The D.C. Real Estate website Urban Turf recently featured an article entitled Gentrification 2.0: The Busboys and Poets Effect.
The article makes several mentions of our 5th & K Busboys location. Several direct quotes from owner Andy Shallal are in the piece including:
“In the past few years, you have seen this sort of logarithmic change that has taken place, and I think much of it has been over zealous,” Shallal told UrbanTurf. “I think the idea of growing the city in a way that doesn’t have any connection with its roots or past is sort of short-sighted.”
“Gentrification can create a homogenized neighborhood; this obviously is not good for artistic and cultural growth,” he told UrbanTurf. “Culture and art exist in situations that have a healthy tension of diversity. Without this tension a neighborhood becomes bland and loses the personality that attracted people to it in the first place.”