Aug 19, 2013

Why I fell in love with Columbia Heights

I had a chance to go to this neighborhood this past weekend to help out a coworker who's writing a story about this app that basically crowdsources cool public art tucked away in corners of neighborhoods that your tour guide book probably won't tell you about. We chose Columbia Heights and U Street, where every corner is stamped with some sort of history, African American history to be exact, because they have been mostly populated by blacks since 1930s and 40s. I wish this area wasn't so gentrified as it is now since the metro station was built in 1999, but it's evidently still Washington's most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood (but now, hipsters are taking over with their organic brunches and posh greaser fashion).

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