Tuesday, April 7, 2009

greater deanwood heritage trail unveiling

councilmembers brown and alexander, as well as kia chatmon, chair of the greater deanwood heritage trail working group, get ready to unveil the sign at the first stop on the trail.

i know this is from way outside of what could possibly be considered greater bloomingdale, but i went to the unveiling of the greater deanwood heritage trail on saturday.

ward 7 is the ward that i know the least about here in DC. i got to spend a couple hours in deanwood learning a little bit about the history of part of the ward, and i intend to go back soon to learn more. i ran into some friends who have family history in the neighborhood, and it was great to be able to put a personal face on a part of the city that clearly has a fascinating history and an exciting present. for example, just learning about who nannie helen burroughs was and what she means to that neighborhood, the city, women, african americans, and our collective history makes me feel like i'm 10 times more in-the-know now.

get out and learn more about DC! so many people like me who live here in the northwest quadrant of the city ignore a lot of the other three quadrants of the city, but with all the heritage trails that exist (9 now, 8 more on the way), there's no reason not to get to know more about the city we call home.

the unveiling events took place in front of the riverside center, which used to be barnett's crystal room, a neighborhood hotspot for years.

3 comments:

James said...

"Greater Deanwood" is an oxymoron.

sylvia said...

Thanks for the shout out and for the coverage! I was past president of the Deanwood Citizens Assoc and am now a Commissioner, continuing the pride and civic activism. A lot of community economic developments are in the pipeline. Visit often so you can say remember when...

Sylvia Brown, 7c04@anc.dc.gov

IMGoph said...

sylvia: absolutely, i'll be back! it was great to be there, and i hope everyone will get a chance to say "remember when..." without thinking that the best days were in the past...