DC’s Newest Neighborhood: Tivoli North?

by Mark Wellborn

DC’s Newest Neighborhood: Tivoli North?

DC’s most prolific neighborhood blogger Prince of Petworth had a post earlier today that covered a potentially controversial subject: re-christening a DC neighborhood with a new name. PoP reported that there are plans in the works to rename the area of 14th Street between Monroe Street and Shepherd Street. That area technically falls in Columbia Heights, but the proposed new names apparently include Tivoli North and Tivoli North Corridor.

Judging from the reaction of various commenters after the post, this would not be a very popular decision.

Here is one who opposes the change:

“I consider that part of Columbia Heights. Why the need to differentiate? Now that the area is being gentrified it needs to divorce itself from the Columbia Heights it’s leaving behind? Sorry, calling it Tivoli North just feels icky.”

Others got straight to the point:

“Tivoli North sounds dumb. It’s Columbia Heights.”

This is certainly not the first time DC neighborhoods have been given new names in the hopes of making them more appealing. Parts of Shaw have seceded in recent years and now are known by names like Logan East and NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue). Not surprisingly, these name changes were also met with a fair amount of opposition, so it will be interesting to see how people react if this name change is made official.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dcs_newest_neighborhood_tivoli_north/508


  1. Jamie said at 9:34 pm on Monday February 2, 2009:
    I'm mostly in the "bemused observer" camp when this stuff comes up. I mean, what is an "official" neighborhood name? We can't even agree on whether or not, for example, U Street is a neighborhood. The only "official" neighborhood names are used to categorize real estate locations on the city tax rolls, but these rarely have anything to do with the common names for our neighborhoods. So people can argue back and forth all they want. But at the end of the day, something will stick or it won't, having nothing to do with anything other than word of mouth and whether it's catchy or not. I love "Logan East" by the way. Because 10 or 15 years ago, a house for sale near Logan Circle would often be listed as "Dupont East." How things change.
  1. Elaine said at 6:31 pm on Thursday April 9, 2009:
    I urge you to see the much more accurate and complete story over on the Prince of Petworth blog (www.princeofpetworth.com). This was NOT about a name change, and I don't know where that idea started.

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