Winter 2016



The Columbia Heights neighborhood started in 1815 as a purchase of acreage previously part of the Pleasant Plains estate. Soon after the Civil War, Columbia Heights started to develop as a suburb of Washington. The neighborhood’s past is illustrious, as it was the chosen home of many of Washington’s highly influential people. The northern portion of modern Columbia Heights was, until the 1880s, part of the village of Mount Pleasant. Named for Columbian College, now The George Washington University, Columbia Heights was targeted for upscale building around 1900 and designed to attract Supreme Court justices, high-ranking military officers and upper level Federal government workers.

By 1914, four streetcar lines gave the neighborhood access to downtown within 20 minutes ride. The popularity of the neighborhood lead to construction of several large apartment buildings, changing the character of the area from suburban to more urban and densely populated. The neighborhood retained its upscale appeal through the 1960s, until the riots following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. Much of the 14th Street Corridor was ravaged. Many homes and shops remained vacant for decades.

To many, diversity is the heart of the Columbia Heights community. In 1999, the city announced an initiative for a renaissance of the neighborhood that focused around the newly opened Columbia Heights Metro station. With the return of residents and economic development, considerable gentrification occurred quickly. In contrast to some gentrified neighborhoods, however, Columbia Heights retained its phenomenal diversity.


323 Warder Street NW
Yoga Heights
Ballou STAY High School
Bank of America
Blui Dymond INK Tattoo and Piercing Studio
BP Station
Briya Public Charter School
Bruce-Monroe Elementary School
Capital Bike Share
Capitol Bike Share
Center City Public Charter
Circle B Convenience Store
City Beats Shoes
Clinton Jackson Performing Arts Theatre
Congress Heights Metro
Congress Heights Post Office
Congress Heights Recreation
Congress Park
Democracy Prep Congress Heights
Eagle Academy Public Charter School
Eats Place
El Chucho Cocina Superior
Essencias Panamenas Restaurant
Exxon Station
Ferebee Hope Rec Center
Fish in the 'Hood
Friendship Public Charter School
Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro
Good Care Pharmacy
Hart Middle School
Hendley Elementary School
Homeastead Restaurant
Hong Kong Delite
Ingenuity Prep
John Hayden Johnson Middle School
Joint Base Bolling-Anacostia
Kangaroo Boxing Club
King Avenue Liquors
King Gas Station
Kuumna Learning Center
532 Newton Place NW
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
Martin's Café
Mary Virginia Merrick Recreation Center
Meadowbrook Run Community Center
Mellon Convenience Store
Meridian Pint
Merry's Kitchen
MLK Deli
Mom N' Pop Antiques
Morgan's Seafood
National Children's Center
Oxon Run Outdoor Pool
Park View Recreation Center
Players Lounge
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
Qualia Coffee
Rite Aide
Room 11
Sala Thai
Shell Gas Station
Simon Elementary School
Small Fry
Somerset Prep DC
Southeast Child Development Center
Southeast Tennis and Learning Center
St. Elizabeths East Campus
St. Elizabeths West Campus
Subway Restaurant
The Coupe
The Looking Glass Lounge
The Wonderland Ballroom
Turner Elementary School
U.S. Post Office
US Coast Guard
Wall of Books
Malcolm X Recreation Center



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