I believe the name of the neighborhood came from Columbia Pike, while ours, as you may remember, got its name from Columbian College, which moved to Foggy Bottom and became GW.
Arlington's website has more about the neighborhood, which sounds a lot like our hood, the real Columbia Heights:
The three primary advantages of living in our neighborhood, as noted by participants in our community survey, were:
Other advantages noted by residents included:
- Convenience and access to a variety of shopping and retail establishments (39%).
- Proximity to Washington, D.C., and living close to the city (34%).
- Access to public transportation and major roads (27%).
- Diversity of the population
- Safe neighborhood, on some streets
- Neighborhood/community feeling in some community
I also found a history of the area, which talks a bit about the Civil War, and the neighborhood has a civic association (and even a West Columbia Heights Civic Association.)
Interesting stuff. Of course, there's also a Columbia Heights, Minnesota and not one but two in New York City.