Capitol Hill is a unique community — in size, composition and more. Located directly east of the namesake U.S. Capitol, it straddles D.C.’s Northeast and Southeast quadrants. An advisory neighborhood commissioner called the population profile a “bell curve” — with lots of young and lots of old residents, but not many residents in between.
Just blocks south of the Capitol, a proposal to do construction work to expand a tunnel used by freight trains has gotten residents upset. Many plan to take action against the proposal, by CSX Corp., and fear for the health and safety of their children.
Elsewhere on the Hill, two businesses have been negatively affected by a down economy. Capitol Hill Books and Capitol Hill Bikes have seen business drop as a result of the recession.
Finally, throughout the neighborhood, residents have flocked to community blogs and other social media Web sites to communicate issues of concern as well as to meet new neighbors.