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Old 07-29-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, D.C.
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If I had too choose any of them I'd be Deanwood. Its really a slow paced part of the city that borders an industrial part of PG county and for the most part, its stuck in the 90's. There has been new homes popping up but for the most part the area around Deanwood station feels like Mayberry. I think that area will always be blue collared. Unless some serious development kicks off and some housing projects are torn down I don't see anything going for it.

Now the area around Minnesota Ave station looks like a pretty easy job. With the completion of the new DC Department of Employment services building as well as the new metro parking garage and the condo buildings that are under construction as we speak at the corner of Benning and Minnesota ave, it has the potential to be booming like Columbia Heights, but still standalone in its own category since the area its in has a very different feel from the rest of the hot spots in D.C.

Here goes some projects that will soon be underway in that area:
DMPED: Kenilworth Parkside (http://dcbiz.dc.gov/dmped/cwp/view,A,1365,Q,606007.asp - broken link)
http://planning.dc.gov/planning/lib/planning/retail_action_strategy/ras_2_benningminnesota.pdf (broken link)
Reserve public land for a street connection at Minnesota and Benning - Greater Greater Washington
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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Now the area around Minnesota Ave station looks like a pretty easy job. With the completion of the new DC Department of Employment services building as well as the new metro parking garage and the condo buildings that are under construction as we speak at the corner of Benning and Minnesota ave, it has the potential to be booming like Columbia Heights, but still standalone in its own category since the area its in has a very different feel from the rest of the hot spots in D.C.

Here goes some projects that will soon be underway in that area:
DMPED: Kenilworth Parkside (http://dcbiz.dc.gov/dmped/cwp/view,A,1365,Q,606007.asp - broken link)
http://planning.dc.gov/planning/lib/planning/retail_action_strategy/ras_2_benningminnesota.pdf (broken link)
Reserve public land for a street connection at Minnesota and Benning - Greater Greater Washington
To gentrify, you need to be within at least 10 blocks of "post gentrified" area. That's the only reason U Street & Col. Heights changed. No one is going to move way out to Minnesota Ave.
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, D.C.
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To gentrify, you need to be within at least 10 blocks of "post gentrified" area. That's the only reason U Street & Col. Heights changed. No one is going to move way out to Minnesota Ave.
and that new streetcar line thats coming to that area will spark up development.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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I think you'll sooner see gentrification in Anacostia, mainly the areas near Bolling AFB and St Elizabeths. Especially since DHS is gonna be moving its headquarters to where St Elizabeths is.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Standing outside of heaven, wating for God to come and get me.
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Poplar Point

Poplar Point EIS
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:50 AM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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Currently, the best neighborhood "east of the river" I would say is Hillcrest - East Washington Heights. Very dignified old homes on large shaded leafy lots. Try going (by car or bus) out Penn. Ave. over the Sousa Bridge, and then turn right on 31st street which leads to the winding "Westover Drive" - very upper-class looking. Unfortunately, the nearby schools and shopping are another matter.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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It will be decades before "gentrification" reaches far-out NE and SE neighborhoods such as Deanwood and Congress Heights--if it happens at all. Poplar Point and areas just across the Anacostia from Hill East and Kenilworth I could see happening sooner.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Montgomery Village
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Hillcrest is a hidden gem over there.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Columbia Heights, D.C.
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Hillcrest is a hidden gem over there.
It is indeed, that and Ft. Dupont. Low crime, safe, and pretty upscale for the area its in. Most people I know travel into PG county for shopping though because the immediate area that borders it is terrible.
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:07 PM
 
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It will be decades before "gentrification" reaches far-out NE and SE neighborhoods such as Deanwood and Congress Heights--if it happens at all. Poplar Point and areas just across the Anacostia from Hill East and Kenilworth I could see happening sooner.
Agree. There is nothing to do in those areas, & not close to anything.
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