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Not So Long Ago: Wisconsin and Reservoir

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This week on Not So Long Ago, GM stops by Book Hill again. GM has to apologize about the current shot. There was a van and a new tree that sort of blocks the shot. But angles are angles, so that’s what we get when we try to replicate casual snapshots from a car 18 years ago.

What’s lurking behind the tree is Marston Luce. It’s been at 1651 Wisconsin Ave. for quite some time. However, in 1993 the space was occupied by Washington Video.

For GM’s younger readers: a video was a DVD that came in a large cartridge. You couldn’t skip “chapters”. You had to just press fast forward till it got to what you wanted. And when you finished, you had to rewind the thing for minutes before you could start watching it again.

For GM’s even younger readers: there once were stores that let you borrow movies. You had to physically go to the store, pick out the movies, go home with them, and then bring it back when you were done. And if you didn’t “rewind it” you could pay a fine. You weren’t even guaranteed that the store had what your wanted! You may have to go all the way there, find out they didn’t have it and then go home with a movie by someone called Pauly Shore, whose popularity scientists have yet to explain.*

Anyway, it’s interesting to see that the dominance of antique shops on Book Hill wasn’t in place yet by 1993.

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  • New art house theater just across the creek.
  • Marvelous Market reboot (GM hopes they consider selling prepackaged sandwiches without dressing).


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We’re Not So Different After All

This weekend the New York Times published a fascinating chart displaying the top ten movie rentals for each zip code according to Netflix. Various other blogs have already commented on how this chart reflects stark sociological differences across the region, but GM was particularly drawn to a much more local issue.

Georgetown is made up of two zip codes: 20057 and 20007. The first contains only the university. The second contains all the full-year residents (as well as Burleith, Glover Park and the Palisades). Thus 20007 is “Town” and 20057 is “Gown.”

So how do our choices match up?



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