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Archive for December, 2007


When we first weighed in on the question of whether the Mayor was going to cave in to a micro-managing U.S. Senator, a one-time Detroit city councilman named Carl Levin, and force taxi meters on us here we concluded our commentary by urging that the Mayor opt for the so-called GPS, or zone, meters instead […]

A Century Ago Neighbors Also Were Complaining About Taverns

By Paul Kelsey Williams Historic Preservation Specialist, Kelsey & Assoc., Washington, DC; Scenes from the Past author since 2001. History does indeed repeat itself, and often. Over 110 years ago, bar fights, liquor license protests, and yes, even lateral expansion of bars into adjoining spaces were all topics in the 1890s. Washington is not usually […]

City’s Preservation Board Orders Landmarking for Christian Science Church Near White House; Decision Viewed by Many as Incomprehensible

By Anthony L. Harvey After a lengthy and heatedly-argued, three-hour continuation hearing, concluding in a well-scripted proceeding presided over by the Chairman of the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), Tersh Boasberg, the Board voted 7-0, with two members absent, to accord historic landmark status to the Third Church of Christ, Scientist, its nearby neighbor the […]

Outer Walls Brick Rehab Underway on Dupont East’s Historic Cairo Building

By Christi Harlan* The Cairo Condominium Association’s board of directors has signed a contract with The Atlantic Company of America, Inc. — known for its work refurbishing the Washington Monument — to re-point the bricks on the historic Cairo building at 1615 Q Street, NW. Re-pointing — a necessary step in the maintenance of any […]

Over 50% of Libraries Closed Sundays Through Jan., Staffing Cited; InTowner’s Area Spared

By Anthony L. Harvey In late November, during DC Council committee oversight hearings and at DC Public Library Board of Trustees meetings, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper reported on significant strides being made by the public library system (DCPL) in the provision of improved public library services to city residents. Most important was the announcement that […]

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