Millennial Invasion Creates a "New Washington"
Washington D.C.'s astonishing growth over the last decade was driven in large part by young adults drawn by the city's "good and evil twins: ambition and idealism." This influx has a created a "New Washington" of bike lanes, hip restaurants, and yoga mats.
"To longtime residents, the city feels different, in some places, almost unrecognizable," write Elizabeth Chang, Neely Tucker, Jessica Goldstein, Clinton Yates, and Marcia Davis. "Once-dead streets are bustling, even after dark. High-rises are replacing aged structures and overgrown lots. Restaurants pop up overnight, like dandelions. Pedestrians have to look both ways for bicycles."
"With this issue of the Magazine and upcoming stories in the daily paper, Post staffers present a look at Washington’s millennials moment, which is full of fizz and optimism yet carries undercurrents of concern about residents who remain underserved or displaced and the loss of character to uninspired development."