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Navy Yard The city's only neighborhood with an ice rink, a trapeze school, and no grocery store

Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

Gentrification has taken an odd turn in Navy Yard, a neighborhood wedged between the Anacostia River and I-395 once known for its strip clubs and crime stats. The process began as usual, with developers replacing housing projects with luxury condos, million-dollar town homes, and a bit of low-income housing. Then came some less-typical tenants, such as the New York Trapeze School, which vaulted a series of zoning challenges to land prime real estate with river views. And with the recent opening of Canal Park Ice Rink, Navy Yard residents can practice their double toe loops as well as their flying trapeze moves. Until the long-promised Harris Teeter opens, though, denizens of newly branded Capitol Riverfront must trek a mile or more to the nearest grocery store—which must make the area the only neighborhood in the country with an ice rink and a trapeze school, but no supermarket. But don’t send in Michelle Obama just yet. Unlike other food-desert dwellers, yuppies can afford takeout.

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