Skip to comments.H Street was once a symbol of D.C.’s rebirth. Now it’s barely holding on.
Posted on 11/20/2023 4:16:57 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
The red neon sign was in place over the entrance and the shelves were neatly stocked with wines, whiskeys and vodkas. Sorab Dilawri was ready to launch his new liquor store on that corridor of D.C. cool known as H Street NE.
Two days before opening in mid-September, just before dawn, burglars threw a brick through Dilawri’s window. They tipped over a row of shelves, smashing $10,000 worth of red wines and adding to the toll of crime jarring the neighborhood and city beyond.
By mid-October, a month after H Street Liquors opened, Dilawri had swept up shattered glass from two more break-ins. “I’m scared for my life,” the 40-year-old owner said from behind his cash register, contemplating his options. “What are you going to do? Stay home?”
A decade ago, following years of disinvestment after the 1968 riots, H Street NE evolved into a haven of buzzworthy cuisine and nightlife, drawing visitors from across the region. As luxury high-rises went up and a Whole Foods opened, the neighborhood became, after the city’s financial collapse in the 1990s, a symbol of D.C.’s rebirth.
Yet, more recently, the allure of H Street has faded as the corridor has come to reflect a more contemporary version of Washington — a city still recovering from the pandemic, buffeted by economic uncertainty and battered by violent crime.
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Ruled by Democrats?
Expect crime, deprivation, decadence, decline, ruin, and approval by Hollywood.
We should really consider moving the US Capitol to a civilized (ie, NOT DemocRAT run) city).
Sucks for Sorab Dilawri. Just a guy trying to make a living.
I wonder if more police, more vigorous law enforcement, “broken windows” patrols, ticketing minor offenses, lots of arrests, a tough-on-crime DA and a bunch of law-and-order judges would make a difference.
Nah, none of those things do any good. /s
Mr. Sorab Dilawri forgot the key to successful real estate selection: Location, Location, Location.
“We should really consider moving the US Capitol to a civilized (ie, NOT DemocRAT run) city).”
Are there any left?
Ah, they are “still recovering from the pandemic”. Funny, in the south we were over the pandemic foolishness in about a month. Nobody outside of large Democrat cities wore masks and everything went on as usual.
Twenty or so years ago a guy calling himself John Titor appeared on some Internet forums, claiming to be a time traveler from the 2030s. He took a lot of questions and described the time he was from.
According to Titor the nation's capital got moved to Omaha, Nebraska. Good a place as any to relocate to I suppose.
Don’t care. They did it to themselves.
When you are not willing to protect everybody, the best you can do is be eaten last.
By mid-October, a month after H Street Liquors opened...
Dilawri is an Indian name. So, I assume he has a brownish epidermis.
So I guess it must be because of ‘White Supremacy’ somehow.
Also would be interesting to know who he was voting for.
And it is hard to believe that folks can look back to DC under Mayor Marion Barry and have some fond memories of being able to go downtown shopping and/or working without any problems. During my last decades, post 2000, in the DC area, I had no desire to go downtown to shop for anything or visit the museums.
” Nobody outside of large Democrat cities wore masks and everything went on as usual.”
And Costco employees here on the Florida West Coast, some of which were Karen’s.
H Street is okay close to the east side of Union Station. Nice trendy restaurants, some clubs, yes a Whole Foods, and new high-rise residentials. However the further east one travels the neighborhood deterioriates rapidly. And when you get past the intersection with Maryland Avenue it becomes very iffy indeed.
Yeah well that is all moot as none of it will happen under Mayor Muriel Bowser, who had one street painted BLACK LIVES MATTER.
Buffeted by economic uncertainty?! I don't think so. The Federal Government is booming, so all the contractors are booming too, and young professionals are flocking to the DC area because that's where the jobs are. In another twenty years - if things keep going as they are - poor and lower middle class people won't be able to live in DC as the entire District will have become gentrified.
Agreed. If you're going to open a retail business in DC, do it in Kalorama or Georgetown. Better yet, do it across the river in Virginia!
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