A lot of the houses up here in Columbia Heights of this specific style spent decades as group houses i.e. communal housing for young professionals who’d watched too many episodes of “Friends” and thought having a lot of roommates was a means toward self-discovery and lifelong friendship but then quickly discovered it was mostly house meetings about the “chore list” (located on the fridge’s dry erase board) and having to nod and smile as your roommate who doesn’t have to wear a tie to work but chooses to anyway drones on about NATO while you’re trying to watch “Grey’s Anatomy.” 

A lot of the houses up here in Columbia Heights of this specific style spent decades as group houses i.e. communal housing for young professionals who’d watched too many episodes of “Friends” and thought having a lot of roommates was a means toward self-discovery and lifelong friendship but then quickly discovered it was mostly house meetings about the “chore list” (located on the fridge’s dry erase board) and having to nod and smile as your roommate who doesn’t have to wear a tie to work but chooses to anyway drones on about NATO while you’re trying to watch “Grey’s Anatomy.” 

“The master suite is large and bright, thanks to two oversized windows on different walls, meaning there could be an awkward moment when one nosy perv neighbor accidentally makes eye contact, through his binoculars, with a totally different nosy perv neighbor watching you at the same time.”

“The master suite is large and bright, thanks to two oversized windows on different walls, meaning there could be an awkward moment when one nosy perv neighbor accidentally makes eye contact, through his binoculars, with a totally different nosy perv neighbor watching you at the same time.”

DC NEIGHBORHOODS THAT SHOULD BE RENAMED ASAP (AND A FEW THAT SHOULDN’T)

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Demi Moore’s real name is Demetria Guynes.  I only mention it to prove that branding does actually matter, and why would neighborhoods be any exception?  Renaming neighborhoods isn’t a new thing in the District;  Columbia Heights was originally known as “Pleasant Plains” or “Cowtown.”  (The latter being arguably the worst neighborhood name I’ve ever heard, ever.)  And “NoMa” was only invented a few years ago, but we’ll get to that below. DC NEIGHBORHOODS THAT SHOULD BE RENAMED ASAP (AND A FEW THAT SHOULDN’T)