Posted tagged ‘Washington D.C.’

Checking Out WBJ’s Crane Watch Site

July 19, 2016

I recently stumbled upon the Washington Business Journal’s Crane Watch Website, which they describe as an “interactive map with details of every major construction project underway in the Washington area — name, address, description, size, architect, cost (where we have it) and expected delivery.” I’m sure some folks have already discovered the site, which I think is kind of neat for getting a good sense of the scale of development in the city right now.

The Washington Business Journal also include the disclaimer that “Crane Watch will be a work in progress. As projects are completed, they will be removed from the map … [and] when something breaks ground, it will be added.”

In reviewing the map, two Park View projects are listed — the one at Georgia and Princeton and another at Georgia and Lamont.

Crane watch(Screen shot from Crane Watch. Click on image for access.)

Do You Like Old Photos?

September 19, 2014

Those familiar with this blog know that from time to time I post historic photos of the general area (Park View, the Soldiers’ Home, Petworth, & Columbia Heights, mostly). Well, as I’ve been collecting historic photos of Washington, often times I get many photos that don’t fall in those areas but are none-the-less interesting.

For those who like looking at old photographs, I’ve begun to scan my collection and post them on Flickr — feel free to look them over. Keep in mind a couple of things:

  • Currently, I’m more concerned about awareness that resolution. If you need to see a larger version for research purposes just ask me.
  • The collection will grow.
  • The scans are only as good as the equipment I currently own. I’m already thinking of how to improve this process.

Historic Washington Images(Click on image to go to Flickr)

Story for the Day … Snow!

February 13, 2014

With everything shut down today due to the snow, the only thing one can do is shovel the walkways, perhaps go out and play with the kids, and stay safe and warm inside. If you have any seniors or neighbors in need of assistance today, please consider lending a hand or checking in on them.

Below is a photo I found in the Library of Congress collection showing snow clean up in Washington, probably from the 1920s. While the vehicles have changed and we now have plows on the roads, most of us still rely on shovels, muscles, and determination to clear our sidewalks.

Af Am men shoveling snow

Historical Society of Washington Exhibits Kiplinger Collection until March 2013

November 29, 2012

Here’s a newly opened exhibit I want people to be aware of — Window to Washington, the Kiplinger Collection at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. According to the HSW Web site, admission is free. There is also an online exhibition component that is worth the visit if you want to learn more about the collection and see a few of the images.

The HSW describes the exhibit, which runs until May 2013, as follows:

The Society is delighted to present a new exhibit, Window to Washington, featuring the Kiplinger Collection, the most important donation in the organization’s 188-year history. The exhibit explores the development of our nation’s capital, from a sleepy southern town into a modern metropolis, as told through the works of artists who witnessed the city’s changes. The exhibit is currently planned for a six-month run at the Society and will include some of the collection’s rarest and most iconic artworks.

Below is a video which provides additional context.

From the neighborhood, it’s an easy trip on the Green line to the Mt. Vernon Square Metro station and then a few blocks to the south.


1952 Map Documents Beginning of “Chocolate City”

June 29, 2012

Lately, it seems like a day doesn’t go by without another news article about gentrification in the Washington area. While the focus in 2012 is on how the city is becoming whiter, sixty years ago the buzz was about the growing black population in Washington and its role in the upcoming presidential election between Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower the Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson.

The map below, published in the Baltimore Sun on November 2, 1952 (two days before the election), illustrates the city of Washington’s changing demographics from 1930 to 1950. The accompanying text is below the image.

“Segregation … in Washington, D.C. has become an issue in the current political campaign, and abolishment of segregation has been promised by both parties. This map, based on a District of Columbia census tract[s], shows the white and non-white areas. The solid black areas denote a population of over 50% non-white since [the] 1930 census; the checked portions show the same percentage since the 1940 census, and the lined parts indicate the same percentage since the 1950 census. Each dot represents housing for 100 non-whites in predominantly white areas.”


M-A-P Reading

April 4, 2012

If you liked the DC neighborhood typographical map, then you will enjoy the greater detail of this lovely road M-A-P of D.C.

Neighborhood snapshot of Typographical DC Map

Info: This map accurately depicts the streets and highways, parks, neighborhoods, coastlines, and physical features of Washington DC using nothing but type. Every single piece of type was manually placed, a process that took hundreds of hours to complete.

The map is based on place names and geography as they appear in Open Street Map. These are offset prints on 100lb stock (semigloss finish).

Price: $30

Order at: Axis Maps Store

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