Updates from the Blog / 18.01.2012

Okay, it turns out it's not exactly easy to crank out two or three posts each day. So far, I'm averaging three posts daily and maybe one or two on Saturday and Sunday. Usually one of the posts is a popular one with a fair bit of traffic (typically the morning post) and the other two range between average and total duds (hey, not every idea I come up with is genius). While it may not be easy to generate that much content, it is definitely a lot of fun and personally rewarding. I very much appreciate the gratitude my readers have shared on Facebook, Twitter, comments and via email. So thank you for your encouragement and support. Part of my goal with this blog is to better understand the history of the city that I have called home for over a decade. But what is becoming more important is to document the hidden history of the District and share that with anyone that wants to read it.
Historical Events / 10.01.2012

There's a strong element of sadness watching this video. A burning city, military occupation ... what essentially was complete chaos in the city from April 4th to April 8th, 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Economically it seriously devastated the corridors of 14th St NW, 7th St NW and H St NW. It has only been in the last decade that these neighborhoods have seen a significant resurgence. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZHCvHd1O6Y
Historical Events, Notable People & Places / 08.01.2012

Now this is a great one from the vaults of the Library of Congress. I found this on YouTube (of course). There's no sound, but it's very interesting to watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMpM4SOiIP4 On Mar. 4, 1905, Teddy Roosevelt was inaugurated in Washington, D.C. with much celebration and fanfare. He rides in an open landau on 15 St. NW, escorted by mounted Rough Riders; Secret Service men and detectives walk on either side of the carriage; he tips his hat to the crowd.