The Big Picture
The neighborhood's name and current boundaries date from the 1950s desegregation of the Adams and Morgan elementary schools. Prosperous in the early 20th century, blighted after World War II, the area attracted new waves of both bohemians and immigrants starting in the 1980s. Today, Adams Morgan boasts eclectic boutiques, ethnic eateries, and the most outdoor wall art in the District. Parking can be challenging, even with a resident sticker; you might consider selling your car!
Located in Ward 1, Adams Morgan is bordered by Calvert Street and Columbia Road to the north, 16th Street to the east, Florida Avenue to the south, and Rock Creek Park to the west.
Downtown: 20-25 minutes by bus
Georgetown University: 20 minutes by bike
Buses: 42, 43, 90, 92, 93, 96, L2, DC Circulator
Bikeshare Stations: 7
Dupont Circle (Red), Woodley Park-Zoo (Red) and Columbia Heights (Yellow, Green): 10-20 minutes by foot
A Special Place
Adams Morgan is your kind of neighborhood if you want a hipper side of DC, don't mind rogue car horns, and aren't targeting a back yard. There are plenty of quieter side streets, but don't expect the same, the closer you get to Columbia Road or 18th Street.
It's true: Children's Supermart, the forerunner to Toys "R" Us, opened its first store in 1948 on the site of today's Madam's Organ Blues Bar.
home sweet homes
Mid-range to expensive, Adams Morgan is deep in lovely rowhouses and pre-war apartment buildings, along with some larger buildings, condos and a few notable loft-style renovations in recent years.