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Archive for December, 2008

How the Early 20th Century Bank Building on Dupont Circle Came to Be

The bright yellow Sun Trust bank building located at the corner of Connecticut Avenue on the south side of Dupont Circle has been providing time and temperature readings for local commuters for decades. Its recent lavish paint scheme unfortunately covers what was a highly ornamented brick pattern designed into the building when it was built […]

Founding Farmers: All Green

Hype and media drama notwithstanding, DC’s newest and greenest restaurant has finally opened with lunchtime crowds and call-ahead reservations making this the hottest ticket in town. Perhaps it’s the restaurant’s strategic location: it can’t hurt being sited in the ground floor of the International Monetary Fund headquarters building. Or perhaps that here’s a place that […]

WE HAVE A PROPOSAL FOR THE CITY COUNCIL: ENACT THE PARKING METER FEE INCREASE AND RESTORE THE $11 MILLION HPAP FUNDING

When the City Council acted in November to address the projected budget shortfall of considerably in excess of $100 million, one of the decisions that was made was to find a way to further beef up the city’s cash reserve as a hedge against going into the red. In this space last month our headline […]

Recent Church Re-Use and Raze Hearings Reveal Growing Public Disillusion With DC’s Historic Preservation Laws

By Anthony L. Harvey [Note: Photographs accompanying this news story in the print edition can be viewed in the full PDF copy in the Current & Back Issues Archive.] A recent short span of six days in late November, 2008 — the 20th through the 25th — found a veritable army of civic activists, neighborhood […]

Once Scary Girard Street Block Now Shines; Rehabbed Playground Seen as Key

By P.L. Wolff [Note: Photographs accompanying this news story in the print edition can be viewed in the full PDF copy in the Current & Back Issues Archive.] Shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10th, Mayor Fenty, Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham and the city’s parks and recreation department director, Clark E. Ray were […]

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