Dear PoP – Row Houses Finally Getting Rehabbed

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“Hey PoP,

Just a little info that really got me excited…you know the row homes next to the Floridian and 9:30 club, at that crazy intersection of 9th, Florida, and Vermont? Well, if you’ve never noticed them, they have been an eyesore for many years apparently. They are owned by Howard University and were all boarded up and abandoned. This was truly a sad thing since the neighbors all around have really been trying to beautify the area by doing things like planting flowers and trees all along the median on Vermont. Well, a few days ago, I noticed they have FINALLY begun to renovate them! They’ve installed new windows and have changed the old faded red paint to a crisp cream color….with a contrasting trim no less! Looks great. I don’t know what they are doing with the houses yet – maybe admin buildings or even homes – but at least they’ve finally done something to spruce up our neighborhood.”

Very cool!

9 Comment

  • Did Howard University have a policy of wanting to destroy the communities around them say like they destroyed their law school?

  • yes they did actually

  • Those places have pretty terrible feng shui. A street comes directly AT the house, so it’s a gathering place for negative energy. Check out the north side of Florida Avenue from North Capitol to Georgia: whenever a numbered street intersects without a four-way, almost always, that house is abandoned.

    And the alley next to it always smells like peepee.

  • I thought this is where Phase 2 of the Floridian was supposed to be.

  • That’s funny; I often joke about the lethal feng shui-ness of those houses (as if I knew jackshite about such stuff), but I’ve always dug the blue one on the left…

  • Its about damn time….big improvement already. Although I can’t imagine anyone living so close to the road…..

  • Why so much Howard bashing? Is there a generall feeling that Howard University isn’t the greatest of all neighbors?

  • yep, anon, ppl are hating b.c. HU didn’t just rollover and take it in the a@@ from these developers that came in and wanted to buy up all of the surrounding RE. I’m not a fan of some of the decisions HU has made, however, I certainly don’t think the answer around here is the useless condos that developers have tried to sprout on each block behind the Towers. A complete eyesore and no thought was given to the historic nature of this neighborhood. Whatev, I’m going back to NYC anyway, but it makes me sad, the disregard for the history of this neighb. Condos/big buildings are not always the answers…

  • We like Howard as a school, but by and large they’ve been a poor neighbor to DC by neglecting their properties and planning/trying to destroy historic neighborhoods like Ledroit Park for a land grab. You can’t blame developers for that, blame the HU powers that be. However, they have gotten significantly better in recent years. It’s too bad they won’t do something with the acres of parking lots to the west of campus, though…

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