Gentrification is a complex and nuanced phenomenon that cannot be looked at in black and white. Although the gentrification of Columbia Heights has undoubtedly negatively impacted many individuals and small businesses, the process has overwhelmingly created a diverse, safer, and more economically thriving neighborhood which ultimately still retains many original residents and history.
William – African-American male in his mid- 40s who moved to D.C. 16 years ago and is former resident of Columbia Heights
Denise – African-American female in her mid-20s who was born and raised in D.C., attended Howard University
Manuel – Latino male in his early-40s who immigrated from Mexico to Columbia Heights 6 years ago
Roberto – Latino male in his mid-30s who grew up in DMV area and is proprietor of Los Hermanos Restaurant
Ian – White male in his early-30s who has lived in Columbia Heights for 5 years
Arthur – African-American male in his mid-40s who grew up in D.C. and has lived in Columbia Heights for 6 years