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Lobbying for the #RealKStreet, Part II

After reading my piece on K Street today, an 84-year-old woman called to share her memories of living at a boarding house at 1929 K St. NW in the 1940s.

View Photo Gallery: While “K Street” has become political shorthand for candidates looking to bash lobbyists, that stereotype fails to capture the reality of the street’s scene.

“Everybody had front yards with iron fences,” says Georgia Bentley, who now lives in Rockville. “Young people sat on front balconies. We danced in the street. We had a marvelous time.”

K Street’s changed since then. As I write in my article the street now hosts:

“Parking garages. Bank after bank. Mediocre lunch spots. And above: the suite life — hives of office space, renting for as much as $61 per square foot (only Pennsylvania Avenue is more expensive), crammed with accountants and consultants and regulatory commissions and law firms with names that read like a roll call at a New England boarding school. K Street could be renamed ‘Limited Liability Way.’”

Tell us how you experience the corridor today (we’re talking Ninth through 22nd streets NW). Tweet your impressions and definitions of K using the hashtag #RealKStreet. Take Instagrams using the same hashtag to show us the weird/ugly/lovely crannies of K. See the stream of images below.

Dan Zak is a feature writer and general assignment reporter based in the Style section. He joined the Post in 2005, after stints as an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a city-desk reporter and obituary writer at The Buffalo News.

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