Some of the District’s best known residential neighborhoods can be found in Ward 1, many of which have great historic significance for the local African-American and Latinx populations.
While most of these neighborhoods are dominated by row houses, they are all distinct. Columbia Heights sits right in the middle of the ward, boasting beautiful historic townhomes, a major commercial core and landmarks such as the Tivoli Theater. Adams Morgan is home to an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and bars, and has long been a center for city nightlife. This activity extends along the U Street Corridor, much of which serves as the southern boundary of the ward. Mount Pleasant is known for its unique townhouses, strong international cultural mix and leafy streets against the National Zoo and Rock Creek Park.
The Pleasant Plains neighborhood is home to Howard University, which also abuts the townhouses and gracious Victorian homes of LeDroit Park and portions of the Shaw neighborhood. Sixteenth Street, NW serves as a grand boulevard running through the center of the ward, lined with impressive apartment buildings, embassies, churches, and Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park.
Ward 1 is a culturally rich section of the city that serves many functions for many different people.
Planning in Ward 1
Comprehensive Plan and Supporting Documents
Neighborhood and corridor plans for Ward 1 include:
Adams Morgan Vision Framework : a planning initiative completed in 2016.
Pleasant Commercial Revitalization Plan: a Small Area Plan completed in 2010.
Columbia Heights Neighborhood Investment Fund: a priority investment plan completed in 2008.
Park Morton Redevelopment Plan: a planning initiative for Park Morton under the New Communities program, completed in 2008
Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station Area and Corridor Plan: a Small Area Plan approved by the DC Council in 2006.
DUKE Framework for a Cultural Destination on Greater Shaw-U Street : a Small Area Plan approved by DC Council in 2005.
Jonathan Greene, Community Planner