Wednesday, November 04, 2009

excited about Bloomingdale

See this comment by a Rhode Island Avenue NW resident:

I'm a Bloomingdalian who is excited to be in the neighborhood during what will in hindsight be known as the great resurgence... I was at a party and people actually knew Bloomingdale - some said they were actively looking to be in our neighborhood because of its proximity to downtown and because of all the development happening around us. These were folks who are actively looking to relocate from Adams Morgan and parts of Columbia Heights because of parking problems, increasing crime and proximity to downtown.

I was astounded - three years ago when I mentioned Bloomingdale folks looked at me like I was talking about a department store - no not Bloomingdale's... dummy, BloomingDALE, over by LeDroit Park...

With all the activity going on, continued development including the condos right across NJ Ave, and what's slated for the sand filtration plant I, for one, am not going any place.

If you've got a foothold here, you should think twice before uprooting and rolling out. This is actually a place that I love to be.


  1. i hear you! would have loved to stay in the neighborhood, but it's already to pricey for my blood!

  2. I'm thinking of moving to the Bloomingdale area .. is it safe???? I'd just like to feel safe walking to the Shaw-Howard metro in the morning/night. I found a gorgeous Victorian row that I'd love to by but I'm not sure the neighborhood has transitioned enough ... help

  3. a) Neighborhood crimes

    FLORIDA AVENUE NE, 1-99 block, 4:32 a.m. Oct. 24. A gunman robbed two people at a service station of property, then fled with two accomplices.

    BRYANT STREET NE, 1-99 block, 3 a.m. Oct. 24. Property was stolen from a residence entered by three intruders.

    ELM STREET NW, 200 block, 3 to 3:10 a.m. Oct. 23. A gunman approached a male pedestrian and demanded property. The pedestrian complied.

    P STREET NW, 1-99 block, 2:15 p.m. Oct. 26. Three people approached two people behind a residence. One demanded property, and the people complied.

    S STREET NW, 1-99 block, 10:20 a.m. Oct. 22. A gunman wearing a mask led a female into an alley and robbed her.

    S STREET NW, 100 block, 10:33 p.m. Oct. 23 to 10:40 p.m. Oct. 24. A female in a residence heard two people speaking loudly outside. When she looked out her window, she saw a person on the ground with a stab wound. An ambulance arrived.

    W STREET NW, 100 block, 10:40 p.m. Oct. 23. A pedestrian was assaulted and robbed by a group of male youths.

    FOURTH ST. AND OAKDALE PLACE NW, 1:30 a.m. Oct. 16. Three males approached a male pedestrian from behind, and one asked him a question. He responded and continued walking. He was then assaulted and robbed of cash.

  4. 5 of the 8 crimes mentioned in the previous post did not occur inside the boundaries of Bloomingdale. 2 were in Eckington, 1 was in Truxton Circle, and 2 were in Ledroit Park.

  5. I love my new house and neighborhood. I just brought a great corner house on 1st St north of RI Ave. This neighborhood is why better then where I was living before just north of columbia hts. Loved the new shopping over there but not the crime and general seedy feel of the area.

  6. Noted economist Robert Shiller of Yale University recently expressed his confusion about "urban real estate values" during an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Basically, he thinks the housing bubble is lingering in places like DC. Your mileage may vary.

    Randolph Place, Southside.