Know Your Trees: Black Gum

This week for Know Your Trees, GM is exploring a lesser known tree that has started to be planted with a little more frequency around Georgetown: the black gum.

Black gum trees, otherwise known as black tupelos or simply tupelos, are medium sized deciduous trees that are native along almost the entire eastern seaboard. They can be identified by their relatively bright green medium sized leaves that have almost a stretched-out teardrop shape:

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by Jingnan Huo.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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The Georgetown Metropolis

1600 block of 31st St.

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Preview of What the Capital One Cafe Will Look Like

Back in August, it was announced that Capital One had bought the old Nathans building and would construct a “Capital One Cafe” in the space. The concept of a Bank/coffee shop is an odd one, so many didn’t know what to expect. GM just got back from a visit to San Francisco where he came upon a Capital One Cafe. And he can report that it is indeed odd.

As you can see above, the space was essentially open. About 15 to 20 people were sitting in the cafe doing whatever it is that people sitting around cafes do (shopping and reading Twitter, probably). There was a Peet’s Coffee stand inside providing the drinks. (It’s hard to walk two blocks in San Francisco without passing a Peet’s Coffee shop, by the way). Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

Photo by Mike Maguire.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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The Georgetown Metropolis

Potomac River

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Reminder: Breakfast With Santa this Sunday!

GM’s heading out of town for the rest of the week, but before he goes, he wanted to remind you about the annual Breakfast with Santa at Volta Park this Sunday. He’ll be working the photo ticket table, so stop by and say hi! See you there!

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