DC -- Pleasant Plains neighborhood (area around Howard University):
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PPLAIN_200513_01.JPG: Church of God
Gospel Spreading Church
PPLAIN_200513_11.JPG: Banneker Recreation Center
PPLAIN_200513_28.JPG: "The Divine Nine Help Shape Black American History"
[Years of the "Divine Nine" historically black fraternities’ and sororities' founding shown]
1906 [Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity founded at Cornell University]
1908 [Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority founded at Howard University]
1911 [Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity founded at Indiana University]
1911 [Omega Psi Phi Fraternity founded at Howard University]
1913 [Delta Sigma Theta Sorority founded at Howard University]
1914 [Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity founded at Howard University]
1920 [Zeta Phi Beta Sorority founded at Howard University]
1922 [Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority founded at Butler University]
1963 [Iota Phi Theta Fraternity at Morgan State University]
PPLAIN_200513_41.JPG: I was impressed that every city trash can in this area had a rat hole.
PPLAIN_200513_54.JPG: Hobart Community Parks
A gift of Mr. & Mrs. David Lloyd Kreeger to the people of Washington in honor of Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson who made this city more livable.
Dedicated by Mrs. Johnson
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Wikipedia Description: Pleasant Plains (Washington, D.C.)
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Pleasant Plains is a neighborhood in central Washington, D.C. largely occupied by Howard University. For this reason it is also sometimes referred to as Howard Town or, less frequently, Howard Village.
It is situated in the Northwest quadrant of the city and bordered by 2nd Street, and McMillan Reservoir to the east; Florida Avenue and Barry Place to the south; Sherman Avenue to the west; and Harvard Street to the north. It is flanked on the eastern side by the Washington Veteran Affairs Medical Center and Washington Hospital Center, and by the Columbia Heights and Park View neighborhoods on the west and north sides.
Pleasant Plains, Howard University notwithstanding, is a residential neighborhood. A large portion of its residents are Howard affiliates, either students or employees. One of its major community anchors is the Banneker Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue, which reopened in July 2007 after a year of renovations. The adjacent Benjamin Banneker Academic High School has ranked among the 100 best public schools in the United States.
Pleasant Plains is in Ward 1.
The neighborhood is a small portion of a large colonial estate named "Pleasant Plains," owned by the Holmead family. The property stretched from today’s Spring Road to Columbia Road, and from Georgia Avenue to Rock Creek. The estate was apportioned and sold off over the course of the 19th century and divided into suburbs until it was annexed by the city of Washington in 1878 and became neighborhoods of the city. Essentially, the Pleasant Plains neighborhood is the area of the Holmead estate that was not settled as part of Columbia Heights. (In 1918, the city returned the name "Pleasant Plains" to the entire area of the original estate, but this is a semi-formal name for the section of town and not a neighborhood in and of itself.)
The 1879 Hopkins real estate map shows the Pleasant Plains subdivisi ...More...
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.