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The neighborhood is loosely defined by the area between 18th Street NW between Florida Ave and Columbia Road; and Columbia Road between 16th Street and Wyoming Avenue, NW. It is a vibrant walkable area. The main roads, Columbia Road and 18th St NW, feature a wonderful array of shops, restaurants and bars. Homes located nearby include predominantly row homes and condos, although there are some semi-detached homes as well. Adams Morgan is in Ward 1, and is within the boundaries of the Third Police District. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C includes the Adams Morgan neighborhood.
If you are wondering, what makes the area “vibrant”, the rich history of the neighborhood may be a clue. Long home to immigrant communities from Africa, Asia, South and Central America, Adams Morgan is a global village in the heart of the city where restaurants serve cuisine from all around the world and where DC residents go to let their hair down. You can catch live music most nights of the week throughout the neighborhood and find cheap eats and white tablecloth restaurants for all tastes and pocketbooks. There are also many locally owned shopping gems with unique clothing, jewelry, art, furniture and household goods.
The area is a cultural smorgasbord. As mentioned, you can enjoy cuisine from all over the world, visit art galleries featuring local artist as well as work created across the globe. Catch live bluegrass on Wednesday nights at Madam’s Organ or swing by Habana Village to show off your salsa moves (or take a free lesson). Join in the neighborhood’s signature events, including Adams Morgan Day (Sept.), Crafty Bastards (fall) and Festivus (winter). Up-to-date information about the Adams Morgan area is always available at Adams Morgan Mainstreet
I love Adams Morgan. It was my childhood home. Visiting there today, I find the same wonderful melting pot that existed when I was a boy. It is a walk-able neighborhood. Sidewalks carry you beneath old oaks as you pass by some of the finest old architecture found anywhere in the area. Yes, it is quite possible to live here and take a short hike to the Metro stop in Dupont Circle or the stop near the zoo. There are zip car stations and capital bike share stations close by as well. The commercial routes provide a framework for a true neighborhood experience.
Most residents keep up with the neighborhood by visiting the Adams Morgan Mainstreet website.
Interested in seeing just how walkable the area can be? Use the walk score link below and discover just how close things are in Adams Morgan.
Adams Morgan is a Walker’s Paradise with a Walk Score® 90 out of 100
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