Faces & Places of Yesterday, The Best Of / 29.03.2012

The old neighborhood of Murder Bay intrigues me -- I'm sure the name itself piques your macabre interest -- and have seen a couple interesting posts on the subject lately, over at Kim Bender's The Location and WAMU. If you're the kind of person that thinks walking home from Wonderland is sketchy, needs bars on your windows in Eckington or believes Petworth is a "fringe" neighborhood, you wouldn't stand a chance in Murder Bay. Murder Bay was a dumpy, slummy, and most notably, terribly dangerous neighborhood just east of the White House. Within the confines of Murder Bay -- now occupied by the massive buildings of Federal Triangle -- was Hooker's Division, or "The Division," in which there were close to 100 houses of prostitution.
Faces & Places of Yesterday / 28.03.2012

I was researching a couple of stories and I came across an article that was so sad that I had to share it with you. It's from the Washington Times on October 19th, 1918. The world was in the middle of the greatest pandemic in the history of the planet. Between 50 and 100 million people fell victim to the deadly virus. The citizens of Washington shared in this epic tragedy and the innocent victims were often children. If they didn't catch the flu themselves, certainly someone in their family would. Sadly, a common case was the parents getting the flu and dying, leaving the child without one or both parents.
Faces & Places of Yesterday, Notable People & Places / 23.02.2012

This is awesome and appears to be the latest minor D.C. Internet meme. Well, I love baseball and I love D.C., so I want to share this with those of you who haven't seen it yet (if you haven't seen this, you don't surf the Interwebs enough). Ron Paul is the only player in the history of the Congressional baseball game to hit a home run over the fence. He also killed it in this game, going 2 for 3. Below you can watch him stroke a double. Not bad for a 47-year-old doctor from Texas.