Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

More times they are a changing...

(For Mari...)

I took this photo in 2006, of a rowhouse at the corner of Q and 9th Streets NW, painted up as a French cafe as a protest against gentrification. 

Back then, as indicated in the photos in the previous entry, the area was reasonably gnarly building condition-wise and inward investment (a/k/a gentrification) seemed like a long way off, and still outside of reasonable imagination.

Cafe Putain -- 1500 block of 9th Street NW

Gentrification (Bienvenue a Shaw)

This was the photo I took on Saturday.


At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never understood this to be a protest against gentrification. I thought it was more a complaint directed at an owner for not improving the property, perhaps in other words not gentrifying fast enough. I seem to recall a CP article and blog posts about it at the time.

At 6:49 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Hmm. Thanks. But if it was a complaint about property maintenance, why reference gentrification?

At 8:11 PM, Blogger Mari said...

Ray M who painted it (RIP Ray) had a quirky sense of humor. Ray was one of those white old timers who moved into the neighborhood in the 70s or 80s. So when the young'uns (when I was young) were moving in 10-15 years ago he was a grumpy old man imparting his wisdom.
This was just one such expression.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


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