Friday, December 07, 2012

LeDroit Park's Frazier's Funeral Home mentioned in WaPo article

The former Frazier's Funeral Home in LeDroit Park at Florida and Rhode Island Avenue NW is mentioned throughout this article penned by area resident Amanda Abrams.   Both Frazier's and Hall's funeral homes are mentioned.  And LeDroit Park resident Frank Smith is quoted.

You can click on the article title below to read the entire article.
           
Northwest funeral homes struggle to survive
By Amanda Abrams, Published: December 6 | Updated: Friday, December 7, 7:00 AM
 
The news came as a shock to neighbors. Frazier`s Funeral Home, the neighborhood
landmark with bright-blue awnings at the intersection of Florida and Rhode Island avenues in Northwest Washington, had been sold. But it wasn`t sold to another funeral director: The grand building is set to become luxury apartments.

``I think a lot of people were sad,`` said Bobby Donaldson, 79, who`s owned B and J Carry Out, a block away, since 1972. Frazier`s handled the burial of several of his family members. ``Good people there.``

It can`t be completely surprising. The business closed in 2008, and the nearby community has undergone dramatic change in the past few years. The influx of condominium buildings and swanky restaurants — with names like Bistro Bohem and the Brixton — to the west and an increase in young professionals moving to the east are harbingers that the neighborhood that grew around Frazier`s is gone and a new day has come.

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