No matter where you live in Washington, there’s always something new to learn.
Every morning, I wake up and look out over 11th Street in Columbia Heights and strive to learn something new.
The other day, I learned that my local bar, the Wonderland Ballroom, was formerly a prominent gay bar known as Knob Hill. Eventually, Knob Hill converted to the Wonderland Ballroom, which now caters to a crowd of 20- and 30-somethings along with their dogs and friends. Somewhere along the past decade, that history has gone missing from the exterior of the building’s historic façade.
Today, I learned more about my prior neighborhood of Foggy Bottom and grassroots nonprofits like Saint Mary’s Court and Miriam’s Kitchen, both of which are organizations that strive to make a difference in the community.
With both of these experiences, I find it enriching to understand the context of my surroundings.
About a year ago, I was given the opportunity to develop a new project called D.C. InsideOut. Our goal was straightforward: define Washington based on the concept of place; that no matter where you live in the District, there is an opportunity to learn and explore where you are living. From history and sights to art and culture, how can we define our lifestyle through the places we experience on a day-to-day basis? On Sept. 13, I am proud to unveil a new source of information about the District, DcInsideOut.com.
There is something beautiful about our lives in the city beyond the standard nine-to-five pace. From our favorite coffee shop to the park down the road, each of us tells a different story that is described from the perspective of where we live. From Bloomingdale to the Southwest Waterfront to Takoma and everywhere in between, Washington is a diverse place. The places we live tell a story of their own, and each of us is a character to that narrative that has defined the neighborhood.
Most precisely, our property is what defines our home. However, this property, whether a condo or single-family home, is a part of a much bigger picture that defines a community. We describe our lifestyle from our interactions within our community. From this lifestyle comes a combined experience that defines our culture. I believe it is this culture that defines the places we would like to own. Thus, property is a cycle that includes our community, lifestyle and culture.
Every month (if not every other week or day), we see new trends across the city, the newest hot spot, condo building, restaurant and everything in between. However, instead of celebrating just one part of our city, let’s focus holistically on what makes the District beautiful regardless of what is happening (but we will show you that too!). For more than a year, we have worked to define what makes each neighborhood of the District special. For 27 of the District’s distinct neighborhoods, we have identified everything from places to live, history, sights and businesses that define the area.
Do you know much about where you live? No matter where you live, I encourage you to embrace your surroundings yet explore the story that is taking place around you.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Dupont Circle invites you to the D.C. InsideOut site launch on Sept. 13 at the 17th Street Festival. Join us as we revisit what makes this city a truly unparalleled place to live. Whether you are a native Washingtonian who discovers something new around the corner or a passerby trying to learn about our vibrant city, visit us online today or when we launch at DcInsideOut.com.
Tim Savoy is a real estate agent and D.C. InsideOut project manager with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Dupont Circle. He can be reached at 202-400-0534 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.