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Neighborhood Narrative: Forest Hills

Forest Hills, often called Van Ness because of its proximity to the University of the District of Columbia’s Van Ness campus, is a quiet residential neighborhood. About a third of the housing properties are rentals, with the remaining two thirds…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Capitol Hill

Neighborhood Narrative: Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is the largest historic residential neighborhood in D.C as well as one of the most densely populated. Geographically, Capitol Hill itself rises near the center of the District of Columbia and stretches eastward, toward the Anacostia River. The…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Anacostia

Neighborhood Narrative: Anacostia

Anacostia, a name derived from the area’s early life as Nacochtank, a Native American settlement, has a long and rich history. The core of what is now the historic district was incorporated in 1854 as Uniontown and was one of…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Foxhall

Neighborhood Narrative: Foxhall

Foxhall is a small and affluent neighborhood in Washington, D.C. Bordered by Reservoir Road to the north, Foxhall Road to the west and south sides, and Glover-Archbold Park to the east, Foxhall is mostly residential. The vast majority of homes…

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Neighborhood Narrative: Shepherd Park

Neighborhood Narrative:  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: Embassy Row

Neighborhood Narratives: Embassy Row

Embassy Row is a section of Massachusetts Avenue, Northwest between Scott Circle and the North side of the United States Naval Observatory. Embassies, diplomatic missions and other diplomatic representations are concentrated there and onto the nearby streets. Considered Washington’s premier…

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Neighborhood Narratives: Clarendon

Neighborhood Narratives: Clarendon

Clarendon, located between the Rosslyn and Ballston areas, was named after Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, a statesman and historian. The village of Clarendon was platted, named and dedicated in 1900. After the arrival of streetcars, the area became…

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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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