12th and U a year and half ago, approximately

12th and U a year and half ago, approximately

The other day I was looking at the Google street view for different intersections around U street (might have had some time to kill). While I’m not sure when the street view pictures were taken, they were announced about six months ago, and look to have been taken at least a year ago and a half ago (Pink November is still in its old location, Ulah Bistro isn’t open). It made me think about how much the ‘hood has changed just in the past year or so. When I moved here U street was a quieter, hipper alternative to other nightlife destinations. Now it seems to have become the nightlife destination.

12th and U now

12th and U now

It got me thinking. Just in the past two years U street area has seen the following places open: Chix, Nellie’s, Vinoteca, Italian Pizza Kitchen, Next Door, Ulah Bistro, Sushi U, U Street Cafe, Marvin, the Gibson, DC Noodles, Policy, Cork, Eatonville, Yes Organic Market, the CVSes at 14th and W and 10th and U, Georgetown Valet, Pure, Indulj, Almaz, Republic Gardens, Cafe Salsa, 1905, Station 9, Hamiltonian Gallery, Momo’s, Miss Pixies, and a little out of the neighborhood: Posto, Commissary, Pitango Gelato, ACKC… and I haven’t even touched Columbia Heights.

Meanwhile the following have closed: Cue Bar, Duke’s City, 14U, Pink November (relocated), George’s Shoe Repair (relocated), Bar Nun, Mocha Hut, Simply Home, Roha, Wild Women Wear Red, and I’m sure many more I’m currently forgetting. It’s at least nice that the places that have opened outweigh those that closed.

It’s one thing to think about how a neighborhood changes in the abstract, it’s another to see it in person. Share your thoughts in the comment section, if you please.