Now and a Long Time Ago: May Day Protests

This week for now and a long time ago, GM visits the intersection of N and Wisconsin on May 3, 1971. This was a day of wide-spread anti-war protests around Washington. (A wonderful collection of photos from the protest, from which this photo was drawn, is here).

The photo shows protesters blocking traffic, which strikes GM as a pretty level-headed response by young people who were being sent halfway around the world to die in a jungle for a pointless war. We’ve learned so much since then! Now our pointless wars are mostly in the desert. Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by Donald West.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by German Laulion.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Spring Break

GM’s off to New Orleans for the rest of the week for Spring Break. Catch you next week!

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The Georgetown Metropolis

Tudor Place

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Georgetown Used to Have Way More Gas Stations

The former Valero gas station at the corner of Pennsylvania and M has shut down and will be torn down to make way for an apartment building. The Exxon at M just west of the Key Bridge is also marked for closure. The other Exxon in Georgetown–at Wisconsin and Q–has also been identified as a possible redevelopment site. There is a chance that within five years or so, there may be just a single gas station left in Georgetown. That might seem to be too few for you, but you’d be hard pressed to justify the number that there used to be.

The photo above shows the intersection of M St. and 30th in 1971 (during a citywide May Day protest that blocked streets everywhere). Aside from its documentation of the historic protest, this photo is also fascinating for showing how many gas stations used to be on M St. There’s one on the southwest corner (it was call Call Carl’s) and another on the northeast corner (that one was an Esso). Two more properties at the corner of 29th and M St. appear to be service stations as well. Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by m01229.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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