Can you call a neighborhood “up-and-coming” when nothing—-quite blatantly—-is changing there?
A year and a half ago, I was looking for housing on Craigslist. At that time, it seemed like the places in Petworth were noted for being in Petworth…while places in Columbia Heights were noted for being in Columbia Heights. There were exceptions. But no memorable trend. Back then, Petworthians could easily call Petworth “up-and-coming,” and those in Park View could just pretend they lived in “up-and-coming” Petworth.
People knew their place…But not so anymore.
Last night, I was again on Craigslist. The neighborhood misrepresentations was staggering. STAGGERING. Here are some examples:
- 528 Hobart Pl., N.W. (Park View)
- “Kansas Avenue NW at Randolph NW” (Tricky, but I’m going with Petworth on this one.)
- 634 Keefer Pl NW (Park View)
Maybe people have given up on the up-and-comingness of Petworth. Forget the dream: Just call your neighborhood Columbia Heights, land of Target. I saw the creeping change before. But never to this degree. The thing is: Petworth does have some new developments on the horizon. But perhaps no one knows about them, and that’s the problem.
Image by Darrow Montgomery