“The stadium will be good for Southwest in general,” said Tim Murphy, a federal government computer specialist who lives nearby and was visiting a friend’s boat at the James Creek marina.
“Down here, it’s like being in a club,” he said. “You’re with people who know about this place and can get away from it all here. But it’s going to change a lot with a stadium; it’s not going to be the quiet hideaway it was.”
At the Buzzard Point marina, a lone green wooden houseboat floats amid rows of white motorboats. That’s Eddie Cohn’s place, grandfathered in long ago, when live-aboards were outlawed along this stretch of river. Now it’s his front-row seat on change that’s been threatened for decades but never quite happened.
Cohn has run the marina here since the 1960s, half a century on a waterfront that few D.C. residents know exists. His neighbors are foxes and groundhogs.
Cohn was not available to comment Friday — the company that runs the marina for the National Park Service frowns on talking to reporters, a manager said — but in a previous interview, he said he learned to be skeptical about grand plans for Buzzard Point.
Once, there was going to be a riverwalk all the way from the Navy Yard to the Jefferson Memorial. Never happened, especially with the fort in the way.
Twenty years ago, there were more people around, more live-aboards, but even then, Buzzard Point was a refuge, a secret place. Men went there “to get away from their wives,” Cohn said. “Marinas are always competing with wives. That’s why they name boats after women.”
He still likes it as it is. FedEx can’t find the place, he said. Google Maps’ street view stops a block away.
“I got a better view here than the president of the United States, with no hassle,” Cohn said. “Quiet and peaceful — not too many places in D.C. you can say that.”