Now posted for your perusing pleasure, another batch of photos from around the neighborhood, taken this afternoon, with the focus being on the western side of the ballpark, along South Capitol Street. This means that the Stadium Exterior Construction Gallery
is now about two-thirds updated over the past two days, and don't forget to look at the Expanded Stadium Archives for South Capitol Street
and N Street
if you want even more before-and-afters. (Or here's all photos from today on a single page
.) Grass is now being put down in the median on South Capitol, and the new historic globe streetlights are in place, along with stoplights-to-come at the O and P intersections. The newly widened sidewalks and curbs along the west side of the street are almost complete as well.
My favorite part of the day was when I walked down the median of South Capitol from N to Potomac, snapping photos along the way. The inbound lanes coming off the Douglass Bridge were closed, so it made for some nice car-free shots, until I realized that there was a big red pickup driving the south in the northbound lanes of South Capitol, moving very slowly and always staying about 40 feet behind me. I'd walk a half-block and stop, and the truck would drive a half-block and stop. Then, when I got to South Capitol and Potomac, the truck turned around and parked. Of course, it was Hired Badge Harry, making sure that I made not the slightest attempt to get anywhere near the inside of the ballpark perimeter. When I finished my work at South Capitol and Potomac, I waved and called out, "Okay! I'm walking back north now!!!" and we resumed our shadow-dancing, even though by this point I was walking on the west side of the street and so was nowhere near the construction. While I certainly appreciate having my own escort at all times, I do think it's kind of funny that they're expending so much effort keeping an eye on the ONE person who has absolutely no interest in darting into the stadium interior
uninvited. And so, if you're wondering why so many of today's photos
have a big red pickup in them, that's why.
Oops, sorry, the all-in-one link was to yesterday's batch. Now fixed