Friday, August 29, 2008

affirmation

unbeknownst to me (so there was no vote-prodding here), the washington business journal had a poll asking which one of its "Next Hot Spots" from last week is actually going to be the next hot spot. I mean, only one spot can be next...



Well, unsurprisingly our fair Anacostia won by a large margin, with 32% of the 784 total votes. Nice.

graphic courtesy of the washington business journal

4 comments:

fourthandeye said...

Despite the voting results from the public, if you want to focus on the word "NEXT" and limit yourself to the locations WBJ suggested - I think Rosslyn has to be the answer. Of course it wasn't a fair contest. One could argue Rosslyn was already further along than the rest.

DG-rad said...

but is rosslyn really going to be a "hot spot"? i have a hard time picturing it being all that cool, despite all the new buildings. It's definitely becoming a lot nicer, and I hope the buildings keep getting higher!

fourthandeye said...

I work in Rosslyn so I've seen how far the area has come. For a long while it was just Cafe Asia and some lunch take out places. But there are now more happy hour and trendy dining options including Piola, Continental, Guajillo and Ray's Hellburger. The area is a safe bet to explode once the Central Place towers are built, Turnberry tower delivers and Abdo's Wooster and Mercer Lofts become fully occupied. Rosslyn has always been walkable. Now the investment is ramping up. Residential developments have made the area more of a mixed use 18 hour community rather than one that only buzzes 8-6pm. Finally, infill development is blurring the divide between Courthouse and Rosslyn which is helping both neighborhoods.

DG-rad said...

definitely agree -- fortunately there is more than one "next hot spot", and in my opinion, the more the merrier! I'm just glad Rosslyn is finally adding more height. As the only place right next to DC with the ability to do so and stand out, it needs some real stand-out architecture and some real height, as well as major pedestrial-friendliness improvements. It is right on the riverfront, though cut off by highways (not new for DC area of course), and has always sort of been a stepchild of sorts to other redevelopment in Arlington. definitely looking forward to it coming more into its own.