• Cranes, Change and Buried Treasure

    May 3, 2013, Washington, DC: The cranes went up about a week ago, and as far as I can tell the heavy lifting began yesterday morning, 5 a.m. We awoke to powerful construction noise that lasted just 10 minutes or so, and this morning at precisely 7 a.m., it began again. A changing streetscape is something

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  • Haunted By History: Tom’s Take on Washington

    July 24 2012, Washington, DC: Through which lens do you see your city? An architectural lens like Cecille’s? A photographic lens like Charlotte’s? Do you see your surroundings differently because you’re a mother? A neighborhood veteran? A changemaker? Tom Cochran views his hometown through the lens of history. His Washington is one in which walls talk and

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  • History at the Hill Center

    March 18, 2012, Washington, DC: On Thursday evening, I stood outside the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital talking with three of my Capitol Hill neighbors I’d met that day. We were discussing the history of the place, led by Peter McCall and Barry Harrelson, both residents of the Hill since the early 1970s

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  • Documenting Hometown History

    “As we write, so we build: to keep a record of what matters to us.” -Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness March 3, 2012, Washington, DC: We dined two weeks ago Nob Hill Cafe, my favorite neighborhood restaurant in San Francisco. From our little table on Taylor Street, we sifted through old photos that

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