Remember the Washington Post article (Trapped By Cange, Economy 11/13/08) about the troubles of Mount Pleasant's commercial strip? Well, there were some truisms in the article and some decent analysis. The article mostly concentrated on the effects of commercial development in Columbia Heights.
However, I prefer the tone of this Next American City article (Commercial Decline on Mount Pleasant Street 11/17/08) which critiques the Post piece and really captures my feelings about the neighborhood: We really are diverse, economically, and otherwise. Different residents want different things from the commercial strip, and that's OK. For what its worth, Mt Pleasant is still one of the most attractive and livable neighborhoods in the city for a wide array of peoples.