Gourmet Foods Go Mobile
(Washington Informer) — Ronald Shelley leans against a streetlight outside the Navy Yard metro station. He is among a crowd of people filling the sidewalk along New Jersey Avenue in Southeast, making it look as if one of the office buildings buffering the Washington Navy Yard has been evacuated. There is no life-threatening emergency, Shelley, 43, explains, just a mad dash to the block to get lunch from two favored vendors, Goode’s Mobile Kitchen and Sidewalk Sweetsations. Shelley is among the growing number of federal government employees whose offices moved into developing neighborhoods and who typically rely on a small spattering of fast food establishments for daytime meals. The Navy Yard corridor, once slated to become a thriving gateway into the city, has instead become a transitioning space of condos-turned-luxury-apartments, modestly occupied corporate offices, and empty lots.