As recently as the early 2000s, H Street was a neighborhood in shambles. It had begun its decline during WWII and was severely damaged during the 1968 riots following Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Building fronts were boarded up for decades.
H Street, one of Washington’s earliest and most significant commercial districts, is now a booming hot-spot for a night out in D.C. Favored by the bohemian crowd, H Street is home to the Atlas theater, clubs, burlesque shows, art studios, live music venues, restaurants and bars.
In the mid 2000s, based on a planning effort initiated by the District of Columbia Office of Planning, recovery began in earnest, including a 22 million dollar renovation of the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Organization of the neighborhood allowed for a three-district division: the Urban Living district, the Central Retail District, and the Arts and Entertainment district. It was the Arts and Entertainment district, located between 12th and 15th Streets NE, that rejuvenated the district as a popular night out spot.
Throughout its history, Capitol Hill has remained a reasonably stable middle-class neighborhood. Today, it bestrides the Southeast and Northeast quadrants, a large part of which has been defined as the Capitol Hill historic district. To the north of Capitol Hill is the H Street corridor, to the south are the Southeast/Southwest Freeway and Washington Navy Yard, to the east is Anacostia River and to the west, the National Mall and business district. The buildings range from Federal period (1800 to 1820) through 1919, with the bulk being late Victorian.
Capitol Hill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976 and is one of the largest historic districts in the United States. Although the neighborhood suffered a period of economic decline and rising crime around mid-century, it has gradually recovered and is now experiencing intense gentrification.
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