Short Washington Post article this morning [ http://tinyurl.com/mrjdcha ] about the “hipster H-Street neighborhood” at 13th and G streets NE centers the unique STOP sign that has been altered from “stop all waY” to “stop all waR.” One resident thinks the alteration is “pretty creative.” I don’t know, but it’s really not that creative, is it? Sticking one letter over another?
Anyhow, after reading way too much about the H-Street’s coolness, the one resident closes out the article by saying, “I used to live in Arlington, and stuff like this would never happen,’’ Brock said. “It’s uptight over there. This neighborhood is different.”
Gosh, I’ve only lived in Arlington three years, but never thought my neighborhood was uptight. Really? Now Bethesda, Fairfax. Uptight, sure. But, Arlington?
Personally prefer my stop signs to say “Hammertime,” but I’m old-school like that.
But I can see what they’re saying, and would largely agree. I think the H St. area skews much younger, and is a bit more gritty. ARL has a lot more families and long-established neighborhoods, and particularly since the emergence of the more polished corridor in the past 10-15 years some parts seem increasingly concerned about maintaining some measure of decorum. Can’t really back it up with examples, but that’s my sense of it.
Yep, what CrystalMikey said
I guess from the H-Street perspective, Arlington might seem uptight. I like to think “sedate” ala the Ramones…….
Arlington is to H Street NE as Ocean City, N.J., is to Ocean City, Md.
Whatever it is this dude is yearning for in life, he won’t find it in the nation’s capital. Pretending like part of the area is somehow so much more bohemian and hip than another just makes him sound like an elitist loser.
So have skinny jeans, black-rimmed glasses and designer flannel become too ironic for hipsters now?
there are no hipsters here, only consultants who change into skinny jeans after work.
I don’t know if I would say I consider Fairfax uptight. I dont know about Bethesda, but I ahve heard they pretty much tax and murder everyone to death over street parking issues.
Perspective: In Fairfax and Arlington, its perfectly okay to walk around with your side arm holstered, (no special permit needed) and pretty much no one flips out. Even if they do, the cops actually know the law, and they don’t really care.
In DC, its illegal to deface or vandalize street/highway signs. Not only is the sign NOT fixed, the police don’t bother to investigate it either.
If thats considered uptight, I’ll take that every day of the week.
Is this uptightness related to the ongoing de-gentrification?
I have seen stop signs in McLean and Great Falls that have been altered. So that’s hardly the mark of hipness.
If I lived in a neighborhood with rampant crime and was okay with it, I’d think everyone else around me was uptight too.
Arlington is exactly “uptight” but has clear cut neighborhoods for certain demographics.
South Arlington neighborhoods: Minorities, Young families with small children, unmarried couples.
North Arlington: Yuppies, Old/Retired couples, Wealthy families, Newlyweds, Rich Graduate Students.
H-street has Yuppies who wear expensive “urban” apparel when night falls. Yuppies who won’t admit that they went to private school and are from McLean or Great Falls.
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