Ward 2 is perhaps best known as the home of the National Mall, the White House, monuments and museums. It is the place where many tourists and other visitors spend the bulk of their time, and includes the images most associated with Washington, DC in the national and international psyches. It also includes the non-residential office enclaves of Federal Triangle and Southwest Federal Center.
However, Ward 2 is much more than this, encompassing some of the oldest residential neighborhoods in the city. To the west is the neighborhood of Georgetown, a village older than the District of Columbia itself with one of the best shopping areas in the city. Foggy Bottom and the West End sit between Georgetown and Downtown, and includes a mix of historic townhouses, apartment and office buildings. Sheridan-Kalorama and Dupont Circle are home to grand Victorian townhomes and stand-alone mansions, many of which are occupied by foreign embassies and chanceries. The Logan Circle, Mount Vernon Square, and Shaw neighborhoods have undergone significant changes in the last few years as houses are renovated and new multi-family and commercial development are completed, particularly along the 14th Street corridor.
Finally, most of Downtown DC sits within Ward 2. This area has seen tremendous growth and redevelopment over the past ten years as vacant buildings have been renovated, vacant lots built on, and empty storefronts filled with new retail, restaurants, entertainment venues and museums.
For more information on the planning, development review and historic preservations initiatives in the ward, please visit the links below or contact:
Ward 1 Neighborhood Planner