Mount Pleasant Neighborhood

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Mount Pleasant is an up-and-coming neighborhood that is a little rough around the edges but being braved by many young families who are seeking some semblance of reasonable value in a DC neighborhood.

Affectionately dubbed “Mount Pregnant” by some, this is a neighborhood with sidewalks perpetually lines with strollers. Mount Pleasant neighborhood offers a nice mix of DC in its old glory from the old buildings with splashes of new trends in upstart bars and restaurants.

Navy Yard Neighborhood

DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood has been through some big changes over the past 10 years. For those who were adventurous to purchase there 5 year ago or before, it has been a smart return on investment. While it has been plagued with a certain amount of crime, there is a fair amount of new construction/rehabs and general gentrification which has helped change the vibe. As the neighborhood turned the corner and the Navy Yard became more of a DC social attraction, crime reduced and home values increased.

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Foggy Bottom Neighborhood

Foggy Bottom Neighborhood is historic and suprisingly. It rests in a quiet nook between downtown and Georgetown, housing many GW students and those who refuse to be more than a 5 minute cab ride from work.

Historically, buildings in this neighborhood were generally established from the 1870’s through the first decade of the 1900’s. The population of Foggy Bottom around this time was comprised mainly of poor immigrants of Irish and German descent.

Architecturally, Foggy Bottom neighborhood is comprised mostly of two-story rowhouses in a flat-fronted style commonly found after 1885.

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Glover Park Neighborhood

Glover Park Neighborhood is in between Georgetown and Cathedral Heights along Wisconsin Ave and is very popular with young professionals and young families. It has a the biggest and best Safeway in DC and a Whole Food within 4 blocks of each other, and a gang of great restaurants and drinking establishments clustered together by the intersection of Wisconsin and Calvert.

There is a lot to learn about Glover Park, but the first thing you should know is how do you pronounce Glover Park? As a born and raised Washingtonian (5 generations deep on my mother’s side) I am somewhat humbled to say that I grew up about a mile from this neighborhood and said the name wrong for decades before reading this article in the Washington Post. I have since been correctly saying the name despite the overwhelming mass of confident DC’ites who almost make me feel like I was right in the first place.

The two ways of saying it are like clover, or like lover – the way Danny pronounces it.

So the clover contingent will point to the DC public transit system and point out that the buses prounce it like clover, and believe that should end the debate right there. However, as infallible as the DC public transit system may seem to be, there is one man that trumps that argument: Charles Carroll Glover. Charles (no relation to Danny) was born in 1846 and worked his way up from a teller at Riggs Bank (once a glorious DC institution as important as any other) to become the bank’s president. He worked his ass off and eventually owned and donated the land where Glover Park now rests.

Bottom line is, when you donate billions of dollars of real estate which is then named after you, how you pronounce it is the correct way to pronounce it.

Nancy Symington (born a Glover) was interviewed by the Post at her 84th year of age, asking how she pronounces her maiden name. She sides with Danny and set the record straight to let the people know: it’s like a glove.

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Shaw Neighborhood

Socially, Shaw is still a work in progress when it comes to the bar and restaurant scene. The bars and restaurants that are here are typically packed and hard to find a seat at, but DC entrepreneurs are moving quickly to acquire liquor licenses and change that scenario. This area will be moving towards a more Cleveland Park like supply of entertainment soon enough.

Geographically, Shaw is roughly bounded by M Street, NW or Massachusetts Avenue NW to the south; New Jersey Avenue, NW to the east; Florida Avenue, NW to the north; and 11th Street, NW to the west. The area also includes the U Street Corridor, which is the commercial hub of the Shaw area, extending westward to 16th Street NW.

Shaw is centrally located, directly north of downtown and mere blocks southeast of the U Street. The neighborhood is served by the Shaw-Howard University Metro station (green/yellow lines), and it is within walking distance to both the U Street and Mount Vernon Square Metro stations too. There is good bus service in the area, with the 70 and 71 routes connecting the area with the waterfront and Silver Spring via 7th Street, and the G2 bus that connects Georgetown University and Howard University. And, for those who have cars, there’s great freeway access too.howard theater

Historically, The area has seen great renewal over the past 5-10 years.  Shaw’s renewal has been quiet, with one building renovation at a time rather than large scale rehab projects.

Shaw grew out of freed slave encampments in the rural outskirts of Washington City, originally called “Uptown” when the city’s boundary ended at “Boundary Street” (now Florida Avenue).

Shaw was named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. The neighborhood thrived in the nineteenth and twentieth century as a center of black culture. The area was a hotspot for jazz in the 1920s and 1930s, with resident Duke Ellington crushing the scene.

Politically, Ward: 1 (Jim Graham) & 2 (Jack Evans)

Fraternally, check out Baby Wale (1124 9th Street NW) in the Shaw DC neighborhood. Built from a roofless shell, Baby Wale has skylit ceilings and an upside down tree cum chandelier with a reasonably priced menu.

Dacha (1600 7th St NW) in a formerly vacant lot, features German biergarten tables, great landscaping, and a striking two-story-tall mural of Elizabeth Taylor and featuring a carefully curated list of Belgian and German beers.

Fun Fact: Shaw neighborhood was named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. The neighborhood was originally started as a freed slave encampment.

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Georgetown Neighborhood

Georgetown NeighborhoodInformation about Georgetown neighborhood –

When Congress created the District of Columbia in 1791, Georgetown was included in the outline of the 10-mile square.  Georgetown continued to grow, with Georgetown University founded in 1789, and much of the area developed with commercial buildings near the water and residential buildings further north on higher ground.  Georgetown retained its identity for quite a while– that is, until its town charter was revoked in 1871, and when it was finally ordered in 1880 to conform with DC’s street naming structure.Georgetown University Sketch

Socially, Georgetown neighborhood is awash in a mix of tourists, shoppers, and college students. This is one of the best places for shopping in DC, and the worst for walking.

Geographically, Georgetown neighborhoods mecca is at the intersection of M St and Wisconsin avenue – this is also where you can find Georgetown mall, a great place to beat the heat – an official DC summer past-time.

Historically, Georgetown used to be the congested slave quarters for wealthy DC landowners back when the area was largely a swamp and not the price waterfront real estate it is now.

Politically, Georgetown is located in ward

Fraternally, besides the healthy collection of bars around the M/Wisconsin intersection, you’ll find the best place to go during the summer is on the waterfront. People watching is at a premium and you get the added benefit of boat people watching while drinking outside.

Fun Fact: The parking garage of the waterfront was recently flooded (an allegedly avoidable accident) that cause millions of dollars worth of damage and cause the waterfront bar scene to close for a period of time.

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Embassy Row Neighborhood

Embassy Row has more than 180 foreign embassies, residences, chanceries, and diplomatic missions and is the name for a DC neighborhood where embassies and other diplomatic installations abound.

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Geographically, the Embassy Row neighborhood is found along Massachusetts Avenue and betwixt various cross streets between Thomas, Ward and Scotts (by Wisconsin Ave) circles.

Historically, the Embassy Row neighborhood was widely touted as one of Washington’s most prestigious residential addresses in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Massachusetts Avenue housed the city’s social and political elites within its stately mansions, thusly earning the nickname “Millionaires’ Row” for the section between Scott Circle and Sheridan circle.rowhouse neighborhood

The first and arguably the most prominent embassy on the row was the British Embassy. Found adjacent to the US Naval Observatory, the British Embassy was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens for the purpose of combining the offices and the residence of the ambassador in a style resembling an Queen Anne style English country house.

The street lost stature in the 1920s, decaying as the Great Depression took its course and many were forced to sell their homes – a general state that persisted until the rise of the US after World War II when nations competed to build or maintain grand residences to represent an image of importance and significance in the US (now a superpower) capital. Lodges of social clubs also emerged at the same time.

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Dupont Circle Neighborhood

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One of the more popular DC neighborhoods (among singles and otherwise) Dupont Circle is also known for being very accommodating for those looking for short commute times – served by a fleet of buses and the Washington Metro Red Line at the Dupont Circle Metro Station.

Socially, Dupont Circle has always been a strong hub for good eats, good drinks and good fun. From intense chess matches in circle center to debaucherous drag queen bingo, Dupont Circle has something for almost everyone who is open to new experiences and personalities.

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Capital Pride

Capital Pride is an annual LGBT pride festival held each June in Washington. As of 2007, the festival is the fourth-largest LGBT pride event in the United States, with over 200,000 people in attendance. The Capital Pride parade takes place annually on Saturday during the festival and travels through the streets of the neighborhood.

Geographically, Dupont Circle is a historic neighborhood district located in Northwest Washington, D.C. The famous traffic circle is located at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue, Massachusetts Avenue,  New Hampshire Avenue, 19th Street and P St. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is bounded approximately by 15th Street to the east, 22nd Street to the west, M Street to the south, and Florida Avenue to the north.rowhouse neighborhood

Historically, the Strivers’ Section is a small residential area west of 16th Street, between Swann Street and Florida Avenue. The Strivers’ Section, named from a turn-of-the-century writer who described the district as “the Striver’s section, a community of Negro aristocracy”, was historically an enclave of upper-middle-class African Americans — often community leaders — in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area includes a row of houses on 17th Street owned by Frederick Douglass and occupied by his son.

The area, which was once considered an overlap of the Dupont Circle and Shaw neighborhoods, is today a historic district. Many of its buildings are the original Edwardian-era residences, along with several apartment and condominium buildings and a few small businesses.

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Fraternally, the annual Dupont Circle High Heel Race, first held in 1985, takes place on the Tuesday before Halloween (October 31). For several hours before 9 p.m., more than 100 drag queens stroll up and down 17th Street, often referred to as “The Runway”. The race itself, which lasts about one minute, begins at 9:00 p.m. Spectators and participants begin the festivities hours earlier. The “racecourse” extends north from 17th and P Street NW up to Riggs Place, a distance of about two short blocks.

Architectually, the local rowhouses were primarily built prior to 1900 feature variations on the Queen Anne and Richardsonian Romanesque revival styles. Rarer are the palatial mansions and large freestanding houses that line the broad, tree-lined diagonal avenues that intersect the circle. Many of these larger dwellings were built in the styles popular between 1895 and 1910.

Fun Fact: Dupont Circle used to have an underground market, housed in the underground tunnel used by the trolley cars of days gone by. There is talk of a revival of said commerce zone.

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Downtown Neighborhood

Downtown DC NeighborhoodSocially, the Downtown DC neighborhood has an interesting mix of mostly homogenized government/financial/lawyer professionals with a smattering of tourists/convention goers who are out for a good time. While the coffee shops and smaller food venues become ghosted after 7pm, happy hour joints thrive until 10pm on a daily basis.old post office building dc

Geographically, downtown Washington is broadly considered to be anything north of Constitution Avenue NW, east of Rock Creek Park, south of M Street NW, and west of the U.S. Capitol. The area east of the Capitol and north of Massachusetts Avenue is sometimes called “Downtown East”. However, that geographical area includes as many as nine separate neighborhoods, including Foggy Bottom, West End, Penn Quarter, Mount Vernon Square, Chinatown, Sursum Corda, Judiciary Square, Swampoodle, and NoMa.Smithsonian Museum

Historically, downtown DC has always been more business district than neighborhood.

Politically, Ward: 2.

Fraternally, the downtown area does serve as a fertile post-intermural-game-on-the-lawn party zone. Due to its proximity to the wide open green spaces that host many coed after-work sports leagues, bars like The Exchange accommodate a healthy environment for young professionals to make some bad decisions.

Fun Fact: Downtown DC has never been occupied by a foreign power.

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