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Neighborhood Narratives: Bethesda

Neighborhood Narratives: Bethesda

Bethesda, Maryland, is a census-designated town in southern Montgomery County, located northwest of Washington, D.C. The name comes from a local church, built in 1820, called the Bethesda Meeting House. As an unincorporated area, Bethesda lacks official boundaries. Beginning as…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Adams Morgan

Neighborhood Narratives: Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan, centered at the intersection of 18th Street and Columbia Road, is a culturally diverse area with a lively nightlife. Considered to be the center of Washington’s Hispanic immigrant community, the area is bustling with youth, Latin-infused lounges, salsa…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Observatory Circle

Neighborhood Narratives: Observatory Circle

Observatory Circle is a neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., dominated by the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory (USNO) and the official residence of the vice president. There are approximately 500 households within the neighborhood. The main thoroughfare is…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Ballston

Neighborhood Narratives: Ballston

Ballston, named after reputed relatives of George Washington, the Ball family, began as a crossroads intersection that has been a focal point of the area since about 1740. One of the oldest crossroads in Northern Virginia, what began as Birch’s…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Silver Spring

Neighborhood Narratives: Silver Spring

Silver Spring, an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, MD, is the fourth most populous place in the state. Silver Spring’s namesake was a mica-flecked spring, reputedly located in what is now Acorn Park, discovered in 1840 by Frances Preston Blair,…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Wesley Heights

Neighborhood Narratives: Wesley Heights

Wesley Heights, developed in the 1920s by W.C. and A.N. Miller, is one of the first master planned neighborhoods in the US. Situated among rolling, wooded hills, Wesley Heights is a small, affluent and mainly residential neighborhood, with gorgeous homes…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Crestwood

Neighborhood Narratives: Crestwood

Crestwood is part of the residential area known as the Gold Coast and is among the first neighborhoods north of the White House to feature single family homes and lawns. Settlers were first attracted to the area because of what…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Shepherd Park

Neighborhood Narratives: Shepherd Park

Shepherd Park, in the northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., gained its name from its most famous resident, governor of the Territory of D.C. (1873-1874), Alexander Robey Shepherd. Originally called Sixteenth Street Heights, the neighborhood was renamed Shepherd Park in 1943.…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Massachusetts Heights

Neighborhood Narratives: Massachusetts Heights

Massachusetts Heights, a small neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., is predominantly occupied by Washington National Cathedral, its grounds, and its associated properties, including St. Albans School. A very small, triangular area contains the only residential section, adjacent to Observatory Circle…

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