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Neighborhood Narrative: Woodley Park

Neighborhood Narrative: Woodley Park

Woodley Park, the neighborhood directly west of the National Zoo and part of Rock Creek Park, was the site of fine summer homes in the late 1800s. Presidents and other political elite spent time there, likely enjoying the cool evenings…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Observatory Circle

Neighborhood Narrative: 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 Narrative: Ballston

Neighborhood Narrative: Ballston

Colonial Village, located at the very top of the roughly diamond-shaped Washington, D.C., is home to many high officials of the District of Columbia. With its winding streets, detached houses on large lots, open space and presence of Rock Creek…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Rosslyn

Neighborhood Narrative: Rosslyn

Rosslyn, located in the northeastern corner of Arlington County, VA, is just north of Arlington National Cemetery and directly across the Potomac from Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood. Encompassing the Arlington neighborhoods of N. Rosslyn and Radnor/Ft. Myer Heights, Rosslyn is…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Petworth

Neighborhood Narrative: Petworth

Petworth, an affordable residential neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of Washington, D.C., is a diverse and family friendly neighborhood. Bounded by Georgia Avenue, North Capitol Street, Rock Creek Church Road, and Missouri Avenue NW, Petworth is found in Ward 4…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Berkley

Neighborhood Narrative: Berkley

Berkley began as a 760 acre land grant given by Lord Baltimore in 1689. It was called Whitehaven and remained, like adjoining neighborhoods, farmland until the 20th century. Naturally isolated from the more cosmopolitan parts of D.C. by its location…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Tenleytown

Neighborhood Narrative: Tenleytown

Tenleytown, in 1790 called “Tennally’s Town” after area tavern owner, John Tennally, is the site of Fort Reno, one of the Civil War fortifications around Washington, D.C., and the highest natural point in the District of Columbia. Fort Reno, decommissioned…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Brookland

Neighborhood Narrative: Brookland

Brookland, in the Northeast quadrant of Washington, D.C., had its beginning in the early 1870s, evolving when the railroad ran a branch line through the area. In the late 1880s, Catholic University was established and drew developers quickly. The development…

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