The closing of Men’s Fashion Center, a fixture for black Washington for six decades, represents another shift on H Street NE.
Sept. 12, 2012Willie Carswell, left, 68, helps John McRay, 67, try on a suit jacket at Men's Fashion Center on H Street NE. "This is where I've been coming for the last ... it's been over 15 years," McRay said. "I hate to see them go, but I'm taking advantage of the sale, you know." The store, which has been clothing African Americans for 60 years, was started by Murray Goldkind of Baltimore. As the neighborhood went from mostly black to increasingly white, many of its customers moved away. Now, the store, which is one of the last riot-era businesses on the H Street strip, is closing at the end of October.Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post