When did this issue of neighborhood boundaries come into existence? Is is simply because certain civic associations decided to “adopt” boundaries of their own discretion?
My trusty laminated Rand McNally map of D.C. has Eckington to the south of Rhode Island and Bloomingdale to the north. Moreover, the city recognizes the area bounded by Florida Ave., New York, 4th St. NW, 4th St. NE as “Bloomingdale and Eckington: Target Area #7” for their Neighborhood Investment Fund (Bloomingdale-Eckington Target Area).
However, Bloomingdale’s Wikipedia entry and neighborhood website choose 2nd St. NW as their west boundary, Bryant & Channing Streets as their north boundary, and North Capitol St as their east boundary (see map below).
Edgewood’s Wikipedia entry chooses Lincoln Rd (see map) as their west boundary.
So, the pocket of North Capitol-Franklin-Lincoln-Rhode Island has no neighborhood to call home? Is it just a “territory” of Ward 5, just waiting for their day in the sun when they are granted neighborhood status by one of the civic associations?
Should we all just avoid confusing our nonresidents and angering our own inhabitants by simply telling people we live in “Cluster 21“? Now there’s a brand sure to attract outside interest. (I better go snatch up http://www.cluster21.com before someone does.)