| By Nina Zafar and Devan Kaney |
Mount Pleasant has been one of Washington, D.C.’s longtime Latino centers, but the neighborhood has changed drastically over the past 20 years.
In the 1970s Mount Pleasant and Adams Morgan were recognized as the heart of the Latino community in D.C. Seemingly, in recent years as housing prices rise, many of those who came here in the 1970s and 80s are opting for Virginia and Maryland suburbs as reasonably priced alternatives.
Quique Aviles grew up between Adams Morgan and Mount Pleasant and is now a one of the neighborhood’s prominent members when it comes to keeping the Latino influence alive.
“I’ve been involved in the community for 35 years, I grew up here. We don’t live here in Mount Pleasant anymore because we got basically gentrified out. It got too expensive to live here,” Aviles said. “But this is our hub; you know it’s our community.”