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What is it Exactly that Jack Evans is Sorry For?

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Yesterday, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. The Council, prompted by an ever expanding scandal, officially voted to reprimand Evans. In addition, while he held on to his position as chairman of the finance committee, Evans’s oversight of tax abatements, the convention center/Events DC, and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities was stripped from him.

A visibly shaken Evans addressed the Council and the public by saying:

I brought embarrassment to this council, to myself and my family. Going forward, I will work tirelessly to restore the trust of my constituents, of my colleagues here on the council and of the residents of the District of Columbia.

This apology is in line with the sparse previous public statements he’s made on the subject. For instance, on March 8th, on the day that news broke that the U.S. Department of Justice had subpoenaed the Council for emails specifically related to Evans’s dealings with donors and major city contractors, Evans spoke to the DC Democratic State Committee. He had this to say:

I want to take this opportunity to say I’ve made some very big mistakes. In retrospect, I would have done things much differently. I want to take this opportunity to apologize to all of you in this room. Earlier this week I apologized to the residents of the District of Columbia, my colleagues on the city council, to my children for embarrassing them. There’s no one more horrified about what I did than I am. And I’m asking for your forgiveness. I know many of you are angry. And I don’t blame you. My goal now, going forward, is to rebuild the trust that I have lost. And I will worked very very hard to regain the trust of the state committee, the residents of the District of Columbia, and everybody I represent in Ward 2.

No one could doubt the sincerity of Evans’s contrition. And it has surely been a grueling several weeks.

But what exactly is he sorry for? Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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3200 block of P St.

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Ghosts of Markets Past

Today GM is inaugurating a new series: Ghosts of Markets Past. In it, he will identify homes throughout Georgetown that once held a commercial business (not always a market though). At one time, Georgetown was dotted with such establishments. But after restrictive zoning was put in place in the 1950s, and overall purchasing habits shifted towards larger regional supermarkets, these buildings were gradually converted to housing.

Of course some still remain, and they represent some of the most treasured assets of the neighborhood. But this series is about the ones that didn’t stay open.

And today GM starts with 2701 Dumbarton St. Records indicate that this building was constructed in 1869 and the original owner was Richard A. King.

The property is mentioned in Black Georgetown Remembered as hosting a “mom and pop” grocery. When it was listed for sale in 2014, it was described as one of the area’s first grocery stores. A mention in the Washington Evening Star indicates that as early as 1918, it hosted a market. In this case a market owned by L.H. Ferguson:

In 1927, the market was listed for rent, with listing reflecting the fact the property was at the epicenter of Georgetown’s historic African American community:

In 1933, it hosted a taxicab office:

By the 1950s, however, mentions of any business at this address stop. It would appear that is when the property shifted to solely residential. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Would you be interested in a better pedestrian/bicycle link between Georgetown and the Palisades? Take this survey.
  • Another canal bridge is going to be closed for a long rehab. This time it’s 31st St.

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1500 block of Wisconsin Ave.

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