Capitol Hill Community

02/02/2017 - 1:19pm
On any given evening you could always find Bill Phillips in Garfield Park accompanied by a St. Bernard. I often encountered him as I walked home after a day at the Hill Rag. As we watched our dogs play, Bill and I would talk about the neighborhood, the city, and national politics. In an age when many of our titans of industry exhibit an Olympian disdain for the less fortunate, his comments always combined business acumen and a strong dose of civic responsibility, leavened with a wickedly dry,... >>more
02/15/2017 - 10:12am
Capitol Riverfront BID The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) held its Annual Meeting Luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 12, at Nationals Park to celebrate our ninth year of BID activities and the accomplishments of our Clean Team and public and private partners. Over 250 attendees heard a summary of the BID’s activities over the past year, including new development that is occurring in all four market segments. It was also noted that the civic side of the neighborhood is... >>more
02/15/2017 - 9:10am
Even in the midst of winter there’s plenty to see and do in the neighborhood. Our neighbor to the north, Ivy City, is experiencing a revival of its own with new businesses opening on a frequent basis. Allow me to make a few suggestions of places to visit. Pidzza Serves Pizza with a Turkish Twist Pidzza (, 2000 Hecht Ave. NE), a fast-casual restaurant serving "gourmet pizza with a Turkish flair," opened its doors last month in Ivy City. The name Pidzza comes... >>more
02/14/2017 - 10:12am
Seventh graders in Claire Smullen’s art class hunched over posters, tracing the lines of color on the stock paper as their pencils and crayons filled in the details. During a mid-morning class on a Wednesday in January, the Stuart-Hobson Middle School students were intent on finishing the posters that they had designed to show symbols and pictures of unity, tolerance, respect, diversity and community. They would later walk each of their posters to local businesses and ask the owners to... >>more
02/13/2017 - 10:15am
The month before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAHC) opened its doors. This newly built institution should serve as a watch tower from which to view the next four years. Too often we read history books while suffering from amnesia. Our eyes read words and paragraphs but we fail to comprehend the narrative that can grab ahold of us like a ball and chain.  After the November election many could be seen... >>more
02/13/2017 - 9:10am
One of the largest and oldest civic organizations in our neighborhood is the Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS). It has close to a thousand members. Founded in 1955, it aims to protect the neighborhood’s historic architectural and residential character. Thanks to its effort, Capitol Hill was recognized as a historic district in 1976, a designation provided through the US Department of the Interior under the auspices of the National Park Service. The designation protects more than 8,... >>more
01/14/2017 - 9:19am
Joshua Mitchell wants to study for a career in photojournalism. He hopes to do so at the University of Wisconsin in Madison but knows it’s a competitive application and admissions process. When the chance came to travel abroad, learn a new language, and get help preparing for college, he jumped. A Ward 7 resident and junior at Richard Wright Public Charter School (770 M St. SE), Mitchell earned a tuition-free, 18-month fellowship in the Global Scholars Foundation (GSF) program for the... >>more
01/12/2017 - 10:16am
Amanda Swift’s second-grade art students at Tyler Elementary School (1001 G St. SE) have created something truly special – dozens of tiny worlds inhabited by unique creatures of their own imagination. A Tyler parent, an artist herself, had created “fishbowls” as part of her own show. When that show ended, she donated them to the Tyler art space. Swift was so inspired, she knew she “wanted students to somehow incorporate their ideas with that of the parent's... >>more
01/12/2017 - 9:12am
If one of your new year’s resolutions is to give back to the community through volunteering, now is the time for action! Many Capitol Hill nonprofits post opportunities for volunteering on the website of the Capitol Hill Community Foundation ( While these volunteer opportunities change from time to time, the following have been listed in recent months:  Animal Welfare:Rural Dog Rescue’s mission is to save the lives of... >>more