Featured in Sunday’s New York Times! As the Times puts it, in somewhat hyperbolic fashion:
Columbia Heights, a neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., that just a decade ago was best known for vacant homes and empty storefronts, saw gentrification come not with the usual creep but with a boom. A new Metro stop in 1999 was followed by an influx of retail development, including the city’s first Target store, followed by the predictable barrage of luxury condos. But while the blocks surrounding the Metro stop now feel something like a suburban mall, Washington’s hippest new strip has cropped up just a few blocks away: a cluster of independent businesses has revitalized a once-desolate stretch of 11th Street, where big box stores and chain restaurants give way to indie rock dance parties and guerrilla theater performances.