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We called it Hubcapitol Hill for a reason.
Last year, when City Paper released its neighborhood guide, we assigned that moniker to the area around Rhode Island Avenue and New York Avenue.* If you’ve never parked your car there and walk around, you’re not alone. Here’s a little description from the guide:
There’s no there there: Commuters commute through it, gentrifiers can’t quite re-do it, and, unless you’re retrieving your car from the Brentwood Impound Lot or adopting a dog at the D.C. Animal Shelter, many tourists and white Washingtonians have never been to it.
This “‘diamond’—-a largely un-mined yet valuable investment opportunity”—-their language not mine—-is deserving of roughly $1.2 billion in new investments in housing, retail, office and public art, according to the plan. The funds—-public and private—-would hopefully be distributed between 2010 and 2025.
The entire stretch is 3-miles long, touching the neighborhoods of Brentwood, Brookland, Eckington, Edgewood, Langdon and Woodridge. The surrounding area’s home to nearly 32,000 people. Roughly a third of that population is elderly. The median household income is $46,400. (Page 6.)
The plan breaks down the stretch into four sub-areas. I’ll post for each one.
Update: Dense Development by Brentwood Metro (Subarea 1)
*Admittedly some of Rhode Island Ave touches the neighborhoods of Brookland and University Heights—-Sacramento—-which ranked a little higher in our guide. But the street itself has much more of Hubcapitol Hill vibe.