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Logan Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

It Takes a Village

A Fitting Tribute

 

óLogan Circle Heritage Trail ó

 
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
1. It Takes a Village Marker
Inscription. After the Civil Disturbances following the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1968, 14th Street appeared largely abandoned by day. By night, however, residents witnessed scenes of the “world's oldest profession,” Since the 1950s, when prostitution migrated here from downtown DC, men in cars from around the region seeking women caused traffic jams. This trade flourished because prostitutes were often bailed out of jail within hours and returned to the streets. In addition three police districts intersected at 14th and L Streets, so instead of making arrests, officers often simply shooed prostitutes and their customers into someone else's district. “You don't want your crime rate to go up,” one officer told a reporter in 1989, “so you make them go somewhere else.” On one notable summer night that year, a police sergeant trying to send them “somewhere else” marched 24 women all the way to the 14th Street Bridge. Undaunted, the women returned in cabs.

Area residents finally had had enough. Leading the battle was the Logan Circle Community Association. The association formed shortly after the neighborhood received its 1972 listing on the National Register of Historic Places. To fight prostitution, LCCA members photographed customers, affixed day-glo
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
2. It Takes a Village Marker
stickers to their cars,and took brothel owners to court. With homebuyer subsidies and low-interest loans, some LCCA members purchased and rehabilitated houses, including some long used as brothels. With LCCA help, stronger penalties, and the emergence of the Internet as a marketplace, the trade began to subside in the early 1990s.

In addition to its anti-crime work, LCCA helped beautify Logan Circle and worked to expand the historic district.
 
Erected by Cultural Heritage DC - Logan Circle Heritage Trail. (Marker Number 14.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington DC, Logan Circle Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.529′ N, 77° 1.904′ W. Marker is in Logan Circle, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue when traveling south on 14th Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1345 14th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Treading the Boards (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bethune Museum-Archives (about 400 feet away); Striving for Equality (about 400 feet away); The Artistic Life
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
3. It Takes a Village Marker
(about 500 feet away); 6 Logan (about 600 feet away); A Neighborhood Reborn (about 600 feet away but has been reported missing); Logan Circle (about 600 feet away); Automobile Row (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Logan Circle.
 
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
4. City Lights
James Lesesne Wells's woodblock print “City Lights,” 1938. The artist and Howard University professor lived in the Logan Circle neighborhood at 1333 R Street.
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
5. Weeds in the Circle
Before the Logan Circle Community Association stepped in, the area around General Logan's statue was full of weeds. By 1984, the statue of General Logan had a more fitting frame.
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
6. Fire Escapes
The fire escapes on the mansions seen in this view of a Logan Circle tour during National Capital Landmarks Week, 1964, are evidence of their use as rooming houses.
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
7. Cutting through the Circle
In 1950 the City cut lanes through Logan Circle to improve commuter traffic flow.
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
8. Stop the 13th Street Freeway!
13th Street became an alternating one-way, four-lane highway until 1978, when the LCCA won the battle to return the street to two-way use and restore the circle.
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Picketing Prostitution image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
9. Picketing Prostitution
Neighbors picketed in front of Raleigh House 1502 13th Street in 1975.
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By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
10. Bawdy House
The next year the DC Court of Appeals ruled that as a “Bawdy House” and a “nuisance,” it must close its doors.
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Raleigh House<br> 1502 13th Street image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 29, 2014
11. Raleigh House
1502 13th Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on January 28, 2017.
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