Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
“On U Street we had everything we wanted. We didn’t go downtown because of the segregation, but we had everything right here. All your clothing stores, theaters, drug stores…everything. We first started going downtown in the 1960s. They had all the best stores downtown, but the best music was here. We had four theaters on U St…bebop, Go Go, we had it all. We also had the biggest gamblers up here. All the money was up here. We had one…two…three…four pool rooms.
We didn’t go downtown because of the segregation, but we had everything right here.
“We didn’t have no, what you call it, trouble. Everybody who came into the neighborhood, if they weren’t right, we would run them out of here. The drugs didn’t start coming in until the 1970’s. Heroin. Then crack came in and that’s what ruined everything. And now, nothing’s been turned around. The police come around everyday trying to drive us out of the neighborhood. And this is where we grew up. Every time you turn around, you got to get out the neighborhood. For what? I’ve been in DC for 75 years.”
Read more about historic U Street here.