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Archive for November, 2007

100 years Ago Major Business Mogul Lived High

By Paul Kelsey Williams Historic Preservation Specialist, Kelsey & Assoc., Washington, DC; Scenes from the Past author since 2001. Asphalt remains the most common paving material in the United States, and most motorists don’t give it a second thought unless confronted with a pothole or paving project that slows down a commute. And few motorists […]


By Alexandra Greeley Some days, like a recent rainy Friday, are New York kind of days and demand some down-home, uptown food. I’m thinking Carnegie Deli or the long-closed Sixth Avenue Deli, Manhattan destinations for over-stuffed pastrami sandwiches, sour pickles, and divine cheesecake. Well, if you live in DC and you run out of options […]


Chutzpah, a Yiddish word, the primary definition is expressed as “utter nerve” and its secondary definition more bluntly as “effrontery.” And effrontery it was in spades, actually, that the Lerner’s Washington Nationals baseball organization, as reported recently in the Washington Post, will hold its annual black tie charity event in Prince George’s County –- totally […]

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Gentrification Accompanies Historic Preservation in Adams Morgan; New Projects Featuring Excellent Design Applauded But Tenants’ Rights at Risk

By Anthony L. Harvey Two newly announced high-end apartment developments in Adams Morgan are providing novel twists on the workings of such concepts as “historic preservation,” “inclusionary zoning,” the retention of affordable or workforce housing, and the continuance of statutory tenant rights — this when century-old, modest apartment buildings are emptied of their working class […]

Logan Circle House Tour to Reveal Vintage Houses and Contemporary Lofts

By Parker Stanzione* The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) invites District residents to attend its 29th annual Logan Circle House Tour on Sunday, December 2, starting at 1 pm and continuing through 5 pm. The self-guided tour concludes with a Wassail reception at the Studio Theatre at 14th and P Streets from 3 until 5:30 […]

DC Real Estate Sales Said to be Bleak Yet Insiders Contradict Popular View

By Michael K. Wilkinson Part One: Background Recent reports in the press have painted a picture of a real estate market in turmoil. Steeply adjusting mortgage payments leading homeowners to panic and bail, or foreclose. Whole neighborhoods dropping precipitously in value as more homes hit the market than can be absorbed by the demand. Mortgage […]