"SONY" ain't "NoMA"
According to news reports ("13 people shot in a D.C. neighborhood with a violent past and a future in flux" from the Post), there was a drive by shooting in front of Tyler House early Monday morning, just after 2:10am. Tyler House is public housing. It's located at the southwest corner of North Capitol and New York Avenue, and bounded by M Street NW on the south side.
It's located in by no means in a "gentrifying" area, although it is across the street from the NoMA district, which lies on the eastern side of North Capitol Street. This area is part of the long term "Northwest One" revitalization project, the first project from the "New Communities" initiative, a kind of local HOPEVI rebuilding program that was one of Mayor Williams last ideas (from 2005-2006).
I don't think that entertainment venues are incompatible with urban mixed use districts, cf. from the Post article:
“The nightclubs are incompatible with the neighborhood,” said D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), who is chairman of the public safety committee. He noted that the building occupied by the Fur Nightclub has been sold and that its future is in doubt.
But I do think that if you're leaving such clubs late at night, it makes good sense to not cross North Capitol Street and amble around Tyler House or Sursum Corda.
Let's just say that awhile ago, the area around the 9:30 Club looked nothing like this (left).
And it's not clear to me that the drive by shooting had anything to do with the entertainment venue anyway.
But when it comes to identifying (re)"new"(ed) places, the NoMA business district is concerned that people might think it's a dangerous place. See the WBJ article "NoMA BID responds to drive by shooting."
I wouldn't see why people would think these two areas are connected, even though it is true that they are very much proximate.
In short, what I might call the SONY district -- "South of New York" Avenue -- is nothing like the NoMA district -- North of Massachusetts Avenue.