When Gentrification’s Neighborhood Name Game Runs Into True Identity – Next City

When Gentrification’s Neighborhood Name Game Runs Into True Identity – Next City

Back in the day, before the trendy Northeast Washington, D.C., neighborhood NoMa was a thing, it was a post-industrial area in the shadow of Union Station. James Curtis, founder and managing partner of real estate firm The Bristol Group, says there only were three “landmarks” to speak of in the 1990s: a McDonalds, a Greyhound station and a methadone clinic.RELATED STORIESWhy Do Murder Rates Spike in Some Cities and Plummet In Others?Experts Define Downtown, But Not Every Great Neighborhood Is a Business DistrictHow LGBT Acceptance Is Redefining Urban AmericaThese Cool GIFs Show How 8 U.S. Cities Have Sprawled“It was kind of like the moon. There were a lot of completely vacant lots — no buildings even. [They] had been knocked down. Just huge swaths of land,” says Curtis.

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