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Petworth: 1930

Petworth: 1930

Washington, D.C., circa 1930. "Rowhouses in Petworth." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

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My route to avoid traffic

I drive down this section of 8th street many days each month to avoid traffic. To the comment about the density of the neighborhood made earlier, it remains the same today, but at ground level it certainly quite different from the image projected here. For one thing, the trees are now have had 80+ years to mature. But yes, it's a city, and yes, many people live in a city. Surprise!

Looking ESE from vicinity of 7th and Ingraham

Better description would be Brightwood Park. Photo taken from roof of Truesdell Elementary. The row of 6 houses and back yards in the foreground (with the man on the back yelling at the kids on the shed roof) are now demolished. It's now a parking lot for Truesdell. They would have been the 5200 block of 8th Street NW. The six houses across the street from those are still there today and are 5235 (on the left) to 5225 (on the right) 8th Street NW. In the far distance against the tree line is Hampshire Gardens between Emerson, Farragut, 3rd St and New Hampshire Avenue. The odd double gable just below Hampshire Gardens is the rear of a pair of houses at 5012 and 5014 Kansas Avenue. At the end of the treeline on the right is the tower at the Old Soldiers Home.

Tightly packed

I have often pondered what it would be like to live in some of the Shorpy neighborhoods/ houses. After looking at this picture all I can say is WOW! I cannot imagine what it would be like to live in this amount of densely packed row houses.

I can just hear that man in the door

"You boys better get down off there before you kill yourselves."

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