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Holding Your Head Up In These Southeast Hills

Southeast Hills is the new title of this blog, replacing the mockingly pretentious 'Near Capitol'.

Capicostia and Near-Capitol were both very well for poking fun at the ugly trend some agents of gentrification have indulged in re-branding old D.C. neighborhoods. In the interest of spoiling that trend, I have decided to name the blog something more honest and culturally organic to the people, who keep this area going and who have made it a decent place to live - and for me, a great place to grow up. Somehow, in my rush to poke fun at all the re-branding, out there, ..I feel that I very briefly became a participant in it.

I can tell you that I sincerely regret that.

Ask most people in the wild hills of the Naylor-Dupont district, where they live, and they will tell you that they live in Southeast. They don't flinch or shrink, when they say it, either. They are proud to tell you they live in Southeast, because they have worked very hard to get here and continue to work very hard to keep it a clean, safe place to live and raise their children. I think they have earned the right to that kind of pride, and if they hold their heads up, when they talk about our neighborhoods...

So, should we all. Southeast Hills...

Mel Dyer

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