DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood has been through some big changes over the past 10 years. For those who were adventurous to purchase there 5 year ago or before, it has been a smart return on investment. While it has been plagued with a certain amount of crime, there is a fair amount of new construction/rehabs and general gentrification which has helped change the vibe. As the neighborhood turned the corner and the Navy Yard became more of a DC social attraction, crime reduced and home values increased.
Socially, NoMa Neighborhood is one the more authentic neighborhoods DC has to offer. If Satre were around today, you might find him hating on les autres at a local coffee shop or used book store.