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A Sad Day in DC

Those who live in DC and the surrounding areas have likely already heard the news of last night - that Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market, a 134 year old landmark in Southeast, had been gutted and destroyed by a fire that took fire fighters 2 hours to contain.

Mayor Fenty held a press conference this morning, donned in a fireman’s jacket, and vowed that the city would rebuild - that the vendors would be relocated. I hope they can do it quickly. The Eastern Market was a jubilant gathering of activity and solidarity, as much a symbol of the city’s youth and capacity for renewal as our stone and marble monuments are symbols of our history. The market had helped to revive the Capitol Hill area, providing an economic boon for its residents and serving as a proof of the resilience of the city.

Coverage from the Washington Post is here and here.

Friend Tom Bridge has coverage at Metblogs, while the DCist also had the story.

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