Yesterday's Post featured an article on the recently released report "Northeast Gateway: Many Neighborhoods, One Community." According to the article, the report focuses on strategies for revitalization Ward 5 while protecting its residents from the problems that often accompany gentrification. I personally found the most interesting part of the article to be the discussion of the Dc Farmer's Market (and the wholesale foods district that surrounds it). I know that there is already some construction/renovation going on in the immediate area (I think as a spillover of the NY Ave action), and I have seen a sketch, or two of the plans. But I am thrilled to learn (from the article) of even the suggestion of putting in a culinary school. You have a lot of great old buildings in the wholesale foods district, but many have fallen into disrepair, and I suspect that the rough look of the area (and the fact that some of the stores don't do retail sales) keep away many potential visitors. The area needs a scrub down, more stores like A. Litteri's (places that will bring people in), and (eventually) some restaurants, and a coffee shop. The location, on the other hand , is terrific. Located just down the street from the NY Ave metro, a spiffed up market could easily attract crowds.
[Addition: If you want to check out the DC Farmer's Market, here is the info:
1309 5th St., NE
Tuesday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m]