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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • New look for the proposed new apartment building on Prospect.
  • A little bit more of Georgetown’s small role in the new Wonder Woman movie.

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1500 block of 33rd St.

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That Was Fast: Key Bridge Tagged Already

After years of construction to repair and shore up Key Bridge, which left the landmark looking sparkling clean, the abutments were recently tagged with graffiti.

GM first noticed the tags last week, and he believes they were added within a couple weeks. One of the tags says clearly “JACK”. (Former Councilmember Jack Evans did not reply by press time to deny he was the artist since GM did not actually reach out to him.) The others say “GEO” and “JTEA”.

It’ll take some powerwashing, but the graffiti is unlikely to leave any permanent damage. It still goes to show, though, that you can scrub a wall clean, but someone out there will simply see it as a clean canvass.

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Potomac Boat Club

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M St. Used to Be Way More Car Oriented

Walk down M St. today and you’re treated to a nearly endless string of moderate to expensive clothing stores, carefully planned to target the regional and international visitors who populate the brick-lined sidewalks alongside you. Dig a little further back into history and those same blocks were populated much more by moderate to rowdy bars and restaurants, representing one of the only such dining destinations in the Capital.

But dig even further back into the 20th century, and you’ll discover an M St. that is almost unrecognizable to the M St. of today. That’s because in the middle part of the 20th century, M St. was extremely car oriented.

GM was struck by this fact recently while perusing a collection of photos published by DDOT. Many of the photos GM had seen before, but seeing them all together in succession really hit home how dominated M St. was by a thick collection of gas stations, car dealerships, service stations, and other businesses built entirely around the car.

A few years ago, GM recounted how many gas stations once lined M St. But it went far beyond just a place to get gas. You can see them in the DDOT photos. Above is 30th and M, and shows the used car lot that once stood where, well, the Latham Hotel once stood.

Here are the others (in no particular order):

This is just east of 33rd and M, with Sunoco gas station, a used car lot, and a Chevron billboard (to boot) on the left. Another used car dealership in on the right in a building that no longer exists.

Here’s another shot from 30th and M, showing that there was a Sinclair gas station next to the used car lot. A bit further back, you can just make out the Ford dealership that once occupied the Nike Store building. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Potomac Boat Club

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Let’s Keep Our Lights Up!

GM says this every year, but this year his case is stronger than ever: let’s keep up our holiday light longer!

Surely it makes sense to chuck your Christmas tree and stow away your inflatable Santas come January, but it does not follow that you should take down any strings of lights or other greenery as well. We are only just entering the bleakest of midwinter, and making our streets and sidewalks darker makes no sense. And as we lumber on through yet another month of this pandemic, a little extra twinkle of light is all the more necessary.

So please join GM and keep up some lights outside your house at least to February. Our collective mental health will thank you!

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Happy New Year Georgetown! Here are some stories GM missed over the break:

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