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Monday, November 05, 2012

The Financial Times Writer: H Street is "Gritty"

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A Financial Times writer living near Eastern Market talks about escaping to H Street, and Will Sommer of the Washington City Paper responds.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Eastern Market said...

On behalf of my neighborhood, I am embarrassed by this woman's comments.

And since when can you get a 1-bedroom condo for $100k?

Nov 5, 2012, 3:12:00 PM

 
Anonymous dave b said...

this is like an elementary school kid's "what i did over summer vacation" essay

perhaps this lady should get her flak jacket back and pretend she is somewhere more exotic like beirut. i would think someone so adventurous who has had to wear a flak jacket would have a lower bar for gritty

Nov 5, 2012, 3:47:00 PM

 
Anonymous the inimitable poo said...

i've been to beirut on numerous occasions. wtf is so exotic about beirut? is she from indiana?

wow. just.... wow.

Nov 5, 2012, 5:01:00 PM

 
Anonymous East_H said...

This is perhaps the most ill-informed and ham fisted writing on DC neighborhoods I have ever read. FT is usually much better- this author obviously has no clue.

Nov 5, 2012, 5:30:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yowzer said:

I hope no money was exchanged for this piece of wrting.......

Nov 5, 2012, 6:20:00 PM

 
Anonymous Trinidaddy said...

she's british - she has no clue about dc. don't find yourself in the dodgy end of H St, luv! cheerio!

Nov 5, 2012, 7:52:00 PM

 
Anonymous Tom said...

right, because Korean grocers dont get shot in their neck on H st. Or Major's Carry out is at the nadir of societal evolution. Give me a break. H st is a dump and I love it. Keep it trashy. Keep the rents cheap. And keep the damn yuppy Hill staffers out!

Nov 5, 2012, 11:29:00 PM

 
Anonymous Amanda said...

As another beautiful single white woman I am embarrassed by this woman's comments.

Nov 6, 2012, 8:33:00 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get the outrage over calling H Street gritty. It is a street that saw years of disinvestment and still has many vacant lots, and large swaths have little foot traffic/retail activity. It’s not a vibrant working class shopping district or hipster playground like Williamsburg, Wicker Park, the Mission, etc.

Overall, the piece was positive on DC. She acknowledged the obvious, DC isn't an immigrant packed, dense global city like NY or London. But, it has charming leafy neighborhoods, some nice restaurant rows, and a generally high quality of life.

Nov 6, 2012, 12:09:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with @anon 12:09, in that the piece was positive on DC and it wasn't necessarily bashing H st. I live in Trinidad and hangout on H st all the time, I don't think its gritty because my level of acceptance is obviously different from hers. I can see how she used that word though.

Nov 6, 2012, 2:00:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you been down by 7th street and the unemployment check office in the middle of the day....ummm....yeah.....gritty.

Nov 6, 2012, 3:29:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nov 6, 2012 3:29:00 PM you mean the building that is slated to become luxury condos? I would say "not for long gritty".

Nov 6, 2012, 4:08:00 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

daytime, gritty. nightime, trendy.

Nov 7, 2012, 5:55:00 PM

 

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