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As someone who used to live in Adams Morgan for many years and now lives in Cleveland Park, I dearly miss the wealth and diversity of options that Adams Morgan offers. Sure it's a zoo on late Friday and Saturday nights, but the rest of the week, Adams Morgan is the best neighborhood in the city in my opinion.

However, Cleveland Park has some structural differences with Adams Morgan (and Dupont, Logan, etc.) that make it a different neighborhood. The biggest obstacle for Cleveland Park is that it's surrounded by parkland that limits the nearby population base to draw from. The Zoo is to the southeast; to the southwest are the grounds of the Tregaron Estate; cutting across the northern border is Melvin Hazen park; and most importantly, to the east is Rock Creek Park. All of this parkland means that there are simply fewer residents within a 1/2 mile radius who can easily walk to the core commercial strip for their needs. Also, Rock Creek Park is so large that nobody on the opposite side of the park is going to walk across the park to frequent Cleveland Park businesses. This bounty of parkland is what makes Cleveland Park so secluded and quiet relative to its neighbors, but it's also what's going to make it more challenging for better retail options to survive.

The type of retail that will do well in Cleveland Park is destination retail, such as restaurants or movie theaters that will draw people from outside its immediate population base. And we've got plenty of that from the Uptown to Palena and Medium Rare.

by A-lo on Nov 14, 2012 10:22 am • linkreport

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