Archive for November, 2016

The first time I visited the National Mall as a child, I was disappointed to find out that it was not a shopping mall. I have since gained an appreciation for the majestic vistas offered by the sidewalks and grass lawn of the National Mall. 


Wide sidewalks are generally a good thing, but if they are too wide for the volume of pedestrians, they can seem desolate. That’s how I used to feel about the wide stretch of sidewalk along 19th Street NW as it nears L Street. Then, a couple of years ago, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) and the city partnered to turn some of the sidewalk into rain gardens. Four separate rain gardens were carved out, on each quadrant of the 19th and L intersection.  When I walked on L Street recently, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the BID had taken the rain gardens up a notch by installing four sculptures by the artist Foon Sham. The wood block sculptures look like giant jars for collecting water, representing the role of a rain garden.

Athens Manhole Covers

Posted: November 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

In commemoration of President Obama’s trip to Greece, here are some manhole covers from the city of Athens. Photos courtesy of Becky.


On M Street SE near the Navy Yard station, I had my first sighting of Portuguese pavers in Washington DC. It’s so common in other parts of the world and yet so rare to see it in the US.


Posted: November 3, 2016 in manhole covers
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Bell System was a telephone conglomerate in existence between 1877 and 1984. Some of Bell’s spinoffs include AT&T and Verizon. This photo was taken near the Cleveland Park metro station.