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.