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3400 block of Q St.

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Places that Aren’t Georgetown

Love it or hate it, Georgetown is a desirable name. We can see this played out in the frequent attempts by companies or entities to label something as Georgetown which is not actually in Georgetown. It happens all the time, but a couple of these mislabelings caught GM’s eye recently.

The first one is from a press release GM received. It’s mostly innocuous but amusing nonetheless:

Cushman & Wakefield today announced the sale of Georgetown Plaza at 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, a 150,097-square foot, 79% leased Class A office building in Washington’s Upper Georgetown submarket…“Given Georgetown’s supply constrained market, the institutional quality of the asset and the strength of the area economy, this is a great opportunity for JOSS Realty,” said Mr. [Eric] Berkman.

This building is not in Georgetown. It’s at Wisconsin and Hall St., squarely in Glover Park. Obviously whoever built the building chose the name for cachet. Fine, no big deal. But what’s funny is that rather than mention the building being in Glover Park, where it is, the release throws in the phrase “Upper Georgetown”, and to the extent that phrase means anything, it means the part of Georgetown between about P and the Safeway (for a more detailed look at what the specific, federally defined, boundaries of Georgetown are, see here.) Continue reading

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3300 block of Q St.

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Old Georgetown in Color: Track Team

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This week on Old Georgetown in Color, GM sticks with the Hoya theme. Today it’s the 1910 men’s track team (or as the all men’s school called it back then: “the track team”).

There’s not much GM has to add except that this one took a crazy long amount of time to colorize, so enjoy. One thing he will add is that it appears as if the fellow on the far right is wearing a Georgetown Prep jersey. Perhaps he was a double Hoya.

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3200 block of S St.

3200 block of S St.

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Why Not: A Biergarten?

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GM decided to revive his occasional series “Why Not” to address an overlooked corner of Georgetown and consider what it could be: a biergarten.

The spot is a tiny recessed commercial building on Wisconsin Ave., just north of Q St. The setback building creates a forecourt, but it also creates a challenge. The retail space has seen a recent succession of stores coming and going: including a tea shop, a lingerie shop, a christmas tree lot, and most recently a consignment shop (which just closed). Book Hill has challenges drawing foot traffic, and that side generally draws even less foot traffic than the east side. Add that to the setback, and it makes for a difficult space for a shop to succeed in.

So GM wonders if that forecourt couldn’t be better used, and what better way than a biergarten? There are few places in Georgetown to enjoy a cold beer outside, and the ones that do exist are mostly down closer to M St. Continue reading

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