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Archive for January, 2008

Homeowners Score Major Win in Federal Court Against DC with Decision Ruling on Violation of Fourth Amendment Civil Rights Protections

By Anthony L. Harvey In a blisteringly written judicial decision issued on December 12, 2007 by US District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, both the city’s Historic Preservation Office (HPO) and the Department of Consumer and regulatory Affairs (DCRA), together with four named officials and inspectors, were found to have violated the Fourth Amendment civil rights […]

IS IT INSTITUTIONAL VENALITY, MISGUIDED PRIORITIES, INCOMPETENCE, OR JUST A CULTURE OF MEANNESS PERVADING DC GOVERNMENT FROM THE TOP DOWN?

The reports keep flooding in describing the most astonishing and despicable things about how citizens are being treated by their own public servants. There’s always been problems in the way this city’s bureaucracy has interacted with us lowly taxpayers — the very people who make possible the fat government salaries that so many recipients seem […]

The Massive Church Collapse That Awakened Dupont Circle Residents

By Paul Kelsey Williams Historic Preservation Specialist, Kelsey & Assoc., Washington, DC; Scenes from the Past author since 2001. The Church of the Convent once dominated the intersection of 18th and N Streets and Connecticut Avenue, NW for two reasons — for its massive scale and soaring tower built beginning in 1887 and for its […]

Vandalism to Landmark Tree Shocks Neighbors; Police Seek Information

By Deborah Shapley* Restore Mass Ave was started last year by this writer and some neighbors to protect young trees along Massachusetts Avenue from drought, soil compaction and bad soil — the same threats faced by trees on streets across the city. Getting local residents and embassies to care for trees along the sidewalks is […]

Jubilee Housing Celebrates First of Its Renovated Adams Morgan Apartment Buildings

By Anthony L. Harvey Jubilee Housing celebrated another milestone in its ongoing and inspirational program of providing affordable housing and direct support services to 850 families and individuals–on the margins of poverty–in eight buildings and 284 apartments in Adams Morgan with the reopening of the Mozart Apartment Building on December 1, 2007. Along with the […]

Pieces of Pizzas: RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria

By Alexandra Greeley Perhaps a good pizza represents the mood of the times — something casual, something rather simple, and something that still has flavor and palate appeal. Pizza easily satisfies on all counts, which may be one reason why new pizza restaurants get such attention. Take the case of Columbia Heights’ newcomer RedRocks Firebrick […]

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