Quick Changes to Key Bridge Traffic

The local Fox news channel is crowing its success in spurring DDOT to install lane delineators at the northern side of the Key Bridge. (GM tried to embed the report, but was unsuccessful). The channel recently ran a report complaining about drivers that skip the line of cars waiting to turn left. In apparent response to the report, DDOT installed a line of plastic stanchions to prevent the cutters (you can see them installed above).

While this appears to be an example of a nimble agency responding to a fixable problem, it nonetheless rubs GM the wrong way. There are a lot of things wrong with that intersection and the roads that feed to it. Local residents and organizations have been pleading to DDOT to take a holistic look at the entire system for a while, without much success. Many of the recommendations of the Georgetown Transportation study, for example, sit on the shelf collecting dust. Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by John Leszczynski.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Georgetown Waterfront

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Unbuilt Georgetown

Last year the Georgetown University library held an exhibition on various dramatic proposals that would have affected the campus, that is if they were actually built. Sadly, GM missed the exhibition, but the library’s website has many of the materials.

Above you’ll see the proposed foreign service school building from 1949. It would rise above the Potomac. Here’s another version of it:

Here is an image produced to raise money to construct an extension of the original quad. The project was dubbed “Greater Georgetown”. Ultimately only two of the three proposed buildings were constructed: Copley Hall and White-Gravenor. The third unbuilt building was to be named Poulton Hall.

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Photo by William Buetler.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Volta Park

Volta Park

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Alley Renaming Moves Forward

On Tuesday, the alley naming that GM mentioned last week took another step towards reality. Councilmember Jack Evans introduced the Cashell Alley Designation Act of 2014 during the Council’s legislative session.

As you may recall, the story behind this is the type of story to give you some hope for the future. GM’s twelve year old neighbor, Raya Kenney, took it on herself to name the alley that runs behind her (and GM’s) house. She dove into the historical records kept at the Peabody Room and came up with the name of the original owner and developer of the land: Hazel Cashell. Continue reading

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