The front-page profile of 14th Street NW [“An unlikely catalyst in D.C.,” July 22] glorified gentrification as a savior to the neighborhood’s “riot-scarred” facade. Gentrification doesn’t come without cost. The monthly rent on apartments didn’t always hover around $2,700, and neighborhood dining didn’t always consist of Matchbox’s $20 entrees. It would seem that 14th Street NW has undergone a magical transformation, with residents and businesses both bumped a rung or two up the socioeconomic ladder.
Unfortunately, only the latter is true, leaving residents searching for affordable housing elsewhere. A battle between new development and socioeconomic justice is gripping our city, but some would rather complain about the happy hour traffic.
Joanna Kramer, Bethesda