The U Street Corridor

As you enter the U Street Corridor, you may notice this Victorian-era neighborhood oozes with an energy of Jazz and Culture. The neighborhood once known as “Black Broadway” was developed between 1862 and 1900 in response to the high demand for housing in Washington, DC following the Civil War. Following the 1900's, the U Street Neighborhood became the center of Washington DC's African-American community and made it's mark as a major hub of African American entertainment. U Street was the birthplace of Jazz-composer and big-band leader Duke Ellington, the home of Langston Hughes, and a frequent stop for the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday. Following Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, one of the largest riots in the country ignited at the corner of U and 14th St. In it's present form, U Street is one of the most diverse areas of Washington, DC, and is bustling with eclectic restaurants, bars, music venues, shops, and galleries.