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Restaurants protect community feel in gentrifying Mount Pleasant

As gentrification changes the landscape of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., longtime residents continue to gather at their favorite community spots. Residents, predominantly Latino immigrants, use these businesses as a way to keep their history and community alive.

Ercilia’s Restaurant and Haydee’s Restaurant are locally owned haunts that serve Mexican and Salvadoran food. Although new businesses continue to move into the rapidly expanding neighborhood, these restaurants cater to both new residents and loyal customers from the Latino community. 

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Fonda Mwangi

Fonda Mwangi

I am journalism graduate student at American University. I have written for Envision, an award-winning student magazine, focusing on finances for college students. I served as a radio announcer for two years and was an investigative intern at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington D.C. My bachelor’s degree is in communication from Andrews University, I enjoy traveling ask me what is on my bucket list!

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