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Movin’ on Over Among the eclectic handful of offices and merchants getting forced out by rent hikes north of Dupont Circle, most will be missed more in theory than in practice. One exception is the Newsroom, which features a sometimes dusty but always extensive collection of national and international magazines and newspapers. After Starwood Urban Investments bought up three buildings along Connecticut Avenue in April and doubled rents, several old-time tenants packed their bags (“Blocked Out,” 7/9). But after 20 years at 1753 Connecticut Ave. NW, the Newsroom and its International Language Center have managed to resist the forces of gentrification, finding new space just about 100 feet north at 1803 Connecticut. Owner Dick Bomberger says he will miss the expansive corner window but won’t lose any square footage in his new digs. “We’re counting on the fact that we’ve been here so many years that people will just go up the street,” Bomberger says. The only major change in the store’s setup will be the reinstallment of a cafe—which Bomberger says the Newsroom had over a decade ago, well before Borders or Barnes & Noble.
Reporting by Laura Lang, Stephanie Mencimer, Amanda Ripley, and Elissa Silverman.
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