U Street Corridor
The U Street Corridor is known as the cradle of jazz music and as a shining touchstone of Black History in America. It is home to two of DC’s iconic cultural institutions: Ben's Chili Bowl and the Howard Theater, and has been hailed as one of ‘‘America’s Most Animated Arts Places” by ArtPlace and designated a Great Street by the American Planning Association. In addition to the Howard, theaters include the Lincoln, Source, and Studio. Galleries, shops, restaurants, boutique gyms and luxe condo buildings have popped up seemingly by the dozen in the last decade. As D.C.’s Economic Partnership says “Young professionals come to 14th & U Streets to experience the vibrancy of urban living and enjoy the diverse and growing dining, retail, residential, entertainment and cultural offerings”.
Preservationists have also made sure that the historic gems remain in place through all the change, including The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, the Duke Ellington Mural, the Mary McLeod Bethune House, and the Thurgood Marshall Center for Service & Heritage. Each of these treasures animates the neighborhood with a unique sense of place. The U Street Corridor is a one-of-a-kind American treasure: musical, monumental, and with its very own beat.