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Curbed Cup 1st round: (5) NoMa vs. (12) Brookland

Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

Photo via Ted Eytan


NoMa is one of the newest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. It wasn't until the late 1990s that the neighborhood's identity was born. Before then, the area was fairly desolate, save for a Greyhound station.

Today, the hip and bustling community houses a Harris Teeter, Union Market, 18 blocks of free outdoor Wi-Fi, and soon a new park and movie theater. There is also a brand new REI.

Currently, there are over 7,000 residential units either planned or currently under construction. A variety of long abandoned warehouses are also planned for conversion for new hotels, offices, and apartments.


Brookland Photo via Daniel Lobo

The Northeast neighborhood, Brookland, is home to the District's first shipping container homes as well as the $200 million Monroe Street Market project that opened its doors last year.

The mixed-use development features 720 residences, 83,000-square-feet of street-level retail, and 20,000-square-feet of amenity space spread out over three total buildings. With this development, a new community for artists was created with studios and a community arts center. Earlier this year, a new “arts park” also completed construction.

Since last year, the number of single-family homes has grown with record-breaking prices landing on the market every so often.