Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen honored Capitol Hill lobbyist E. Linwood “Tip” Tipton by renaming an alleyway after him.
On June 8, the alleyway behind 7th St., 8th St., A St. and E. Capitol St. NE was officially named Tip’s Way. Tipton’s wife, Connie, his sons and his friends were in attendance for the special honor.
According to his Washington Post obituary, Tipton died in 2013 at the age of 78. He was a dairy lobbyist and long-time civic activist who played a major role in the Hill area.
Tipton was also pivotal in securing federal funding from Congress for the improvement of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, according to Hill Rag.
In 2008, Tipton became chairman of Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS), a partnership charted by the National Trust that has played a critical part in revitalization of Barracks Row.
According to Laura Marks, chief of staff for Allen’s office, Tipton also worked with the city to improve the quality of life in different neighborhoods. He was a pioneer in the re-bricking of the alley behind his and his neighbors’ homes, now known as Tip’s Way.
He left behind a lasting legacy that will now be remembered daily as commuters travel along Tip’s Way.
“Tip was a great neighbor and advocate for his community. There was no issue too small for his attention,” Allen said in a statement to Hill Now. “After he passed away, his family requested and began the process to have that alley renamed in honor of Tip. I was very proud to work with them to introduce and pass the legislation, and celebrate with his friends and family to officially unveil the new signs marking Tip’s Way.”
Photo via Twitter / Charles Allen