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(Washington Post) — Khalil Ghannam moved his home and founded his business in NoMa two years ago based on hope for what the neighborhood could become.   Plans for the old railroad yard and warehouse district north of Capitol Hill and Union Station called for more than 20 million square feet of new mixed-use development over the next couple of decades, so Ghannam, 49, opened Pound Coffee on Second Street NE and waited.

Two years later, Ghannam and others who staked claims in NoMa in its earliest days say the neighborhood, named for its location north of Massachusetts Avenue, is on its way to becoming a full-fledged community, with a spate of new apartment and condominium buildings yielding a rapidly expanding pool of residents.

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