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Matthew B. Gilmore

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Ninety years of manufactured weather in Washington

It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Ninety years of manufactured weather in Washington By Matthew B. Gilmore* COMPLETE COLUMN HERE: http://intowner.com/2017/09/01/its-not-the-heat-its-the-humidity-ninety-years-of-manufactured-weather-in-washington/ August 1, 2017 marked the 91st anniversary of the … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Past Planning for the Future: DC’s 1950 Comprehensive Plan …

… or, Planning Atomic-Age Washington PUBLISHED: APRIL 10TH, 2017 Click this to find our archive of What Once Was articles. Tip: Click any image in the article to view that … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kidwell’s gambit: One man’s gamble and the creation of Potomac Park

“Kidwell Meadows — riverfront views!,” contemporary advertisements might have read had John Kidwell’s bold real estate gambit succeeded. His attempt failed but the federal government’s long legal efforts to quash … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

New Yorkers Transform How Washingtonians Live: Washington’s 19th Century Apartment Revolution

By Matthew B. Gilmore* In May of 1880 Congressman Fernando Wood, former mayor of New York City, applied for a permit to build “French flats” at 1418 I Street , … Continue reading

August 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mrs. Cole’s Bay Window: Parking, streets, trees, projections, and the Secretary of War

  By Matthew B. Gilmore* What is that space between the curb and the sidewalk (or even some entire front yards in certain neighborhoods)? Who owns it, controls it, manages … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

“High-handed usurpation and outrage”: The End of Washington City Canal

Benjamin Severson was incensed. The work he’d devoted so much time and energy into had been undone. Despite many critics, Severson, a civil engineer and foreman under Montgomery Meigs for … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 4 Comments

Talk Dec 17, 2015-Mapping the Permanent System of Highways – DC’s “Second L’Enfant Plan”

DC’S “SECOND L’ENFANT PLAN” – THE PERMANENT SYSTEM OF HIGHWAYS Little-known 1893/98 Master Plan Guided Upper DC’s 20th Century Development Thursday December 17, 2015. Evening lecture by Washington Map Society. Held at … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

District’s labor market and workforce are intertwined with Maryland and Virginia

Originally posted on District, Measured:
In 2014, nearly 774,000 workers reported working in the District of Columbia and they collectively earned $63.5 billion in wages and salaries. Of these workers,…

December 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Reading and Signing: Washington: A History of our National City by Tom Lewis Dec 2, 2015 7 pm

A History of our National City by Tom Lewis Dec 2nd, 2015  7pm Upshur Street Books (just a few blocks north of Petworth Metro station!) Creative Nonfiction Reading Event Date … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Washington Goes Wireless: The District’s 20-Year Struggle to Put Utility Wires Underground

BY: Matthew B. Gilmore Click here for the complete article: http://intowner.com/2015/10/17/washington-goes-wireless-the-districts-20-year-struggle-to-put-utility-wires-underground/ In Washington, DC complaints about overhead wires came almost as soon as there were overhead wires. But the beginning … Continue reading

October 18, 2015 · Leave a comment