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Roll Call – H Street Takes Shape

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H Street is on the rise and Roll Call recognizes its revitalization in this neighborhood profile story:

New H St. Takes Shape
by Tom Gottlieb
February 1, 2006

There’s a story you may know about a man named Rip Van Winkle. As the legend goes, good old Rip went for a walk in the countryside after a day of bowling and merriment and decided to take a nap. He woke up 20 years and two days later to find out that everything he knew about the world around him had changed.

It’s quite probable H Street Main Street board chairman Anwar Saleem doesn’t condone sleeping for 20 years. However, he does suggest a nap – comparatively – if you want to wake up to the discovery that the world around Capitol Hill has changed.
“Go to sleep for a year and a half if you want, wake up, and you won’t recognize H Street,” Saleem advised.

That’s because the H Street Northeast corridor Saleem is speaking of, from Third Street to Benning Road, is the crux of one of the areas Washington, D.C., officials chose for their $100 million Great Streets Initiative and is undergoing vast changes over the next few years. Everything from streets to sidewalks to local businesses to residential properties will be overhauled, all in the hopes of breathing life into this once down-and-out neighborhood.

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