill Park
This statue stands at the top of the fountains at Meridian Hill Park and was created in 1922 by the sculptor Paul Dubois. The statue is a gift of the women of France to the women of the United States and is the only equestrian statue with a female subject in the city. It is a replica of a statue that stands on the grounds of Rheims Cathedral in France.