04 Oct 2011

Slow Down, Maryland Drivers: Tomorrow is Walk to School Day

Tomorrow is International Walk to School Day, or, as we call it on the Hill, Wednesday. I mean, really, how is this different from any other day for us? Well, we can have a little party, that’s how. Tomorrow morning, students (and presumably some of their parents) from twelve Hill schools will gather at Lincoln […]

20 Sep 2011

Mr. Wells, Tear Down this Bike Station!

Today marks the one year anniversary of Capitol Bikeshare, the nation’s largest public bike sharing system (at least until those laggards up in New York finally catch up). Which means it’s been a bit under a year that residents of Lincoln Park have had to suffer the cruel indignity of having 15 bikes foisted upon them. No longer […]

12 Sep 2011

Lost Capitol Hill: Lincoln's Copper Carbonate

  While I was escaping the heat of DC this summer, a great change came over Lincoln Park: The Emancipation Statue there was cleaned up and about 100 years of copper carbonate was removed from it, changing it from a statue with a greenish cast to a deep brown. I didn’t watch the transformation, but […]

01 Aug 2011

Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas Ball and his Emancipation Statue

The statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park is not only one of the most iconic images of Capitol Hill, but almost certainly also its most controversial.  From the moment of its unveiling by President Grant in 1876 until today, people have puzzled over the image of a crouching slave towered over by the tall […]

14 Feb 2011

Lost Capitol Hill: Walter Houp

Digging through old documents is one of the great joys of a researcher, and the thrill of finding a new fact – or at least the hope of finding one – keeps you going through long stretches of irrelevant words. Unfortunately, sometimes the finds can turn out to be false, and lead to great disappointment […]

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