Thursday, January 10, 2008
Many of the homes in Washington, D.C., are more than 150 years old, with the oldest homes in Georgetown and on Capitol Hill dating back to the late 1700s. In the latest round of changes and rebirths in this city, neighborhoods that were rundown and neglected or that have been reputable only as wastelands of misery and drug wars have been experiencing a new lease on life. The term is "gentrification." It's a controversial movement; older, long-established, mostly African-American families selling homes their families have lived in for four, five, even six generations and moving to the suburbs, while mostly white, young, professionals move in.
This row of houses appears to have been purchased by someone who bought them as an investment, more than likely gutted and remodeled each unit, then "flipped" them to new owners for twice what they likely paid. This little pocket of beauty is at 5th and E Streets NE. I passed it the other day on my way to meet a friend for lunch. I had to take a picture because it embodies so much of the gentrification and beautification that has been going on in D.C. for the last 10 years or so.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 1/08