In D.C.’s Bloomingdale Neighborhood, Pop Changes Welcomed and Resente

March 25, 2011  |  

(Washington Post) — Every year when the weather warms up, the farm stands sprout again on Sundays at the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market at First and R streets NW, where the vendors sell fresh produce, artisanal cheeses and exotic fare such as “champagne mango sorbetto.” And like clockwork, the grumbling begins from the longtime residents in the Northwest Washington neighborhood who resent the crowds and parking headaches the market brings.  Just this month, some of the newcomers and the old-timers are meeting to negotiate what’s being called a neighborhood “parking peace accord.”  “It’s not that they don’t like the farmers market; they just don’t like change,” said Lucas Smith, 32, who has lived in Bloomingdale for the past three years. “The sanctity of their space is being compromised. It shows them that the interlopers are moving in, the tax rates might go up and they will be unable to stay in their homes.”

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