Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Presentation about alleys tomorrow night

Party at Archibald Walk alley, SEParty at Archibald Walk alley, SE, September 21st. Photo by Steve Pinkus.

October 18 Preservation Cafe Highlights Historic Alleys of Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill has a picturesque collection of alleys, many of which are paved with historic materials--red and/or yellow brick, asphalt pavers, tan river-pebble concrete, and river rock with brick carriage tracks.

John Deatrick, DDOT Deputy Director and Chief Engineer, will discuss the resources available from the city's historic alley program and the challenges the department faces in implementing the program at the Capitol Hill Restoration Society's Preservation Cafe on Wednesday, October 18, from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at Christ Church Parish Hall, 620 G Street, S.E.

In his powerpoint presentation, Deatrick will describe the alley asset database, program funding, and how residents can work with DDOT on repaving and reconstruction initiatives. Several Capitol Hill alleys have been restored under the program, including Gessford Court, S.E.
and Brown's Court, S.E.

The meeting is free, open to the public, and no reservations are necessary. Christ Church is wheelchair accessible from the rear parking lot of the building. Details: Nancy Metzger, 546-1034.
Brown's Court SE, Washington, DCBrown's Court SE, Washington, DC. Brown's Court, Alley SaleBrown's Court, Alley Sale.alleyresidents  Photos.jpgPhiladelphia alley. Photo by Steve Pinkus.
Narrow Alley sign, Kenyon Street NW
Alley dwelling chic #4, Northeast DCDavid Bernhardt, Alley dwelling chic #4, Northeast DC.

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