The Big Picture
U Street first developed in the late 1800s, took off with streetcars, rivaled Harlem's Renaissance before World War II, then practically disintegrated after the 1968 riots. Revitalization in nearby Adams Morgan and Logan Circle, along with the opening of the U Street Metro station, were initial catalysts for what has become an amazing transformation. Premier music venues dot the entire neighborhood as they always have, food options abound, and there is public art of some kind on virtually every major corner.
Straddling parts of Wards 1 and 2, the U Street Corridor is bordered by Florida Avenue to the north, 8th Street to the east, S Street to the south and 14th Street to the west.
McPherson Square: 20 minutes by bus
Nationals Park: 20 minutes by metro
The Pentagon: 20 minutes by metro
Buses: 52, 53, 54, 63, 64, 90, 92, 96, S2, S4, X3, DC Circulator
Bikeshare Stations: 5
U Street - Cardozo, Shaw - Howard (Green, Yellow)
A Special Place
The nation's first African American YMCA, the city's oldest African American bank (industrial Savings Bank), the earliest African American hotel, and the Lincoln Theatre all bear witness to the segregationist realities of former times, and have been beautifully restored.
It's true: Pearl Bailey is credited with nicknaming U Street "Black Broadway." But in its heyday, U Street's theatres and clubs frequently hosted many other jazz legends -- Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, and of course native son Duke Ellington.
home sweet homes
Post-Civil War wood or brick rowhouses, many splendid, vie with larger new and rehabilitation condo and loft developments. True fixer-uppers are becoming rarer and rarer these days, a testimony to high demand for the neighborhood's unique assets and its proximity to much more.