1500 block of 28th St.
Lieutenant John Hedgecock, who has overseen Georgetown’s police district for years, has been transferred to the Chevy Chase DC neighborhood. His replacement is Lieutenant John Knutsen. Lt. Hedgecock sent the following letter around to individuals in the neighborhood:
As some of you are already aware I have been transferred to another Patrol Area in the Second District (PSA 201). This transfer was effective July 13 and was made to address some operational needs within the District. Lt. John Knutsen has taken over as the new PSA 206 Lieutenant. We are very fortunate to have Lt. Knutsen and I’m certain he will provide you with the very best in police service. To ensure a smooth transition I have been working with John ensuring he has a complete understanding of all the communities concerns. Please join me in welcoming Lt. Knutsen. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone at 202-438-8486.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for the support you have provided me over the last five years. During my career I have had the opportunity to work in all wards of the city. I have never experienced a community such as Georgetown that has so many community and business leaders who work tirelessly to assist MPD in maintaining order and making your community safe. The assistance you provided me was invaluable in our efforts to keep everyone safe. Thank you all very much!
Remember, your patrol area is served by some of the best Patrol Officers and Supervisors that the department has to offer. I was very fortunate to have worked with them. I’m sure you will continue to work with them as you did with me. Thank you all again and please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of any assistance, John
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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:
Yesterday, GM discussed the success story that is the sycamore down his block. But today he’s here with some more depressing news: we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us to restore the canopy.
Above is an aerial photo of GM’s block today. You can see it’s got a decent canopy of trees on it and the connecting blocks. But compare it with this aerial photo of the same block taken in 1951 (curtesy of the fascinating historicaerials.com):
Just look at those trees! It’s like a rain forest compared with today. Browse other blocks on the site, you’ll see it’s mostly the same story: there were simply way more trees back then.
There are some possible reasons for why it was so great back then and not so great now. First of all, much of Georgetown (particularly north Georgetown like this block) didn’t get built out until the 1880s to 1890s. By the 1950s, the original generation of trees planted along the new houses would all be mature and quite big. It’s sort of like the first blooms of a rose bush in the spring: they all burst at once. Eventually this generation of trees gets sick and dies off at different points. Either they get replaced with new trees, or they don’t get replaced at all. Either way, it leaves gaps in the canopy. Continue reading