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Reader Poll: What Kind of Businesses Do You Want in Borderstan?

by Borderstan.com January 2, 2012 at 11:00 am 1,316 8 Comments

14th Street NW, Logan Circle, Luis Gomez Photos

What kind of new businesses do you want to see open this year in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area? (Luis Gomez Photos)

See A Borderstan Wish List for 2012 for the Boderstan team’s suggestions.

Happy New Year, Borderstanis! To start the new year, we’d like to get your wish list for the types of new businesses you would like to see open in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area in 2012.

The entire area has changed a great deal in the past few years. This change has been particularly evident in the opening of new businesses and the closing of others. The population of the Borderstan area grew in the last decade, due mostly to residents moving into the new rental and condo buildings in the Logan, U Street and Shaw areas (but not in the Dupont area).

In addition, the 14th and U corridor is now a dining and nightlife destination (and increasingly for certain types of shopping) for people from around the DC metro area. The result is what seems to be an even more rapid turnover of businesses in the neighborhood — driven by rising commercial rents, changing demographics, and an influx of nighttime and weekend visitors.

Even with all these changes, there are still a number of empty storefronts (and lots) along 14th Street NW — even with the frenzy to build more residential buildings and open upscale new businesses.There is still plenty of room for a lot more new enterprises in the area, especially when you consider the number of new buildings under construction — all of which will have first-floor retails space.

But as residents of the neighborhood, we’re interested in finding out what types of new businesses you would like to see open in 2012.

Here’s your chance to make your wish list! Vote for as many choices on the list as you like.

  • Hal9000

    Here is my list for the 14th & U neighborhood of Borderstan:

    What we don’t need: more bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.

    What we need:
    Jiffy Lube
    Dick’s Sporting Goods
    a quality men’s clothing store (for guys who are too old or big to shop at Universal Gear)
    an artist supply store (like Utrecht)
    using the Lincoln Theatre for second run and foreign films
    Crate and Barrel
    high-end men’s gift and cigar shop
    upscale medical marijuana dispensary

    In other words, more stuff for all the gay guys with disposable income who live in the neighborhood.

    • citizen kaine

      All OK by me. Utrecht’s would be smart if they moved here from their very dead location on 13th.

  • Robin

    Bookstore like Candida’s
    Apple Store or some other store that will attract daytime shoppers from other parts of the city. (I think the Trader Joe’s will probably do that as well)
    Bakery that makes excellent bread and pastries)

    • citizen kaine

      Yes to Trader Joe’s or Harris Teeter. I’m happy with Whole Foods but they need competition.
      Need an indie butcher. For that matter, need an Eastern Market.
      Yes to Apple Store.

  • Steve

    What we don’t need in the neighborhood:

    More NIMBYs. We already have plenty.

    • I believe the Bible says regarding the poor, “And they shall always be with us.”

  • With the movie industry experiencing its worst year since the mid-90s, I’m surprised at the number of poll respondents who believe a movie theater is a viable request. Might as well request a Tower Records.

    • It’s a wish list! Not a business plan! (:>)


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