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Even in my semi-retired state, I'd like to believe it is still worth noting that Saturday marks the 10-year anniversary of my first real photographic excursion* south of the Southeast Freeway, when on lark on a cold Sunday afternoon I had my husband drive me around while I took some furtive shots with an early generation digital camera.
There was no rhyme or reason to the pictures I took, and there certainly was no grand plan that I'd spend the next decade amassing more than 60,000 additional photos** of the changes and events along the path of Near Southeast's redevelopment.
All I knew was that were some plans to redevelop the neighborhood, especially the areas along the water as well as the public housing project a few blocks south of my house. I thought it would be cool to have some "before" photos, especially having watched other areas of the city change so radically from what I had first remembered as a high schooler and then college kid in the 1980s, venturing to the original 9:30 Club or the Tiber Creek Pub. I put a few of them up on my web site (already called JDLand, I'll have you know), mainly so that my dad could see them.
When I took these pictures, the notion of a baseball stadium anywhere in DC, let alone on South Capitol Street, was still thought of as a "maybe someday" dream, not anything that was actually only five years from opening. There was no hulking US Department of Transportation on M Street, and no public access to the entire 55-acre Southeast Federal Center with its long stretch of Anacostia waterfront. There were no parks, though there were school buses! And there were certainly no brightly colored townhouses selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
There were a couple of new office buildings built a few years earlier when NAVSEA moved to the Navy Yard, and one additional one was under construction. There was a banner announcing a coming shiny new apartment building at New Jersey and K, which my husband and I laughed at every time we saw it--who would ever want to live THERE?.
There were a lot of small businesses, a number of carry-outs and market/liquor stores, four gas stations, concrete plants, auto repair garages, warehouses, Metrobuses, and of course nightclubs, gay and straight. And a lot of trash-strewn empty lots.
I look now at the photos from those early years, and it just doesn't seem like it can really have been 10 years. I remember when the boarded up gas station at 3rd and M was demolished in October 2003, thinking "FINALLY!"
I remember working up the courage to go to public meetings, and feeling like a dingbat trying to explain who I was ("yeah, so, I have this web site, and I, like, take pictures and stuff?").
I remember walking around the neighborhood for hours on Sunday mornings in 2006 and 2007, rarely crossing paths with another human.
I remember the exhaustion of the all-details-blogging about the construction and opening of Nationals Park, especially at the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008. I laugh about how my fraidy-cat tendencies were shoved aside while I traipsed around the site in a hard hat (me! in a hard hat!), sometimes climbing rickety ladders, to get to spots where the best pictures would be had.
I think about how it seemed like the documenting of the stadium's birth was the main subject of this site, and yet I realize that I've now written about the neighborhood for almost as long with the stadium open as not.
I imagine I should have some grand What It All Means theory, for the neighborhood, or for "citizen journalism" or "hyperlocal blogging," or my life, or whatever. But, mainly I'm lucky that the stars aligned to have this particular neighborhood undergo such a transformation, in a way that tied in with my history-journalism-photography-web development backgrounds (and my obsessive-compulsiveness).
I do think it's been shown, though, that a project like this isn't as easy to replicate as it might seem (so maybe I did deserve that award!).
I'm also lucky that so many people have helped me along the way, with information, tips, tutorials on commercial real estate development and construction, and zoning, and urban planning, and all the other things I really knew nothing about before I started down this path.
And I'm really lucky that over the years people who have stumbled onto the site have found it interesting, which is what has pushed me to keep going, even if it's in a somewhat less-than-optimal fashion right now. Because, really, all I wanted was some cool pictures to be able to look back on.
Without getting into detail, my pulling back somewhat has definitely been the right thing to do, and the times when I go days or even weeks without posting aren't really just me being lazy. But the funny thing is, I still research and track all the minutiae the same way--it's just that final step of writing it out that I can't always get through.
I think, though, that 2013 is going to have a lot of the "milestones" that still propel me to post--restaurants will open, other retail may come along, and maybe some buildings will get started. And there still will be pictures to be taken. Because, even if I wanted to, I don't think I could ever really stop watching the neighborhood change, and if I'm going to watch it, and photograph it, I might as well keep blabbing on about it, and might as well share it with anyone still interested.
So go look at the pictures from January 19, 2003 (and all the others that I've put online), since that's what this was really all about. And accept my deep appreciation for being along for the ride.
*I say "real excursion", and date the blog's anniversary to Jan. 19, 2003, because that was the first time I took photos and then put them on the web, and really began this life-consuming project. But I need to note that I did also take some photos of the neighborhood back in the fall of 2000, during the reconstruction of M Street and the Navy Yard's renovation for NAVSEA, with my old film camera--but I forgot about them and didn't even develop the film until sometime in 2004 (hence the rotten quality!).
**Only about one third of the photos I've taken are actually on the web site, by the way.
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Boris says: (1/18/13 10:45 AM)
Congrats, JD. I've been following you for 4 years now and love the site. As a native of DC and a former Hill staffer, I remember having to park down NJ Ave because I was so low on the office totem poll. It was a pretty scary experience. Your photo history reminds me of those days and how far this neighborhood has come. I'm very proud of being a part of it now. Thank you for doing this!


Bruce says: (1/18/13 11:01 AM)
When a few of us were on line overnight waiting to purchase at CQ in 2006, the police drove and asked us what we were protesting! We told them the story and they drove by almost every 1/2 hour to check on us....lol. There was no one else around except some "squatters" coming from the last remaining Capper apts on L and 3rd waiting for demolition.
Times have changed!


Jaybird says: (1/19/13 7:00 AM)
JD,

Now you have me all nostalgic. I think I met you at the corner of First and N. Was it 2003 or 2004?

Anyway, congrats on the big one-zero! Very few bloggers last that long, much less as prolific as you. Take a bow!



VelocityChris says: (1/19/13 10:29 AM)
Not only do I enjoy your blog as a resident now, it was a part of helping me pick this neighborhood to move to when I was researching areas! So thank you very much!


BillP says: (1/21/13 9:49 AM)
JD - Congratulations on your anniversary, Jen and I love your photos and your blog and we have enjoyed and corresponding with you as well. Here's to another few decades. Can you imagine what this place will look like then?


John Marson says: (2/11/13 12:01 AM)
Happy anniversary! I truly love reading your blog! Thank you for all the time and energy you've investing in it.


yard resident since 09 says: (2/16/13 6:29 PM)
You're amazing! Many thanks for time, effort and insight about the neighborhood. Found your site prior to us moving into Navy Yard years ago; while we wanted to be in the neighborhood, your site 'connected' us, and still does. It helps me be a more informed citizen and neighbor.

Here's to another 10 years!


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1401 11TH ST SE    Maryland Transit Administration 
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 12/30/14
to
12/29/15
861 NEW JERSEY AVE SE    CSX Transportation Inc. 
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paving; excavation  
 01/09/15
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1100 NEW JERSEY AVE SE    Capitol Riverfront BID 
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1011 1ST ST SE   
04/20/15 
COLIN CLARK / MICHAEL BIANCO; COLIN CLARK; MITCH PERMUY
E98099105 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1265 1ST ST SE   
04/10/15 
CAPITAL RIVERFRONT HOTEL LLC / JERONE SCOTT
P1504925 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/10/15 
BIT INVESTMENT FIFTY-EIGHT LLC / OTIS ELEVATOR COMPANY
EN1501330 / SHOP DRAWING
TYPE OF ELEVATOR : TWO (2) TRACTION / STEEL / CENTRAL / VERTICAL TRANSPOTATION LICENSE NUMBER : ELC1300386 ISSUE DATE : 08 / 04 / 2014 EXPIRATION DATE 11-30-2015
1277 1ST ST SE   
04/15/15 
BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC / CLARK CONSTRUCTION GROUP LLC
AH1500366 / CONSTRUCTION
ON-SITE PROJECT WORK AND TRUCK DELIVERY HOURS 6:00AM - 7:00PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY FOR THE PROJECT DURATION AND THE FOLLOWING HOLIDAYS: EMANCIPATION DAY 4 / 16 / 15 COLUMBUS DAY 10 / 12 / 15 VETERANS DAY 11 / 11 / 15
1331 4TH ST SE   
04/17/15 
CLARK CONCRETE
AH1500371 / CONSTRUCTION
AFTERHOURS TO POUR CONCRETE ON ROOF FROM 4 / 20 / 2015 TO 5 / 20 / 2015 FROM 7PM TO 7AM
   
04/21/15 
FC 1331 LLC / JAMES G HOLT
E1505081 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1150 5TH ST SE   
04/09/15 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA JEFFREY LUKER QUINN EVANS ARCHITECTS / REBECCA RUSCHMA ECS MID-ATLANTIC
SB1500233 / CONSTRUCTION
WE WILL PERFORM A TOTAL OF TWO SOIL BORINGS ON THE PROPOSED SITE AND ONE AUGER PROBE BORING FOR INFILTRATION TESTING. ONE BORING WILL EXTEND TO A DEPTH OF 100 FEET AND THE ANOTHER WILL EXTEND TO A DEPTH OF 15 FEET BELOW EXISTING SITE GRADES AND WILL BE LOCATED WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF THE PRIVATE PROPERTY. WE WILL ALSO DRILL ONE PROBE BORING OFFSET FROM THE 15 FOOT BORING TO A DEPTH OF APPROXIMATELY 1...
   
04/15/15 
DGS DCPS / BRUCE PAIGE INDUSTRIAL SERVICES
B1506192 / CONSTRUCTION
REPLACE EXISTING INOPERABLE GENERAC GENERATOR WITH A NEW 6.7L GENERAC GENERATOR
1015 HALF ST SE   
04/11/15 
HALF ST SE LLC / ANDREW ARNTSON; HALF ST SE LLC; ANDREW ARNTSON
P63100436 / SUPPLEMENTAL
55 M ST SE   
04/14/15 
HINES GLOBAL REIT / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
TL1500090 / CONSTRUCTION
FIRST TIME TENANT CONSTRUCTION FOR NEW OFFICE SPACE ON THE 9TH FLOOR FINCANTIERI MARINE GROUP AS SHOWN ON THE ATTACHED THIRD PARTY REVIEWED AND APPROVED MECH. PLUMB. ELECT. FIRE PROTECTION AND ARCH. PLANS BY KTA GROUP. INTERIOR WORK ONLY. NO CHANGE IN USE.
   
04/15/15 
HINES GLOBAL REIT / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
TL1500077 / CONSTRUCTION
TENANT LAYOUT TO CONSTRUCTION NEWTHIRD FLOOR OFFICE SPACE FOR GREAT MINDS AS SHOWN ON THE ATTACHED THIRD PARTY REVIEWED AND APPROVED MECH. PLUMB. ELECT. FIRE PROTECTION AND ARCH. DWGS. BY KTA. INTERIOR WORK ONLY NO STRUCTURAL WORK INVOLVED.
   
04/17/15 
HINES GLOBAL REIT 55 M STREET LLC /
P1505068 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/22/15 
HINES GLOBAL REIT 55 M STREET LLC / JOSEPH SAFFER
P1505229 / SUPPLEMENTAL
80 M ST SE   
04/20/15 
WELLS REIT II 80 M STREET LLC / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
B1503697 / CONSTRUCTION
RENOVATIONS TO EXISTING 5TH FLOOR OFFICE SPACE FOR TASC PHASE I AS SHOWN ON THE ATTACHED THIRD PARTY REVIEWED AND APPROVED MECH. PLUMB. ELECT. FIRE PROTECTION DEMOLITION AND ARCH. DWGS. BY KTA. INTERIOR WORK ONLY. NO STRUCTURAL WORK INVOLVED. NO CHANGE IN USE.
   
04/22/15 
WELLS REIT II 80 M STREET LLC /
P1505220 / SUPPLEMENTAL
50 M ST SE   
04/07/15 
KCG 50 M LLC / FVI2020
B1501877 / CONSTRUCTION
A NEW 11 STORY AND PENTHOUSE LEVEL HOTEL WITH 195 ROOMS INCLUDING 766 SQ-FT FUNCTION ROOM 2ND FLOOR AND 4874 SQ-FT OF GENERAL RETAIL USE ON THE 1ST FLOOR. THE BUILDING WILL HAVE 2 BELOW GRADE PARKING LEVELS TO ACCOMODATE REQUIRED AUTOMOBILE PARKING. LOADING IS ACCOMODATED AT THE 1ST FLOOR.
55 M ST SE   
04/23/15 
HINES GLOBAL REIT 55 M STREET LLC / BERNARD D SASSER
E1505192 / SUPPLEMENTAL
80 M ST SE   
04/21/15 
WELLS REIT II 80 M STREET LLC / RONNIE E WRIGHT
E1505080 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/21/15 
NOT AVAILABLE NOT AVAILABLE / NEIL NUTWELL; NOT AVAILABLE NOT AVAILABLE; NEIL NUTWELL
P84507258 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/21/15 
UNKNOWN UNKNOWN / PATRICK BARRON; UNKNOWN UNKNOWN; ROBIN MALLEY
E38207212 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/22/15 
WELLS REIT 80 M STREET LIC / FRED MILLER; WELLS REIT 80 M STREET LIC; DOMINIC TOTARO
AR62521964 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/23/15 
TASC TASC / KEVIN HOOVER; TASC TASC; KEVIN HOOVER
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300 M ST SE   
04/21/15 
NA NA NA
EHOP1290001 / HOME OCCUPATION
1201 M ST SE   
04/09/15 
COPT / EVAN O'BRIEN/ D MCKEEVER SERVICES
B1505061 / CONSTRUCTION
INTERIOR RENOVATION ONLY TO BATHROOMS ON FLOORS 1-4.
909 NEW JERSEY AVE SE   
04/07/15 
909 NEW JERSEY AVENUE ACQUISITION LLC / SHAW HERGENRATHER
P1504830 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1200 NEW JERSEY AVE SE   
04/08/15 
JBG/FEDERAL CENTER LLC / JOHN MCDONALD
P1504842 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1000 NEW JERSEY AVE SE   
04/07/15 
PHILIP BROWN
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04/13/15 
CAPITOL HILL TOWER HOUSING COOPERATIVE INCF / BRIAN DENNIS
P1504947 / SUPPLEMENTAL
1500 SOUTH CAPITOL ST SE   
04/06/15 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
B1503799 / CONSTRUCTION
RENOVATIONS FOR NATIONALS NEW TEAM STORE LOCATED AT THE EAST GARAGE CONCOURSE AND 400 LEVELS AS SHOWN ON THE ATTACHED THIRD PARTY REVIEWED AND APPROVED MECHANICAL PLUMBING ELECTRICAL FIRE PROTECTION DEMOLITION ARCHITECTURAL AND STRUCTURAL DWGS. BY ECS MID-ATLANTIC LLC.
   
04/06/15 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
B1505076 / CONSTRUCTION
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04/07/15 
NATIONALS STADUIM / RANDAL COX; NATIONALS STADUIM; RANDAL COX
E37461133 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/08/15 
WASHINGTON NATIONAL STADIUM LIC. / DAVID C. WILLIAMS
E1504771 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/09/15 
JOHN GIUSEPPE / PHIL HAUHN; JOHN GIUSEPPE; PHILIP HAUHN
E19554829 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/15/15 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM LLC / JOHN GIUSEPPE-RAMCO
B1506296 / CONSTRUCTION
REVISION TO BLDG. PERMIT B1503799 NEW TEAM STORE AT NATIONALS PARK AS PER THE ATTACHED THIRD PARTY REVIEWED AND APPROVED REVISED MECH. PLUMB. ELECT. FIRE PROTECTION AND ARCH. PLANS BY ECS MID ATLANTIC LLC. ORIGINAL APPROVED PLAN SET ATTACHED ALONG WITH WRITTEN DESCRIPTION OF CHANGES MADE.
   
04/17/15 
WASHINGTON NATIONAL STADIUM LLC / DOMINIC E TOTARO
M1501639 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/17/15 
WASHINGTON NATIONALS STADIUM / STEPHEN J. EXELBERT
P1505092 / SUPPLEMENTAL
   
04/22/15 
WASHINGTON NATL STADIUM / JAMES W. SCHIFFHAUER
E1505137 / SUPPLEMENTAL
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1022 - 1109 M ST SE   03/27/15
$ 5,000,000
WASHINGTON HUMANE SOCIETY
 
9TH ST SE   03/03/15
$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
POTOMAC AV SE   03/03/15
$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
POTOMAC AV SE   03/03/15
$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
POTOMAC AV SE   03/03/15
$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
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$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
1105 9TH ST SE   03/03/15
$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
816 POTOMAC AVE SE   03/03/15
$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
0819R L ST SE   03/03/15
$ 3,730,000
818 POTOMAC AVENUE SE LLC
 
1201 HALF ST SE   02/19/15
$ 9,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL II LLC
 
N ST SE   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
0038 N ST SE   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
0036 N ST SE   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
R N ST SE   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
0030 N ST SE   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
0032 N ST SE   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
N ST SE   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
1275 HALF ST   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
HALF ST   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
M ST   02/19/15
$ 36,000,000
WEST HALF RESIDENTIAL III LLC
 
1ST ST SE   02/10/15
$ 1,913,472
BALLPARK HOTEL LLC
 
1ST ST SE   02/10/15
$ 1,913,472
BALLPARK HOTEL LLC
 
1ST ST SE   02/10/15
$ 1,913,472
BALLPARK HOTEL LLC
 
1ST ST SE   02/10/15
$ 6,600,000
BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC
 
1ST ST SE   02/10/15
$ 6,600,000
BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC
 
1ST ST SE   02/10/15
$ 6,600,000
BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC
 
1ST ST SE   02/10/15
$ 6,600,000
BALLPARK RESIDENTIAL LLC
 


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