Taft Bridge, Rock Creek Valley, Washington, DC

The Taft Bridge, the largest non-reinforced concrete bridge in the world, gracefully spans the Rock Creek Valley taking Connecticut Avenue from the oldest portion of the city to the early 20th Century streetcar suburb of Woodley Park. Along with its sturdier companion, the Duke Ellington Bridge, the Taft Bridge creates one of the most beautiful…

Henderson Castle, Washington, DC

The builder of Meridian Hill Park, Mary Henderson lived in a castle across 16th–well, a Romanesque Revival castle, that is. It was demolished after years as a boarding house and speakeasy, and all that is left is the massive retaining wall that stretched around the property, holding back the earth of the hill upon which…

Meridian Hill Park, Washington, DC

Meridian Hill Park, isolated from the hustle and bustle of 16th St NW, is a gem waiting behind the concrete walls along the Street. Read about the park here. The upper portion is a French garden. Yes, that’s Joan of Arc, surmounting the dramatic overlook out over the city. The park was one of the…

14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Update: The businesses featured above have now all been gentrified out of existence as of December 2012. The evening of the day of Martin Luther King’s assassination saw the largest riots in Washington, DC‘s history. Beginning at 14th and U St NW, the rioters quickly spread up and down 14th Street, destroying everything in their…

You Call This a Chinatown? Washington, DC

Chinatown in Washington, DC, really doesn’t exist anymore except for a couple of low-quality holdouts from the 1960’s. In its place rose what is basically an outdoor, urban shopping mall, where you can go from Starbucks to Fuddruckers by simply crossing H Street. Even more absurdly, all businesses are required to have their names written…

No One Else in the World

An umbrella left in a hallway of my old apartment building Adams Morgan in Washington, DC, down the way from my friend’s apartment.