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 Georgetown retained its identity for quite a while– that is, until its town charter was revoked in 1871, and when it was finally ordered in 1880 to conform with DC’s street naming structure.
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.