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Columbia Heights
Keep yourself informed with these great neighborhood websites providing news about the neighborhood:

For Local Civic Associations:
North Columbia Heights Civic Association
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Main Points of Interest:

Target Giant
Best buy Lane Bryant
Bed Bath & Beyond Marshalls
Radio Shack Payless Shoe Store
Staples CVS
Entertainment / Arts
Tivoli Theatre Bloom bars
Dance Institute of WA Speakeasy DC
The Jam Center Mon Cherie Gallery
Food / Dining
Red Rock Pizza Thai-Tanic
Meridian Pint Chipotle
Room 11 Wine Bar Papa John’s Pizza
Wonderland Commonwealth Gastro Pub
Pete’s New Haven Pizza Starbucks
Five Guys Ruby Tuesday
Potbelly Sandwich Dunkin Doughnuts
Sticky Fingers Bakery Pollo Campero

The Coupe

Kangaroo Boxing Club

The Neighborhood
Welcome to Columbia Heights an historic neighborhood that has been through many changes and is still in a state of evolution today.

Beginning as farmlands on the outskirts of the then borders of the nation’s capital during the 1800’s, the neighborhood slowly evolved and by the 1900’s had become a prestigious neighborhood that boasted many artists, intellectuals and became the place to live for upper level managers of the federal government, Justices and high-ranking military officers. Many prestigious apartment buildings began springing up in Columbia Heights many of which still stand today and some that are being re-developed as condos for new residents drawn to the historic mystique. They boasted unusual features like fully operational kitchens in the basements with dumb waiters servicing the resident’s apartments above with round the clock catering. The architecture of the neighborhood still stands out and remains as one of its most alluring factors.

An imposing mansion known as the “Belmont” marked the entrance to the neighborhood and was emblematic of the confidence that the affluent placed in the concept that Columbia Heights was the preferred area for some of Washington’s wealthiest and most influential people. According to research residents included author Sinclair Lewis, Chief Justice Melville Fuller, Justice John Marshall Harlan and Duke Ellington.

Plunged into ashes during the 1968 riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Columbia Heights saw 60% of its businesses and many of its buildings set ablaze and the neighborhood went into disrepute for decades. Finally in 1999 a plan was unveiled plans to revitalize the neighborhood and these centered on the Columbia Heights Metro station that opened that same year. Columbia Heights is still one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in DC and its gradual and systematic revitalization of its parks and recreational areas is still on-going.

Today the neighborhood is one of DC’s prime real estate hotspots. With the gradual revitalization still going on and its unique positioning for public transport makes it an ideal urban destination for home buyers. The eclectic collection of shopping, dining and retail provides everything that a great neighborhood could want all within easy walking distance.

Download the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail Map and Trail Booklet to learn more about this vibrant historic neighborhood.

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