Washington DC counts 112 neighborhoods. How many do you know? Find out with a new slot in the Humanitini program: Neighborhood Knowledge. In this recurring series, we criss-cross the city east to west and north to south to explore the diverse geographical and social tapestry of its communities. 

On Tuesday 12/16 at Big Bear Café (6:30-8:30pm), we’ll focus on Bloomingdale, past and present. The neighborhood’s growing development in the last few years has brought in its wake a new economic reality along with, inevitably, demographic change. Rather than tracing its evolution through charts and percentages, we’ll focus on community voices. 

We want to hear from you — Bloomingdale residents and enthusiasts old and new, former and current. We’re interested in the architecture, stories, traditions, and most of all, the multiple facets of lived experience that make up the neighborhood’s history. From childhood to churches, parks to parades, street art to community relations, we welcome an array of approaches to the theme of urban transformation. 

Please contribute to the conversation by sharing your photos, posters, stories, little-known facts and more! Together, they’ll set the stage for discussion and become part of Bloomingdale’s collective neighborhood knowledge.



Humanitini – Neighborhood Knowledge: Bloomingdale

Our panel includes
Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D, author of Go-Go Live Ph.D, author of Go-Go Live ( 

Saaret Yoseph, multimedia storyteller; director/producer of The Red Line D.C. Project (
Scott Roberts, community activist and blogger of Bloomingdale

Autumn Saxon-Ross, Program Director, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies