- Don't dropkick these punks. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Walking tours, I'll confess, don't receive a huge amount of attention in the transportation coverage I offer here at TBD On Foot. I'll attempt to make up for that in this week's transit history dispatch, which also looks to very recent history—this week, I'll dial it back to only 2006, five years ago.
In its October 2006 issue, SPIN magazine featured a piece on Washington, D.C.'s Punk-Rock Walking Tour, and that celebration of what really is an iconic scene of music history is worth remembering this Wednesday.
The walking tour took D.C. pedestrians from Commander Salamander to Fort Reno to d.c. space and other locales where hardcore punk first originated and grew into mythology over the last few decades. The bands, from Bad Brains to Fugazi, once seemed everywhere. SPIN says you could walk these locations "in a few short hours" and emphasizes the walkable nature of a city like D.C. compared to other punk-centric cities like Los Angeles.
Revisit all the different punk gems hidden throughout D.C. in the listing from this 2006 issue of SPIN:
Read more pieces of Metro history here.