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D.C. Councilmember and former Mayor Vincent Gray recently said he no longer uses the term ‘East of the River’ to describe the part of Washington, D.C. east of the Anacostia River. He now prefers to call it ‘East End.’ From NoMa to North Bethesda to Capitol Waterfront, efforts to rename and re-brand areas around our region have seen varying levels of success, and are often initially met with a degree of skepticism. Some dislike the role of developers in some naming decisions, or fear neighborhood history will be erased. We explore what’s in a neighborhood name.
- Nikki Peele Blogger, Congress Heights on the Rise; Founding member, River East Emerging Leaders (REEL); Director of Marketing & Community Engagement, THEARC
- Anthony Lorenzo Green Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for 7C04 (Deanwood); @LorenzoANC7C04
- Philip Pannell Executive Director, Anacostia Coordinating Council
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