The Columbia Heights-Tivoli North Debate Returns

by Mark Wellborn


The neighborhood name-change debate is back. Prince of Petworth is reporting that there will be a meeting tonight at Harriet Tubman Elementary School at 7pm to discuss and vote on a proposed name change for a portion Columbia Heights.

The area for the proposed name change would be along 14th Street between Monroe Street and Shepherd Street. That area technically falls in Columbia Heights, but the new names apparently include Tivoli North and Tivoli North Corridor.

But perhaps there is a larger issue at stake as some folks don’t think DC really has neighborhoods. A comment from the post:

“Folks. Who cares what your neighborhood is called. DC doesn’t officially have neighborhoods! We have wards, anc’s, police districts, etc. etc. But, contrary to what anyone pulls from wikipedia, Columbia Heights is just an abstract concept with no actual boundaries.”

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_columbia_heights-tivoli_north_debate_returns/774


  1. Tom A said at 4:35 pm on Wednesday April 8, 2009:

    This almost sounds like a post that should have come one week ago today.  It’s fine to have a meeting to discuss community issues like crime, safety, transit, school issues, etc., but THIS is the reason for a community meeting?  A meaningless,  informal name of a few blocks of DC?  I live in Capitol Hill, Kingman Park, or Rosedale. (aka CSpaninstan!) But I’m not going to go to any meetings about it!

  1. Elaine said at 1:30 pm on Thursday April 9, 2009:

    To clarify: the meeting was the regularly scheduled ANC1A meeting.  This was one agenda item, and it was NOT about a name change for the neighborhood, it was about wording for banners for a business district.

  1. Will Smith said at 7:32 pm on Friday April 17, 2009:

    Greater Greater Washington did a post about this:


    He basically argues that neighborhoods subdividing into sub-neighborhoods is not a bad thing and in fact inevitable, especially in cases where the neighborhood covers a lot of geography and is comprised of lots of diverse sub-parts (as is the case with Columbia Heights).

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