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About Ward 6

About Ward 6

Ward 6 is located in the heart of Washington, DC, and is the only Ward to include portions of each of the four quadrants of the city. As a consequence, it has a highly diverse population and housing stock, and a myriad of neighborhood characteristics. To the west, Ward 6 covers parts of Downtown and the Penn Quarter, Gallery Place and Chinatown neighborhoods, home to office buildings, major retail and restaurants, hotels, museums and theaters, federal buildings, and, particularly over the past ten years, a growing number of residential buildings. To the south are the Modern high-rises and townhouses of the Southwest Waterfront and the new Wharf mixed use neighborhood, and the major new development of the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, anchored by the Nationals Stadium and soon to include a variety of housing, retail and office buildings as well as two new parks. Ward 6 includes the growing Buzzard Point mixed use neighborhood which will be anchored by the new soccer stadium.

The center of the Ward is the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, with its townhouses and local commercial corridors. While this area includes major national symbols such as the United States Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, it is also a tight-knit community with local resources such as Eastern Market and the Old Naval Hospital.

Planning in Ward 6

The Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital: District Elements has Area Elements (chapters) that provide geographically-specific policy guidance. Area Elements that cover neighborhoods within Ward 6 include:

The Comprehensive Plan’s Area Elements use planning boundaries, not Ward boundaries. The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year plan, while Ward boundaries are political boundaries that can change every 10 years due to redistricting following the decennial Census.

The Comprehensive Plan Amendment project web page is plandc.dc.gov. Questions, comments and feedback on the Comprehensive Plan should be emailed to [email protected].

Neighborhood and corridor plans for Ward 6 include:

Development Review in Ward 6

Historic Preservation in Ward 6

Ward 6 Maps and Data


Jessica Williams, Community Planner