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Then and Now: Selling Gas at Florida Ave & P Street, NE

Posted in Eckington, Gas & Service Stations, Shaw, Then and Now with tags , , , on July 27, 2009 by Kent

Florida Ave. & P Street, NE, 1929BP at Florida & P St, NE, 2009

Then and Now: The corner of Florida and P has been providing gas for automobiles for over 80 years. The photo on the left was taken in 1929 when the Penn Oil Company was doing business there. Today the corner is operated by BP.


This Date in History

Posted in April, Crime, Eckington, Shaw on April 10, 2009 by Kent

April 10, 1903: A robbery of large proportions occurred in the morning which was only reported to the police late in the afternoon placing them at a great disadvantage in apprehending the perpetrators. The theft amounted to $1,465, $1,215 in cash and $250 in jewelry. The victim was Michael Esch, a florist, at New York and Florida Avenues.

Another Architectural Sundial

Posted in Eckington, Random Observations, Schools on March 26, 2009 by Kent

Time Tower, EckingtonOver the last weekend, I just happened upon another architectural sundial. This is the second extant one I know of in DC, and I know of another that used to be on a house that was next to the Heurich Mansion, but was sadly lost when the residence was razed.

I think this one is on the tower attached to the Hyde Leadership Public Charter School in Eckington, but I’m not exactly sure if I have the name right. Even though the school’s main entrance is on T St., NE, to get as good a look as you can without being on school property, you need to be on R St.Sun dial detail, Eckington

District Home Values On the Decline

Posted in Crestwood, Eckington, LeDroit Park, Michigan Park, Petworth, Real Estate, Riggs Park, Woodridge on February 28, 2009 by Kent

I thought this was interesting. Yesterday, the Post reported that many of the residential neighborhoods in the District will see a decrease in their property assessments, with double-digit drops in seven communities. Crestwood will have a 13% decrease, second only to Michigan Park which had a 16% fall.

While the average decrease in residential property assessments for fiscal 2010 is 3.67%, the other neighborhoods that will see a double digit decrease are Petworth, Riggs Park, Eckington, Woodridge, and LeDroit Park.

Banner Day for Trees and Boots

Posted in Commuity News & Events, Eckington, Park View, Petworth on January 8, 2009 by Kent

The City seems to have given us our money’s worth today. There was a remarkable amount of activity in booting cars with outstanding fines. On the positive side, new trees were planted on 3rd St., NE, and on New Hampshire Ave. on either side of Georgia Ave. Its going to be nice watching the trees mature.

Eckington at a Glance

Posted in Eckington, Real Estate on January 5, 2009 by Kent

The Saturday, January 3, Washington Post featured the Eckington neighborhood in the article An Urban Neighborhood on the Rise. The Post summarized the neighborhood in the following manner.

BOUNDARIES: Rhode Island Avenue to the north, Florida Avenue to the south, North Capitol Street to the west and Metro’s Brentwood Yard to the east

SCHOOLS: Emery Elementary, J.F. Cook Elementary, Shaw Junior High, Dunbar Senior High, McKinley High

HOME SALES: In the past 12 months, 19 condos sold, from $189,000 to $519,000, with a median of $305,000, according to Angela Jones of Long and Foster. There were 59 houses sold, from $167,000 to $599,000, with a median of $355,000. There are 38 houses listed for sale, priced from $127,000 to $719,000. Sixteen condos are listed, from $199,742 to $447,000.

WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE: Big Bear Cafe, Windows Cafe, Howard University, Catholic University, New York Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue Metro stations, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, many corner convenience stores

WITHIN 15 MINUTES BY CAR: In light traffic, U Street NW corridor, Logan Circle, Brookland, U.S. Capitol, downtown Washington.