Though the story is certain to spark a lengthy conversation among neighbors, I’m more interested in the questions that Ben Harris posed in his Greater Greater Washington piece on the topic. Ben is a former Logan Circle resident and previously ran the blog 14th&U with his wife. His writing has focused more on the impact that the economic growth has had on the neighborhood and its residents:
14th Street is a very popular destination, but as a neighborhood Logan Circle today can feel a bit hollow. Undoubtedly, there are many fun places to go, good drinks to be drunk, and great food to be eaten. It's lively, it's safer, and it's generating a lot of money for the city. "Huzzah!" to all of that.
But before we stamp it with a "wonderful" and seek to determine how we can emulate it in other DC neighborhoods, consider everything that it may not be: Affordable. Approachable. Sustainable. Economically diverse. And then ask yourself what the District would look like if every neighborhood developed along a similar path.
There is no denying that these questions are in many ways tied to our recent discussion on a liquor license moratorium; but there seems to remain a broader anxiety about the future of the neighborhood as Ben points out so well.
I moved to the area because of the great neighborhood options including entertainment, dining and shopping, but also for its grocery stores and parks and coffee shops. I continue to think about where the balance is between “destination” and “neighborhood” and how the two can co-exist.
There are clearly no easy answers, but there are 155 comments on GGW now and counting, so I know folks have a lot to say - what do you think?