New Vs. Old Part Two

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Here is another nice photo (if I do say so myself) of new condos overshadowing old school row houses. The condo is the new PN Hoffman building on 14th St.

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  • I have a couple of friends who just moved into a unit in the Hoffman building. As much as I like to make fun of the luxury loft trend, I must admit that the view from their new home is amazing.

  • My daughter used to play baseball in the rec center across the street from these “old school rowhouses”. While some are in pretty good shape, many are dilapidated with questionable activity going on in the front yards. At one point a small child wandered across the street and asked to pet my dog. I asked how old he was and he said “three” – he wasn’t old enough to be having conversations in full sentences let alone crossing the street unsupervised to talk to strangers.

    Perhaps some of the owners of those pricey new condos would like to help some of these people out with a little sweat equity and mentoring.

  • I guess I understand where the above comment stems from, as far as mentoring “these people”… and I know it was probably thought of from a compassionate point of view…but you really have no idea how condescending that would sound to the people you speak of. I know this post wasn’t about this, but I think it’s important to let people know how their way of helping might be perceived as offensive. It adds to the underlying tension between some old-timers and some new-comers.

  • Yes, I agree with the comment above me, the way it was worded does sound condescending. There was a house recently condemned on this block, I’m sure this is what MKing is talking about (you can see it in the picture, last house that is boarded up). The house was full of people loitering in the front yard and just looked like it was in terrible shape, probably some slum lord making money on his section 8 vouchers with no thought for the people living there.

  • Oh I thought only the words “those people” or “you people” are banned in PC.. I mean DC. Have to be careful not to use “these people” either.. ggrr.. damn it, I just did.. what’s wrong with me, people?

  • The offense wasn’t at the term “these people”, it was the idea that these/those people need mentoring. They may not see it that way.

    Washington, PC…that’s kinda funny…

  • I’m sorry to imply that people who let their small children run around in busy streets unsupervised might want some help – I meant to imply that they NEED some help.

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