I was down on 17th and U Streets NW tonight and was lucky with the sunset timing here. I guess there’s an upside to a frigid cold front moving through DC.
That right there is why I love this city.
M stands for Metro and millennial.
This post appeared on UberOffice’s blog as part of their #betterbiz2014 series.
Four More Years
A few days ago I realized I had hit my four-year anniversary mark as a DC resident. Though it feels like only yesterday that I left the Midwest and moved into my first dirty apartment on Capitol Hill, the changes the city has undergone during my time here have been swift and tremendous.
The Millennial Growth Spurt
According to data from the U.S. Census, my observations are not just another Russia House-induced hallucination. From 2000 to 2010, the millennial population in DC grew 23%, and from 2010 to 2012, the DC region saw an average annual net gain of 12,583 of people age 25 to 34–the largest among cities in the United States. In the past 10 years, the region added 26,000 new apartments and condos. From 2001 to 2011, 709 new restaurants (a 50% increase) opened up in the area. The numbers don’t lie. Young people are flocking to DC, and they’re leaving profound change in their wake.
The entertainment and housing markets aren’t the only areas that have responded to this influx of young go-getters. More workplaces are embracing dynamic structures to meet millennial demands of flexibility on the job. For instance, the rise of co-working spaces in DC–like UberOffices–have made it possible for small businesses to rent workspace that provides a physical location without the constraints of a stuffy office culture. With small businesses such as PerformYard, Nice Laundry, and Veenome, UberOffices is making face-to-face collaboration possible, while maintaining the level of flexibility that all the new millennials in DC crave.
2014, Year of the What?
The DMV makeover isn’t by any means over. Real-estate authority Urban Turf has already dubbed 2014 the Year of the Renter at New Buildings. New restaurants, bars, and tech startups continue to pop up almost every day. However, with innovative companies like UberOffices laying down a foundation for flexibility and collaboration, change in the Washington area is continuing down the right track.
Companies of all sizes looking to improve their business in 2014 should consider these demographic shifts and adapt accordingly.
Look out for more millennial-run tech companies, startups, and small businesses. It’s the next frontier for DC.
Posted in News, Only in DC, Opinion, Restaurant
Tagged analysis, demographics, housing, millennials, population, reflection, trends, urban planning
Bonus points if you can name all the ingredients.
Finally. It’s finally happened. After four long years of living in DC, a Chicago bar is here and it’s not Union Pub and it’s glorious.
This past weekend I checked out Ivy and Coney in Shaw. This place was everything I was hoping for and more. No sign on the door. Cash only. Goose Island 312 on tap, and the Hawks on TV. (Speaking of teams, there was no Sox paraphanalia to be had. I mean, that’s pretty much just the icing on the cake.) Chicago-style hot dogs were served until 3:00 AM. Even when the crowds started packing in, the bartenders made time for food orders, which was awesome. There were also plenty of free peanuts at the bar.
In addition to Chicago-style everything, the bar has a Detroit theme as well. There are Coney dogs and signed pictures of Eminem, the Motor City’s
only celebrity ever poster boy. Stroh’s was on sale by the can but was depleted shortly after I arrived. Worry not, however. The bartenders were ready with High Life in its stead.
The vibe was extremely laid back, which can be credited mostly to the decor and the layout. In the main room, there’s a bar with stools that look like they were plucked straight from some dimly lit hole three blocks from the Metra station in Cicero. Farther back is another, smaller room with antique-style furniture, a filing cabinet, and a coffee table. Despite a look that harkens back to somewhere people watched the ’85 Bears win it all, the TVs are actually quite nice. All in all, the proprietors pretty much had everything exactly as it should be.
Regardless of whether you’re from Chicago or Detroit or Alexandria, I highly recommend heading over to Ivy and Coney. Order a hot dog and 7 or 8 beers and stay awhile.
Posted in Around Town, Drink, Food, Shaw, Uncategorized
Tagged 312, bar, beer, chicago, detroit, dive, eminem, hot dog, strohs
I took a picture of the National Cathedral today and I thought it’d be cool to post it. That is all.
Maybe then we could finally do something about the deficit in this country, amirite? But seriously, Americans buy a lot of turkeys on Thanksgiving. Don’t take my word for it, though. Check out this gorgeous infographic compiled by the Online Trading Academy.
Graphic by Online Trading Academy
Vacation is ending for students around the DC metro area, but Shaw Main Streets, a neighborhood organization, has been hard at work this summer to bring businesses to Shaw. I stumbled across their page a couple weeks ago and was blown away by the number of new bars, restaurants, shops, and galleries that will soon replace vacant buildings and empty storefronts. I’m pumped to venture outside my Bloomingdale bubble.
There’s only one little problem. I can’t place addresses on DC’s numbered streets for the life of me. Considering the major thoroughfares in Shaw are 7th and 9th Streets NW, this little problem actually isn’t so little. Enter the Shaw New Businesses Map (at the top of the post or at the preceding link).
My reaction when I heard about all the new restaurants and bars (but mostly the bars) coming to Shaw.
This map really helps me out geographically. For instance, there seem to be two distinct clusters of restaurants and bars: one around the new 7th Flats apartment complex at 7th and Florida NW in the north, and another (albeit smaller) grouping anchored by Rogue 24, near Blagden Alley in the south.
There are a couple other interesting takeaways as well. Even though the massive CityMarket at O project is still three months away from opening, Mandalay, Thally, and Coney–nearby restaurants–are all slated to open by October. That’s a pretty bold vote of confidence. Also of note is that two businesses are opening on 9th Street NW between Q and P Streets NW. This is interesting because the Shiloh Baptist Church on that block owns several vacant properties. As any veteran of Shaw can tell you, the management of these properties has been incompetent at best. According to the City Paper, the church has been vague about plans for development. Despite these blighted spaces, the neighborhood is still moving forward.
What I look like when trying to find places to eat on numbered streets.
Posted in Around Town, Drink, Entertainment, Restaurant, Shaw
Tagged bars, CityMarket, food, new, restaurants, Shaw, Small Business
I caught this gorgeous sunset from a Navy Yard rooftop over the weekend. Sorry I’m not sorry about using a filter.