October 2012 Archives

Halloween- Your guess is as good as mine

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A few of our neighbors had planned a Halloween movie night gathering thing, but the storm and preparing for the storm called it off. If it rains this evening the trick or treating will be light we guess.

So will or won't kids show up at your door? Your guess is as good as mine. But here is last year's post about Halloween. Just in case, I have asked the Help to pick up some Halloween candy to make up for all the candy that I ate, that was supposed to be for tonight. All the Reese's cups are gone. Those were the 1st to go. When the Reese's were no more, I moved on to Almond Joys. I had the bag taken away from me when I started in on the Peanut M'n'Ms.

If kids do show, we'll be ready with zillons of regular M'n'Ms, Crunch and Kit Kat bars. If they don't then the interns and younger employees at work will run on a sugar high for the next week from all the candy I and the other employees will bring in.

Minor Update

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First of all major shout out to neighbor Emil and his beautiful wife for coming over and helping out with bailing out our sump pump well.
It seems that the manhole on our corner caught fire.
Which is bad.
A fire truck came out to deal with the fire.
Then Pepco came and turned off the power for two hours while dealing with the manhole.
Which is okay with me when it isn't raining because no power no sump pump pumping water away and out of the basement.
As soon as the power went out the Help and I started bailing water.
Lesson. Buy the blasted battery back up and maybe a hand powered pump. We'll look into getting a power inverter.

Anyway this song (youtube) was in my head regarding the storm.
PS- US Government closed Tuesday, according to OPM. And it doesn't look like Metro is doing much either.

InShaw weather report

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We saw on the local tv news that Bloomingdale Liquors looked open. So we got up and walked over for a booze run.
No dice, it was closed.
So we went over to the liquor store at 4th and Florida. Not great selection, but they are open.
So is Beau Thai. I picked up lunch. They may be open for dinner, but they are thinking if there isn't anyone there or the weather gets dangerous, they'll close early.
Shaw's Tavern is open. At 2pm they will show the movie "A Perfect Storm".
So is Big Bear. Passed by there and could really smell the coffee. According to their twitter feed, they will be open "until further notice".
Also passed by Aroi Thai, the sign was not on but I did see staff standing around the bar.
Couldn't tell if Rustik was open, but their twitter page says they are open till 3pm.
Bistro Bohem will be closed.
So get your need to walk around out now. If the dog needs walking, walk him now. Don't wait till nightfall. This thing is scheduled to hit later in the day. Pray that we never lose power. Stay safe.

Detours and terrorism

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My impression this morning as I took buses to Georgetown is that if there are clear detour routes for car traffic and buses for a known event then apparently the terrorists will win. MPD cannot give WMATA possible places to detour buses so they can turn around or go around because you never know. It might leak to the public who are trying to avoid the named streets they can't go to, who may decide to go to nearby streets only to find that those too have been closed off.

I took the G2 hoping to get to Georgetown. The route I needed, P Street, was only blocked to Wisconsin. However our driver wasn't going anywhere near that and said the bus will be going around Dupont Circle and heading back east.

From Dupont I hopped on the Circulator which got me close enough and I was happy.  When I wanted to leave, I got on a Circulator bus at the same stop. The trip back was very infuriating for the driver, as there was no clear way. He knew he wasn't going to Rosslyn and he knew he was going to turn around. I thought he'd turn on Dumbarton, as I saw a red Circulator bus chugging east on it earlier. Nope, for some reason, blocked. P? Nope. That was blocked with cars and the police seemed to be directing traffic away from it. He turned on Q and there, since cars were parked on both sides and it is a tight fit, traffic wasn't moving much there. After chatting with him, he decided to turn down a side street to P. It was clearer, but also a tight fit.

The bus' radio was alive with chatter from confused and frustrated bus operators. Traffic was a mess. It just seemed to me unnecessary unless they did have clear detour routes and MPD or someone decided to change them up. I blame terrorism. You can't have clear and open plans because of terrorists. No to keep Americans safe chaos needs to reign, and the bad guys need to be stuck in traffic, with everyone else.


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Chapple over ThorpeI noticed this street pole. This is the 3rd race (I think) between Thorpe and Chapple.

Not that this is an endorsement of Chapple but at least he bothered to recognize that times change and so to Ward borders. Chapple reflects that the race is for 6E02. Thorpe the throwback is running for a seat in 2C02.

I am begging y'all over in the new ANC 6E02 to NOT vote for Thorpe, unless you're wishing to go back to the bad old days of cronyism, closed governement, neighborhood  bullying, verbal gay bashing and petty favoritism. If Thorpe wins I'll just have to shake my head like I do for voters who keep Barry on the Council, and wonder what the fck is wrong with you people. Want more information, check out http://www.leroythorpe.com/ which needs to be updated.

For my own ANC, I belive I'm still in Bradley Thomas's SMD. He's a swell enough guy, shows up at BACA meetings and so far his biggest fault is telling long shaggy dog stories. I also like Joyce Robinson-Paul who I believe is running against him and she's been an ANC before. They are both fine people, both involved in the neighborhood. If I am mistaken about which new SMD I'm in then I'd go with Hugh Youngblood who is currently a ANC for the Bloomingdale area. My Bloomingdale friends whose opinion I trust like him and what he's done.

The ANC are neighborhood level polticians. Their decisions impact new businesses, new residential/ mixed use buildings and the ease of change and improvements in and around the street where you live. For a useful primer on ANCs check out Richard Layman's post "DC's Advisory Neighborhood Commissions".

Disappearing Alleys

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I was doing some data correction for the Truxton project when I noticed a problem. The data had to deal with a group of people who were in the 1900 Census listed as being in an "Alley Rear 1st Street". Which isn't helpful because 1st Street runs north to south and is long and has two side of the street. Looking in a city directory they listed these same people as living on Decatur Court. Decatur Court does not appear on the maps I have listed for the TC. It does appear on a vaguely dated Sanborn map for square 616 that may or may not (see vague dates) still be protected under copyright. Decatur Ct is not named on the square 616 maps created by Baist or Hopkins.

Is Sanborn right or wrong?



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One $15 box of tomato 'seconds' from the Bloomingdale farmers market yeilded 5 quarts of canned tomatoes.

Truxton Circle- For writers

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A while back a friend of mine talked about making some sort of guide for fan fic writers who like to set up scenes in Orlando. Her problem, the fan fic authors kept writing basement scenes, in Orlando. Most homes in Orlando have no basements. Something about the water table. There were other errors that annyoed her too.

I was vaguely aware that screenwriters for the cable show Homeland threw in the name Truxton Circle. So on the off chance this becomes a trend and Hollywood wants to get a bit of it right (but not to the point off on location shooting because our streets can't handle it), I have this short guide.

Housing- Small apartments, turreted homes, split townhouses, tiny townhomes. Attached everything. Take a look at the variety that is here in my Flickr set Townhomes of Truxton. The few apartments are no more than 3 or 4 stories above ground. The largest complex is the NW Co-Op, which is a mix of apartments and attached townhomes and they have a decent sized parking lot. Most townhomes are 2 stories high. Some of those townhomes, could be split into 2 or 3 units. Those units could be flats or condos. There are also many basement apartments.

People- We've got a diverse set. Yes, you could have a University Professor terrorist living in the TC. You can have couples, white, black, multiracial, gay, straight, professionals, students, the chronically unemployed, with or without kids. You can also have low level drug dealers living with their grandmothers, neighbors to the couple where mom works for a non-profit and dad is an analyst for some group/agency/whatever. The kids of this fictional couple are under the age of 10 and there are no more than two. Yes, there are couples with 3 kids who live here but I'm ignoring them for this excerise. There is a strong chance families have a pet. Usually a dog, that must be taken out for walks so your character can meet up with informants or spies at the dog run (outside of TC) near KIPP or the Shaw dog park.

If you need a bunch of shady looking people hanging out, try the tip of the TC (maybe Eckington/Bloomingdale) at Florida and North Capitol. A small group of sad characters hanging out? Maybe 1st and O or Q and 4th. If the unsavory looking characters are doing things with cars and littering, try the 100-200 block of Q.

Streets/Parking- Besides the boundary streets, most streets inside the TC are quiet 2 lane roads with parking on both sides. There are several one way streets. The big busy streets are North Capitol and New York Avenue. Florida and New Jersey Avenues are big but not as congested and messed up as the other large streets. From New Jersey you can get a shot of the Capitol building.

Points of Interest- We've got a mosque that looks like a gym. A small park. A CaBi station. More black churches than you can shake a stick at and for now a high school that looks like a prison. If you want a dining or coffeehouse scene, wander across Florida Ave to Big Bear. Or keep going past Florida, along 1st, north a few blocks to Rustik, or Aroi or whatever else pops up around there. For interesting businesses (yoga, farmers markets, pet shop), you'll have to have your characters walk over to Bloomingdale.

Transit- We are right on I-395 heading to Virginia. So if your character needs to do something at DCA or the Pentagon or something in Northern Virginia he/she is just a quick car ride away. If they need to get to Georgetown, they will hop on the G2 bus with a newspaper and enjoy the ride straight to the gates of the University.

Nighttime Monday Misc

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Protest sign 2
Accident at R and New Jersey. It took out a fence and a bus stop. Three people possibly involved and sent to trauma center. There was lots of glass and tiny bits of debris all around the corner.

East Shaw reports there will be a public meeting regarding Parcel 42 November 14th. The photo shown is from 2010, when there were camping protesters there.

Homicide Watch reminds us of the tragic senseless crime against Bill Mitchell. His murderer plead guilty.

Monday Misc- Gentrification Safety

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DC Less Dangerous- Forbes credits gentrification among other things. DC may no longer be Chocolate City or Dodge City due to demographic changes. I'm just paraphrasing, read it for yourself. Also Baltimore is the 7th most dangerous city. But don't let it go to your head, still be aware of your surroundings and call 911.

History-Gentrification-WP Root- The Root has an interesting article about the whole 'neighborhood history' thing in the face of gentrification/ demographic change.

Halloween on Thomas- It is looking like the event is going to be big or at least very entertaining. According to a handout the organizer has booked stilt walkers, a juggler, a magician, an aerialist, and the obligitory face painter. They are looking for donations of $50-100 and I gather one would contact eve dot hambach at afp dot com for more info.

Informed Voter- For many reasons I have sworn off voting for anyone in DC whose last name is a color. No Blacks, or Browns. No Grays or Whites. No Rosas or Verdes. No Gelbs, or Brauns. No Rouges or Gris. The City government is colorful enough with just Barry, and I've noticed the colorfully named (and two not colorfully named) are no good for the city.

Garden- Just this week I finally got a real sized tomato.

Favorite Dishes Game- This weekend's Washington Post Magazine featured Tom Sietsema's Top 40 restaurants. The Help and I read aloud certain sections and talked about dining out which led us to a little game. Name a dish that you really, really, liked and name which restaurant you've eaten it at. It was a little harder than it sounds so food trucks were added to "restaurants". The other thing is it also had to be a place that still exists.  It became obvious that the Help likes eateries because of their atmosphere. For me was that a lot of dishes that have impressed me and I've wanted to recreate, came from the now shuttered Cafe Atlantico. My other problem was I also have liked dishes from restaurants where the menu changes based on season or the chef's whims, meaning I'd see those only once. A few of my favorites are, a side of green beans, and a turnip gratin from Corduroy. Tofu pad thai from Beau Thai, particularly if I can get some lime slices. The nopalitos (salty baby cactus salad) and the grilled shrimp and zucchini/yellow squash sandwich from Oyamel. Pan con tomate and whatever small animal cooked in dried fruits (sometimes it's rabbit, sometimes it's quail) at Jaleo. The Banana milkshake from Goodie's Frozen Custard, that was sunshine and happiness in a cup. Anyway you get the idea.

More Reatig

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From the Shaw Neighborhood list which got it from Nigro Facebook page:

News Flash! The Northwest Settlement House property has a new owner!-- I was e-mailed today by Ms. Jackson, the Director of the Northwest Settlement House, that Suzane Reatig, the architect, has bought the property. The property is at 448 Ridge St. NW. I will reach out to Ms. Reatig to see if there are any initial plans. Please feel free to comment. http://www.reatig. com/
No comment from me.

Totally Unrelated to Shaw- Jim Henson's Pipes

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Traveling with the Help could be interesting. When we were in London (back when we were 'just friends') he wandered off to some BBC radio program to get interviewed and talk about radio. Since I was more interested in finding a good curry spot, I chose not to tag along. This trip he wanted to connect with some people he knew at NBC so we marched down to 30 Rock and after sucking the battery power from my phone, managed to get hold of a NBC buddy, who came down to vouch for us.
The NBC buddy took us on a tour. Somewhere around the corner where Jimmy Falon's show is shot is this:
Henson Pipes
This is what happens when Jim Henson, Frank Oz & the Muppet gang get bored.
The plaque explains it:
With Love from the Muppets
Jim Henson went to the Univ of Maryland and got his start in the DC TV market. There, that's my DC connection.
Anyway, I asked if this lovely bit of preserved art (it's behind glass) was on the tour group tour that they give at NBC. Sometimes it is.

I should do a NYC Gentrification Tour

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Have you dug the spill   
Of Sugar Hill?
Cast your gims
On this sepia thrill:   
Brown sugar lassie,   
Caramel treat,   
Honey-gold baby   
Sweet enough to eat.   
Peach-skinned girlie,   
Coffee and cream,   
Chocolate darling   
Out of a dream.   

- Langston Hughes

In the past as part of my vaction plans I would do a "gentrification tour".  In 2008 I went to Chicago after reading a bunch of Sudhir Venkatesh books about Chicago. Before that in 2006, after reading and marking up the book London Calling: The middle classes and the remaking of inner London, I ventured over to the UK and blogged about that.

This week I found myself on Sugar Hill in Harlem. Well according to Apple's map app I was staying on Sugar Hill. I've a read a few books about Harlem and the demographic changes there, but it has been a while. We found ourselves there because it was where we could find comparatively cheap lodgings on Manhattan for a meeting the Help had down near 30 Rock.

Since NYC is just a cheap bus ride away I might be able to throw in one more gentrification tour before the end of this blog next year. 

Just in case you were thinking of it, and interested in DC history, is there a conference for you.
From now till through the weekend is the Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies Conference. I plan on being there (for one day at least) and being square.

Good Morning, now with Nutella

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Good morning all. Apparently, Shaw is a stop for the Nutella handout choco-nutty goodness tour. Discovered them as I sped-walked to the metro. They are parked on the not so active side of 7th so I wonder how long they'll stay there.


Nutella DC 1

At first I thought, "Wow a breakfast food truck!" because I like food trucks. But sadly no it is just a promotional thing. But how cool would it be if there was breakfast food truck near the Shaw metro? Also all they are giving out are tiny packets of nutella, no toast.

The ones who came before the ones who came before

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A thought ocurred to me while reading something from a neighborhood email list. The topic was neighborhood change or gentrification. There was a polite request that newcomers respect the ones who came before and acknowledge the residents who came before. There are also calls that the next generation of residents preserve and celebrate a particular slice of neighborhood history. So I wondered, did the residents who we are to remember do the same for the ones they replaced?

Friday Misc

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Gardening- I picked this yesterday. It was the second fruit I picked from my melon vine. The first one wasn't ripe and so with the next large fruit I cradled it in a stocking on the vine and waited til it looked like it needed picking. It turned from green to yellow and I figure it was time to eat it. So I did. Above is a picture of it.

Homicide Watch is Back!- They've got interns, Sam, Jonah and Penny are the names I'm seeing. I am very happy that the site is back to doing what DC (and every other major city) needs. I'm happy our family chipped in to support the site. I hope in the meantime a partnership with something that can support Homicide Watch for the next year and the year after that can be found. This is too important and it is a shame the big for profit newspapers nor the J-schools at Maryland, American, or Howard with all their resources didn't think of something like this.

Cook School News- BACA blog reports that there is a charter school interested in the Cook school building. And there is going to be a meeting to find if the Booker T Washington Charter School's intentions are honorable.

DC Historical Studies Conference is next week and for some reason that I cannot say* I'd encourage folks to come and see Session #6, "D.C. Records at the National Archives - Friday 1:30-2:45". One guy is going to talk about divorce records, another guy maritime records, some gal about alley related records (with photographs) while presenting another guy's presentation about maps, and some guy talking about momuments and federal buildings. If you register by Oct. 16, the fee is only $20 for that and many other sessions.

Georgetown and the Census- Since I'm doing my census project and all this post from the Georgetown Metropolian caught my eye. Georgetown's black population dropped like crazy when the TC's African American population was rising.

*I'm blaming the Bureau of Fight Club's office of Don't Do Bad Stuff.

Aroi Thai - Give them time

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The Help and I ventured over to Bloomingdale's new Sushi/Thai place Aroi Thai for date night and had a good time. However they have only been open a few days and are still finding their rhythm. I feel the need to mention this because of what I witnessed while we sat and ate.

I saw at least 3 groups come in, sit, and leave before getting their food or ordering. I can only guess that the people thought it was taking too long. I'd like Aroi Thai to succeed, if only for the sushi (sorry Beau Thai is our go-to Thai joint) and for the 1st St NW neighborhood dining corridor. The staff is friendly and the food was good, but until Aroi Thai finds a rhythm and gets efficient, we have to support them with patience and constructive feedback.

Also as one of those new, they just opened things, the available drinks were limited. There was water and Thai iced tea. They don't seem to have a liquor license yet, so no sake or beer to go with your meal. One of the groups that had sat down and then wound up leaving had brought their own wine and beer. I'm not sure if they could have drank it with their meal had they bothered to stay. It would be interesting to find out if you can as Bloomingdale Liquors is just feet away.

Aroi Thai also does carry out and their menu mentioned delivery. There are some photos of their Thai menu on the (currently only) Yelp review page.


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Canned Goods

As I mentioned Monday, I've been canning. I didn't can all this in one sitting. No. What's photographed is the highlight of the cellar tour, the shelves of glass. On the right, about 2 years worth of canned things, though I try to turn over canned foods within a year. There are some things, like the meyer lemon marmalade that take a little longer than a year to get through. On the left is the booze collection.

We're not preparing for the end of the world or the zombie apocalypse. If we were, I'd have more water on hand than liquor*. No, I just like controlling some of the ingredients that go into my pantry and seeing physical proof of some of my efforts is rewarding too. On the liquor side, I like putting fruit in booze. The cherries I put in vodka back in early Summer are ready to be separated out so I can make Christmas gifts of the sweet cherry liquor and the boozy fruit. I have a group of people who just love the vodka filled cherries, give's 'em a little pick me up they say. I say after eating 3 of them I get buzzed. The ones I don't give away, I'll boil the alcohol out and can some AA cherries.

This week's canning came from a desire to clean out the freezer. There were peaches, cherries, raspberry juice & pulp, and a bunch of chicken bones set aside for stock sitting in the freezer, taking up space. So I pulled out all the chicken bones and made stock, that took two days, but yieled a quart, 5 pints, and three 1/2 pints of stock, as well as stock for last night's dinner. A big tub of raspberry pulp went back into the freezer because, that's going to be more work. But there is more room in the freezer, and more shiny glass jars in the basement.

*and a better bow and arrows, and lead balls and powder.

A History Walk

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3rd history related post of the day, I think I might be done postin' for the week. That, and I'm still busy canning. I came on line to figure out how to can meyer lemons and had to check the BACA blog, which has nothing about canning but has announced a history walk in the neighborhood for October 27th.

It's called the Historic Dunbar Shaw Walk.
Dunbar Shaw, the name some use if Truxton Circle doesn't fit the bill. I like Truxton Circle, and the city since 1980something (seriously if you want me to dig up the Washington Post ad the city put out calling it the TC, I will) has been calling this part of Shaw by that name. It's Truxton Circle for me, people who make maps, and for some real estate agents when they aren't calling it Bloomingdale (it's on the other side of Florida Ave) or Eckington. For a few others, they call it Dunbar Shaw. If you want to play it safe just call it Shaw, or the Bates-Hanover area for the Bates Area Civic Assoc and the Hanover Civic Assoc. when you want to get specific. Confused yet?
There is history in the area and I have yet to find any great notables who lived here. I find the regular residents interesting enough. Besides people there are some buildings that are getting to be 100 years old such as the Armstrong school, where there is a charter school, the decaying Langston and the neighboring Slater and Cook schools. The reputation of the old Dunbar school was here, but that building was torn down, and soon the prison like building bearing the Dunbar name will be torn down. There are also the New York Avenue apartments that have had a long history with the neighborhood, the parts of the TC that are part of the Mt. Vernon Square Historic District, the Wardmans of the 300 blk of R and 1700 blk of 4th St NW, and a lot of other stuff that doesn't really fit well into one single coherent narrative.
I wish the organizer Ms. Ragins well because after many years of doing the BACA Flower Power walks, just the northern half of the TC is a whole lotta 'hood to cover on foot.

Whose history

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I got a call today about something not related to the Truxton Circle history project, but the topic wound up hitting it, because it is the all consuming thing in my life right now. Well that and canning. I mentioned that the project sort of started out of spite. Many years ago I went to a neighborhood meeting and an old oldtimer was going on about the neighborhood's history, her version of it, and it didn't sound right to me, so I went looking for proof.  At this point in my research, I'm saying Truxton Circle, and I am calling it that, has a multi-racial, multi-ethnic history. In some parts and at some times it was white, or black or Italian. And at times there was the odd Chinese household, Russian Jewish household, possibly bi-racial household, German Jewish household, Irish households and so on, and who are we to ignore their presence? To call this neighborhood and possibly the rest of Shaw a historically black neighborhood is just part of the story and a recent part of the story.
In the Washngton Post's Root, author Clinton Yates explores this theme of history and ownership in "'Nouveau-Columbusing' black Washington" where he writes:

the wildest is the claim I heard that the District's been Chocolate City "forever." Actually, Washington's demographic status as majority black, by strict percentage points, only goes back about 50 years.
That looks about right. For the U Street area that would be 70 years. Forgive me for not formatting and just thowing this old map of the African American distribution in the city here:
Distribution of Negro Population by Census, 1930
The purple means 75% or more, but it doesn't mean 100%, which means there are other people in the minority. Who are we to say that minority can't stay or to ignore their presence.
I've recently finished trudging through The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson, where the author looks at those who left southern states for northern urban centers. One way to look at this map is seeing where possibly those migrants landed in the border feeder city of DC. It might take another study to see if the people who demographically made Shaw a black neighborhood in the beginning were those hard working migrants and the children they bore. In the end of Wilkerson's book, she attaches the urban problems of out of wedlock births, substance abuse and employment problems to the native born as the migrants where hard working, church goin', penny saving, sacrificing, married or family oriented folks. So I could look at it as the ones being displaced by the current demographic trends are the 2nd and 3rd and so on generations of DC natives who did not inherit their migratory forebears strengths and qualities. But that just sounds mean, especially as a person who migrated from the South (yes, Central Florida is the South... Go Gators).
But skimming my data, it looks like a lot of southern migrants made their way here to this part of Shaw, and some did well. You either do well here, find some other city to flourish or head back to your homestate. Black Picket Fences left me depressed about the generations that followed those who migrated north too. There might be something to it, but I don't want to think about it right now.
618-MLK-1924I'm going to have to find a way to write up a quicker history for a block because 1) Sq. 618 is small, only 3 streets and so far I've only looked at 2 of those streets over 3 posts (including this one) and 2) I don't know if anyone is digging this history at all. I've been away so I haven't heard back from many of the neighbors or you readers, and I need feedback.

There was no one on New York Ave as far as the census was concerned in 1880, so that makes it easier. By 1900 the block had filled out a bit and the main street was mostly, if not all white until 1940. In 1900 there was a black servant, living with the Irish-American Sullivan family at 69 NY Ave NW and the two Chinese men Moy Fooy and his partner Noory Hong at 89 NY Ave. 89 NY Ave NW is on the corner and would make a suitable location for a retail laundry. Mr. John Sullivan was a 32 year old Irish saloon keeper with a large family. There was another household with a live in servant, the Lotts at 43 NY Ave NW. Irish-American Mary Collins lived with Joseph Lott and his wife as a live in servant. Mr. Lott was a government clerk and it was just the three of them listed in the house.
As I moved to 1910, I scanned for any household that continued on to this next census and found the McKeivers or McKeevans (names unclear) at 83 NY Ave and Waldmans at 51 NY Ave. Those two surnames cover the 1900 and the 1910 census. I have a note about home ownership, but this is another spot where I find the census faulty and must remember once again that this thing, besides having unreadable parts, has big errors. My note that there are only 2 homeowners in 1910, whereas in 1900 there were 5. But looking at the Waldman household that carried over to 1920 they were home owners for most years except 1910, which makes me wonder. In 1910 on, there are no more live in servants. There are musicians. Arthur J. Manwell of 55 NY Ave was a 22 year old British born pianist and at another house on NY Ave was DC native Victor H. Johnson a 37 year old music director.
In 1920 John Sullivan reappears on New York Ave NW, but in a different address than his 1900 location. From 1920 to 1930 John J. Sullivan lives at 87 New York Avenue with his wife Nora. In 1920 the Sullivan family is still big but they apparently had room for 5 female boarders. As mentioned before the Waldmans carry over from 1910 to 1920, as do the Fealys. In 1910 the Fealys at 67 New York Ave were headed by Irish born Thomas, but in 1920, the head was DC native AC Fealy. AC is not mentioned, it seems in the 1910 census as one of Thomas' sons, unless a birthyear was incorrect in one of those censuses.
There are two carryover families in 1930, the Sullivans of 87, and the Donahues of 37 New York Ave.
By the 1940 the block gets more integrated than it was in 1900 and it appears quite well off. The 1940 census asked a bit more of people with questions about income and most household heads were earning over $1,000, a good amount compared to what I've seen other streets and blocks. The highest earner on the street was Dr. John Brady at 35 NY Ave earning $5K. Dr. Brady also stuck out because he also lived at 35 NY Ave in 1930. Another person who stuck out, only because of his profession was Rabbi Zamard Green, who earned $2.6K. I mentioned the block was a bit more integrated, there were 4 African American households on the unit block of New York Avenue NW. 45 NY Ave was headed by truck driver Philip Richard who made $1.56K. Mr. Jacobie Shinde at 63 NY Ave was an electrician who brought in $1.2K. Next is Mr. Carrio Beidascoas a postal clerk at 71 NY Ave earning $1.68K, and lastly Mrs. Jurea S. Allen, a widow and government statistical clerk who earned $1.25K.
This is it for New York Ave. One more street to go and that is the unit block of N St. If you want to investigate this further for yourself, please go to Truxton Circle dot org and check out the page for square 618, which is about the 1200 blk of 1st St, the unit blocks of N St and New York Ave NW. If you are interested in another square in Truxton and want to know more feel free to contact me at mari at inshaw period com or leave a comment. I don't think I'll make it through all the squares with this level of detail, so I'll need you to help me pick out which other squares I'll do.

Electorial WTF

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I'm still familarizing myself with the small changes that have happened in the neighborhood while we were away. This morning I was hoofing it to the metro, walking along Rhode Island Ave when I spotted a sign in someone's yard to elect Leroy Thorpe for 2C02 ANC.


The boundaries have changed and what was Ward 2 is Ward 6, but why waste money on printing off new signs that have the correct ANC.

For the sake of the kind of development that will move the neighborhood forward (unless you want to live in Shaw circa 1993, believe me you don't) don't elect that man. When I mean development, I mean being able to walk to places you want to spend money at, instead of treking over to another neighborhood.