Monday, January 7, 2008
When I moved to Washington five years ago, there wasn't a lot that was upscale on 14th Street, except for these two stores--Go, Mama, Go! and Home Rule. Today, they are part of the anchor stores on 14th and S Streets that sort of got the ball rolling in revitalizing that part of downtown.
In addition to these two great shops, there's Pop, Pulp, and Garden District. As the years have gone by, more and more upscale retailers have moved in. And, in March of this year, the District will finally get a Target in Columbia Heights--about two miles north of 14th and S. While the big box stores are a welcome convenience for newer, more-accustomed-to-easy-access District residents, they also signal the demise of the corner Mom & Pop groceries, hardware, and smaller, specialized retail vendors.
One thing to note: Home Rule is named for the ongoing movement on the part of District residents to fully govern themselves and to have equal representation in Congress. As it stands now, Congress has oversight for Washington, D.C., and the Constitution prohibits us from having representation on the Hill.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 1/08