U Street, DC

Geographic Location

It extends from 9th Street on the east to 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west. Most of the area is part of the larger Shaw neighborhood, with the western end entering the DuPont Circle neighborhood.
 

Overall personality

The American Planning Association designated U Street as “A great street among great places in America” in 2011. The street is infamous for its Arts, Food and small businesses.  It is known as a part of the city that never sleeps, from the eclectic food options to the late night dancing you will always have something to do here.
 

Defining Characteristics

This is a part of town you come to on the weekends when you want experience authentic Ethiopian dining, at one time U Street was known as “little Ethiopia” for the restaurants the dotted down the street.  The street murals and the vintage shopping attract a number of people on the weekends and of course the Farmers Market every Saturday from 9am-1pm is one of the best in DC.
 

Noteworthy attractions

U street is a music fans paradise, with the underground U street music hall to the huge 9:30 Club – there is never shortage of live music. If you are in the mood to catch some jazz or gospel you can go the Howard Theatre or to the local bars for EDM sets to get down and funky! Meridian Hill Park which is situated a couple blocks north of U Street is the largest in town. It features a 13 basin cascading fountain, where every Sunday afternoon a community led drum circle forms. Whether you want to have a picnic, play soccer or soak in the sun – this park should be on your list.
 
 

Types of homes in the Area

Larger condo buildings dominate the area, and majority of the row homes have been converted to multi-family dwellings.
 

Annual Events

The Funk Parade which usually brings arounfd 70,000 people on U Street happens annually in May and is one of a kind day fair, parade and music festival celebrating Washington DCs vibrant music and arts and the spirit of funk that brings everyone together.

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