Petworth – A changing demographic
The Petworth neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., was one of the city’s first suburban subdivisions. As early as the 1930s, Jewish families moving from southwest and downtown D.C built many of the same row homes that we still see there today. The demographics during that time were roughly 99 percent Caucasian. Fifty years later that demographic completely reversed, becoming primarily African American.
Today, the Petworth demographic is again changing. Many Latino families have moved in to the neighborhood as well as several other cultural groups including Chinese and Caucasian Americans. The businesses in the area, as well as specific streets or locations, are also changing and becoming more diverse; from African American barber shops and Italian shoe repair, to Scandinavian or Salvadoran restaurants.
Neighborhood arts groups are also becoming more bi-lingual and culturally inclusive also. A local theater company is embracing the changes in demographics by hosting bi-lingual theater workshops for young children. As schools around the District are becoming more integrated, bi-lingual programs are becoming more of a necessity for our younger generation to function in a city that is ever changing culturally.
— Eric Tomlinson
Diversity in Petworth
Video and text by Rebecca Kern
Teatro de la Luna
Video and text by Eric Tomlinson