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Development is a long-term proposition. I left DC in '95 and Clarendon was a depressing strip straddling uninteresting Ballston and ugly Rosslyn. Now, people somewhat inappropariately make it a model for anything else, but it took a while and there are other stories that are less dramatic. Downtown SS has made some strides, but much of it is in the same sleepy or dead but eternally promising state as it was 20 years ago. H Street happened after decades of gradually northward movement of gentrification from Capitol Hill. Upper Georgia Avenue in DC has a dreary commercial district despite being next to Shepherd Park and Takoma DC and was that way 20 years ago.

Anacostia has the river, but there isn't much going on in the old business district. The areas that are real steals (nice houses that need just a little TLC for the price of Ward 3 condo) are further S in Hillcrest and those are getting snapped up. Downtown Anacostia may have to wait until things happen around it--DHS, revival of Hillcrest, etc. The football stadium is a ridiculous idea--dead space that gets used a few times a year.

by Rich on Jan 23, 2013 9:52 pm • linkreport

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