The Big Picture

Once know simply as "Uptown," Shaw dates from freed slave encampments on the rural outskirts of the city; its namesake was one Robert Gould Shaw, a colonel in the Union Army.  Shaw is book-ended north by Howard University and south by the Washington Convention Center.  7th Street was traditionally the main commercial thoroughfare; nearby U Street is now even more active. 

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Get Situated

Spanning parts of Wards 1, 2 and 6, Shaw is bordered by U Street and Florida Avenue to the north, New Jersey Avenue to the east, M Street to the south, and 11th street to the west.

Commute Times

McPherson Square: 20-25 minutes by bus
Department of Agriculture: 20 minutes by metro
Hyattsville: 20 minutes by car
 

Public Transportation

Buses: 52, 53, 54, 70, 79, 90, 92, 96, G2
Bikeshare Stations: 3

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Shaw-Howard, Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center (Yellow, Green)


A Special Place

Shaw enjoyed an intellectual and cultural renaissance even before Harlem's, and counts Duke Ellington as a native son. While there remain many second- and even third-generation families, newly arrived professionals and creatives are in the ascendent.  Housing and retail are revitalizing around hubs such as Blagden Alley and the historic O Street market. 

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It's true: Members of the Ethiopian American community have lobbied the City to designate a once desolate block of 9th Street "Little Ethiopia."  

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home sweet homes

Shaw consists mainly of gridded streets and smaller Victorian rowhouses. Newer developments, including modern loft and luxury condominiums, are beginning to line the main thoroughfares.

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