The Big Picture
Farmland in "Washington County, District of Columbia" prior to the Civil War, Columbia Heights was drawn into the city proper with the advent of horse-drawn streetcars and stately rowhouses for upper-echelon government employees. The 1968 riots hit the neighborhood very hard, resulting in several generations of precipitous decline. The current revitalization dates from the 1999 opening of the Columbia Heights Metro station. For all its recent gentrification, the area remains arguably the District's most ethnically and economically diverse.
Located in Ward 1, Columbia Heights is bordered by Spring Road to the north, Sherman Avenue to the east, Florida Avenue to the south, and 16th Street to the wast.
McPherson Square: 20-25 minutes by bus
Air & Space Museum: 12 minutes by metro
Rosslyn: 20 minutes by car
Buses: 52, 53, 54, 63, 64, 70, 79, 90, 92, 96, H2, H4, DC Circulator
Bikeshare Stations: 8
Columbia Heights (Yellow, Green)
A Special Place
14th Street is the neighborhood's traditonal core thoroughfare, today offering a mix of national-chain and local-to-DC shopping and dining. But nearby 11th Street is a rising star as well, studded with an appealing roster of indie restaurants, bars and coffee shops
It's true: Late-19th century local landowner Senator John Sherman, who authored the Sherman Antitrust Act, also coined the name "Columbia Heights." He was honoring Columbian College, then a small neighborhood institution that we today know as The George Washington University.
home sweet homes
Columbia Heights features a rapidly evolving mix: newer, high-priced condominiums, imposing side-street townhouses (some already renovated, others not), and public and middle-income housing from differing eras.