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Notyetworth

Demographics

Population: 52,466
Percent Black: 77.9
Percent White: 4.9
Percent Hispanic: 15.7
Percent Foreign-Born: 21.0
Percent Children: 21.4
Poverty Rate: 14.4 percent
2005 Median Home Sale Price: $447,920
2007 Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents: 12.3
2007 Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents: 34.5

Sources

Touchstone

In 1885, Henry Adams, historian and less heralded member of the Adams Family (John, John Quincy, et al.), commissioned Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who back then was memorial marker-maker to the stars, to construct a statue for the grave of his wife, Clover Hooper Adams. Somewhere along the way, the creepy statue in Rock Creek Cemetery became known as Grief. Its been a tourist destination since it was erected. Theres also the restored and newly reopened Lincoln summer home across the street.

More Touchstones

Petworth, Brightwood, Brightwood Park, Manor Park, Crestwood
She pointed to a house somewhat in the distance, past the alley and across 7th Street NW, and with an encouraging smile and in a fabulous Caribbean accent, she announced, "And over there, there is, how you say?...white people!"
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

Arbitrary Rankings

Kid-Friendliness: 6

From Petworth through Manor Park, from K through 12, the schools are below-grade. The Petworth library has the feel of a prison and seems understaffed and under-maintained. The outdoor basketball courts at all the schools are almost all net-less, and there are very few parks in any of these neighborhoods. The newest addition to the recreation scene, a state-of-the-art water spray park on 8th and Taylor Streets NW, has chronic maintenance problems.

Housing: 11

Petworth and the surrounding hoods offered the best bargains during the real-estate bubble and are getting back to bargain-status as we speak. These homes were built to last, and as long as the owners didnt 70s-ize the rooms, walking into one is like walking into your grandmothers.

Eats: 3

Unless youre hankering for crappy Chinese food or on a fried-foods-only diet, there are few reasons to partake in the offerings here. Some classic exceptions: The fried chicken platter at the Hitching Post, on Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road, across the street from the Old Soldiers Homes main entrance, and the stewed chicken dinner at the Crown Bakery on Georgia Avenue.

Consumer Goods: 3

No retail options beyond liquor and Lotto. Again, thats why the availability of residential parking is key: You need a car to reach real shopping.

Nightlife and Culture: 2

No good reason to be out on these streets at night.

Intangibles: 13

So the schools blow, theres nowhere to eat or shop. In these hoods, its about family and friends down the block. None of the bad stuff comes to mind when youre sitting out on the front porch on a nice night, listening to a Nats game on the radio and waving to neighbors and passersby. Then, its hard to imagine a finer place to live.

Notyetworth in the City Paper Archives

Post-Mortem
After six women died, Park View residents wondered who was preying on their neighborhood—and found the killer right around the corner.

The Coldest War
Residents of the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home fought in every American conflict since World War II. Even though they've laid down their arms, they face yet another battle.

Blood,Sweat, and Gears
The Roosevelt High School robot features Plexiglas, a paint roller, and a whole lot of duct tape. In the words of one student: “I hate saying this, but it’s an advanced shopping cart.”

Lien Times
Petworth's black middle class is losing ground, row house by row house.

How Does His Garden Grow?
Brightwood man goes to great lengths to protect his vegetables.

Petworth

One Child Not Left Behind
Cooke may have forsaken the Redskins, but he's helped one Petworth teen.

The Last Metrobus
When the Green Line arrives in Petworth, a commute will go underground.

Comments

  • I enjoyed your article and the clever title. However, you lumped-in Crestwood, where most homes average around $1million and looks like Chevy Chase, and completely left out 16th Street Heights where they average 700,000 to 900,000 and feels more like Cleveland Park. Both of these neighborhoods are west of Georgia Ave (unlike the others you mention) and have statistics and histories very different from Petworth's. For example part (at least) of 16th St Heights was originally a Jewish neighborhood as opposed to the Catholic neighborhood you describe Petworth as having been.

    There's a whole other article missing from this series.

  • Petworth Guy Jun. 19, 2008
    2:11 pm

    wow! who is writting for the city paper now? Maybe find someone that actually lives in the city or even knows DC...This is maybe the worst article i've ever seen in the city paper...

    Nightlife and Culture: 2

    No good reason to be out on these streets at night.

    But i guess 7 blocks away in columbia hieghts is just fine because it's full with you and all your friends from Arlington?

    Stand up Petworth! Stand up!

  • Thanks Petworth Guy: I too am 7 blocks from the restaurants in Columbia Heights (and Mount Pleasant).

    I think we need a re-write.

  • When people start blabbing about oldtime Petworth residents (they mean black) getting moved out by gentrifiers (that means educated white people with good jobs), they should read this. The old Petworth I had heard about before and after WWII was mostly Jewish. I hadn't realized there were large numbers of Irish and other whites also living here. Sure, I knew about the so-called blockbusting. So if Petworth is coming full circle, so what? No one has ever shown to me what harm is being done by white people moving into Petworth or other parts of DC, areas whites abandoned because of crime and fear decades ago. And the longtime resident argument only goes back so far.

  • Well I guess if Columbia Heights were in Petworth the score would be a little different, but up at Hamilton St. I'm considerably further away from the neighboring-hoods.

  • the problem isn't who is moving into which neighborhoods, Petworth in this instance. the problem comes when a family is driven out of its long-time home and has virtually nowhere else to go.

  • Good restaurant Jun. 20, 2008
    2:59 pm

    I'd just like to point out that there is at least one fantastic restaurant in Petworth: W Domku. Polish-Scandinavian cuisine, a dining area with couches and comfortable chairs, art on the walls... and vodka with flavors like dill and rose. It doesn't get much better than that. It is on Upshur, one block east of Georgia Ave. Deserves a mention!

  • FourthandEye Jun. 22, 2008
    12:23 pm

    My understanding is that the rankings are based on what is contained within the hood boundaries. Being close to Columbia Heights is irrelevant as CH is in the Liquorridor hood. You may not agree with the criteria but being rude and mocking the author is juvenile.

  • El Limeno is also a very good place to eat...good food, good prices, and a friendly owner too.

  • Also, no mention of Moroni and Brothers on Georgia Ave - a friendly sit-down restaurant with good food, including some pretty great pizza, and they deliver.

  • FourthandEye read again, much of the authors tone is mocking, rude and and in places bigotted. Overall this is the kind of tepid and slanted thing that I have come to expect from CityPaper so it's no surprise. Weakly researched, it is an out-of-date and incomplete assessment. In the heart of Petworth, I live across from basketball courts with nets and state of the art night lighting to boot. They have become a destination for ball players of all types and ages from other neighborhoods. The spray park is on every night when I get home from work and draws a wonderfully diverse group of young families. Some of the best ranked Chinese food is right around the corner and makes it to my doorstep in about 12 minutes. McKenna built the "essay" around a catchy clever (he thought) title. The term "hood" should be left in the past. When is the last time you heard someone say that in conversation where it didn't sound cliche and patronizing to those who coined it.

  • I’d like to review the fact checking on McKenna’s references to “crappy chinese food”, “the schools blow”, “you need a car to reach real shopping” and homes with”’70s-ize the rooms, walking into one is like walking into your grandmother’s”. An essay, while generally a personal view, normally contains analytical presentation of specific facts to support the assertions of the author. This is cutesy, flimsy journalism at best, referring to groups of people as “whitey”, “paleface gentrifiers”. To be fair, there is present in the piece some census data which is refreshing, but he follows with “The next census should show a cultural balance for the neighborhood that would indicate the human race is progressing. But how long will that hold up?”. Honestly, what in the world does he mean by that question? I have no problem doing “real shopping” via the Metro stop which is conveniently situated on Georgia and New Hampshire Avenue in the heart of Petworth. And as we progress, I hope, to a less automobile centered society I will find public transportation a very good reason to be on these streets at night. With all of his racial baggage though, McFadden may want to stay off of them.

  • Seriously? This article is kind of offensive. The neighborhood is only good for fried chicken, liquor and lotto? Are you kidding me?

    Why can't you shop in the Safeway on Georgia? And it's walking distance to the Target Megopolis without being mobbed by the traffic. Doesn't that count for anything? And nowhere to eat? What about Domku, Looking Glass Lounge, El Torgoraz, Moroni & Brothers and Sweet Mango Cafe?

    Maybe it's just the editing of the "Arbitrary Rankings"... but have you left your house in 5 years Dave McKenna? I too lived in Petworth in 2002, moved away, and came back. There have been a lot of positive changes from a development standpoint, and I don't think the gentrification is that out of control, because I'm still the only white person on the block...

    Come on, a little more credit for the hood, please?

  • Yes, DOMKU. THe food and drinks are interesting and delicious. Good vibes, too. How could a writer conclude that apart from fried chicken there are "few reasons to partake" in Petworth when this destination restaurant is right in the heart of the neighborhood? Does Dave McKenna really live in Petworth?

    I don't live in Petworth but I would eat at Domku at least once a week if I did.

  • hey petworthy - i'm new-ish to the neighborhood and would love to hear about your favorite chinese food! haven't tried anyplace yet and would love a rec. (that said, i adore domku, lgl, el limeno, and moroni... am possibly trying the hitching post tonight... and am looking forward to some sweet mango, abol, and beveragemania soon! just haven't explored chinese food yet.)

  • urban pioneer Jun. 24, 2008
    12:25 pm

    i've been to domku once, and it was the most disgusting meal i've had in a restaurant in a long while. i don't understand why everyone is so crazy about it.

    and el togoroz? they serve their burritos with spaghetti sauce.

  • flood-buddy Jun. 26, 2008
    6:06 am

    I am a contractor that works out of Brightwood. Thank you to the residents for making it safer for my tools. I no longer fear for my tools left alone in the van while I am working in your home.

  • "When people start blabbing about oldtime Petworth residents (they mean black) getting moved out by gentrifiers (that means educated white people with good jobs), they should read this. The old Petworth I had heard about before and after WWII was mostly Jewish. I hadn't realized there were large numbers of Irish and other whites also living here. Sure, I knew about the so-called blockbusting. So if Petworth is coming full circle, so what? No one has ever shown to me what harm is being done by white people moving into Petworth or other parts of DC, areas whites abandoned because of crime and fear decades ago. And the longtime resident argument only goes back so far. "

    Many neighborhoods in cities up north and in the midwest were once predominantly white areas.....even south bronx NY was once mostly jews and italians......the longtime resident argument only goes so far but lets see.....the people in petworth pre-gentrification lived there when no one else wanted to touch the place with a 20 foot pole....the people that lived there before the blacks moved in CHOSE to leave @ THEIR OWN WILL! The people in parts of petworth (and gentrification is not NEARLY as bad there as it is in other parts of town) that are being gentrified are only leaving because their being forced out by high prices.....the main outrage over gentrification is that the people who lived in the area when everyone else avoided it cant enjoy the benefits of an improving neighborhood. because white people with well-paying white collar jobs (although there are yuppies of color that come in as well) are moving in, all of a sudden the city services that were WITHDRAWN years ago are suddenly coming back with a vengeance. meanwhile, the people that lived there for years get pushed out and because of their limited means, end up in another shitty neighborhood except this time its isolated in suburbia (*cough SUITLAND cough CAPITOL HEIGHTS cough*) with not only poor city services, but the public transportation is not even good....so even getting around is a pain in the a$$.....if it could be where the educated people coexist with the poor residents who were there for years, with both parties enjoying improved city services, there wouldnt be nearly as much outrage......

  • this area is a predominantly working class black and hispanic area...........so if the restaurants are not good enough for you and u want the amentities of Dupont Circle either start your own cocktail lounge or go downtown and STFU!

    Petworth is probably the only area seeing any real gentrification and thats only around petworth station....most of the area is only served by the 70,71 and 79 buses on GA ave......most yuppies dont wanna take buses, esp. crowded buses that dont come all that frequently and are full of loud HS kids.....

    Great area for mom and pop restaurants though!

  • Gimmie a break. no nightlife? Red Derby Hat on upper 14th is one of the coolest bars in the city. This guy has no idea what he is talking about. If I was writing this, I think I would have ventured beyond wikipedia to back up my work.

  • Red derby does kinda rock!Better they hate Petworth and stay away..

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