Snap-Shots A Continuing Series By Our Intern in Petworth, Julian


Name: Kevin

Age: 22

Cross-streets: New Hampshire and Spring NW

1. What do you make of all the changes occurring in the neighborhood?
I think its mostly a good thing. Its exciting seeing things go up, and exciting to think about all the new bars and store and restaurants we

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  • Hopefully the neighborhood will keep getting expensive and she can come back and visit one day.

  • Columbia Heights is turning into a mini Friendship Heights.

  • Are PoP or any of the interns actually from D.C.?

  • I don’t get the comment about the neigborhood becoming more expensive… please elaborate.

  • shes 16 guys…come on. what did you think of your neighborhood when you were 16…

  • Well, that North Face jacket she’s wearing is pretty pricey. Not much left in her wallet for Target, Best Buy and Starbucks after that, I guess.

  • Sheesh, cmon guys. I’m happy the intern picked a good mix of people from the neighborhood (old, new, long-time and short-time residents) instead of interviewing all-white, twenty something transplants like happens so many other times.

    (When the Express does those ‘ask a question’ section and does photois, the ethnic mix looks like North Dakota.

  • I think she hit the nail in the head. There is nothing special about Petworth. It’s just a neighborhood.
    I may be wrong so could you please convince me otherwise. What do you think is special about Petworth?

  • I’m just not the biggest fan of teenagers. I know not all of them are terrors, but I’ve had too many bad experiences with them. This girl, from the photo, looks like she really didn’t want to be bothered with this interview.

    Contrary to what I think, I’m sure there’s some teenager out there who’d have a little more positive things to say about their community.

  • I think this is a well-rounded sampling of opinions. I didn’t think everyone interviewed was required to say positive things. The young lady’s comments about the economic realities of revitalization are quite real.
    Ah, Nate. Ever the egalitarian.

  • How is the girl not being honest? It is what it is, a neighborhood. Petworth is a great neighborhood, but not any more or less so than many other neighborhoods across the city.

  • yikes, what did I start? I agree it’s a typical point of view for a teenager. Don’t get me started about where I grew up. I actually really like her comments and that she’s really blunt…just funny in the context. She doesn’t have that “I’ve been watching too much HGTV and am fantasizing about my kitchen cabinets” glaze that plagues many of the new Petworth homeowners. (I’m referring as much to myself here as anyone else!!)

  • I think it would be helpful to include information on how long the interviewee has lived in the area.

  • Anonymous “2:04”, that’s an excellent suggestion. Thanks for the idea. I’ll definitely keep it in mind for the next round of snap-shot interviews.

    – Julian

  • Of course the vast majority of the new condos are built on either vacant land, or rehabbed from buildings that had fallen into decrepitude, so those don’t push anyone out, but rather add to the population base. It’s not as if any of the ample Section 8 housing in the area (primarily in CH) has suddenly been converted to high-end condos … I am empathetic to those who are responsible homeowners, but whose property taxes skyrocket to the point they can no longer afford the payments, but beyond that, I’m sorry, this is the way things works … to those who let their gorgeous properties fall into disrepair, or let their homes be used for drugs, or are the ones who graffiti up every commercial establishment in the area, good riddance .. just like I don’t have a right to live in a 2 million dollar condo in Georgetown, even though that would be nice. And hell, they wouldn’t be the first people pushed out of this area … it’s just that the first wave of responsible citizens were pushed out by fear and criminals, as opposed to those trying to improve the neighborhood. Which is more problematic?

  • I don’t get the property tax increase thing. I thought tax increases were capped by the CPI, which is roughly inflation. My neighbors have lived in their house for 50 years, and they are taxed on lik $150k for their property, even though it assesses for $400k

  • The girl is sixteen and just “keepin’ it real…really real.” This is what she sees, what she’s been taught, and what she believes. I’m glad Julian didn’t sugar coat a response that deserves to be heard as much as the next.

    I think a couple of the comments are inflammatory and the kinds of attitudes that keeps the divide between the have’s and have-nots.

  • I meant a couple of the comments ABOVE (by readers) are inflammatory…

  • I meant a couple of the comments ABOVE (by readers) are inflammatory…

  • I meant a couple of the comments ABOVE (by readers) are inflammatory…

  • I think there should be a pre-interview to qualify or disqualify interviewees and it should be like the Myers-Briggs profiling but designed to show if they represent their age group and demographic. That way we can be sure that all of their remarks will be typical responses because the last thing we would want is an unqualified interviewee giving atypical answers to these important questions.

    Everyone go back to work, someone, your boss or a coworker, is waiting for you to finish something!

  • Keep up the good work Julian!

  • Could she, gasp, be right? Maybe our below, oh so special, Petworth is just a neighborhood after all?

  • Btw, an interesting comment for those doom dayers on the impact of DC USA on local businesses”

    “The new Target and Marshalls hasn

  • “I may be wrong so could you please convince me otherwise. What do you think is special about Petworth?”

    I am surrounded by wonderful neighbors. Maybe your block is different, but when we moved in, the neighbors came by and welcomed us, and offered help getting oriented to the neighborhood. They have truly made us part of their community.

    It’s a beautiful place. I love urban spaces, and this is simply a classic urban space.

    It’s a part of my favorite city, ever, anywhere. It’s my home.

    What else could you want?

    Sure, there are other neighborhoods you can say all those things about. I was happy in Mount Pleasant too. But my home is here, and I am glad that it is.

  • That was great! I’d like to see more!

  • agree with saf… though I live somewhere in the fuzzy zone between PW, CH, and Pleasant Plains…

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