I knew this day would come. The day my neighborhood transformed from funky and independent to corporate GapKids-dom.

We had hints of it when the Starbucks opened at 13th & U.
(I’ve yet to enter it; give me Sparky’s anyday for my caffeinated counterculture fix.)
Then there was Storehouse on 14th – whoa.
Now the Faux Lofts going up on 11th (who wants a wide window next to a funeral parlour?).

I’ve been late quite a bit this week, so it’s given me the opportunity to witness these morning stroller strolls. Young women with single strollers, double strollers, and some scarily with four kids in one (being happily child-bereft I have no idea what you call these – trolleys?). The last are obviously nannies, which is another indication of where the neighborhood is going…

The day my hood becomes like Glover Park, where strollers are
literally parked on the sidewalks in front of homes, is the day I

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

As one of the founding editors of We Love DC, Jenn’s passions are theater and cocktails. After two decades in the city, she’s loved every quirky, mundane, elegant, rude minute of her DC life. A proud advocate for DC’s talented drinks scene, she’s judged the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTINI contest, the DC Rickey Month contest, the Jefferson Hotel’s Quill Cocktail competition, and is a founding member of LUPEC DC. A graduate of Catholic University’s drama program, she toured the country as a member of National Players, and has been both an actor and a costume designer before jumping the aisle to theater criticism. Writing for We Love DC restored her happiness after a life-threatening illness, and she’s grateful to you, dear readers. Send your suggestions to jenn (at) welovedc (dot) com and follow her on Twitter.

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