Oh, how cute: people once played baseball across from Union Station. The U.S. Senate long ago took over this public space for storage of their personal vehicles. Via DC Metrocentric.

Top: Union Station and Columbus Circle, 1925. Photo from the National Photo Company Collection. Bottom: Union Station today as seen in Google Earth.

Speaking of the Capitol grounds, the Architect of the Capitol is holding a community meeting to discuss Capitol projects with residents. It’s probably unlikely we can convince them to give up their enormous surface parking, but it’d be helpful for them to hear from residents about how they could be better neighbors, like not harassing bicycles, not cutting down trees to replace them with bollards, or letting transit vehicles traverse First Street NE past Congressional office buildings.

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.