After his parents finished supervising the building of their home in Pittsburgh, the family would visit real estate open houses on weekends. Smith loved walking through homes and looking at properties, an inexpensive form of entertainment in a simpler era. He found it addictive, and it would spur an avocational interest in architecture.
Smith never imagined that he would later find himself on the business end of this pastime of his youth. With the easy affability of a confident and youthful 61-year-old he is quick to explain, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I started everything late.Ã¢â‚¬Â
While he dubs the 14th Street corridor D.C.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“new gay main street,Ã¢â‚¬Â he sees the community rapidly dispersing farther east as well as populating neighborhoods throughout the city. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really Ã¢â‚¬Ëœgay neighborhoodsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ anymore,Ã¢â‚¬Â Smith observes, but Ã¢â‚¬Å“neighborhoods with gay residents.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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