Penn Quarter Musings

As resolved, Friday I strolled over on my lunch hour to TICKETplace to pick up some half-price tickets for that evening. I ended up with ?Guantanomo,? mostly out of guilt that I barely have ever patronized my local theater, Studio.

Wandering back through the blocks that make up the designated neighborhood of Penn Quarter, it struck me as so idyllic – in the unseasonal (but welcome!) balmy warmth, the quaintness of it all was very appealing. So it is a bit manufactured in places, but still somehow? I like it. I stopped into Teaism for my favorite, their addicting green tea/wasabi-spiked Salmon Ochazuke soup, and just lingered.

It started me wondering, who lives in Penn Quarter? It seems to me the swanky condominiums are designed to attract a certain set of forty-to-fifty-somethings, who feel possibly too hip for Georgetown. But I could be wrong, there could be younger folks living there. With a world-class repertory theater like Shakespeare, the new home of Woolly Mammoth, cool furnishings stores like Apartment Zero, and several delicious restaurants ? I?m really curious now, who lives there and do they think they?re as lucky as I do?

3 Comments so far

  1. Beth (unregistered) on November 7th, 2005 @ 12:16 am

    How was Guantanomo?

  2. Jenn L (unregistered) on November 7th, 2005 @ 9:42 am

    Review is coming soon!

  3. PennQuarter (unregistered) on December 2nd, 2005 @ 9:58 pm

    In response to the musings of who lives in Penn Quarter, I thought I might offer some very unscientific observations.

    I have been involved with Penn Quarter’s developement having worked for the federal corporation that developed the Plan for and oversaw development/restoration of Pennsylvania Avenue and the area immediately to the north.

    Penn Quarter attracts adults of all ages, not just the older crowd. We have residents who are in graduate school/law school, who work in restaurants as well as law firms and other private sector businesses and for the government. Many of these people are mid-level employees, not the ceo’s. Some, but not manyu it seems, are retired, And we aren’t all hip. It’s a very mixed group and that keeps it interesting.

    There are both rental apartments and condos here and they aren’t all swanky though they are comfortable. I don’t think the residences here are nearly as posh as the Watergate or a luxury condo being built in Rosslyn that I see ads for. For the most part, certainly not as posh as what is going up on the site of the former Columbia Hospital for Women, in Friendship Heights, or at the new wing of the apartment building directly north of the National Zoo.

    Some apartments/condos are fairly small studios and we have dedicated artist live-work condos in Mather Studios. This is really special as it makes Penn Quarter accessible to artists who otherwise couldn’t afford to live here. Since some had their studio here within the same block, it’s like coming home!

    If you want more information about Penn Quarter, contact the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association; contact information is on our yet to be built web site,, with information on how to reach the PQNA.

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