Here is a Random List of 13 Things Old/New DC

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The operative word is random… The consumption of the delicious Bloody Mary’s from The Fainting Goat in no way affected the make up of this list:


13. Grit/Glass

12. Hot Shoppes/Sweetgreen

11. Marion Barry/Muriel Bowser

10. Tom Sietsema/Jessica Sidman

9. SW Waterfront/SW Waterfront

8. Porch/Roof Deck

7. Formstone/Open floor plan

6. Fugazi/Dead Women

5. Washington Post/Washington Post Express

4. Beltway/Bike Lanes

3. Citronelle/Rose’s Luxury

2. Petey Greene/Derek McGinty

1. Jim Vance/Jim Vance

34 Comment

  • brookland_rez

    How about a neighborhood one?

    Adams Morgan/H St NE
    Cleveland Park/Brookland
    Georgetown/Capitol Hill
    Rock Creek Park/Arboretum (ok maybe this is a bit too far…)

  • Excellent list!

  • Love me some Vance. LOVE ME SOME VANCE!

    • If I made a list, it would be called “DC things that I don’t dislike, but I don’t also don’t get the hype”, and Jim Vance would definitely be in the top 5, along with Ben’s Chili Bowl.

      • That would be a fun list. It also makes me realize how old I am. A lot of the things that I’m nostalgic about : Gifford’s Ice cream, Hogate’s rum buns, going to see the duck pond at Soldier’s Home, attending camp in the forest at Fort Totten, likely hit their peak wonderfulness decades ago when I was a kid. So even the ones that lingered on often had a drop in quality, so someone who experiences them in this Millenium isn’t getting the same experience that I’m remembering from back in the day.

      • Meh.

    • One more +1 for Jim Vance. I would also add Gordon Peterson and Maureen Bunyan to the list.

  • I love that Jim Vance made this list. I didn’t realize he was as loved by others as he is by me.

  • Deadskins/Nationals

  • Great list!! Love that Fugazi made it and, obviously, Jim Vance. But c’mon, no Pat Collins?!?! 😉 Happy weekend, PoPville!

  • Also love Jim Vance being #1. I grew up watching him on TV in the 80s and 90s, and not only is he still an anchor, he doesn’t seem to have aged a bit.
    A year or so ago, I was in a cab and the driver pointed out that Jim Vance was behind the wheel of the Corvette next to us. Totally made my day!

  • Jim Vance, major heart eyes

  • Old school – your next door neighbor’s boyfriend gets out of Lorton, breaks into your apt and steals your 13 inch black and white TV to sell for a hit of crack.

    New school – what’s black and white?

  • I remember when it would have been Minor Threat/Fugazi, and I’ve never heard of Dead Women. I’m getting old I guess. Oh, and by the way, don’t google dead women.

  • Sparta

    You sell yourself short, PoP.

    Washington Post/Popville

  • Jim Vance is the man. Period. End of story. Goodnight!

  • cheap living Washington/expensive living Washington

    • Was it ever cheap to live here? I moved here 10 years ago and it still was not cheap to live here.

      • I came in 1989. Housing was really cheap then, but has steadily risen. Wish I’d bought then :^) But I did not know I would be here so long, nor was the city’s future at all bright at that time…..

      • Housing in DC was reflective of the city at large (murder capital of the nation) until the early part of the century when it started to take off (1999-2000).

        I bought a 3100 sf, 4 level row home (3 above, English basement below), recently renovated a block from Eastern Market in 1995 for 307K (that sold for 1.5 million in 2010) and another in Cleveland Park in 2000 for 685K that I sold 6 months ago for 1.7 million.

        Housing in DC only became “expensive” circa 2004, before then it was comparatively cheap.

        • It’s all relative of course. Coming from the midwest or south (as I did in the early 1990s), rent and home prices in the DC have always been eye popping For my first studio in a post-war building in upper NW, my rent was $650/month. In Atlanta where was I was previously, I was paying $300/month for a large one bedroom with my own washer/dryer, parking space in a nice then-new building in a desirable part of town.

  • The Nighthawks/The Nighthawks (same band, but with only one original member, and they still kick ass)

  • Derek McGinty has been around forever – he was the predecessor to Kojo Nnamdi on WAMU. I guess he’s “newer” than Petey Greene, but still!

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