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Historic Neighborhood Groups — Bradbury Heights Citizens’ Association

February 23, 2015

The next historic neighborhood civic group featured from the 1940s is Bradbury Heights in SE. The article was originally published in the Washington Post on October 3, 1940.

Bradbury Heights map

Bradbury Heights article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — Anacostia Citizens’ Association

January 30, 2015

Keeping the series on historic neighborhood civic groups from the 1940s going, today’s article from the Washington Post focuses on Anacostia. The original article was published on October 1, 1940.

Anacostia Citizens Association map

Anacostia Citizens article

Historic Neighborhood Groups — American University Park

January 29, 2015

Following up on yesterday’s post on the Columbia Heights Citizens’ Association as it was in 1940, is this window on the American University Park Citizens’ Association. The map and article below were originally published in the Washington Post on September 30, 1940.

American University Park associationAmerican University Park article

Looking at Historic Neighborhoods — Columbia Heights

January 28, 2015

From September to December of 1940, the Washington Post published a series of articles focusing on the Citizens’ and Civic associations of Washington. A review of the articles are interesting for a number of reasons, not the least being that most include maps showing the areas served by the associations which help illustrate neighborhood boundaries. Yet, even with this one needs to keep in mind that some areas were served by more than one association and that there are areas of neighborhood overlap.

As neighborhood boundaries are something that many Washingtonians find interesting, beginning with today’s post on Columbia Heights the series will be reprinted.

Columbia Heights Citizens Association boundaries

The map above and article below were originally published in the Washington Post on October 14, 1940. You’ll noticed that the map goes as far north as Shepherd Street and includes areas today considered part of Pleasant Plains, Park View, and Petworth.

Columbia Heights article


Why Do We Have Heritage Trails if We Don’t Maintain Them?

January 27, 2015
The sign at 14th and Monroe streets has been missing for nearly a year.

The sign at 14th and Monroe streets has been missing for nearly a year.

An issue that has recently been brought to my attention is the inability of D.C. to maintain its heritage trails. These are the neighborhood trails that have large and small signs sprinkled throughout the neighborhoods that have been lucky enough to get them. I’m a big fan of them and would like to see more heritage trails added to the District. However, one question that needs to be answered is long term care and maintenance. Sure, graffiti removal is easy enough to take care of, but what about significant damage or, as in the case of the sign located at 14th Street and Monroe Street, when they go missing entirely?

The missing sign at 14th and Monroe streets was marker #4 in the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail and hasn’t been seen since the spring of 2014. As related to me, it was damaged by a storm, removed by DDOT, and has been represented by orange cones ever since.

The heritage trail program was one that the Historic Preservation Office provided some support to by serving in an advisory role, but it wasn’t a program that the preservation office ran or provided financial support to. The primary force behind creating them was Cultural Tourism DC, often with funding from DDOT. Today, neither Cultural Tourism nor DDOT seem to have the capacity or funding to maintain the trails. When I began reaching out to see how we could repair the marker at 14th and Monroe, I was encouraged to contact my councilmember and seek funds through that path — a suggestion I found odd.

Clearly, there is a problem here and I’ll bet the missing sign is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Rather than let this go, I’m going to dig in deeper and do an inventory of the state of our heritage trail signs. I’ll report those findings back when the survey is complete.

Google Oct 2011 CH Heritage Trail(The missing heritage trail sign, from Google taken October 2011)

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