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D.C.’s Worst New Neighborhood Name, Revealed

Washington's abbreviated naming trend has really sped up lately. First there was NoMa and FoBo. Earlier this month, south Adams Morgan became SoMo. And now, Washington has yet another abbreviated neighborhood, and this one is the best/worst of them all: GaP.

That would be near the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station. It might seem like that area already has a name ("Georgia Avenue" and/or "Petworth"), but I'll let this Prince of Petworth commenter explain:

Our house is in the GaP . . . near the Ga Ave.-Petworth (GaP) metro, the neighborhood nestled in the gap between Columbia Heights, Petworth, Crestwood, and 16th St. Heights . . .

Alas, the abbreviation can't even catch on with the Prince of Petworth's subjects. "Seriously, is there no end to this madness?" writes one.

Photo by Wayan Vota used under a Creative Commons license.

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