Mourners leave flowers around a tile rendering of the Union Jack at the British Embassy on Sept. 8, 2022
Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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Have you heard? The Queen of England died! 

People around the world are reflecting on Queen Elizabeth II’s complicated legacy, and while the United Kingdom’s history of colonialism is, at the very least, troubling, the queen did play a role in shaping parts of D.C. more than 200 years after the United States formally declared its independence from the monarchy.

The queen visited D.C. in 1991 as part of a whirlwind U.S. tour that included stops at the White House and an affordable housing development in Marshall Heights. There, she was embraced by a resident, Alice Frazier. The moment made for an awkward photo, but left a lasting impression on former mayor Sharon Pratt, who accompanied the queen on her visit. A street in the development, formerly known as Drake Place SE, was renamed Queen’s Stroll Place SE, a name that remains in place today.

Visiting the British Embassy yesterday, staff photographer Darrow Montgomery found visitors honoring the late royal with flowers and photos.

Credit: Darrow Montgomery

We also bid farewell to another shaper of D.C. this week. Arthur Cotton Moore, the architect behind iconic landmarks like Georgetown’s Washington Harbour, the modernized Old Post Office, and the renovated Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, died on Sept. 4. He’s credited with preserving pieces of historic Washington while also railing against downtown D.C.’s less beautiful office buildings. (They were “short, fat, and sexless,” he told Washingtonian in 1966.)

Washington Harbour Credit: Darrow Montgomery

Sure, the aesthetic appeal of Washington Harbour can be debated, but it does bring people to the waterfront. In a city that can often feel landlocked, the effort is appreciated.  

Caroline Jones (tips? cjones@washingtoncitypaper.com

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By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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  • The D.C. Court of Appeals rejected a last-ditch effort by opponents of Initiative 82 to keep the tipped wage measure off the November ballot. This should mark the end of the legal wrangling over I-82 ahead of the election. [Twitter]
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By Alex Koma (tips? akoma@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Congratulations to the teams at Daru in Northeast D.C. and Z&Z Manoushe Bakery in Rockville. Both spots were included on Bon Appétit’s list of best new restaurants. [Bon Appétit]
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  • Chef Ryan Ratino is bringing European elegance to his new, nameless restaurant opening soon at The Wharf. [Washingtonian]
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By City Paper staff (tips? editor@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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