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Life in the Village: The Georgetown Garden Tour

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Contribute to the Georgetown Metropolitan Flickr Group!

Flickr users take some fantastic photos around Georgetown. GM has no problem choosing a great photo for each morning’s Morning Metropolitan. In fact there are more than he can use. To share more Georgetown photos, GM established theĀ Georgetown Metropolitan Flickr Group. Please contribute any and all photos of Georgetown for all the world to see.

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Life in the Village: Dusk in Montrose Park With Its Nightly Bugle Call

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After Cafritz Fire, Do You Feel Safe?

After Cafritz Fire, Do You Feel Safe?

Even before the embers of Peggy Cafritz’s home ceased smoldering, residents throughout the District began wondering whether the fire hydrant on their street has the pressure to put out a fire at their house. After the Georgetown Library fire two years ago, Georgetown residents are particularly worried about the matter.

It’s not the first time it’s come up since the library fire. WASA got a tounge lashing from the ANC last February. WASA came back in March to the ANC and in April to CAG to let us know that everything is OK. Nonetheless, when we see fire crews having to walk blocks away looking for water pressure, it’s not difficult to doubt their assurances.

According to the Post, the problems for the water pressure didn’t begin until the fire crews attached a third hose to the same water main. That would suggest that the hydrants worked as expected, but they simply aren’t expected to work that well. This adds to Georgetowners’ anxiety since they’ve been telling us how our hydrants (at least those marked correctly) work as expected.

How do you feel? Do you feel safe?

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Life in the Village: Nathans 1969 – 2009

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Last Call at a Georgetown Landmark: The Story of Nathans’ Closure

Next Monday, Nathans will be no more. That much has been reported here and other places. But GM spoke with owner Carol Joynt today to get a little more background on how she arrived at this decision. To do the story any justice, we’ve got to go back to the beginning.

The Past

Nathans Restaurant came to be 40 years ago when a bookie calling himself Nathan Detroit got himself a lease from the Heon family for the space. (It had been a diner before that). Nathan roped in Charlie Matheson, a member of the Virginia horsey set, and Howard Joynt. As Carol told it, Howard was able to buy in with money he got from his dad. Essentially Nathans was a gift from father to son.

Soon after they opened, Nathan Detroit ran up a large gambling debt and wanted out. Howard’s dad gave Howard the money buy Nathan out. Soon after that Charlie’s wife wanted him out of the business as well. Howard’s dad gave Howard the money to buy out Charlie as well. That’s how Howard ended up the sole owner. Continue reading

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Life in the Village – Nordic Jazz

Last night GM stopped by the Swedish Embassy for night two of the Nordic Jazz festival going on around various Scandinavian spots in town. Tonight they’re back on the Swedish roof. While the jazz is free, the tickets aren’t. They’re $25, but for three bands and a cool view, that’s a steal.

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