Tips for newcomers

I have recently been contacted by a number of new folks who are moving into the neighborhood. They have requested some tips from me as well as from you guys based on our experiences. So I’ll take first crack then you the readers should post your advice that you wish you had received before moving to the neighborhood.

Back in the day I posted my top 10 reasons I love Petworth. That all still applies. First of all congratulations to you all. You have made a truly smart decision. So my advice to new Petworth residents is as follows:

1. Go to Domku and Temperance Hall. They are fantastic restaurant/bars that are wonderful additions to the neighborhood. Domku located on the 800 block of Upshur is a wonderful place to get brunch, dinner or just a cup of coffee. Domku also offers free Wifi for your internet needs. Also, it now has outdoor seating which is quite pleasant. Temperance Hall is the perfect place to get a bite to eat and a beer after work. The atmosphere is terrific and there are tons of locals who are regulars and the bartenders are the best. Temperance also has a fantastic back deck. It is located on Georgia Ave, just south of the metro, the cross street is Princeton.

2. Introduce yourself to your neighbors on the whole block. People in Petworth are among the nicest I have ever met in my ten years here in DC. It is essential that you integrate into the block. But you have to take the initiative. Don’t simply hide in your homes. Make the effort to say hello to all the new faces you encounter. 9 times out of 10 you will be greeted with kindness and ultimately friendship. The people are by far one of the biggest benefits of the neighborhood. Here in Petworth neighbors gladly and always watch each other’s backs.

3. Take advantage of our proximity to Columbia Heights and U Street. Petworth is a wonderful neighborhood but it is still developing. You are not going to find every store that you desire. Columbia Heights has the terrific Giant supermarket on Park Road. I highly recommend it. There is also a terrific coffee shop in Columbia Heights on 11th and Park aptly called Columbia Heights Coffee. Columbia Heights is also home to Wonderland Ballroom on 11th and Kenyon which is one of the greatest bars in the city with an outdoor beer garden. Of course everyone knows the Target and other development is coming to CH. So take advantage of it.

4. Realize that you are not moving to Cleveland Park or Georgetown. And for the most part that is a good thing. But there are also some negative aspects. One, which I often complain about, is the garbage. You are going to encounter garbage on the streets. This will not change. But you can do something about it. Always keep the area in front of your house clean. If it means picking up garbage every morning, then pick up garbage every morning. If many people do this we will make a dent.

5. Get to know your local ANC representative. 9 times out of 10 they are fantastic. Talk to them about your neighborhood questions and concerns. They are very responsive.

6. Crime exists but it is not as bad as the press makes it seem. Everyone has there own comfort level. You will learn yours based on your own experiences and your own walks around the neighborhood. Certain crime issues affect people differently depending upon what block they live on. There is drug dealing in Petworth. But for the most part, this will not affect you. If you see it happening call 311 and register a complaint with the police. Occasional there is violence between gangs especially in the Summer. But this usually occurs late at night. So my advice to folks is don’t walk around the neighborhood after midnight. Obviously, you all will have your own comfort level. Personally, I don’t walk home from the metro after 10 pm during the week. I know folks who don’t walk home after 8 pm but I also know folks who walk home at all hours of the night without incident. So you’ll have determine your own comfort level. But again, if you encounter issues don’t hesitate to call 311 or 911 in an emergency. By in large I think crime is a far bigger problem in Adams Morgan than it is in Petworth.

7. Plant flowers in front of your house. It adds to the overall beauty of the neighborhood and as you are working outside you’ll have more opportunities to meet your neighbors.

8. Try all the new local businesses as they open. Lots of development is coming to Petworth. We have had to new Latino restaurants open: El Limeno and El Torgoroz. Check em out, they are delicious. El Limeno is on Upshur across from another local bar called the Hitching Post across from the Old Soldiers home. El Torgoroz is around the corner from Domku. I’ll be updating you with new ones as they open.

9. Some days are better than others. Realize that some days you will encounter lots of garbage, lots of kids yelling, and maybe read about some crime. Other days, you will see beautiful flowers, talk to interesting neighbors, and have a great drink at one of the local haunts. Not every day is the same. Remember the positive and don’t stew on the negative ones.

10. Send me your tips and questions. I am constantly updating PoP and your experiences are helpful to others. So share them with me. Please. Don’t hesitate to contact me with specific questions at [email protected]

So now it is your turn. What advice do you have about living in Petworth? What have I left out? Flip it bakery? Colorado Kitchen?

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  • POP – My wife loves Yoga house. Something that people may want to know. We walk to yoga together, she does Yoga and I hop into Temperence Hall for a pint. Works well for us.

    BTY – Love your blog babe

  • All Hail The Prince! We love the Prince!

  • Great post – much of it also applies to us Columbia Heights residents.

  • I think the Prince makes good points regarding trash and flowers and neighbors. We try to keep our front yard looking nice, with flowers and bushes and trash pickup. Our neighbor, who is a great guy, but who has only recently begun to put much effort into his home’s appearance, told me the other day while I was gardening that he appreciated our efforts, and that they had inspired him to make his place look nicer.

    Also, incidentally, I had a stuffed chicken breast over barley and veggies at Domku last night that was better even than their usual excellent fare.

  • #11: Go to a community event. Look, we’re all busy. But I recommend everyone go to a community meeting of some sort — e.g., the monthly ANC meeting, etc. — to meet neighborhood people and get some sense of community. These meetings are typically around 7 pm, so people who work during the day ought to be able to attend at least once.

  • Relating to clean ups and trash, I just found this on the website:

  • I got to give my love for Avenue Market. It’s not Whole Foods, by a long stretch, but it’s got the friendliest staff of any grocery store in DC. It’s the first grocery store that I’ve gone into out here where people great you like family. Actually, I feel the same way about all the stores in that shopping plaza — the liquor store, the laundromat. It makes me very happy to be able to walk to those stores and see the regulars. Everyone couldn’t be friendlier. I think Columbia Heights is surly. Everyone (new and old alike) has a chip on their shoulder. I try to avoid it at all costs, save for Sunday or weekday evenings at Wonderland. At least the bartenders are nice. Also there are all kinds of other things within walking distance like Takoma Park and Manor Park and Brightwood that are well worth your time. Don’t move to Petworth because you really want to move to Shaw. Enjoy the new environs. That’s my advice.

  • 12. Start blogging about your community. PoP does it here. I do it on Metroblogging DC and you can do it on yours or join a collaborative blog. Both ask questions and promote the neighbourhood. Its a great way to meet your neighbours and know your community.

  • I would add Safari – a Kenyan restaurant on Georgia Ave just north of Upshur – delicious. If they ever finish the playground at 8th & Taylor, that will be on my list. Colorado Kitchen is fantastic. I also second the point about attending meetings, or going to a neighborhood potluck, to meet people. Despite not having been here long, I can hardly go out of my house without running into people I know – there’s a great small town in a big city feeling here.

  • “I don’t walk home from the metro after 10 pm during the week. I know folks who don’t walk home after 8 pm but I also know folks who walk home at all hours of the night without incident. So you’ll have determine your own comfort level.”


    sucks you only wanna encounter a certain type of people in your day..

    everyone else in the “blogger world” seems to love this shit, but honestly if you were my neighbor id be extremely bitter, resent this shit, and want you back to where you came from. this article is ridiculous.. its basically just sugests people to do the “new business” fit for the crackers.. and maintain the appearance. this is some bullshit swept under the rug. and this is some yuppie apologia!. bull!!!!

    People in Petworth are among the nicest I have ever met in my ten years here in DC.
    ohh my fuckin god..
    dont move to georgia ave. just dont.
    your block might not love you back! an honest no bullshit possiblity. you’ll probably just end up at the wonderland or temperance or one other of the new WHITE SPOTS.

    lifelong georgia ave resident. fuck the ‘new revitalization’ fuck gentrification. working persons world; it aint hip and it aint cool.

  • Like I said, 9 times out of 10…

  • Hey, Anonymous from 6/14–
    That hostility and racism is the exact reason why people feel afraid to walk around at night. If people didn’t feel threatened, and they’d walk around whenever they wanted. …and, of course, the crime statistics speak for themselves (….

    On a more neighborly note —
    Columbia Heights Coffee is GREAT. My wife knows one of the owners there, who used to live right up the street. JUST the kind of establishment to make a strong neighborhood community!

    And, finally, does anyone know of a good neighborhood tailor?

  • -anonymous

    I understand some of your points, but your hostility is not warrented. I think we all want the best for ALL petworth residents

    -future black resident

  • The following are comments from anon. “Shaggy” I have deleted a section that was unacceptable. Your opinions are welcome. But please try to be civil when someone crosses the line I will be forced to delete comments. I do not want to do that.


    clearly. there is something YOU don’t understand about racism and privilege as you prance about on Georgia ave patronizing only the “friendly” places.
    (and you dont know who your talking too either)

    that hostility is the sound of being evicted or moving on

    this is a class matter just as much as race.
    and you need to have these dumb blogger conversations, except not on the internet with other dumb white yuppie bloggers (and the other new), but on streets with the people you put in their place with such labels as “drug dealer”, “panhandler,” “gangs” quality of life issues, bums and all the other people you write off. (while others may even know some of these peopel as “brother” or “uncle”.

    its funny how people wont leave their houses just before dark cause thats when a lot of people are out and about.
    you stink of this racism you talk about.

    if the new white people cant learn Georgia ave right, then maybe you should try a different part of dc, instead of bring the white suburb to the inner city.. you need to realize its not yours to change, and no where around here will you find that attitude to be openly appreciated.

    a whole lot of people that made this city great cant even live in their own city anymore.

    hands off georgia ave.

  • What’s with the hostility? Cities and neighborhoods constantly change, racially, ethnically, and so on. Formerly all white neighborhoods became African-American and now are becoming, God forbid, mixed: black, white, Asian, Latino, racially-mixed couples, gay men, lesbians, straight folks and their diverse families of all races and classes ideally. The class and race segretionists’ worst fear is that we mix, respect, like and love each other, support each other and set up communities based on respect and understanding. Drives some people nuts, to a state of anger and hostility, obviously.

    We still live in a city where too many kids who are graduating from the public schools can’t even fill out a job application, and, as we know, young guys in parts of Shaw, Park View, Petworth, Columbia Heights, Ivy City, Trinidad, East of the River communities, can’t travel a few blocks without fear of getting a bullet in their heads put there by other young guys who has a Medieval sense of territory and a nonchalant attitude about killing other young black guys.

    That’s the real stuff that deserves righteous anger and solutions. Fretting about white yuppies is a convenient distraction and act of avoidance in dealing with the tough problems we all should be dealing with together.

  • Let’s please keep these comments on this post for tips to newcomers. If anyone would personally like to discuss the issue with me don’t hesitate to email me directly. Remember what I said though it is always 9 times out of 10, in this case literally. Keep the advice for newcomers coming though.

  • Good positive suggestions. Thanks.


  • DC1974, I am sorry you feel that way about Columbia Heights. My experience has been mostly the opposite.

    Erich, I have not tried it, and it not quite in Petworth, but I think there is a tailor on 14th and Spring, South-East side.


  • I think there is definitely some truth in the long time residents’ comments about the “tips for newcomers” basically steering people towards more yuppified (often mostly white) places to eat and drink and shop.

    BUT, it would be better for those long time folks to suggest other places to go that they love rather than just shout down the newcomers.

    The newcomers are coming, like it or not, and the old timers are there, like it or not. It would be better if everyone in the neighborhood could try to get along and enjoy eachother’s favorite spots, no?

    Or am I being too naive and “let’s all just get along” for everyone?

    Full disclosure, I live in Columbia Heights, near Georgia Avenue, and I”m a white yuppie.


  • I I don’t really go to Domku or Wonderland all that often, but I do go to Temperance very often. One of the things I love most about it is that I feel like it’s a great mix of old and new residents. So it’s not a WHITE YUPPIE place.

    If you gave it a chance, Shaggy, you might find that out and actually enjoy yourself.

  • Hey, I live in the Petworth area and there are a few points I would like to disagree with. One is the comment that Petworth is “still developing” and i think it should be noted that its still developing in your sense of development. It has actual been developed as a working class and middle class, mostly African American, neighborhood for years. I think it is fine as that, a residential neighborhood. If you are moving here you arent moving to U street or the new Columbia Heights which are much more gentrified commercial areas this is a residential area. Also the thing about calling the police on drug deals you see, bad call. People might handle business differently than you but oh well live and let live. If you dont like it then dont stick your nose in it. Also about most of the crime occuring after midnight is just not true, the two shootings in the past month to two months in front of my house were around 11 pm. If you are going to move somewhere go somewhere that you are comfortable walking around whenever. If you aren’t comfortable walking around Georgia Ave after dark or 10 or midnight then you should reconsider where you live. Also you said take advantage of grocery stores and such in Columbia Heights well how about the Safeway right on Georgia Ave just north of the metro or Murrays around 3500 Georgia ave. Then if you have to go the more gentrified areas to get groceries try some of the locally owned Latino grocery stores on 14th, i forget the name of the one i go to but its big has a good selection of anything you need and has really cheap produce. Finally i just want to say realize that you are moving into an established neighborhood there is no need to change it. It is fine the way it is and I moved here becasue i dont want to live at the forefront of gentrification. Move here adapt and become a part of the neighborhood dont change it. I think shaggy made some great points.

  • Wlc may have forgot to add: “if you see someone breaking into your car for drug money, look the other way. People might handle business differently than you but oh well live and let live. If you dont like it then dont stick your nose in it.”

  • Why is the assumption that all the “new people” moving into Petworth are white? That’s where this has gotten crazy. I’m not white and I live and own here and I like Temperance Hall and Dumko. I don’t walk around late at night in ANY part of the city cause I’m a woman and that’s stupid. Also there is something wrong with people hanging out on street corners at all hours of the night, littering, selling drugs and being a general dayum nuisance. Call the police and get ’em off the street.

    And Petworth does have its own personality, yes, but the people moving in (black, white, green, blue, orange) are cleaning up alleys and planting flowers….why couldn’t/didn’t those working class folks you keep yelling about that were already here do some of that and make their beloved neighborhood shine?

    I’m tired of black folks being mad for no good dayum reason. If you don’t like what’s happening in Petworth, then get yo’ ass up and get out and do something about it. Buy up the property! Convince the current owners to hold on to their houses! Show them how they can get reverse mortgages if they can’t pay their bills! Get the kids off the street and into the classroom! Put the drug dealers in jail! Pick up the trash!

    But whatever you do, stop whining.

  • Ok first off I am white, dont make assumptions about my race becasue i am trying to defend a neighborhood. I realize that i am white living in a mostly non white neighborhood, but I have done my best to fit into the existing neighborhood and not trying to flaunt what privledge i have. Ok onto my response. i have had my car broken into and stolen, and cleaning up the neighborhood isnt going to change that Look at Columbia Heights for example, the theft rates there aren’t slowing down at all. On top of that i seriously doubt that anyone is breaking into your car for drug money or whatnot. Most people who break into your car are young kids who are just being rowdy kids and they take cars on joyrides and dump them and take the stereos to pawn for a little extra cash. Also you can say stop whining and why didnt working class people work to make their neighborhood shine but you are leaving out alot of the picture. One maybe they dont mind it how it is and dont need tons of flowers or whatever. Also there is a money and time issue. Many working class people dont have the spare time or money that many upper middle class and young professional people enjoy to spend on their house’s outward appearence. Also if you want to say ‘why dont they buy?’ there is an easy answer. There is a reason that people rent and that is that they dont have the financial or cultural capital to buy. Meaning obviously that they dont have the money to buy so they rent and they havent been fortunate enough to go the the nice schools and colleges that many upper middle class and young professionals went to in order to learn how to manage finances and such in order to save to buy. There are many laws and technicalities that many normal working people arent aware of becasue it is a very confusing process that takes alot of time to learn about and many people just dont have the time for that so they spend their time on things that matter now. Also many times owners who rent dont live in the neighborhood, for example my landlord doenst even live in the city, so if they get an amazing offer most of the time they dont care about who it is from they will just sell. Not to mention that all this neighborhood changing has made the price of living in DC skyrocket over the past 5 to 10 years and I guess you guys and gals can all sleep well knowing that you continue to price working people out of the city and neighborhoods they have lived in for years and into Maryland and elsewhere.

  • WLC says there is no need to change Petworth. It is fine the way it is.
    Is it fine to have your car broken into and stolen? Is it fine to have two shootings in two months outside your front door? WLC seems to think that crime victims shouldn’t make a fuss, and witnesses shouldn’t get involved. They should just move if they don’t like how local criminals handle their business.
    WLC says it is not crackheads who steal your car, break into your house, rob you on the street. It is “rowdy kids.” It seems to me he is going out of his way to make excuses for the drug merchants, their customers, and the effect the drug business has on the neighborhood. But, assuming he is right, is it fine to live in a neighborhood where kids act like crackheads?
    I disagree with WLC. I think it is a good thing for residents, old and new, to dedicate their energy and imagination to making the neighborhood a cleaner, safer, healthier place to live. I think it benefits everyone, even the disenfranchised underclass that WLC sees as the victims of gentrification.
    Keep snitching.

  • On your advice I tried C Domku and met five friends for lunch Sunday 6/17/07. The decor was great–we all loved the high ceilings, exposed brick, and sky lights. The menu was interesting and the food we ordered was quite good. BUT, our (relatively simple brunch) meals took almost 2 hours to be delivered. None of us had ever waited that long for food in our lives. While the waitress was kind and apologetic, the owner was a cold fish. She looked bitter that she even had to be in her restaurant and offered no apologies, let alone a ‘hello’ or a ‘goodbye’. We saw other tables complain (of the wait) and one table of a young couple with child get up and leave. We would not have minded so much if the owner had some modicum of decency or accountability. Was this just a fluke? We were sad, b/c everything else was so interesting, tasty, and good–but none of us want to go back with her angry, bitter presence looming over the establishment. Please respond if her behavior Sunday 6/17/07 was anomalous. Thanks!!!

  • It’s a bit silly to suggest that people used to paying “Eatmore Chicken” prices go to Temperance Hall or Domku. I make three times as much as my parents ever did and I still feel like I’m getting robbed blind when I eat at those places (even if the food is very good). The “new” residents do sometimes sound condescending (especially wlc who seems to be drowning in self-hatred), but “Shaggy” and his crew better get with the fact that Petworth wasn’t always black (it was a white neighborhood, a jewish neighboorhood, and before that it belonged to the Powatan indians) and it isn’t going to be the same no matter how much he whines about it – he sounds just as stupid as any “white yuppie” sipping latte and talking about the latest hot spot. The notion that it’s part of some sort of “culture” or neighborhood respect to allow open drug markets and other crime to flourish does take the cake. Hey wlc, why not let the local dealers piss on your leg or take whatever they want from your living room? It’s just that sort of BS that gets people nowhere but dead or in jail.

  • Chris,
    Sorry to hear about the long wait at Domku. I would say that is the one drawback. But normally, I have found the owner to be quite nice. I think sometimes when it gets very crowded she may get a little overwhelmed. I personally have come to accept that when crowded there will be a long wait. I don’t like it but given all the other positive aspects of the place, I just accept it. And often times the service is quite speedy. I’d say give it a few more chances and if it doesn’t get any better, well, I’d still give it a few more chances.

  • Ok, self hatred that has to be a joke, but besides that i dont see all these crack heads you guys speak of. I think you guys all have a hard time admitting that people who work in underground economies have their place in society. You all assume that becasue something is illegal it is bad and people who partake are bad. If you want to stop this so called drug problem then how about fighting for legalization so people dont have to get violent and go to desperate measures for the drug market. Also i never said dont call the cops if you car gets stolen, i did, and it was a group of kids who took it like i said and its been the same for people i know who have had similar problems. “Crackheads” just dont do all this crime you are pinning on them. I said not to stick your nose into peoples personal live ie drug using or selling, the act of selling and using drugs doesnt harm you so leave that be. Harm to your person is a different story.
    “it’s a bit silly to suggest that people used to paying “Eatmore Chicken” prices go to Temperance Hall or Domku.” – exactly. On to the comment about Petworth not always being a white neighborhood. Most american cities especially DC used to be mostly white until white people got scared and moved to the suburbs – white flight- you all know this. The fact is the most long standing established community in the area that is still here today(excluding native peoples which is another injustice which i will not begin to touch here) is the working class and middle class African American communities which has it has been since the late 50s – 60s. I think is what you are all misunderstanding is that this issue is not a race issue neither is gentrification it is a class issue. I never said white people shouldnt live in Petworth but i said it is a working class and middle class neighborhood that is mostly black. It just so happens that almost all working class areas of DC are black . Again, this is a class issue and class is something that most Americans want to ignore. This is just an example of the upperclasses forcing its dominance on working people and pushing them out of a community that is theirds. I think you just have a problem facing the fact that working people dont have all the same privledge as you and it is not fair to blame them for that when it is the upperclasses who takes said privledge from them. I am not going to get too deeply into my economic, social and political views further than I have, but i guess it doesnt matter I will soon fall victim to your classism and move to a city where that is actually affordable. I am not going to argue with you guys but i will say that you have sterilized this city it has no personality anymore and you are taking what is left. It seems everytime i look around i notice that everything i used to love about this city is gone. It used to be more dangerous this is true but that was dc. People other that yuppies and other young professionals used to people able to afford to live in all parts of the city and there were places that would accept all kinds of subcultures and so forth but that is all gone, 9:30 – gone, wilson center – gone, black cat – full of hipsters, good artists – mostly moved to baltimore and richmond. I guess its time to start looking to livable cities like Baltimore and Richmond.

  • WLC, have you considered the impact of drug legalization on the victims of gentrification? Specifically, the drug merchants. If you open their markets to corporations, you take away the one profitable niche that is still open to them. What do they do then? Go legit? I don’t think so. If they were able to make fast money in a less risky business, don’t you think they would already have abandoned the drug business? Bottom line, legalized drugs will more quickly accelerate our city toward becoming the sterilized, soulless place you dread. Legalization is the extreme form of commercial gentrification.
    As for whether the crimes in our neighborhood are more likely committed by customers of the drug merchants, I admit I do not know, but I would like to give it the benefit of doubt. It is understandable and predictable that a person controlled by addition will turn to desperate measures. An addict needs help to regain control of his actions. It is much worse to consider that the people stealing cars, breaking into homes, and robbing people on the street are not addicts at the mercy of a biochemical slave master, but healthy people who are exercising choice. Healthy people who are able to control their actions but who choose crime when their greed exceeds their ability to earn an honest living do not deserve to be protected by the community.

  • Appologies ahead of time PoP, and delete if you feel necessary:

    wlc: while others drug use itself isn’t any concern of mine, when someone’s drug business spills out into the alley behind my home where my family lives it becomes my concern. Dealing drugs has nothing to due with the efficacy of the drugs sold, it’s easy money and simply business to those that do it. Second, this notion that Petworth “belongs” to some mythical downtrodden working class is just that, a myth. Petworth “belongs” to the people that live and work there, whoever they are and regardless of who owns what. The people buying in PW could just as easily be landlords somewhere else if that was their interest, but it’s not, they are buying homes for their families. Regarding the rest of your middle-class, sophomoric view of class relations it is laughable to someone who actually is from the “working class” whenever a guilty, and yes, seemingly self-hating person tries to tell everyone “how it is”. While getting your sound political education from dog-eared copies of Marx and Joe Strummer lyrics you still manage to be stupendously hypocritical by first saying this is a “class issue” and then turning around on a dime and assuming all the “white yuppies” moving in to PW are “privileged” and had every advantage. Don’t assume your experience is similar to everyone else who shares your hue. I think you’ll find universally that people who are “working class”, regardless of where there from and what shade they are, when they manage to afford a nice home, sometimes after working for many years to do so, they don’t want crime on their backdoor and don’t see these things as “live and let live” issues. While I understand the motives of those engaging in the business of drug dealing in open markets to promote “no snitchin'” and the occasional hostile take-over (in a hail of gunfire), when self-righteous fools tell me I have to suffer this crime to be “class sensitive” you’ll get a good hearty laugh from this piece of white trash. I will agree with you all day long that legalization, just as with liquor, is a better answer. If you want to start a organization to get drugs legalized I’ll gladly give you a portion of the money I send to other non-profit organizations. But I live in reality, and while criminals are engaged in a potentially dangerous trade near my family and my neighbor’s family they are going to be dodging the MPD every time I see them, and if that means you get busted buying your dime bag behind my lot, sorry Charlie.

  • This is a very interesting discussion. I’ll have to start a new thread for it.

  • only thing i will say is you dont know my class background so dont assume. two my education has not come from the clash or reading marx by myself the only marx i read was when i was in college.

  • You reveal you class loud and clear by your posts. Class is a state of mind. Just as I will always flinch at DC prices no matter how much I make, when someone breezily pontificates about criminality as “underground economies” you can bet your last cent they could always call home if real trouble came up. It’s only people who never had a real want for choices who are quick to assume the motivations of those with too few. The very idea that anyone, whatever their “class”, would want to have their family exposed to crime is so half-baked and loony only a pampered child would have the time to think it up. Aren’t you late for the train to Baltimore?

  • Petworth does not belong to any person or any racial, ethnic, or socio-economic group. It belongs to the people who live and work there. I live in Petworth, in a house I own, and I consider myself a part of the neighborhood. My race, my job, and my education do not matter. I’m a Petworth resident, and if I want to plant flowers in my yard or call the cops on drug dealers, I have every right to do so. I can walk down Georgia Ave or not walk down it, and I have a right to give any reason I want. But let’s be clear: I have no problem with neighbors who don’t plant flowers, or who don’t call the cops on drug dealers. In fact, I don’t have a problem with anything my neighbors do because I understand that the only way we’ll all be able to live together is if we all agree to respect one another’s differences. In fact, the ONLY thing I have a problem with is when people like Shaggy and WCL criticize neighbors people of a different race or socio-economic background who move into the neighborhood and create something they like there. Let me tell you something: once I move in, Petworth is just as much my neighborhood as it is yours — even if my moving here ends up changing the neighborhood. Because no matter what happens, Petworth is going to change, just as it and every other neighborhood in the world has changed in the past. The only real question is: are you going to help create something in the neighborhood you like, or are you going to do nothing except write angry blog posts to your neighbors that make you sound racist and ignorant?

  • I like Sweet Mango Cafe across from the Metro station. I think that is a real draw for the neighborhood, as is Temperance Cafe, across the street. Both are unique institutions and a reason for others to visit Petworth.

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