What impact has housing renovation and development had on the Adams-Morgans area? Staff reporter Joann Stevens and staff photographer Linda Wheeler went to Adams-Morgan to ask residents how they feel about their changing neighborhood.
Beverly Patterson, 27, seamstress, resident at Harvard and Lanier Streets NW: "I work over at the Leather Shop and the development of the area has certainly helped our business. But it's also causing the rents to go up. If they put the money into improvements in the buildings it wouldn't be so bad."
William Sumler, 25, employed at The General Store, resident at 17th and V Streets NW: "This neighborhood here has become very popular. It's an international neighborhood. But I'm not too thrilled about the prices of the (new) homes. The people who lived in them previously aren't going to be able to move back in. The houses are bought before they are even finished."
Richard Moss, 34, research associate, resident at Columbia and Kalorama Roads NW: "What's happening shows the difficulty of trying to balance the population by insuring equal opportunities in housing while renewing an urban area. While doing that it's displacing people. I got moved out of Capitol Hill for the same kind of phenomena."
Michael Ford, 20, Howard University student and resident at 16th and Euclid Streets NW: "I would say any development is affecting the residents through noise pollution - the drills, concrete blocks. It scares the children and causes problems by blocking transportation. They're tearing up streets and sidewalks. Hopefully, the end result will be positive."
Claire Simpson, psychiatric social worker for D.C. schools, resident at 19th Street between Kalorama and Belmont NW: "Development has increased property values and rents are very high. But I have great hopes for this area. I like the little shops and restaurants that have come in. It's safer to be out now, there's been less screaming in the park. It's friendly and I have good neighbors."
John Jones, 34, executive director, Adams Morgan Organization, 2311 18th St. NW: "Development has given the people a sense of promise as to what can be done. People who fought for the school said they wanted something that would have an impact on the community. It has a day and night care center for people who work - but on the other hand they are feeling a real threat. Development has moved them out of their homes."
Jeffrey Weir, 21, employee for Knowle International, resident at 18th and Kalorama NW: "The only problem I see with development is it pushes a lot of the black residents out. When that happens it's going to be pathetic. It seems like that's happening all over D.C., that blacks and lower income groups who aren't black are being pushed out of neighborhoods because of developement."