"Since, the Wizards/Capitals former owner led a push to build a new facility in downtown DC. Up and running since 1997, Verizon Center has helped spark a turnaround there. It’s now a trendy, go-to destination with a lot of things to do, good nightspots, and places to live near public transit."
You can read the full article here. It's not entirely complimentary, it does acknowledge that we still have our problems, which include "uneven schools" and "gang violence."