WASHINGTON -- It doesn't get more D.C. than this.
If you were born in the District -- soon, there will be a holiday for you.
"D.C. Natives Day" is about to become a thing. The goal is to celebrate the culture and the people of this city we call home.
The D.C. Council voted to approve the holiday Tuesday night. The big day is May 20.
"It may seem strange that any city needs a day to celebrate residents who grew up on its streets, but this is not just any city," Theresa Vargas, a columnist for the Washington Post wrote earlier this year. "We have to listen to what the D.C. natives pushing for a day of recognition are really trying to tell us. And it is this: Don’t forget we’re part of this city, too."
Washington, D.C. has experienced the worst gentrification in the country since 2000 among large cities, according to a new study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity on how American neighborhoods have changed.
According to the study, D.C. had the highest rate of economic displacement – or gentrification – of all large cities in the U.S., with nearly 36 percent of its population living in areas experiencing “strong displacement.”
"While our city's diversity is to be celebrated, we must also acknowledge that the city once hailed as 'Chocolate City' now has an African American population of under 48 percent," Kenyan McDuffie, the Ward 5 councilman, said at the Tuesday morning meeting. "And many who left the city and are leaving the city were and are residents of color."
The concept of celebrating Washington D.C.'s roots isn't new, but in recent months has taken on a whole new meaning. After a resident in one of the new high-rise condos in Shaw complained of go-go music from the Metro PCS store speakers, the city found a new rallying cry in #DontMuteDC.
As protesters took to the streets, the music came back on but that was not enough for folks who were concerned the city has lost sight of its heritage.
Tuesday, thousands of people came out to Shaw to celebrate go-go music, the city and its people with #MOECHELLA.
As music blasted from speakers and people danced in the streets, folks online commented how there's nowhere like DC.
Now, there will be a day to commemorate that feeling.