Tuesday, April 9, 2019

There Goes the Neighborhood

The lively music playing out in front of the new Halal Guys Restaurant for its grand opening weekend put me in mind of this issue playing out right now in DC’s Shaw neighborhood.

Rachel Kurzius, for DCist 

In case you don’t know, Go-Go:

...is a popular music subgenre associated with funk that originated in the Washington, D.C., area during the mid-60s to late-70s. It remains primarily popular in the Washington metropolitan area as a uniquely regional music style (Wikipedia)

Other headlines:

Clash over outdoor Go-Go music shows effects of gentrification in DC

“Don’t Mute DC’s Go-Go Music and Culture”

What happens to a neighborhood when things begin to change? When gentrification threatens the established culture?

Also, I wonder if anyone complained about the music at Halal Guys.



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