(excerpt from my upcoming piece in East of the River)
When Washington, D.C. was voted one of three winners of Home and Garden Television’s (HGTV) Change the World. Start at Home contest, it won help on three revitalization projects: landscaping and cleanup at Anacostia Park along the river, building a new play area at Bethel Christian Fellowship Child Development Center, and renovations and repairs at twelve homes on S Street in the Fairlawn neighborhood, immediately adjacent Historic Anacostia.
Carter and resident Trudy Bloome
On the job Monday was Carter Oosterhouse, host of HGTV’s “Carter Can” (and Nautica cologne model) – a little damp from the rain but still sporting a varsity smile. A native of Northern Michigan and now residing in Los Angeles, this was Carter’s first time in D.C. Only here for the day, he seemed to shrug off the fact that his only view had been through rain-shower windows. “Washington is a beautiful city. I’m glad to have the chance to give back to a city with so much history,” noting that the neighborhood’s history and beauty is evident even on such a gray day.
(for more, check out the May 2008 edition of East of the River!)
photo by DG-rad