1000 block of Wisconsin Ave.
GM bikes to work. Almost everything about his 5 mile commute is great. Almost. There’s one thing that’s a real, quite literal, drag: the wind.
Generally in the morning when GM’s riding east along the mall towards Capitol Hill, it’s not bad. If anything it’s typically a slight tail wind. But given the fact that morning winds are generally less strong than afternoon winds it doesn’t really matter that much. But when it comes to his return trip at night, then things get bad. Like sustained 25 mph wind in the face bad. It’s still the best way to get to work, but some days the wind can make that a closer call than it should be.
GM has joked with himself as he faces down another gusty ride that the wind has something against people from the western half of the city. And given that that side of town is generally more affluent it’s almost like the wind is populist force trying to level the playing field against the bourgeoisie.
Yes it’s a dorky joke, but there’s actually an odd truth to it! Continue reading
This week on Georgetown Time Machine, GM visits the far north corner of Georgetown. Actually, technically the photo is taken in Glover Park looking down Wisconsin Ave. towards Georgetown, but close enough!
There’s not a lot to this picture, but it’s striking both in how much hasn’t changed and how much has.
But first up, what is the date of the photo? DDOT’s records indicate that this photo was either from 1960 or 1967. Given that the cars appear to be from the late 1950s or early 1960s, the earlier of those two years seems likely.
Now onward to what hasn’t changed:
The stone wall along Holy Rood Cemetery is still pretty much the same as it was in the picture. And south of 35th St., the Divine Science Church appears largely the same. Washington Post archives state that the church opened there in 1937, although the building itself appears to date back to 1874. At the turn of the century, it was known at the Mount Tabor Methodist Church. Continue reading