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Various Signs: From http://www.orgitecture.com/dch/usr_doc/DTbooklet_English_final.pdf :
(They used to split the brochure into parts online. These parts no longer exist but they had more information:
East Loop: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/usr_doc/DTbrochure3.pdf
Center Loop: http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/usr_doc/DTcenter_loop.pdf
West Loop: ??? I didn't download this one in time )
Civil War to Civil Rights: Downtown Heritage Trail brochure: by Richard T. Busch
Downtown Washington DC is rich in little-known historic sites where you can touch and feel the American past. We have chosen to focus on two pivotal themes
that link the history of the city with that of the nation -- the Civil War and the continuing challenge to realize the American dream of equal rights for all its citizens.
Boston, for many visitors, represents our colonial and Revolutionary War history with its Freedom Trail. Philadelphia, with the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, tells the story of the creation of the new nation. Washington, D.C., in turn, has been at the heart of the struggle to preserve the Union and fulfill its promise.
Downtown Washington, D.C., still echoes with the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, African Americans seeking freedom, and the hundreds of thousands of soldiers and citizens who flooded the city between 1860 and 1865. After the war, the city emerged from a muddy backwater town to the grand capital envisioned by George Washington. The Civil War was the crucial event in the history of the city, which for the first time became a true center of national power, and the symbol of America’s democratic ideals.
The struggle for civil rights has also been central to the history of the city. A newspaper published in downtown Washington, the National Era, serialized a work by an unknown author, Harriet Beecher Stowe. It was called Uncle ...More...
Wikipedia Description: Chinatown, Washington, D.C.
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Chinatown in Washington, D.C. is a small, historic neighborhood east of downtown, in the present day consisting of a handful of ethnic Chinese and other Asian restaurants and small businesses along H and I Streets between 5th and 8th Streets, Northwest. It is known for its annual Chinese New Year festival and parade and the Friendship Arch, a Chinese gate built over H Street at 7th Street. Other prominent landmarks include the Verizon Center, a sports and entertainment arena, and the Old Patent Office Building, which houses two of the Smithsonian Museums. The neighborhood is served by the Gallery Place-Chinatown station of the Washington Metro.
The Chinatown area was formerly populated by German immigrants; it is coincidentally the modern home of the Washington branch of the Goethe-Institut. Chinese immigrants began to populate the area in the 1930s, having been displaced from Washington's original Chinatown along Pennsylvania Avenue by the development of the Federal Triangle government office complex. The newcomers marked it with decorative metal latticework and railings as well as Chinese signage. At its peak, Chinatown was deemed to extend from G Street north to Massachusetts Avenue, and from 9th Street east to 5th Street.
Like other Washington neighborhoods, Chinatown declined sharply after the 1968 riots. Ethnic Chinese residents, as well as many others, left for suburban areas, spurred further by the city's rising crime and taxes, and deteriorating business climate. When the Washington Metro station serving the neighborhood opened in 1976, it was named simply "Gallery Place," ignoring Chinatown altogether.
In 1986, the city dedicated the Friendship Archway, a traditional Chinese gate designed by local architect Alfred H. Liu. The colorful, $1 million work of public art includes 7 roofs up to 60 feet high, 7000 tiles, and 272 painted dragons in the style of the Ming and Q ...More...
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2013 photos: So far, I'm mostly using my Fuji XS-1 camera but, depending on the event, I'm also using a Nikon D7000 and Nikon D600.
Trips this year have been limited to a Civil War Trust conference in Memphis.