Shortly after it opened, the H Street Country Club bar switched from black napkins to white. It seems like a small change, but it has had a big impact for one group of customers.
Few people long to live in a police station or even a firehouse, no matter how good the chili is. After visiting the transformed structures known as the Station and the Engine House on Capitol Hill, however, they may change their minds.
Real estate developer Jim Abdo has left his mark on many neighborhoods in the District, helping shift some areas from distressed and dangerous to hip and healthy while adding to the revitalization already under way in others. One of his recent projects, Landmark Lofts in the H Street corridor, is almost sold out, with just a few of the 44 lofts still available.