Overheard at a local coffee shop: “seventh street is the new eleventh street.” I would have said that ninth street is the new fourteenth street, since eleventh is kind of nothing. Oh well.
I think the point is that just a few years ago, 11th street was the U Street district border. Walk down the strip there now, however, and things have pushed out to seventh, and are fast pushing beyond. Eventually, I suspect that just as Adams Morgan long ago pushed down 18th and over across U, we’ll see U push over into NE over Florida Ave. and connect with the burgeoning Atlas District strip on H Street, with “Big Bear” as the anchor in the middle that eventually brings the two areas together.