When David Lippe and his partner, Valentine Garcia, moved into their house on Seaton Street in Northwest D.C. 17 years ago, they were one of the few gay couples in the District’s Bloomingdale neighborhood. Today, at least on their block, they’re in the majority.
The past 10 years have brought a wave of gentrification as more gay couples have moved in, buying and renovating formerly abandoned houses and changing Lippe and Garcia’s short two-block-long street from a hot spot for crime into a more affluent residential enclave.
“It’s a rarity to have gotten any pushback because we’re gay,” Lippe says. “Even our councilmember (Harry Thomas Jr. [D-Ward 5]) has a pro-gay agenda.”
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