Sunday, October 31, 2010

A DC Geography Lesson

So if you follow our twitter (@EquinoxDC) feed I'm sure you have been noticing NoMa being mentioned.  And you may be wondering what's the big deal.  And it will be a big deal but I have to be the ass that can't tell you everything and I am sorry about that.  But i think you are smart people and know that things our up are sleeves and can speculate, which I will not discourage you from doing.  But until I can give you the 411, let's just talk NoMa.

That little acronym has been thrown around lately.  If you read DC blogs like DCist or We Love DC, you will have read about the newest burgeoning are of DC.  NoMa, or north of Massachusetts (how very New Yorker SoHo/NoHo/Dumbo of us) is located by Union Station, with it's major borders being New York Ave, North Capitol, Florida Ave, and Massachusetts.  It also is very close to the hipster haven of H Street NE, and not to far from all the suits on K Street.  and if you look at a map it really is almost the center of DC, so I dub it the "nucleus" with us all living in the plasma around.  Jeez I really did have to look up cell structure to even figure  that out (don't judge me! When is the last time you thought about it?)so I promise to think of a better metaphor next time.  If you have any ideas feel free to shout them out. 

Well folks, NoMa is a-booming! Current tenants include The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sirius XM, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and CNN.  And according to the Washington Post we can expect NPR, the Community College of the District of Columbia and the U.S. Department of Justice to set up shop soon.  Some really cool apartment buildings built up and it is not the isolated little strip of small coffee shops and delis that it was a few years ago.  NoMa is becoming the "mixed-use" neighborhood that they envisioned.  And by "mixed-use" they mean a place that small businesses, large office, residents, restaurants, bars, etc. exist in a cohesive manner.  

I'm jealous of the fact that there will be a Harris Teeter opening this winter.  I love the "Teet" and am considering of moving again.  Though by the sounds of it there will be a lot of reasons to explore setting up your home base in this neighborhood  as it continues to grow.  It appears from the July 10, 2010 Washington Post article on the area that the only thing the residents find lacking the amount of sit down restaurants. Hmmmm................(insert foreshadowing here)

Have a great week!


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