And then they lay down on the rug and tenderly banged each other.
At a recent party with an intergenerational mix of DC natives and long-time DC residents, the all important issue of gentrification was up for discussion. It’s a topic that seems to permeate every aspect of our city’s current cultural and political climate and that takes up much of my own…Disagree. Here’s an 1890 map showing Bloomingdale from anentire blogabout the neighborhood’s history.
Yeah, my dad is a DC native (b. 1942) and when I dropped the name Bloomingdale he was a little “???” and when I showed it to him on a map he said, “You mean LeDroit Park?” I backed up and did the same research you did here. Nevertheless, gentrification probably plays a role here — the neighborhood has literally reverted to the wealthy estate name that fell out of favor for many decades. Barracks Row is much the same — it was a 19th century shopping district that fell out of popular favor, then they built the SE Freeway over it, then many years passed where no one in the world called it that (those were some of my stomping grounds from 1998 to about 2002), and now that its schmance again people have reverted back to the Barracks Row nickname.
Ha when I moved back here I remember that everyone worked hard to fade the name “Logan Circle” (realtors called it “Dupont East” or some shit) but Logan Circle has been, as they say, back and better than ever since.