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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 fans, quirky boutiques and global cuisine.

Much of the neighborhood is made up of 19th and early 20th century row houses and apartment buildings in delightful colors. The commercial district is along 18th Street in particular and has a great reputation for evening entertainment with its restaurants, nightclubs, bars, galleries, coffee houses and bookstores. The area is particularly popular with young professionals.

The name “Adams Morgan” comes from the mid 1950’s, when a concerted effort was made to improve the area by embracing all races and cultures. Previous to 1956, Adams had been the name of the area’s neighborhood school for white children while Morgan was the school for black children. At the time, the general area was suffering from neglect and division. Thanks to a devoted citizen group, the Adams-Morgan Better Neighborhood Conference, the district began to recover from its decline in the fall of 1956 and has since grown into the vibrant, multi-cultural neighborhood it is now.

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