The DC blogosphere has been abuzz about MTV’s new season of The Real World, which starts filming here in Dupont Circle later this month. Some people are very much against the whole idea, while others are more pro. As someone who hasn’t watched the show since the 90s, I count myself among the bemused, and just hope it won’t be too disruptive to the neighborhood. (Also, it’s bizarre that the cast members will now all be younger than I am; as a high schooler watching the show, I remember the casts seeming like actual adults).
Yesterday I was on my way home from Adams Morgan and walked by the reputed Real World house at 20th and S Streets, and saw some onlookers taking photos. It’s certainly a lovely house, but I was more interested in what was in the parking strip in front of the house on the S Street side. An herb garden! Parsley, basil, rosemary, and other herbs were growing in a little raised bed between the street and the sidewalk.
True, the herbs look like they pre-date the arrival of the MTV crews. The parsley, in particular, looks like it was from a previous year’s crop that re-seeded itself. So it’s more likely that the previous residents planted the herbs and had to abandon them after MTV took over. The herbs were kind of half-heartedly roped off, and I wouldn’t suggest doing some kind of major raid of the goods. But the public nature of the bed puts it more in line with the herb garden at U and New Hampshire. At the very least, I hope someone in the new cast likes to cook and will put those herbs to good use!