Take a Walk!

DC WWI Memorial - Fire Sky - 9-13-08
DC WWI Memorial – Fire Sky – 9-13-08 by brian.moseley

As Max pointed out, there are some kickass walking tours this weekend as part of WalkingTown DC which runs all weekend. Free walking and biking tours, lead by the city’s amazing guides, run on both Saturday and Sunday. I’ve put the details for a few of the cooler ones after the break.

Explore Florida Market/Capital City Market
Saturday 9 – 11 am
Meet outside New York Avenue Metro station (Florida Avenue exit)
End at Litteri’s Italian Deli, 517 Morse Street, NE
The Florida Market is the city’s major wholesale food distribution center. The tour will stop at restaurants and vendors, including the DC Farmers Market building, and address development issues such as increased demand for urban living. Led by Richard Layman and presented by Citizens Planning Coalition, Frozen Tropics weblog, and Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space weblog.

Art on Line: The Story Behind the Artwork at Metro Stations
Saturday 9:30 am – 12 noon
Meet and end inside Metro Center station, F and 12th Streets exit, under the stained glass sculptures
Reservations required: Online or by phone at 202-661-7581
Led by Michael McBride, manager of the WMATA Art in Transit program, this riding and walking tour tells the stories behind the unique works of art at Metro stations. Hear about the artists, how the artwork was selected, and what it takes to fabricate and install large-scale works of art in the Metrorail system. Presented by Metro.
Special Instructions: Please bring Metro farecard.
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Capitol Riverfront: The Neighborhood around the Ballpark
Saturday 10:30 am – 12 noon
Meet outside Navy Yard Metro station (New Jersey Avenue and M Street exit)
Alongside the Nationals ballpark, between the Anacostia River and the U.S. Capitol Building, a new cityscape is emerging – the Capitol Riverfront. Visit industrial buildings where the Navy once produced weapons ammunition and landmarks such as the blue castle trolley barn and beaux-arts WASA building. Learn how new development projects are transforming the Capitol Riverfront into a business center, urban neighborhood, and entertainment district. Led by Michael Stevens and Gary McManus and presented by Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District and Forest City Washington.
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Sumner School and Its Lost Neighborhood
Sunday 1 – 3 pm
Meet and end outside Charles Sumner School Museum, 17th and M Streets, NW (near Farragut North Metro station)
Museum archivist Hayden Wetzel leads a tour of the area around the old Sumner and Macgruder Schools (roughly 16th Street to Connecticut Avenue), pointing out remnants of the community that once existed there. The tour also goes behind the scenes at the Sumner School Museum, which holds an extensive collection of historical materials from DC Public Schools. Presented by The Charles Sumner School Museum.

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