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This past September, construction crews descended on the alley behind the 1100 block of S Street NW and removed the brick paving, which dated to the 1880s. “These were very unique bricks,” says resident Robert J. Aagre, “about double the thickness of normal bricks, and made for horses and wagons.” Jayne Wallace, another resident, says neighbors tried to block the alley with cars to keep workers from hauling away the bricks, but to no avail. “By the time I came back from work, the alley was gone,” Wallace says. In its place was a new concrete surface. The District Department of Transportation told neighbors the repaving was done to eliminate a persistent puddle that was breeding mosquitoes. But Wallace says the concrete stops 2 feet short of where the bricks used to reach. “A garbage truck ran off of the concrete,” Wallace says—and the rut it left is now full of standing water. —Bidisha Banerjee