Looking east on M Street, September 2000. M Street SE

M Street is the "Main Street" of Near Southeast, running east-west from South Capitol Street to the Anacostia River, neatly bisecting the neighborhood. It's transformation initially began in 1999, then really took off after 2004. Since 2001, four office buildings have been completed, and more are on the way. There could even be a light rail line down M Street some day.

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This is the fabulously scenic view northward up South Capitol Street at its intersection with M. Now you see why The Powers That Be want to rebuild South Capitol? (The chainlink fences currently used on the M Street overpass will be replaced by 2008 with new wrought-iron versions.) (10/05)



Driving East: St. Vincent de Paul's Catholic Church, on the northeast corner of M and South Capitol, welcomes you to Near Southeast. (06/05)


St. Paul's hasn't changed, but it does now have 20 M Street lurking over its shoulder, and changing dramatically the western entrance to M Street. (01/07)



Driving East: Looking along the north side of M Street from Van Street in January 2003. 80 M is the completed building in the foreground, followed by the under-construction 1100 New Jersey Avenue and the completed 300 M Street. (01/03)


The same location, 5 years later. 20 M is completed in the foreground, and 100 M is done as well. (12/07/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving East: The northeast corner of Half and M, where a Sunoco station lived until 2006. (07/06)


In 2014, it was announced a Homewood Suites would be built at the 50 M site, though it may not look like the office building originally planned here.



Driving East: The southeast side of M Street, from Half Street toward Cushing and First, in July 2006. The Navy Yard Metro station's west entrance is at far right. The white building in the distance is the National Geospatial-Intelligency Agency; behind it is the US Department of Transportation HQ. (07/06)


The same location, with Monument Realty's 55 M now dominating. The Metro station entrance is now in the ground floor of the building. (10/27/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving East: Looking east on M Street SE, near Cushing Street, in September 2000. Under construction are 80 M Street (left foreground) and 300 M Street. (09/00)


The same location, 13 years later. 80 and 300 M Street along the north side of the street are completed, 55 M now casts a shadow in the foreground, 1100 New Jersey has sprouted between them, 100 M is done, and the Department of Transportation HQ is the red mass on the south side of the street. (10/27/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Cropping the Sept. 2000 picture from above, I can give you my only photo of 300 M Street under construction. (09/00)


Cropping a Sept. 2006 photo to show 300 M completed but now obscured by 1100 New Jersey, and with the US DOT at right. (09/06)



Driving East: The northern side of M Street at First Street, with the On Luck Cafeteria at center, in February 2006. (02/06)


The same location, with 100 M now in place. (5/26/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving East: Further east on M, at its intersection with New Jersey Avenue, in April, 2004. (04/04)


The same location, three years later, with DOT now dominating the streetscape. The block on the left with the trees will be the southern end of Washington Canal Park. (04/07) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving East: The northeast corner of 2nd and M, back in August 2003, which is slated to become... (01/05) Click to see all available photos of this location.


250 M Street ("Federal Gateway Two"), an office building to be developed by the William C. Smith company. Construction is not scheduled to begin until the building has pre-leased some space.



Driving East: Further east on M, at its intersection with 3rd Street, in July 2004. 300 M Street is at left, followed by the Carroll Apartments (seniors housing). At the right is the DOT HQ land, followed by a Southeast Federal Center building. (07/04)


The same location, not quite three years later, with the DOT HQ now finished, and with the Capper Building #2 wrapping around the Carroll Apartments now visible at far left. (05/07) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving East: The eastern section of M Street, from just west of 5th Street; now-closed (but perhaps to be reopened someday) Van Ness Elementary is at near left, with the old Capper Seniors building to its rear. The Navy Yard runs along the south side of M Street from this location all the way to 11th Street. If you look closely in the distance you can see the "Blue Castle" building at left and the white Latrobe Gate of the Navy Yard at right. (10/06)


The same location, with the old Capper Seniors demolished. (1/06/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving East: A closer view of the old Capper Seniors building in the 600 block of M Street, just before demolition began. (11/07)


The same location, with the old Capper Seniors building demolished. Eventually a 500,000-sq-ft office building may be developed on this site. (6/02/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving East: On the northeast corner of 9th and M, a nondescript building that was once home to a Hudson auto dealership and more recently a dialysis unit was converted into a retail space, now housing a Domino's and Wagtime. (10/05)


Driving East: M Street east of 8th Street is dominated by the 11th Street Bridges, though this view changed substantially once the 11th Street Bridges project got underway. (10/03)



Driving West: Turning around at 11th Street, the red brick wall of the Navy Yard begins its five-block run along the south side of M. (10/03)


Driving West: On the north side of M at 11th, this Exxon used to be one of five gas stations in Near Southeast. When it closed in June 2008, it was the only one left. (11/06)



Driving West: The Navy Yard's Latrobe Gate, at 8th and M; the original gate was built in 1805-06, with the three-story late-Victorian building constructed over and around it completed in 1881. (10/05)


The "Blue Castle" building at 8th and M, originally a car barn and now a multi-use building that serves as a gateway to the 8th Street Historic District. It has changed hands multiple times, as developers don't quite seem able to decide what to do with it. (10/05)



Driving West: M Street just east of its intersection with Hull Street, in December 2004. The Navy Yard is to the left, and the cranes mark the DOT HQ construction. (12/04)


The same location, two years later, with not only the DOT HQ now clearly part of the landscape, but 20 M, way at the end of M Street, is visible as well. (12/06)



Driving West: Looking west on M Street just east of its intersection with 4th Street, back in May, 2003. 300 M Street is the new building to the right (with the Sizzling Express restaurant entrance just visible); the red brick fence of the Southeast Federal Center is to the left; the DOT HQ is now under construction there. (05/03)


The same location, with the DOT HQ now open. (6/24/12) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving West: The northwest corner of 3rd and M, in September 2000. This is another view of the 250 M Street lot. The building under construction is 80 M Street. (09/00)


The same intersection, nearly six years later. The 140 M Street/1100 New Jersey office building was completed in 2003; the gas station was torn down in September, 2003; Capitol Hill Tower is at back; and Capper buildings behind the parking lot have been demolished. (06/06) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving West: Going one block west, to the northwest corner of M Street and the eastern half of 2nd Street. (09/00)


The same location, in 2013. The overgrown fenced-in school bus lot turned into Washington Canal Park, and the line of office buildings now stretches to South Capitol Street. (5/02/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving West: Going one block west, to the northwest corner of M Street and the western half of 2nd Street. The building under construction is 80 M Street. (09/00)


The same location, in 2008. 140 M/1100 New Jersey is the building at front. CVS opened in the ground-floor retail space that fronts M Street in mid-2005. 100 M is one block to the west, then 80 M, then 20 M. 55 M even peeks out at left. (5/06/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving West: Looking west on M Street at New Jersey Avenue, in May 2006. The white building at left is home to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, which will be vacating by the end of 2011. (05/06)


The same location, with buildings sprouting everywhere. (11/11/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving West: The northern side of M Street, coming to 1st Street, in early 2006. (02/06)


The same location, with the 100 M Street office building completed. (And with 20 M down the street.) (3/21/09) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving West: The southwest corner of First and M streets, where Normandie Liquors held down the fort until February 2008. (09/06)


The same location, with Normandie gone, a Nationals ballpark parking lot built, and 55 M now towering. Plans exist for an office building on this corner, though little has been announced. (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.



Driving West: The south side of M Street, from just east of the intersection with Cushing "Street" (basically an alley), in May 2006. (05/06)


The same spot, dominated by 55 M Street,a 275,000-sq-ft office building on top of the Navy Yard Metro east entrance. (11/11/12) Click to see all available photos of this location.



Looking west on M Street at Half Street, with the 20 M Street SE lot (8 months before the start of construction) and St. Vincent de Paul's church to the right and the WMATA Southeastern Bus Garage at left, which was demolished in 2009. And, one block further west, at South Capitol Street, my obsession with M Street peters out, and someone with a similar obsession about Southwest (and a cleaner windshield!) will have to pick up the slack! (11/04)


The same location, with 20 M having been completed in 2007. The stoplights were installed in early 2008. (10/27/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.


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