City Desk

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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  • http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com Joe Warminsky

    I think we should label the edge of Tenleytown as "far Tenleytown," and then you could call it "farT."

  • Ally Schweitzer

    Fall into the GaP?

    Mind the GaP?

  • @SamuelMoore

    So where is Park View in all of this?

  • Matt Cohen

    I guess PoP is putting the GaP on the MaP.

    (no but seriously, is there any fucking end to this madness?)

  • CTK

    Park View is "the Peeve."

  • noodlez

    MANNNNN.
    FUCK ALL THAT SHIT!

    WHITEYS COMIN ALL UP IN HERE WITH ALL THESE BAMMA ASS NAME CHANGES AND WE ARE SUPPOSED TO ACQUIESCE BUT WHEN THE BROTHER MAKES A SUGGESTION ABOUT WARD FLAGS AND THE GREATER GOOD OF THE CITY IT GETS SHITTED ON.

    IT IS EITHER PETWORTH OR PARK VIEW.
    ADAMS MORGAN IS ADAMS MORGAN.
    GEORGETOWN.
    FOGGY BOTTOM.
    SHAW.
    BARRY FARMS.
    ANACOSTIA.
    DEANWOOD.
    BRENTWOOD.
    MAYFAIR.
    CONGRESS HEIGHTS.
    GLOVER PARK.
    FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS.
    TAKOMA.
    TRINIDAD.
    LANGDON PARK.
    CAPITOL HILL.
    RIGGS PARK
    LAMOND RIGGS.
    DUPONT CIRCLE.
    BROOKLAND.
    MT. PLEASANT.
    IF I MISSED YOUR HOOD CHARGE IT TO MY HEAD NOT MY HEART.

    I WISH A MUTHA FUCKA WOULD COME UP TO ME TALKIN THAT SILLY ASS ABBREVIATED NEIGHBORHOOD SHIT IF THEY DO IMA DROP BOMBS ATOMICALLY ON DAT ASS.

    I'M FOR MAKING NOMA NO MO'.

  • Jane

    I want to kiss you, noodlez.

    Is it "gap"? Or "gawwwwp"? Or "gee-ay-pee"? This is truly the worst.

  • 20011

    OH GOD ENOUGH WITH THE ABBREVIATIONS, CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE.

  • Ben

    MAKE IT STOP!!!

    Just a hunch, but I bet there's a big Venn-diagram overlap between the douchey Washingtonians who embrace these new neighborhood abbreviations, and the douchey Washingtonians who work in international affairs and refer to the entirety of Afghanistan and Pakistan as "AfPak".

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    @Noodlez

    Run. Tell. That.

  • Daddy Grace Fish Sandwich

    Noodlez, you didn't mention 16th Street Heights, Colonial Village, Shepherd Park, North Portal, Chevy Chase, Glover Park, Tenlytown, Cleveland Park, Palisades.

  • NJOY

    Lets name METRO DODO and be done with it...NJOY

  • http://reason.com Mike Riggs

    Sorry, I renamed that stop three years ago. It is called GeoPet.

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