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This is Carlos Iglesias. After spending a few hours together, I would deem him an above-average District citizen. He’s a diligent 24-year-old, who lives with this wife and two young children in Ward 4, where he was born and raised. Besides the Ward 4 connection, he has some Adrian Fenty-esque tendencies: By the time he’s 30, he’d like to go back to law school, and eventually run for city council. If D.C. ever gets a voting congressional seat, maybe he’d run for that too.

For now though, Iglesias works as a construction consultant for Bello Bello and Associates, which advises builders about whether they’re adhering to D.C. building codes. His average day is spent visiting construction sites, retrieving documents from downtown city offices, and waiting for government workers to get shit together for him. That’s it, in a nutshell.

We met at a small new condo project close to the intersection of Colorado Avenue and 14th Street in Brightwood. Remember Colorado Kitchen, Gillian Clark‘s down-home, neighborhood eatery? That place was closed so this building could go up.

I arrived at the site wearing jeans, gray converse sneakers, and a plaid button down shirt. Proper construction site attire, I believed. Iglesias showed up looking like this:

That cannot be average. But Carlos spends a lot of time hopping from construction sites to offices. So, he likes to look his dapper-ist. I’ll get to what he actually did today in some later posts.

Images by Ruth Samuelson