• Anonymous

    this is still a scary area. sad.

  • Anon

    The area is fine except for the group homes up on the hills on that block. Believe there was a murder there a few weeks ago.

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, it only takes a “group of homes” to make an area scary.

    • Anonymous

      yes, exactly.
      it’s fine except for the small number of murders, stabbers, muggers, bashers, and drug dealers.

      it would be great otherwise.

  • EckingtonResident

    Have any of you saying that this is a scary area ever been to Eckington?

    My neighbors are some of the nicest people in the world and it’s definitely a community-focused neighborhood.

    There are assaults and stabbings all over this city in so-called “safe neighborhoods”. Do you call Adams Morgan a scary area? Doubtful.

    • Anonymous

      Save your breath; you’re not going to convince those with preconceived notions that the neighborhood is anything beyond headlines. And if that keeps them out of the neighborhood, silver lining.

      • Anonymous

        +1 Most violent crime isn’t “random” anyway (meaning it’s perpetrated against a complete stranger). No matter where you are, don’t be out in the wee hours of the night and don’t make yourself a target. Eckington is a wonderful neighborhood, just like Trinidad, Anacostia and any other area people are scared of.

        • 989

          i was the anon at 9:48. i didn’t say eckington was bad. i sad this little area was scary. and it is.
          i love eckington too, but i’m not going to lie about the problems.

    • HereInEckington

      Hear hear! It’s always sad when something like this happens, but it shouldn’t be “scary” when it’s in NE and ignored when it’s in NW.

      Anyone remember this? https://www.popville.com/2013/12/stabbing-600-block-of-t-st-nw-shooting-200-block-of-bates-st-nw/ https://twitter.com/DCPoliceDept/status/409106424103325697. Nine blocks to the west and not a “scary” in sight.

    • Actually people do call Adams Morgan scary (and worse):


      They also call the following neighborhoods scary – Petworth, Columbia Heights, H Street, NoMa, Bloomingdale, Truxton Circle, Trinidad, Mt. Pleasant, Edgewood, Brightwood, SW Waterfront, Navy Yard, Hill East, Anacostia and many many others – I wouldn’t worry about what some folks think – everyone has a different definition of “scary” – it will just give you heartburn trying to argue it.

      • Anonymous

        Spot on!

    • Eckington Resident

      ^thank you! My experience as well. A neighborhood doesn’t need to be full of six figure incomes and a Whole Foods to be considered a nice area or safe.

      fellow Eckingtonian

    • 989

      no, i know the area very well. better than you i bet since i’ve lived 4 blocks from here for 11 years.
      stop lying to yourself.

      • 989

        actually i don’t care if you lie to yourself, but don’t lie to other.
        even the eckington listserve is full of complaints from this little pocket.

      • anon

        You’re such an OG. I’m glad you’re cooler than everybody else in Eckington.

        • 989


  • EmptyNester

    Pardon, I thought everyone knew A-M had a particularly high crime rate. As someone looking at life in the city, I would be comparing Eckington to Brookland, Petworth, Trinidad, Hill East/Kingman Park, etc, not to Adams Morgan.

    I would suggest the good news is that this occurred in the NE corner of Eckington. I am not familiar enough with the local geography to know about issues with group homes, but it is my impression that crime in Eckington is a less of an issue further west and south within the neighborhood. Is that incorrect?

    • EckingtonResident

      EmptyNester, you unfortunately were missing my point. One stabbing in a neighborhood does not make it a “scary area”. I get Alert DC texts from all over the city from Georgetown to Eckington to AdMo to Ledroit Park.

      Let’s not race to call an area scary based on one incident. Like everywhere in DC, pay attention and don’t take unnecessary risks.

      • Linds

        We all know why people call certain neighborhoods “scary.” The people who think that way don’t want to say it out loud because they know it’s a horrible way to think. Be proud of your neighborhood and ignore those people. :)

        • Anonymous

          “The people who think that way don’t want to say it out loud because they know it’s a horrible way to think.”
          This is not true in many (most?) cases. The people who think that way don’t want to say it out loud because you immediately get called a racist if you mention race. (Which you didn’t btw, even though that’s what you were talking about. Or am I way off base here?)

        • 989

          it’s scary because of the entrenched drug dealers and aimless teenagers
          and i say that out loud.
          you guys are being oversensitive idiots in your neighborhood cheerleading.

          it’s not racist to hate crime, but it’s pretty damn prejudiced of you to think thats what i meant.

        • Anonymous

          you are a brain dead idiot

      • EmptyNester

        Oh. I guess the comment you responded to was to vague for me to see that. I read that as “this particular part of Eckington is scary based on several factors” rather than “all of Eckington is scary, because of this particular incident”.

        I am seriously looking at DC, and have walked throught Eckington twice (both during the day). Its not that scary looking to me – OTOH I am also a cyclist and have heard of the incidents on the MBT in Eckington/Edgwood area, and that bothers me. My spouse who is generally more scared than I am (she finds Hill East scary, though she does not find Navy Yard scary, bless here) would have to be on board with a move to Eckington. I could probably persuade her to move to the Trilogy, which pretends to be in NoMa, but Im not sure I could interest her in further north.

      • anon

        What’s truly scary is the custom of abbreviating “Adams Morgan” to “AdMo.”

        • Anonymous


  • ledroittiger

    Who cares whether a neighborhood is perceived as scary or not, other than people trying to increase their property values?


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