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Archive for March, 2008

Late 19th to Early 20th Century at Connecticut & R

By Paul Kelsey Williams Historic Preservation Specialist, Kelsey & Assoc., Washington, DC; Scenes from the Past author since 2001. Though a major commercial corridor today, Connecticut Avenue north of Dupont Circle and the Circle itself was originally developed as a fashionable residential neighborhood beginning in the early 1880s. The large triangular lot at the intersection […]

Harris Teeter Approved for Beer & Wine Sales; Opening Set for April 23

By Anthony L. Harvey Back-to-back unanimous decisions in February and March of 2008 by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) cleared the way for the Harris Teeter Food Market to open next month with a Class B beer and wine license in the renovated and reconstructed interior of […]

Controversial Project at 14th & U Near Final Ok Despite Objections

By Anthony L. Harvey A perfect storm of hotly competing urban planning forces converged at the afternoon session of the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board’s (HPRB) February meeting to contend with a revised proposal for the large apartment building, “The Utopia,” to be built at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets, NW. As […]

FENTY ADMINISTRATION GOVERNANCE TOO MUCH A “SEAT OF THE PANTS” OPERATION

 It’s been a year now since our new mayor took over. Those who enthusiastically supported him had great expectations; those who did not for the most part were wishing him well, giving him the benefit of the doubt and hoping for the best. At this desk, for example, while we had endorsed Marie Johns (and […]

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Major Retail Center Finally Opens in Columbia Heights; Great Excitement Generated in Neighborhood and Citywide

Accompanying images can be viewed starting on page 1 of the March 2008 issue pdf By Michael K. Wilkinson On March 4th, at 6:30 pm, the Columbia Heights Target store threw its doors open for the first time to a range of political, government, real estate and neighborhood personalities, as well as a select few […]