Day 129

Brightwood (October 22, 2021)

After a while away, we returned to the streets of Brightwood. It is one of District’s most diverse neighborhoods, with immigrants making up over 50 percent of its population. It has the highest number of Salvadorans and Ethiopians of any neighborhood, and has large numbers of residents from the rest of Central America, the Caribbean and the Philippines. It’s a pretty neighborhood consisting mainly of brick single family homes.

There are also some streets of row houses

And some beautiful old apartment buildings.

Situated in the neighborhood is Fort Stevens, the only fort within the District to come under attack during the Civil War. During the battle that took place on July 11-12, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln came under direct fire from Confederate sharpshooters while he witnessed the battle from the parapet of the fort. The battle marks the only time in American history that a seated President has come under direct fire from an enemy combatant during a time of war.

We liked the straightforward honesty of this salon which made no extravagant claims about its offerings.

Finally, here’s the muscle car of the day.

Day 128

Georgia Avenue and 13th Street NW (October 2, 2021)

Every year, as part of its Open Streets program, the District government closes down three miles of Georgia Avenue to traffic. So on a beautiful Saturday we went for a stroll down one of DCs major thoroughfares.

It was a perfect day for a parasol.

Or a covered wagon

There were various activities happening along the way, including double dutch jump roping.

Martial arts

And salsa dancing

There was a sizable police presence. Some joined in the salsa dancing.

More traditionally, this one preferred to go the coffee and donuts route.

It wouldn’t be a DC festival without some GoGo music.

Having made our way down Georgia Avenue we decided to return via 13th Street NW which runs parallel. Small apartment buildings and row houses line the street. Many are being renovated and painted in the ever popular cream or white.

There are still many colorful exceptions. We liked this fire engine red home.

We passed by Theodore Roosevelt High School. The original high school was built in 1932. Back then the neighborhood was predominantly jewish and according to Lauren’s mom, who lived nearby, Roosevelt was affectionally known as Jewsevelt. Like every other school we have passed so far in the District, Roosevelt has been recently renovated.

Finally, here is the car of the day.

Day 127

Judiciary Square / NOMA (August 2, 2021)

Finding ourselves downtown, we began our walk by strolling up Pennsylvania Avenue. Passing the FBI building we headed toward the distant Capitol.

Then we walked through Judiciary Square where many of the city’s court houses are located.

We also passed by construction of the new Capital Jewish Museum.

There is a lot of new construction in this part of town, including this massive glass building rising above the facades of older buildings.

And these buildings that have been constructed directly over what used to be a sunken open air highway.

It seemed that everywhere we went we were being observed by giant pet animals dressed in human clothing. Very strange indeed.

Day 126

Takoma (July 31, 2021)

On the final day of July we spent our last day of walking the streets of Takoma. We have thoroughly enjoyed the often colorful homes of the neighborhood. Here are some more examples.

It’s always interesting for us to see duplex homes where one side has been modernized and the other retains its original look.

We think that these are the first garden gnomes that we have come across during our walks.

This pick-up truck gave a good indication of the political persuasion of most Takoma residents.

This home provided grapes for passers-by

There was also a nice public meadow garden in the center of town.

This long concrete wall below the train line was crying out for a mural.

Day 125

Takoma / Brightwood (July 29, 2021)

We started out again in Takoma, where we continued to be charmed by the multi-colored cottages.

We also like this deco-style apartment building.

We walked by the Takoma Theatre which began life in 1923 as a 724 seat movie theatre. However, it closed its doors as a movie theatre in 1980 and the building is now the home of a healthcare center, where Children’s National Hospital offers pediatric neurology and behavioral health care. It is also the home of a cool cafe, called Lost Sock.

We like the sign post in this house’s front garden.

The Black-eyed Susan is neighboring Maryland’s state flower. They are at their peak at the moment and are a feature of many Takoma gardens.

Walking along Georgia Avenue, we passed by Battleground National Cemetery. On July 11 and 12 of 1864, the Confederate army attacked nearby Fort Stevens. The attack was repelled and the Confederates left behind 101 wounded soldiers and an unknown number of dead. Approximately, fifty Union soldiers were also killed during the attack and forty of those were laid to rest at what is now Battleground National Cemetery. President Abraham Lincoln, who attended the burial ceremony, dedicated the land as hallowed ground, making it one of America’s smallest national cemeteries.

Battleground National Cemetery

Walking west of Georgia Avenue, we entered the Brightwood neighborhood. It has a completely different feel to Takoma. Gone are the cottages, replaced by less colorful but more stately brick and stucco houses.

It is also the neighborhood where Lauren’s grandparents, Oscar and Lillian, lived from 1949 until the mid-1950s. Lauren’s parents, Gerry and Deana, lived there with them when they were first married. In fact, Lauren’s oldest sister, Marcy, was born while they were living at the house. We aren’t sure which is the exact house, but believe that it is one of these four.

Day 124

Takoma (July 22, 2021)

We were back exploring Takoma today. Walking around, we thought parts had a decidedly rural feel. There were once again a number of brightly painted homes.

Speaking of colorful, this deep blue muscle car was shining brilliantly on this sunny afternoon.

However, the neighborhood wasn’t all bright colors. As we have mentioned previously, most of the renovated homes we see are painted some variety of black, grey or cream. Here is another example.

Many of the houses had free flowing gardens and large back yards.

We like the impressive front entrance of this home.

And the elegant front porch of this brick home

This home had a distinctly top heavy look.

We also walked by the charming Takoma shops.

Sitting among the shops is the Takoma Station tavern, a popular venue for watching jazz, soul, gogo and other musicians since 1984.

Across the road from the tavern is the Takoma Wellness Center, which is actually one of the District’s licensed cannabis dispensaries. It appeared to be doing brisk business.

Day 123

Mt. Vernon Triangle / Judiciary Square / Penn Quarter (July 19, 2021)

Today we walked through the Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Along the way we saw some colorful buildings.

And some ‘sign of the times’ artwork

We also liked this small home tucked in between larger buildings

And this rows of townhomes

Continuing south, we walked through Judiciary Square where many of the city’s courts are located, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

And the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

We also passed by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine which had a quote by Einstein inscribed on its wall. It seemed, particularly, on point during these times when certain politicians and television pundits are purposely lying to the American public about the dangers of vaccines.

We ended up at the United States Navy Memorial in the Penn Quarter. At the center of the Memorial is a bronze sculpture created in 1987 by the America sculptor Stanley Bleifeld. The model for the sculpture was Dan Maloney, a Petty Officer First Class assigned to the submarine, USS Alabama.

The Lone Sailor

A map of the world is etched into the concrete of the Memorial Plaza. Looking across the plaza toward The National Archives you can see the outline of the Americas.

Day 122

Shepherd Park / Takoma (July 10, 2021)

We started out in Shepherd Park before crossing into neighboring Takoma. In an already liberal city, Takoma has a reputation as being particularly progressive earning it the nickname of ‘The Peoples’ Republic of Takoma’. It was originally developed in the late eighteen hundreds and contains many old homes in protected historic districts. However, the part we explored appeared to have been developed in the mid-twentieth century. Some streets were lined with initially identical houses that had evolved to have slightly different appearances.

But there was a wide variety of houses in the neighborhood. Here are some of the other types of single family homes that we passed.

There were also some interesting duplexes, including this one that offered an interesting contrast between the original and updated look of the same building.

There were also some impressively long and wide alleys stretching through the neighborhood.

Some residents had added artistic flourishes to their front yards.

Day 121

Petworth (June 26, 2021)

On a scorching hot day, we dragged our friends Sally and Liz on a walk through the Petworth neighborhood. It is a residential neighborhood consisting, primarily, of terraced houses.

We came across some peace signs along the way

And this cool mural on the side of one home.

There is a large hispanic population in the neighborhood and there are a number of colorful hispanic restaurants lining Georgia Avenue, the main thoroughfare running through the neighborhood.

Speaking of colorful, we liked this outfit

And this car

Petworth is named for the 205 acre country estate that was owned by John Tayloe III and sat where the neighborhood is now located. Tayloe probably had named his estate after the town of Petworth in West Sussex, England. As befitting a walk through a neighborhood called Petworth, Liz brought along her highly worthy pet, Mason. He was surprisingly enthusiastic, considering the fact that he was wearing a fur coat on the hottest day of the Summer so far.

Day 120

Shepherd Park (June 23, 2021)

After a break of over six months, we returned to the streets of Washington to continue our quest to walk every street in this beautiful city. We began where we left off, on the quiet treelined streets of Shepherd Park. We started out by walking down Eastern Avenue, the pretty boulevard that forms the northeastern border between the District and Maryland.

Eastern Avenue. On the left is Maryland and on the right is Washington DC

On about as nice a Summer’s day as it is possible to get in Washington, we enjoyed our stroll through this quiet neighborhood of single family homes, built in a wide variety of styles.

In the District, it is not uncommon to see Adirondack chairs on neighborhood front lawns.

But this family had decided to take comfort to a whole higher level.