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84 Year Old Zoning Fight Foreshadows Current One

When GM was digging through the Post archives the other day researching the Fillmore School, he came across a fascinating article from 1927. It described a zoning fight over the block facing the Fillmore School, on the eastern edge of Burleith.

According to the article, J.R. Hall owned the buildings on the west side of 35th St. between S and T. This block was zoned for residential use, however three frame houses on the block contained stores (presumably built before the residential zoning was applied). Hall proposed to knock down these small buildings and build “new and more ornamental” buildings to house more stores. He needed the block to be rezoned commercial in order to accomplish this.

Hall wanted to serve Burleith residents, who had begun to move in to all the new Shannon and Luchs houses. No commercial district was built into Burleith and the residents soon tired of walking all the way to Wisconsin Ave. for their retail needs. In fact, Hall presented a petition signed by a majority of the neighborhood’s residents in favor of his request. Even the Burleith Citizens Association was for it.

What stopped Hall, and the reason there are still no commercial buildings in Burleith is the topic from yesterday, the Fillmore School. A 35th st. neighbor filed an objection and his effort was supported by the PTA and several other citizens associations from across the city. Their arguments were based off of the belief that no commercial buildings should be in the immediate vicinity of schools. Assistant Superintenent of the Schools, Robert Haycock, argued against the change because, “experience has shown it disadvantageous to the education system and such stores become a factor in delinquency.” Continue reading

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Greater Georgetown: Washington Post Edition

A long while back, GM occasionally highlighted some examples of people misapplying the name Georgetown to a variety places and things far beyond the actual boundaries of Georgetown. He called it Greater Georgetown. However, after a few posts, GM gave it a rest. Pointing out that people lie about where an apartment is on Craigslist is just not that interesting.

However, GM decided to dust off the feature after seeing an article in the Post this weekend. Under the headline “Georgetown’s Unapologetically Modern House” Nancy McKeon writes about a stunning modern home. You may recognize it, that is, if you go to Burleith much:

McKeon tries to come clean in the first paragraph of her article, but can’t quite admit that this home isn’t really in Georgetown:

A vacant lot is hard to come by in Georgetown, but Fred Bahrami found one, right on Georgetown’s border with Burleith. An unapologetically modern house is also hard to find in Georgetown, so Bahrami built one.

This house is at 36th and R. It is squarely in the heart of Burleith, not “right on Georgetown’s border.” It’s one thing to be a little sloppy about where one neighborhood starts and another ends, but the whole “hook” of this article is based on the idea that this house’s existence is newsworthy specifically because it’s in Georgetown. Which it isn’t. (For a quick primer on Georgetown’s borders, read this). Continue reading

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The Morning Metropolitan

Relaxing in Dumbarton Oaks by Jim Malone.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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The Morning Metropolitan

Beer at Pizzeria Paradiso by Bernt Rostad.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Burleith man wages Internet-based war against loud Georgetown students.
  • Jack Evans probably out of Council Chair race before it even started.

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The Morning Metropolitan

Good Friday morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

Photo above from Flickr user Lauren Farmer used under a Creative Commons License.

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The Morning Metropolitan

Good Monday morning Georgetown, hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend. Here’s the latest:

  • Georgetown Cupcake is expanding to Bethesda. Will its cache survive attempts to go chain? We’ll see…
  • More Nordic jazz this week on the roof of the Swedish Embassy. GM will be there Wednesday night, if not just for the amazing views.
  • GM missed this on Friday, but Saturday marked the first Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market in front of Hardy Middle School and across from the Social Safeway (construction). This of course is also the site of the Georgetown Flea Market. So is the lot in Georgetown? Burleith? Glover Park? Who cares, they’re both great things to have around. (If you must know, the answer is Georgetown)
Photo by Flickr user Sam Ruhaat used under a Creative Commons license.

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