| By Nathan Strauss and Rhys Heyden |
As the slow tide of gentrification creeps northward along Georgia Avenue, the appearance of an organic food service, Healthy Bites, is a harbinger of the changing face of D.C.’s Petworth community.
Healthy Bites, much like its surrounding community, exists in an “in-between” state. According to ownership and employees, the service can operate only because it relies heavily on delivering to people of a higher socioeconomic status in different parts of the city and local suburbs.
At the same time, Healthy Bites has long-term, philosophical aspirations to “educate” Petworth about healthy food. Despite this, the neighborhood is not yet fully gentrified and cannot currently support businesses like Healthy Bites. However, residents acknowledge that the service is a pioneering gentrifying force, and a symbol of what is to come—and stay.