U St. and the Dickson Building After the Riots

The ’68 riots were a tragic and defining moment in our city’s history. Here’s a great then and now shot of 9th and U St. I think you’ll recognize the building in the middle, currently occupied by Dickson Wine Bar.

Army jeep containing soldiers on 9th Street with civilian car next to it. There is a sign over a storefront on the corner of the street which reads "SABIN'S 9TH & U RECORDS". Shows the northwest corner of the 9th and U Street (Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)
Army jeep containing soldiers on 9th Street with civilian car next to it. There is a sign over a storefront on the corner of the street which reads "SABIN'S 9TH & U RECORDS". Shows the northwest corner of the 9th and U Street (Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994, Archives Center, National Museum of American History)
NW corner of 9th and U St. today (Google Street View)
NW corner of 9th and U St. today (Google Street View)

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  • Michael J. West

    Incidentally, Sabin’s 9th & U Records was a jazz record store owned by Ira Sabin. He kept it open after the riots and in 1970 started publishing a newsletter called “Radio Free Jazz.” It’s now known as JazzTimes, the most acclaimed and widely read US jazz publication, and it started right there in that storefront.

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  • Another great post. I found my self staring at the “then” pic for about 20 minutes. Shame the Google Street View doesn’t have the more up to date perspective.

    This makes me want to ask. When can we see a piece on the 9:30 Club/WURST Radio Music Hall building? The Wikipedia page just isn’t enough!

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