HR-57, courtesy of Somewhat Frank (Flickr)

Well, this is a bummer. The City Paper broke the news this weekend that HR-57, the great live jazz space, is moving to H Street NE in January. HR-57 had been at their location on 14th and Q for 17 years, a pretty big cultural icon of the neighborhood in my mind. The reason they’re leaving? It’s cheaper on H Street.

The slew of neighborhood pioneers and icons that have closed in the last year have really bummed me out. I understand it’s a natural progression of the neighborhood: once a neighborhood gets popular the rents get too high. But I really bemoan the loss of good, independent, creative places that have left the neighborhood.