Tobago, DC

I grew up east of Ft. Reno Park, in what I thought was called North Cleveland Park. I always felt that the neighborhood was a little dull and lacking community, like it really wasn’t a neighborhood. This sense was borne out when my parent’s realtor confessed that he had no idea what it was called. Now, Wikipedia claims there is a difference between North Cleveland Park, south of Albermarle St. and Wakefield to the north of it. Wakefield? Damnit, no! I’m calling it Tobago.

Map around Ft. Reno Park
You know, because there's already a Trinidad somewhere else in the city... Via DC GIS.

I am not joking at all; I want this to happen. There is no reason why we should stick with a real estate name that nobody knows. A funny name is precisely what DC needs.


  • February 6, 2009 - 10:55 pm | Permalink

    i’m passing this one along to mike grass—he’ll get a good laugh!

  • Matt
    February 7, 2009 - 8:55 am | Permalink

    Indeed, a funny name IS precisely what DC needs, and I can’t wait to see the Tenleytown-Tobago-AU Metro station.

  • JTS
    February 7, 2009 - 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I love this idea. little things like this really add to DC’s character, not to mention its subtle internationalism. Wikipedia edits commencing presently.

  • Former Resident
    February 10, 2009 - 8:44 pm | Permalink

    Love it!!

  • Yuma St.
    February 25, 2010 - 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Wa? Tobago? I grew up at Yuma and Reno and my mother still lives there. This isn’t Tobago. It ain’t Wakefield either. What the hell’s wrong with Tenleytown? That’s what I’ve always called this neighborhood.

  • February 26, 2010 - 12:17 am | Permalink

    You’re on to something with the Tenleytown thing. There’s a reason you assumed that’s where you lived. But, by realtors’ definition, your mother’s house is in North Cleveland Park. Wakefield is north of Albemarle.

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