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    NoMa neighborhood flourishes amidst development surge: insights from Gonzaga students

    A new apartment building recently popped up at the corner of First St and I Street. Photo by Matthew Clifford.

    Amidst the towering cranes and bustling activity, the NoMa neighborhood in Washington, D.C. where our beloved campus dwells is experiencing a profound transformation fueled by a surge in development. As the landscape evolves, students at Gonzaga College High School find themselves at the epicenter of this change, offering unique perspectives on the impact of the burgeoning growth.

    In the heart of the nation’s Capitol, NoMa is witnessing a remarkable metamorphosis with new buildings and businesses sprouting up at a rapid pace. For many students, the development spells positive change. Several students reflected on the tangible benefits of the burgeoning growth. Among the benefits reported were better restaurants and a stronger sense of connectedness in the neighborhood community. 

    “I think the development around Gonzaga is awesome. I am especially grateful for the new restaurants,” said Hunter Ogelsby ‘24. 

    Transitioning from the industrial past to a vibrant present, the NoMa area has become a magnet for businesses and residents alike. Residents of nearby Washington neighborhoods have witnessed this evolution firsthand. Development has a great ripple effect on the broader community.

    “I live in nearby Capitol Hill, and over these past few years, I’ve noticed the boom in business has lifted up the entire NoMa area,” said Alex Jancy ‘24. 

    As cranes dot the skyline and new establishments emerge, NoMa’s landscape is undergoing a profound transformation. Amidst the excitement, concerns about the potential drawbacks linger. Along with the many benefits of this developmental boom, possible negative impacts worry dome students. There may be some unintended consequences of the development. 

    “I think it might be a little bit harder for people to see the sun in some areas,” said Kierin McBride ’28.  

    As NoMa continues to evolve, the perspectives of Gonzaga College High School students provide valuable insights into the multifaceted impact of development on the neighborhood. From newfound dining options to broader economic upliftment, their observations offer a glimpse into the complexities of urban growth. As the neighborhood embraces its future, it does so with the voices of its youth guiding the way.

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