DC -- U Street Heritage neighborhood:
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- UST_200417_05.JPG: African American Heritage Trail, Washington DC
Edward "Duke" Ellington Residence
1805 13th Street, NW
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899 -- 1974), the internationally renowned composer and musician born in Washington, DC, spend part of his youth here at 1805 13th Street, NW (1910 -- 1914). During those formative years he studied classical piano as well as techniques of local ragtime pianists. Ellington played one of his first public concerts at the True Reformer Building, 1200 U Street, NW. By his early 20s, he had his own four-piece combo, Duke's Serenaders. He was a fixture on the U Street musical scene before moving to New York in 1923 and forming Duke Ellington and the Washingtonians. A hit in Harlem, Ellington launched a recording and composing career that brought him worldwide fame.
- UST_200417_15.JPG: Whitelaw Market
- UST_200417_22.JPG: Restricted hours due to Covid-19
- UST_200418_083.JPG: Notice
Due to limited availability to store associates as a result of school closures in the community, this store has reduced hours of operation.
- UST_200418_086.JPG: Notice
In order to keep you and our associates safe,
No more than 10 people allowed inside at once.
Please maintain a six-foot distance from others in accordance with recommended social-distancing practices.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your support as we all navigate this challenging time.
- UST_200418_089.JPG: NOTICE
Not feeling well?
Stay home. We'll be here when you're healthy.
- UST_200418_092.JPG: Dedicated in honor of Claven Wood
In the aftermath of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., following the burning and destruction, Claven Wood purchased and restored 1351 U Street.
During the restoration, Mr. Wood made the decision to preserve a small portion of the neighboring Republic Theater, a historic venue from U Street's Black Broadway Era.
He owned and operated Woods' Auto Repair, between 1982-2002.
Since retiring, Mr. Wood has continued to provided [sic] local entrepreneurs with opportunities to realize their dreams on U Street.
- UST_200418_111.JPG: This store had just been closed the previous day.
- UST_200418_124.JPG: DOES -- Department of Employment Services
The Department of Employee Services (DOES) remains operational with most staff teleworking through Monday, April 27, 2020.
Programs that will continue under modified operations are: ...
DOES notable Closures or Suspended Operations: ...
- UST_200418_151.JPG: Union Row
2125 14th St., NW
by PN Hoffman
- UST_200418_171.JPG: "Social Distancing"
Look for the Smiley
- UST_200418_174.JPG: You must wear a face covering to enter the store
- UST_200418_184.JPG: Yes! Market
Locally Owned and Operated Since 1970
Your health is important but please only buy what you need!
For the safety of our staff, we cannot accept returns at this time.
- UST_200429_11.JPG: Camden Roosevelt Apartment Homes
Where Modern Luxury Meets Historic Charm
- UST_200530_019.JPG: Patio Open 5/29!!!
- UST_200530_029.JPG: Another line for take-out.
- UST_200530_037.JPG: Thank you for practicing Social Distance!
Please wait outside until your selected pick up time.
Please enter one party at a time. Orders will be organized by last name on the counter. Just pick it up and enjoy!
Thank you for your support!
- UST_200530_045.JPG: Trader Joe's line
- UST_200530_060.JPG: Sudhouse
Please have your order ready when arriving to the window.
Please stand six feet apart when inside the patio or on the sidewalk for everyone's safety.
You must wear a mask in order to get service.
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- UST_200531_21.JPG: Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments
- UST_200531_43.JPG: Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments
"Our Horizon is the Universe"
In 2009, the Residents Association of the Campbell Heights Apartments was given the opportunity to preserve their community by exercising their District of Columbia Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act rights. Jair Lynch Development Partners created a groundbreaking partnership with the Residents Association that allowed them to control their destiny and the new Paul Laurence Dunbar Apartments community was born. Named by the residents in honor of the famed African-American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar, the new community is the result of the substantial renovation of the existing building and its long-term preservation as affordable senior housing. The community stands as a testament to the vision, perseverance and partnership of the Residents Association and Jair Lynch Development Partners.
- Wikipedia Description: U Street Corridor
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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 streets in a carnival-like atmosphere, waiting for drug shipments to arrive.
The 1990s and beyond:
Gentrification began in the 1990s, following development in Adams Morgan and later Logan Circle. More than 2,000 luxury condominiums and apartments were constructed between 1997 and 2007.
Music and culture:
U Street has long been a center of Washington's music scene with the Lincoln Theatre, Howard Theatre, Bohemian Caverns, and other clubs and historic jazz venues. While always racially diverse, the area was predominately white and middle class until 1900. As Washington became progressively more segregated, the neighborhood emerged as a fashionable neighborhood for Washington's African-American residents. U Street became the city's most important concentration of businesses and entertainment facilities owned and operated by blacks, while the surrounding neighborhood became home to many of the city's most prominent African Americans. Until the 1920s, when it was overtaken by Harlem, the U Street area was home to the largest urban African American community in the United States. In its cultural heyday, it was known as "Black Broadway", a phrase coined by singer Pearl Bailey. Duke Ellington's childhood home was located on 13th street between T and S street. The Lincoln Theater opened in 1921, and Howard Theater in 1926.
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