MeFites who know DC: Please talk to me about Bloomingdale.
I am considering a move to the Bloomingdale
neighborhood in DC. You know, the little one east of LeDroit Park, west of Eckington, and just north of Shaw...?
I'm a 29 year old woman. I love the apartments I've seen, and they fit my budget.
Short version: What can you tell me about the overall safety of, and scene in, Bloomingdale? Personal experience preferred. I'm actively reading the blogs linked here
I have some concerns about safety in that area, moreso than other places I've lived (Cole Valley in San Francisco, Mt. Pleasant and North Dupont in DC, if that helps for comparison). I consider myself pretty city-savvy, and I know there are generally no guarantees of safety anywhere, but I'm not sure what to expect. I've walked around that part of Rhode Island Ave a bit after dark and felt "on alert but safe." I saw women jogging just about as often as I saw some shady characters, but that was a weeknight. Do I need to plan on taking a cab back from U St if I'm out late on the weekends, even though it's only a 10-minute walk? Should I be making sure that there are bars on my windows and doors (which I have grown very used to in my current and previous places)?
I also have some concerns about making the change from living within a stone's throw of lots of bars and restaurants to the few but seemingly decent-quality options in Bloomingdale. I'm not a raging party person anymore and I'm not seeking any kind of singles scene, but I like going out for dinner and drinks a few times a week. Will I be traveling to my old tried-and-true haunts (20-30 minutes walking) more often than not, or do folks in the neighborhood really hang out at the neighborhood places?
Anything else I should consider?