Every year, the arbiters of good taste – and often uncanny prescience – over at The Washington Post craft The List, dethroning the old (cauliflower, binge watching, zombie apocalypses) and crowning their successors in the new year (radish, binge listening, and climate change dystopias, apparently).
Yes, the items can be arcane and in-jokey, and frequently D.C.-centric. I, for one, usually pat myself on the back for getting a dozen or so references before resorting to The List’s helpful links to earlier coverage and Urban Dictionary definitions.
But tucked amid The List: 2015 is one trend Marylanders have seen coming for years now: The city of Frederick is “in.”
The Post’s Amy Argetsinger, curator of this year’s List, kicks out Little Washington, Virginia, to make room for the up-and-coming Maryland suburb. She cites a September WaPo story about a bakery owner abandoning plans to set shop in Little Washington, opting for Warrenton instead after locals made known their distaste for the larger, related development.
The Rappahannock County town may be home to the much-lauded Inn at Little Washington, but Frederick is no stranger to the foodie crowd, either. Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt offers menu choices like mustard green soup with mussels, radish (see?!) and brioche and foie gras with arugula and sour cherry; Ayse Meze Lounge serves up eggs benedict and champagne cocktails for brunch.
In March, Livability.com ranked Frederick’s downtown alongside those in cities like Providence, Indianapolis, noting its revitalization in the past decade.
And in October, The Post dubbed Frederick one of a spate of “mini-D.C.s” who share the hallmarks of walkable restaurants and entertainment, growing property values and an influx of young, hip folk.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a balancing act involved. In June, Mayor Randy McClement said losing highway revenue funds has put a strain on the city’s budget, even as property tax assessments have climbed. He described a city not booming, but rather staying afloat, and still trying to draw in businesses.