Yesterday we had a show and tell for Capitol Riverfront. Part of my walk took me across S. Capitol Street to see the construction site for DC United’s new stadium.
This side of S. Capitol Street marks the edge of Southwest DC. As it redevelops, it will be interesting to see what folks call it. Perhaps "Southwest Waterfront," but that tag is associated more with the area around the marina and Arena Stage. "Capitol Riverfront" will give folks the idea of location, but is not technically correct. "Buzzard’s Point" is accurate but perhaps there will be a desire to rename it, something like "Point Pearl," which would pay homage to the escape of 77 enslaved humans in 1848.
Anyway, this area, just two blocks from Nationals Park, is an active dusty site. I dodged cement trucks and the like, before finding some respite closer to the water. Had never been down to this tip of Buzzard’s Point so I had fun exploring. It’s all so very unattractive but you can see the potential. Folks moving in here will appreciate the neighbors to the west - Fort McNair and the National Defense University. There could be some cut through traffic but the southermost blocks will be like an enclave (The buildings in the background are base housing for officers).
Thinking I would have little to show except the stadium site, I came across a mural. The building houses the Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center (2000 Half Street, SW).
The mural honors pioneering explorer Matthew Alexander Hanson (had never heard of him), a D.C. native who reached the North Pole in 1909 with Robert Peary. Designed and created by a group of students in the Corcoran Gallery’s ArtReach Program, the mural was installed in the summer of 2001 (Byron Peck artist, Corcoran ArtReach).
The Earth Conservation Corps was founded in 1989. Under the umbrella of the National Wildlife Federation, they help develop youth and serve as stewards for the Anacostia River. Their programs and days of service help protect wetlands, eagles and birds, and other river life.