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Archive for December, 2009

Some Like it Hot = Café Salsa

And why not? Sun or snow, the likes of 14th Street’s Café Salsa has a winning formula for spiced-up mealtimes and chilly cocktails. Plus, its vibrant colors — think mustards, pinks, oranges — speaks volumes about its casual Caribbean air and cool (as in fabulous) Latino/Caribbean fare. Management calls it “Nuevo Latino,” but read that […]

From a Bucolic 19th Century Estate to the Hilton & Universal Buildings

Perhaps few historic sites in Washington, DC have had such grandiose yet never built plans for its redevelopment than the site of the now famed Washington Hilton Hotel, located on the northeast corner of Connecticut Avenue and T Street. Once the location of a Federal-style house owned by Washington’s oldest families, the site was proposed […]

FLAWED UNDERLYING POLICY THE REAL GINKGO TREE VILLIAN

Much has already been reported — including by us on page 1 of this issue — about the contretemps in Dupont East’s 1700 block of Corcoran Street, dubbed by the neighborhood’s ANC commissioner, Bob Meehan, as the “Chainsaw Massacre.” As we outlined in our news story, this sudden tree removal event would not have happened […]

Neighbors’ Ire Over 17th Street Tree Removal Plan Results in DDOT Reversal and Satisfactory Solution

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.] In spite of the season’s first mixture of bitterly cold rain and large light snow flakes on a recent Saturday morning, over 20 Dupont Circle residents, […]

Corcoran Street Ginkgos’ Removals Reveal Failure by DC to Follow its Rules

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.] The sudden, unannounced appearance of a city tree removal crew with accompanying machinery in the 1700 block of Corcoran Street in late November took residents by surprise […]

From December 2009 Issue

Huge Wall Mural New in Neighborhood Park; Part of Anti-Graffiti Program

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.] Among the public art — six new murals –- slated to be unveiled by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of Public […]

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The Fascinating Life of the Owner of the Mansion Dubbed “Stewart’s Castle”

Although designed and laid out as Pacific Circle by Pierre L’Enfant, the circle now named Dupont Circle remained devoid of development until 1873. That year, Nevada Senator William Morris Stewart had local architect Adolph Cluss design a turreted, Mansard-style mansion on the circle’s the northwest side, between Connecticut and Massachusetts Avenues. The grand residence lasted […]