H Street gentrification and revitalization is an old story

We'll be using this photo another dozen times for stories about H Street. (Photo: TBD Staff)

With the New York Times' recent story about racial unease on H Street being followed, this past weekend, by the Post's own take, it seems stories about that corridor have hit a fever pitch. Indeed, since the beginning of the year, the City Paper, Examiner, TBD and others have also made known their thoughts on the subject. Yes, the times are a-changin' on H Street, and the media won't let you forget about it.


Thing is, the media has been reporting this same story for years now, and to prove it, we at TBD decided to make a list. A search of Nexis for "H Street" and "revitalization" or "gentrification" yielded nearly 700 results, including deep cuts like "The Merchants of H Street," a lengthy City Paper story from 2000. But to make our task manageable, we decided to go only as far back as 2006, when the Argonaut, "H Street's original culinary gentrifier," opened.

Roll Call covered H Street intensely in 2006, including three stories within four days that September, but then dropped off as the other outlets took over. Stories even appeared in papers from the Old Country! That's when you know that a trend story is trending with the media — and when we, as local journalists, should focus our eyes on less-obvious emerging neighborhoods.

"New H St. Takes Shape," Roll Call; Feb. 1, 2006

"H St.'s Missing Link: Police," Roll Call; March 6, 2006

"Whose H Street Is It, Anyway?," Post; April 4, 2006

"Signs of (Night) Life on H Street," Roll Call; May 18, 2006

"Plunder Wall," WCP; July 27, 2006

"H Street Banking on New Residents," Roll Call; Sept. 5, 2006

"H Street's Image Problem," Roll Call; Sept. 6, 2006

"On H Street, Business Matters," Roll Call; Sept 8, 2006

"A New Day on H Street," Roll Call; Sept. 22, 2006

"U-Turn on H Street," Post; March 18, 2007

"Memo To the Style Section: Do Some Goddamn Reporting!," WCP; March 19, 2007

"Story Speaks for Itself,’ Says Post on H Street Disaster," WCP; March 23, 2007

"H Is for Gentrification," WCP; August 24, 2007

"Signs of Recovery in a Riot Corridor," New York Times; Dec. 2, 2007

"Recovery slow for wracked communities," Washington Times; April 4, 2008

"Revitalization Helps Put Trinidad on the Map," Examiner; May 29, 2008

"Gentrification turns to fear in crime-riddled neighborhood," Washington Times; June 6, 2008

"H Street thrives despite street crime," Washington Times; July 30, 2008

"Streets Ahead," The Guardian; Nov. 1, 2008

"H Street Country Club a fun, hip addition to Atlas District," Examiner; Aug. 14, 2009

"A place to party — and to settle down," Post; Oct. 24, 2009

"District subsidizes H-Street partiers," Post; Dec. 19, 2009

"Stalled D.C. merchants look with optimistic eyes toward blossoming of H Street," Post; March 14, 2010.

"H St. Revitalization Stirs Mixed Feelings," Howard University News Service; April 9, 2010

"24 hours is a telling time in Trinidad, a D.C. neighborhood turning the corner," Post; August 21, 2010.

"Washington area neighborhoods: H Street NE," Post; Aug. 27, 2010

"H Street: From Riot to Revitalization," Post; Sept. 23, 2010

"Old clothiers on the re-invented H Street ponder their future," WCP; Oct. 8, 2010

"H Street heats up," BBC Travel; Nov. 29, 2010

"In the Atlas District, a new spot on the map," Post, Dec. 8, 2010

"The H Street waiting game: How a commercial corridor’s bright future holds back its present," WCP; Jan. 26, 2011

"H Street boom continues with new hot spots," Roll Call; Jan 26, 2011

"H Street Revitalization Hits a Snag," Washington Informer; March 17, 2011

"H Street merchants hope construction completion will bring business," Roll Call; June 14, 2011

"H Street revitalization costs businesses," Examiner; July 10, 2011

"H Street businesses threatened by gentrification," TBD; July 11, 2011

"Keepin' it real: how to keep H Street from going uber-trendy," Examiner; July 13

"More doin's a transpiring on H Street," Examiner; July 13, 2011

"A population changes, uneasily," New York Times; July 17, 2011

"Life along the H Street Corridor," Post; July 18, 2011

"H Street corridor: A work in progress," Post; July 23, 2011

"Smokey's on H Street: A shop with a storied past," Post; July 23, 2011.

"Scene In: H Street," Post; July 24, 2011.

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