[from Jacqueline, one of the many comments sent in response to an earlier post inquiring about the safety of Petworth]
My husband and I have lived in Petworth for more than 12 years and are, I suppose, middle-timers -- we haven't been here as long as the long-timers (30-40 years), but were here before the metro and the skyrocketing home prices. We've seen dramatic change in the demographics of the neighborhood, and appreciate many faces that have remained constant. As we've walked our dogs around the neighborhood for all these years, we've met and chatted with generous, kind, and fascinating souls, new and old.
Petworth is a neighborhood where you can count on a friendly smile, a helpful suggestion, or a lazy conversation about the weather. Businesses are moving in, neighborhood groups are cleaning the streets and planting flowers, window shutters are being painted and yards landscaped, as the neighborhood spruces up for a revival of sorts.
But, without the wonderful mix of culture, class, generations, and individual histories, this neighborhood would be nothing more than an evolving image. This neighborhood is a wealth of human contact and interaction if you want it, which I think is so much more important than simply being safe. The neighborhood is as safe as any in the city, and clearly from all the other posts, safer than some. But, more importantly, it is a place that can become home in a very important way, the wonderful people sharing your world.