The Adams Morgan neighborhood in Washington, D.C., gets pretty crowded on weekends. If you walk down 18th Street at night, you have to dodge hoards of drunken 20-somethings between their second and third bar of the night. My friends from grad school lived on Calvert Street last year, in the top floor apartment of a beautiful row house—that is, until their landlord raised the rent and they couldn't afford it.
That wasn't a surprise. While pockets of Adams Morgan used to be known for crime, the area is now a fairly well-heeled part of town, with a median income of more than $61,000—too high even to be "eligible for gentrification," according to a recent Census tract analysis. The rents, as my grad school friends sadly know, reflect the changing times.
But there was a time when Adams Morgan battled the most unjust aspects of displacement with strong community activism—and, briefly, won. One chapter from its storied past shows how some of its residents fought to keep and stay in their homes in the 1970s. Their ultimately fleeting victory nevertheless had long-term ramifications in the changing urban landscape in D.C., and offers lessons for taming rising rents all over the country.
3. "we LOVE to conveniently forget" In response to Reply # 1
absolutely love it its a national pasttime the Germans had it correct back it up with law people dont forget as easily ~~~~ When you are born, you cry, and the world rejoices. Live so that when you die, you rejoice, and the world cries. ~~~~ You cannot hate people for their own good.
2. "I've always wondered why there was no Metro stop in Adams Morgan" In response to Reply # 0
I suspect that it may have been an intentional omission an an attempt to push poor minorities out of the neighborhood. The only other "important" DC neighborhood without a train is lily-white Georgetown.
9. "Friend of my wife's told me. She..." In response to Reply # 8
...was from Alexandria, and said she still had (Black, middle class) family in Georgetown along Q and P Street as late as 1992. Apparently there were quite a few off in the cut, most of whom moved to PG County by the late 90s.
I really only knew Georgetown in relation to the waterfront, movie theatre, Wisconsin Avenue, Dumbarton (Red Planet Comics), and M Street, so I have no idea how real it is.