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Archive for February, 2013

Does the DC Jail Deserve the High Praise Bestowed on its Operation? You Decide

On February 4th we received a press release from the Mayor’s office excitedly announcing that the District’s Central Detention Facility –- a/k/a the DC Jail –- has been awarded full accreditation by the American Correctional Association’s National Commission on Standards and Accreditation. According to Mayor Gray, this “accreditation is an especially noteworthy milestone given that, […]

From February 2013 Issue / Mar. issue to post on the 8th

Prepared for by Jo Ricks / Reporting Period: December 2012

SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES (41) [condo & co-op listings follow] 8 Adams St. $455,000 128 Adams St. $647,000 137 Adams St. $624,000 3446 Brown St.             $505,500 604 Columbia Rd. $332,000 419 Elm St. $345,000 906 Euclid St. $260,000 1224 Fairmont St. $685,000 42 Florida Ave. $585,000 774 Harvard St. $507,000 1881 Ingleside Terr. $530,000 1728 […]

The “Obstinate” Mr. Burnes’ Cottage

By Stephen A. Hansen* When Congress decided on the location of the new nation’s capital in 1790, George Washington was charged with negotiating for and acquiring the land which Washington, DC now occupies. At that time, the land in the 10-square miles was then owned by 19 separate proprietors. Washington was successful in negotiating with […]

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Chinese Embassy Complex Razed to Prepare for New Building to Come

An Era Erased, But Still Remembered by Many By Nicholas Ludlow* Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF The noisy demise of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Kalorama Road, completed just before the New Year, has left a tidy meadow of stones […]

DC Zoning Regs Overhaul Nearing End; Overlay Districts Unaffected

By Anthony L. Harvey Accompanying map can be viewed in the current issue PDF January 16, 2013 saw the DC Office of Planning’s completion of its city-wide series of community forums on the forthcoming revision of the District’s zoning regulations with the last of the eight held before a fully engaged, full house at the […]

Kalorama Road Condo Project Objections Heard and Considered by Preservation Board

By Anthony L. Harvey Accompanying images can be viewed in the current issue PDF The recent clash between the District government’s powerful push for greater population growth and increased property tax roles by encouraging infill development in both vacant and under-utilized properties and the adaptive reuse of historic structures and buildings in mature neighborhoods, one […]

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The Celery Cure — Part II

  Part I recounted the transformation of celery from an herb to a garden vegetable. So familiar to us today, celery was for a long time an uncommon vegetable in many American households. In the late 19th century, immigrants from Holland pioneered its entry into a national market. Hailing from a land with a long […]