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re the NoMA Harris-Teeter... I don't know where Rich lives, and I don't live in the H St. neighborhood anymore, but that store is pretty amazing in terms of how people in the upper H St. neighborhood can walk to it, and how it contributes to the transformation of that neighborhood (along with the subway).

I complain about H-T's generally high prices overall, but I usually shop there once/week--because it's at the foot of the Met. Branch Trail and I can get groceries on my way home. They have great weekly specials (generally supermarket weekly specials are priced comparably to everyday prices at places like Costco, so if you buy those items in quantity, you keep costs down) which I stock up on, along with a couple other things that aren't necessarily on sale.

While the store isn't wildly busy (then again, I don't usually shop there on weekends, when supermarkets do most of their business), it's steady, and as the architect I was talking with commented, it's used as a restaurant by office workers during the day, which gives it an atypical line of business.

In terms of the impact on the neighborhoods--NoMA and H St.--it's not unlike the Safeway at 5th and K NW. A couple years ago, I was riding through there early one morning, going to catch a Chinatown bus, and I was thinking about what the neighborhood north of NY Ave. had been like 5-15 years before, and how it was unimaginable back then that you could walk to a super high quality Safeway (of course, crossing NY Ave. is still a challenge...).

Although like my complaints about this post on Walmart, I have written that it is a shame that the supermarkets aren't truly urban in terms of the experience they provide and the urban design they employ:

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2010/08/30/editorial1.html

by Richard Layman on Apr 27, 2012 6:52 am • linkreport

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