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Archive for July, 2011

Dupont East’s First Baptist Church Parking Lot to be No More; Ground to Break by End of Year for Eric Colbert & Assoc.-Designed Apartment House

After nearly five decades, the large corner lot at 17th and O Streets, NW will soon no longer be used for the church’s parking and nursery school playground. Pursuant to a 99-year ground lease, the church has entered into an agreement with local developer Keener-Squire Properties to construct a nine-story rental apartment building on the […]

“RACE: Are We So Different?” Was an Innovative 2011 Smithsonian Exhibition

[from Jul. 2011] To view images full size, left click on each Shortly after becoming America’s first African-American Attorney General in 2009, Eric Holder famously asserted during that year’s Black History Month that this nation, in spite of advances made in race related matters — including electing the first African-American president, remains a nation of […]

From July 2011 Issue / August issue to post on the 12th

Knowing Your Onions – Part II

Part I began the story of the onion in ancient Egypt, where it was vital to the diet and important to the culture’s religious faith. Impressed by Egypt’s bountiful and invigorating onion harvest, Alexander the Great ordered Greek farmers to grow the crop. Onions, Alexander believed, would energize and fortify his soldiers. To prime themselves […]

Everybody, or So it Seemed, Was a Thompson’s Dairy Customer

By Paul Kelsey Williams * Commercial and industrial facilities and residential neighborhoods often co-existed in Washington throughout history, although that fact is difficult to visualize today. Of the many dairies operating from the 1880s to the 1950s within the city, Thompson’s Dairy was perhaps the largest, located on the northern half of the block surrounded […]

DDOT to Show Connecticut Avenue Streetscape Project Drawings (Jul. 13)

Wed., Jul. 13 (4:30-6:30pm): An update on the Connecticut Avenue streetscape project will be presented by representatives from the city’s transportation department (DDOT) at the office of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (1120 Conn. Ave.). This will be an informal, “open house”-styled session to allow for viewing construction drawings, talk with DDOT personnel, and […]

Dupont Circle ANC Meeting Announced; Pasha Lounge Case Could be Discussed (Jul. 13)

Wed., Jul. 13 (7pm): The Dupont Circle ANC will be holding its regular monthly meeting at the Brookings Institution (1775 Mass. Ave., NW,). Among the few announced agenda items will be consideration of three public space applications: to dedicate parking spaces for car-sharing at the new condominium project on the site of the old Whitman-Walker […]

Community Garden Behind Masonic Temple to Close; “Open House” to be Held (Jul. 16)

Sat., Jul. 16 (10am-4pm): The volunteers who administer and maintain Dupont East’s Temple Garden at 15th and S Streets, NW, are inviting the public to tour their large and productive vegetable garden. Children are especially welcome and will be able to touch, smell and taste various plants at special stations around the garden. (Rain date, […]

A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT SPENDING PRIORITIES

In this space last month we went all out lambasting some of the members and the chairman of the City Council for what we see as distressing signs of how things are not good at city hall. Among other things we were very critical of the behind-the-scenes “horse-trading” that allowed for the budget to include […]

P Street’s Pasha Lounge Nightclub-like Activities Continue to Stir Opposition

[Note: Photographs accompanying this news story in the print edition can be viewed in the full PDF copy in the Current & Back Issues Archive.] By Anthony L. Harvey A long awaited protest hearing over the renewal of Marrakesh Palace/Pasha Lounge’s liquor license took place on June 15th at a formal hearing before the District’s […]