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Wikipedia Description: U Street Corridor
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The U Street Corridor is a collection of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, galleries and residences along a nine-block stretch of U Street in northwest Washington, D.C. It extends from 9th Street on the east to 18th Street and Florida Avenue on the west. Most of this area is part of the larger Shaw neighborhood with the western end entering the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It is served by the U Street Metro Station.
Founding and early history:
The U Street area is largely a Victorian-era neighborhood, developed between 1862 and 1900, the majority of which has been designated as a historic district. The area is made up of row houses constructed rapidly by speculative builders and real estate developers in response to the city's high demand for housing following the Civil War and the growth of the Federal government in the late 19th century. The corridor became commercially significant when a streetcar line operated there in the early 20th century, making it convenient for the first time for government employees to commute downtown to work and shop.
While the area remained a cultural center for the African American community through the 1960s, the neighborhood began to decline after racially restrictive real estate covenants were removed by the Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision of 1948, allowing African Americans access to housing throughout the area. Following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, the intersection of 14th Street and U Street was the epicenter of violent and destructive riots by African-American residents. Following the riots, and the subsequent white flight of residents and businesses from the area, the corridor became blighted. Drug trafficking rose dramatically in the mid-sixties and for many years the intersection of 14th and U Streets was the center of drug trafficking in Washington, DC. At times, hundreds of addicts would fill the ...More...
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