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Archive for February, 2011

The Glory Days of U Street in the 1920s and ’30s

By Paul Kelsey Williams* Images accompanying this feature can be viewed in the current issue PDF The greater U Street neighborhood began a transformation into a prominent African-American “City Within a City” beginning about 1900. By 1920 it was the center of black culture, housing, architectural design, business, and society. The community largely formed due […]

Saved from the “Two-Headed Serpent”: The Curious History of Coriander — Part II

Coriander arrived with the Roman armies that invaded Britain. English cooks adopted the spice, seasoning steak, kidney, and oyster pie with it. Bakers made bread fragrant with coriander seeds. The English and other Europeans sought new ways to capture the alluring aroma. After banquets, hosts offered their guests confits, sugar-coated coriander seeds and other spices, […]

The Spice of Life = Spices

I’m never one to turn down a friend’s invitation to lunch — especially at Spices in Cleveland Park, and more especially when the friend is a co-owner of the restaurant. For years, Spices has chalked up high marks in my book for its parade of pan-Asian dishes, which span most of Asia, minus the Philippines, […]

DC Councilmember Jack Evans (Ward 2) Remembers Jeff Coudriet

A memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St., NW) All are welcome. As many of you are likely aware, my long-time friend and Committee Clerk, Jeff Coudriet, lost his fight with cancer on January 5th. Ward 2 and the entire city has experienced […]

Ex-offenders Re-entry into Society Focus of Public Forum

Tue., Feb. 15 (6:30-8:30pm): The Northwest Columbia Heights Community Association will be holding a Public Forum in the upstairs auditorium of St Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church (1525 Newton St., NW). The program, “Triumphing Over Persistent Crime Problems in Our Neighborhoods Through Community Action,” will feature a panel discussion by community leaders and representatives […]

CITY COUNCIL REACTING TO A NASTY WINTER

Ward 3 Counmcilmember Mary M. Cheh has joined with Ward 6 Councilmember and public works committee Chairman Tommy Wells to beef up the District’s current, old law governing citizen responsibility for removing snow and ice from public sidewalks. Their introduced bill, the “Winter Sidewalk Safety Amendment Act of 2011,” which has been referred to Wells’ […]

Preservation Board Concerned Over Interior Demolition Plan for Historic Town Mansion; Praises Hilton Project

By Anthony L. Harvey Images accompanying this feature can be viewed in the current issue PDF When the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) met on February 3rd, having postponed its regular monthly session as a result of the city government having shut down because of a modest snow storm the week prior, only one community […]

Historic Dupont East Church Raising Funds to Restore its Landmark Tower

By Ben Lasky* Images accompanying this feature can be viewed in the February, 2011 issue PDF In June of 2009, those working at the Church of the Holy City, located on 16th Street, Northwest, noticed that the inside of the 95 foot tower was deteriorating.   According to Elfa Halloway, who has held a variety […]

Technology Aids Bicycle Share Availability

By Larry Ray* Images accompanying this feature can be viewed in the current issue PDF Is it magic? One passes the Super Giant on Park Road just off 14th Street in Columbia Heights at seven in the morning7 a.m. and there are no red BikeShare bicycles. By 7:15 in the morning, there are five. How […]

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