1400 block of 33rd St.
Last month, a DC statehood activist proposed a new tactic for residents to deploy to help spread the notion that normal people live in DC, and thus deserve representation in Congress. That tactic: have your mail addressed to your neighborhood, not “Washington”. In other words, don’t have mail sent to Washington, DC, have it sent to Tenleytown, DC, or Langdon, DC, or Brookland, DC. Or, of course, Georgetown, DC.
As the activist, Josh Gibson, wrote:
One of the many things that cripples DC’s statehood efforts is the assumption by the rest of the country that the two faces of DC — federal Washington and what we locals call “the District” — are synonymous. Those who are not from here, or who are merely visiting, think only of government buildings, monuments, museums, and the Gucci Gulch of K Street (to the extent that they think of Washington at all).
Earlier this week, the city stripped the asphalt off of Grace St. in preparation of a repaving. In doing so, it revealed that underneath the asphalt, historic pavers still exist. This is actually common around Georgetown, and GM thinks streets like Grace should scotch the asphalt entirely and restore the pavers.
GM has long argued that we should restore these cobbled streets. (GM will be pedantic for sec: these are not really cobblestones, but rather Belgian blocks or pavers. Cobbles are rounded river rocks with varying shapes and sizes. If they’re basically brick shaped, they’re not cobblestones.) For one thing, Georgetown has a reputation for its cobbled streets even though there are only very few streets with exposed pavers. We should live up to our reputation! Continue reading