City Desk

One Vote Here for “River East”

As contributor Chris Lewis wrote in our feature piece this week, sides are forming in wards 7 and 8 over what to call their turf. For the longest time, "I live east of the river" has been the refrain. It's as stable a part of the District landscape as the Big Chair and the elegant Anacostia architecture that surrounds it.

But "east of the river" isn't settling too well with relative newcomers to the area. Some of these people want to call the region "River East," an appellation that summons images of plush, new homes and green pastures. Champions of the new name have coalesced in an organization called (logically) River East Emerging Leaders (r.e.e.l.).

This is a gentrification battle. Old-timers don't like the idea of rebranding the area. The story quotes 35-year Anacostia resident Bessie Brown as saying, “I hate it.”

Though I am not a resident of the territory in question, I vote for "River East." Not on ideological grounds, but rather for the sake of simplicity. It's two syllables shorter. It's simpler. Change can be good for a name.

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  • http://thewashingtonsyndicate.wordpress.com/ Washington Syndicate

    I called and emailed you about my story concerning the behind-the-scenes look at MS-13 told from the vantage point of a former clique leader.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/13/face-to-face-with-ms-13/

    What's up?

    Also, do you know who baptized the public to "River East"? Need look no further...

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/27/dc-activists-rebrand-neighborhoods/

    Your "intern" never reached out to me as to why I wrote this and how I put it together.

    This is about semantics, nothing more and nothing less.

    This is weak and soft and you are responsible.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    jmuller.washingtonsyndicate@gmail.com
    202.236.3413

    BTW -- I came up mentoring a young man in Woodland Terrace aka Lenchmob so I am not some dumbass like your "intern".

  • http://thewashingtonsyndicate.wordpress.com/ Washington Syndicate

    I called and emailed you about my story concerning the behind-the-scenes look at MS-13 told from the vantage point of a former clique leader.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/13/face-to-face-with-ms-13/

    What's up?

    Also, do you know who baptized the public to "River East"? Need look no further...

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/27/dc-activists-rebrand-neighborhoods/

    Your "intern" never reached out to me as to why I wrote this and how I put it together.

    This is about semantics, nothing more and nothing less.

    This is weak and soft and you are responsible.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    jmuller.washingtonsyndicate@gmail.com
    202.236.3413

    BTW -- I came up mentoring a young man in Woodland Terrace aka Lenchmob so I am not some dumd, dumber, and dummy like your "intern".

  • jfc1

    "Though I am not a resident of the territory in question, I vote for "River East." Not on ideological grounds, but rather for the sake of simplicity. It's two syllables shorter. It's simpler. Change can be good for a name."

    LOL let's just call it "Brentwood".

    Undoubtedly upscale yet still apropos.

  • Q!

    Erik, River East is really a geographical misnomer. The Anacostia runs NorthEast to SouthWest and not simple cardinal directions. Using that logic there technically should be a River NorthEast, River NorthNorthEast, River SouthEast, River SouthWest, etc. "East of the River" encompasses many neighborhoods and communities. Pockets of poverty and affluence. To folks who've lived here more than a minute, we rather say the neighborhoods i.e., River Terrace, Mayfair, Congress Heights, Anacostia, Randall Highlands, etc. instead of River "anything". 'River East' and 'East of the River' are simply "classist" terms to classify and marginalize a group of people by geography. Funny thing is that Kingman Park is immediately West of the Anacostia in Ward 6, yet the residents don't really fare any better. Ask the folks who live off of Benning Road too?

  • Skipper

    Given the amount of comments blasting that poorly written article, I don't think people really care what you call it.

    They're far more interested in how such a poorly written article made it into the paper, and whether to blame the self-described 20-year old college kid who wrote it or his editors who didn't revise or kill it.

  • ontarioroader

    Six of one, half a dozen of the other...just an attempt to polish a turd.

  • Fred

    I am against anything the gentrifiers do. They wanna come in, turn a stable neighborhood into a transient hotel community, and then move out when a better job comes along.

  • http://thewashingtonsyndicate.wordpress.com/ Washington Syndicate

    Why didn't you post my comment?

  • http://thewashingtonsyndicate.wordpress.com/ Washington Syndicate

    I called and emailed you about my story concerning the behind-the-scenes look at MS-13 told from the vantage point of a former clique leader.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jul/13/face-to-face-with-ms-13

    What's up?

    Also, do you know who baptized the public to "River East"? Need look no further...

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/27/dc-activists-rebrand-neighborhoods

    Your "intern" never reached out to me as to why I wrote this and how I put it together.

    This is about semantics, nothing more and nothing less.

    This is weak and soft and you are responsible.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    jmuller.washingtonsyndicate@gmail.com
    202.236.3413

    BTW -- I came up mentoring a young man in Woodland Terrace aka Lenchmob so I am not some dumb, dumber, and dummy like your "intern".

  • Washinton East

    Try the phrase "Washington East". It appropriately connect us with the rest of Washington, DC.

    http://wefdirect.org/

  • KND

    As a long time resident of Anacostia it is East of the River, will always be East of the River! This author and the "new residents" moving into wards 7 & 8 shows that you have no respect for the people that have lived here when most people didn't want to drive their cars though this neighborhood thinking they would get shot at or worst. Now, they want to come in and change the name. If you are too lazy to say "East of the River" move somewhere with a simpler name!

  • http://thewashingtonsyndicate.wordpress.com/ Washington Syndicate

    Erik Wemple and the City Paper’s ‘hood pass revoked -- http://tinyurl.com/ycy2lo6

  • r.e.e.l.

    Erik,

    We need more than your 1 vote. Instead, we need you to do an accurate article on r.e.e.l. to let readers know what we are reelly about. Put some ACTION to your 1 Vote.

  • the REEL ward *

    Erik, how long have you grew up in DC..... REEL ppl know what your about...... as stated in the article how many ppl of the four continued to live here or were they transplats as well......... we know that the gardens you grow or the talk u talk isnt shining....... if reel co founder charles wanted to do some real action he could have been an ANC Commissioner instead he let MIKE JONES get elected...... thats not real leadership......so all you newbies like nikki peele and smith and bloggers, when all you do is complain and is not stepping up to the plate with solutions and thats becuase u have none........your the reason why media outlooks are stuck on ward 8 becuase u d i v i d e wverytime your hands type a dumb a$$ blog on your stupid a$$ computer. nikke if you spent as much time trying to find a job and stop living off of unemployment you would have a job.. stop milking big chair coffee and get you a real job....... oopps i guess your fitting in rite. so erik.... go head and do a image job because people know now what River East Shitty Leaders are

  • http://www.congressheightsontherise.com The Advoc8te

    FYI - the reel Ward * is Darrell Gaston. You can check the original article comments and see that he is using that screen name.

  • LOL

    Reading this thread gives me great insight into why nothing good really happens in Ward 8 no matter what you call it. I say have starbucks plan to open 5 new spots there and let the wave of new comers price EVERYONE old and new currently there out. You all can have this fight somewhere in PG county.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Hi Washington Syndicate, your comment didn't publish because it had three links; our spam blocker holds anything with more than two links in a queue. I unblocked it.

  • LSmith

    Sad! Who cares what we call it....

  • Arthur Delaney

    River East, cuz it's right next to Hill East.

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