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.
Notable People & Places, Other Cool Stuff, The Best Of / 07.02.2012

This is a serious case of right place, right time. The Class of '75 at Holton-Arms had a notable classmate in Susan Ford, the daughter of President Gerald Ford. Susan's final years of high school lined up perfectly with her father's rise to the Oval Office. Partly for security, but more likely for the awesome factor, she hosted the senior prom at her house ... the White House. No big deal, she only lived in the most recognizable (and heavily guarded) home in America. Oh, and she had her own car, which she was washing below, next to the White House. That is so bizarre.